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Proposed FIU expansion could be on November ballot, if Miami-Dade commission approves

@PatriciaMazzei

Miami-Dade County has already endorsed the expansion of Florida International University onto the Tamiami Park fairgrounds. Now it wants the political backing of a far more powerful group: county voters.

Before continuing tricky discussions with the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition, whichdoesn’t want to relocate and would not be required to pay for a potential move, the county plans to ask the electorate if it supports FIU’s proposal in the first place.

County commissioners are scheduled to decide Wednesday whether to put a question on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. The Miami-Dade elections department has said next week is the deadline for county charter amendments.

“I’m hoping that we have a serious discussion and put something in motion that clears the way for what I’ve said in many occasions is a win for our community,” said Commissioner Esteban “Steve” Bovo, the legislation’s sponsor.

Support at the polls to turn over 64 county-owned park acres to FIU could give Miami-Dade and FIU more leverage over fair organizers, who oppose holding a popular vote before new fairgrounds — or relocation funds — are identified. County administrators want to keep looking for a suitable alternative for at least another six months.

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Milo Minderbinder

The fairgrounds (like FIU) has an elevation that is 5-1/2 feet above low tide. That means, even today, at high tide twice a month (3 feet) the area is only 2-1/2 feet above the ocean. It could, in forty years, be under water regularly at higher tides.

We may as well sell it to the state for as much as we can get and use the money to throw a big party.

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