Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Miami suburb with flooding, stagnant water and mosquitoes in the time of Zika, and before

THIS SITE DOCUMENTS INLAND FLOODING, MOAT LAND, AQUIFER BREACH, CESSPOOL: A CITY'S NEGLIGENCE.  Launched January 28, 2014 (Miami-Dade County, Florida 33156) City: Village of Pinecrest. Timeline: Flooding 2008 to present, after protective sumpland destroyed. Five acres of SUMPLAND and wetlands, an inland flood plain, filled & ELEVATED, SW 72 Ave. & 96 St. Permitted WITHOUT drainage, NO stormwater pipes connect to canals, or sewers. First-person account of man-made disaster. Ghastly images below show.

VISIT: SEJSociety of Environmental Journalists 

10/09/17: Hurricane Irma's aftermath; clean up on-going. We were w/o power 10 days, iffy texting,  internet later, LANDLINE restored 10.8, one month without. Tragic Puerto Rico, still lacking. We did NOT flood, little rain, but w/o electricity, 800 homes on well water had none, no pumps, water to flush or shower. Positive drainage not even a blip on the radar screen. 

PINECREST, FLA. SKIPS POSITIVE DRAINAGE, HAILS UNTRIED SUMP-MOAT-TOILET DESIGN
Image March 11, 2017. Days later, ALL trees felled.

9/08/17. (Texas ongoing. *) Local deluge positively went under wall early Aug. Building resumed in upper wetlands without positive drainage; water flows downward to end and circles back. City officials have images showing effect of reverse flow on land after 5 inch rainfall in June. Unsure then if water went under iffy cement wall built in March, 2017. Tree moving, one transplanted to exact location drain system should be in lower sumpland. 

3/27/17. ALL remaining trees in sumpland area butchered, chainsawed. Years of growth felled in a few hours. Inland flood plain destroyed: positive drainage in area does not exist. Acreage will be a sumpland-moat-toilet overflowing into homes below.
::: March 27, 2017 :::: STILL NO DRAINAGE! A retaining WALL needed since 2008, finally built. If not proper drainage, still lacking, at least an iffy barrier. CONSIDER SOUTH FLORIDA GEOLOGY. Skinny cement wall might help, necessary, yet limestone substructure is porous; water is rising from underneath. 

Second home inside development nearly complete, houses higher than next, water circling like a flush loo with no place to go. Stormwater sewers/sufficient drains absent inside plat. // Flood ins, Zika, CDC, perhaps 35 species transmit.//



At the beginning, all was obvious ... first desecration begot another. And another. Plus more.   Sumpland, October, 2008 to current. Plat remains without sufficient drainage.
“My home and safety have been compromised,” resident Hope Marcus says. “I moved here in 1980. And since 2008 when the city permitted the land, life has been topsy-turvy for me, always scared to tears of the next rain, wondering when the next flood will be. No one should suffer like this, be placed in harm’s way for a developer.”
Q: Is it common to build houses before drainage?
A: What would you think?



Image from unnamed storm in October 2013. Moat land, 2015. Aquifer breach, and cesspool in May 2016 below.
03.27.17 //STILL NO POSITIVE DRAINAGE. Storm above was a night time event, photo taken the following morning. Streets and area flooded when berm(s) overtopped. TODATE: A separate stormwater sewer system does not exist and despite the documented risk, was never proposed. Eight plus years later, area remains without a sewer stormwater outlet. 


03/27/17. Morning of March 27. LAST OLDER, MATURE TREE alongside house chainsawed.
03/13/17. GOING— GONE! Most TREES in this image felled, untold decades of growth cut.
Trees had absorbed some stormwater.  No more canopy, city again backtracked on its own rules. Photo above 9/24/16. Model home opened for viewing. Certification of occupancy issued October 2016. Camouflaged earthen undrained stormwater holding tank southside. 

Acreage had been an INLAND floodplain until the city deemed it too valuable to pass up. 

Southside of the completed two-million-dollar sumpland luxury home, 9500 SW 72 Court. Ten mansions are planned. This one features a 5-ft deep sump pit, a flooding hatchery side yard, stormwater from the elevated acreage above runs into it. There is no sewer outlet, you see the result (page top), and cesspool below. Plus, breaching the aquifer for drainage following three floods, and moat land — pictorial underneath.



Notice fence in horse pasture above. Prior to 2008, fence had divided higher wetlands from lower sumpland. During the rainy reason, horses were kept in stalls on higher terrain to keep their hooves from rotting. 

The mansion under construction (summer, 2016) is built in the lower sumpland, atop marl soil.  All the water from acres above rush into the mansion's southside yard. When the berm (s) top, the area floods.  Otherwise stagnant water pools inside and remains for days. Marl soil, a defining wetland / sumpland feature,  is not very permeable. A true positive drainage system at the lowest point, or anywhere, does not exist. 

JULY 13, 2016 — U.S. EPA Weighs in on Pinecrest Mess, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Cites Developer (Pinecrest didn't see necessity of doing)

Eight years into — U.S. EPA + FDEP after 3 floods, moat land, aquifer breach, and cesspool. Now Zika. Will this citation have teeth? Or more Village of Pinecrest run arounds?

