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Posted: Friday, October 26, 2018 1:30 am

Nine Homestead High School students met with members of the Jason Taylor Foundation, teachers, and a representative from the Homestead-Miami Speedway to discuss their thoughts on the City of Homestead and its future during My Miami Story conversations.

The Miami Foundation hosted the third-annual event throughout Greater Miami on Tuesday with thousands participating in an open dialogue about a variety of topics to help improve communities.

“My Miami Story conversations ignite the potential energy each of us has to improve our city, neighborhoods, and collective future,” said Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Miami Foundation. “When we break bread, talk and listen, we discover that there is much more that unites us as a community than divides us.”

The local students discussed their thoughts on Homestead while teachers offered their perspective of how the area has grown over the years from having many open fields to an increase in population and businesses while noting outsiders often refer to the area as a “place you go through to the Keys” or a “gateway to the Keys.” Many of the students praised the diversity in the area and enjoy the different cultures and cuisine giving the area a unique feel. Local food favorites included Claudie B’s, Robert is Here, and Knaus Berry Farm.

Teachers involved in the discussion stressed the importance of placing an increased emphasis on education in addition to technical schools to help better prepare the youth for the future.

The students provided mostly positive accounts with many wanting to stay close to home as they grow older although they requested a desire for more things to do outside of school closer to where they live. Some of the ideas included building a water park, a skating rink, a bowling alley, or an activity center. They believe having more options other than going to the movies or to a friend’s house would help create a better environment.

They also believe having more to do would help youngsters stay out of trouble. There was a discussion about the crime in the area with some stating there is a misconception about the area being crime-ridden.

They also discussed the occasional tension between people from Homestead and Florida City with Lucy Street as its divider. Mostly it was light-hearted although they are aware sometimes territorial pride can lead to hostile situations.

Despite some of the area’s flaws, one student said, “I love my home no matter what.”

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