Letters to the Editor

Replanting mangroves

Re the June 27 article Miami cuts mangroves to make way for boat show: There’s one pro-active thing that we can do that costs taxpayers nothing. Mangrove seeds float throughout our waterways. Many wash up on beaches where they dry up and die.

The county should encourage beachgoers to take the mangrove seedlings from the beach, put them in a bucket of water, take them home and place them in cups of two inches of fresh water. Once the seedlings start to grow, the county should let people plant them on the shore where the mangroves were destroyed. In no time, they will grow and flourish. This is a simple solution to a bad situation.

Time is of the essence as this area must be replanted immediately in order to protect our sensitive marine ecosystem.

David Jonathan Gaynor,

Miami Beach

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