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Sunday, September 08, 2013

Old Smokey

Good article today in today's Herald about Old Smokey, the old incinerator in Village West.

When I was at the Peace Rally for Frederick recently in Armbrister Park, a friend I was with asked what the big yellow building was adjacent to the park. Someone said it was a firehouse training facility, but it appears that before that, it was Old Smokey.

I have parked right outside that building many times when attending events in the park, I never thought twice about it. But it has a long history, and not a good one.


The soil is contaminated from decades of the incinerator spewing off smoke and debris and even setting trees on fire at times.

Neighbors are concerned, but no one is doing anything.

Herald story here.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Al Crespo said...

For folks who don't read the Miami herald, this is my comment about the article.

How could a story like this not include the name Marc Sarnoff? He's a Miami City Commissioner, and this disaster is in his District. Of course, it's in the Black part of his District, and the Commissioner has demonstrated repeatedly that he cares and treats the White part of his District a lot differently than the Black. In the White part, across the street from his house he has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to repeatedly redo the dog park. His latest redo now includes Astro Turf for the dogs.

When there is a concern about crime in the White part of his District, he'll come to your house and talk with the neighbors. When was the last time Sarnoff stepped inside a house in the Black Grove to talk about anything, much less this problem.

Who approved the deal that allowed Coral Gables to stick their trolly Garage in the Black Grove? Marc Sarnoff. Nothing gets done within his District without his approval. Of course, the next step in his corrupt political career might require support from folks in Coral Gables, so it's understandable that he'll pander to them at the expense of the folks in the Black Grove. He's that kind of guy.

But, like I said, for this story not even including a single mention of the Commissioner makes me wonder What's Up With That?

September 08, 2013 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

During the last election, outside of city hall I noticed several black citizens holding Sarnoff signs. He was even there handing out water bottles. They must've been from another part of his district as there's no way anyone from West Grove would support him, given his complete disregard for the area.

September 09, 2013 9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are people in the West Grove that will do whatever for $100 a day. That's why they were in the commission meeting during the Mercy Condo discussions with t-shirts on that were pro-development. They slept through the meetings. When they were done, they went to Lottie Person's house to pick up their money that was dropped off to Lottie by Rosario Kennedy. When people don't have money, they don't care about politics, they care about how they'll feed themselves and their kids. Sad that the politicians use the people that live in poverty this way!

September 09, 2013 4:05 PM  

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