Surfrider Foundation is battling to stop an experimental concrete reefball structure planned for Miami Beach. Coastal armoring wrecks surfbreaks and beaches and we cannot let this happen on OUR beach. Unfortunately, the project is moving forward and we need to do all we can to halt it.
There remains a number of outstanding issues with the project, especially the likely impact of downdrift erosion. The 6.5 foot structures would be placed in 8 feet of water right where the waves break on a decent North swell.
Calls to action:
1) Make calls to the following and tell them that you don’t want this experimental project threatening your beach playground:
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen 305-668-2285
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz 305-963-5724
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruno Barriero 305-643-8525 or 305-673-7743
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman 305-375-5128 or 305-787-5999
2) Attend the August 31st Community Workshop and get other locals to attend.
Local residents and businesses have no clue about this potentially disastrous project. We need the non-surfing community to know what’s happening.
1. Budget Concerns
- Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County elected officials and voters didn’t ask for this “experimental” project
- The US Army Corps of Engineers has free reign to impose this very expensive experimental project on the local citizens
- The project is a waste of federal money – it’s unlikely to be successful on its own merits and will leave the local people to deal with the end result
- The money spent on this could be much better used elsewhere in this time of debt crisis
2. Safety concerns
- Submerged breakwaters are attractive to swimmers and they can be dragged over the structures – Tampa area incidents as examples
- The structures will exacerbate several dangerous rip currents that are already present in an unguarded area of the beach
- Navigational hazard for boaters
3. Downdrift beach erosion
- Could offset any project benefits/potential cost savings
- Amounts to providing beach width to some residents at the expense of others’ beaches
- Very unlikely project will really be successful
- Aug. 2010 – Powerpoint given by Michael Walther, Coastal Engineer at Surfrider meeting
- Sept 2010 Surfrider Miami’s response letter
- Nov 2010 Surfrider’s second response letter re coral reef aspect
- Feb 2011 Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Assessment document (CAREFUL – very large 500 page file)
- May 2011 Talk points used at Miami-Dade County Infrastructure and Land Use Committee meeting