Matheson Hammock Park's Proposed Boat Warehouse Has Gables Residents Enraged UPDATED

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Matheson Hammock Park in 1972
​Marc Buoniconti is a hero here in Miami. His father, Nick Buoniconti, played on the legendary '72 team that went 17-0. After Marc's own career was cut short in 1985 when he was paralyzed while playing football for The Citadel, he and his father raised $350 million to start the University of Miami's Project to Cure Paralysis.

But Buoniconti is now being blamed for what critics say will be a blight on Coral Gables: a giant boat warehouse proposed for pristine Matheson Hammock Park.

"I've been coming to Matheson Hammocks since I was a kid," says local Charlie Girtman. "This would ruin it. It's going to happen over my dead body."

UPDATE: Bruce C. Matheson -- grandson of the park's namesake, William Matheson, and head of the family trust -- says that he opposes the project. "My family and I are against the construction of the boat warehouse in Matheson Hammock Park," he tells Riptide.

Plans for the warehouse first surfaced in 2008 as part of an even larger Dockmaster's Building. But the proposal was rejected by the City of Coral Gables in February of 2009.

The idea stubbornly resurfaced like a turd on the water, however, last December when Buoniconti and developer Aqua Marine Partners (AMP) Aventura Marine Products presented warehouse designs to Coral Gables officials. Buoniconti did not return requests for comment. When he does, we will update this post.

Girtman says the warehouse, if built, will be a monstrosity: nearly six stories tall, 3.4 million cubic feet, with slips for 360 boats.

"It's huge," he says. By his estimate, it would require dredging the shallow marina and tearing up at least three acres of protected mangroves.

Girtman isn't the only one concerned. Last week, the projects' three chief backers -- Buoniconti, Coral Gables architect Richard Heisenbottle, and lobbyist Dusty Melton -- tried to sell the plan to Gables By The Sea and Pinecrest By The Sea.

The condo associations both rejected the idea, arguing that the building would be an industrial sore on Mother Nature:
Our coastal communities of Coral Gables make a (plea) to all decision and policy makers to protect us from this unwanted and deleterious industrial usage that will so negatively affect the coastal areas of our City Beautiful and we further implore our City Officials to take the lead and generate and pass an immediate resolution to put anyone on notice that the City of Coral Gables will not support such objectionable usage so as to defuse and set clear policy to safeguard our communities and environment for all concerned.
"Can you imagine the noise, the water pollution this thing is going to bring?" adds Gables resident Daria Feinstein. "And what will it do to birding? This is the only place left to see birds, macaws, in Miami."

It's unclear how close the warehouse is to actually being built. The project requires approval by several Coral Gables committees, including the Historic Preservation Board that rejected the more extensive plan in 2009.

But Gristman says that he fears construction could begin in 90 days, turning his childhood nature sanctuary into a fuel and exhaust-filled dock devoid of marine life. He and several other Gables residents -- supposedly including Heat president Pat Riley -- have chipped in to create a website against the warehouse, including an online petition drive.

Here is the video against the project:



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Berto
Berto

This shouldn't be a surprise. This tax payer, county park already sold itself to commercial concessions. This company charges residents to use a part of the beach. Sad.

robert paul
robert paul

For those of you interested. there was an article in riptide awhile back in regards to this same project. google MARINA DEAL GETS NASTY  and read about aquamaina/andy sturner.

ayayay
ayayay

I must respectfully take issue with your article. For starters, the boathouse will be built on the existing ramp, which is, as everyone who's been there, polluted, dirty, and clogged with traffic. As far as spoiling the environment, the wildlife won't be harmed any more than it is now, and may actually benefit from fewer truck engines running and lots less storm water running unchecked into the bay. I personally won't mind having a decent facility with clean bathrooms and safety standards. Perhaps the opponents should spend 5 minutes reviewing the facts instead of spreading lies and nodding their heads like robots.

