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Miami Springs referendum to go on as planned on Tuesday


Special to the Miami Herald

A Miami Springs referendum will proceed as planned on Tuesday, a Miami-Dade judge ruled Monday morning.

“There will be no irreparable harm if the special election is allowed to proceed,” wrote Circuit Judge Norma S. Lindsey, who held an emergency hearing in the case on Friday afternoon.

The referendum will be on whether to authorize the City Council to sell a 10,299-square-foot parking lot beside a golf course for $115,000. The issue has proven contentious in Miami Springs, and the small suburb is now dotted with campaign signs urging neighbors to vote yes or no.

The six Miami Springs residents sued to stop the referendum “will have an adequate remedy at law to challenge the proposed sale of the subject property” if it passes, Judge Lindsey wrote.

In other words, the judge concluded that opponents can still try to stop the sale even if the referendum passes, so it would be premature for her to intervene now.

Resident John McCarty and five other plaintiffs say the referendum would violate the city charter. All six live on the golf course.

This question will appear on the ballot:

"Shall the city council be authorized to sell and rezone the 10,299-square-foot (less than a quarter of an acre) of golf course property adjacent to the former James Medical Clinic currently under license agreement as a parking area to proposed contract purchasers for $115,000?"

The special election will take place Tuesday at the city’s community center, 1401 Westward Dr. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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