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Miami Gardens council officially approves plan for Bunche Park pool

The Miami Gardens City Council met Wednesday, May 27.

The main item

A new pool is officially coming to the Bunche Park neighborhood in Miami Gardens after the council approved plans to rebuild the facility at Wednesday’s meeting.

The plan was put into action after a community meeting in the neighborhood where residents unanimously showed support for rebuilding the pool as opposed to building a water playground, using funding from the city’s $60 million general obligation bond issue.

Rebuilding the pool will cost the city about $4.3 million.

Other business

▪ Economic growth plan: The city council, on first reading, approved a plan to create an economic growth plan to encourage hiring of residents for local development. The city will give preference to developers and companies who comply with the plan.

▪ Financial auditor search: The council voted to terminate its contract with the Sharpton Group and created an audit committee to search for a new firm for future audits. The committee members will be assistant city manager Craig Clay, finance director Patricia Varney and assistant finance director Mike Quesada.

▪ Miami Gardens Express: The city will hold a grand opening for its new trolley system at 10:30 a.m. Monday at City Hall. The free system will have two routes on the east and west side of the city and 89 stops for riders at major intersections, shopping plazas and attractions like Sun Life Stadium.

You said it

“I wholeheartedly respect the process that’s taken in order to choose the right person for the position of chief of police. We are here to support Interim Chief Antonio Brooklen.” — Officer Alberto Seda, speaking on behalf of about two dozen officers who stood in support of Brooklen Wednesday night.

The next meeting

▪ When: June 10 at 7 p.m.

▪ Where: Miami Gardens City Hall, 18605 NW 27th Ave., Miami Gardens