Miami-Dade commissioners unanimously approved Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s proposal at a meeting Tuesday, which followed a spike in gun violence that began Memorial Day weekend.
“This recent wave of tragic violence is absolutely unacceptable,” Levine Cava said after the meeting. “This community has demanded an immediate response to protect public safety and we are responding.”
The “Peace and Prosperity Plan” is being funded by a naming rights deal made earlier this year with FTX, a trading platform for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, for the county-owned arena where the Miami Heat game. FTX Arena had previously been called the American Airlines Arena.
Most of the money will go to a program that focuses on teens already in the juvenile justice system by providing summer camps, counseling, and paid jobs. The funds also go to surveillance cameras, license plate readers, and additional police officers to monitor social media for threats that could lead to shootings.
Last week, Miami-Dade police launched “Operation Summer Heat” as an effort to end gun violence. The 12-week program involves an increased police presence, with 17 strike teams tasked with shutting down illegally run businesses, which officials say attract violent crime.
Early Tuesday morning, a man and woman in a car were killed in a drive-by shooting in Miami-Dade. A shooting from a vehicle early Sunday morning at a graduation party left three dead. Another shooting Friday in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood killed one person and injured six others. A bloody Memorial Day weekend saw three people killed and 20 wounded in an unsolved mass shooting at a banquet hall.