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For over 10 years, the Urban Environment League has supported environmentally responsible development that focuses on the protection of the waterfront, public places, and historic and natural areas throughout Miami-Dade County.

In its 6th Annual Orchids & Onions Awards Ceremony, the UEL will recognize the various individuals and groups that are complimenting this important mission to make Miami a more vibrant city made up of healthy neighborhoods to live, work & play.

The awards ceremony will take place at the beautiful new downtown space of Villa 221. Past awards recipients, elected officials and UEL board members will present the Orchid awards, along with the presentation of the Onion awards that are given to individuals who have made negative impacts to our community, or are in the midst of such challenges.

Please join us for an evening that is sure to be memorable.

The awards are as follows:

ORCHIDS:

ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE, PRESENTED BY THE HONORABLE KATY SORENSON:
-EMILIE YOUNG (POSTHUMOUS)
-GARY MILANO

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT PLANNING/REGIONAL ISSUES, PRESENTED BY THE HONORABLE SALLY HEYMAN:
-JAMES MURLEY
-BRENDA MARSHALL McCLYMONDS
-HOWARD GREGG
-SUBRATA BASU

CHAMPION PROTECTING FLORIDA’S WATER:
-ERIC BUERMANN

DEDICATION TO ACCESS TO THE WATERFRONT:
-SPENCER CROWLEY

ENVIRONMENTAL SPOIL ISLAND RESTORATION:
-HARRY HORGAN, SHAKE A LEG

MIAMI PRESERVATION LEAGUE
-BETH DUNLOP

TRANSIT ACTIVISM/COMMENTARY
-TONY GARCIA

STRIVING FOR AN INFORMED COMMUNITY
-SAM VAN LEER

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD ACTIVIST:
-GRACE SOLARES

NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION:
-SCENIC MIAMI, DUSTY MELTON & BARBARA BISNO

“ONLY IN MIAMI” FILLING THE VOID:
-O-CINEMA

GREEN INITIATIVES:
-EPIC HOTEL

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ONIONS:

DECIMATION OF GROWTH MANAGEMENT & ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS:
-RICK SCOTT

BLIND EYE TO COAL MINING SAFETY:
-MARCO RUBIO

PROPOSING GIANT LED TOWERS:
-MARK SIFFIN

*RSVP: uel@bellsouth.net
786-472-0011

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It’s an eyesore, one of the greatest wasted public spaces in the city (a dubious achievement in a city already notorious for wasting public space,) and a derelict haven for homeless and illicit activity, yet groups are forming at an alarming rate to “preserve” this swath of land for what it is. It’s Bicentennial Park and the controversy has evolved around the idea of consuming just a fraction of the parks’ acreage to construct new iconic structures for two museums. The fact that MNU and members of the Urban League of Miami have spoken up against the Museum Park plan is appalling if not downright horrendous. I quote from the UEL’s Vision statement:

“We see preserved natural resources, increased density in urban areas with sufficient existing infrastructure and along mass transportation corridors within the urban development boundary. There are more greenways, water access, pedestrian friendly parks, improved historic neighborhoods and landmarks still recognizable and protected.”

The Museum Park plan falls in line with everything UEL “stands” for. The Museum Park plan centralizes the museums, within the urban core. They will be located with easy access of public transit and within the region of the city most likely to continue witnessing densification and a renewal in urban life. Most importantly, the museums will present an actual use for the park, making it safe, actually usable, and a destination within its own right. They claim to be fighting for a preservation of green space, but I can’t help ask myself which park they are talking about, take a look at its current state and decide for yourself:

The Plan:

For High Resolution images and a full detail plan of the park, click here… More on this issue later…

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