Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Jan. 6: Save Anderson's Corner

By Sylvia Gurinsky

Miami-Dade County is doing the right thing with its $500-a-day fine to the owners of the historic Anderson's Corner in the Redland:

So-called "demolition by neglect" has already damaged or destroyed other historic structures across Dade. Some of those structures are acknowledged as old, but not protected with historical classification. On the other hand, Anderson's Corner is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. There is no excuse for its current condition.

The State of Florida also sees the structure as historic. As the non-profit Florida Trust For Historic Preservation receives nominations for the Most Endangered Historic Sites for 2010, Anderson's Corner should go at the top of that list.

And if the building owners don't clean up, Dade officials should also turn to the state - whose government has the power of eminent domain. If need be, that power can be used to preserve this literal corner of South Dade's history.

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