"Soccer slip" may be home to thriving coral reef
"The developers are saying that filling this slip is like going from a Chevy to a Cadillac," Colin tells Riptide. "Well, wait a minute. There is a reef here!"
According to Colin, there are lobsters, green moray eels, and phosphorescent brain coral under water in the slip.
The main thing now even before any stadium votes, which may or may not occur now is that they are putting a charter amendment on the August 26 ballot that would allow the City of Miami to sell or lease submerged lands to buyers who own or have a lease on the contiguous upland without a referendum. So if this passes in August, no vote would be needed in November.
Hopefully this new news about the coral reef would make this a non-issue now.
Story here in Miami New Times.
And as for the comments going back and forth on the previous stories here and here, I don't think anyone is against a soccer stadium being built, especially on Beckham's dime, I think the problem is that we have less and less waterfront left and residents would like it kept as open as possible. You go to any major city and the waterfront is open, Miami, which is one of the most beautiful and recognized waterfront cities in the world, walls up the waterfront. From Brooklyn, NY to Venice California, the waterfront is open to the public on most coastlines, even Ocean Drive, here in Miami Beach, is open for all, while the hotels and buildings are on the other side of the street area.
As for comments about Miami Marine Stadium being torn down since it sits on waterfront, I think we need to agree that it's there now and has been for 50 years and maybe if it was to be built today we would be against it, but I don't think it should be torn down.
And for those comparing the soccer stadium proposal to the Coconut Grove Expo Center; you're trying to make us sound schizophrenic. We aren't. Yes, we wanted the Expo Center to remain, even though it blocked the water. It was a thriving movie/tv studio. It made no sense to destroy it. Maybe we would not want it built today if it was a project proposed today. And of course maybe in 50 years we will be glad the soccer stadium was built on the waterfront, but I doubt it. Times have changed people are more conscious of their environment these days. And they are tired of land grabs by billionaire sports team owners, too.
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