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THE LITTLE PARK WITH A PURPOSE


THE STORY


 AS A RESIDENT OF MIAMI-DADE FOR 45 YEARS, AND COCONUT GROVE FOR 18 YEARS, I HAVE SEEN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD GET SERIOUSLY IMPACTED BY HURRICANES’ ANDREW, KATRINA, WILMA AND IRMA. EACH ONE BROUGHT RAIN, WIND AND STORM SURGE, SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGING HOMES AND THE FABRIC OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD. OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS WE HAVE SEEN OUR SEA LEVEL RISE AND IN SO, STORM SURGES HAVE BECOME MORE EXTREME AND DEVASTATING. BECAUSE OF THIS, WE HAVE SEEN OUR INSURANCE SKYROCKET AND OUR QUALITY OF LIFE HAS BEEN IRREPARABLY AFFECTED.

THE MEMORY OF SCRAPING THE PAINT OFF MY INTERIOR WALLS 18 YEARS AGO WHEN FIRST MOVING INTO MY HOME ON VISTA COURT AND NOTICING THE WATER LINE FROM HURRICANE ANDREW JUST UNDER MY LIGHT SWITCHES STILL BRINGS ME CHILLS. IT ALSO REMINDS ME OF OCEAN WATER LAPING AT MY DOOR STEP DURING WILMA AND KATRINA. THE FINAL STRAW WAS HURRICANE IRMA WHERE ITS STORM SURGE PUT OCEAN WATER 3 FEET ABOVE MY FOUNDATION. REMEMBER WALKING THE NEIGHBORHOOD AFTER THE STORM, SIMILAR TO WILMA AND KATRINA BEFORE; DOCKS STRUN ABOUT AND SEAFLOOR BOTTOM CAKED 2 FEET DEEP ACROSS OUR STREETS, LAWNS AND HOMES? AT THAT MOMENT, MY VIEW OF THE OCEAN FRONT LOT, ONCE AW WE WA STREET WHICH OUR NEIGHBORHOOD AFFECTIONATELY CALLS THE “LITTLE PARK” CHANGED. WITH ITS SIMPLE BARON SCAPE, A FEW FEET ABOVE THE OCEAN WITH 20 FOOT HIGH WALLS ON EACH SIDE TURNED INTO A FIREHOSE. IT WAS CLEAR TO ME THAT WE NEEDED TO DO MORE.

AS AN ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIST AND MANUFACTURING EXPERT, TRAINED IN RESILIENCE, ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY, OVER THE YEARS MY FOCUS HAS BEEN TO USE MY EXPERTISE FOR THE BETTERMENT OF MY COMMUNITY. WITH FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE ON HOW STORMS AND A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT CAN AFFECT OUR QUALITY OF LIFE, IT WAS IMPORTANT TO ME TO FOCUS ON THESE ISSUES. MY FIRST EFFORT WAS TO DEVELOP TEEN CLEAN GREEN, AN OVER TOWN, LIBERTY CITY AND LITTLE HAITI TEEN PROGRAM FOR THE CITY OF MIAMI YOUTH TO HELP THEM UNDERSTAND HOW TO CARE FOR THEIR ENVIRONMENT, WHAT THEY EAT AND HOW THEY TREAT THEMSELVES.

MORE RECENTLY, AS A FOUNDING MEMBER AND STEERING COMMITTEE LEAD FOR THE MIAMI CLIMATE ALLIANCE, WE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY ADVOCATED THE CITY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF DEPARTMENTS AND OFFICES FOCUSED ON RESILIENCE AND SUPPORTING BUDGETS IN THE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS THAT SIGNAL HOPE FOR OUR FUTURE. OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS, DURING MY TERM ON THE CITY OF MIAMI SEA LEVEL RISE COMMITTEE, WE HAVE HAD MORE SUCCESSES, SUCH AS THE PASSAGE OF THE GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND TO HELP REPAIR AND IMPROVE OUR FAILING STORM WATER AND SEWER SYSTEM; AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF ADAPTATION ACTION AREAS THAT FACILITATE CODE CHANGE OPPORTUNITIES FOR AREAS AFFECTED BY SEA LEVEL RISE AND STORM SURGE IMPACTS, SUCH AS OUR OWN NEIGHBORHOOD.

AFTER MY SEA LEVEL RISE COMMITTEE TERM, MY FOCUSED TURNED TO A CONCRETE ADDITIVE TECHNOLOGY THAT ECOLOGICALLY ENHANCES COASTAL MARINE INFRASTRUCTURE BY RECRUITING BIOLOGY. IT COULD BE USED BY SOUTH FLORIDA TO AID IN WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT AND STRENGTHEN OUR SEA WALLS AGAINST SCALDING AND WAVE DAMAGE. IN SUPPORT OF AWARENESS OF THIS TECHNOLOGY, I ENABLED A PARTNERSHIP WITH FIU, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI AND OTHERS AND PRODUCED AN ART INSTALLATION TO HELP HIGHLIGHT THE TECHNOLOGY; IT RAN IN WYNWOOD FOR OVER A YEAR AND HAD MORE THAN 200,000 VISITORS. THE STATUES WHICH CAN BE SEEN AT MY HOME AND WILL EVENTUALLY BE SUBMERGED OFF OF FIU’S BISCAYNE BAY CAMPUS FOR A RECRUITMENT STUDY. FINALLY, WITH THE SUPPORT OF MY WIFE, DR. ALISON THOMPSON’S NON-PROFIT, THIRD WAVE VOLUNTEERS, I DREW UP A GRANT FOR THE MIAMI FOUNDATION’S PUBLIC SPACE CHALLENGE TO HELP REDEVELOP THE “LITTLE PARK” SO THAT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD COULD BE MORE RESILIENT TOWARD STORM SURGES AND SEA LEVEL RISE, WHILE IMPROVING AMENITIES AND OUR OVERALL QUALITY OF LIFE. WE WON THE 2018 GRANT. THIS INFORMATION PAMPHLET IS TO SHARE MY IDEAS BEHIND THE PARK AND TAKE INPUT FROM EACH OF YOU.


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2018 winner


PLEASE GIVE US YOUR THOUGHTS OF THE FOLLOWING, WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU: (1-MOST IMPORTANT, 5 LEAST) • DOG PARK • PROTECTION FROM STORM SURGE • NATURAL HABITAT (BUTTERFLY GARDEN) • FENCING WITH KEYLESS ENTRY DEVICE FOR

RESIDENTS • OCEAN ACCESS • ALL EQUALLY IMPORTANT

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THIRD WAVE VOLUNTEERS P.O. Box 331625 Miami, FL 33133

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ARE YOU WILLING TO VOLUNTEER IN THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE PARK? ( YES OR NO). ___________________ WOULD YOU LIKE TO DONATE OR ADD RESOURCES TO THE PROJECT? (YES OR NO). _______________________ IF SO, WHAT WOULD THAT BE? __________________________________________________________________________ GENERAL COMMENTS AND CONTACT INFORMATION:

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