About

Introduction

Miami-Dade Decoded is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-partisan implementation of The State Decoded brought to you by the folks at the OpenGov Foundation and Code for Miami. It is part of a broader initiative to bring the laws of Miami-Dade County to the people in more accessible, modern formats that can be used and reused to bring down the barriers to accessing, understanding and navigating the laws of Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade Decoded provides a platform to display county-level legal information in a friendly, accessible, modern fashion.

Beta Testing

Miami-Dade Decoded is currently in public beta, which is to say that the site is under active development, with known shortcomings, but it has reached a point where it would benefit from being used by the general public (whom we hope will likewise benefit from it). While we’re making every effort is made to ensure that the data provided on Miami-Dade Decoded is accurate and up-to-date, it would be unwise to rely on it for any matter of importance while it is in this beta testing phase.

Many more features are under development, including calculations of the importance of given laws, inclusion of attorney generals’ opinions, court rulings, extensive explanatory text, social media integration, significant navigation enhancements, a vastly expanded built-in glossary of legal terms, scholarly article citations, and much more.

Localization and maintenance of Miami-Dade Decoded is provided by Code for Miami, a group of developers, designers, data geeks, leaders, and idea-makers who volunteer to help Miami-Dade government and civic organizations adopt open web technologies. The organization welcomes all constructive feedback involving this project at its repository on Github.

Data Sources

The official code is maintained by Municipal Code Corporation and should be the primary reference for any legal questions. Even then, it is always good to consult with a lawyer when interpreting the law. Because the Code of Ordinances receives regular updates, we suggest you call the Miami-Dade Clerk of the Court at 305-375-5126 for a copy of the Code to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information.

API

The site has a RESTful, JSON-based API. Register for an API key and read the documentation for details.

Thanks

Miami-Dade Decoded wouldn’t be possible without the contributions and years of work by Waldo Jaquith, and the many dozens of people who participated in private alpha and beta testing of Virginia Decoded, the first Decoded site, over the course of a year and a half, beginning in 2010. The platform on which this site is based, The State Decoded, was expanded to function beyond Virginia thanks to a generous grant by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Special thanks to Eric Grant of the Municipal Code Corporation, and Mike Sarasti of Miami-Dade County for their tremendous help extending this project to the residents of Miami-Dade.

Particular thanks to Seamus Kraft and Bill Hunt of the OpenGov Foundation, as well as volunteers of Code for Miami who contributed to this project: Ruben Benjamin, Marco Biffi, Ernie Hsiung, Will Kempchee, Antonio Llanos, Rebekah Monson, Cristina Solana, Levi Stanley, and Cristhian Vanegas.

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Disclaimer

This is not an official copy of the Municipal Code of Miami-Dade County and should not be relied upon for legal or other official purposes. Please refer to the Official Codes provided by Municipal Code Corporation for the verified and official codes. You may not modify these codes and then represent them as the original or official codes of Miami-Dade County. The code can only be officially changed through the legislative process and willfully misrepresenting modified code as the official code of Miami-Dade County is strictly prohibited.