Last November, Miami-Dade voters gave a mandate to expand Florida International University for the benefit of all local residents. FIU’s expansion into county land adjacent to our Modesto A. Maidique Campus will create more opportunities for students, greater capacity for research, boost economic development and create jobs.
Sixty-five percent of almost 500,000 Miami-Dade voters support this move. It is now time to implement the mandate. The FIU team needs to continue working with commissioners, Mayor Carlos Gimenez and his team, to help identify a new location for the Youth Fair and put in place a feasible plan for the relocation.
Now that the voters’ will is clear, it is important that we do not waste a minute in finding a win-win-win solution for the Fair, the county and FIU.
Eddie Hondal, president, Friends of Higher Education, Miami