It was great to read in the paper that Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has taken an active role in settling the Youth Fair relocation issue.
Years of talks and negotiations need to come to an end and, as a community, we need to move forward with the process of relocating the fair and expanding FIU.
FIU, my beloved alma mater, has gone as far as proposing plans to help make the south Miami-Dade site a magnet for agricultural innovation.
I hope Mayor Gimenez is able to ascertain the feasibility of the site near the Dolphin Mall quickly and get on with the business of moving the fair and letting FIU grow its research enterprise, create educational opportunities and new jobs.
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Just look at continued achievements of our only Research I state university in Miami-Dade in just the last couple of days.
One, the highest bar passage rate of FIU’s law school, the third time this young, burgeoning law program has earned this distinction. Second, once again FIU’s College of Business undergraduate program of International Business is listed in the top 10 (No. 6 this year!) nationally.
Finally, FIU needs to grow to fulfill the mandate given to us by the voters of my home county.
The mandate within FIU is to provide a high quality, affordable education to those qualified to attend and help make Miami-Dade a destination for research, business and technology.
Eduardo “Eddie” Hondal, chairman, Friends of Higher Education, Miami