7.13.16 (Reply Due Date 8/13/16)

Builder cited! "Please be advised that engaging in construction activities of greater than one acre (including those as part of a larger common development plan) without an appropriate or valid permit issued by the Department is prohibited in accordance with section 403.161(1)(b), Fla. Stat., and 62- 620.300(2), F.A.C. Facilities or activities without proper NPDES Stormwater permit coverage may be subject to enforcement action." .... "The Department requests that you respond within 30 days of receipt of this letter indicating one of the following:
  1. Your activities are regulated under the NPDES Stormwater Program. An application for NPDES Stormwater permit coverage was submitted (or will be submitted) on (by) month/day/year. ...
  2. ... The Department is looking forward to your cooperation to assure compliance with the NPDES Stormwater Program. If you have any questions, please contact me at 772-467- 5558
    Sincerely,
    William Gordon // Environmental Consultant FDEP / Southeast District 
  3. PS: Site author does not know how to attach a pdf, please email pinecrestfloods@gmail.com for copy of full report. Or call 305.815.4726
Below: Cesspool May 5, 2016 + MOAT LAND, December, 2015.  Moat land became cesspool, imagine that ....
Following a rainstorm, you had to look over the side berm and down into to see. There is an incline, the wetlands above had been filled and elevated two feet. The entire 5 acres, once flat and rolling, had sloped downward to the street, was even with it. Building began October 29, 2015. On moat land day, 7 weeks after building commenced, water curled up and around backing up to artificially made berm on the street side. 



VIEW:  Some people experienced difficulty envisioning CESSPOOL— was one CONTINUOUS sump. The area on the south-side of the home in progress on construction site, garbage plus feces. The mansion's south side yard, an estimated 150 X 120 feet was an open sewage holding tank.

 IMAGE: May 6, 2016. Cesspool in sumpland, took days to drain. 
Full port-a-potty burst/ flooded during storm. Water pools with no place to go, mansion is built atop non-absorbing marl soil as in wetland, sumpland terrain. See more below.




   
In the beginning, October 2008, with backhoe stuck in 18 inches of muck, first warnings ignored.

Since then, three significant floods during the years of 2008, 2013 and 2015, all after the wetland was messed with. After the flood of 2013 ...

In December of 2014, city officials banned the word SUMPLAND (link to site titled "Pinecrest Bans Sumpland") during a Village council meeting.  In December 2015, MOAT LAND materialized.

"Pinecrest has provided a service no other city has so readily offered: a mosquito sanctuary for disease carrying insects — a hatchery for ZIKA bloodsuckers on land permitted for mansions without a place for the water to go — a breeding ground in a populous neighborhood subdivision lacking a positive stormwater drainage system, a.k.a, a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4)."






February 6, 2016. Health news.
The Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. Standing water without drainage is a breeding ground. Building continues minus drainage. Heath threat is /was predicted.

December 5, 2015. MOATLAND arrives!
Days after climate talks in Key West. Rainstorms, a downpour, building in sumpland is underway without a drainage plan, and we flooded in a way we did NOT experience before land was tampered with.

10/29/15: PINECREST ALLOWS HOMES ON SENSITIVE LAND WITHOUT DRAINAGE, sumpland houses to imperil existing neighborhood and future.

"In the time of sea rise, Pinecrest a modern day Gotham: 
greed and money prevailed."

Final entry until the next flood, clearing has begun, felony sign posted. Trees hacked; sounds of chainsaws & backhoe gutting painful: wrenching. There is no connection to canals into Biscayne Bay for stormwater drainage, they are full, is illegal to hookup. Rather than proving drainage upfront, before construction, Pinecrest says it can wait, will be approved upon occupancy. Area will be a moat, mansions with water topping into streets, then homes. Lowland should have been reclaimed, purchased by the Village and preserved.

We realize neighborhoods change, but look at the images and ask yourself how this was allowed. Acreage from a sumpland and horse pasture to a total cluster-mess. From flat, flowing land to desecration and flooding. Where was the sense of responsibility — sanctity — shame? Our leaders should have done so much better. Our demise a photo history. Click on images to enlarge.


My city of Pinecrest participates in the National Flood Insurance Program and residents and businesses receive subsidized rates for flood insurance.  Rather than finding a solution for the specific and documented risk, my city has abandoned its responsibility to prepare against a definite foreseeable event. They are negligent in meeting their responsibility as a municipality to adequately prevent the flooding of my neighborhood and property.  

Drainage an afterthought while an entire neighborhood faces foreseeable and dangerous flooding events. Three have occurred since acreage was filled and elevated, one in 2008, the other in 2013, and most recently in December of 2015. The city's first Stormwater Master Plan was completed and excluded a sumpland solution: a fix does not exist. Trouble ahead for S FL area, more so for Pinecrest as leaders push for mansions at our neighborhoods' expense — immediate gratification over sound planning. The sumpland had been a natural ecosystem that controlled flooding yet rather than proactive measures, the city ceded its own protection by ignoring the initiative to identify and preserve lowlands for future needs — the pumps ahead.
December 5, 2015. Bootie selfie,
water 7 inches on city street


Pinecrest permitted the 5 acres of land in 2008 without drainage as they couldn't figure it out, and /or didn't want to pay for, so the cost and doing was left to developers.

ONGOING, 03/ 30/ 2016 ** Inland sea rise a parenthesis, a moat land not even on the drawing board. Building continues without drainage despite 3 floods in the years 2008, 2013 and 2015, all after the altered sumpland became a flooding field rather than a protector, its spread from rolling acreage into a flood basin along side the 2.4 million dollar mansion in progress. City refused to reclaim even as core responsibility of government is to protect.

Click to read: The Siege of Miami Click to read: A Rising Tide Click, Greenland is Melting

26 OCTOBER 2015 — month of 2008 + 2013 unnamed flooding events + King Tide, highest water level. TS Danny, Erika, Hurricane Joaquin missed. The next storm coming. Pinecrest: please tell me you have a plan for ANY heavy rains: pumps, ditches, a gully— a northern drain basin in sumpland. Reply from City: denies 24 hr standing water this year, wants a wall? On limestone? Water rises from underneath! Won't reclaim even as core responsibility of gov't is to protect. ** Post in NYT re Hurricane Patricia / Andrew, both Cat 5, we did not flood, sumpland saved us, was intact. Same for Katrina and Wilma, we did NOT flood! Scroll to see.

