87th Avenue Bridge Task Force & Project Information
On February 2nd, Commissioner Cohen Higgins brought forward an item before the Board of County Commissioners urging the County Mayor and Commission to move forward with the construction of a bridge over the C-100 canal at SW 87th Avenue from SW 164th Street to SW 163rd Terrace.
The County's resolution also called for the appropriation of $3,100,0000 in funds from unencumbered road impact fees and to identify other funding sources as necessary to implement the project. The next step is for the Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) to consider the item at its next Board meeting. Following the County's action, Mayor Cunningham scheduled a Special Council Meeting on February 8th where the majority of residents spoke in opposition of the bridge and where the Village Council took action in furtherance of the community's desires.
Commissioner Cohen Higgins requested in a letter sent on February 5, 2021 to the municipal Mayors of Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay four names from each municipality to create an 8-member committee to be known as the Community Connectivity Committee. The committee is to meet virtually and engage in meaningful discussion to provide insight on the opposing viewpoints for the TPO's consideration.
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Task Force Information
Task Force Position Paper
Click the link below to read the final Position Paper developed by the 87th Avenue Bridge Task Force, as well as the PowerPoint Presentation prepared by the members. Both documents were presented to the TPO Governing Board in advance of its meeting on March 18, 2021.
- Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - Watch the Meeting Video
- Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - Watch the Meeting Video
- Wednesday, March 4, 2021 - Watch Meeting Video
- Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - Watch Meeting Video
Mayor Cunningham Addresses the Community About The SW 87th Avenue Bridge Project
87th Avenue Bridge Task Force
On February 22, 2021, following the first two meetings of the county-created committee, Mayor Cunningham announced that she would be withdrawing her appointees from the committee citing concerns over lack of guidance and support to the members, including any legal direction from the county.
Mayor Cunningham announced the new 87th Avenue Bridge Task Force created by Village Manager Nick Marano, continuing Palmetto Bay's engagement in the process with support and assistance from the Village.
The Task Force is a group created by Village Manager Nick Marano and has been assigned the task to continue discussions on the bridge project and develop a position report for Palmetto Bay. This report will be presented to the Transportation Planning Organization during their March meeting for consideration by its Board which may approve or reject the project.
Task Force Membership
The members of the task force are the same as the original appointees by Mayor Cunningham to the Community Connectivity Committee.
- Marcelo Zinn
- Carmen Baker
- Joseph Miorelli
- Alan Farquharson
Other Project Information
Palmetto Bay Actions
On Monday, February 8, 2021, the Village Council held a Special Council Meeting is to discuss and take action on opposing the County’s intent to construct a bridge that would extend SW 87th Avenue from SW 164th Street to SW 163rd Terrace crossing over the Cutler Drain Canal C-100 (“bridge project”) and further allowing the constituents of Palmetto Bay to voice their opinion over the project.
On Monday, March 22, 2021, the Palmetto Bay Village Council held a Special Council Meeting to invoke the Conflict Resolution Procedure with the Miami-Dade County TPO. Click the link below to read the meeting summary and a related statement from the Village Attorney on the matter:
- Special Council Meeting Summary
- A Statement from Village Attorney Dellagloria Regarding Council's Action
On Thursday, September 23, 2021, Mayor Cunningham called a Special Council meeting to consider approval of an Interlocal Agreement between Miami-Dade County and the Village of Palmetto Bay, which delineated several concessions from Miami-Dade County as part of negotiations between the two parties resulting from prior county action on a bridge to be built on SW 87th Avenue over the C-100 canal.
On Monday, November 29, 2021, The Village Council held a Special Council Meeting to discuss and take action on a Resolution for "Letter to County Mayor" regarding the Village's opposition to the SW 87th Avenue bridge.
During the Regular Council Meeting of January 10, 2022, the Village Council adopted Resolution No. 2022-03 "approving the issuance of a letter to the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners expressing the Council's objection to the County's decision to construct the SW 87th Avenue Bridge from SW 164th Street to SW 163rd Terrace over the Cutler Drain Canal C-100."
On December 15, 2021, Miami-Dade County's Department of Transportation and Public Works held a virtual public meeting to discuss the scope of the bridge project. A summary of the county's meeting is provided below:
Village's Community Workshop
On October 14, 2021, Palmetto Bay held a Community Workshop to discuss the provisions of the proposed Interlocal Agreement between the Village of Palmetto Bay and Miami-Dade County.
Conflict Assessment Meeting (Between the Transportation Planning Organization and the Village of Palmetto Bay)
On Thursday, March 18, 2021, the Miami-Dade County Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) held a public meeting to approve the SW 87th Avenue Bridge Project. Consequently, the Village of Palmetto Bay Mayor & Council requested a Conflict Resolution Assessment Meeting with the Miami-Dade County Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) consistent with the requirements of the Florida Governmental Dispute Resolution Act to contest the action of the TPO.
On Thursday, March 18, 2021, the Miami-Dade County Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) held a meeting to approve the SW 87th Avenue Bridge Project. Below, is a summary of the meeting outcome.