Conversations: Matthew Pigatt

Conversations: August 5, 2020

Statement from Mayor Matthew Pigatt

“The City of Opa-locka responded swiftly to the international COVID-19 pandemic. After declaring a state of emergency alongside the State of Florida, we enacted a curfew and enforced the county-wide closure of businesses. With the assistance of Miami-Dade County and the State of Florida we secured the first walk-up testing site in Northern Miami-Dade for children over 12 years of age. Our regional testing site accommodates citizens without access to an automobile. Currently, the Opa-locka testing site is able to facilitate 500 test a day. That’s 300 more test than the site was originally charted to handle. The need for testing has proven to be a necessary tool in combating COVID-19. Moreover, since the pandemic began we have partnered with Feeding South Florida, local churches, and volunteers to conduct a weekly food distribution that feeds over 1,000 families every Tuesday. Finally, we procured over 30,000 masks and have been conducting a #MaskUpOpalocka campaign to decrease the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Today, the City continues to leverage our communications platforms to provide our residents and business with the latest guidance from the CDC on stopping the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”

About Mayor Matthew Pigatt

Mayor Matthew Pigatt was the first of his family to attend college, graduating from Morehouse College with a B.A. in African American Studies and Psychology. After college, he interned on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. through the Congressional Black Caucus and worked at the American Institute for Research. He then came home to Miami to serve his community, working as a community organizer for People Acting for Community Together (P.A.C.T.) and establishing the Juvenile Justice Committee which helped eliminate out-of-school suspension in Miami-Dade County.

Currently, Mayor Pigatt chairs the 100 Black Men of South Florida Leadership Academy, is a founder of the annual South Florida HBCU Picnic, and founder of the Sankofa Cypher: A Black History, Culture, and Thought Group. He has been recognized as a Legacy Magazine 40 under 40, The Miami Times’ New Generation of Dreamers, and one of South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Leaders.


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