Hold the line: Fight to preserve our city’s wetlands

Posted at June 20, 2011 by Comments Off

Developers are once again lobbying to move the Urban Development Boundary (UBD) in Miami-Dade to accommodate a 961 acre development of about 7,000 cookie cutter homes, Parkaland, 2.5 miles from Everglades National Park. They argue the region is out of build-able land and must make room for future expansion.

A fabulous idea. Like a fat kid asking his mother for a bigger pair of pants because he does not have the discipline or goodwill to go on a diet.

Unfortunately, the Quirky Flamingo has no sympathy for gluttons.

Daily Business Review:

In addition to thousands of homes, the proposed community would include 200,000 square feet of retail space, 100,000 square feet of medical offices, a 200-bed hospital and 550,000 square feet of light industrial space.

Do we really need this? No.

There are thousands of vacant retail spaces, foreclosed homes and distressed properties which could easily by revitalized and redeveloped. There is no need to continue feeding the appetite of short-sighted and self-serving developers and special interest groups. The UDB exists for a reason, to protect South Florida’s most valuable resource, its water supply.

A 2005 report titled, The Importance of Maintaining the Miami-Dade County Urban Development Boundary states:

The UDB as it currently lies, in addition to saving taxpayers substantial sums that would be required to extend public facilities and services to more far-lying reaches of the County, protects major local and regional resources.  In the northwest part of the County, the UDB protects Everglades lands and the Countyís primary public wellfield and drinking water source. In the southwest, the line protects the unique, productive farmlands of the Redland Agricultural Area and the only rural lifestyle available in the County. To the southeast, the line protects the Biscayne Bay watershed, and to the south protects sensitive east Everglades wetlands.  In a County with very unique, sensitive and vanishing ecosystems and farmlands, the UDB is necessary to protect the most important remaining lands.

The Quirky Flamingo is in complete opposition to moving Miami-Dade’s UDB. Local government must not contribute to suburban sprawl. There are plenty of creative opportunities within the UDB for revitalization and redevelopment of our city’s urban core that will create jobs and breathe life into our economy.

As it stands, the decision of whether or not to move Miami-Dade’s UBD line will sit with its new mayor. On June 28, 2011, Julio Robaina and Carlos Gimenez will face a runoff election. A recent article by the Miami Herald says that both candidates have received campaign contributions from the investors behind Parkland.

CARLOS GIMENEZ 

Consistent — though not absolute — opponent to moving the Urban Development Boundary.

$4,000 in campaign contributions from supporters of moving the UDB.

JULIO ROBAINA 

Led charge to successfully move the UrbanDevelopment Boundary in Hialeah five years ago.

$28,000 in campaign contributions from supporters of moving the UDB.

READERS: Hold the line. Be conscious voters.

Be not gluttons for expansion but rather, gluttons for better living. Advocate to promote civic awareness and participation. Accommodate growth through innovation and smart planning that builds sustainable, compact communities that co-exist harmoniously with our diverse and valuable ecosystems.

Hold the line.

 

Note: If you have ideas about how we would work to revitalize and redevelop South Florida’s urban core to better accommodate future growth, the Quirky Flamingo would like to hear from you. Post your comments below! Or e-mail us at QuirkyFlamingo@gmail.com. Be the change you want to see in your city.

 

 

 

 

 

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