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Letter: North Miami councilman says Biscayne Landing can be done right

 

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Biscayne Landing is the single biggest private development in our city’s history. We only get one chance to do it right. We can and must ensure that what gets built will enhance the quality of life for residents and is something of which our city can be proud.

The overall concept that I have supported is based on a fabulous mixed-use development in Newport, N.J., called Newport. I encourage anyone interested in this issue to look at www.newportnj.com.

I hope that the final plan submitted to the city council is modeled substantially on the Newport, N.J., development. Such a plan would have my support once again, because it is the right plan for North Miami.

Of course, this is a big, complicated project. As such, there will be a lot of give and take in crafting an acceptable, workable plan to make this project a success.

I am confident we can all come together and find common ground to make this a reality.

Michael R. Blynn,

city council member, District 2

Bay Harbor Islands

Candidate lays out goals, reaches out

My name is Kelly Reid, and I am a candidate for town council in Bay Harbor Islands. I have been a resident for over 14 years, and a volunteer here most of that time working to preserve and protect this unique, special town that is very dear to me. I have extensive full-time experience and training in government — at the management level — and some specific goals to benefit our quality of life.

I look forward to seeing BHI residents at our town picnic this Sunday, April 7, from 1-5 p.m., at 1177 Kane Concourse. I have also expressed my desire to participate in a "Meet the Candidates" forum, whose date and time is yet to be determined. My contact information is available on my website of the same name: www.kellyreid.com.

Kelly Reid,

council candidate

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