Currently, it's 6:50 pm Wed Mar 29 2017 in beautiful Miami-Dade County, Florida
Forecast from TjPosted July 19th, 2008 10:46 AM
Yo! Yo! Hey folks rideable surf up the coast - reports in on the previous thread. Seems Dawn Patrol on sunday from North PB on up will give you a score.
Also, great news out of Costa Rica today in the Herald "Tribunal is on coastal crusade in Costa Rica". Great article, check it out. Right now several members from the Broward Surfrider Chapter are meeting with the Tamarindo Costa Rica Chapter to learn about the problems they're facing there. Very cool that the Broward crew pulled together about 30 folks for a group CR trip and as part of the fun decided to make the effort to meet with Surfrider folks there fighting for sanity in coastal development and higher sewage treatment standards to save the beautiful rivers, streams and coastal waters. Meanwhile right off our coast here in SFL...sad....sad...sad...
PLEASE LISTEN TO WLRN RADIO (91.3) ON WEDNESDAY JULY 23RD AT 1PM.
I'LL BE A GUEST ON 'TOPICAL CURRENTS' ALONG WITH FORMER WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF LEON PANETTA AND THE NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL'S OCEANS INITIATIVE DIRECTOR, SARAH CHASIS. WE'LL BE DISCUSSING THE NEED FOR A NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY HERE IN THE U.S. - THANKS!
Open Thread from wyattPosted July 18th, 2008 08:50 AM
ARE YOU FOR OR AGAINST 24 HOUR PARKING AT HARBOUR HOUSE, UNDER THE BRIDGE?
So Chapter can best represent it's members, we want to hear your thoughts to better plan our next step. Express your feelings at the meeting Thursday, the 29th at the Botanical Garden
Open Thread from TjPosted July 15th, 2008 11:08 PM
UPDATE! - Oscar uploaded pics of the crew from last night and one of Wyatt's vile new nemesis - shall we call her "Bonefish"?
Just back from tonight's FDOT meeting and without a doubt it was NOT what people expected. First though, my sincere thanks to all who came out - there is no doubt that we had more people there than the Village and we DEFINITELY made a statement that we value the area - that we have not "gone away" - we're watching to make sure promises are kept.
Alright, what was strange is that right out of the block the Village got to make a long presentation - FDOT really didn't even speak or layout the options that were being promoted for operation of the parking lot. So, what became clear was that Bal Harbour absolutely did not want the lots open between the hours of 10pm and 6am. We on the other hand did not want any type of daytime permit parking requirements. The problem was we both kinda agreed with each other but essentially we weren't talking about the same problem.
This left most of us scratching our heads and saying "what are we arguing about"? Of course there were some folks from Bal Harbour (I'm sure the comments will have the stories) that were just so.....out there and discriminatory. To our benefit those elitist statements are now part of the public record which is a big benefit for us should we have problems in the future.
I was talking with a friend after the meeting and we realized that this all came down to trust. That becuase of what happened there and the egregiousness of their ambivalence that it was any big deal, it has left us and other stakeholders completely distrustful of intentions. That was the real message tonight - the wound has not healed. Until some level of trust returns, operational plans for those parking lots are going to need to be put forth in writing. More so, what was provided in writing was not at alll the agenda for the evening and that was quite annoying.
Anyhoo - again my heartfelt thanks to everyone who showed up tonight. Don't fool yourself that your presence didn't doing anything just becuase the night was confusing and to some extent boring. As the old saying goes "just showing up is 50% of the battle". We did very, very well tonight and all should be proud of the efforts they made.
Open Thread from TjPosted July 15th, 2008 08:38 AM
VIGILANT - to keep watch - stay awake - to avoid danger. (syn. Watchman or Guard)
SURFRIDER - Keepers of the coast; protecting oceans, waves & beaches for everyone.
TODAY - TUESDAY JULY 15TH - 7PM
FDOT Public Meeting
Parking Lots under Baker's Haulover Bridge
(Click address above for map to location)
The threat we face tonight is the possibility that they may alter daytime access to "permits only" for 40 of the 60 spaces under the bridge. Read the last official letter FDOT sent and you'll see that "Optiton 2" is completely unacceptable. This goes to show that it is important to remain vigilant not just with this access location but all areas that we value for surfing and just plain getting outdoors. What legacy do we leave to those who come after us? For you parents - what legacy do you leave for your kids? I encourage you to find the fulfillment of taking action - making a stand - heck bring the kids! This is YOUR state land at risk of being taking from you - be vigilant in protecting it.