The readers’ forum

Save our city

 

I hope the July 7 editorial, Atlantis, interrupted raises awareness among local elected officials and agencies such as the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) and state agencies such as the South Florida Water Management District. They don’t seem to get it that we have entered a new era. Selling off coastal properties or building superhighways outside the Urban Development Boundary in low lying areas, converting mass transit lanes like the South Dade Busway to “Lexus lanes” or building museums or casinos on coastal lands or barrier islands or allowing commercial development of the Miami Marine Stadium basin on Virginia Key should be taken off the table if the city truly expects to prolong its existence in an economically and environmentally sustainable way.

These coastal lands and barrier islands (as well as offshore coral reefs) are our first line of defense against coming storm surges and rising sea levels. Keeping as many of these lands natural, replanted with natives, and restoring dunes are critical. Likewise, our offshore coral reefs play a part in protecting the mainland.

Shamefully, the proposed deep dredge projects by Port of Miami and Port Everglades combined will destroy acres of coral reefs — where no mitigation will recompense.

To change our policies and reconfigure our priorities to save our city is a brave new world; will we be up for it? And can we be honest about our responsibilities?

Talk of “building sea walls or bringing in more sand” for the short term is not good enough because there is no short term any longer. And our very geology on a bed of porous limestone betrays us.

In that we have never encountered this phenomenon, it is not surprising there are missteps and much confusion. But it is this generation who bears the burden of planning for the future as long-term infrastructure and investment decisions must be made now, not by future administrations.

Blanca Mesa, Coral Gables

Read more Letters to the Editor stories from the Miami Herald

  • The readers’ forum

    Eastern Shores flotilla is ridiculous

    Jenny Staletovich’s Aug. 24 article, Floating homes may be answer to rising seas, seems to be nothing more than a biased piece for the developers. Most troubling is that the article says there is no opposition to this concept.

  • The readers’ forum

    FIU expansion good for community

    I’m writing in support of Florida International University’s expansion to the land next to its Modesto A. Maidique Campus. I serve on the FIU School of Accounting’s Advisory Board and Board of Trustees’ Athletic Committee. And as a member of FIU’s President’s Council, I’ve been honored to act as an FIU ambassador to the community.

  • Crammed in the air

    There have been several stories recently about arguments on airplanes because of passengers reclining their seats. I may be next. The way most airlines — hello, American! — configure their seats makes it virtually impossible to hold a book or laptop. And try getting out of your seat to go to the restroom!

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category