|I am more than angry, my blood is boiling.|
Buried in the Miami Herald today, reporter Chuck Rabin wrote that Mayors Carlos Gimenez and Tomas Regalado think it is a good idea to fill in the FEC slip (South of Bicentennial Park) NOT to put a soccer stadium (like we believe that one) -- next door to the American Airlines arena. Besides gargantuan traffic jams they would be barring the public from a waterfront stroll (a walkway is/will be errected around the slip). It is a colossally bad idea from two mayors without any funds, historical reverence or vision. Gimenez said filling in the slip will give us more greenspace. Carlos we already had greenspace and all that they did was plop building after building in it. I would rather have the water.
|Moss wanted to use the Port Tunnel dredge material fill the slip in 2011. |
The FIND (Florida Inland Navigation District) contributed millions of dollars, toward the $16,000,000 for the seawall and 50% of the $1,700,000 for the bollards for the tie-up of visiting ships. We would probably have to pay that money back. The City of Miami had to match those funds to get the FIND grants.
While Bicentennial park is undergoing construction with those stupid museums the slip has not been usable since there is no land access. This is temporary. To say the slip is not being used in disingenuous. For example, the boat show wanted to use the slip but because of the construction they couldn't.
Biscayne Bay Aquatic preserve does not allow filling of Biscayne Bay, severe mitigation costs and years of permitting would not insure filling would be allowed.
It used to be the Port of Miami and a military site during WWII the city tried to fill in the first 100' bordering Biscayne Blvd. in 2002 and found many state federal and local regulations and stopped the project.Historically: Suzette Rice, whose recently deceased husband Charlie Rice wrote a WW2 history of the area (THE SUBMARINE CHASER TRAINING CENTER: DOWNTOWN MIAMI’S INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ANTI-SUBMARINE WARFARE DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR) wrote:
That slip is the last remaining slip of the WW2 Naval base that was located on Biscayne Bay. In WW2, the naval training center and the Key West Naval base were located along the bay. We should be building a memorial/museum to the military that were training and housed in Miami and Miami Beach, not filling-in the very last vestige of our history that reflects the efforts of the brave military during that war.
For you who don't know, over 400 ships were sunk off our shores during WW2.
People sat on their butts on the beaches drinking cocktails from Jacksonville south down the coast. They actually watched as merchant marine ships burned, like it was some sport. German subs were in the waters off the coast and there are even tales of the crews visiting the Mainland in Miami.
Please leave that slip alone and actually make the effort to tell the story.
|Historic photo of the slips Piers one, two and three Right to Left|
|We have the last remaining of the 3 slips pictured here (1943)|