Runaway
Runaway

Are you kidding me? Not one positive comment for the Warehouse except for D Meltons...who is a very well paid Cheerleader for the project. Let me give you some advice Mr Melton..."Forget It" because after Mr Girtman passes I am going to carry the torch against anything negative pertaining to construction or Destruction of Beautiful Matheson Hammock Park. Tell Marc and Nick to take their losses and work on something else because the whirlwind of people against this project is going to hit you like a hurricane if you keep pursuing this dead issue!Also..SHAME on you Carlos Gimenez for selling out the Counties most Beautiful "Historical" Park, you can bet your new Mercedes Benz (thanks to taxpayers) that I'll be voting for Joe Martinez in November!!!!!

Regismccoy
Regismccoy

We are outraged that it was awarded the right to build in the first place!!!! Who is responsible for granting this permit to build? Are they on the take? Of course they are, why else would anyone allow such a beautiful place to be so spoiled if not for a profit for their own pockets!!!!!

Tomsheehy519
Tomsheehy519

This is totally unacceptable. I grew up going to Masethon. Next they will want to make a parking lot oug of Venetian Pool. American greed at its bestTom Sheehy

12hournostrilla
12hournostrilla

heh heh...all you lemmings are being played by a rich bully who doesn't want regular folks on the water in back of his mansion.  He's hiding behind an anonymous website and using people who care about the environment to do his dirty work.  The sad part is that a building will eventually get built there, but it will probably be some piece a trash that a commissioner's brother in law got the contract for...and you guys will be wondering how that happened.

Victor G.
Victor G.

The more I read about this, the more this whole thing just doesn't jive. The dollar numbers don't even make sense. Evey independent marina professional I speak to, as well as a couple of the other bidders say that this contract was over-bid by AquaMarinePartners (the potential builder), and the potential revenue this warehouse would generate was over-stated by them as well. Plus, after being turned down in early 2009 by Coral Gables to build this project the developers have spent additional millions the last four years on high priced lobbyists, lawyers, architects, political "contributions" (and more) to get this thing passed in 2012. How much could a group of big player investors make off of a  350 boat storage facility (Pina, Buoniconti, Aquamarine Partners and who knows who else) to spend this kind of money and put out this many years of time and effort for this  project?  It just doesn't add up.  And if it ever happened, what the county and city are to get in the way of revenue from this is a joke. They will probably wind up loosing money. Yet the County signed off on this. Something else bigger has to be in play here, and this one warhouse is just a stepping stone. Maybe once they get a foothold in Matheson Hammock they figure they could expand development in the park, that this will pave the way to get into other public parks, start building even bigger boat storage buildings (such as those massive 10 story Vertical Yacht buildings Aqua Marine Partners is always pushing for).  But if you look on the face of it, there has to be a lot of underhanded dealings going with our gov't agencies  at the expense of the public. How did the parks department sign off on this?  Why did they?   What about Derm? The EPA? All the other relevant environmental agencies?  When do they allow dredging at an environmentally sensitive park?  They never allow these things to take place in a protected park!Haulover Marina has been trying for 15 years to expand an already existing facility in an open space concrete area and they still have not been able to break ground...and yet these Matheson Hammock boat warehouse developers can go ahead and build a boat storage facility that is almost the size of 2 football fields in a much more environmentally  sensitive park? Something is really off here, and the people of this community should demand answers and accountability.

WHISK Gourmet
WHISK Gourmet

As a kid, my parents took us every Sunday afternoon for a picnic at Matheson Hammock. It is one of Miami's true gems. Please do not do this ! 

Vernon6
Vernon6

Here we have another tragic example of glorifying the storage of things with motors. The Coral Gables Historic Preservation Board should be concerned with preserving the ideal habitat of actual human beings rather than constructing the ideal habitat for motorboats.This awful situation complements a recent story on the ‘fetishization’ of parking garages in Miami Beach on TransitMiami.com.Matheson Park is a beloved place. Anyone who sees a boat storage bunker as an improvement to this rare treasure has their head stuck up their proverbial bilge pump. Coral Gables is an iconic example of the ‘City Beautiful’ movement of the 1920?s. This embarrassing, offensive project undoubtedly has Merrick and Matheson spinning in their graves.