21 SEPTEMBER 2015 — Budget hearing, NO line item for reclaiming land, or area fDeception by city & builder for sumpland mansions. More scheming, stalling: ignoring. Irrefutable Risk Necessitates Immediate Action to Add Drainage Basin///Protection is Paramount. Click to read. Also,Pinecrest Florida 33156 Floods. Also, Pinecrest Bans Sumpland


Dredging a second illegal lake may seem extreme, but given the situation, it is valid planning — the viability of it sounder than filling in to begin with. Less preposterous than permitting ten plots for mansions on land lacking drainage that floods.  Less egregious than being told again and again ten luxury sites fit the bill and never mind the existing neighborhood and homes.

Updated August 10, 2015. PINECREST UNDERWATER post: With the worst of hurricane season ahead, the complacency of homeowners, fearing lower property values, ..... Click to read

Updated July 17, 2015. Cited for unauthorized, illegal land clearing June 9, GC3 Development dumps 40 x 5 foot high fill in cross section of acreage. // Lacking drainage, their plans failed inspection in May 2015 due to to that issue, the builder's responsibility unmet. Pinecrest permitted the land in 2008 without drainage as they couldn't figure it out, and /or didn't want to pay for, so the burden and cost of doing left to developers. Now, there is a semi-cleared lot on one parcel and truckloads of fill on another. City still with green light for mansions as GREC aka Bindor + GC3 for Pinecrest Place join the dubious ranks of former owners.


Updated June 26, 2015.
Newly found images show scope of flooding, placed here and on sister sites. Look at them and ask yourself how acreage from a sumpland and horse pasture became a flooding field and why people are reluctant to come forward.


Updated June 9, 2015

Pre-fab sign for holding permit posted. Large area at 72 Ave. and 96 St., illegally cleared by developer without one. Police arrived and stopped for now. City knew plans were in progress but had not permitted. Q: Knowing the land must be reclaimed, cost effective drainage is not possible, why were plans even considered? Pinecrest Afloat has photos of police on scene and flooding of area in 2013 recently found. Sumpland site is also popular. This site was first and contains more history. There are 7 total, listed below. All begin with Pinecrest.


Updated June 4, 2015.  Hurricane season began. Land filled, elevated 2 feet a disaster.

Pinecrest's Public Shaming: Flooding Families



Author's grandson & friends, summer 2008, same 
area as below in backyard
Flooding, October 2008
After sending the last release, Pinecrest Bans Sumpland,there was a perceptible quiet, a hush so strong that it made you wonder. Had our mayor banned the term not only on account of its perceived ickiness but also because sumpland is a bona-fide wetlands classification, a geomorphic term for a seasonally inundated basin?

I couldn’t help but ask myself what the reaction of the higher-ups would be, say Miami-Dade County, the Federal government? Wetland protection agencies that realize "drainage of marl soil is poor" yet essential. And somehow the sumpland passed percolation tests allowing for tons of clay filler. Then topped with a grassy layer to conceal the destroyed ecosystem, its natural sponge absorbing quality gone.

After all the shenanigans Pinecrest has pulled — the denying, lying, conniving, still rooting for brand new mansions over existing residents, seems like a valid query, don’t you think?

It has taken Katrina’s victims ten years to apply the takings clause of the Fifth Amendment to their favor. This Pinecrest issue has been going on since 2008, albeit on a much smaller scale yet my neighborhood and property have unwittingly become the victims of Pinecrest’s negligence.



The fail safe berm of 2012 overtopped in 2013.
Nothing has been done to protect residents since


Sumpland is a bona-fide wetlands classification, a geomorphic term for a seasonally inundated basin

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Maid Wading to Pinecrest Home Grabs Visitors

Pinecrest: inland city afloat
FLASH: USA Gov't Liable for Flooding Miami-Dade County, May 6 2015. Never mind the backhoe stuck in 18 inches of muck, the doggies play yard underwater, elevated land flooding neighbors. What motivated residents to look, click on the Pinecrest Floods link, was talk of a housekeeper sloshing to work.

The well-heeled of South Florida with their mindset and help: a loyal maid everyone’s dream — dependable, adept, wading through stormwater on flooded streets. Neither cloudbursts nor torrential downpours keep her away.  Not so for those whose job it is to protect the realm. For them, it is one excuse after another, gigabytes of denials, the challenge of inland sea rise too great. Sumpland designated for mansions that floods neighboring properties given the go ahead as officials ignore the evidence along with building codes stating water must be contained, can’t spill over. Rules and compliance for other folks.


Still flouting building code, claims of "infusing elegance" on sumpland homes as name changes to Pinecrest Place, 4th owner. Acres of 
flooding field re-approved for mansions @ 2.7 million a pop. No answers on stormwater estimate of 40 M that excludes sumpland mess. Canal hook-ups for positive drainage system a no-go, canals overflow. TIME TO RECLAIM  —  Pinecrest's flawed filling folly is not fixable.  A floodplain best.
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Seminal Event that Revealed Future Omitted from Council Agenda 

2013. Five foot holding basin topped, streets and backyards —an entire neighborhood flooded. 
December 9, 2014.  Meeting on climate change and inland sea rise excluded fact and existence of flawed sumpland filling, flooding and verified risk 

* Descriptive 'sumpland' for lowland without drainage rebuked in Pinecrest by Pinecrest officials at Dec. 2014 meeting. Truth sounds bad.


June 5. Hurricane season 2015 begins.  
Realizing that local government filters block the word BANS, as in Pinecrest Bans Sumpland, I placed the jpeg (image) of the site here. Pinecrest Bans Sumpland reveals a wetland habitat despite the desecration my city allowed. The entire area must be reclaimed.




