Friday, August 16, 2013

COUNTY BACKTRACKING ON ENGINE 27 . FIRE CHIEF CLAIMS HE "MISSPOKE"

Earlier today, I wrote about how the following came down at last night's town hall meeting in Aventura.  Mayor Carlos Gimenez said to the audience and the mikes that the threat of cutting 6 fire trucks had been reduced to 3.   When Village Manager Frank Rollason was invited to the podium, Rollason asked the mayor if North Bay Village's truck was off the chopping block.  The mayor looked to the fire chief, who looked it up in his plans, and responded that North Bay Village would keep the fire truck and the ambulance. Rollason thanked the commission and then did not present.  The mayor and the commissioners were all smiles and friendly.   

Then today the fire chief and the mayor's office said they had a moment and gosh, they are still considering cutting Engine 27 from North Bay Village.   The left hand does not know what the right hand is doing.   They look like morons and we are left in danger.  

The next meeting is August 27 in Little Haiti.    They need to put this to bed NOW.  It's absurd to consider cutting an island off from emergency services, especially since we are the most densely populated municipality in Florida.  And this is not an "oops" moment.  The county mayor needs to take this every bit as seriously as we do.  

Kevin Vericker
August 16, 2013

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