Friday, October 2, 2009

October 2: Two Years To Get Streetlights?

By Sylvia Gurinsky

An excellent report earlier this week on my former haunting grounds, WPLG-Channel 10, called attention to Miami-Dade County's very odd policy on placing streetlights in unincorporated neighborhoods. The process can take up to two years:

How many crimes can happen in a darkened neighborhood in two years?

The county's policy is unacceptable and one of the reasons so many neighborhoods in Dade moved to incorporate during the last two decades.

The next light that goes on should be a lightbulb over the head of county commissioners, who must approve a speeding up of this process.

This is an issue not only of government efficiency, but also - and more importantly - public safety.

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