Trump supporters take to the waters for boat rally
NORTH MIAMI, Fla. – Dozens of area boaters took to the water Saturday afternoon for a rally supporting President Donald J. Trump’s re-election campaign. Participants sailed from North Miami and traveled to Fisher Island, showcasing their support with music and waving Trump 2020 flags. Supporters were seen along the shoreline cheering as the boats passed by. Over the July 4th weekend, the Trump campaign reported that its biggest seller from its online store were its blue nautical flags emblazoned with the president’s last name, according to Politico. BE ELECTION READY: Local10.com 2020 voter guide
Fisher Island residents say no to accepting $2 million small business loan
Fisher Island is one of the wealthiest zip codes in the country. Many of the residents of the island, only accessible by ferry, were stunned when they received the email from the Fisher Island Community Association, the Master Homeowners’ Association of Fisher Island, mentioning the possibility of the island getting the money. Matt Barnes, an entrepreneur who is a resident of Fisher Island, questioned the need for the loan. I don’t think Fisher Island needs $2 million,” Barnes said. It isn’t the first time Fisher Island has been mentioned during the COVID-19 crisis.
After 2 die off Fisher Island, community association promises to improve ferry safety
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – The Fisher Island Community Association released a statement Thursday asking drivers who are using the ferry to make sure their cars are in park and the emergency brakes are on. The association is also asking drivers to turn off headlights at night and to pay heed to access control officers and deckhands. The association also reported a new investment on marine engineers, architects and designers. According to Sosa, Fisher Island’s ferry system had operated for 20 years “without a blemish on its record” before Emma Afra, 63, of Miami Beach, and Viviane Brahms, 75, of Harrison, New York, died while using the service Tuesday. Afra was in the driver’s seat of a 2019 Mercedes-Benz and Brahms was a passenger when the car fell off the ferry, which is used to shuttle vehicles to and from the private island in Miami Beach.
Advisory to avoid contact with water issued in Miami-Dade
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - A precautionary No Contact with Water Advisory is being issued to avoid recreational water activities including swimming, fishing and boating for all beaches within Virginia Key, Key Biscayne and Fisher Island. A temporary electrical power outage at the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD)'s Central District Wastewater Treatment Plant resulted in an overflow of fully treated, chlorinated effluent from the plant's pump station into the waterway immediately adjacent to the facility, otherwise known as shrimp lagoon. WASD staff switched the plant to generator power and within an hour had reset the pump station. However, approximately 100,000 gallons of the fully treated, chlorinated effluent entered surface water. The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County and the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources are testing the affected waters and the advisory remains in effect until two consecutive days of clear testing occur after repairs are completed.