Letter: County must reject new Kendall charter school


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To submit your letter, e-mail, or write Soapbox, c/o Neighbors, 3511 NW 91st Ave., Miami, FL 33172. Fax: 305-376-5287. Letters must address a specific LOCAL issue, and must be signed with a name, city or neighborhood, as well as a telephone number for verification purposes. Letters more than 350 words will not be accepted, and writers are limited to one letter every four weeks. Letters will run as space allows, and may be edited for length, style and clarity. The deadline for letters is noon Wednesday.

Mr. Glasser’s Soapbox letter ( New Kendall school would bring too much traffic, April 13) is concise and accurate. Our small and established neighborhood on the west side of Southwest 97th Avenue on 92nd and 93rd terraces are up in arms on the proposed new 1,850-student charter school of the Pinewood Acres site. “No, no, no,” say all the residents.

The newly constructed access to the Don Shula and Palmetto expressways was a welcome addition. However, the traffic in the morning has increased considerably. Having the additional proposed students delivered by private vehicles will create a terrible burden on our neighborhood. None of the students will be walked to school as local children are not a consideration for enrollment at this time.

The traffic and cars parked along 97th Avenue and 104th Street to accommodate Killian High School is barely manageable, and adding another high school so close will result in a snarl that will make the use of our local roads impossible. Miami-Dade County officials had best take heed to the protests of our residents. We will fight this proposal to keep the value of our properties and our right to continued peaceful enjoyment of our neighborhood.

Catherine Blondell, Kendall

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