In 2003 the city of Miami Gardens was established. As a citizen of the city, I was confused about what was happening with the name and establishment, but thought, hell, the city didn’t do anything for me anyway, let me mind my business and raise my daughter, she was 1 at the time. Since 2003, I have seen some things that I liked and things I didn’t like, but one thing for sure, I have seen several changes and continued growth in the city.
The mayor for Miami Gardens is Oliver Gilbert. I can’t recall when Mayor Gilbert obtained office, but I can speak with certainty that he has been working assiduously. I have seen a lot of improvements in the city over the years. Now before anyone even thinks about rolling their eyes, and has anything negative to say, this is not an advertisement or endorsement, I am speaking honestly and truthfully. I have lived in Miami Gardens all my life. Let me reiterate, I have always lived in good ol’ Miami Gardens, therefore I can speak with a certain amount of confidence on the city and all that I have seen.
My kids have participated in several sports and summer camps. There are several activities hosted by the city for kids to participate. My daughter has cheered for the Chiefs twice, and my son once played football, which is his favorite sport, but due to a conflict with him and the coach, he lost some love for playing and decided to try something else. He currently plays basketball for the City of Miami Gardens which he loves. Perhaps I will discuss that in another post. My kids have also attended summer camp for about 3 years consecutively. The moral of the story, the city has several activities kids, great alternatives to simply sitting at home.
I am happy to be able to witness all the developments in my city, and the fact that more events are being held. One such event is Jazz in the Gardens. It is one of the biggest events held annually, and there are people who fly from all over the world to attend. Davarius and I always try to attend because we enjoy the great vibes and always have a good time.
In my opinion a lot of positive things are happening in our community but yet we still fail to get any credit. Unfortunately, the city never fails to be recognized for gangs, killings, and theft. Yes things happen in our city, I myself have been a victim as I had my car stolen and needless to say I was furious, I mean who wouldn’t be. Despite all of that I still believe you can’t judge the city only by the crimes that occur, especially since these crimes happen everywhere.
I know there are several people who would like to solely blame officials for all the crimes that are committed. I can recall an instance when I was having my son’s party at the Betty T Ferguson Complex Center. It just so happen that the campaign for the mayor’s reelection was also taking place. A lady dressed in a shirt of her deceased son was screaming and blaming the mayor for her son’s death. As sad and unfortunate as it was, no one should have to bury their children, I couldn’t help but sit and wonder how that was possible. It wasn’t as if the mayor gave the shooter the gun, the killer was responsible but I decided to leave it alone.
While I do understand that our elected officials are not perfect and do make mistakes, we also have a part to play in the betterment of our cities. I have great appreciation for the mayor because despite being in the middle of his busy campaign, he made time to attend my son’s party and met with some of my friends from pharmacy school. As a male figure, he spoke to my son and gave him positive words of encouragement. Many of us should ask ourselves, how many mayors would stop to attend a kid’s party? Not for a news story or a photo-op, but to get to know the citizens of the city.
In my opinion he tries his best to be good person and not just an elected official. We need to understand that just like us, he is human and is he in no more control of the actions of others than we are.
On a positive note, the mayor is currently doing a 60 days healthy challenge. I know, cool right? I think so too. He is providing free classes, ideas on how to eat healthy, etc. Of this entire initiative, I think the best part is they have included trap yoga. I have wanted to do trap yoga for a very long time but due to school and finances I have been unable to attend. When I found out about the initiative and the inclusion of trap yoga, I jumped at the chance, because I love trap music, and I mean who doesn’t love a free class.
I met the yoga instructor and she gave the most positive vibe. I wasn’t sure what to expect but she was nice, and she greeted everyone with a wonderful smile. She understood that we were beginners. I told her I wanted to start working out again, I how excited I am because not only do I get to listen to trap music, the class is close to my house, and again did I mention it’s completely free. I had to make sure I repeated for clarity, lol.
The instructor has an Instagram, it’s Yes2yoga, and of course I have been stalking her page all day. I am happy to report that I have seen nothing but positivity on her page. After trap yoga I did boot camp which was great as well, but the instructor got the best of me with the lunges and squats. To push through I just had to think, big firm booty is coming real soon, lol.
Overall, the day was great and guess who is here chilling with me today?…my son Derrick! We played some basketball, ate dinner and spent time just being lazy and chilled, as I mentioned, we are trying to better our relationship.
As I sit here reflecting, I can say I see nothing but greatness and continued growth in Miami Gardens. I embrace it, and I am not ashamed of my city. I am happy to say, “Hi, my name is Latonya and I am from the city of Miami Gardens.”