Canoe Project
6:21 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Photos: Day Three Of The Canoe Project

Terence Cantarella

Here are some great photos taken by Terence Cantarella on the third day of his journey as he paddles through Miami-Dade’s canals.  On day three of his journey, Terence canoed down the Miami River where cargo ships surrounded him. He also made his way through Blue Lagoon on his way to Coral Gables. Terence will eventually end his trip today near Coconut Grove.  Be sure to join us in celebrating the end of Terence’s journey today at Scotty’s Landing in the Grove this evening at 6 p.m.

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Canoe Project
6:20 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

VIDEO: A Chat With Terence Cantarella About His Tropical Adventure

Screen grab of YouTube video via Michael Alen

Terence Cantarella, the man behind the the Canoe Project here at WLRN, had a chat with The Miami Herald‘s Michael Alen this week about waking up at day break, not sleeping well, and other aspects of spending four days straight in a canoe.

The Canoe Project was an idea of Terence’s to shed some light on the unrecognized backdrop to our lives here in Miami-Dade: our city’s vast network of canals.

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Canoe Project
6:18 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Canoe Project: “A Certain Amount Of Willful Lack Of Planning”

Jose A. Iglesias for El Nuevo Herald

Earlier this week WLRN Miami Herald’s Dan Grech interviewed Terence Cantarella, an intrepid contributor to WLRN who had the idea of navigating his way around Miami through its canal system in a canoe.

His proposed four-day journey became the Canoe Project: an effort to shed some light on the unrecognized backdrop to our lives here in Miami-Dade: our city’s vast network of canals. These waterways completely surround us, yet, many of us don’t know where they go or why they are there.

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Canoe Project
6:15 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

VIDEO: Terence Makes It To Scotty’s Landing

Terence Cantarella's canoe
David Samayoa

Terence Cantarella, the man behind the Canoe Project, completed his four-day journey yesterday as he paddled into Scotty’s Landing in Coconut Grove.

The project was an effort to shed some light on the unrecognized backdrop to our lives here in Miami-Dade: our city’s vast network of canals. These waterways completely surround us, yet, many of us don’t know where they go or why they are there.

Be sure you continue to check out the site, though. We will report on our continued canal explorations– and Thursday, April 28, Under the Sun airs Terence’s reflections on the trip.

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Canoe Project
6:14 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Photos Of The Last Day Of The Canoe Project

Kenny Malone

Terence Cantarella shared photos of the final leg of his four-day journey through Miami-Dade’s canals.  Yesterday, Terence made his way through Coral Gables and eventually paddled is way to Scotty’s Landing on the water in Coconut Grove, where the WLRN staff celebrated his return to dry land.

Canoe Project
6:13 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Miami’s Canals In Books: Michael Grunwald’s ‘The Swamp’

Picture of the Everglades (1966)
The Department of Commerce Collection

In an effort to add some perspective and history to WLRN’s Canoe Project, we’re also taking a look at books that add to our conversation about Miami-Dade’s canals.

The Canoe Project was a four-day long journey through Miami’s canals and waterways via canoe.

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Canoe Project
6:12 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

The Art Of Life Within Miami’s Waterways

Snapshot of 'The Florist'
Coral Morphologic

Part of the Canoe Project’s mission is to create a conversation, and ultimately some new understanding, of the nature of Miami-Dade’s vast network of waterways.

Contributing to this conversation today is Colin Foord, one of the brilliant marine biologists/artists behind Coral Morphologic, which is described as a “coral aquaculture laboratory and multi-media aquarium studio” here in Miami.

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Canoe Project
6:10 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

From An Expert: Pamela Sweeney On Miami’s Waterways

Sailboats on the Miami River in 1912
Florida State Archives

As part of The Canoe Project’s mission to shed some light on Miami’s forgotten waterways, I spoke to Pamela Sweeney, a bona fide expert on Miami’s canal system and the Biscayne Bay. Sweeney is the Manager of the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve.

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Canoe Project
5:51 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Canal Crimes: Miami Herald Photog Robbed During Canoe Project Shoot

Terence Cantarella via Twitter

Here at WRLN, one of our intrepid contributors, Terence Cantarella, has embarked on a four day long excursion in a canoe through Miami’s network of canals. His mission: to travel around the county on its forgotten waterways.

We named this journey the Canoe Project– a concerted effort to shed some light on these canals that completely surround us here in Miami.

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Under the Sun
2:41 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

"Imagined Anthology of Flight and Escape"

Author Ana Menendez
  • Alicia Zuckerman's interview with Ana Menendez.

Author and former Miami Herald columnist Ana Menendez, who has been living in Amsterdam, is returning to South Florida for the Miami Book Fair International, the eight-day literary party beginning Nov. 13. Ana has a new book titled Adios, Happy Homeland and will be speaking about it during The Writer’s Voice panel at the fair Sunday, Nov. 20.

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Canoe Project
2:16 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Who Has Navigated Our Canals?

Terence Cantarella via Twitter

Terence Cantarella, the man who is currently navigating his way around Miami by canoeing through Miami-Dade’s  canals, is not the first person to attempt something similar.

In fact, according to The Miami Herald newspaper archives, this is something that has even been attempted a few times before.

Here is are some stories of other Floridians who have traveled via Miami Canals:

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Dog Agility Trials
6:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

What We Can Learn From A Ballroom-Dancing Weimaraner And A Poorly Timed Bathroom Break

It takes two to tango, typically one is not a Weimaraner. Carol Clark with six-year-old Boo.
Credit Kenny Malone

Listen to radio story here (includes WLRN exclusive, an up close and personal interview with Boo while eating a biscuit).

Over the weekend,  more than 250 dogs competed in an American Kennel Club event at Miami-Dade County’s Tropical Park. Anyone in attendance learned that canine athletes are capable of feats humans can only dream of doing and would never dream of doing.

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Public Transportation
8:00 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Get On The Bus: How Miami Is Like L.A.

Get on the bus, Gus.
Credit interbeat /

Several times a week, Miami reminds me of Los Angeles. For better and worse. We're both the land of sunshine, palm trees (theirs are taller) and beautiful beaches (ours are nicer based on ocean temperature and clarity, but we're missing out on the mountains). And both places have much beneath the surface of our beautiful things. Extreme wealth and poverty pressed up against each other, but rarely mixing -- largely because both places are so deeply devoted to the automobile.

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Martin Luther King Day
7:01 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

What Martin Luther King Day Means To Diverse South Florida

Brent McLaughlin is the executive director of Branches (formally South Florida Urban Ministries), a non profit organization that has been in Miami-Dade for about 40 years.
Credit Arianna Prothero


People across South Florida's diverse communities and cultures marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This year is also the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

More than 100 people gathered at Lakeview Elementary in North Miami to celebrate MLK Day. Brent McLaughlin, executive director of Branches, one of the non profits that put on the event, said people who grew up in the United States sometimes take Dr. King's message for granted.

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8:50 am
Sat January 19, 2013

WLRN Fiction: Piñata

Credit Gary Denness / Flickr

The following is original fiction by Jeremy Glazer. Jeremy is a regular WLRN contributor. 

Every year, on his birthday, for the last twenty-three years, Robert Simmons called the number.


But no one had ever answered before.

“Hello, Robert’s Western Wear,” the voice says, in mock cowboy accent dissolving into a cascade of giggles.

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