Neighbors in Southwest Ranches protest proposed prison

By Janine Stanwood, Reporter, jstanwood@Local10.com
Published On: Dec 22 2011 11:06:14 PM EST
Updated On: Dec 23 2011 01:14:30 PM EST

The fight over a proposed 1,500-bed immigration detention center continued Thursday night, fueled by a feud between two cities.

SOUTHWEST RANCHES, Fla. -

The fight over a proposed 1,500-bed immigration detention center continued Thursday night, fueled by a feud between two cities.

Council members from the town of Southwest Ranches, where the prison would be built, have said construction is all but a done deal.

Commissioners from neighboring Pembroke Pines have expressed concern, voting Wednesday to hire an attorney to see if the city has any legal options to stop it.

On Thursday evening, a service agreement between the two cities was officially cancelled.

Ending the agreement gets Pembroke Pines out of a promise not to fight the prison. It also means Southwest Ranches will close access to SW 199th, 202nd, and 205th Avenues.

The closures will affect people in both cities, whether they want the prison or not.

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