Despite an apparent conflict of interest, the chair of Coral Gables’ Historic Preservation Board is pushing for the construction of a new, 4,300-square-foot, 50-foot-tall building to store about 350 boats in Matheson Hammock Park, according to the Coral Gables Gazette. Opponents of the warehouse say it will be an eyesore, that it will increase noise pollution within Matheson Hammock and traffic on Old Cutler Road, and that it may harm the ecosystem of the park, which opened on Biscayne Bay in 1930 and features a man-made atoll pool. The group Save Our Matheson Park made the following video to raise awareness of the issue.
What do you think about the controversy? Will the boat warehouse ruin Matheson Hammock? Are the opponents of the warehouse exaggerating? Should the chair of a city’s Historic Preservation Board be lobbying on behalf of a project that may mar a public park? Share your thoughts in the comment section.