Letter to the Editor - This letter is in response to the front page article, "City Accepting Bids for Demolition of Homestead Sports Complex", June 1, 2018. - South Dade News Leader: Opinion

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Letter to the Editor - This letter is in response to the front page article, "City Accepting Bids for Demolition of Homestead Sports Complex", June 1, 2018.

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Posted: Friday, June 15, 2018 4:23 pm

First, my questions. Why does it cost half a million dollars annually, $500,000, to maintain the existing building? Has the city actually been maintaining the

property? It doesn't seem so if, I quote the article, "the field is unkempt as grass grows freely, large puddles form in the infield dirt, weeds have emerged in the seats, and parts of the roof are left dangling." A quick search for the definition of maintain is "keep in good condition or in working order by checking or repairing it regularly." Doesn't seem like the correct word was used. Why the $1.5 million dollar cost to repair the roof. Does the city not have insurance or federal monies (FEMA) to fix the roof?

Secondly, my concerns over the proposals (options) presented. Number one and two specify sale for development. Do we need more developed area in the Homestead area, whether it be commercial or residential? My opinion is no we do not. As anyone who lives in Homestead can see, traffic congestion is becoming unbearable and road conditions are horrible. Increased development of either type will bring more traffic and worsen road conditions.

Option three, soccer complex with synthetic turf. This option is repeating

history, ie. single use facility. Why not just an open field that can be used for a variety of purposes?

Combining option four and five makes the greatest sense, maintaining the 8

baseball fields for local citizens, moving parks and recreation to the clubhouse.

Option six, I guess is status quo, although not specified. Lastly, if demolition is fated, can items that can be repurposed be used by others, recycled? We are called to be good stewards of what we have been given. Surely the metal roof, rebar, seats, copper wiring can be salvaged instead ofjust being sent to Mt. Trashmore.

People of Homestead, hold your representatives responsible for their votes.

Homestead City Council, spend our money like it is yours, not ours.

Forethought costs much less than hindsight.

In Christ.

Greg Sodeman, Homestead

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