Dear Fellow Coral
Gables and Miami-Dade Residents:
the past 12 years, creating the best possible marina facilities at
Matheson Hammock Park has been a dream and a passion of mine.
Matheson was the first park I ever went to as a child. As I grew
older, I recall weekly bicycle trips there and as a teenager, our
family had a small boat, which we trailered into the park and
launched from the boat ramp.
don’t consider myself a visionary, a builder or even an
entrepreneur. The motivation behind my drive to build a new, clean
and safe boat storage facility is to create something my friends
and neighbors could be proud of, and to improve my fellow Coral
Gables residents’ opportunity to enjoy a day out in the water,
launching from a place that’s convenient to their homes.
more than a decade, I’ve spoken to countless Coral Gables
residents, neighbors and friends. They complain about the traffic
jams leading in and out of the park, their frustration at the long
lines to unload and pull the boats in and out of the water, as well
as the congestion associated with the existing ramp.
Moreover, while we all
recognize that Miami-Dade County is providing boating access to the
wider population of residents through the park’s boat ramp, City
residents are forbidden to store boats on trailers in their yards
or driveways, and are thus forced to drive to Black Point or to
Coconut Grove to store their boats. The new facility at Matheson
Hammock Park will alleviate all of these concerns and make boating
more accessible to many more City residents. Our City is one of the
finest in the world and we deserve a world-class facility worthy
of, and in keeping with, the high standards of The City
Personally, as I embark
upon this mission, I remember 1992.
hurricane Andrew hit, thousands of boats that were seemingly
secured on the bay were destroyed or “relocated” to front yards,
roofs and pools of countless homes in the Coral Gables area.
Damages were tallied in the hundreds of millions of dollars, a
price we’re all still paying through sky-high insurance rates. At
this time, our City residents do not have a safe, secure place to
store their boats during hurricane season. As such, we’ve designed
the new park facility to combine the very best aesthetic qualities
and environmental advances we all demand, with the structural
strength to withstand Category 5 hurricane winds, keeping boats
safe and sound when another hurricane strikes.
order to create the best and safest marina in the world, and one
that improves on the environmental capabilities of the current
site, I’ve assembled a “dream team” of experts in their respective
fields, all of whom are highly experienced and respected members of
our South Florida community:
Aqua Marine Partners – Aventura. A marina and boat-storage
development company, AMP owns and manages marina facilities in the
United States, with an emphasis on its hometown market.
Heisenbottle Architects – Coral Gables. South Florida's premier
historic-preservation design group.
David Plummer & Associates - Coral Gables. One of the region's
most respected engineering firms is the project's traffic and
EAS Engineering – Miami. Environmental consultants with extensive
experience in environmental mitigation.
Laura Llerena & Associates – Miami. Landscape
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deserves a world-class facility at Matheson Hammock Park for the
good of our families, our park, our community and the