Letter: Pinecrest must address flood problems


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It is gratifying that Pinecrest will finally study flooding issues ( Village to assess storm water plans, Neighbors, May 22). Good news except now how to protect those of us facing imminent danger from flooding because of the village’s initial denial. A posting on my blog,, shows the result of the city is not thinking ahead, permitting development without drainage.

Building codes mandate that stormwater must be contained on a building site. Yet officials allowed nearly five acres of former horse pasture and swamp land to be cleared, elevated, and channeled behind several homes.

And when we flooded, a safeguard berm over-topped by torrential rains, what was the response then?

“A fluke,” Pinecrest officials said, oblivious to the effects of climate change in our inland community, the sea rise and heavy rains of our future pushed aside.

It took an online presence to stir the waters, jar the city from slumber. An online blog showing nightmarish images of flooding — land rising to the level of a lake, a lake without drainage.

It is amazing what calls to the city from editors, reporters, inquiring officials and curious lawyers can do. Visit my blog and see for yourself.

Hope Marcus, Pinecrest

Village council’s priorities misplaced

At a recent meeting of the Palmetto Bay Village Council, Councilwoman Joan Lindsay said “I am outraged at this,” referring to light poles on an athletic field of Palmer Trinity School.

What I find outrageous is that neither she nor any other member of this council or the previous one was outraged when a stop sign was illegally removed after only 2 weeks at the intersection of Southwest 86th Avenue and 171st Street.

The stop sign was installed at the request of 22 families on our street in an effort to control speeding and to possibly save the life of a child.

I and other residents have spoken numerous times trying to get it re-installed but our pleas fall on deaf ears. When it was removed, we were lied to as to why it was removed. At a meeting one night when I and another resident were speaking about the stop sign, Mayor Shelley Stanczyk told us “It was removed because one person did not want it.” I asked her, “What about the civil rights of the other 22 families on our street?” No answer.

If we subscribe to the mayor’s theory of democracy then she should not be mayor because not everyone voted for her.

At a council meeting a few months back, five firefighters both active and retired from different departments, got up and spoke about speeding in Palmetto Bay. I thought that would have an impact on traffic enforcement but I was wrong. Nothing changed.

What a shame that the Concerned Citizens of Old Cutler are directing their energies at a frivolous issue about light poles on an athletic field. A light that will not shine into anyone’s bedroom.

What a shame that the pleas that I and others from 86th Avenue made about needing a safe street go unheeded. What a shameful statement this makes about our community and its leadership.

Robert Buzzelli, Palmetto Bay

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