The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida on May 28, 2005 · 224
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Kfl i STtSDA¥ “AV2S ?CL?5 BROWARD THE HERALD TALK TO US MIRAMAR Wal-Mart traffic downgrade is cited H If a Wal-Mart Supercenter moves to Miramar residents will have to be prepared for increased traffic BY NATALIE P HcNEAl nmcneal a herald com If a Wal-Mart Supercenter is allowed to move into Miramar residents can expect a quick lube liquor store 24-hour shopping — and more traffic according to a city report The report says the superstore proposed for the northeast corner of Miramar Parkway and Flamingo Road would reduce Flamingo’s service grade from a C to a D The report a memo from Miramar Community Development Director Donald J Waldron to members of the city’s Planning and Zoning Board cites a traffic study submitted to the city by Wal-Mart But the report also calls the increased congestion “acceptable” The planning board recommended that the City Commission deny a zoning change for the superstore The commission is scheduled to vote on the issue June 15 Highway officials give roads a grade from A the best to F the worst based on the amount of congestion By Broward County standards any road graded £ or F is considered unacceptable About 28 percent of roads in Broward County are graded less than D officials said An £- or F-rated road would take a motorist more than one traffic light cycle to cross the intersection For instance the at Oakland Park Boulevard-US 441 intersection is rated F “Level of service D is the standard for the state of Florida” said Ossama Al Aschkar an engineer with the county’s Transportation Planning Division Wal-Mart representatives say the company will put in $11 million worth of road improvements including money to help pay for the widening of Miramar Parkway from four to six lanes between Red and Flamingo roads and new right and left turn lanes into the store’s parking lot In addition Wal-Mart would build a new bus shelter on Miramar Parkway But nearby homeowners who have been fighting the proposed supercenter say it will kill their suburban quality of life "They are saying a D is acceptable” said Monarch Lakes resident Peter Petr “But what about holidays and when people use Miramar Parkway to go to the games? You are looking for a traffic disaster” Dolphins Stadium is about six miles away Miramar is among the fastest-growing cities of its size in the nation In the development region where the Wal-Mart is proposed (an area bordered by Florida’s Turnpike Pembroke Road Palm Avenue and Flamingo Road) about 6000 housing units and 4 million square feet of office space are planned to be built City Manager Bob Payton said Wal-Mart wants the city to change the zoning on 29 acres at the northeast comer of Miramar Parkway and Flamingo Road from rural to community What do you ttvnk about this issue? The Herald wants you r opinions on anything and everything Call our Outburst kne to leave a message: 954-764-7026 ext 5201 Or e-mail outburst heraldcom business The supercenter would occupy more than 200000 square feet Homeowners in Monarch Lakes Huntington Country Club Ranches and other neighborhoods in the city say that the Wal-Mart is too much for the area “The traffic is going to be horrible” said Eddy Roma-guera a Monarch Lakes home-owner who opposes the mega-store DAVIE DAVIE Pair charged with leaving tot in car while they partied From Herald Staff Reports A woman and her boyfriend were arrested Friday after leaving a 2-year-old girl alone in a car as the couple drank and played pool in a Davie nightclub police said Angela Rose Horner 27 and Wesley G Pittillo 28 both of Knoxville Tenn are each charged with one count of child neglect according to police Horner is the girl’s mother Pittillo is not the father The incident began early Friday morning when Officer Mark Leone was on routine patrol He noticed a green Ford Mustang parked next to Andy’s Lounge at 12450 State Road 84 according to Lt Bill PITTILLO HORNER Bamford The car’s windows were closed and fogged When Leone approached the car he saw the toddler who appeared to be unconscious in a car seat sweating profusely Leone attempted to get into the vehicle but the doors were locked and the windows were sealed The officer summoned the fire department to forcibly enter the car police said Davie Fire Rescue treated the child on the scene Horner and Pittillo were being held at the Broward County Jail on $1000 bail each The 2-year-old was taken to the Department of Children & Families in Fort Lauderdale Police are looking into why Homer and Pittillo were visiting Florida Pittillo’s father and Horner’s mother whose relationship to one another was unknown are teaming up to try and take temporary custody of the girl today Bamford said Solisxecycimg Car seen as ‘commercial’ POLICEMAN FROM IB cause delays when the traffic homicide investigator is called out on emergencies Nonsense said Roger “We don’t see the time involved in opening and closing a garage door to materially affect the job he performs for the citizens of Miami Beach” the lawyer said Jan Bergmann of Cybercitizens for Justice a group that advocates for legislation protecting unit-owners’ rights said such nit-picky lawsuits can actually backfire — hurting property values and giving subdivisions a bad name “I am not against regulations” said Bergmann “But I am against stupidity and waste of money for stupid things” Carneal said the Millans proposed compromises to their homeowners’ association offering to conceal the police car’s decals behind magnetic coverings or concealing the car itself behind hedges or a privacy fence TALK TO US What do you think about this issue? The Herald wants your opinions on anything and everything Call our Outburst line to leave a message: 954-764-7026 ext 5201 Or e-mail outburst heraldcom The homeowners’ association sent a counter-offer to Millan: keep the car under a custom-fitted cover and it can stay The Millans have not formally responded but Carneal said there’s no deal Recently the homeowners association passed a special assessment to pay for litigation costs The Millans so far have paid $350 — to help finance legal actions against themselves “They want to live in peace and harmony” said Carneal “They certainly don’t want to have anyone spend money on attorney’s fees” Elsewhere in Broward residents welcome the presence of police cars parked overnight Hollywood police spokesman Carlos Negron said the department has implemented a "Take Home” vehicle program for at least five years The program allows officers to drive their patrol cars home and back to work but they cannot use them as personal vehicles “The philosophy behind it is the neighborhood will feel safer knowing an officer lives there” Negron said If Millan doesn’t agree to cover his car the next stop for him and his neighbors might be a courtroom said Roger However if Millan decides to propose an amendment to the community covenants that makes an exception for law enforcement vehicles said Roger association members may be willing to hear him out Herald staff writer Jerry Berrios contributed to this report nm mm Mm A'i tftotafimimiMlfrti-lt Vrrrss l f fj '- k?y t j ( j Ly ZM 1“ — i I' V- ttb y dt fj I f i'P t ii if Eu 1 '5 ilti'-'M lfkWD0 Ull'DD ii 1100 I! 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