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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Meeting called regarding toxic park

Neighbors of Merrie Christmas Park have called a meeting for Sunday, October 12 at 4 pm. They are concerned about the toxins in the park and how the county is handling the cleanup. They don't feel it is a clean-up at all, but more of a shifting of contaminated ground from one area to the other.

Miami-Dade County has declared all homes within a quarter mile radius of the park to be contaminated, this is includes Coconut Grove and Coral Gables homes, which are across LeJeune Road.

The meeting is on Barbarossa Avenue, at the east end of the park.

The City of Miami has declared the park a "Brownfield Site," in order to receive state money and to remove liability for their "cleanup." This will reduce home values and of course it is unsafe.

The City is spending $1 million but not removing any of the contamination. According to neighbors, they are digging up contaminated soil and spreading it around the park. The gian mound in the center of the park is contaminated with arsenic and heavy metals. It should be disposed of in a lined landfill, the City is being cheap and trying to save money.

Neighbors are now demanding from the City of Miami:

1) remove any contamination that htey dig up
2) work with the county to lift the contamination designation
3) eliminate the "Brownfield Site" designation.

1) REMOVE ANY CONTAMINATION THAT THEY DIG UP
2) WORK WITH THE COUNTY TO LIFT THE CONTAMINATION DESIGNATION
3) ELIMINATE THE “BROWN FIELD SITE” DESIGNATION

Email: merriechristmaspark@gmail.com for more info.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Blanche Park dog park was not remediated either, only the Blanche children's park side was. Blanche and many other Miami parks were declared"Brownfield Sites"about a week ago. That's the part across the street from Commissioner Sarnoff's home and rental property. Why hasn't the Miami Herald been covering this? Any good city newspaper would be investigating what is going on.

October 11, 2014 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blanche dog park was dug up multiple times, this was in fact done before the kids' side was remediated. Because in Miami, the well-being of the dog's come first; at least when your district commissioner is a childless dog-owner.

October 13, 2014 7:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@7:49

Not sure what Sarnoff's family status has to do with it. Just for the record, he never uses the park.


signed,
a childless dog owner
(who also doesn't use the park). :)

October 13, 2014 4:04 PM  

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