The Cherry Village Apartments is ready for a new year of working with the community outreach resources and elected officials.
Get to know the Homestead Government and the services provided to make this a safe and enjoyable community.
Mayor Jeff Porter was elected to a two-year term as Mayor of Homestead in November of 2013. Previously he served on the Homestead City Council for 10 years from 1997-2007 and served as Vice-Mayor from 1997-1999.
During his past years of public service to the City of Homestead, he served as Chairman of Homestead Public Safety Committee, Chairman of Homestead Transportation Committee, Chairman of Public Works Committee, Chairman of the Military Affairs Committee, Chairman of Public Safety and Chairman of the Mayor's Community Policing Committee. Mayor Porter was also a member of the following committees: Committee of the Whole, Finance, Hero & Economic Development, Community Development, Parks and Recreation/Beautification, Utility, Education, City Code, Public Safety, Police Explorers, Annexation & City Hall and management Review and the Metropolitain Planning Organization.
Vice-Mayor Stephen R. Shelley was elected in 2013 for a two-year term as Vice-Mayor and for a four year term to represent Council Seat #1, which includes the city's northwest area. He was first elected as a Homestead council member in 2009. Prior to running for City Council, Vice-Mayor Shelley was a member of the City of Homestead's Planning and Zoning Board. He was appointed as a board member in 2005 and, in 2009, was promoted to vice chairman of the city's Planning and Zoning Board.
Vice-Mayor Shelley donates his time to numerous community activities, associations and nonprofit organizations. Vice-Mayor Shelley sits on the board of directors and is the treasurer of the Youth Fishing Foundation, a local 501(c)(3) organization. In 2012, Vice-Mayor Shelley spearheaded and implemented the First Annual Military Appreciation Day in Downtown Homestead. The Military Appreciation Day will be held annually to honor the service and sacrifices made by our local military men and women throughout the world.
Vice-Mayor Shelley also proposed the resolution, which was approved by the Homestead City Council in March of 2013, to brand Homestead as the Gateway to Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. The tagline brands the City of Homestead as a partner of our neighboring national parks that shares the common goal of increasing tourism and awareness about the unique natural resources in the South Dade area. He also proposed and spearheaded the organization of the Homestead Trolley to the National Parks, which in 2014, starts taking visitors for free from Downtown Homestead to Everglades and Biscayne National Park, from January to April.
Councilman Burgess currently chairs the city’s Tourism Committee, the Art in Public Places Committee, the Customer Service / Utility Taskforce, and the Police Pension Board. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida League of Cities and is Vice President of the Miami-Dade County League of Cities, as well as member of its executive board. He also serves as council liason for the General Employee Pension Board and the Homestead Miami Speedway. Councilman Burgess is the Miami-Dade County League of Cities appointee to Miami-Dade Sports Commission
Councilwoman Fairclough was born and raised in the Southwest Homestead Gardens Housing Development where, along with her twin brother, she was the youngest of six siblings. She attended West Homestead Elementary and Homestead Middle School. As a young girl, she also volunteered to serve as a role model to peers her age in a Miami Dade Department of Juvenile Justice Program.
Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick is the chair of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Grants Liaison, the Community Relations Board, the Mayor’s Youth Council and the Human Resources Liaison. She is also the co-chair of the Education Committee.
Councilman Maldonado has been extremely proactive throughout the City of Homestead. His involvement includes educational work as an outreach counselor with Aspira South Charter School, Homestead Senior High School, and Homestead Middle School. Councilman Maldonado's involvement includes being a member of the Homestead City Charter Review, being the chair of the Community Development District (CDD) and president of the Homeowners Association of his community Malibu Bay.
Councilwoman Waldman is very active in the community and has assisted in fund-raising efforts for many worthwhile organizations. She and her husband, Dr. Mervin Waldman, founded the Little Angels Foundation in 1999 on whose board she serves as chair. The Little Angels Foundation supports children with developmental, learning, and emotional problems. She is also a charter member of the Homestead Hospital Pineapple Gala Committee, raising money for the pediatric ward and has worked with the American Cancer Society since 1986 as an avid fundraiser for cancer research. Councilwoman Waldman's council committees include Parks and Recreation, Fire Pension Board Liaison, Economic/Business/Development/Marketing & Public Relations Liason, Management Review Liason, Beautification Liason and Elected Official Pension Board Liason.
Councilman Williams' city committees and departments include:
- Business Incubator, 2009-Present
- Finance & Budget, 2009-Present
- Procurement & General Services, 2011-Present
- Solid Waste Department,
- Southwest Advisory Committee, 2009-Present
- New Elected Officials Pension Board, 2013-Present
- Finance & Taxation Committee of Florida League of Cities, 2010-2012
- Federal Action Strike Team Committee ( FAST) of Florida League of Cities, 2010-2012
- Chairman for the City of Homestead Finance/Enterprise Funds, 2009-Present
- Chairman for the City of Homestead Community Redevelopment Agency, 2009-2011
- Chairman for the City of Homestead Economic Development, 2009-2011
- Board Member for the Little Angels Foundation, 2008-Present
- Trustee of Turner Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA which oversees a budget of $1.4M, 2006-Present
- Elected Second Vice-President Turner Theological Seminary Alumni Association, 2007-2009
- Member of the Connectional Council of the A.M.E. Church, 1999-Present
- Member Conference Board of Trustees for the South Florida Annual Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2007-Present
- Appointed Trustee to the Turner Theological Seminary Academic & Student Affairs Committee 2007-Present-Atlanta, GA
- Appointed Trustee to the Turner Theological Seminary Endowment & Investment Committee, 2007-Present, Atlanta, GA
- Appointed to the City of Homestead Special Events Grant Board 2007-2008
- Area Vice-President for P.U.L.S.E. (People Unity to Lead a Struggle for Equality), Goulds, Homestead, Princeton & Florida City, 2007-2009
- Board of Directors for Saint James Federal Credit Union, 2011-Present
- Board of Directors for Saint James Community Development Corporation, serves as president, 2012-Present
- Board of Directors for Saint James Social and Economic Development Center, 2011-Present