Wsh U Were Here
Wsh U Were Here

Congratulations to the residents of coral gables who are fighting this. I live on the Little River in NE Miami Dade and we have 2marinas that have just kept expanding and destroying the quality of the river. I see manatees swimming in oil and gasoline discharged from the marinas. I wish we could get some of your clout up here, because DERM does nothing when I call them with evidence of pollution from the marinas. Now, one of the marinas is trying to expand. It is so sad. Good luck on your efforts.

Seriously Marc?
Seriously Marc?

I am sorry Marc Bunoiconti got paralyzed but seriously? Does he have to help ruin a park in Coral Gables?

Dusty Melton involved?

Mardi
Mardi

NO NO NO!!!   I grew up in the area and went to Matheson Hammock all the time.  I don't live in Miami any longer but I do go back once or twice a year to visit and one of our first stops is Matheson!  I'm now bringing my grandchildren there!  A boat warehouse would just ruin the entire area!

fighting mad
fighting mad

Coral Gables,, you better get your act together and start listening to the people you are supposed to represent.

Stop this project NOW!

Fighting Mad
Fighting Mad

Coral Gables,, you better get your act together and start listening to the people you are supposed to represent.

Stop this project NOW!

Crime?
Crime?

Dusty Melton hates illegal billboards? Well this is an illegal effort to put an illegal warehouse on a public waterway.

Marc Buoniconti should be ashamed of himself.

Carlos Gimenez should resign and go live in North Carolina with the other multi-millionaire firemen if he had anything to do with this crime.

Coral Gables Resident
Coral Gables Resident

Two gentlemen in 2009 banded together to stop the initial intent to go behind the public and sneak this monster into Matheson Park....Mr. Charles Girtman was the one that recruited Mr. Gonzalo Sanabria who sat at the time on the Gables Historic Preservation Board and in Feb 2009 got a 7-0 vote to deny it then.Now....the developers used the most heinous and deviant methods to put their own architect in Mr. Sanabria's post at Historic Preservation and have lobbied illegally to all CG officials without registering until again Girtman and Sanabria rallied the troops and have been joined by others to the point that its the most-opposed development project ever to be considered in the Gables and folks throughout the county and state and all park users, ecologists and wildlife advocates are in shock as to how far this plot has gone undetected because it has never been advertised and residents never noticed by mail.Who's to blame? Mainly and mostly, sad to say; is County Mayor Carlos Gimenez who pushed it in exchange for political funds towards his re-election though he was warned that it was a mistake but low-lifers like Sergio Pino, whos behind the scenes a player in this game; got to Gimenez to push it through a mere Parks Dept approval devoid of public notice or input.  It smacks of a crime to me to conspire against the public good and I hope that even county officials like Commsr. Suarez go squarely to the Parks Dept and rescind this odious backroom deal. It doesnt smell like caca, it is caca

I know the game they played
I know the game they played

Two gentlemen in 2009 banded together to stop the initial intent to go behind the public and sneak this monster into Matheson Park....Mr. Charles Girtman was the one that recruited Mr. Gonzalo Sanabria who sat at the time on the Gables Historic Preservation Board and in Feb 2009 got a 7-0 vote to deny it then.Now....the developers used the most heinous and deviant methods to put their own architect in Mr. Sanabria's post at Historic Preservation and have lobbied illegally to all CG officials without registering until again Girtman and Sanabria rallied the troops and have been joined by others to the point that its the most-opposed development project ever to be considered in the Gables and folks throughout the county and state and all park users, ecologists and wildlife advocates are in shock as to how far this plot has gone undetected because it has never been advertised and residents never noticed by mail.Who's to blame? Mainly and mostly, sad to say; is County Mayor Carlos Gimenez who pushed it in exchange for political funds towards his re-election though he was warned that it was a mistake but low-lifers like Sergio Pino, whos behind the scenes a player in this game; got to Gimenez to push it through a mere Parks Dept approval devoid of public notice or input.  It smacks of a crime to me to conspire against the public good and I hope that even county officials like Commsr. Suarez go squarely to the Parks Dept and rescind this odious backroom deal. It doesnt smell like caca, it is caca

Contact politicians
Contact politicians

Terrible. More defacement of taxpayer owned public parks so connected insiders can make money.

