Senate Bill Would Make it Easier to Move Miami's Urban Development Boundary

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Republican State Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff represents Fort Lauderdale, but during this year's legislative session she seems to be really intent on introducing bills that could forever alter Miami-Dade County. First she was behind the now-failed bid to legalize destination casinos in South Florida, and now she's introduced an amendment to a state bill that would make it easier to move Miami-Dade's Urban Development Boundary. The move puts her at odds with several Miami-Dade leaders, including County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

Update: It's already dead. Bogdanoff fails again.

The UDB limits construction west of the county line, and creates a buffer between urbanized Miami and the Everglades.

Currently a vote of nine out of thirteen of the county's commissioners is required to move the line. Just last week Mayor Gimenez unveiled a plan that would require a yay vote from 10 out of 13 commissioners, a super majority.

Bogdanoff's amendment would require only a simple majority, 7 of the 13, to move the line.

Gimenez isn't pleased.

"They are trying to usurp local authority," he told the Miami Herald. "It strikes me as funny that soon as my state-of-the-county address calls for strengthening the UDB, this crops up."

The UDB debate often pits environmentalists against developers.

Gimenez has sent a letter to state senators from Miami-Dade in which he asks them to oppose the amendment, but not all would be on board.

Sen. Miguel de la Poritlla, for one, supports Bogdanoff's amendment. Coincidentally, he also happens to have close ties to Ferro Investment Group, a developer currently hoping to build on 9.9 acres that sit outside the UDB.

Update: The amendment has died after the Senate's rule chairman ruled that Bogdanoff's amendment was not germane to the bill she was trying to attach it to.

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