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Surfside Commission Adds 3 Ballot Questions to November 3rd Election

Whether heading to a polling station or voting by mail in the November 3rd election, Surfside residents will have an opportunity to vote “yes” or “no” on the following three ballot questions:

Non-binding Referendum Concerning Undergrounding of Utilities

Do you favor the undergrounding of Surfside’s powerlines and other utilities in order to improve safety and promote sustainability and resilience, at an estimated cost of $16,000,000 to $18,000,000?

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The underground wiring photo above has been altered to help demonstrate how a Surfside block would look with utilities and powerlines underground.

Establishing Restrictions on the Sale, Lease or Exchange of Town-Owned Real Property

The Charter provides for the unrestricted sale or lease of Town-owned real property. Shall the Charter be amended to restrict the sale, lease for a term in excess of three years or exchange of Town-owned real property unless approved by at least four members of the Town Commission and a minimum of 60% of Town electors voting at a referendum for any such sale, lease or exchange of Town-owned real property?

Establishing Requirements for Approval and Referendum of Town Electors for Certain Indebtedness

Shall the Charter be amended to require that any indebtedness incurred after the effective date of this amendment, exceeding 15% of the Town’s average annual property tax revenue for the preceding five years and which is not fully repayable within a maximum of seven years, be approved by a minimum of three (3) members of the Town Commission followed by approval by referendum of the Town electors by majority vote?

The Town will conduct a public outreach campaign to help educate and answer resident questions leading up to the election. For questions, please reach out to the Town Clerk at smccready@townofsurfsidefl.gov.

Request a Vote-By-Mail Ballot

It’s election season! With the rise in COVID-19 cases, the idea of heading to a polling station can be daunting. The good news is that Miami-Dade County registered voters can choose to mail in their ballots for both the August Primary and November U.S. Presidential Election. Visit the county’s elections website to request a vote-by-mail ballot and to learn how to navigate the election process amid the pandemic. The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot is 5 p.m. on the 10th day before the election. Visit https://www.miamidade.gov and type in “vote-by-mail” in the search.