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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 9:28 pm

What does Pit BBQ, an astro-photographer, a dining room set, and organic produce have in common? A Farmers Market was probably not your first guess unless you’ve already been to Redland Community Farm and Market at Verde Garden in Homestead. Although it’s not a major market, it is unique and is partnered with Redland Ahead, a non-profit organization that supports agribusiness and provides services and opportunities to veterans and underserved individuals in South Florida.

The market, at 12690 SW 280 St, Homestead, adjoins the twenty-two-acre Verde Garden farm where organic produce is grown. Eggs, recently added to the market, are free-range although not organic.

“We source locally first, then up into Miami, and only go further if we have demand for items that aren’t in season here,” said John Mills, one of the founders of Redland Ahead.

“Ozzy”, who works part time, and Sylvester Watson who helps stock, keep the place clean, and whatever else needs done have a simple message. “It’s a nice place. It’s for the community. You can come here and relax. Sit at a table, enjoy your lunch, look at the art, and take your time. We want traffic to turn left. Cars exiting SW 245th Street will be permitted to turn left onto Southbound Krome Avenue. 

At SW 256th Street/Plummer Drive, turns will be permitted both to the north and south from both east and west access, and will allow thru traffic across Krome Avenue.

Only northbound traffic will have a left turn lane from Krome at SW 268th/Moody Drive.

At SW 278th Street, left turns will be permitted only from the southbound Krome lane.

The design plan allows a northbound left turn at SW 280/Waldin Drive and full access to Krome from the east and west. This construction will be immediately south of the new four-lane Krome Avenue bridge over the Mowry (C-103) Canal.

At SW 282nd Street just below Waldin Drive only northbound left turns will be allowed.

Finally, at SW 292nd Street, there will be left turn lanes from both northbound and southbound directions, but thru traffic east or west across Krome will not be permitted.

FDOT considers the other major local project - widening Campbell Drive from Krome Avenue to US1 with further improvements down to Palm Drive – to be the final fix for Krome Avenue.

This Truck Bypass route breaks ground in September 2019. It is expected to be finished in twenty months, or early summer of 2021.

At its February 12 committee of the whole meeting, Homestead City Council approved a maintenance agreement with FDOT in preparation for the Truck Bypass construction.

Most of this project is within Homestead city limits, requiring FDOT to have a contract to work on City-owned streets.

The “off-system” construction agree ment permits FDOT to relocate landscaping elsewhere in the city and to relocate the city sewer lift station on the corner of US 1 and Campbell Drive. The state plans to absorb the costs of that relocation and the lift station reconstruction.

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