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Groundbreaking ceremony held at Miami Marine Stadium

City of Miami holds ceremony to mark the beginning of construction on boat ramp and Basin Trail
Amy Garcia

The City of Miami held a groundbreaking ceremony marking the beginning of the Miami Marine Stadium Project, which involves the widening of a boat ramp and the re-pavement of the Basin Trail. The ceremony was held at the Marine Stadium today at 10:30.

District 2 Commissioner Damian Pardo attended and spoke about the project.

The goal of both projects is to better the quality of life for residents in Miami. The aim is to make improvements to the Basin Trail, as it provides connectivity to nature. By widening the boat ramp, residents will have more access to water for their boats, according to Pardo.

MAST Academy’s Green Champions attended the meeting to question the environmental impacts of the project. Civil engineer Christopher Zavatsky addressed these concerns.

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“[Tetra Tech] did a study on the plant and animal species in the area and found that most species inhabit the area in the fall so we guided construction to take place between February to July so the inhabitants won’t be disturbed,” Zavatsky told The Beacon.

Zavatsky added that the drainage system for the trail will be natural. There used to be an asphalt pavement and it will be replaced with a more porous material that will allow water to permeate into the soil.


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About the Contributors
Kamilah Gurdián
Kamilah Gurdián, Editor in Chief
Kamilah Gurdián is a senior at MAST Academy. As of 2023, she is starting her third year as a student at MAST at the age of 17. She used to attend iPrep Academy North during her freshmen year, but wanted to attend MAST since she was in Grade 5. Along with her, her younger brother who’s in Grade 7 attends MAST as well. She a first-generation immigrant in America and her mom is from Colombia and her dad is from Nicaragua. She is interested in math as a future career and takes multiple math classes.
Amy Garcia
Amy Garcia, Staff Writer
Amy Garcia is a freshman and student journalist at MAST Academy at Virginia Key. She came to MAST because she had heard of its reputation and believed it was a good school and would be an interesting location. This is her first year at MAST and on The Beacon. Garcia joined the school newspaper because she likes to know what is going on at her school and enjoys interviewing and talking to others. She is very social and likes to get to know people. She wants to cover MAST sports and tackle the controversial and sensitive topics that often need to be written. Garcia likes to know more about people and the reason behind their personalities and interests. She is interested in studying psychology and is reaching for schools like Stanford and Yale.
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