County commissioner hosting town hall to discuss Miami homeless camp proposal – WPLG Local 10

County commissioner hosting town hall to discuss Miami homeless camp proposal – WPLG Local 10

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Glenna Milberg, Reporter
Published: August 4, 2022, 6:25 PM
Glenna Milberg, Reporter
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Virginia Key has been a proposed site to build a homeless community in Miami, but one county commissioner says that’s not the case.
The plan to house homeless on Virginia Key may be technically still be in play, though it increasingly appears to be a successful attention-getter to Miami’s chronic tent cities from the city commissioner who has made that his mission.
“I don’t want to hear from the whiners, all they do is complain and have no solutions,” said Commissioner Joe Carollo. “We’re finding real solutions.”
After originally failing, the proposal came back and passed. As a mandate, though, was for officials to find other site options in addition to Virginia Key and list hard costs for them all.
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Raquel Regalado is convening a town hall Thursday night of county departments and anyone interested, with many grateful that attention is also now on historic Virginia Key.
“I think they were looking for a place that was far away from neighbors,” Regalado said. Asked if she believed the Virginia Key project was ever going to happen, she said, “I don’t think so, I don’t think so.”
The idea of creating a homeless camp is still alive and well, Regalado said, just not on the proposed Virginia Key site.
“Not a viable location,” she said.
City of Miami staffers have until late September to come up with alternate locations, which will likely include sites outside the city.
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Concerns are growing after Miami city commissioners approved a plan to move forward with a pilot program that will create a homeless encampment on Virginia Key, next to land that has been deemed as critically endangered.
A controversial proposal to create pop-up communities for the homeless across Miami, including on Virginia Key, was approved by commissioners last week.
Miami city commissioners vote 3-2 to move forward with a pilot program that would build a community on Virginia Key for the city’s homeless population.
Glenna Milberg joined Local 10 News in September 1999 to report on South Florida's top stories and community issues. She also serves as co-host on Local 10's public affairs broadcast, "This Week in South Florida."
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