River Cities Gazette

Miami Springs City Planner Jim Holland passes away



SUDDEN PASSING: Jim Holland, who had been the Miami Springs city planning and zoning director for the last three years, died of a heart attack at his home on Sunday afternoon.
SUDDEN PASSING: Jim Holland, who had been the Miami Springs city planning and zoning director for the last three years, died of a heart attack at his home on Sunday afternoon.
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I was saddened by the news that Jim Holland had passed away on Sunday. Jim was a good man who worked hard as the city planner for Miami Springs.

Jim followed Richard Ventura as the city planner and neither one lived to see the job through; although I doubt the future planning for a city is ever done. Jim was dedicated to his profession and although his opinions were not always popular, he made decisions in the best interests of the Miami Springs.

Jim always had a smile on his face despite the pressures he faced from outside and inside City Hall. He and I had played golf together once before and we were always trying to set another tee time to play again. Unfortunately, that will not happen.. 

The Miami Springs council  and staff expressed how much he will be missed and what a consummate professional he was in every way.

“Jim was an incredible man,” Mayor Zavier Garcia said at Monday’s meeting. “He really cared about his job and stood his ground no matter what political pressures there were.”

James Holland, 68, died of a heart attack while watching the Dolphins game on Sunday afternoon. The services for Holland are scheduled for noon on Thursday, Dec. 12 at the John Hanks Memorial Chapel at 5249 NW 36th Street (corner of South Drive and 36th Street). Parking is in the rear of the building, but very limited and seating/standing space in the chapel is very limited.

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