That meeting between the residents and the county has yet to happen. The investigation into King Metal and the possible cancer cluster continues, but the residents have yet to hear anything from any agency about the next step. Through spokeswoman Rosa Oses-Prealoni, the county health department declined to provide details on the investigation, saying only that it was ongoing.

McCoy and Shelton, with the help of local community activist Renita Holmes, have continued digging into their neighborhood's sordid toxic history. They've accumulated stacks of paper and public records, and regularly meet in McCoy's increasingly cluttered living room to plot the next move. Together, they've founded the Broadmoor Homeowners Association, and there have been talks of news conferences, neighborhood awareness meetings, and even legal action. But so far, they haven't made much progress.

"[The health department is] trying to get the county exempt from culpability, because the county is who gave these people permission to operate in this neighborhood, and they shouldn't have," McCoy says. "They're trying to work their way out of the situation."

No one knows for sure what roots the potential cancer cluster in Broadmoor could have. Nor is it clear why asthma is on the rise or breathing is so difficult. So far, no one has established a link between King Metal and the illnesses, and no explanation has been given.

McCoy and Shelton will continue asking questions and pressuring county officials. They will ask why they were kept in the dark about all the contamination in the area, and why so many companies have been allowed to pollute and poison the environment.

In his home on the cul-de-sac, Walter Frazier simply wants to know whether his neighborhood is safe. He doesn't want to see any more of his neighbors or friends fall ill or die, like his wife Ethel. "I still live here, and I don't plan to leave," he says.

As Walter and his family cared for Ethel, she told her husband of 35 years that she had no regrets and that he shouldn't either. "She told me that I had done everything I could to help her," he says.

The same can't be said for Miami-Dade County.

"More could be done," Walter says.

Ethel Frazier died May 27. "My sweet Mrs. Frazier, may you rest in peace," wrote Paula Vereen, a friend from Hollywood. "Your smile will never be forgotten... May God give you comfort during these times."

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truestory
truestory

I agree with the story,... But i believe another major poisoning issue that needs to be addressed asap is the poisoning of the water supply in Miami intentionally with fluoride,... this crap kills slowly over the years,? got arthritis?cancer? Thyroid problems? Stop being dumb down to be blind of the corruption committed by the invisible mafia,known as politicians...

ttsturrup
ttsturrup

wow.coach frazier was my teacher and his brother Dr.frazier.my uncle,brother,godfather played for him at da west and cc.i rememeber ms.frazier.i went to school with two frazier daughters.

voiceunheard
voiceunheard

Something really needs to be done about this asap

SPAZZZY
SPAZZZY

@StephVivanco @splakin I read a little on those articles. I'm buying a gas masks for me and Sharon.

splakin
splakin

@StephVivanco true life: our hood is killing us

Jimbo99
Jimbo99

Everyone complains about why there are no manufacturing in the USA any more ? Well this is one reason why ?

run.randrand
run.randrand

CHROMIUM FROM METAL BUMPERS AND HEAVY METAL TOXICITY LEECHING INTO THE SOIL AND GROUND WATER THERE------CRIMINAL TOXIC WASTE DESIGNATED AREA.......

natalie__ann
natalie__ann

@SPAZZZY @stephvivanco @splakin call up Erin Brockovich

splakin
splakin

@SPAZZZY if its your time it's your time

ivxx
ivxx

 @Jimbo99 yea dude.. we'll just keep outsourcing to those stupid asians who pay their employees cents and work them constantly...

 

people don't need to change to accomodate manufacturing jobs, manufacturing jobs need to change for people...

 

i guess i'm wrong though... people ARE changing... their body's cells are multiplying at an abnormal rate... evolution right Jimbo..?

Jimbo99
Jimbo99

 @ivxx

 Just where I rent, I have to sign off on waivers for potential lead paint and mold/mildew spores in the walls and ceiling. They want top dollar, yet don't want to be accountable & responsible for any health issues from what they profit as a business.

 
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