Pembroke Pines Commission Cancels Fire/EMS/Water Contract, Creating Roadblock for ICE Jail

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Well, Pines government pretty much agrees.
Planners and lawyers at the Corrections Corporation of America are going to show up for work this morning with a significant task ahead of them: figuring out how to provide water, sewer, and emergency services to the ICE detention facility they want to build in Southwest Ranches. They were counting on Pembroke Pines, which last year signed a pretty hefty contract to provide those services -- including a clause to provide more than a million bucks' worth of water, which one commissioner said she didn't know she had voted on.

Pines commissioners moved 3-2 last night to cancel that contract, and they also voted to find some way for the 14 firefighters hired to fulfill it to keep their jobs.

As a result, there was an interesting sight in the chambers: smiles on the faces of the usually angry anti-CCA activists. This was a big night, because the Pines contract was, if not vital, very important to the construction of the facility. This may be the most tangible achievement of the opposition movement so far, and judging from commissioners' acknowledgments, they really did have a lot to do with it.

Recently, CCA has been sending out mailers that threatened a huge loss of service-fee revenues if the contract were canceled. Commissioner Angelo Castillo acknowledged that but said that residents had made a decision: "They would rather us deal with that financial challenge than face the other issue" of a prison in their backyards, he said.

Jay Schwartz, a new commission member recently voted in with the help of anti-CCA folks, also acknowledged that fire fees in the city would increase as a result of the additional hires. "The reason your fee is up is we did whatever we could to make sure you don't have Prisontown, USA, in your backyard," he said.

Um, Mr. Schwartz, we believe that's Prisonville, Fla.

CCA has claimed in the past that it'll drill its own wells and use a little American elbow grease to work out its own infrastructure services, should it lack a deal with Pines. But one resident last night noted that if this issue weren't important for CCA, "they wouldn't have invested so much money in fliers and robocalls."

Southwest Ranches Town Attorney Keith Poliakoff, who's currently waiting for the feds to send a contract to the town for the ICE facility, sent a letter to the Pines commission before the meeting gave the Pines attorney a letter after the vote asking the city to waive the usual dispute-resolution process so that the decision to cancel could be filed sooner. We're not sure about the legal maneuvering here, but it's likely an attempt to get all the cards on the table so Southwest Ranches can work out its own response without having to deal with mediation, which might force it to agree with Pembroke Pines commissioners on something. 

Hell, the cities have been closing off each other's roads out of spite for years now. Mayor Frank Ortis responded to Poliakoff's request with a "Hell, no."

Anti-prison organizer Bill Di Scipio thanked Vice Mayor Iris Siple for moving to cancel the contract. A commissioner -- we think it was Schwartz -- Castillo then said to him, "Bill, can I give you a prediction? You're going to be spending a lot of time in Davie," implying that CCA might start courting that city for services. Later Schwartz and Di Scipio shared a heartfelt "thank you" moment that threatened to end in bear hugs.

But it's not over until the fat lady sings, as they say... and in this case, the fat lady is the country's largest private prison company, and the song it sings will be full of legalese. Onward!


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Jill
Jill

Copies of the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General Supervision of Aliens Commensurate with Risk Report is ready for delivery to the Police Chiefs of all Departments in the surrounding areas. The only acceptable result is this PRISON cash be constructed elsewhere. We thank the Commissioners of PEMBROKE PINES for their determination to cancel the Contract. We all stand with them. Residents in SWR against the Jail. The Council of SWR refuses to listen to their residents. We have our signs all around the community to show our opposition!!!!!!!!! We also have stickers on our cars now stating"NO PRISON!!!!!!!!!

browardjazz
browardjazz

Davie should be concerned for the public safety of their residents, they're only 3 miles from the center. ICE will have thousands of detainees out on GPS, tracking and ankle bracelets walking around our communities, including Weston. im sure they'll be interested in hearing about the remote detention policy that will allow convicts to roam in our towns and cities. We are more than happy to share our info concerning this policy that ICE and CCA would rather keep quiet. Davie , Pines and Weston may want to consider asking for more police protection at CCA and ICE cost.

nanook5
nanook5

i'm gonna call bullshit on that one. they're going to arrest illegal immigrants only to re-release them? why would they even need a prison for that? furthermore, the fact that you are referring to illegal immigrants as "convicts" shows either a) you have no idea what you're talking about or b) you're a xenophobic slimeball. please feel free to fill in a circle.

i am far more concerned by the thousands of bankers, realtors, war criminals, and destroyers of the environment that walk free in south florida every day. you what illegal immigrants aren't? any of those things. 

browardjazz
browardjazz

 ICE released 700 detainees in 2010 from Krome - there was a moratorium on deporting Haitians back to Haiti because of the earthquake.  One of these detainees, a convicted felon, went on to kill 3 people in MIami, including a 15 year old girl.  The ICE remote detainee policy is already in effect in several facilities across the country.  If you know what to research and how to research it, you can find it, its not anything ICE or CCA wants us to know, so its not easy to find info on. The detention center will only hold 1500 detainees, then there is the remote detainee program which allows others awaiting deportation to live within the surrounding communities.  Youll be hearing more about it very soon. Just because youre uninformed doesnt mean someone else doesnt know what therye talking about. your name calling gives you no credibility, and only weakens your argument.

Stefan Kamph
Stefan Kamph

"Remote detention policy?" Haven't heard of it. Please send information to stefan.kamph@browardpalmbeach.com.

Notprisontown
Notprisontown

Stefan, It was Castillo who said I'd be spending time in Davie. And you misspelled "beer mugs."

FQS9000
FQS9000

Dumbass whiny NIMBYS.  I am eager for the prison to get built, which it will, as this will really, truly piss them off.  And it couldn't happen to a herd of more deserving jerks.

Go CCA!!!  

Jill
Jill

The DUMBASS WHINY NIMBYS know what's going on. We know the ramifications of all the hidden facts and costs to our communities. The only ones to make money on the backs of innocent unsuspecting residents are people like you and the Town Council of SWR.

browardjazz
browardjazz

LOL all FQS9000 knows is how to call people names. No credibility or intelligent life there

NIBMY
NIBMY

Tell us how you feel, you spiteful jackass.

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