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The City provides passport services. Hours starting May 6. 2013 are from 9:00 A.M.- 8:00 P.M. Monday - Friday, 9:00 A.M.- 5:00 P.M. Saturdays and 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. on Sundays at 512 SW 109 Avenue. For information, please contact the staff at 305-207-3343.

The passport office now provides passport photo services.  Fee will be $10.00.





Maribel Balbin is the Sustainability Manager for the County. She has $1 million to give away to local business that buy green appliances, air-conditioners, etc. Basically they buy the approved product and she writes a check. No strings attached. 


Maribel Balbin, LEED Green Associate

Sustainability Program Manager

Water Resources and Green Economy

Miami-Dade County Office of Sustainability 

(O) 305-375-3513

(C) 786-218-6443







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RFP 2012-05


     RFPs for the upgrade of the City of Sweetwater Commission Chambers audio visual system. Pre-bid conference and bid package pick-up scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 at City Hall Commission Chambers, 500 SW 109th Ave., Third Floor. Questions via email only. Cut-off date for questions is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. Bids shall be submitted by 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 to City Clerk. Late bids will be automatically disqualified. Contact mhammontree@cityofsweetwater.fl.gov.

Michelle Hammontree-Garcia

City of Sweetwater

Government & Police Public Affairs







Bidders must submit their sealed bids to the City of Sweetwater, Attention City Clerk, at 500 S.W. 109 Avenue, Sweetwater, Florida 33174, by March 15, 2013, no later than 2:00 p.m.


Scope of Work:

The City of Sweetwater is soliciting competitive bids for construction services for the installation of a storm-water drainage system in the south-central portion of the 1550 acre City and is bounded by W. Flagler Street to the north, the C-4 Canal to the south, SW 112th Avenue to the West and SW 109th Avenue to the East. The project shall consist of all labor, equipment and materials necessary for the installation of storm-water pump stations. Furthermore, the project will also consist of the installation of a storm-water collection and transmission system including catch basins junction boxes, storm-water force main, and appurtenances.

This project, will be federally funded, in part or whole through the Miami-Dade County Public Housing and Community Development with COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM). Bidders shall comply with rules and regulations such as, but not limited to, Presidential Executive Order 11246, as amended; by Executive Order 11375; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended; the Davis Bacon Act of 1968, as amended; the Copeland Anti-Kickback Act; the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act and all other applicable federal, state and local ordinances. Note that the contractor must ensure that employees are not discriminated because of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Submission of proposals are encouraged from Disadvantaged Business Enterprises.

Note that bidder is required to pay workers on this project the minimum wages as determined in the Wage Determination Decision included in the Bidder’s package; and that the contractor must ensure that employees are not discriminated because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. This project is also a Section 3 covered activity. Section 3 requires that job training, employment and contracting opportunities be directed to very-low and low income persons or business owners who live in the project’s area.

The City of Sweetwater has scheduled a mandatory Pre-Bid Conference and site visit which will be held at the following date, time and location:

Location: Sweetwater Commission Chambers 500 S.W. 109th Avenue, 3rd Floor, Sweetwater, Florida 33174

Date/Time: February 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Bid Packages containing complete instructions, plans, and specifications may be obtained on or after January 28, 2013 from the City of Sweetwater, in person from City of Sweetwater, City Clerk’s Office, 500 S.W. 109 Ave., 2nd Floor, Sweetwater, FL 33174, (305) 221-0411. Bid packages will be available in digital (CD) form for a non-refundable fee of $25.00. The fee must be in the form of company check or cashier’s check made payable to: EGSC Engineering Consultants.

A Bid Bond in the amount of Five percent (5%) of the Bid must accompany each Bid submitted, in accordance with the Instruction to Bidders. A Performance and Maintenance Bond in the amount of One-Hundred percent (100%) of the total contract amount, proof of license and insurance for this project will be required from the successful bidder upon contracting.

The contract shall be awarded to the lowest most responsive responsible bidder. The successful bidder shall then obtain the required permits. The final Work shall be constructed according to Florida Building Code. In addition, prospective bidders must comply with all applicable Federal, State & Local ordinances and Codes, bonding and insurance requirements and/or with other authorities having jurisdiction. Any bids or proposals received after the specified time and date will not be considered, and will be returned to bidder unopened.










Flood Map Modernization 

Flooding causes hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage to homes and businesses around the country every year.  Because standard homeowners and commercial property insurance does not cover floods, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) – administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – was created to offer affordable flood insurance to communities that comply with the minimum standards for floodplain management.  Communities that participate in the program get rated based on preservation of open space in the floodplain, enforcing higher standards for safer new development, maintaining drainage systems, and informing the community about flood hazards, insurance, and ways to reduce flood damage.  These activities not only benefit the community by improving quality of life and protecting the environment but, also, save money.  Flood insurance is mandatory for property owners who hold a federally backed mortgage and whose property is located within a special flood hazard area (areas designated as having a greater risk of flooding).

On September 11, 2009, the newly revised FIRM’s (Flood Insurance Rate Maps) will be implemented. The current maps are older and do not indicate the recent changes in development and/or natural changes in the environment. Therefore, these maps have been modernized to indicate more accurate data to reflect what flooding hazards exist today on any given property.  Modernization of these maps could mean that your property could go from being designated as a SFHA (Special Flood Hazard Zone) or high risk zone, to a low or moderate - risk area (X-Flood Zone) or vice versa.

