Department of Environmental Resources Management

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    September 10, 2013

    Coconut Grove's Blanche Park Poisoned: Ancient Incinerator May Be the Cause

    Traces of a dozen dioxins and heavy metals been discovered in Coconut Grove's Blanche Park on Shipping Avenue. Grove residents, including children, may been exposed to the dangerous substances for years, Workers Monday began paving a parking lot, and much of the playground, which includes a dog pa ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012
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    July 28, 2011
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    July 25, 2011

    Lynda Bell's Broken Vow To Voters

    Miami-Dade County​When Lynda Bell narrowly won her county commission seat last November, the Homestead politician promised she would reform the way Miami-Dade County government operates. "I want to bring the public sector to reality, face-to-face with what the private sector deals with," she said. ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009
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    November 2, 2009

    Remove the Mangroves from Peacock Park? Not So Fast

    Peacock Park​Riptide has a question for all of those crazy Coconut Grovites. In the past year, what spectacular little spit of land has been used as the dumping ground for a large dead goat, the home of a five-foot-long saltwater crocodile, and a bum fort turned junkyard.  The answer: the man ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009

    Key Biscayne Sewage Plant Poisons a Neighborhood

    Resident John Rosser raises a stink.

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    August 4, 2009

    Key Biscayne Man Sues, Says Sewage Plant Is Poisoning His Neighborhood

    photo by Tim ElfrinkJohn Rosser taped this sign to his door and moved out in May.​ What's worse than a rotten-egg-stench-belching sewage plant in your back yard?How about an odiferous shit factory that poisons your family and leaves you with severe neurological damage? That's exactly what John Ros ... More >>

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    March 1, 2007

    Green Tide

    Mysterious matter threatens one of the world's most important ecosystems

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    January 11, 2007

    Lincoln-Douglas It Wasn’t

    "As the chair, you had the power to say something, and you didn’t"

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    December 6, 2006
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    August 10, 2006

    Water Fight

    The Biscayne Aquifer is pristine no more

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    June 10, 2004

    Aqua Nova

    Will a starry-eyed proposal for renovating Monument Island burn out before its time?

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    May 27, 2004

    A Shot in the Dark, Part II

    After firing his gun at a police officer, Mario Barcia's life has gone from bad to wretched

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    December 18, 2003

    A Shot in the Dark

    Who did Mario Barcia think he was aiming at when he shot a cop?

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    August 21, 2003

    Land Grab

    Why would some vacant property in dirt-poor, dysfunctional Opa-Locka lead to all-out war?

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    June 5, 2003

    Beneath the Pink Underwear

    Water pollution is more serious than the WASD plan would have you believe

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    May 1, 2003

    Tumbling Chairs

    The people of Miami take a crash course in art, parks, and democracy

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    April 24, 2003

    Saint Pizzi

    Rundle, Milian, or Pizzi as state attorney in '04?

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    January 23, 2003

    The Dumbing-Down of DERM

    More evidence that the county's environmental guardian has abandoned his post

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    September 12, 2002

    Inside the Country Club Community Council

    "Gus" Exposito played hardball in unincorporated Miami-Dade for as long as he could

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    February 14, 2002

    Pollution Solution

    Want to hear more about a plan to protect the county's water supply from contamination? Good luck.

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    December 20, 2001

    A Public Servant Goes Public

    She ran her department like a pro, but she possessed one thing Alex Penelas and Steve Shiver couldn't tolerate: Integrity

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    May 18, 2000

    Better Lake Than Never?

    Officials insist the Lake Belt created by limestone mining in Northwest Miami-Dade will be an eco-panacea. Critics say that's all wet.

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    January 14, 1999

    Port Whine

    Miami-Dade County's proposal to privatize public marinas has mariners up in arms

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    July 16, 1998

    Life's a Ditch

    Residents of the controversial 8 1/2 Square Mile Area fear a government conspiracy to flush them from their homes

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    April 30, 1998

    Giving New Meaning to the Word Trashman, Part 2

    Former DERM official David Ettman is charged and arrested for illegal dumping

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    April 9, 1998

    Pond Scum

    When Coral Gables officials see a tiny lake in the middle of their fair city, they think ... shopping mall!

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    March 26, 1998

    Giving New Meaning to the Word Trashman

    A former top official at the Department of Environmental Resources Management is under criminal investigation for illegal dumping

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    March 19, 1998

    The Polo Wars

    What happens when rich developers propose a luxury club be built on fragile Everglades wetlands? The horse manure hits the fan.

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    January 1, 1998

    Idiot Wind

    After Hurricane Andrew destroyed Susan Alberti's home, county bureaucrats stepped in to finish off what was left of her life

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    June 6, 1996

    If You Sink It, They Will Come

    Creating an artificial reef is no longer a slam-dunk affair, despite an abundance of missile sites, water towers, and wanna-be philanthropists

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    April 18, 1996

    Such a Deal!

    The Old South Dade Dump is an open-air museum of pollution history -- and it's all ours

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    January 25, 1996


    Toxic sewage spawns swamp monsters; officials say no cause for alarm

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    January 25, 1996

    Our Garbage, Ourselves

    Scaling Mount Trashmore, sorting through the clues to the mystery of everyday life

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    November 16, 1995
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    November 2, 1995

    Did You Sully That Gully?

    They're working to make Homestead Air Force Base pollution-free, but the military wants no part of the canal that flows from the base into Biscayne Bay

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    October 5, 1995

    A Manatee, a Plan, a Canal . . .

    Six years in the works and still controversial: Dade environmental officials submit their manatee-protection proposal

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    March 23, 1995

    Treasured Isle

    This time next year an RV campground will occupy Virginia Key. Say sayonara to one of the city's last patches of green.

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    March 2, 1995

    Here' s Looking At You

    Airport officials want to clarify those warning signs about lead in the drinking water at MIA: Never mind! Just ignore 'em!

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    April 21, 1993

    We Don't Swim in Your Toilet

    So don't complain when we spill 25 million gallons of sewage onto your beaches

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    March 31, 1993


    If you think Dade County is a filthy mess now, just wait till you're drowning in it

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    April 8, 1992