Target: Miami Mayor Tomás Pedro Regalado
Goal: Demand more protection for Miami’s fragile environment and end the boat show that epitomizes reckless marine destruction.
Government officials recently displaced mass amounts of coral, critical to marine life, where they deepened the Miami Port Channel to accommodate massive cargo ships. The National Marine Fisheries Services noted that the project has damaged four times the expected seabed. A large area of the seafloor is now covered in sand, making it impossible for plant life to receive the minimal amount of sunlight needed to survive.
As if this destruction wasn’t enough, even more irresponsible and permanent is the destruction that has been completed to accommodate Miami’s International Boat show in February. According to USA Today’s reporter Alan Gomez, workers have illegally torn down over 1,700 square feet of irreplaceable Mangrove trees.
Mangrove roots not only provide support in unstable soils, helping to withstand currents and storms, but also filter out nutrients and silt from murky waters, sending clearer waters out to sea. To many marine wildlife species, mangrove trees provide their only shelter, hatcheries, and food.
The boat show and reckless port expansion cannot go on if Miami cares at all to protect its unique marine ecosystem. Demand that Miami protects its fragile environment and end the annual boat show that that will continue to cause more marine destruction.
Dear Mayor Regalado,
The ever-expanding city of Miami rests on or near marshlands, everglades, and other unique environments–in fact, it is unrecognizable from the wild swamp it used to be. There is a huge honor that comes with being mayor to one of the most unique environments in the United States and, with that, a very important responsibility to protect it. Continuing to grow the city without making protection of the environment a priority will permanently damage what is left of this fragile marine ecosystem.
Deepening the port to accommodate large vessels may have seemed necessary, but we have to question whether or not it was worth the destruction of a large area of the seabed. The National Marine Fisheries Services noted that the project has damaged four times the expected seabed.
Above waters, 1,700 square feet of irreplaceable mangrove trees were torn down to accommodate the February boat show. While the boat show may bring temporary economic activity, true economic growth could be achieved through long term eco-tourism so long as Miami maintains her natural beauty.
If Miami continues to expand recklessly, soon no one will want to visit a Miami that can offer nothing different from other cement block cities. Even the boat show would not be held in Miami if it weren’t for the natural features it is so willing to destroy; its clean blue-water beaches, coral reefs, and unique mangroves.
To protect the long term prosperity of Miami, and uphold its image as a beautiful city, it is absolutely necessary to protect its environment and end the destructive boat show. This is your responsibility to the people of your city and the environment that they, and the rest of the world, depend on.
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Photo: Seth Resnick