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Saturday, June 27, 2015

You just can't have anything nice

Seems like the morons who work for the City of Miami, all a twitter over the Boat Show at the Miami Marine Stadium location have cut out a bunch of highly protected mangroves. As Key Biscayne Mayor Mayra Pena Lindsay says in the Herald story, "Every fifth grader knows the value of mangroves." City workers don't.

This Boat Show looks like it will be more of a menace than anything. The residents who complained about destruction of the fragile area were right on with their assessment. This was only the first step in dealing with the Boat Show project. What next - knock down the whole Marine Stadium because it's in the way, too? 
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), which operates the Boat Show claims that the boat show, which is planned for February 11-15, 2016, is "risking the loss of $600 million in economic activity and 55,000 middle-class Florida jobs." They need to apparently destroy Virginia Key to accomplish that.

The over-development and non-stop building and digging and destroying is doing the county in. The quality of life goes down little by little daily. All based on greed.

The City of Key Biscayne has been grappling with the issue for months now, mostly about traffic, but they did call them out about the environmental destruction.

What's ironic about this is that for years, we've been trying to get a window cut into the mangroves at Peacock Park so that there is a water view, the same with Kennedy Park and here, the city is doing back flips over the Miami International Boat show because they have big bucks, where we have nothing to offer them.

I think the city should tell the boat show to take a hike, find another area to sell boats.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

In DERM Planet, the sacred Mangroves are untouchable, even when they are everywhere, by the Billions, and all it would take is to relocate or cut very few, dozens only, if a few strategic Spots in the Grove, to open up Officially Extint Waterviews.

Then, of course, they go back to sleep for larger deforestation projects, whe eliminating hundreds of good mangroves helps the City and the event organizers make their money.

June 27, 2015 7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you look at original Grove imagery the mangroves were apparently there. They were hacked away and years later replanted because that particular area of waterfront has no protection from storm surge and the shallows provided food and protection for marine life.

June 27, 2015 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From a May 28, 2010, FDEP Press Release: MIAMI-DADE COUNTY – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Division of Law Enforcement recently arrested [a person] for the destruction of mangroves. [This person] is charged with Failure to Comply with Environmental Rules, a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a fine up to $10,000.

Also from the press release: To report an environmental crime, wireless customers can dial #DEP. Callers can also report environmental crimes to the State Warning Point by calling (877) 2-SAVE-FL (1.877.272.8335). General environmental inquiries should be directed to DEP district offices during normal business hours. For more information about DEP’s Division of Law Enforcement, visit

For the full press release:

June 27, 2015 10:55 AM  
Blogger Seth Sklarey said...

Perhaps a platform deck allowing people to view over the mangroves might beva consideration. The other unresolved dilemma is mangroves are a great breeding ground for mosquito larvae which the fish feed on. We all want more fish in Biscayne Bay, don't we? But nobody wants the mosquitoes which are now eating us alive in the Grove.
Any suggestions?

June 28, 2015 12:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who allowed City workers to kill mangroves and native plants adjacent to Marine Stadium? Who gave the order?

June 28, 2015 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a general angst about quality of life in Miami. The environment and Marine Stadium is just another outlet for that angst.

Whether we should allow the proliferation of mangroves, or sightlines or development, its the poor state of our politics and civic life that is the real culprit here.

June 28, 2015 12:37 PM  
Blogger BT said...

What is the follow up feom the county here? Have they done anything?

June 28, 2015 11:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Marine Stadium, and everything that has been done to preserve it, including that "Friends of the Stadium" scam, is a boondoggle Whatever footnote in a architectural digest it might warrant, as a 10K seat stadium it will not pay for itself, and the city/county will add another drag on their budget.

The stadium should have been demolished after Andrew.

June 29, 2015 10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two architects who founded the so-called "Friends of Marine Stadium" thought they deserved a $6 Million fee for carving up the asset and selling it off. Really?

July 01, 2015 4:05 PM  

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