With little notice and no public input, the City of Miami Commission has labeled six city parks contaminated with toxic soil as so-called "Brownfield sites" -- a designation under Florida law that can limit the rights of abutting property owners to challenge clean-up plans and can prevent them from seeking damages for reduced property values.
Illustration by Jeremy Enecio
The City Commission approved the resolution at a public hearing last July, naming Merrie Christmas Park, Blanche Park, Douglas Park, Billy Rolle Park, Southside Park, and the future Regatta Park at Dinner Key as Brownfields. Meeting minutes show no public input and no discussion from commission members, who passed the item unanimously. The resolution named the properties by address but not by name.More »