Judge approves Miami Boat Show plans
The village claimed the February 11-15 event will bring too much traffic and damage to Virginia Key, at the event site, Miami Marine Stadium.
Many feel that damage has already been done to the site and the fragile island cannot accommodate so many people and so much ecological damage. NMMA says that "most guests will park offsite and take shuttles or water taxis to the site; water taxis alone can serve 25,000 guests daily. Only 3,800 prepaid vehicles will park on Virginia Key."
A recent US Army Corp of Engineers report showed that the Boat Show’s move would cause “substantial” harm to Virginia Key’s ecosystem and lead to serious impacts on marine life. And City of Miami’s plan to commercialize the Marine Stadium site will require upwards of $20 million in taxpayer dollars. Alternative sites, including Marlins Park, have been suggested, but Boat Show organizers insist Virginia Key is the only location that ‘suits their logistical needs.’
Damage was already done to mangroves on site, as construction started in preparing the site for the Boat Show and other future events.
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