By Wayne Brody and Dany Garcia
The American Dream Mega Mall, the proposed shopping and entertainment behemoth at the edge of the Everglades, will exacerbate every one of the region’s environmental threats. It could have nightmarish impacts on South Florida’s water, energy, air quality, transit, traffic, resilience, and Everglades restoration. (read the full letter by the Caucus to the commission here)
The project’s proximity to existing water and wildlife management areas and its location far from existing transit lines and public services are certain to expand rapid, westward growth.
The Miami Dade County Commission will hold a final public meeting on the future of the mega mall tomorrow. The Miami-Dade Democratic Environmental Caucus is asking the commission to reject the application for the benefit of the public.
As the Caucus points out, based on the developers’ own analysis, building and operating the mega mall would involve:
- Paving more than one square mile of land that now serves to recharge the imperiled Biscayne Aquifer.
- Drawing as much as two million gallons per day of potable water and more than 100,000 additional gallons of non-potable water. This is more than 20% of the current output of the Hialeah water treatment plant, the only water source for the proposed mall. It will substantially increase the plant’s energy requirements and waste output. Though the water is to be drawn from the Upper Floridan Aquifer, drawdown in that source is a matter of continuing concern.
- Consuming upwards of 1400 megawatt hours of daily electric power, resulting in a significant increase in carbon dioxide emissions unless the mall contracts for power from a renewable energy facility.
- Promoting sprawl and threatening the existing Urban Development Boundary, with siting and design contrary to our existing Comprehensive Development Master Plan.
- Adding at least 80,000 automobile trips per day to existing traffic in the area, exacerbating the county’s already acute traffic problems.
- Complicating disaster recovery and resiliency planning by bringing more than 100,000 visitors per day and thousands of new residences to one of the lowest-lying and flood-prone areas of the county.
Make your voice heard. You can do your part to keep the commissioners from making a mistake that will harm our future by calling or emailing them today.
Miami's "American Dream" Mega Mall would be an actual nightmare for our environment. Please vote against it. @barbarajordan1 @jeanmonestime @audreymedmonson @RebecaSosaMiami @XavierLSuarez1 @DLCAVA @JoeMartinez4026 @commishdiaz @CommBovo http://www.miamidadedems.org/megamall
District 1 - Barbara J. Jordan
Miami Gardens, Opa Locka
District 2 - Jean Monestime
North Miami Beach, North Miami, Liberty City, Opa Locka, Hialeah
District 3 - Audrey M. Edmonson
Liberty City, Little Haiti, Overtown, the Upper East Side, Edgewater, Buena Vista, Allapattah, Wynwood, Venetian Causeway and Watson Island, all located in the City of Miami; Brownsville, Biscayne Shores and Gardens Park area, the Village of El Portal and the Village of Miami Shores.
District 4 - Sally A. Heyman
Golden Beach, Aventura, North Miami Beach, North Miami, Sunny Isles Beach, Surfside, Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands, Biscayne Park, Indian Creek, Miami Beach, Miami Shores and North Bay Village.
District 5 - Vacant
ELECTION ON MAY 22, 2018
Downtown, Brickell, The Roads, Little Havana, South Beach
District 6 - Rebeca Sosa
Miami Springs, Coral Gables
District 7 - Xavier L. Suarez
Pinecrest, Coral Gables, South Miami, Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne
District 8 - Daniella Levine Cava
South Dade. Cutler Bay, Homestead, South Kendall.
District 9 - Dennis C. Moss
Homestead, Florida City
District 10 - Javier D. Souto
Kendall, Westchester, and Fontainebleau
District 11 - Joe A. Martinez
West Kendall, FIU
District 12 - José "Pepe" Diaz
City of Doral, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Medley, Sweetwater, and Virginia Gardens
District 13 - Esteban L. Bovo, Jr.
Hialeah, Miami Lakes, Palm Springs North
So many better ways to invest in Miami's future.