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Palmetto Bay came to Miami-Dade’s County Hall to block a bridge. Then things got testy

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This social media post by Palmetto Bay Mayor Karyn Cunningham was part of a presentation by rival Danielle Cohen Higgins, the Miami-Dade commissioner representing the village, during a Jan. 20, 2022, meeting about a county project Cohen Higgns supports and Cunningham opposes.

On Thursday, a Miami-Dade County commissioner accused Palmetto Bay Mayor Karyn Cunningham of blowing off a county vote on a bridge opposed by her village, and produced a photo of the mayor in exercise gear to prove the point.

“Not one member of the village of Palmetto Bay appeared before this chamber on Feb. 2 to say one word. They did not say do not build this bridge,” Commissioner Danielle Cohen Higgins said from the dais at County Hall, referring to a vote and project that are now the subject of lawsuit threats from Palmetto Bay.

The official purpose of the meeting was a conflict-resolution session over Palmetto Bay’s planned lawsuit against Miami-Dade over the county’s 2021 approval of a canal bridge over Southwest 87th Avenue. A requirement before one government sues another, the session produced an official impasse declared by county commissioners in a unanimous vote, along with ample evidence of how heated the bridge fight has become.

Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald.