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  • BUSINESS / SPORTS / COMMUNITY / EDUCATION / IN SPOTLIGHT

    familyjournalw w w . d o r a l f a m i l y j o u r n a l . n e t

    Somos tu comunidad. ENTERATE! Envanos temas de tu inters. COLABORA!

    March 25, 2012EDICIN QUINCENAL

    BIWEEKLY EDITION

    No. 21D RALO

    Dade County to host a Post-Disaster Redevelopment Planning Workshop

    National conversation about health and financial security

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    Editor in Chief: Ettore Sabatella

    Executive Editor:Carlo Sabatella

    Managing Editor:Sandra Figueiredo

    Art Director:Mario Carpio

    Contributors:

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    MIAMI, FL. 33178 * Ph: (305) 300.4594

    Dominique BarbaGrecia RomeroCesar GamarraDr. A. De DiegoMara A. PulgarAlex GarciaAntonella Stelluto

    Carolina PicoLisandra AlvarezMike RodriguezMaria SabatellaErika AnguloMaria VallascianiWilliam Echeverria

    The opinions expressed in DFJ are those of the authors and not represent the official views of SABATELLAS USA, LLC or its management. DFJ and its contributors can accept no legal responsability for loss through any error in information contained herein. Submissions will be edited at the editors discretion. Contents of the DFJ are not to be reproduced without written consent of the publisher. SABATELLAS USA, LLC does not endorse any advertiser or product, and it takes no responsability for losses or damages caused through the advertiser/customer relationship.

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    Doral Family Journal

    March 25, 2012 No. 21 Year 1

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    24City | Ciudad

    Doral residents expressed their concerns about the dangers of

    texting while driving.Residentes de Doral expresan

    sus inquietudes sobre los peligros de manejar y textear

    The recent council meeting, which took place on March 14th, brought some important subjects to the community as it is to educate residents about the dangers of using cell phones while driving.Every year more and more drivers behind the wheels are victims of

    accidents caused by the use of electronic devices such as GPS and cell phones. The text messaging or texting is one of the most commonly used tendencies by some drivers in recent years.

    Recent studies done by the Department of Transportation show that texting and driving increases 23 times the potential of causing crashes or road accidents.

    Doral Councilman Luigi Boria expressed the opinions of some of the residents of Doral.

    Constituents have approached me with concerns about drivers who are using their phones while they are behind the wheels, Boria said.

    Boria added that those who approached him claimed to have had mishaps with drivers who were texting and driving.

    Meanwhile, 35 states have adopted laws, which prohibit or sanction the sending of text messages and the use of electronic devices such as cell phones while driving.

    Some states have restricted only certain population groups such as teenagers and bus drivers. Washington, for instance, is one of the cities in which texting and driving its considered illegal and those who offend the law will be fined.

    Ironically, Florida is among the 15 states that havent yet adopted laws restricting such tendency. Despite the widespread public support that this issue has generated, Florida lawmakers refuse to take action on this matter.

    The lack of support to adopt this law usually comes at the hand of Republicans who believe that such actions limit the rights and personal freedom of citizens.

    While Florida lawmakers do not approve a ban on sending text messages while driving, cities such as Doral, cannot take further measures on this matter since these decisions are taken by the state and not by the cities or municipalities.

    As a measure of awareness, City of Doral council members signed an agreement on May, 2011 against texting and driving. The agreement was proposed by City Manager Yvonne Soler-McKinley, and had the approval of every single member of the council.

    While the law remains inactive in Florida, studies done by the Texas Department of Transportation show that Writing or reading a text message behind the wheel can more than double the response time of a driver. To this can be added, that approximately 50 percent of U.S. drivers between the ages of 21 and 24 admit having sent emails and text messages while driving, according to a survey conducted by the National Federal Government.

    La junta de consejo de la Cuidad del Doral, la cul tuvo lugar el pa-sado 14 de Marzo, discuti varios puntos de carcter importante para la comunidad como lo es el educar a los residentes sobre los peligros de utilizar aparatos celulares mientras se conduce.

    Y es cada ao ms y ms conductores al volante son vctimas de accidentes ocasionados por el uso de aparatos electrnicos como GPS y celulares. El envo de mensajes de texto o textear, es una de las modalidades ms usada por algunos conductores en los ltimos aos.

    Estudios recientemente realizados por el Departamento de Transporte demuestran que el textear y manejar aumenta 23

    veces las posibilidades de ocasionar choques o acciden-tes viales.

    En la pasada junta, el concejal Luigi Boria expres las preocupaciones de algunos de los residentes del Doral quienes afirman haber tenido percances con conductores que texteaban mientras ma-nejaban.

    Por su parte, 35 estados ya han adoptado le-yes que prohben o sancionan el envo de men-sajes de textos, as como el uso de aparatos electrnicos tales como celulares mientras se

    conduce. Algunos estados han solo restringido ciertos

    grupos de la poblacin como adolescentes y con-ductores de buses. Washington, por ejemplo, es una

    de las ciudades en que textear y manejar es conside-rado un delito y aquellos que infrinjan la ley sern multados.

    Irnicamente, Florida se encuentra entre los 15 estados los cuales an no han aplicado leyes que restringen esta modalidad. Y es que a pesar de la gran aceptacin pblica que este tema ha generado, Florida se niega a tomar cartas en el asunto. El fallo de esta ley se debe a que los republicanos crean que dicha medida es un atropello a los derechos de libertad de los ciudadanos.

    Es por esta razn que algunas sectores, tales como el Doral, no pueden adoptar medidas que sancionen el textear y manejar, ya que dichas decisiones son de carcter estatal y por ende le competen al estado y no a las municipalidades.

    Cabe destacar que como medida de concientizacin, miembros del consejo de la cuidad del Doral, firmaron el Mayo de 2011 una acuerdo en contra del textear y manejar. Dicho acuerdo fue propuesto por la Yvonne Soler-McKinley, Manager de la ciudad del Doral, y cont con la aprobacin de todos y cada uno de los miembros del consejo.

    Mientras la ley permanece inactiva en la Florida, estudios realizados por el Departamento de Transporte de Texas demuestran que el Escri-bir o leer un mensaje de texto tras el volante puede ms que duplicar el tiempo de reaccin de un conductor. A esto puede sumrsele, que aproximadamente el 50 por ciento de los conductores Americanos en-tre las edades de 21 y 24 aos admiten haber texteado o enviado mails mientras conducan, de acuerdo con una encuesta Nacional realizada por el Gobierno Federal.

    By Antonella Stelluto

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    26City | Ciudad

    By Dominique Barba

    The City Council approved Ordinance #2011-28 of the Mayor and City Council of the City of Doral. The Ordinance requested to change the land use designation from CMU (Community Mixed Use) for 16.1 acres to HDR (High Density Residential) for 14.6 acres and to Business for 1.8 acres, for the property located at north of 41 Street, between NW 114 Avenue and NW 117 Avenue. It also approved Ordinance # 2011-31, which requested the rezoning of 16.41 acres generally located at north of N.W 41st between N.W 144 Avenue and N.W 117th avenues, from CMU (Community Mixed Use) to Lakeside at Doral PUD (Planned Unit Development).

    It was very important to have the presence of many residents of Sand Castle at the session. Under the leadership of the Home Owners Associations presi-dent, they raised their voices and shared the following concerns:

    1- Traffic: 114th street is quite narrow and does not seem wide enough to hold the increased residential and commercial traffic this project will drive.

    2- The empty lot behind Sand Castle is damaging the rear yards of residents. This was caused by the previous construction, which was initiated and then abandoned. The construction of an 8-floor building would be catas