Contact elected officials. Then pray they are not being bribed.

P_Nis
P_Nis

What about the Manatee protection plan and DERM that has a choke hold on all the marina owners throughout the county and keeps them from expanding? How could they possibly be considering this monstrosity?

What The Hell!
What The Hell!

What the hell is going on?  I thought our public parks were untouchable and off limits to any commercial/industrial development. What, are they going to try and build an auto mall in the center of Greynolds Park next?  This is a huge slap in the people's face. Don't we have any damned leadership at all in this city?  The Coral Gables politico's should be speaking out against this loud and clear. This is beyond outrageous!

Kick it Out of the Park
Kick it Out of the Park

Well, if the City of Coral Gables rejected this project a few short years ago, then (if everything is legit) there is no reason why it should not be rejected again now. It is still the same huge 360 boat industrial storage facility they want to build in the middle of an Eco-sensitive recreational public park. Nothing changed in that regard. What HAS changed from the last go-round  is the developers now have:Hired more lobbyistsHired more lawyersMore money has changed hands

But you can't say the developers haven't accomplished anything. They sure HAVE accomplished something!Turmoil and embarrassment in the Coral Gables City HallResignation of the CG Preservation Society ChairEnraging a huge segment of Miami's population

Dusty Melton says that the developers were never solicited for their opinion (here). Why do they need to be solicited? They weren't solicited when they were unethically lobbying City Hall and trying to sneak this project through over the heads of the public. They did that on their own! If the boat warehouse is so wonderful then they should be eager and happy to bring it up for a public referendum and tout the project in this venue and throughout the media.But, I don't think they ever anticipated the anger and the level of opposition that this project has generated. They never factored in the emotional tie so many in Miami have to Matheson Hammock, and how much people want and need this one park to remain as it was meant to be.

12hournostrilla
12hournostrilla

The video above and the website were not done by a friend of the environment or preservationist...they are the work of a zillionaire named Miguel (Mike) Fernandez...who lives in this houseMike Fernandez's House (Google Maps) - Virtual Globetrotting

virtualglobetrotting.com/map/m.... Mike Fernandez's House The owner and CEO of CarePlus Medical Centers is building what might be one of the largest homes in the Miami area.

Coral Gables says that he wanted to get a variance on his home that would have made it even  taller than the proposed marina project...he was denied.

He made his money in healthcare and is now trying to make money off of a law pushed by our Governor...google his name and you can see a recent local CBS news story.

I became suspicious when I took my family to Fairchild Chocolate fest last weekend and saw the park littered with signs promoting the website...what kind of environmentalist does that kind of thing?  Don't be fooled by the cowardly anonymous website...think for yourself and learn the facts.

The fact is that this is a Miami-Dade Park that regular people from ALL over the county like you and I pay for...shouldn't people who can't afford to live on the water in Gables Estates have the option to use the park to launch park or store their boat as they see fit?

I also went to a meeting and heard that the other proposals were for ugly metal warehouse buildings.  So before you go and beat up this proposed facility, you might want to consider what you could end up with in its place.

WaterLover
WaterLover

I am literally ENRAGED and so are so many other eco-conscious friends who enjoy the park AS IS and WERE CONFIDENT we had this ONE PLACE to come out of the rat race to enjoy the quiet, the kitesurfers, the peaceful waters with the ORIGINAL Red Fish Grill...MONEY DEFINITELY TALKS and I hope and pray the commissioners show some backbone in their final vote!! Please don't let this happen!! Leave Matheson ALONE--go screw up another "protected mangrove" area! Leave our little piece of "heaven" ALONE!!!!!

Jason Rahall
Jason Rahall

From indoor ski slopes to oversized boat storage, Melton always seems to in the mix.

