I agree that the Miami International Boat Show is a plus as a huge commercial revenue-generating enterprise. But it does not belong on public park land.
Once again, the push for profits is running rampant over the rights of the public to its park lands. This fragile, environmentally sensitive waterfront land was conveyed to the city by the county in 1963 for the operation of the Marine Stadium and allied purposes only.
In 2010, the city unanimously approved the master plan of Virginia Key for limited development for public water sports and activities. Plus, the popular public parks on Virginia Key and the Causeway, and including Crandon Park, the golf course and Bill Baggs State Park, will be virtually inaccessible during the weeklong show itself, including weeks for setup and dismantling.
The disaster of destroying more than 300 lineal feet of mangroves is only the start of the environmental damage that will be caused by paving over public park land for commercial profits.
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