Dear neighbors, on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m., the county held a second MAC meeting (Municipal Advisory Committee) on the subject of incorporating Northeast Miami-Dade County into a city (actually, they could not hold a legitimate meeting, for they did not have a quorum) at the Highland Oaks Community Center, which holds about 50 people, most of whom are opposed to incorporation. As usual, many people left, as there was nowhere to sit. The same thing happened before at the Task Force for Incorporation meeting in June, held at the North Miami Beach council chambers.
The question is this: Why does the county hold these meetings in such small locations? It was also a Jewish holiday. Since this incorporation push was revived at the end of last year, my neighbors and I have been in touch with the county. They assured us that the meeting of Sept. 26 would be held at the Highland Oaks Middle School auditorium, which holds about 200 people. Of course, we didn’t know until the Friday before the meeting, even though the county promised to let us know well in advance.
About 18,000 people will be affected by the creation of this new city and its many expenses. We would like to have equal information in advance as to the time and place of future meetings.
Furthermore, there is a member of the MAC who does not reside in the incorporation area, but in Aventura! According to the resolution creating the MAC, members have to reside in the area. All members of the MAC (most of whom are pushing for incorporation) were appointed by our County Commissioner Sally Heyman.
Even the few people who are pro-incorporation have said that our taxes will be higher (we have them recorded on DVD) to pay for this new city. So please be aware: Tell your neighbors, for there are very powerful people pushing for this new city, which we will end up paying for! Note: The next MAC meeting is Oct. 24. (where?).