Wednesday July 11, 2007

Flagler Memorial Island cleanup

Flagler Memorial Island

WHL visited Flagler Memorial Island Monday, and found it a mess. “Sadly it is in poor condition and the beach had piles of trash and overflowing garbage cans.”

Sounds like sanitation needs to do a better job of maintaining the island, but first it needs to be brought back to some semblance of normalcy. To that end, ECOMB is having a Flagler Monument Island Clean-up volunteer event on the morning of Saturday, July 21. Volunteers needed! Help your city! Meet people and have fun while doing a good deed! All that; please register ahead of time so they know how many people to expect.

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  1. :/    Wed Jul 11, 11:05 AM #  

    but how do i get there if I want to volunteer?

  2. alesh    Wed Jul 11, 11:11 AM #  

    Uh… from the link:

    “Meet us at Island View Park, on Purdy Avenue (just north of the junction of the Venetian Causeway in Miami Beach – see map below).”

  3. :/    Wed Jul 11, 11:27 AM #  

    sorry, hadn’t drank a coffee yet…

  4. Xavier    Wed Jul 11, 01:08 PM #  

    That’s a neat little place to float by if you’re boating.

  5. Verticus    Wed Jul 11, 04:16 PM #  

    Sad part is that the island is used every weekend by hundreds of boaters and jetskiers. I can’t believe they can’t pick up after themselves. What slobs.

  6. Xavier    Wed Jul 11, 04:59 PM #  

    It could all be remedied by having a park employee there. Give him/her a little air conditioned shack with transportation arrangements on and off the island and it should be all good. Will that ever happen? No.

  7. alesh    Wed Jul 11, 05:39 PM #  

    I’d ‘ugh’ the AC shack + parks employee (seems too expensive + ruins the experience a bit. If the trash cans are overflowing, that’s an open invitation to litter. I’d start with more cans/more frequent pickup. Sure some people will still litter, but much less so if you make it easy to do the right thing. I agree with Verticus’ sentiment, but I withhold my scorn until they have the opportunity to do the right thing and still don’t.

  8. Xavier    Wed Jul 11, 07:04 PM #  

    Yea my idea isn’t altogether practical and cost effective, but now that I think about it, does anyone really give a crap about Flagler’s legacy. I mean they should, but do they? Probably not. That obelisk-like memorial has a sweet spot on the bay and many don’t know or care it’s there. There’s another barren island a few hundred yards east of the Edgewater inlet. How about throwing down a bad ass monument commemorating or symbolizing something important about the city. I’m jealous of the Statute of Liberty.

  9. notathing    Thu Jul 12, 12:18 AM #  

    i care; my daschund’s name is flagler!