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Neighbor Vs. Neighbor in Mayoral Race

Two of three candidates for Miami Springs office live next door to each other



    Next door neighbors are vying to become the next mayor of Miami Springs. (Published Thursday, March 24, 2011)

    The April mayoral election in Miami Springs comes with a neighborly twist –- literally.

    Two of the three candidates for the office live right next to each other, giving new meaning to the term "small town politics."

    A small strip of grass separates the homes of Zavier Garcia and Jamie Petralanda, who are both running for mayor.

    So is it uncomfortable?

    "Not for me, because I am the one that has all the signs that are up here," said Garcia. "My residents have all expressed their support for my candidacy."

    Garcia may be winning the contest for having the most campaign signs on Whitehorn Drive. While the campaign has been cordial, it's far from over.

    "This is nothing personal," said Petralanda. "He has his views and I have my views, in fact I think our views are similar the only thing we differ on is how do we get there."

    There are issues in Miami Springs that need attention. For instance, what to do with financially failing Miami Springs Golf and Country Club?  And whether the city's main drag, Westward Avenue, gets a facelift is another big talker in the Springs.

    Candidate Wallace Clark, who does not live on Whitehorn, says there's room for improvement in his city.

    "I do believe the city is sitting around, waiting a lot of times, they put things on the back burner and they go away," he said. “I want to clean off the back burner, either let's do it or let's not do it."

    The election is set for April 5.