1,500 families losing land in Miami land grabSubmitted by left the hurd on Wed, 10/06/2010 - 09:42
There are approximately 1500 families in Miami, Florida that have already (or nearly ready) to lose their homes. It’s a complicated story, but I will try to explain it without taking up too much time. It’s been a 5 yr drama for these people and their distress is palpable. It seems Broward County established a quasi DEP organization in their county called DERM (Department of Environmental Resource Management). DERM has classified nearly 8.5 square miles as protected wetlands and are evicting people from their homes and land; nearly 1500 families currently. They are required to abandon the land and scrape the dirt down to the limestone. It is truly bizarre and making it even crazier FEMA doesn’t even list the land in a flood zone.
One family in particular is trying to fight back. In fact they are currently in contempt for failure to abandon and expect to be arrested any day. This land is their family farm and they have occupied the land for nearly 40 years. They truly need help financial for sure, but just in personal support would be amazing. If Campaign For Liberty, Florida 10th Amendment and any other liberty organization in our area could help by spreading their message, standing in support at protests, letters to DERM, City Mayor, County Manager and Board of County Commissioners.
I’ve just been made aware of the situation in the last few days and as I try to understand the case, it remains even more confusing. But from what I can tell, if DERM can just re-classify your land and evict you from it we are all at risk, especially since they’ve been successful in removing nearly 1500 families! Further, they are not seizing the land under Eminent Domain; they are just declaring it protected land and demanding the families to abandon the land. The families are still responsible for any mortgage, liens and all property taxes.
I live in North Florida and am not in a physical or financial situation to lend any assistance. But I am hoping by spreading the message it will get to someone who can help.
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