Thursday May 1, 2008

County commission sells out Everglades

Last week, the Miami-Dade commission approved several developments beyond the UDB, and while the developments are still up in the air pending a mayoral veto, this spells trouble. A Time Magazine article very nicely lays out the compromised integrity of various members of the commission (“One of the Lowe’s project’s biggest backers on the commission is Jose “Pepe” Diaz, who is under federal investigation for allegedly receiving gifts from developers whose plans he’d voted for.”), but it also points out a larger point.

Nominally underway is a $10 billion Everglades restoration project funded by the federal government. In actuality, the whole effort is troubled and behind schedule. How, the Time article asks, can South Florida expect such a huge national investment in the ‘glades when we can’t resist paving more and more of it over? (via TM)

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  1. kenviro    Thu May 1, 02:35 PM #  

    The most unnerving part of the CERP debacle is that the South Florida Water Management District has still only acquired about 70% of the properties that are located in the CERP’s Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands project. This is one of the CERP’s ACCELR8 “fast track” projects that are supposed to be the highest priority.

    This high priority hasn’t seemed to provide any urgency to the process, and in the mean time people who own properties within these boundaries are able to apply for development entitlements that will result in higher appraised values when the eminent domain valuation process goes forward.

    Unrelated … Gogol Bordello tix go on sale tomorrow morning. Gypsy Punks Unite!

  2. FerfeLaBat    Thu May 1, 04:34 PM #  

    That is depressing news.

  3. No longer anonymouse    Thu May 1, 04:49 PM #  

    They should make the Patrick D. Smith books (Forever Island and Allapattah to name 2) required reading for all school children in Florida. If they’d started it years back, this probably wouldn’t be coming up today.

    Read them and see what I mean.