Sumpland 2008, land meets 96 Street & 72 Ave. Ground had been flat and wide, 5 acres of wetland. After messed with, became necessary to indent the soil around the tree roots to keep them alive. This image taken from author's side yard is truly disheartening, a reminder of how many trees and plants had been truck-loaded out. Destroyed. // We did not flood during Hurricane Andrew in 1992, or Katrina and Wilma, both in 2005. Sumpland had been intact and absorbed stormwater.


Sumpland filled and elevated.
Indented tree roots at entrance to 96 Street


* Curiously, percolating tests of MARL soil showed it passed inspection on undeveloped sumpland. By definition "drainage of marl soil is poor or very poor," cite <http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/tr004>. Sumpland: a seasonally inundated basin, a wetlands classification.
* Curiously, CLAY fill was permitted, truckloads, perhaps tons, (refer to google images below) of non porous fill was allowed on sumpland that had served the mid-century homes built around and above it. Sumpland had been an effective water retention site and ecologically sound. 

* In 2008, land was elevated, and filled without drainage. Can you imagine! I've been unable to locate a permit for the incorrect clay filling used. The city blamed inland sea rise for the disastrous flooding results, and denied their flawed permitting


* Nearly five acres of low-lying horse pasture had been a natural sump — sumpland, a seasonally inundated basin, a geomorphic wetlands classification.  During meeting Pinecrest disowned sumpland term, said must call sumpland 'horse pasture' except it had been both. The original owner had to take great care that the horses hooves would not rot. Although flood criteria requirements did not apply to undeveloped land, filling in wetlands is a Federal crime.


* There was never a connection to the canals that empty into Biscayne Bay; the sump was the drainage system. Now, linking is illegal, canals are full re: sea rise.


* Despite the evidence, rather than reclaiming the sumpland to combat the undisputed reality of inland sea rise, City insists mansions can be built on land without drainage. Says residents are on their own to fix city's HUGE blunder that is not fixable from homeowners side.

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Following morning, 12+ hours later. (Oct 2013 was a night time storm) Flooding over side berm along and into the neighborhood.  

The back berm with a 5 foot pit behind it also overtopped, flooded additional streets as well as backyards.


Foliage / tree clearing in progress, 2008.
Land was denuded lickety-split.

November 2014Study from Climate Change Summit, Miami Beach, October 1 & 2, 2014
Was an eye-opener.  Scroll down for news release, summary and images. 
Lesson: In City of Sweetwater on Everglades edge, former gulf courses are now drainage basins. In inland Pinecrest, sumpland had served as effective drainage basin and lacking options, must be restored.


October 2014. Chutzpah!
Yet another developer takes over, for sale signs up the day after climate conference that city officials attended. Talk about audacity!! No denying Pinecrest is GROUND ZERO for INLAND sea rise. Budget passed, city opts out of rising waters. Cost of drainage omitted.  Link Dept. of Transportation, some inland roads soon underwater as limestone saturates. Miami in NYT World:  Rising Seas

September 2014.  WITHOUT a solution for stormwater drainage, platting remains intact.  Full story below. Our united battle cry: Drainage before houses. The city tried it their way and look what happened! New rules: Drainage first.  Prove it will work.  Higher standards.  Drainage before houses.  

June 2014. Hurricane season begins. 

My city of Pinecrest participates in the National Flood Insurance Program and residents and businesses receive subsidized rates for flood insurance.  Rather than finding a solution for the specific and documented risk, my city has abandoned its responsibility to prepare against a definite foreseeable event. They are negligent in meeting their responsibility as a municipality to adequately prevent the flooding of my property.   (DHS OIG C1410042)



May 2014. A few days until hurricane season.  Imagine flooded land that rises to the level of a lake. A lake without drainage, a water spout. Flooding along with a water bomb. How would you feel if your city ignored building codes, permitted flawed plans, and placed you at risk?  This from an affluent village that talks about community.

April 2014. Still no solutions, just more 'can't do's' from Pinecrest officials. 'Not our problem,' they say even as the wealthy Village of Pinecrest has placed me in proven — documented — danger.  I was always assured, promised, that I’d be safe even as Pinecrest raised the land elevation behind me because the building code stipulates water must be contained. They always pointed to that, said it was code, promised to abide by it. They didn’t follow code, they lied, and I am definitely at risk because of their actions.  Their activities are /were / continue to be illegal but who's watching them?

ALSO, see image on bottom from Google Earth / Maps showing land filling in progress.


VIDEO: WPBT TV program link: South Florida's Rising Seas

NEWS: Reuters Investigates. Link to Water's Edge. Also NYT, Climate Has Changed

PINECREST FLOODS





NEW SITES LAUNCHED / New images, too, here and below.
This site pictorially documents issues in Pinecrest, Florida that require immediate attention— drainage and flooding problems, including a lake in acreage first marketed as Coconut Palm Estates, then renamed Pinecrest Place in November 2014. It includes a huge flooding lake without drainage where a lake isn’t supposed to be. The Village of Pinecrest approved the plans engineered by outside firm. All images are downloadable, click on one and a slide show appears on the bottom.  Free use to all outlets.

Flooding of the proposed development land at SW 72 Avenue and 96 Street is ongoing. Where once horses fed and grazed, now a huge water retention and flooding problem exist. A berm finally built in 2012 to keep water contained inside the acreage failed a year after construction.


In October of 2013, rainwater overtopped the berm, an incursion of 80 feet into connecting property. Flooding waters went under this author's house, submerged water pipes leaving her family without hot water for awhile. This from the plumber the following day.


The undeveloped vacant land, a wide swath of about 4.5 acres, had been horse grounds and the unofficial neighborhood sump —an unofficial storm water drainage field. With lots of foliage and acreage, water gathered and stayed until evaporating. 



