This meme pretty much summarizes the disgusting sequence of events. One federal government agency gives part of the old Richmond Naval Air Station property to the University of Miami, a PRIVATE university, while another federal government agency says that there are endangered plant and wildlife species on the property. This land is part of the 2% of the remaining undeveloped pine rockland in the county and any reasonable person would think it's a shame that we have managed to pave over so much and preserve so little.
Donna Shalala and UM cronies snuck an unpublicized deal through the Miami-Dade County Commission to rezone the land to commercial designation to enhance the value of the land. SHAME on the entire Miami-Dade Commission for having no consideration for the environment! The University of Miami then sells the pine rockland to RAM Realty from Palm Beach County for $22 million.
RAM Realty proposes to build 900 apartments and a WalMart store on the pineland while preserving a small portion of the property in its native state.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! We have paved over far too much of this county with very little preserved as it is. Re-develop old blighted areas of this county instead of destroying virgin land containing endangered plants and wildlife!
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