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Abandoned School Rotting For Decades But Broward School Board Does Nothing

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An eyesore with cracked, broken or boarded up windows

The rotting and crumbling 60-year old Broward public school has sat abandoned for decades.

Yet despite years of complaints from Dania Beach officials and residents, the School Board refuses to tear down the decrepit former Olsen Middle School.

The rotting and crumbling 60-year old Broward public school has sat abandoned for decades.

“Vagrants stay there and kids have been known to go in,” Dania Beach resident Mimi Donly told Browardbeat.com.

The city has eyed the prime land that the school sits on for years.

The school’s seven acres are two blocks east of Federal Highway and two blocks north of Sheridan Street.

It would make a perfect park, one city official said.

But City Hall has never been able to cut a deal with the school system.

“The Broward School Board promised that the old school on Southeast 11th Terrace and Third Avenue would be demolished when students moved into a new, adjacent Olsen Middle School building in 1994,” according to the Miami Herald that year.

It never happened.

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, May 5, 2019

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Buddy Nevins has been a South Florida journalist for over 40 years. His columns appeared in the Fort Lauderdale News and then the Sun-Sentinel. Nevins now writes for his own website, www.browardbeat.com. The opinions expressed by Buddy Nevins are strictly his own and not those of the SouthFloridaReporter.