Horse pasture / sumpland before construction 2007.
The original owner had taken great care to ensure the horses hooves would not rot
Since filled in, it is a very different matter. The reconfigured land behind our home now slopes and converges toward our property putting us at a far greater risk than before development began.

"I guess the engineers figured water flows uphill," Hope Marcus said. "We were promised that we'd be safe.  The contract states that not one drop of water from the development can fall on neighboring properties."


About 2010
This isn't supposed to be a lake! October 2013.

And with another summer approaching — along with hurricane season and churning waters — my neighbors and I are more than concerned.  Petrified, wondering what our Village will do to rectify considering that not one inch of water from a development can encroach onto a neighboring property.

Despite promises and reassurances,  and building codes stating that water from a development must be contained, flooding has only increased since the land was filled. Considering that a portion of the acreage remained a swamp, like the entire area had once been —  why wasn't a proper drainage system placed beforehand, retrofitting far more complicated? 

The images show the result of a changed landscape that now endangers many of us.  In the picture below you can see the waterline on the fence.  It is apparent and visible.  The yard flooded, a five foot berm, measured from the lowest point, not enough.  We had water incursion of about 80 feet.  The engineering company apparently cannot imagine how this happened even as they designed the plan with drainage channeled behind our home.


At the very least, the berm must be made higher. Water must be contained inside the property. And the water must drain, Miami Beach style if necessary. 

Per the video, (also linked above) Miami Beach is pumping water into a collection site and it is injected 80-100 feet into the ground. 

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October 2013.  Below. Flooding and waterline evident, water breached the five foot berm.
Our yard is behind the fence.


October 2013. My property behind the white fence, and foliage.
Waterline on fence shows height of rainfall plus evidence of failed berm.
The engineering company and Village of Pinecrest apparently cannot imagine how all this flooding happened even as they designed the plan with stormwater channeled behind my house.


Underwater. Our backyard, October 2013. Totally immersed in water from the development to underneath our house. Incursion of about 80 feet.

Underwater. Our backyard, October 2013. Totally immersed in water from the development to underneath house. Incursion of about 80 feet. Note: according to the contract "not one inch of water from a development can encroach onto a neighboring property."


Our backyard, same area in image above. Here dry and normal with doggies in 2013. Development property is behind the trees.


Land after rainstorm, October 2013. 


Wider view of land 2013. After berm and city improvements. French drain go nowhere, do not connect to anything.

Images from 2008. First warnings.


Images: backhoe and flooding in 2008.  After development began in 2008, our drainage problems increased dramatically; we experienced flooding to a much greater degree than ever before. For the first time ever, our backyard flooded almost to the half way point. 

After development began in 2008, our drainage problems increased dramatically; we experienced flooding to a much greater degree than ever before. For the first time ever, our backyard flooded almost to the half way point. This after construction started in 2008.

In July of 2012, following years of prolonged assurances and anxiety, a five foot berm was finally built.


In 2013, despite assurances, the berm failed. It was insufficient. Water breached and overtopped the berm and reached under our house.


The reconfigured land behind my home slopes and converges toward our property putting us at a far greater risk than before development began.


Thank you for your attention. Considering flooding elsewhere in Pinecrest, I am hoping a solution is the in the works and look forward to hearing from you.


Sincerely,

Hope Marcus Christensen


PS: Added Memorial Day. May 26, 2014.  

If there is a solution, no one is telling us. It may be that the land should be reverted back to a sump, I can't say.  But I am certain there was a gully on the original plans, a gully behind the berm that would have directed overflow water across the street and into two canal entrances already in place half a block away.


Now that gully doesn't exist. It was erased in the same way the building code mandating that water must remain inside a development suddenly disappeared from enforcement, too. The gully was a last ditch effort as water wasn't supposed to overtop the berm, we'd been assured of that. And then it did, washing away any semblance of protection for us.


Additional images. During construction and storm of 2013.



Failed French drains do not connect to drainage pipes or canals.

SW 72 Court to 96 Street.
SW 96 St to 73 Avenue following morning. The permitted plan as I knew it to be had an emergency backup measure.  A gully behind the bern would discharge water across to 72 Court (in front of the house with the white car.)  There are two canal entrances on either side of the street perhaps 25 feet from the car, the drains nearly across from each other.
The alignment is there, the directive gully  is not.
73 Avenue, October 2013.
Clearing begins 2008, disaster for those homes around it.


Wonder what happens when the land is changed?
The reconfigured land behind my home slopes and converges toward our property putting us at a far greater risk than before development began.








Dry Land. February 2014.

Same view as above.  Flooding in development after heavy rainfall in October 2013.  With climate change, torrential rains are no longer the 50-100 year event. This site documents two heavy rain storms, one in 2008, another in 2013. [Update: three storms; add 2015, + '16 aquifer breach, cesspool. Inside plat, aka Pinecrest Place remains w/o sufficient drainage]










The fence as seen above lines SW 72 Avenue along supposedly also "ready to build plats." 

The image below was taken 3 days after the deluge and shows stormwater still evaporating on soggy land fenced along SW 72 Avenue across from 95 Street. Stormwater was not contained inside project as the permitted plan dictated it should have been. 


A road inside divides the land, giving an illusion of two distinct high and lowland areas. The only section of highland had been where original house stood. You can see it behind the horse in image atop.  All acreage  below was lowland, never filled sumpland: one solid drainage expanse.


Land above 72 Avenue slopes downward into the former horse pasture, hence the sumpland designation, a term once commonplace. Now Pinecrest officials disown the descriptive, offer another word for sumpland, can't recall what — maybe a 5 million dollar mistake?



Fenced area along higher ground, 72 Avenue across from 95 Street, 3-4 days after storm.


