South Miami

South Miami City Commission continues to back Underline

An artistic rendering of the Underline, a 10-mile linear park proposed to run under the Metrorail system from Miami to Dadeland.
An artistic rendering of the Underline, a 10-mile linear park proposed to run under the Metrorail system from Miami to Dadeland. theunderline.org

Despite Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s recent vetoing of $2 million in funding toward the Underline Linear Park and Urban Trail, the South Miami City Commission voted to stick behind the project at its meeting on Tuesday.

The main item

Commissioner Bob Welsh sponsored a resolution asking for the Underline to return $25,000 that the city gave to the project. The resolution failed 4-1.

The 10-mile linear park is proposed to run under the Metrorail system from Miami to Dadeland. A recent sampling by the Underline’s design firm of Florida Power & Light’s plans for building electrical poles along the same corridor showed that those poles would compromise the bike path and landscaping along the trail.

Welsh wanted the money back to plant trees on land adjacent to the Metrorail.

“Meg Daly (president and founder of friends of the Underline) is pretty resourceful,” Mayor Philip Stoddard said. “I would generally bet on her to make something happen. I think we will see the Underline happen. It was very interesting to see the extent to which FPL’s transmission lines would interfere with that project and people’s vision.”

Other business

▪ No to fracking: The commission unanimously approved a resolution supporting legislation for a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing, acid fracturing, or any well stimulation treatment in Florida, including the prohibition of disposal of related materials and byproducts, anywhere within Florida or in the waters adjacent to the state. The resolution also opposes any legislation that permits fracking to expand into Florida or that would keep the use of chemicals or any other substance used in fracking, or other methods of oil or gas drilling or recovery, secret.

▪ Produce for sale: An ordinance passed unanimously allowing for residents to sell homegrown produce on private property. Residents may now sell produce, plants and honey grown or produced from a homegrown produce stand on their own property. Stands must be five feet or shorter in height, width or depth and not include more than six feet of display shelving.

▪ Fueling the city: The commission unanimously passed a resolution authorizing city manager Steven Alexander to enter into a multi-year contract with Mansfield Oil Company of Gainesville, Inc. to purchase and deliver bulk fuel gasoline and diesel for its vehicle fleet and equipment.

They said it

“(Scott) vetoed all of our local trails money,” Stoddard said before the meeting. “He vetoed our water money, our drainage money, the sewer money and some other projects as well. He just took the money out of Miami-Dade County because he didn’t like us.”

The next meeting

▪ When: 7 p.m. July 14

▪ Where: City Hall, 6130 Sunset Dr., South Miami

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