Tell your Miami Dade County Commissioners to note NO to the Boat Show’s environmental permit on Tuesday, December 15th by attending and speaking at the meeting.
Commercialization of historic Virginia Key prioritizes profits and special interests,
disregards years of public input.
The City of Miami Commission unanimously approved the Virginia Key Master Plan in 2010 following years of public engagement. The plan called for additional park space, public access to the waterfront and the restoration of the historic Miami Marine Stadium.
Five years later, the City is ignoring its Master Plan in favor of luring large-scale events to the island’s waterfront, beginning with the Miami International Boat Show’s proposed move in February 2016. The Boat Show’s attempt to squeeze 800 boats into the protected Marine Stadium basin will put the environment at risk and cut-off public access to beaches and parks for months.
Worst of all, the City is sticking taxpayers with the project’s $20 million bill. All of this without one penny going to restoring Miami Marine Stadium.