Thank you for giving residents of West Kendall an opportunity to express our opinions about the changes in West Kendall which started some time ago with rebranding the Tamiami Airport to Miami Executive Airport. Now comes the rebranding of West Kendall to West End, all these slow changes without involving the community could solidify Commissioner Juan Zapata’s intent to be the mayor of West End city.
As a resident of West Kendall many issues concern me, but the air traffic is high on the list. Daily, planes fly at very low altitude over my house, the noise is very annoying, interfering with the tranquility of the surrounding lakes and trees. At times there is a feeling that another accident is about to happen anytime, similar to the one by Krome Avenue not long ago. Just recently two planes crashed in the same day, the one pilot in route to the Miami Executive Airport made an emergency landing on the Crandon Golf Course on Key Biscayne, but it could very well have crashed on top of our homes with many casualties.
One specific day I counted more than 50 planes flying over our neighborhood in a span of about 10 hours. On weekends the risk is the instruction-type planes flying back and forth. Imagine an expansion of the Miami Executive Airport with additional noise and environmental consequences to residents.
Then as a business consultant, I find that small businesses are not even aware of the name change or how it will affect them. Every well intended project for a community requires a well-defined plan with input from all those affected. Some examples are taxes, insurance and most important ... quality of life. If the media is often used when campaigning, the same can be done by Commissioner Zapata to describe his plan requesting community input in an effort to show more transparency.
Gladys Canizares, West Kendall
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