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Planned mooring field threatens Miami Marine Stadium

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Written by on August 22, 2017

Planned mooring field threatens Miami Marine Stadium

A mooring field planned for the historic basin of Virginia Key threatens future uses of a restored Miami Marine Stadium.

Miami’s mayor, commissioners, manager and others were notified Friday of a Virginia Key Advisory Board resolution opposing the city’s mooring field project.

Advisory board members were concerned after learning the city continued to pursue wet slip moorings there at a time the advisory board, city commission and public were loudly opposing that idea.

The possibility of wet slips in the basin caused friction in a 2015 request for proposals to improve the public marinas on the barrier island. A redo of the request for proposals carefully avoided including the wet slips.

The advisory board’s July 25 resolution acknowledges an active plan for basin moorings but points out that the city’s Historic and Environmental Preservation Board, which designated the basin historic, hasn’t reviewed the city’s plan for moorings; the project hasn’t been presented to the advisory board; it wasn’t discussed at an April visioning workshop for the stadium; and a mooring field in the basin violates the Virginia Key Master Plan.

In the resolution, the board recommends that prior to the city acting on the mooring field project it:

Hold at least one meeting of stakeholders to gather ideas and recommendations about creation of a basin mooring field.

Refer the mooring field project to the historic preservation board to review and determine whether it should get a certificate of appropriateness.

Develop a detailed plan on how a mooring field could coexist with anticipated Marine Stadium activities.

Direct the city attorney to explore ways to  restrict and manage boats anchoring in the basin.

The city is in early stages of restoring the famed concrete stadium – closed in 1992 after Hurricane Andrew – for about $45 million.

2 Responses to Planned mooring field threatens Miami Marine Stadium

  1. DC Copeland

    August 23, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    This is nuts. You cannot have both a mooring field and a restored Miami Marine Stadium and its tradition of boat racing. Save time and money and cancel any further studies on whether or not a mooring field in the racing basin would work. It won’t. Period.

    • Micheal Cody

      August 25, 2017 at 9:04 am

      The harbor is way too small for boat racing and there is approximately zero interest in it. Moreover, the last thing our marine life needs is getting run over by cigarette boats. If people cared the marine stadium would not have failed in the first place.

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