30 Jun '15, 5pm
Protected mangroves off the coast of Miami razed for a boat show
and mangroves along much of the Gulf Coast are vital coastal ecosystems that also defend against sea level rise and storm surges . For decades these wetlands have been under attack from coastal development and the oil and gas industry, which is why large swathes are now protected. All of this makes it all the more baffling that a private contractor has destroyed a 300-foot stretch of mangrove trees near Miami as part of preparations for the 2016 Miami International Boat Show , yet Mayor Tomas Regalado appears largely unconcerned.