Property owners sue Miami Springs to stop annexation process

Westward, no? Miami Springs is facing a lawsuit over annexation

Property owners in a proposed annexation area, just west of Miami Springs, sued on Sept. 22 in Miami-Dade Circuit Court to halt the process.

“The 2017 resubmitted application is improper because it is not a new application as required by the county,” according to the lawsuit filed against the city by eight west airport area property owners.

Miami Springs has its sights on land that is part of the airport business district from roughly Northwest 69th Avenue west to the Palmetto Expressway, and from State Road 934 (Hialeah Expressway) south to Northwest 36th Street. The area in question does not include property owned by Florida East Coast Railway.

Instead of filing a new application, Miami Springs resubmitted its 2009 application, the lawsuit states.

Also alleged in the suit: The proposed annexation area is not “contiguous,” it creates a new “enclave” and it has not been approved by Miami Springs voters.

“The involvement of the courts is disappointing and unnecessary,” said Dan Espino, an attorney representing Miami Springs. “This group once before tried to stop the city’s lawful annexation application procedure with litigation, and a court in 2013 told them that the lawsuit was premature.”

Espino added: “There is ample time to work out their concerns through discussion with the city and the county’s clear public hearing procedures.”

As of late Wednesday, no hearings have yet been set for this case.

Miami Springs residents are invited to speak out for or against annexation at the next city council meeting, to be held 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at City Hall, 201 Westward Dr.