Hoping to “shame” University of Miami officials who sold land including endangered pine rockland to a developer building a Walmart-anchored shopping center and apartments, critics are bringing their protests to the university’s front gates.
The Miami Pine Rocklands Coalition is planning to rally between 3 and 6 p.m. Friday near the university’s main entrance at U.S. 1 and Stanford Drive in Coral Gables. Dubbed “Buy it Back/Shame on U,” organizers hope to build on the efforts of a January rally near the proposed Walmart off Coral Reef Drive that drew about 700 protesters.
A second protest is planned outside Government Center on March 3 when county commissioners will consider declaring the area blighted. The designation is needed to create a community redevelopment agency for the project and proposed Miami Wilds amusement park.