Sarasota becomes first Trump county to defy DeSantis on school masks

After a heated marathon meeting, Sarasota County school officials voted Friday night to require students to wear masks in schools, a blow to Gov. Ron DeSantis that comes in a heavily Republican-leaning region of the state.

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DOCTORS HOSPITAL VALET PARKING

New valet parking at Doctors Hospital to be sold by the City will remove a dense green protective environmental barrier between the hospital and the neighbors, all to reorganize and build more parking spaces and more “efficient” parking.

The sale and the reorganized parking space will lead to the destruction in the views and quiet space of neighbors along the canal and the big loss in environmental and community benefits (by noise, lighting, traffic, unsightly view of hospital buildings, loss in property values, loss of wildlife habitat).

TOTALLY UNNECESSARY DEATHS–Unvaccinated Mother and Daughter Die

Louisiana woman and her mother have died of COVID-19 just one day apart. Lacresanna Williams, 21, of Shreveport, was pregnant and tested positive for the virus during a routine checkup, reported local TV station KSLA. The next day, she died after delivering her baby via emergency C-section, her aunt Cassandra Martin told the station.

Unvaccinated Mother and Daughter Die of COVID One Day Apart

Coral Gables project reaches for the sky

Another developer wants to push beyond the limits of zoning and land use in the Crafts Section, less than six months after the city approved a controversial upzoning that just doesn’t seem like enough. Trammell Crow Residential, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, will go before the city’s Board of Architects Thursday morning and ask for more height, more density, less required parking, less green space, less setback. Alexan Crafts would go seven stories up for 263 apartments, 22 live/work units on the ground floor (read: retail) and a parking garage with 364 spaces — a different one for every day of the year. Almost.

Another Coral Gables project reaches for the sky despite new zoning limits – Political Cortadito

City government politicians and government cry–BUILD, BUILD, BUILD. Not livability, beauty, tranquility, environment, wildlife, green areas…

No One Showed Up for Vaccinations

Officials at the St. Charles County Health Department in Missouri said they were disappointed after no one showed up to a mobile Covid-19 vaccination center offering vaccines to those attending a local annual fair this week.

Officials set up a mobile center at a Missouri fair to boost vaccinations. No one showed up.

Doctors Hospital Valet Parking–Don’t Destroy the Green Buffer

The process of the sale of the valet parking lot is in clear opposition to new culture in the City of consultation, transparency, openness and participation,

The Doctors Hospital and the City of Coral Gables Landscaping Plan for the valet parking lot will destroy the existing Green Barrier buffer along the Coral Gables canal, which separates the hospital, its lights, traffic noise, view of the buildings, and provides a cushion for wildlife, extreme weather for the neighborhood and property values along the canal.

Doctors Hospital (Baptist Health) and the Commission of the City have been wholly indifferent to the interests of the local neighbors during a four year period, ignoring direct communications, not consulting ever about the appraisal, the sale price negotiation, the decision to proceed to negotiate the sale, the alternative of long-term leasing, and the preparation of a landscaping plan.

The neighbors formally learned about the sale process by accident in late 2019 early 2020. The first meeting between neighbors and the City of Coral Gables about the matter was held on June 29 to present the final decision of the landscaping plan to destroy the Green Barrier buffer and the replanting that will take up to 25 year to mature.

STOP THE SALE–KEEP THE LEASE

Neighbors and residents along Granada Blvd across the canal from Baptist Health/Doctors Hospital will lose important environmental benefits, privacy, and property values from the sale of the city parking lot 24 leased to Baptist Health for valet parking.  The lot will undergo size and capacity transformation, removal of vegetation, construction of walls and a long-term plantings plan for 15 to 25 growth. There will be a huge increase in light and noise pollution in the neighborhood.

The valet parking sale will likely lead sooner or later to the construction of a parking garage or the introduction of mechanized car lifts on the lot (per the public request of Baptist representatives favoring the lift solution).  The city can control future land use only if the parking lot continues strictly as a lease.

Contrary to the current culture of consultation in the City of Coral Gables, the affected neighbors were not consulted about the sale during a process that began in 2016 until a first small meeting on June 29, 2021,in which the agreement for landscaping and parking was presented as a fully agreed upon re-landscaping and parking expansion between the City and Baptist Hospital.  

The sale and landscaping plan was presented to the neighbors as a fait accompli and will involve denuding existing land adjacent to the canal to be replanted for slow growth and low maintenance that will take 15 to 25 years!  There are big questions about the current appraisal and negotiation of the sale of $3.0 million.   Baptist Health has financed both the appraisals and the landscaping plan agreement.

The landscaping plan will expose neighbors to the full view of the hospital building, its strong 24 hour night lighting and increased valet traffic on University Drive for the expanded and reshaped valet parking lot.

In short, the city gains $3.0 million from the sale, Baptist Health gains long-term control over the parking lot and the neighbors lose a dense green barrier, lose hospital light mitigation, lose quiet traffic and suffer decreased property values.

This land sale to Baptist Health/Doctors Hospital adds to trends for single property owners and impacts on local neighborhoods of unrestrained traffic congestion, noise, strong light contamination, loss of local green areas and associated environmental benefits and wildlife, along with the possible loss in property values, and forced spending by homeowners to mitigate the damage. 

Therefore the City and Doctors Hospital/Baptist Health appear willing to sacrifice individual owner resident environmentq  for the parking lot development.