Mangroves Illegally Removed in Miami, FL for International Boat Show

Mangroves Illegally Removed in Miami, FL for International Boat Show

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Local officials in Key Biscayne continue to fight over boat show location

30th July 2015 – news release for immediate publication
Mangrove deforestation happens worldwide, and unfortunately just last month it happened in our own country. Contractors in the city of Key Biscayne, Florida illegally tore down 300 feet of Mangroves without proper permits in order to prepare for the International Boat Show in Miami.

In Jenny Staletovich‘s Miami Herald article, “Miami cuts Virginia Key Mangroves to Make Way for Boat Show,” she explains how the city has stopped the deforestation for now.

The Mangrove Action Project is reaching out to city and state officials to provide support in addressing this incident, as well as demand adequate reparations for the illegal removal of 300 feet of mature mangrove forest.

Alfredo Quarto, the Executive Director and Co-Founder at Mangrove Action Project responded to the news with:

“We at Mangrove Action Project are quite concerned that even in the US, we can still find evidence of such flagrant violations. In our country, formidable laws exist to protect our own nation’s threatened mangroves. It reminds me of an old song by Peter, Paul and Mary, Where Have All the Flowers Gone:

“Where have all the mangroves gone, long time ago,
Gone to boat shows and tourist hotels…”

MAP urges the government of Florida to seek the help of an expert versed in Ecological Mangrove Restoration to better ensure that the recently cleared mangrove wetland can be restored to some semblance of it former health and productivity. We recommend that a full investigation into the reason this mangrove loss occurred in the first place be initiated and those decision makers who took this illicit course of action be reprimanded as a deterrent to others in the US contemplating similar such illegal actions.”

Florida is a state that knows about the dangers of mangrove deforestation. This peninsula state is surrounded by aquatic life that requires preservation and protection. MAP will continue to monitor the situation until it has been resolved satisfactorily.

Contact details:

Sara Lavenhar, sara (at) mangroveactionproject.org