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North Miami to vote on pony ride vendor at Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park

In 2008: Shirley Chance, the long-time owner of Rock-N-Ranch who lost her city lease after staff said she didn’t comply with code requirements.
In 2008: Shirley Chance, the long-time owner of Rock-N-Ranch who lost her city lease after staff said she didn’t comply with code requirements. Miami Herald File

Pony rides at North Miami’s Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park may return soon as the City Council votes Tuesday night on a vendor to handle services at the park.

The stables at the park, 1725 NE 135th St., have been vacant since last April when Shirley Chance, the long-time owner of Rock-N-Ranch, lost her city lease after staff said she didn’t comply with code requirements.

Since then, the stables have been renovated and the council will consider awarding the bid to either M&M Stables South or The Family Ranch. Staff recommended M&M Stables South because it scored highest with the city’s evaluation committee.

The city would receive $7,500 annually from awarding the contract to M&M Stables South and 10 percent of the vendor’s monthly sales revenue.

The process of replacing Chance involved an extended debate between members of The Family Ranch and Enchanted Stables, another group that initially bid for the contract. The two groups made their cases before the City Council last summer and the city ultimately restarted the process and issued a new request for proposals earlier this year.

Council members will also discuss an annexation area that’s being sought by both North Miami and the neighboring village of Biscayne Park.

Both municipalities have been considering the chunk of land bordered by Northeast 121st Street to the north, 119 Street on the south and between Biscayne Blvd and Northeast 16th Avenue. Biscayne Park’s request extends farther west into a residential area that goes past Northeast 13 Avenue.

North Miami applied with Miami-Dade County to annex the area in 2013 with hopes to take advantage of about $263,000 in additional tax revenue. Biscayne Park’s village commission voted to pursue their plans in early 2014.

Biscayne Park’s application was delayed last summer when it was discovered that the village didn’t have necessary signatures from residents in the proposed area.

The issue was discussed at the Feb. 24 North Miami council meeting and Councilwoman Marie Steril and Councilman Scott Galvin were supportive of allowing Biscayne Park to annex the area.

“We’re a city of plenty when it comes to commercial areas,” Galvin said. “Biscayne Park has nothing.”

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