Owing to the Federal Governments’ absolute refusal to hold an open, public hearing in South Florida on the below Walmart proposal, a coalition of environmental groups have banded together to sponsor their own Public Hearing. The event is scheduled for April 25 at the Deering Estate from 6 thru 8 pm. Details to follow.
We received notification a few days ago via Nextdoor that Miami-Dade County has signed off on a new plan to allow the construction of a major Walmart shopping center and 900-unit apartment project between SW 152nd Street and the Zoo Miami property. Many of you will recall that a previously proposed project plan was vigorously opposed by thousands of citizens and several prominent environmental groups in the first months of 2015.
Much of the opposition to this idea was originally triggered by a desire to protect hundreds of acres of unique, unspoiled pine rocklands and several endangered species of plants and animals. Many of the residents nearby to this project were also appalled that poor urban planning has already resulted in almost total traffic gridlock on portions of SW 152nd Street – the very last thing we need is a major shopping center and 900 families pouring more vehicles onto this vital thoroughfare!
The most current information we have is that the powers-that-be [LOL] unfortunately set aside only 90 days (30 of which have already expired) for the public to make comments on this very questionable new proposal . There are efforts underway to try to force a public hearing on the issue. Further details and latest info are available on Nextdoor, on a special Facebook page, and at http://miamipinerocklandscoalition.org.
The complete text of the project proposal (“Coral Reef Commons Draft Habitat Conservation Plan”) may be read here
There is also a very informative summary article on the project available via the Miami Herald. .