I’ve read a lot about how various groups want to develop Coral Reef Drive, but not a lot about how these masses, flush with cash, will get there and back home.
A Walmart shopping center and an amusement park?
The first requirement for any developer must be a plan to rework the traffic flow to that area, which is a poorly designed interchange, and fully pay for upgrades. On the best of days, that exit to Southwest 152nd Street is a mess. During rush hour, it’s a total disaster, with two expressways and two major ground streets converging. One solution would be extending State Road 874 to Southwest 152nd Street or to Southwest 137th Avenue, with exits from the turnpike.
The better, but unlikely, solution is for Miami-Dade to create reliable and efficient east-west rapid transit as so many major cities have. Then everybody will be able to get out of their cars and get to work and back faster. Metro buses aren’t enough.
I love the idea of a destination theme park, but let’s just do it right. The county has made a lot of bad deals based on pie-in-the-sky promises. It’s time for reality and accountability.
Charles Peters, West Perrine