County Commissioner Dennis Moss wants to fill in the FEC slip in Bicentennial Park. I don't think he or any of the other County Commissioners know the slip has a historical component. This was the location of the Submarine Chaser Training Center (SCTC) during World War II. The Chaser Magazine Cover from 1943, seen above, shows three slips depicted with a soldier with a hammer putting up a sign on the pier bordering the only remaining slip. The two slips on the left have since been filled in. Also see photo below of the three slips. The SCTC was downtown Miami's international graduate school of anti-submarine warfare during the World War II.
Are we going to throw away our history just so we have a place to put dredge fill? I hope this idea gets what it deserves, no traction.
As an ever-increasing number of students poured into the SCTC, McDaniel told the local press that its rapid expansion necessitated the procurement of more housing and additional space for the training center’s operations. The City of Miami permitted the Navy to build temporary dressing rooms and shower facilities for its personnel in Bayfront Park at N.E. First Street.And:
The subchaser center continued its expansion in the port as well. There had been damage to the engines of subchasers attributed to adulterated fuel and lubricants, so the Bureau of Ships required the SCTC to construct a fireproof laboratory on its pier with the appropriate testing and treatment apparatuses and personnel experienced in petroleum chemistry to analyze fuel and oil. That complex building had to be specially equipped with exhaust blowers to eliminate toxic fumes.- Charles Rice