City manager dispels rumors about north shore park

North Shore

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

City manager dispels rumors about north shore park:

City Manager Jimmy Morales sent a letter to the Commission this week to counter what he called “misinformation disseminated online regarding the scope of the North Shore Open Space Park Renovation Project.” Designs for the renovation will be presented to the Design Review Board on January 3rd and will, according to Morales, encompass the entire park from 79th to 87th streets which “will continue to serve as a free public park.”
 
Morales’ letter is in response to a petition created this month entitled “Stop the Partial Closing of the North Shore Open Space Park in Miami Beach.” The petition begins with a claim that the park will be “dismantled and ceded to real estate developers.” It also claims conservation areas are threatened and that “all trees will be cut down and replaced with lawn landscaping” for a private area to be enjoyed by residents of a new building going up next to the North side of the park.
 
Morales’ says, “The project, as designed, does not vacate, donate, dedicate or otherwise cede any portions of the park. In addition, the design includes a network of defined conservation areas that will institute maintenance and management programs to ensure that invasive vegetation and trash are removed, a healthy cross-section of plant species can be achieved and habitats for birds and butterflies can be promoted with the use of native plant communities….sea grapes and other trees at the park have not been cut down or otherwise removed.”

Regarding claims of a "donation" of $11 million from the developer of Eighty Seven Park to the City for North Shore Park space, Morales said the money was in consideration of the City's vacating 87th Terrace and not for use of a portion of the Park.

In a tweet releasing his letter, Morales said "To paraphrase Samuel Clemens, rumors of the demise of North Shore Park are greatly exaggerated."

The week-old petition has garnered 880 supporters. Morales’ statement had not been included in the petition updates as of this writing.

(Image: change.org petition)
 
 

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