|Is it any wonder the residents in the Redland are angry? Look at where the proposed dump is -- in the middle of the farming area, many surrounding property owners have been there over 30 years.|
When 80 people show up in the Redland to protest a dump that is like 2,000 people in your neighborhood. People are pissed! Here is a letter to the Mayor that Eye on Miami obtained. I don't think that Carlos Gimenez is going to like the tone of the letter - he can be prickly - but hey, these are mad farmers and I don't blame them and I totally agree with nixing the dump:
With all due respect, Mayor Gimenez, and Deputy Mayor Hudak,
I would like county officials to understand that we are not your Feudal Serfs, you are not the Lords of the Kingdom of Redland. We are RURAL CITIZENS, we pay our taxes, and we deserve to be represented, as a community just as judiciously as any urban or suburban community in Miami-Dade County.
Redland FARM Area is NOT a depository for any and all services and headquarters you feel you need to expand (the dump description includes ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDINGS). Redland residents rallied to prevent that 10 ACRES from becoming a police station, and then a fire station. And we certainly don't want a DUMP there, on our "back 40."
The algorithms you've been using to determine "public interest" do not equate out here in Redland FARM Area. When 50 people show up for a meeting, that represents a lot of territory! And I've seen the county spin that number to indicate lack of interest (ie: opposition). I attended a West Kendall Community Council Meeting, during Thanksgiving week! a few years back. MORE than 25 of us managed to find out about it, from word of mouth and e-mailing each other, and showed up to OPPOSE the proposition allowing the infamous Lennar Devourment Corpulation (remember Country Walk?) to build behind the UDB!
After the meeting, the county announced that such a low number in attendance indicated a "lack of interest", with no mention of the shameful inadequacies in "Information and Outreach" to people who care.
Ethics violations by counsel members were soon exposed by the Herald, and rules were changed - but not in time to stop Lennar's "Kendall Square" - under construction right now on farmland. So, another giant chunk of Redland FARM Area was lost to devious developers. And what they are erecting are big, ugly monstrosities. Go see for yourself.
Redland FARM Area must be preserved as an AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY, with its "Redland Raised" produce, huge groves and nurseries, exotic koi farms and orchid houses, animal farms, horse ranches and feed stores!
People from your side of the UDB, come to our side of the UDB to get away - not to drive by a 10 ACRE DUMP!
Redland FARM Area - Keep it Ag.
Native Miamian - Redland resident since1978