Katy Sorenson has long been a friend to the farmers. She is best known for fighting attempts to move the Urban Development Boundary (UDB) which has restrained urban sprawl; for promoting zoning changes that would allow struggling family farmers to have alternative streams of agriculture-related income; and for promoting agri-tourism. Without her on the Commission, some farmers I’ve talked to fear their voices will no longer be heard, and the last remaining farm land will be devoured by waiting developers. Is this the end of an era, or will somebody as strong stand up and take Katy’s place?
Read the official announcement on the District 8 site, where you can also download her statement.
Read the Miami Herald article published on Friday, Feb. 5, 2010:
Miami-Dade Commissioner Katy Sorenson won’t seek 5th term
Miami-Dade Commissioner Katy Sorenson won’t seek a fifth term, closing a noteworthy career and opening the door for a new commissioner for South Miami-Dade.
BY MATTHEW HAGGMAN
Miami-Dade Commissioner Katy Sorenson will not seek reelection this fall, ending a 16-year run on the county board distinguished by her advocacy for the environment and social equality.
The commissioner announced plans to collaborate with the University of Miami to develop a leadership initiative on public service for people aspiring to run for local and state elected office. The effort, she said, will have the backing of the Knight Foundation and Dade Community Foundation.
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