Victor G.
Victor G.

This is a travesty. The Miami Dade City Commissioners have sold the people out...again. I hope the powers that be that have to sign off on this in the Gables reject this unequivocally. This is a money loosing proposition for them, I can tell you that. Hell, the developers tried to do the same thing at Uleta Park (North Miami) several years back and were turned down flat out. I would like to know whose pockets were lined to get this far in the City of Coral Gables yet, where they wont even allow you to move a stick out of the way.Not only that, but with all the sneaky, underhanded actions the developers and promoters of this project took part in to get their guy appointed chair of the CG historic preservation society and the illicit lobbying activities that went on and the alleged bribes...why aren't they being disqualified?  It seems to me the city of CG under ANY circumstances would not do business with this group. As I recall, there was an article written in the New Times several years ago, "A Miami Dade Marina deal gets Nasty" which seems now to aptly portray one of the players, AMP, in this fiasco.

This park is one of the oldest and most pristine in South Florida. It was meant to stay that way by the original developers....and so it should. You want to put an industrial building in a recreational park? Put it up to the people of Coral Gables for a vote.

Parks for nature?
Parks for nature?

What is inaccurate? Capitalists want to put a six story boat storage warehouse in a public park to benefit a few private sector investors.

Destroying the environment? That is a fact.

Dusty Melton
Dusty Melton

This posting has numerous, profound errors of fact. Among them, Mr. Miller cannot even get the name of the company contracted by Miami-Dade County to construct and operate the storage facility correct. Mr. Miller morphs Mr. Girtman's name into "Gristman." I'm looking for the first comment from anyone involved in the project, but there is none because none was solicited. Hook, line and sinker, Mr. Miller. You have swallowed very hard.

Dusty Melton

Not in my park
Not in my park

Terrible idea. 6 story warehouse? In a park?

Everyone should contact every elected official they can reach.

Fred
Fred

Okay, Marc Buoniconti thought it was a great idea to shove a Jumbotron into the middle of Coconut Grove 20 years ago. Dusty Melton, never one to turn down a screw to the taxpayer for profit, claims he is against signs on the sides of buildings as it is an eyesore, but I guess a five story building in the middle of a park is a good idea. Hey, Marc could put a Jumbotron on it!  And Richard Heisenbottle, well, there's just no excuse for that. He is a respected authority on historical architecture. These are strange bedfellows indeed. Marc and Dusty, well I wouldn't put it past those two opportunists, but Richard Heisenbottle, you should be ashamed of yourself. Your reputation is at stake here.

WaterLover
WaterLover

Thank you very very much for advertising the reality of this NIGHTMARE and put the word out to our very concerned community...There is a petition circulating and I hope folks put their foot down...Matheson Hammock is one of the few untouched ecosystems LEFT and needs to stay that way. The developers need to look elsewhere!!

KeepSomeGreenSpace
KeepSomeGreenSpace

All of Miami should be enraged.

Someone please wheel Marc off a dock.

