|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.More »