Most South Florida residents don’t have the luxury of flying to the Amazon when they have an urge for adventure. Some might go to Shark Valley or drive up north for some good old-fashioned hiking, but if you are stuck in the city where can you get your fix?
This Monday when WLRN announced that contributor Terence Cantarella will embark on a historic voyage next Monday to circumnavigate Miami’s canal systems via canoe, we got a flood of feedback from our audience. Mostly urban legends. Oral tradition and fear of the unknown have long informed some of us that creepy things are hiding in the murky waters. For a city that prides itself on being on the water, it seems that water is limited to Miami Beach for some.
We asked you about your experiences with Miami-Dade’s canals. A couple of people wrote in on Twitter to tell us about some of the fish they’ve caught for sport in the waterways. @Vice-Queen Maria mentioned peacock bass.
The canal system of Miami-Dade County is the unrecognized backdrop to millions of lives. The canals run across every corner of the county, yet many people have no idea where they lead or what their purpose is. Most people drive or walk past them without paying them any attention.
The Academy of Arts and Minds in Coconut Grove used to be a shopping mall. But no one was buying space. That’s when the owner of the property started up a charter school and now rents the property to his school.
Assistant State Attorney Brenda Mezick read her story Respect at a live event produced by Under the Sun and Lip Service at the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables. The sold-out event featured true stories about life in South Florida. The full show will air on WLRN June 4-5.