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Letter: Haulover Park is causing traffic jams on Collins Avenue


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I am reaching out to all of the people who travel north and south on Collins Avenue in Northeast Miami-Dade and have been sitting in traffic. The past few Saturdays and Sundays have been horrendous because of the functions taking place at Haulover Park.

One day it was the kite festival together with the food-truck convention. Another day it was because people were trying to launch their boats and the parking lot was full. Most of the time, the traffic jam is due to the boat owners trying to launch boats. The police allowed these massive boats to line up in the right lane, leaving only one Southbound lane open. This is unacceptable. What would happen if an emergency vehicle needed to pass?

I could understand an accident or a water main break occurring or an emergency requiring road repair holding up traffic. However it is ludicrous to hold up traffic and endanger lives because of filled parking lots. The officials who are in charge of Haulover are not doing their job, which is to keep the roadway clear and moving. If you are as disgusted as I am, speak out, not to one another, but to the officials who are paid with our tax money.

Jessica E. Flax, Surfside

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