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Moving Miami-Dade’s Urban Development Boundary Could Jeopardize Work To Restore Water Flow To Biscayne Bay

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Late last year, just before Miami-Dade County Commissioners made the controversial decision to move the urban boundary that protects wetlands and farms to make way for a warehouse complex in South Dade, former chairman Jose ‘Pepe’ Diaz lectured opponents at the crowded commission chambers.

“It is not environmentally sensitive land,” he said. “What is important is that the people are not misled. Because if it was environmentally sensitive land, none of us could go into it.”

But even planning officials say the area is, in fact, among the most sensitive, long seen as a key link to restoring the Everglades and fending off sea rise.

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UDB To Expand For Development After Miami-Dade Commission Overrides Mayor’s Veto

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The Urban Development Boundary is set to expand by 379 acres near Homestead for industrial development after the Miami-Dade County Commission overrode a mayoral veto on Tuesday.

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Miami-Dade Mayor Vetoes Major Urban Development Boundary Expansion

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava vetoed a 379-acre expansion of the Urban Development Boundary near Homestead for a major industrial development.

The move could put the brakes on a 5.9 million-square-foot industrial project, one of the largest in the region.
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