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Open Thread from TjPosted July 24th, 2008 10:47 PM
This kind of flew under the radar this past week but the Miami Herald did a great piece on the Bal Harbour issue this past Sunday. Hope folks check it out, the story is by Sue Cocking the Herald's Outdoors writer, it's entitled: Bal Harbour ballyhoo lacks authority, logic.
What I like most about the piece is that Sue nails it on debunking the noise, riff-raff argument being made as a reason to deny night time use of the parking area. How a permit program for night use of the property is something the Village owes to the community.
I think some people also forget the chain of events and why the Village even blew up the old Harbour House building to have the new WCI Tower built - quite simply - MONEY. The new WCI development is a condo/hotel, it will reap the Village tens of millions more in municipal sales, hotel and property tax revenue over the previous development that only provided a fixed property tax income.
So I kinda laugh at the notion that the Village can't afford to appropriately patrol their less than 1 mile long municipality. Rather they attempt a sympathy argument, stereotyping that anyone who wants to use the area under the bridge at night is of a bad element - 'that could be your Grandma being terrorized, why would you let that happen?' That kind of manipulation cr@p stinks and frankly p*sses me off. I hope folks read Sue's article and stop buying into that BS.Truth is, they are using that extra revenue elsewhere, some place that primarily benefits Village residents (for instance 4 paid attorneys [1 of which I know makes $225/hr] at the FDOT public hearing to fight against a permit program).
I hope someday the Village's leaders and residents show respect that the community has a right to this area. Lest it not be forgotten that the Village doesn't have to pay for $3 million sand pumping projects every couple of years to protect their buildings built to close to the shore. We, the federal, state and county taxpayers are the ones footing that bill. The least the Village can do is give back a small fraction of that savings by investing in a night time permit program and sufficient public safety to belay the fears they are extolling.
Really, in my mind, if they're not willing to give respect - they deserve none. Sometimes the rules in the surf lineup do apply to real life.
Open Thread from TjPosted July 21st, 2008 10:05 AM
TUESDAY, JULY 22ND - 6PM - MIAMI BEACH BOTANICAL GARDEN
City of Miami Beach wants to build a "Skate Plaza" as part of the rebuild of the 21st Street Recreation Center and old Carl Fischer Boathouse. Their current proposal for the skate part of the rebuild is, in my opinion, pretty weak but a BIG turnout by folks who want a place to skate in Miami Beach can definitely influence things.
More importantly, a vocal crew is needed to prevent what's currently on the table from getting axed. It's no secret that the historic preservation folks want to kill the Skate Plaza thing, "this is about restoring the Carl Fischer boathouse - a skate thing is not conducive with a treasured historical building like this". Hell if you can't build a skate plaza behind the Miami Beach Convention Center loading dock - where the f*ck can you???
Check-out the flyer about this meeting, I hope IWS - Quik - Liquid Tube - M.I.A - Fritz's - UNIV and all the other shops jump on this, hit the coconut-tele hard the next 2 days and make sure folks are there. If you want any type of skate park or plaza in Miami Beach folks will need to show up in force - bring family, friends and neighbors - body count is important at these types of meetings. I'll be there doing the suit and tie thing talking as a voice of reason that skating is good business AND the location is awesome being right across from Miami Beach High. Folks showing up on boards - especially bringing kids that say "yes, please I want a skate park" - that would be the bomb.
Forecast from TjPosted July 19th, 2008 10:46 AM
Yo! Yo! Hey folks rideable surf up the coast - reports in on the previous thread. Seems Dawn Patrol on sunday from North PB on up will give you a score.
Also, great news out of Costa Rica today in the Herald "Tribunal is on coastal crusade in Costa Rica". Great article, check it out. Right now several members from the Broward Surfrider Chapter are meeting with the Tamarindo Costa Rica Chapter to learn about the problems they're facing there. Very cool that the Broward crew pulled together about 30 folks for a group CR trip and as part of the fun decided to make the effort to meet with Surfrider folks there fighting for sanity in coastal development and higher sewage treatment standards to save the beautiful rivers, streams and coastal waters. Meanwhile right off our coast here in SFL...sad....sad...sad...
PLEASE LISTEN TO WLRN RADIO (91.3) ON WEDNESDAY JULY 23RD AT 1PM.
I'LL BE A GUEST ON 'TOPICAL CURRENTS' ALONG WITH FORMER WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF LEON PANETTA AND THE NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL'S OCEANS INITIATIVE DIRECTOR, SARAH CHASIS. WE'LL BE DISCUSSING THE NEED FOR A NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY HERE IN THE U.S. - THANKS!
Open Thread from wyattPosted July 18th, 2008 08:50 AM
ARE YOU FOR OR AGAINST 24 HOUR PARKING AT HARBOUR HOUSE, UNDER THE BRIDGE?
So Chapter can best represent it's members, we want to hear your thoughts to better plan our next step. Express your feelings at the meeting Thursday, the 29th at the Botanical Garden