Southwest Ranches Officials Voted to Close Several Roads Connected to Pembroke Pines

Members voted Thursday night to close several roads with Pembroke Pines

Friday, Dec 23, 2011  |  Updated 7:19 AM EDT
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SW Ranches Officials Vote to Close Some Roads

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Sings like this will soon be a thing of the past at the end of the Lincoln Drive.

Southwest Ranches council members voted to close several roads connected to Pembroke Pines.

The members voted 4 to 1 on Thursday night , a day after Pembroke Pines commisioners voted to end a 2005 agreement with Southwest Ranches, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

Under the 2005 agreement, Southwest Ranches unblocked access to several avenues, SW 199, 202 and 205th Avenues, which border with Pembroke Pines.

By voting to end that agreement Pembroke Pines can now go against a tentative immigration detention center in Southwest Ranches, which would be one of the largest in the U.S., the Sentinel reported.

Pembroke Pines officials will hire outside researchers to see how city could stop the center, and the Sentinel reported that Southwest Ranches Mayor Jeff Nelson said Pembroke Pines ended the 2005 agreement in an effort to do just that.

"We know that's the motivation," Nelson was quoted by the Sentinel as saying.

Angelo Castillo, a Pembroke Pines commissioner, said officials in Southwest Ranches were acting child-like.

"There's nothing rural about closing roads. They want to become an island," he told the paper.

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