Heat May Have Illegally Placed Fence And Padlock On Parcel B To Keep Visitors Out

The Miami Heat seem to be treating the publicly-owned Parcel B as if they own it.

Not only is the team controversially using the land at a rate that is well below market value, they may have illegal installed a fence and padlock on the land.

According to Local10, county officials ordered the Heat to remove the lock on Saturday after learning about it from the TV station. Activists held a symbolic park dedication on the same day, opening up the 4-acre watefront property to the public.

Government officials originally said that they weren’t sure who installed the fence. No permits were issued to build it, according to an investigation. In an interview, Dade County’s Tara Smith seemed in favor of the fence, saying that it had a benefit in that it deterred vehicular traffic and prevented illegal dumping.

The Heat are using the 4-acre property for parking and staging while paying little rent for it, although the public was once promised that it would be turned into a park.




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6 years ago

If Tara Smith wants to deter traffic she could start by having them remove the asphalt and plant grass from DAN PAUL PARK. And to deter illegal dumping make it the park we were promised 20 years ago and people using it will ensure nobody dumps anything there.

Dan Paul Park
6 years ago

300+ citizens and elected officials attended the June 13th event celebrating the new name, Dan Paul Park. Yes, it is true the Miami Heat installed padlocks on the illegal fences to keep the public off the public property. Thanks to Glenna Milberg and Channel 10 news County officials ordered the Heat to remove the illegal padlocks.
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6 years ago

Thank you to all who came out! Thank you Glenna Milberg for the coverage!

How Long Till We Forget Again?
6 years ago

Miamians have a short term memory, as well as very little interest in making sure that government officials/developers follow through on their promises. I’m hoping that the most recent effort to bring attention to Parcel B (unlike those in the past) will continue to gain momentum, and larger crowds/protests, until we are finally given the park we deserve. And keep the new museums proposed for the site out of it as well. They should be given a prominent location in the city on private land, as the ICA has done in the Design District.

6 years ago

I agree. Keep the special interest museums out of Parcel B, there’s plenty of private land that can be bought for that.