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‘Beware of alligator,’ Virginia Gardens warns joggers and picnickers

“This was my view this morning during my walk on Ludlam Dr.,” Alicia Suarez, of Miami Springs, posted online to warn neighbors, along with a menacing photo of her encounter. “Please be careful. ... there is a huge gator.”
“This was my view this morning during my walk on Ludlam Dr.,” Alicia Suarez, of Miami Springs, posted online to warn neighbors, along with a menacing photo of her encounter. “Please be careful. ... there is a huge gator.”

Joggers using the Ludlam Drive path that hugs the canal in Virginia Gardens might be motivated to move a bit faster after the city installed “Beware of Alligator” signs.

“This was my view this morning during my walk on Ludlam Dr.,” Alicia Suarez, of Miami Springs, posted online to warn neighbors — along with a menacing photo of her encounter with an alligator. “Please be careful. ... there is a huge gator.”

Police, as well as state Fish & Wildlife officers, have received calls from residents about the gator after Suarez’s July 9 post.

Soon after, Virginia Gardens Mayor Spencer Deno IV persuaded Miami Springs to join his village in adding signs along the 1.5 mile canal that runs through both locales.

The signs are posted near decorative huts that line the edge of the canal bank and let families have gatherings, picnics — and enjoy the wildlife.

“We built the Tiki huts to invite people to enjoy the canal but with recent sightings of an alligator, we now want to warn them,” Deno said.

Meanwhile, if you see the gator on or near the bike path, Deno said, do not engage or attempt to feed it. Call the police.

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