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ADDED — May 7, 2014


Comment below was posted on the New York Times and made the Editors Pick. The blog hits soared, readers saw. The response was to a (link) well researched article titled: U.S. Climate Has already Changed, Study Finds, Citing Heating and Floods.

Curved Angles
Miami, FL


Amazing how those INLAND in affluent Pinecrest FL (Miami, FL 33156) still don't get it. Storm water drainage is a huge issue now that connecting to canals that link to Biscayne Bay and the ocean is no longer allowed. I must confess that 10-12 years ago when I first heard the canals were full, I couldn't believe it---now it makes sense, the obvious outcome of rising seas.

Inland cities like Pinecrest don't have a viable stormwater drainage alternative. There is a lot of tearing down and rebuilding here. Building codes mandate that storm water must remain inside an area being developed, new homes must be elevated.

Except when the code in isn't enforced, then what? Older homes at lower elevations flood, neighborhoods flood. Flooding and more flooding as sea level rises.

Miami Beach is doing a good job of warding off the inevitable, but inland areas are in denial. My flooding was considered "a fluke" by city officials. The evidence is apparent. Please see PinecrestFloods.blogspot.com.

I launched pictorial Pinecrest Floods on blogspot in protest earlier this year, January 2014, a few months ago. It was hurriedly posted the day of a land use meeting that didn't even address the problem. It shows flooding becoming more pronounced — all that water with no outlet.

Locals a few miles inland scoff at Miami Beach, say it couldn't happen here---think again.

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ADDED — April 7, 2014 and February 25, 2015



Google Earth:  Top picture  was taken December 30, 2009 and shows the western land filling in progress.

Q:  Where did 'they' get the permit, the apparently illegal fill that now causes my property to flood?


I am the last house on the left. In this image the trees block the berm area not yet built, that would occur in 2012, after the construction was completed. The pictures above clearly show the finished berm overtopped. The elevated land right behind my house channels the water into my property and floods it. The land had been a sump — unfilled swamp land that served as a neighborhood storm water drainage field.


Sumpland from Google Earth showing flawed filling on western border.  

Sumpland showing flawed filling on east from Zillow image to promote homes that "infuse elegance.

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ADDED— February 24, 2014

Added photo from Pinecrest neighbor, also from October 2013.
Everyone, please remember to send your images!


Garage after storm in October 2013. About 5 blocks from my property,
74 Ave and 99 Street.  Waterline on fence (not shown) shows water incursion of about 4-5 inches.
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ADDED— September 2014



Home across the street, back yard, 8 inches to 2 feet.
October 2013


Section updated: October 2014


News Release



Contact: Hope Marcus
pinecrestfloods@gmail.com
305. 815. 4726


Pinecrest Ground Zero for Inland Sea Rise 

Development Without Stormwater Drainage at Issue



  • ·      5-acre natural sump becomes a flooding field
  • ·      Platting stayed for ten homes regardless
  • ·      Sea rise forbids storm drainage to canals
  • ·      Standards of 2012 not enough for the rains of 2013
  • ·      In 2014 no relief for residents in jeopardy


Pinecrest, FL 33156    It is hard to remember that the land underneath our feet was once marshland. The reality of land reverting back and ways to combat the effects of global warming will be discussed at the Southeast Florida Climate Change Summit October 1 and 2, 2014 on Miami Beach.

One inland city, affluent Pinecrest, is attempting to develop former sump land into homes and discovering how daunting the process can be.  While most populous areas had been filled in decades ago, a chunk of land in Pinecrest remained a natural sump, a drain basin for the mid-century homes built around the melaleuca trees and other water absorbing foliage. There was never a connection to the canals that empty into Biscayne Bay; the sump was the drainage system.

In 2008, the 5-acre former horse pasture was permitted, elevated and filled without a drainage plan.  Drainage: an afterthought to be addressed later. The result of that disastrously flawed platting can be seen on pictorial Pinecrest Floods. Photos show a nearly submerged backhoe and sections of adjoining properties underwater. In 2012 a berm was constructed, yet was breached the following year. The city called that event a fluke. 

That fluke is documented on Pinecrest Floods.

Ten new houses platted on land without drainage

According to Steve Olmsted, Pinecrest Planning Director, “the property has been developed at a level that is consistent with the requirements of the approved subdivision plat and consistent with the Village’s stormwater drainage level of service.”

Homeowner Rose Mendoza who lives catty-corner to the acreage and whose property floods, is unimpressed. “They put cement around the drain next to my driveway and across the street but nothing changed,” she said. “The drains still overflow.  I slipped on my front lawn, couldn’t see the water but it was there.”

A positive drainage system does not exist in the filled swampland or on several streets surrounding it. When the original plans for platting expired, Olmstead deemed a review unwarranted. “The property has been platted and recorded,” he emailed. “Public notice of construction of single-family homes on established residential lots in Pinecrest is not required.  The Village will review all requests for building permits … to make sure that new construction is completed consistent with the Village’s stormwater management criteria.” 

How far does a city go to develop unsuitable land?

In the quest to build, correcting problems beforehand is seen as frivolous and unnecessary, even when obvious land defects have been identified and documented in numerous photographs possessed by the city.

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see Pinecrest’s approach is bent,” said neighboring homeowner Curt Christensen. “The city tried it their way and look what happened. Flooded land rose to the level of a lake, a lake without drainage to underneath my home." 

"A natural sump was turned into a flooding field and became approved platting. I’d like to know how this happened.”

You have to wonder.

Last October, the ‘fail safe’ berm Pinecrest constructed the year before failed. Water rushed over the berm that had been built to specifications, the standards of 2012 not enough for the rains of 2013.

