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Photo Gallery: Walk Like MADD and MADD Dash | Feb. 8, 2015

More than 1,000 participants took to running and walking during Mothers Against Drunk Driving's Walk Like MADD and MADD Dash, a certified 5K walk and 5K run on Sunday, Feb. 8 in Tropical Park. The nonprofit organization hosted the event to help raise awareness and honor those who have been killed or injured because of drunken driving.

South Miami

Letters: On Mayor Stoddard’s zoning and land development decisions

South Miami’s mayor Mr. Stoddard is certainly a conflicted ruler. Recently he and other commissioners protested the development of a South Dade Pineland Region waving “Save it, Don’t pave it” banners. But in his own city he promotes “Pave it, don’t save it!” It is plain to see, by the current development frenzy, loss of canopy, increased car traffic and dozens of denuded lots, that this mayor is a pawn for developers. He lost interest in preserving the hometown character desired by the residents he serves. Stoddard has been on the Commission for almost six years and alleges that he follows laws and therefore cannot help the residents who have pleaded for reasonable zoning solutions. If existing laws need changing, why was Stoddard apathetic and lacking appropriate initiative during that time? Mayor Stoddard is now resorting to hurling baseless accusations at women activists (see his letter in Soapbox on 2/1/15), bullying and intimidating his constituents and fellow Commission members to fortify his contradictory leadership.

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Letter: The destruction of South Miami’s small town character

The first commission meeting of the new year included yet another re-plat approval of a once beautiful 2.7-acre property fronting Miller Road. The property was dissected into nine lots with some serious issues. Our Commission got out their well worn and much used rubber stamps to give their “ministerial” approval. Our elected officials are effectively increasing density in our residential areas without changing the zoning, by allowing developers to re-plat every big beautiful lot that will accommodate as many huge homes that can be packed in with the current zoning.