The mayor of Miami-Dade County, Daniella Levine Cava, has vetoed a decision by county commissioners to allow an extension of the county’s Urban Development Boundary, which would open the way for a new industrial site, on the grounds that environmental concerns outweigh economic ones.
The South Dade Logistics and Technology District district initiative, a 378-acre farming development near the Florida Everglades, was approved by a vote of 8 to 4.
Environmental organizations have stated that the development would have a significant effect on water quality, storm surges, and floods, among other environmental concerns.
Levine Cava said in a Thursday statement that her veto was based on these concerns.
“Our community’s future relies on intelligent, sustainable growth that boosts our economy and preserves our valuable natural resources. Moving the Urban Development Boundary would have a negative effect on countywide people for generations “The mayor issued a statement. “This decision jeopardizes our attempts to construct a world-class, better-connected, and more resilient city, undercutting the investments we have already made to increase public transportation and secure areas against floods and sea level rise. It threatens our efforts to restore the Everglades and Biscayne Bay and to safeguard our clean drinking water supply.”
According to the plan’s proponents, it was constructed with environmental considerations in mind and would create employment in the region.
A spokeswoman for the South Dade Logistics and Technology District said the commissioners might still override the mayor’s veto at their next meeting.
“Today, Mayor Levine-Cava decided to extinguish hope for thousands of people of South Dade. The Mayor’s decision to veto tens of thousands of well-paying jobs, environmental remediation that will aid in the cleanup of Biscayne Bay, and the guaranteed preservation of 622 acres of environmentally sensitive land donated to Miami Dade County by the South Dade Logistics and Technology District is extremely regrettable “The representative stated. “We look forward to the veto override vote and are sure that our application will continue to get the County Commission’s support.”