The 87th Avenue Bridge Task Force held its first meeting last night to discuss the proposed Miami-Dade County SW 87th Avenue Bridge project and continue to hear feedback from the community.
Village Manager Nick Marano opened the meeting and explained the purpose of the Task Force and the process that will be followed. Village Attorney John Dellagloria provided a synopsis of the Sunshine Laws and the Public Records requirements.
Mayor Cunningham took a few minutes to personally thank the Task Force members for their time and service to the Palmetto Bay community. Mayor Cunningham also reminded the members and the public that the Village council had previously adopted a resolution to move forward with a conflict resolution meeting with the county, which is required by law before any legal action is taken. A tentative date in early March has been scheduled for that purpose and more information will follow.
The Task Force selected Carmen Baker as Chair and Joseph Miorelli as Secretary.
Mr. Miorelli will be tracking public comments and key points of the Task Force’s position against the building of the bridge which the Village Council voted unanimously to oppose earlier this year. The Task Force discussed the impacts of the bridge to Palmetto Bay and listened to more than 30 individual public comments.
Next week the Task Force will work on a draft report to the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization for the first 90 minutes of their meeting and then open the public comment period for 30 minutes. Comments and questions can be submitted to the Village at any time. Details on the meeting date and time will be posted on our Village website and announced on our social media outlets. For more information on how to remain engaged and to understand the history of events surrounding this project please visit https://www.palmettobay-fl.gov/1226/87th-Avenue-Bridge-Task-Force. Stay involved and stay safe!
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