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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Regatta Park land found to be toxic

Expo Center being torn down in January. Photo by Bill Brothers
Looks like the new Regatta Park, which wasn't even built yet is another toxic park to add to the list of Coconut Grove toxic parks.

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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9 Comments:

Blogger Brian Breslin said...

So what part of the grove is NOT toxic? Can the village council/homeowners commission tests to be done throughout the entire 33133 zip code?

Where can regular citizens see locations/history of the old incinerators/dump sites?

March 05, 2014 2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No wonder how much sickness and disease urban populations are suffering, we are poisoning ourselves to extinction. Time for change.

March 05, 2014 4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian, good suggestion, please continue to advise how we might get these dumping records; where the contaminants were dumped. Report via the Grape, come push or shove I'll file a State or Federal complaint to move this thing ahead

March 05, 2014 8:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And yet Armbrister Park - which is right next to the former incinerator (and also coincidentally next to two schools) was found to be safe?!?

March 06, 2014 7:23 PM  
Blogger Brian Breslin said...

Anonymous, I have no clue where one would even start. Are there any local reputable soil contamination experts in the grove?

March 06, 2014 7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The City could have been earning $500,000 per year from renting the CG Convention Center as a film studio. Plus all the meals and hotel rooms from various film stars used in the shooting. Now Sarnoff is giving away a OMNI CRA owned building for $100,000 per year, barely $1.40 per sq ft. WTF?

March 06, 2014 9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Peacock Park, Kenneth Myers Park and Kennedy Park?
What about Scotty’s Landing, Chart House and Boat Storage?
What about Fresh Market, Grove Harbour Boat Storage, Biscayne Yacht Club and Coral Reef Yacht Club?
What about Miami City Hall, former Pan Am Terminal?
What about commercial and residential properties in the Grove?
Seems like one of the few growth industries in Miami is testing soil for toxins and removing them when discovered.

March 07, 2014 1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 1:30 - You're a mind reader. A man from France stopped by my business to purchase art and advised me he moved to the Grove specifically to clean up these contaminants using the latest technology. He said he would be "stirring the pot" creating conflict to force the clean up and some of the prices he uttered would affect all taxpayers for years to come.

March 08, 2014 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@anonymous 9:21

I didn't realize Sarnoff was the calling the shots on property values. WTF?

March 08, 2014 9:14 PM  

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