“Stormwater gushed over the berm flooding our backyard 80 feet, reaching under our home,” Christensen said. “Botched engineering along with sea rise has placed us at a level of risk that did not previously exist. The city has had a year to consider a good faith measure. Making the berm higher would have been a start, relieved our stress. It would have been the responsible thing to to do.”

“That offer never came,” he said.  “Neither wealthy Pinecrest nor the developer stepped up.”

Christensen believes mitigating the effect of climate change requires a different mindset.

In South Florida, the message is about water, stormwater. Drainage.

“The new normal is a rising thermometer and elevated sea levels. Drainage is key,” Christensen said.

“First drainage. Prove it will work. Higher standards. Drainage before houses.”


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Lessons from Climate Change Summit, October 1 & 2, 2014.  Miami Beach   

(Additional notes to follow)  
Local residents do not understand what inland sea rise is, never mind the environmental injury that has produced human and ecological risk. 

* Lacking a positive drainage system, our entire sumpland must must be preserved, it is an essential land asset against inland rising waters.

* In local Sweetwater, golf courses are now stormwater retention fields. 


* Our unofficial drainage basin is still there. 


* We must reclaim the acreage, and perhaps consider adding to it an ecological habitat plan for mosquito control.  Maybe even injection wells.  Not just for me, as has been insinuated, rather for the neighborhood and the streets along side and above.


* Reclaiming, buying back, is expensive yet other cities have resorted to this, and there are Federal funds to help. The climate conference addressed ways to get money for reclaiming.


* Ignoring now will cost millions upon millions more in very the near future.


* Exactly how much it will cost is difficult to say, but consider quoted paragraph below from an (link) NYT article about Hurricane Sandy and rebuilding for the future. 



"In the next four decades, scholars say, sea levels are expected to rise by as much as 30 inches, and if the worst projections come to pass, about 800,000 [NY] city residents could find themselves living with the threat of being swamped. According to an insurance report commissioned by the city, if New York suffers another storm like Sandy in the early 2050s, when ocean levels and the population are likely to be higher, it could cause $90 billion in damage — almost five times the cost of the initial storm." 



* The Village has embarked on its first ever Stormwater Master Plan, and allocated $350,000 for the study to be completed April, 2015.  A get-together was held September 30, the evening before the summit. I learned the survey excludes an in depth review of the sumpland.  Even without it, will cost $$$ to execute, not a mention of money or how to fund.

During the 6th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit, speakers stressed transparency regarding anticipated costs of climate related infrastructure projects.  

The Village had a passed a budget without so much as a a blip, a teeny-tiny reference of the pending costs to implement its first Stormwater Master Plan.

Stormwater plans are reviewed every five years, from now on, this cost and the updating are as fact.


The flawed horse pasture survey is more than five-years-old, way past the time for a serious review yet remains platted despite what is known.


Note: Although unmeasurable on a month-to-month basis, inland sea rise is occurring sooner than expected. Pinecrest blames the sumpland mess up on inland sea rise claiming neither they nor the engineers anticipated it. Click here for Miami Dade Sea Level Task Force Report

Images from Climate Change Summit of Sweetwater Study
  • Local Sweetwater reverted gulf courses into stormwater reservoirs
  • Pinecrest's horse pasture must be reclaimed, returned to sumpland.








I've lived here in Pinecrest for nearly 35 years, moved to the yet-to-be incorporated area in my early 30's with a young family. So if you are one of those younger households and think you have plenty of time, perhaps best to get in the huddle and take a stance for our community. 


Farewell 2014 — Parting Shot from New York Times, December 31, 2014


Comment posted: How Putin Forged a Pipeline Deal That Derailed



During Dec. 2014 meeting, mayor said term sumpland was not allowed. Meeting was recorded.



January 28, 2015. 

A Dubious First Year Anniversary.


Not a happy celebration.  Pathetic Pinecrest — looking at the city's website with its sunshine and accolades, you wouldn't suspect. Now you've seen.


Posted on NYT day of site's first anniversary.  Article: How Warmest Ever Headlines and Debates Can Obscure What Matters About Climate Change








Overview: Good link on Global Change

Questions? Contact: pinecrestfloods@gmail.com   


My cell is 305 815-4726.   ( PS: Email preferred, thanks!)

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Added June 16, 2015

Pinecrest Police Called to Illegal Land Clearing

‘Land is Sensitive,’ one official FINALLY concedes


Miami-Dade County, Fla., June 15. Pinecrest police responded to illegal clearing in a contested area of former sumpland that had not been given the green light to proceed. The status of the permitting remains unknown although two homes are in review even as drainage for the five-acre area does not exist. At issue is the lack of drainage and the ensuing flooding following a land filling.

“I’d seen guys measuring and thought the city was preparing to dig underground wells,” the caller, Hope Marcus said. “Last I heard, the land was to be a passive park, and a floodplain when conditions are right. That the city is even considering houses is mind-boggling. Can you imagine permitting houses without effective and proven stormwater drainage in place beforehand?”

When Pinecrest permitted the acreage in 2008, officials were aware of the drainage issue and rather than solve it, said the developer had to find a solution. To date, four different developers have taken on the task, not one has succeeded.

“Permitting land, giving the go-ahead, knowing there are major problems is hardly sound planning,” Marcus mused. “The regs have to be reversed: drainage first. Drainage before, then houses. Pawning your problems to the next in line won’t work.” The sumpland had protected by absorbing water and by serving as a drainage basin for the homes around it. When cleared, filled and elevated 2 feet higher than the surrounding, the area flooded.

Marcus has been battling with city officials since 2008; her flooding began after the land was violated and cleared. She launched her first protest site Pinecrest Floods in early 2014 after a second, more dangerous flood engulfed her property and immersed the hot water pipes.

