Town adds new website and social media pages

Community Friday, September 6, 2013

The Town of Miami Lakes has a new website with features that town officials say make it more user-friendly. The previous website had been in place for almost 10 years, and it was time for a redesign. “It is important to have different avenues of communications to reach out to our residents, businesses, and visitors,” said Mayor Ceasar Mestre. 

 The new website – www.miamilakes-fl.gov – make finding information much easier and makes more information available directly on the home page through Quick Links. There is also a Report a Problem section, where residents can report issues to the town, such as potholes that need fixing, violations of the town code, or stormwater problems. 

 Town Council meetings now stream live on the town’s website so residents can watch council meetings as they happen on their computers, tablets, or smart phones from anywhere in the world. 

“Since my first day on the council, I have been committed to creating an unprecedented level of transparency in our government,” said Vice Mayor Manny Cid. “The first step was broadcasting  our council meetings live on the town’s website. Transparency and openness shall ultimately promote accountability and straighten the relationship between our residents and the Town Council,” he said. 

The town has also launched new social media pages on Twitter and Facebook. The town’s official Twitter page is www.twitter/com/miamilakesnews (with a Twitter handle of @miamilakesnews), while the official Facebook page is www.facebook.com/townofmiamilakes.

“I made a commitment to improve communications with our residents and to harness technology to achieve that end,” said Councilmember Tony Lama. “We have a council that is keenly aware of the benefits of social media and they all supported the idea. We are all very proud of the progress we have made.”  

The social media pages will be used to communicate information, updates, news, and events with residents, businesses, visitors and the general public. 

 “We have a lot of great programs and opportunities happening in the town,” said Mestre. “We are constantly looking for ways to make sure that citizens are getting information about these events in ways that are convenient for them.” 

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