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No new access road for FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus

Sen. Gwen Margolis, D-Miami, was on a mission Tuesday.

The former Senate president pushed to amend a broad transportation bill so that Florida International University would be able to build a second access road into its Biscayne Bay campus.

FIU says the road is necessary to safely evacuate the campus and two nearby public schools: David Lawrence Jr. K-8 and Alonzo and Tracy Mourning High. But the City of North Miami had blocked the move, saying it would damage the adjacent nature preserve.

"This is a safety issue," Margolis said when making the pitch to Senate Democrats at a Tuesday morning meeting. "They need a second entrance."

The full Senate failed to see it her way. They defeated the amendment in a voice vote.

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