June 3, 2019

Minutes of the Recreation Advisory Committee held on June 3, 2019. 

Members present:

Jeff Geimer

Manny Hadad

Alise Henry

Julian Montero

Jacqueline O’Donnell

Michael O’Hara

Members absent:

Anna Blackman

Karen Smith Gulaskey

Also present:

Angela Dorney, Recreation Director 

Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant 


The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m.

Mr. O’Hara made a motion to approve the minutes of the May 6, 2019 meeting.  Motion seconded by Ms. Henry and unanimously approved. 

It was related the 3 on 3 basketball tournament was cancelled due to lack of participation.

Mr. Hadad said the Commission’s recent presentation to Council was well received.  Recreation’s accomplishments were related including the purchase of new scoreboards and security cameras in the future.  Ms. Dorney said that public works has installed security cameras. The police department wants to monitor the cameras at Public Works before other departments install their security cameras.  Mr. O’Hara suggested having cameras installed in the entrance of the community center in the lobby.  Mr. Hadad also recommended standardizing the coaching staff.  Mr. Montero suggested having a manual for all coaches that outlines five basic steps for coaching.  Mr. Hadad also discussed implementing online registration in recreation, a movie night in downtown Miami Shores, and the annual 5K run.  Mr. Hadad addressed the need to demo the stage in the Auditorium for additional gymnastics space, renovation of the bathrooms at the Community Center and Field House as well as covering the basketball court with a steel structure and adding solar panels.  

Mr. Hadad suggested determining a budget for a recreation center and then establishing the amount of the recreation bond.  Mr. Montero expressed a need for a new survey.  It was related that a Council member would need to place the item on the agenda for discussion. Ms. Dorney related that the Village has been in contact with Miami-Dade to see if a new sewer system would need to be hooked into a new facility that has the same square footage of the existing center with the additional square footage of an auditorium. 

Mr. Montero made a motion that the Council consider putting forth a survey to the community to gauge the interest in a new facility or a renovation/expansion of the existing facility.  Motion seconded by Mr. O’Hara and unanimously approved. 

Mr. Hadad would like to see a budget that would be determined by the survey results.  Mr. O’Hara feels the Committee needs to recognize that the recreation center is a community facility and not here to make money.  Ms. Dorney said most recreation departments bring in 40% of their operating costs.  Miami Shores brings in 65% of the operating costs.  Mr. Montero said not to make assumptions based on the old survey; a new survey is needed. 

A suggestion was made to invite the Mayor to a Committee meeting.  Mr. Hadad made a motion on behalf of the Committee to invite the Mayor and extend the invitation to all Council members to attend a Committee meeting to discuss the needs of the community for enhanced recreation facilities.  Motion seconded by Mr. O’Hara and unanimously approved. 

The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.