Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tall Ship Eagle Came June 14. It Docked at the FEC Slip that County Mayor Gimenez is dying to fill in Against The Will of the People and City of Miami Officials. By Geniusofdespair






The USCGC Eagle (WIX-327) (formerly the SSS Horst Wessel) is a 295-foot (90 m) barque used as a training cutter for future officers of the United States Coast Guard. She is the only active commissioned steel hulled sailing vessel in American military service. She is the seventh U.S. Navy or Coast Guard ship to bear the name in a line dating back to 1792. Each summer, Eagle conducts cruises with cadets from the United States Coast Guard Academy and candidates from the Officer Candidate School for periods ranging from a week to two months. These cruises fulfill multiple roles; the primary mission is training the cadets and officer candidates, but the ship also performs a public relations role. Often, Eagle makes calls at foreign ports as a goodwill ambassador.

Built as the German training vessel Horst Wessel in 1936, it served to train German sailors in sail techniques until decommissioned at the start of the war. Given anti-aircraft armament it was re-commissioned in 1942. At the end of the war Horst Wessel was taken by the US as war reparations.

This is where the Soccer Stadium was wanted by David Beckham and Mayor Gimenez. They wanted to fill the slip. Since the City owns the slip, they nixed the deal. People were free to go on board the vessel for a tour.  The salon has been restored to the way it was decorated when Hitler Christened the Eagle. Howard Slotnick of Op Sail New York (he was the Op Sail Vice President and Seaport Trustee) is going to encourage more Tall Ships to visit Miami's FEC Slip.


Mayor Reglado at the soft opening of Museum Park and the Arrival of the Eagle. Everyone was in a festive mood when the Mayor said NO to the Soccer stadium on the waterfront.

School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho with the Lovely School Board Member Raquel Regalado.

Grateful Citizens
Bicentennial/Museum Park - not as ugly as Mayor Gimenez thinks.

10 comments:

Suzette said...

What a wonderful day it was! The slip offers so many great opportunities for maritime uses,.. Now just we need a WW2 memorial there overlooking the channel!.

Anonymous said...

enough is enough! we need to recall Gimenez now. where's Braman

Anonymous said...

June 14th, 2014 was a wonderful day. The newly renovated Museum Park and the newly renovated FEC Slip looked great. Now it is time to get the fences and the padlocks removed from Parcel B, the waterfront open space east of the AA Arena.
Unfortunately, the Miami Heat have gotten "fat, lazy and obnoxious" and they prevent public access to our waterfront. The Heat park trucks, port-a-pottys and containers on our waterfront.
Tell your City and County Commissioners to demand public access to parcel B.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful pictures!!! Thanks and thanks to all who worked so hard!

Anonymous said...

Is the heat paying rent on the storage area?

Anonymous said...

Is the ship still there?

Gregory Stubbs said...

The reality is Museum Park is devoid of people and is lacking trees ! They really need to plant some large trees and have events to actually attract people.

Anonymous said...

Please plant some shade trees, not just palms!

Trees provide habitat for birds and other animals!

Anonymous said...

Bicentennial Park just opened. Residents need to discover it. Unfortunately, people from outside downtown who need to park when they visit might be too intimidated to bother looking for a place to park. Thank Mayor Regalado the sports stadium "with no parking on-site" was killed. Imagine 5,000 drunk soccer fanatics stumbling through the neighborhoods trying to find their cars?

Anonymous said...

There is a new group of promoters who are lobbying County Commissioners for permission to build a massive concrete structure on the waterfront park site known as Parcel B. The scheme is just another land grab.