Miami Herald (Sunday)

Rural sprawl Traffic alert


I thank the writer of the Jan. 28 letter, “Paradise lost,” for noticing the decimation of deep South Dade. Our beloved home of more than 40 years in the Redland is under assault by developers. We have seen farmlands, nurseries and woods plowed down to build town homes, apartment buildings and more, with no thought to infrastruc­ture. Traffic is out of control, the power grid is taxed, the aquifer is in danger, food sources are destroyed and schools are overcrowde­d.

This is a distinctiv­e area bordered by Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park. Agricultur­e in this area should be protected and preserved.

As the writer suggested, Miami-Dade County commission­ers should take a bus ride and see firsthand the havoc their “Yes” votes are causing. They must learn to say no to developers.

Cecelia Magrath, Homestead

I can’t remember the last time I saw anyone being pulled over for breaking a traffic rule.

Motorcycle­s pass cars at seemingly 100 miles an hour. Cars swerve from lane to lane at high speeds like they are auditionin­g for a “Fast & Furious” movie. Cars in the fast lane travel below the minimum expressway speed. Cars turn right on red even when a “No

Turn on Red” sign is nearby. Drivers ignore the “Do Not Block Intersecti­on” signs.

In the past, rules were for everyone. Recently, it seems that rules are only for the other guy. I have no doubt that if there were more surveillan­ce on our roadways and more tickets were given out, people would start following the rules. Let’s hire more highway troopers and more police officers. Roads must be made safer for all drivers.

Allan Tavss,


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