City of Miami held the last of the public meetings regarding VK on Tuesday. EDSA, the
consultant company, presented a huge amount of information including their vision of what
they believe is the best use for the island.
Their findings and proposals where based upon the feedback received from users groups and
stakeholders generated during the 2 prior public meetings.
Our main concern as windsurfers is to retain water access and to improve facilities that
will benefit our presence in the area (board storage).
The vision given has Virginia Key divided into 5 different sections: (1) the north side
which will create mountain bike trails, canoe-kayak launching area, Eco camping and a
BOAT LAUNCH RAMP; (2) The beach area(us)including the bear cut preserve which will mostly
remain as is with some improvements; (3) the Bill Sadowski preserve with elevated
boardwalks and others; (4) the old landfill which will host a series of soccer, baseball,
softball fields plus educational centers; and (5) the area by the rickenbacker causeway.
The Rickenbacker Area has the most appeal to the City since it might serve as a large
revenue source. Ideas include marinas, retail shops, aquatic centers, and 5 stories
This is just the beginning of a long process that could last for many years and will
certainly see a lot of opposition from many different groups.
On a personal note, the boat ramp proposal close to the north end of the beach and
adjacent to the shrimpers lagoon is a bad idea. The presence of power boats launching
upwind of us and the negative repercussions that might result from it are many. Traffic,
gas in the water, lights close to turtle nesting areas, boats close to manatee zones, and
speeding jet skis by the reef break are possible nightmares. The north side should stay
green with active and passive recreation.
This is, of course, their vision. As one of the largest users groups in the area, we must
remain vigilant and actively involved in all aspects of future developments. Your input
is so important. In the next day or so, the below link will be active. Please plan to
take the time to visit the following website and make intelligent remarks
on our behalf.
City of Miami's site:http://www.edsaplan.com/Virginia_Key/home.html
South Florida Windsurfing Association
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