Re Antoinette Fischer’s letter, South Miami pool will be a money pit (Soapbox, Aug. 31): Cost isn’t the only issue regarding South Miami’s Aquatic Center. For 40 years, the city’s African-American residents have been asking for a community pool. The idea of a public pool was first discussed in the predominantly African-American parts of South Miami after several lives were lost due to drownings.
How would you react if you were a shareholder in an organization that intentionally duped you over and over again? Imagine this: The majority of the board proposed a project that would greatly benefit the community. Construction of the project will be paid for with funds provided by a source outside of your organization. But the project will require extensive maintenance for perpetuity, and the maintenance will be funded for the next six years by another organization that is an affiliate of yours. After six years have elapsed, all shareholders in your organization will be billed for the perpetual maintenance for the project.
South Miami administrators are looking for hundreds of thousands of dollars in budget cuts after city commissioners rejected a proposal to save money by replacing city trash collectors with a private company.
It was reassuring to learn in Soapbox (Mosquito spraying can have negative consequences, Aug. 17) that South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard, a professor of biology at Florida International University, has discovered what most residents of his city knew decades ago – that mosquitoes breed in standing water, including the contents of bromeliads. But it wasn’t reassuring to learn that Stoddard apparently now feels qualified to advise the rest of us about his belated discovery – and to impose on all his neighbors his own conclusions about the impact of mosquito spraying in this region. If Stoddard had lived here during the weeks after Hurricane Andrew, he might have acquired a greater understanding of how far the quality of human life can deteriorate in a former swamp when mosquito spraying is suspended even temporarily.
This rainy summer, my family was so vexed by mosquitoes that we could use neither our front porch nor back porch without turning on a fan and applying insect repellant. We embarked on a program to reduce the mosquito breeding in our yard and immediate neighborhood. We eliminated standing water in our yard, added mosquitofish to an abandoned swimming pool nearby, and removed ornamental bromeliads that collect water. Ten days later, we could sit outside again without the company of tiny buzzing vampires. I would be happy to assist any South Miami resident in the same program. In fact I have begun working with city staff on a citywide initiative to address stagnant water in derelict swimming pools, which can be detected from aerial imagery.
Applause spilled out of the doors of the commission chambers at South Miami City Hall on Tuesday as commissioners unanimously rejected an ordinance that would have privatized the city’s solid waste department.
I read the recent article about South Miami not allowing the airplanes that spray to kill mosquitoes (County challenged on mosquitoes, Neighbors). I sure hope the city is not serious. Exposing our children, elderly and everybody else to the threat of diseases which are carried by mosquitoes is irresponsible.
Concerned city employees sat shoulder-to-shoulder, filling South Miami’s City Commission meeting July 22 at City Hall. Several attendees voiced their concerns regarding an ordinance authorizing City Manager Steven Alexander to enter a franchise agreement that would change South Miami’s waste collection department from city operated to privately operated.
Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches will soon have a new home in South Miami. The city commission unanimously approved a special-use permit for the restaurant to go in on the Red Road side of the Shops at Sunset Place.
At the beginning of the year, Vanette Guerra, 30, was getting ready to be a bridesmaid in two weddings and wanted to get in shape. A friend at church recommended Supreme Fitness Academy, a fitness and mixed martial arts gym that operates out of a warehouse owned by South Miami Martial Arts.