Miami-Dade Commission takes on proposed development near Homestead, Cutler Bay – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami-Dade County Commission was set to vote on a controversial development in District 8, an area that includes Homestead and Cutler Bay.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava has long been against the project, saying it’s a horrible idea.
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At issue, 800 acres stretching from SW 107th Avenue west to SW 122nd.
From south at 268th to north at 256th.
It is being proposed for development that opponents say bypasses the overall development master plan that limits development in the Everglades and Biscayne Bay.
“If we degrade our environment. This precious resource that supports us for our water needs, our agricultural needs, for the protection of our bay. All of these things are at risk with today’s demand,” Mayor Cava said.
Thursday’s commission hearing is due to vote on the matter.
The vote will take place after approximately 250 residents who registered for the public forum have contributed their two cents.
President Jose “Pepe” Diaz argued that it was a development that would create jobs, build schools, businesses and residential areas.
But others say it’s a proposed site for a massive warehouse system that would increase traffic and ultimately destroy the environment.
“Building a development requires raising it 4 to 8 feet, as the developers say,” said Michael Perez, who lives in Homestead, the potentially affected area.
He says 4 to 8 feet would create a huge flooding problem. It would directly affect the streets and homes of his family and friends.
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“Essentially, when you have an elevated area, water will flow around it to the outskirts, which will affect many Homestead residents. I believe this negates the economic benefit often touted by this project. We cannot reap the benefits if our homes are flooded.
Also with an interest in the proposed development is the Miccosukee Tribal Land.
Encroaching development is something the tribe knows very well.
Curtis Osceola of the Miccosukee Tribe said, “Expanding the UDB (urban development boundary) is not good for any South Florida. We are experienced in environmental issues and have been litigating environmental issues for decades.
Osceola said the development would cause severe damage to the Biscayne Aquifer and affect agriculture, among other negative impacts.
The proposed development does not encroach on tribal lands at this time, but Osceola said it is a possibility.
“The UDB’s expansion on this side is symbolic of them coming to the other side and encroaching on tribal lands and starting to encroach on this main Everglades waterway.”
Mayor Cava’s team of experts advised against this development in a 1,364-page analysis of the proposal.
Mayor Cava said she was for development, but not here.
“We have demonstrated that commercial development can grow in this county. We have enough space. We have demonstrated that we have jobs in this riding. We are building rapid transit to South Dade.
For this development to continue, 9 commissioners must vote in favor. However, Mayor Cava said if it passed she would veto it.
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The final vote has been postponed to June 1.