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Mayor Gimenez visits the Florida Capitol

MayorMiami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez is in Tallahassee today to make the rounds with state lawmakers.

His first meeting of the day was with members of the Miami-Dade Delegation.

Not surprisingly, Gimenez stressed the importance of the budget.

"For Miami-Dade County, it is all about the dollars," he said. "I'm not asking for more. Just keep us where we're at."

House Majority Leader Carlos Lopez-Cantera, R-Miami, said "there may or may not be unpleasantries" for local governments, but promised to fight for Miami-Dade's fair treatment.

"I will not let Miami-Dade County be treated any differently than anyone else," he said.

Other topics of discussion included potential cuts to Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Port of Miami Deep Dredge. Gimenez urged Miami-Dade lawmakers to help get the dredge underway. The $150 million project is being held up by legal challenges from environmental groups and the community of Fisher Island.

"We need to speed this up," Gimenez said.

(Thanks to Delegation Director Alex Dominguez for the picture.)