Pembroke Pines Commission Punts on ICE Prison Vote That May Not Matter Anyway

Categories: Broward News
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Iris Siple
A couple of weeks ago, Pembroke Pines Commissioner Iris Siple got up in public and promised to try to cancel an agreement that said Pembroke Pines would provide fire, medical, water, and sewer services to a new ICE detention facility being planned for a plot of land near the Everglades.

The Town of Southwest Ranches and its attorney, Keith Poliakoff, say they expect private contractor CCA to break ground on the project early next year. CCA has the authorization it needs to begin construction, though another stage of review might be needed to bring the facility in line with ICE's needs. So the threat to rescind the agreement was a last-ditch effort to appeal to the vocal antiprison crowd.

Siple put an item on last night's agenda to discuss using a nine-month termination clause that was written into the agreement. But after an hour of discussion and feedback from antiprison advocates who filled the meeting, the commission voted to hold a workshop on the decision at a later date.

The Herald's Daniel Chang covered the meeting, as media continue to follow a group of nearby residents who refuse to let the facility go up without a fight.

Siple is up for reelection in January along with Mayor Frank Ortis, who also recently took a stand against the facility to thunderous applause.

"This facility is coming," said Poliakoff at the meeting last night, echoing a point he made at last Monday's Southwest Ranches council meeting. "So at this point, I would hope that fact would be recognized and we can all move forward collectively to try and ensure protections for the community as a whole."

At the town-hall meeting where Siple first said she would try to cancel the contract, CCA Executive Vice President Lucibeth Mayberry said that the company would proceed with its plans even if it lost infrastructure support from Pembroke Pines. "We'll do it ourselves," she said, indicating that the company would build a water treatment facility if that's what it takes to get the prison built.


Stefan Kamph is a New Times staff writer.
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Vivian
Vivian

Mayor Ortis & Vice Mayor Siple will hear our voice loud & clear in January. We have the voting booth!

Browardoutrage
Browardoutrage

they are delaying till it is to late to do anything. they stated at the first meeting in November that they would vote to cancel the contract at the meeting last week. instead they escorted the most outspoke resident from the meeting without allowing him to speak. you must show up in force at every meeting  regardless of what it is about or they will sneak this thru when you are not looking. they  have sold their souls to big business and lobbyists the public be damned. www.browardoutrage.com

Joe Goldner
Joe Goldner

Fire Debbie Wasserman Schultz l Support Joe Goldner for Congress 2012

Debbie Wasserman Schultz once again for political points is putting the lives of Pembroke Pines, Weston, Davie and SW Ranches in danger, lowering property values. This is just another play for pay for the Unions. As a candidate for Congress in District 20, I have been on top of this issue from the beginning, along with Bill Di Scipio, we have been fighting against this monster. We have empty prisons in Miami - Dade which are not being used. Why not put them there? Joe Goldner For Congress. http://www.joegoldnerforcongre... 

janesdobbs
janesdobbs

People don't realize that these SCHOOLS are in DANGER!  They are bringing SEXUAL PREDATORS EN MASSE to this area!  

South Broward
South Broward

Notice no one is commenting anymore.  Game over!  She sung.

jaquebauer
jaquebauer

The fact that this prison is being built next to homes, schools, and a public park  speaks volumes about the corrupt and incompetent zoning practices of Pembroke Pines.   The surrounding community is on property that is under the jurisdiction of Pembroke Pines, whereas the prison is planned to be constructed on an "island" of land within the jurisdiction of the city of SW Ranches. Ron Bergeron, a wealthy landowner owns much of the vacant land within the quadrant of SW 199 ave, Stirling Road, Sheridan Street and US 27. Everything that surrounds this quadrant is in the city of Pembroke Pines.  It is within this quadrant that Bergeron sold a parcel to the CCA.

To the west of the proposed prison is a new High School, and to the south and north are homes and Churches.  If the city of Pembroke Pines was doing its job, it would never have permitted homes and schools to be built next to land zoned for prisons or other activities unsuitable for placement near communities like those that now exist.

The leadership of SW Ranches are dirty rotten scoundrals for shopping their city like a street walker, announcing it wanted this prison to be built here , knowing that another city had established neighborhoods and schools that would be negatively affected by a prison facility.

The Corrections Corporation of America has established itself as a tyrant and bully, for ignoring the will of the people, and going ahead with construction.  This forced change to the landscape of our community  will hurt our already depressed property value, and its presence will be a constant reminder of a President that has failed his most important duty as President, and that is the security of the United States.  Building more prisons to house illegals is an indicator border security has failed, ICE and Homeland Security has failed, and that only after penetrating the border security, and eventually getting arrested will these criminal aliens be removed from society ans detained in a prison facility.  The sad part is that the prison will be more like resort hotel and hospital vacation for these illegals, as they lived in primitive conditions in their host country.We the taxpayer get the shaft both ways--we pay for border security that we dont get, we pay for the police that eventually arrests these illegals, we pay for their detention, medical, food and beds when they are in prison, and we pay for their first class flight home-somewhere south of the border.Its time we elect a President and Congress that will live up tor their oath of office.  Obama and and countless presidents before hims have failed us.  But its Obama that has refused to enforce federal law, and Obama that refused to build the border fence that the people demanded.  

We need to identify who the shareholders are of CCA, and start chewing on their ears about this.  I bet they can effect an instant change in policy, if we can expose them to the media.60 minutes needs to be contacted--there is a bigger story to be told about this prison and how it all came to be in our front yards.

WE MUST REMAIN VIGILANT, AS THE ENEMY IS NEAR.

South Broward
South Broward

Great update Stefan.  Great neutral reporting!  Only mistake (not your fault since you were not there)  but there were very few residents actually in attendance.  Check out the meeting on Pines' website and you will see, especially by the time of public comment, that the place was empty.  There may have been 40 people there in the begining at most.

Kevin
Kevin

Siple needs to come clean and tell voters why she voted for the agreement with the prison company in the first place.

South Broward
South Broward

Yes, and the Mayor is running unopposed, so I guess he heard your voice loud and clear!

Bill Di Scipio
Bill Di Scipio

Ortis is running unopposed at this point.

Also, it was Angelo Castillo who introduced the motion to defer this vote until AFTER Ortis was safe in his seat and nobody pulled papers to run against him by this Tuesday.  It's all very well choreographed stagecraft.

South Broward
South Broward

Are you contending that all illigeal immigrants are sexual predators?  If not, what percentage are sexual predators?  You say en masse, so I assume you believe that a majority of people that are in the U.S. illegally are sexual predators.  I find this arguement to be most compelling.

Bill Di Scipio
Bill Di Scipio

I guess you missed the AP piece.  LOL.

Who are you, South Broward?  What's your stake in this?

janesdobbs
janesdobbs

 There will be a percentage of Sexual Predators, Pedophiles, etc that will be detained at this facility.  ICE confirmed this... Maybe you don't have children going to the nearby schools and this isn't of concern to you, but with the amount of people that live out here and the number of schools nearby, that is a DEFINITE concern for all of the families out here...We already had a recent child abduction attempt at the nearby school... this development doesn't comfort me with all the extra traffic and other element coming into our community.

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