HOA Resolution
HOA Resolution

on January 18, in the interest of fairness and equal time; the GBTS-PBTS HOA Board held a meeting in which the proponents and opponents of the Matheson Hammock Boat Project would have the opportunity to address the Board with Messrs. Marc Buonoconti, Richard Heisenbottle and Dusty Melton, as proposers, having an hour to present their case at 7 pm for an hour and Messrs. Mike Fernandez and Carlos Padron, as opponents, having an hour to present their case at 8 pm also for an hour.  This meeting took place at the home of Nancy and Gonzalo Sanabria at 944 San Pedro Avenue and a quorum of the HOA Board was present under the auspices of our current HOA President Marisa Feito.  Both sides had a presentation and a question and answer session and the opportunity to make a closing statement after which both proponents and opponents were excused and the HOA Board went into a discussion period and deliberations.After a summary and analysis of the details of the project; the GBTS-PBTS HOA Board reached a unanimous decision to oppose the Matheson Boat Storage Project for a number of reasons including:1. The height of the proposed building is well above the tree lines by being close to six stories in height and will visually impact many surrounding communities for miles.2. The building’s footprint is massive in scale, measuring over 500’ long by 120’ wide by 60’ high3. The building will be; in reality, an industrial use in a recreational park with already congested waterways and parking facilities4. The building will hold somewhere around 350 additional boats creating a number of environmental and safety hazards and will not alleviate current critical conditions with ramp-usage of trailered boats but will, in fact, aggravate an already tenuous traffic and parking situation.5. 350 additional boats will mean a consolidated 90,000 plus gallons of fuel, 700 additional propellers churning in a small water-body and a cubic assemblage of 785,000’ of fiberglass and flammable materials with a possibility of a major catastrophe from fire and spillage to even greater threats of ecological or human tragedies associated with such massive concentrations of flammable and toxic materials6. Old Cutler Road is a historic road and cannot be modified to improve traffic congestions and any internal routing of trailers will only make it worse than it already is7. There is a considerable loss of greenspace (including mangroves) and a severe negative impact to wildlife8. There will be a very significant cacophonous and objectionable increase in noises stemming from the back up bells of the cranes to the cranes operations to the engines and industrial type usages relating to heavy machinery9. The residents of Hammock Oaks will be unable to enjoy their current access to Biscayne Bay as boats will cue up clogging their narrow canal and the same goes for current dock users at the park10. The City of Coral Gables may have to service this facility at considerable time and expense without the benefit of a dedicated revenue source to offset expenses and the City of Coral Gables has no net-gain sum in financial revenues but most likely a net-gain loss11. The adjoining residents of this project will most likely, if not definitely suffer from loss-in-value to their residences as the project will negatively impact the immediate surrounding areasBe it therefore noted that our coastal communities of Coral Gables make a plight to all decision and policy makers to protect us from this unwanted and deleterious industrial usage that will so negatively affect the coastal areas of our City Beautiful and we further implore our City Officials to take the lead and generate and pass an immediate resolution to put anyone on notice that the City of Coral Gables will not support such objectionable usage so as to defuse and set clear policy to safeguard our communities and environment for all concerned.

Telling it like it is
Telling it like it is

YOU are misstating the facts. When you go from having 80 small boats to 360  larger boats, that will of course naturally increase pollution, congestion and hurt the ecological balance of the waterway and park. The storage rates projected out for the new development are much higher then they are today, and will be catering primarily to power boats and go-fast boats. For anyone who knows boats, These type boats need constant maintenance and repair and a tremendous amount of fuel. They will have to be trailored in and out on a regular basis for specialized repairs causing much more congestion in the marina itself, and on old cutler road. The engine noise level emanating from these boats will be excruciating for the patrons of the park, and the surrounding residential areas. The chance for a catastrophic fire in a park surrounded by such dense  foliage is scary to contemplate....and not such an unusual occurrence.Clean bathrooms and updated safety standards should and can be incorporated. You don't need a massive boat warehouse to accomplish this goal.That this massive structure is being contemplated in a public protected park is unconscionable. This park was intended to accommodate people...not accommodate boats.Furthermore, this boat warehouse primarily affects the surrounding areas of Coral Gables. They pay some of the highest property taxes in the state. They have every right to make the final decision on whether or not they want a boat warehouse in their backyard. The fact that the developers and promoters have tried to sneak this thing through and have been illegally lobbying for it speaks volumes.

Victor G.
Victor G.

That's who's on the water now at the park...regular folk. The park's primary purpose is to give people the opportunity to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature in an unspoiled setting, NOT the storage of boats.

Heh Heh...so then why didn't the developers and promoters of this warehouse put this out there for public debate and a public referendum?....why did they try to sneak this through?

Must of hit a sore spot with a recent post.Which investor, developer or lobbyist trying to get this thing through do you work for?

Byrddiver
Byrddiver

Screw it, I'll be the first to chain myself to the equipment in protest

Miami Native
Miami Native

This has nothing to do with "capitalists".  Take your political slant out of the argument.  This is about greed and destruction which is rampant in all walks of society.....even communists and socialists.  Keep the argument to SAVING MATHESON!!!

