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Saturday 07/08/2017
Letter to the Editor - Community Council 14 Zoning Board hearing

The crowd of over 100 neighbors who attended the Community Council 14 Zoning Board hearing last week in opposition to a request to convert a 27 acre avocado grove nestled between Northwest Homestead and the Redlands, just west of  Krome Avenue to 67 home sites demonstrated that taking part can make a difference.  Despite a detailed presentation by one of the foremost land use attorneys in South Florida on behalf of the developer, following the end of nearly two hours of statements of opposition by scores of neighbors, the Community Council voted to defer the hearing and strongly encouraged the developer and his attorney to meet with the neighbors in an attempt to address their concerns. Two of the Community Council members were

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Letter to the Editor - Last Week's Coucil Meeting

In one end of town, East Homestead, --- City Fathers, --- last week’s council meeting have given carte blanche to developers allowing 400 apartments -- townhouses on 50 acres of pristine agricultural land and in the northwest part of town on the Avocado Krome boundary line, the county -- UMSA -- has an application to change the zoning -- agricultural to EU-M on 27 acres of avocado grove land.  Last week’s Redland Community Council’s hearing had neighbors of that section of town and Redland in an uproar with the county’s recommendation allowing 67 homes.  The angry crowd of approximately 150, standing outside the govenment center over crowded auditorium, had their voices heard to five members of the CC 14 board.  The chairman proceeded the meeting in spite of the large turn out and after three hours of testimony the outcome was for the applicant and the attorney to meet with the neighbors and community. --- (This should have been done weeks in advance of the hearing.)  It may have  set well with all of the opposition had the developer asked for 1-acre--EU-1 zoning.   Four laneing Krome and a potential traffice bottleneck at Avocado Drive,  this northwest part of Homestead should stay very low density and have the agricultural, historic look it has had since the beginning.  What has been stated above, we might ask, “Is the future of Homestead and South Dade following in unbridled growth?”

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Friday 06/30/2017
Letter to the Editor

We here at Homestead Trading Post thought it was a good time to thank our local finest, the Homestead Police Department, for their excellence in protecting our community in a job that at times goes somewhat unappreciated and taken for granted.

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Friday 06/23/2017
Environmentalists Win

Last week's Board of County Commission's  3 t0 2  Down vote on

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Friday 06/16/2017
Protect and Promote South Dade Ag

I live in Redland Agricultural Area, as the signs say out here.

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Thursday 06/08/2017
Many thanks to the Homestead Police!

Recently businesses on and around Campbell Drive were burglarized and vandalized. The Homestead Police notified me within 10 minutes of this crime. Store has impact windows which prevented intruders from entering the business and security camera caught the crme and criminals “on tape.” although the vandals eluded police that night, surveillance systems from the mulitple sources gave officers rough descriptions. While staying diligent and pursuing thse criminial Homestead police officers and detective apprehended all three offenders the very next day!

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Friday 03/31/2017
Letter to the Editor - National Parks Need More Support

To The Editor:

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House Weakens Support for Florida Military Bases

In a recent article in the Tampa Bay Times, Representative Renner stated that HB 7005, which dismantles Florida’s economic development programs, did not eliminate any military programs and that the Florida Defense Alliance is redundant with existing programs, making it unnecessary. This is untrue and these politicians are misguided in their actions.

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Florida House Action Threatens Future of Homestead Air Reserve Base

The Florida House just recently voted to disband Enterprise Florida – Florida's economic development organization. Along the way they are throwing out the baby with the water. The Florida Defense Alliance will cease to exist if this action is carried out, unless the governor somehow preserves it in another form. And some House members have questioned the value of the Defense Alliance.

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Friday 03/17/2017
Letters to the Editor

‘HARD WORK OVER 'LUCK'

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Letters to the Editor

Wouldn't it be nice to walk into our new beautiful city hall lobby and

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Friday 09/02/2016
Should you be able to buy a gun, when you´re on the ”No Fly List” from FBI?

One ore more things about ”the terror watch list”. As you may or may not know, there are more than 1,000,000 names on that list. Names that have included Senator Ted Kennedy and South African President Nelson Mandella. There are 5 year-old and grandmothers on that list too, who just happen to have names similar to real bad guys. 

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