Deep Dredge Opponents Release 'Battle for Biscayne Bay' Video as Senate Pushes Ahead

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A screengrab from "Battle for Biscayne Bay"
​The fight over Biscayne Bay is heating up.

Environmentalists who have sued to stop the Port of Miami's Deep Dredge have adopted a new tactic: a public appeal for sympathy -- and funds -- to stop the controversial project. Meanwhile, a bill is barreling through the Florida Senate that will force a decision on the Dredge this summer.

Click through to see the environmentalists' new video, "Battle for Biscayne Bay."


Last week, we reported that Miami state representative Carlos Lopez-Cantera had inserted an amendment -- drafted with the approval of the mayor and Port director Bill Johnson and written by the county attorney-- into HB 373 that would cut short the debate over the Deep Dredge.

Now similar language has been added to a stormwater management bill in the Senate. Both pieces of legislation look likely to pass.

That gives environmentalists only a few months to raise awareness and funds before presenting their arguments against the Deep Dredge before a judge.

To that end, Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper -- one of the complaint's plaintiffs -- has teamed up with Nick Ducassi from Borscht Films to make a 10-minute video opposing the project.

"We are hoping that some people could add some much needed funds to our effort," says Alexis Segal of Waterkeeper. "We are up against the type of political machine that doesn't have a bottom to their pockets."

"The local media tries to make it an economy vs. environment issue but... you can't simplify it to that," she adds. "What is at stake is Biscayne Bay, which is at the heart of Miami no matter where you live (in the city)."



Ducassi cited similar concerns.

"I was compelled to make the video after hearing about the proposed dredge project at a time when I was particularly sensitive to Miami's BS waste of taxpayer dollars -- because the Miami Marlins had just unwrapped their 500 million dollar taxpayer gift earlier last summer," he told Beached Miami. "It's about time Miami found out where two billion dollars is about to be sunk -- into killing our bay for 'phantom ships' that will probably never make it to our shoreline. Full Stop."

However much awareness and cash the video raises, or however strong the environmentalists' argument is in court, the Deep Dredge decision could already be settled. Both pieces of legislation make clear that the Department of Environmental Protection -- not a judge -- will have final say in whether the project goes ahead.

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Bribes again?
Bribes again?

600+ or more days of blasting? Little or no protection for corral and the natural environment.

$2 BILLION cost?

Who is getting the contracts?

Criminal conspiracy
Criminal conspiracy

Watch the criminals get the dredging approved which really benefits 2-3 private companies.

Watch the film.
Watch the film.

Everyone should see the video. It is amazing.

People need to fight to protect the Bay.

CANIGOHOMENOW?
CANIGOHOMENOW?

Miami has been dredging the same narrow channel for 100 years.  Every time there’s a dredge, somebody stands up to say that this time, Miami really will kill the Bay.   I wouldn’t know where to start addressing the disinformation contained within this video, except to say that it left me feeling slithered-upon.  Mix together a little truth, a dollop of environmental Armageddon, some B-roll, and an aging, doltish, wild-eyed messianic figure dressed like a clown-fish, and what do you get?  Yep.  This garbage.Real dudes say real things – and they don’t dress like they are in a perpetual hunt for a Filipino hump-hump club.  Can somebody tell Kipnis (and Tenille) to stop burning up Biscayne Bay pleasure boating and looking for fish to kill?  Please?

Save Biscayne Bay
Save Biscayne Bay

The taxpayers are paying well over $3 BILLION for the stadium and garage to benefit the privately owned Marlins.

Biscayne Bay deserves to be saved.

Fishpuller
Fishpuller

They are not dredging the same channel. They are going to blast a large portion of the area south of Fisherman's Channel that has never been touched. It's all 5-10 feet deep right now. I'm guessing you already know this though. Your whole comment sounds like you either have something personal against Dan Kipnis or you stand to benfit from this somehow. Couldn't help but notice you don't have one redeeming thing to say in favor of the project.

Rush Limbaugh
Rush Limbaugh

really? racism and homophobia needed to be included to make your point? okay rush limbaugh, chill out, and get yourself informed by visiting one of the following:

The Army Corp of Engineers:http://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/... to …Gulf Engineers & Consultants, the East Coast ports most envisioned to be affected by the Panama Canal expansion are… Norfolk, Charleston, and Savannah. South Florida ports are not geographically situated to serve a US Midwest hinterland compared to these ports.”

New York Times:http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09...

Miami New Times:“Port of Miami expansion won't save the city's economy, experts say”http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2...

Tamba Bay Timeshttp://www.tampabay.com/news/b...

New Republic:http://www.tnr.com/blog/the-av...

Miami’s Daily Business Review(reposted at this site without need for password):http://panamaadvisoryinternati...

More Tampa Bay Times:http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/...

Which One of These Was Wrong?
Which One of These Was Wrong?

The Army Corp of Engineers:

http://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/...

 

“According to …Gulf Engineers & Consultants, the EastCoast ports most envisioned to be affected by the Panama Canal expansion are…Norfolk, Charleston, and Savannah. South Florida ports are not geographicallysituated to serve a US Midwest hinterland compared to these ports.”

 

New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09...

“The Army Corps of Engineers… will be free to conduct 600days of blasting to widen and deepen the channel for the port of Miami, acrossfrom the southern part of Miami Beach.”

 

Miami New Times:

“Port of Miami expansion won't save the city'seconomy, experts say”

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2...

 

Tamba Bay Times

Mark Vitner, aWells Fargo senior economist who tracks Florida business, misheard a reporter'squestion about Scott's grand goal. "Sports capital of the EastCoast?" he asked. No, ports capital."They'd have a betterchance," he quipped, "of becoming the sports capital."

http://www.tampabay.com/news/b...

 

 

New Republic:

http://www.tnr.com/blog/the-av...

 

“Ports that are nowscrambling to accommodate “New Panamax” ships--and in the case of Charlestonand Savannah, prevent their rivals from doing so--ultimately would findthemselves having spent hundreds of millions of dollars (and possibly damaged a few ecologically sensitive areas) chasing phantom ships.”

 

Miami’s Daily Business Review

(reposted at this site without need for password):

http://panamaadvisoryinternati...

 

More Tampa Bay Times:

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/...

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