The matter of eliminating mosquito control was described in the July 23 article County challenged on mosquitoes. South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard declared the city to be a “wildlife sanctuary.”
This entails that mosquito control in South Miami is eliminated for the sake of bats, butterflies and other creatures. The commission voted for this with no discussion with the residents.
It may be that there are better and safer methods to prevent mosquito-related illnesses.
That dialogue and evaluation needs to take place with county officials and experts.
However, in the middle of one of the wettest Julys we’ve had, halting mosquito control is downright irresponsible and speaks of poor judgment.
Politicians should protect the population they serve, not put them in harm’s way.