• Virginia Gardens’ resolution also was tabled due to the tie vote. The village had looked to annex an area across Northwest 36th Street that includes the airport business district west to the Palmetto Expressway, as well as some frontage road near Miami International Airport.
• Medley’s motion to forward to all county commissioners with a favorable recommendation died due to the lack of a second. The town had hoped to annex several square miles of property in different pockets in unincorporated Miami-Dade that would also extend its boundaries.
• Doral’s motion also died for lack of second. It had sought to annex property at the south and west sides of the city. Doral had previously been interested in annexing the Dolphin Mall, but Sweetwater beat Doral to the punch, annexing the shopping center in 2010.
These decisions come less than one year after voters amended the county charter, in 2012, which mandated commissioners to consider whether these annexations were being conducted merely bolster city’s tax base. This was because past annex bids were seen as nothing more than land grabs.
“We appreciate the county commission’s decision to spare our members a crippling tax increase,” said David. “We hope this is the end of this bad idea.”
County rules do not allow annexation proposals to come up again for at least six months.
“It was purely political,” Garcia said. “Nothing we could say was going to get them to change their minds because they [the business owners] will have to pay more taxes.”
“If we continue to push, we can get it done.”