Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Commission taking up rescue cutbacks

Recent cutbacks in fire-rescue service on Key Biscayne will be reviewed by the Miami-Dade County Commission at 3 p.m. Thursday. Bicyclists from all over South Florida, alarmed by the death of a rider on Sunday, will be paying attention.

This matter was already on the commission agenda, after service hours at county Fire-Rescue Station 15 were reduced in December. The hit-and-run crash that killed Christophe Le Canne on Sunday, at an hour when the station was closed, drew broad public attention to the consequences of county budget-cutting.

To attend the meeting, go to the second floor of County Hall, 111 NW 1st Street, between 2:30 and 2:45 p.m. There are a few bike racks on the plaza at the southeast corner of the building. Use the best lock you can, though. Or take a bus or Metrorail.

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