A bathroom was the crux of the debate among Bay Harbor Islands council members and their indecision in a meeting on Monday January 13, over whether to build a childrens park on 98th Street.
We cant afford to keep dipping into our reserves, said council member Stephanie Bruder. We have Rolls Royce taste, but we dont have a Rolls Royce budget.
The park would cost the town about $603,000, but that estimate didnt include a public bathroom that would cost an additional $250,000.
We have a community of families, but our parks are what the residents want," said Vice Mayor Jordan Leonard. I think we can build the park and wait until we have the money to add the bathroom(s) next month.
However, council member Joshua Fuller said he doesnt think its a good idea to build the park in pieces and would rather have everything done at once.
Mayor Robert Yaffe, however, interjected and said he doesnt see the justification for the amount of money being spent.
I for one am fully on board with the park; I raised three kids, but I dont see how we can spend $250,000 on a bathroom, Yaffe said.
Additionally, council member Isaac Salver said he wasnt fond of the design of the park.
The design doesnt render this kind of cost, Salver said.
However, council member Solange Rousselot responded with frustration.
Now were not in agreement with the design? she asked. Weve been talking about this for months, and now were at the final stage and people have a problem with the design!
After about an hour of discussion, council members decided to direct Assistant Town Manager J.C. Jimenez to get other estimates for the park for next months meeting.