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Miami Heat ordered to remove lock on public parkland

Fence with lock had closed off where public waterfront parkland will be built

MIAMI – The Miami Heat has been ordered to remove the lock on a public parkland behind the AmericanAirlines Arena, Local 10 News has learned.

Miami-Dade County officials learned Saturday morning the Heat had decided to padlock the fence around the property following questions from Local 10 News.

A fence with a lock on it had closed off where some hope a waterfront park will be built, 4-acres of land known as Parcel-B directly behind the AmericanAirlines Arena. The land is owned by Miami-Dade County, but neither county nor Miami city officials erected the fence and could find no permit for it.

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The county's director of internal services said the team has been ordered to remove the lock on public property.

The open space activists held a public picnic Saturday morning on Parcel-B.

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Glenna Milberg joined Local 10 News in September 1999 to report on South Florida's top stories and community issues. She also serves as co-host on Local 10's public affairs broadcast, "This Week in South Florida."