Written by Miami Today on June 7, 2012
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SOUTHCOM IN DANGER?: During the Miami Military Advocacy Committee meeting at the Greater Miami Chamber of Conference Goals Conference 2012, Chairman Don Slesnick cited rumors that the US Southern Command based in Doral may be merged with the US Northern Command in Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado. He said another rumor has both commands being merged and moved to San Antonio, TX. "If we don’t keep" the Southern Command, he said, "we lose a great deal in our community." The Southern Command, known as SOUTHCOM, overseas the defense and protection of Central and South America, the Panama Canal and the Caribbean. The command has more than 1,200 military and civilian personnel representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and several other federal agencies. US Northern Command, known as USNORTHCOM, was established in 2002 to provide command and control of Department of Defense homeland defense, according to the command’s website.
HOMELESS FEEDING FRENZY: War drums continue to beat against the homeless who make their beds and homes in downtown Miami. The call to do something about the street people was sounded at the New World Center Committee meeting during the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Goals Conference. H. Bert Gonzalez, assistant director of the Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, said there should be a way to stop third-party feedings of the homeless by persons who come here during the weekends, from Homestead to as far away as West Palm Beach. He said the feedings eventually result in health hazards, when the homeless use public areas as bathrooms. He urged the committee to address the issue and talk to local politicians about both practices. Alyce Robertson, Miami Downtown Development Authority executive director, also urged the committee to ask the Homeless Trust in Miami to take a more active role in addressing the homeless problem downtown.
INTERNATIONAL ITEMS: Jackson Memorial may soon revamp its international arm. The county commission approved Tuesday an item allowing the Public Health Trust to dissolve Jackson Memorial International Inc., created to operate the international program for the Public Health Trust. According to county documents, the Public Health Trust has an international program that provides services and initiatives to target international patients.