Michael Miller
Michael Miller

Dusty, the name of the developer has been corrected. I left several requests for comment with Mr. Buoniconti and Laura Russo, who I was told is the lawyer for the project. If there are other inaccuracies or you would like to add your own comment, please contact me at (305) 571 7544

Michael Miller
Michael Miller

Dusty, the name of the developer has been corrected. Phone calls were made to Marc Buoniconti's foundation and Laura Russo, who I was told is the lawyer for the project. I also emailed Mr. Buoniconti but have not received a reply. If you would like to comment, please feel free to email me at michael.miller (at) miaminewtimes.com

ayayay
ayayay

it's idiots like you that should be hung to dry.

P_Nis
P_Nis

I live next door to Matheson. Fuck this shit, the boat traffic in old cutler is bad enough as it is.

Peter Smith
Peter Smith

I'm tired of having to drive all the way to Blackpoint Marina. My friend, who lives in the Gables near Miracle Mile, has to wait for hours to use the ramp at Matheson Hammock on weekends. Anyway, I assume that the storage will be built in the historic architectural style of the park. People who are lucky enough to be in the Matheson Hammock wetslips just want to keep the site for themselves and people in the $$$ homes in Gables Estates or Pinecrest don't care how difficult it is for anyone else to get access to Biscayne Bay.  

12hournostrilla
12hournostrilla

Not quite, just an observation, Fighting Mad.  I'm a guy who lives next to a public facility that I wish they WOULD update, because years of operating it without proper drains and containment areas means that they have contaminated the earth and have now drilled an environmental test well next to my property line.  What do think has happened for the past 60-70 years in the boat area at Matheson?  Sounds like you're one of the lucky few who can already keep their boat at the park and you're getting a sweet deal while the rest of Miami-Dade taxpayers subsidize your fees.  I just hope you're careful when you change your engine fluids.

BoatingMiami
BoatingMiami

Sorry your so inconvenienced. Because YOU don't want to drive a little while to Black Point marina, you want to destroy the Quality of Life this park provides for everyone else? This park was developed for all the people to enjoy the beauty of nature in it's natural setting. To be left undisturbed. To be protected. These are also the wishes of the family that developed the park. It is not the style of architecture that is the issue here. It is the building itself!  It is a building that would be almost 2 football fields long in an environmentally sensitive park. This park was meant to accommodate people .... not meant to accommodate the parking of boats. The amount of slips at the park now is the amount this park can handle without changing the primary purpose and usage of this park. People first. Boats second. The  proposed building will not alleviate the congestion at the ramp on weekends, but will actually add to the congestion.The people who have $$$ homes in and near the park have every right and obligation to fight for what they want, or don't want in their community. That is what democracy is all about. But truthfully ,It is not just the Coral Gables people who are incensed at this proposal...but people everywhere.  In the end, this is not just an architectural issue, nor just a noise issue, nor just an environmental issue. This is a Quality of Life issue. Most people want to preserve the quality of life that this park provides.  Plain and simple, a boat warehouse detracts from that quality.    

Victor G.
Victor G.

I do have a boat. I keep it at Black Point Marina.Updating drains and containment areas is one thing. Building a 55 ft warehouse that will be almost as large as 2 football fields in a protected public park is quite another. The boats at matheson are small or sailboats, not that many of them and run-off is kept to a minimum. They keep a pretty tight reign on it there. Your talking about two entirely different animals. Matheson Hammock is the wrong venue for a boat warehouse. Period. As for the "rich bully" you referenced in your earlier post,  I am sure they would be  fighting just as hard against having a massive Boat warehouse built across the street from Golden Beach (where a couple of the investors for this warehouse live) as they are in Matheson Hammock. (And the "rich bully" gentleman you were referring to is Mr. Girtman. A class act  all the way). The reason that the so-called 'environmentalists" are all upset about this is because the Matheson Hammock Park was specifically developed to be an ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDLY park!

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