City refuses to clean-up park to neighbors' liking
The neighbors are concerned about the way the job is being completed, they feel that the dirt is being pushed from one area to the other but it's not being completely removed from the park. As of now they claim that the property values are dropping, too.
A meeting at City Hall on Thursday brought some bad news. The City is refusing to remove all of the tainted soil and it was suggested that if the neighbors want otherwise, they should pay for a large part of the removal costs and replacement of the soil themselves. The cost is about $50,000.
District Commissioner Marc Sarnoff said that the $50,000 is about one third of the total cost.
As of now the park is closed, the property values are declining and neighbors are totally frustrated. This affects not only Coconut Grove but Coral Gables, which is across the street from the park and within a quarter mile perimiter which is deemed toxic. Arsenic, barium, cadmium, and lead still cover the area, all the result of the long ago incinerator Old Smokey.
Neighbors have now retained attorneys to fight for their cause.
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