Owners of properties that move from a high-risk zone to a low-or moderate-risk zone may be eligible for reduced insurance rates by converting to a Preferred Risk Policy (PRP).  A PRP covers both a structure and its contents. A PRP can be obtained for as little as $112 a year.

Many people believe that federal assistance is available to cover flood related damages.  This is true, but only when the flooding is declared a federal disaster.  Even then, financial aid is usually available in the form of a loan, which must be paid back with interest.  Unlike federal disaster aid, flood insurance pays for all covered losses without having the insured having to repay anything. 

Even if a community (or portion) is designated as low- or moderate-risk area, everyone lives in a flood zone.  You do not need to live near water to be at risk or be affected by flooding.  Flooding can be caused by storms, hurricanes, water backup due to inadequate or overloaded drainage systems, a broken sewer line, dam or levee failure, etc.  In fact, according to FEMA, in 2006 one in three flood insurance claims came from low-to-moderate risk areas.  

For more information about how the new FIRM’s affect you, please contact Eric J. Gomez, P.E. at the City of Sweetwater Building Department at (305) 221-0411 or via email
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Revised Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM)

The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued a revised preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) reflecting the resolution of appeals and/or protests of the preliminary FIRM for Miami-Dade County, Florida and Incorporated Areas within the following communities: the Cities of Doral, Florida City, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Homestead, and Miami Springs; the Town of Medley; the City of Sweetwater, and the Unincorporated Areas of Miami-Dade County.  Residents and lessees of property within the City of Sweetwater are strongly encouraged to review the revised preliminary FEMA FIRMs below.  If you have any questions please contact the FEMA Map Assistance Center, toll free, at 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627) or visit their website at http://www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/fhm/bfe  You may also contact the City of Sweetwater at (305) 221-0411.

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National Flood Insurance Program and Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM)

In 1968, Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to provide affordable flood insurance to individuals who live in areas with the greatest risk of flooding called Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs). The NFIP makes federally backed flood insurance available in communities that agree to adopt and enforce floodplain management ordinances to reduce future flood damage. This is important because property owners who hold a federally backed mortgage must purchase flood insurance if the property is located within a special flood hazard area.

Flood Hazard
During the rainy season, the continuous downpours saturate and, on occasion, over saturate the ground; thus, reducing the capacity of the Stormwater Drainage System. This seasonal occurrence may cause some temporary flooding along city streets or private property, possibly creating potentially dangerous conditions.  Always use extra caution when driving during any rain event. Flooding or standing water should be reported to the Public Works Department at (305) 221-0411.

Flood Warning System
Flood, hurricane and severe weather warnings are issued by the Miami-Dade Office of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service. Residents should stay tuned to the local TV and radio stations for updates on storms.

Flood Safety   
If you are advised to evacuate, turn off all utilities at the main switches or valves. Disconnect electrical appliances, but do not touch any electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. Avoid fast flowing water or unstable banks.

Flood Insurance
Most mortgage lenders require flood insurance based on the elevation of the property. In the event that your mortgage does not have this provision or if you own your property free and clear, you may purchase this insurance at any time. Remember, there is a thirty (30) day waiting period before the policy becomes effective. Homeowner’s insurance and/or windstorm insurance does not cover flood damage to the structure.

Floodplain Development Permit Requirements
All buildings under construction require permits. These permits must be obtained prior to commencement of construction activities. Contact the Building and Zoning Departments before you build, alter, regrade or fill your property. If you see any building or filling without a permit posted, please call our Building Department at (305) 221-0411.

Drainage System Maintenance
Proper drainage helps reduce the risk of flooding. It is illegal for the direct or indirect entry of any solid, liquid or gaseous matter into the drainage system other than rainwater runoff. The City periodically inspects the drainage system and regularly schedules debris removal operations in order to keep the drainage system at peak performance. You can help in this process by keeping the streets clear of materials and debris that could potentially affect the drainage system. Please report any illegal dumping activities that may affect drainage and/or contaminate the ground water to the Public Works Department at (305) 221-0411.

 Map Determinations & Elevation Certificates

The City provides Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) determinations to let you know if you are in a flood hazard area and if you are required by federal law to carry flood insurance. For surveyors, architects and engineers, the City has the latest form of elevation certificates available to you for completion. We also have a sample completed elevation certificate for your reference.

Did you know that floods are the most common natural disaster?

Here are a few safety tips to consider, if you are ever faced with flooding.

  • Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths. Currents can be deceptive; six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. If you walk in standing water, use a pale or stick to ensure that the ground is still there. Also, do not disregard road barriers, the road or bridge may be washed out.
  • Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. Electrocution is the number two flood killer. Electrical currents can run through water. Report downed power lines to Florida Power & Light at (305) 442-8770.
  • Be ready for the unexpected. Place important documents inside plastic bags or other waterproof containers.
  • Look out for animals, especially snakes that may have been displaced by the flood.
  • Look before you step. The ground and floors may be covered with debris and mud.
  • Be alert for gas leaks. If you use natural gas, use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Do not smoke or use candles.
  • Rehearse your evacuation plan with all household members. Plan to leave early to avoid traffic delays.
  • Secure your boat. If possible, store it inside a garage or warehouse. If outside, make sure the boat is secure to the trailer and the trailer is tied down.
  • Remember to arrange for your pets. Most evacuation centers will not accept pets. Make plans in advance to board your pets in a kennel or with friends outside the hazard area.

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