LIGHTNING RELEASES (8/19/2014) – Miami is known for its beautiful scenery and beaches, at least that’s what is advertised in every single magazine, newspaper, website or blog. From the distance, beauty appears spotless.
However, Virginia Key Beach located on the world-famous Key Biscayne –a city called Island Paradise– is an oasis of lush tropical landscape, wildlife and home to various marine science explorations.
It is Florida’s southermost barrier which was occupied by the Tequesta Indians of the Calusa Nation who fished and hunted abundantly.
When Florida became a territory of the U.S. in 1821, Mary Ann Davis of St. Agustine purchased the entire island from the Fornelis family for $100.
As with any other story of the history of a place, many things have happened since 1821.
Almost two hundred years have passed and sadly, in this 21st century –in the fourteenth year of this twenty first century– all the beaches belonging to the once pure and virgin island is now a depositum for all sorts of trash and gargabe thrown by unconscious human hands making no island of paradise belonging to no Magic City, as Miami is known.
To recover these “honorary” titles, community activists, civic leaders and area businesses are joining locals this coming Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am, with the support of volunteers, like prominent environmental activist David Doebler, and program partners like ECOMB.org& VolunteerCleanup.org, the community is rallying and responding to the real need for preservation of our most delicate natural resources while teaching about human consciousness education.
In an effort to educate, empower and inspire, Coconut Grove-based power publicist Frances Alban and prominent Orlando/Miami-based blogger and spiritual journalist Jesus Rojas Torres aka as JESUSJAY are organizing this volunteer beach-clean-up.
All Miami residents are encouraged to participate and show their support for keeping Key Biscayne beautiful, healthy and safe for swimming and recreation. Also, it’s a great opportunity to earn community service hours.
“Or just simply enjoy a beautiful morning doing some sort of meditation-workout while making a beautiful contribution to the earth that gave you birth,” said The Spiritual Journalist who also made very clear in his websites that organizers are not asking for money.
“We want the community to get involved. We want parents and their children come together so that parents by leading an example will be teaching in action and then, those enlightened children will go and explain what they did to their teachers in their classrooms on Monday extending the consciousness campaign by feeling proud about their accomplishments,” he said.
The Spiritual Journalist also said that he wants Miami government officials to help organizers expand and follow-up with a human consciousness education campaign.
“This is where money, power and influence come and play a vital role. I want to see corporations including all water bottle companies assume responsibility for this trashy mess that they have created by producing all sorts of products and not contributing with forward-thinking recycling methods and human consciousness education, they are only concerned about profits,” he added.
Organizers will provide garbage bags and other materials needed to collect litter. Volunteers will receive a complimentary continental breakfast and beverages courtesy of Winn-Dixie Key Biscayne.
It is recommended that volunteers wear a hat, sneakers or “aqua-shoes”, and bring sunscreen and their own refillable water bottle.
DATE/TIME: August 23, 2014; 8:30-11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Hobie Island Beach Park, Off the Rickenbacker Causesway, Near the Rickenbacker restrooms, 2nd and/or 3rd entrances on south side, Key Biscayne, FL 33149.
Photo Courtesy of Frances Alban via Trashed 07-25-14