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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Will Merrie Christmas Park finally be toxic-free?

One of my friends who lives next to Merrie Christmas Park is happy with the solution to their toxic soil problem. The City has finally agreed to remove all of the dangerous soil and replace it. Until there were protests, a drum circle and an attorney brought in, the City had planned to shuffle some dirt around and call it a day. Until now, property values and health issues were a big concern.

Now the job will be done correctly. All the toxic soil will be taken out of Merrie Christmas Park and replaced with "clean dirt." 

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Blogger Michelle Niemeyer said...

Tom, this post needs a bit of factual correction. I'm the attorney who has been hired by residents who live on and across from Merrie Christmas Park to represent them. Here's the scoop to the best of my current knowledge:

A private donor whose name is not being revealed by the City has agreed to pay for removal of the contaminated soil that has been unearthed.

Your article says all the contaminated soil will be removed from the park. That is incorrect. Most of the contaminated soil will be left in place. The City's plan is to cap it with clean soil and either plant grass on it or cover it with rubberized mulch, depending on the location. They originally planned to use the soil they agreed to move as fill in a lower-lying area of the park. Removing the contaminated soil is a step in the right direction, but may not fully address the risk of re-exposure because of the flooding and erosion in the park.

The property value concerns relate to the Brownfield designation and a notice the County has placed on every residential address within 1/4 mile of the contaminated parks. My clients would like for there to be a cleanup that the County considers sufficient for DERM to remove that designation from the County website. The City says they are taking steps to remove the Brownfield designation. They are working with the County on the designation issue. Based upon Mr. Mayorga's comments at the public meeting, the County will require a better cleanup to remove the designation, although they may change its color or how it is worded. We are hoping the City will improve its cleanup to a level the County can agree leaves no need for a designation on neighboring properties.

October 30, 2014 5:35 PM  
Anonymous Al Crespo said...

Tom,

I too have weighed in with my thoughts on how this clean of the City's parks is being handled.

al crespo

October 30, 2014 6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want at least one toxic park left in Miami to drop off the in laws for picnic.

October 30, 2014 6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wooww.. soo now it's a spaced-out "cleandirt" volleyball game between Dormant Planet Derm astronomers,"the City", Real Folks, the Drum Circle, Nature's Grain itself, plus various pets and possibly diverse animal spirits on the lose? Galactic.

October 30, 2014 8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the in depth reporting Al! As usual Sarnoff is involved in more shady business

October 31, 2014 6:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Al Crespo...on the case whenever there's a chance to shamelessly self promote.

November 01, 2014 8:30 PM  

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