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Golden Pines to Get Facelift 

Including the Creation of a New Douglas Park

The City was scheduled to start remediation on Douglas Park this July, however, in achieving that starting date, the City wouldn’t have enough time to purchase new equipment in the areas programmed for remediation. The City had intended to leave the Playground, the outdoor Gym Equipment and the parking lot in the general condition that it is in now. Though the Gym equipment is approximately only 4 years old, and the playground a little older, we believe that there are better state-of-the-art options the City should be exercising. The gym equipment currently in the park is first generation, and today, state-of-the-art is 3rd generation equipment. The playground can be described as second generation but today state-of-the-art is 4th generation equipment. The Parking lot will be regraded along with the rest of the park which will also be regraded. The best description of the regrade is as follows:  if you park along the swale and walk into the park, you will be proceeding down about 3 feet of downward slope. The regrade will significantly diminish the slope as the park will be graded up a number of feet.
 
The City is looking to do the park right and only once. Though this can be viewed as disappointing, it is better expressed as doing it right and in the existing state-of-the-art. The park will open the end of the first quarter of next year. The New Community Center will be completed by the end of next year and will be state of the art. The total cost of the project is estimated at $8 million. This includes $3.2 million for park remediation, $2.5 million for the construction of a new community center, and $2.7 million in new gym equipment, new shade structures, new playground equipment and furnishings for the new community center.
 
A computer generated diagram of the park is found below. It demonstrates the park configuration and work that will be performed.


 
In addition to the Park, the City will commence construction of 27th Street approximately at the same time and will complete it within 3 months. We are looking to start the design of 3 additional streets, and will let the community know when these are ready to be viewed for comment by the residents. Our District 2 has spent about $1.6 million on road improvements in Golden Pines in the past few years, and with these much needed new road improvements, the number will move closer to $2.5 million.
 
The streets that have been refurbished are:
 
        - SW 32nd Avenue, from SW 28th Street to SW 23rd Terrace
        - SW 27th Terrace, between SW 29th Avenue and SW 30th Avenue
        - SW 25th Terrace, from SW 32nd Avenue and SW 27th Avenue
 
The streets that will be refurbished within the next 3 months are:
 
        - SW 27th Street
        - SW 29th Terrace
        - SW 33rd Court
 
The City Commission needs to approve a bond so we can finish all streets.

As always, if you have questions or concerns that you'd like to share with our office, you can always call us at (305) 250-5333 or email me at msarnoff@miamigov.com.

Voice Your Opinions To Nuclear Regulatory Commission About Turkey Point Expansion

As you probably all know, FPL is planning to expand the Turkey Point power plant by constructing and operating two nuclear reactor units as well as miles of oversized transmission lines up and down U.S.1. We at the City of Miami are doing all we can to stop this from happening. You can help by voicing your concerns to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The deadline for public comment to the NRC on this project is July 17, 2015. See below for the ways to contact these organizations and voice your disapproval for this monstrous project.

Email: TurkeyPoint.COLEIS@nrc.gov

Mail:
Re: NUREG-2176
Cindy Bladey
Office of Administration
Mail Stop: OWFN 12 H8
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-000
 
If you have any questions or concerns regarding our efforts to stop this expansion of nuclear reactors, please contact Victoria Mendez, The City of Miami City Attorney at vmendez@miamigov.com, or
305-416-1800.

Coconut Grove Problem Solving Team Wins Award

On Tuesday, June 2, 2015, The City of Miami Police Department held its monthly award ceremony. The Coconut Grove Problem Solving Team received the Unit Citation for distinguished performance during the Month of May 2015. We thank these officers for their exceptional work for in the community as they are a great example of what quality police work is and always should be.

As always, if you have questions or concerns that you'd like to share with our office, you can always call us at (305) 250-5333 or email me at msarnoff@miamigov.com.
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