Vice Chairwoman Edmonson visits Florida Senate to advocate for better regulation of recycling illegally-obtained copper
Vice Chairwoman Edmonson emphasized that the issue of scrap metal and copper wiring theft is “not just criminal in nature but is an issue that has severe consequences and creates a domino effect. In addition to the increasing cost to replace copper wire found in light poles, appliances and air-conditioning units throughout Miami-Dade County, and the inconvenience of our constituents in replacing fixtures in private businesses and homes, there is a security threat to our most vulnerable residents, our seniors and our children,” the Vice Chairwoman said.
“Light pole outages create darkness in areas where seniors and children cross busy streets or walk to and from their residences. There have been muggings, thefts and shootings in areas that are completely in the dark. More tragically, we experienced the fatal accident of a woman in Miami-Dade County just crossing the street in a dark area and being struck by a car,” said Vice Chairwoman Edmonson.
Neither the Miami-Dade County ordinance, nor the bill before the State Senate committee, was designed to hurt scrap metal dealers, according to Vice Chairwoman Edmonson, but to make it harder for the thieves to sell these stolen metals. The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners created a task force, tasked with finding solutions to alleviate the impact on businesses, residents and the County and is composed of representatives from neighboring municipalities, Miami-Dade County Departments, Police, Florida Power and Light, the scrap metal dealers, the State Attorney’s Office and residents of the affected areas.