Regatta Park land found to be toxic
|Expo Center being torn down in January. Photo by Bill Brothers|
Soil tests confirmed that arsenic and other carcinogens were found in the soil. They are too high for exposure by humans. The groundwater also has been effected.
Many people, including myself, thought that other types of fuels would be found in the ground, dating from when the Dinner Key area was an airport, dating back to the 1930s, but this seems to be more in common with what was found in other area parks.
It doesn't seem as if the waterfront area was used as a city dump, and it could all be aviation related but in another way, perhaps the dumping was done, but in this instance by the airport itself. There were not many, if any, regulations back then.
So now more testing and the clean up begins. Delaying Regatta Park's development.
Ironically, the City is City of Miami’s Omni Community Redevelopment Agency plans to lease its Miami Entertainment Complex at 50 NW 14 Street to EUE/Screen Gems Studios Ltd., which would then build the movie facility and run it. The Regatta Park location was already a working studio before the Expo Center, the actual studio, was torn down last month.
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