UM sells precious land

07/15/2014 6:45 PM

07/15/2014 6:46 PM

I’m extremely discouraged that the University of Miami would sell property of such ecological value on Coral Reef Drive to Ram Development rather than preserve it ( Walmart planned for endangered forest lands in South Florida, July 13). First-class universities in other parts of the country invest in the preservation of endangered habitats rather than turning a profit from them.

UM could have followed the example of Cornell University’s Cayuga Nature Center and given this area something it needs. Instead, UM will give us more urban sprawl while turning a quick profit.

Friends and family have long supported UM. As a high school teacher, I have applauded many of my students’ decision to join the long tradition of excellence in academics, athletics and fine arts there.

But now, as I contemplate a future of even earlier mornings to deal with the traffic gridlock on Southwest 152 Street and watch one of the last swaths of pine rockland bulldozed for future shopping and apartments, I find it hard to muster much enthusiasm for the future of the Hurricanes.

Rob LaVohn, Miami

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