“The images online are telling,” she said. “There is a huge lake without any place for the water to go, a backhoe stuck in 18 inches of water, my backyard underwater, a maid waddling to work on flooded streets, cars with water plumes. The entire area is affected.”

In April, still being ignored, she launched six more sites; all begin with Pinecrest as in Afloat, and Underwater, and Awash that feature images of gross flooding. Because of IT filters, one called sumpland can only be accessed away from government offices. In addition to gory images, it shows egrets waterside, suggesting a semblance of the wetland remains, and reverting back is possible.

As South Florida eyes lowland areas to cultivate for stormwater holding areas, both saltwater intrusion and flooding identified risks, Marcus contends that Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner hasn’t kept up. “Rather than seeking solutions, she’s traded her enviro-maveness for luxury homes, homes permitted without drainage on land that since altered, floods a neighborhood.”

The unspoken issue is money, short-term thinking: money now over safety and her city’s future. It will cost perhaps 5 million to reclaim the property, to buy it back from the current developer. While reclaiming land is expensive, actual structures have not yet been built. Should greater damage occur to existing homes, Pinecrest could be liable for many times that amount.

In the past cities weren’t accountable for the mistakes they made. A recent Katrina court case struck down a city’s sovereign immunity, to quote: “ … make no mistake: we have seen a significant breach—a breach in the immunity that public water-management projects have long enjoyed against allegations of abuse and malfeasance. In an era of climate-change induced storms and floods, this is a very big deal, no matter how this particular claim gets resolved.”

Scientists contend the specific 5 acres of reconfigured land in Pinecrest should be reclaimed, put back to its former state and held for the future. A valuable preserve to be used as a passive park and a floodplain when conditions are right. They foresee the need to restore the original drain basin and hold it for the hydraulic pumps that will come ahead.

When interviewed in 2008, after the first flooding, and having received verifying images in emails, Lerner asked homeowners to send written complaints of the flooding to the Pinecrest Public Works Department. She acknowledged many residents along 72nd Avenue have experienced storm water runoff because of the area's lower elevation.

''We'll make sure they follow up and if work needs to be done we've got funds for that specific purpose and we shouldn't have anybody in Pinecrest complaining about poor drainage,'' she said.

That was seven years ago and the problem has worsened. In 2013, a second more significant flooding occurred. Although 2014 was a quiet storm year, rather than finding a solution for the specific and documented risk, Marcus accuses Pinecrest of abandoning its responsibility to prepare against a foreseeable event.

“Pinecrest is negligent in meeting their responsibility as a municipality to adequately prevent the flooding of my property and neighborhood, Marcus said. “Lerner’s environmental accolades are essentially lip service for a deeper problem: water everywhere with no place to go. What lies ahead requires profound leadership, revamping the building codes, drainage up front, not the last on the check off list. You don’t take property, a governmental is accountable for the mistakes they made.”

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Contact: Hope Marcus
Mobile: 305 815 4726
email: pinecrestfloods@gmail.com


notes to save -  need to reorganize 7/ 17/ 15


Cited for illegal, un-permitted land clearing June 9, uncaring GC3 Development dumps 40 x 5 foot high fill in cross section of acreage. Lacking drainage, their plans failed inspection in May due to to drainage issue, the builder's responsibility unmet. Pinecrest permitted the land in 2008 without drainage as they couldn't figure it leaving the burden and cost of doing to developers. That folly a dangerous precedent. 


GREC aka Binder aka Jim Dorsey is the same person / company that won a 3 M lawsuit against Pinecrest in 2012, our tax money paying 2 M of it, insurance, also paid with tax dollars, the rest.  Setting up his office in the same city (he screwed, or Pinecrest got its due, winners and losers, no compromise, why not????) he + GC3 for Pinecrest Place replace several owners who failed to to meet the city's criteria, thus leaving nearby homes, an entire neighborhood, prone to foreseeable and dangerous flooding events. 


Two have occurred since acreage was filled and elevated, one in 2008, the other in 2013. The city's first Stormwater Master Plan is complete and excludes a sumpland solution: a fix does not exist. Known trouble ahead for S FL area, more so for Pinecrest as leaders push for mansions at a neighborhoods expense. Immediate gratification over sound future planning. The sumpland had been a natural ecosystem that controlled flooding yet rather than proactive moves, the city is ceding its own protection, ignoring the initiative to identify and preserve lowlands for for future needs.  


With the quackery marketing developers are doing, showing fake images, lying about what will be, cost to reclaim grows higher and higher for Pinecrest as owners will add to tab, claim all sorts of things. The legal games:  lawyers will make out, the city and its residents get shafted. We so deserve better.


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MARCH 8, 2015: Florida Officials Banned from Saying Climate Change and Global Warming Newslink & also here for FCIR. Pinecrest Bans Term Sumpland (see below)

MARCH 5, 2015: PINECREST ALLOWS QUACKERY MARKETING

Claims of "infusing elegance" on sumpland homes as name changes from Coconut Palm Estates to Pinecrest Place Pinecrest's flawed filling folly is not fixable. Quackery here.

February 2015. Think mental duress along with negligence. Sump acres renamed from Coconut Palms Estates to Pinecrest Place. Pinecrest officials continue to flaunt and get away with non-compliance: ignoring building codes and traumatizing us. How they pull it off is anyone's guess. Four months until next hurricane season and we remain without preemptory ACTIONS to mitigate known risk. Meeting March 3 'to talk about a study' for the rest of Pinecrest .... a five year plan. Hurricane season months ahead with its winds, floods and thick-marsh misquotes for our neighborhood.

October 2014. Chutzpah!

Yet another developer takes over, for sale signs up the day after climate conference that city officials attended. Talk about audacity!!! Minds made up, mansions over existing homeowners. "Neighborhoods are meant for houses," city says while also confirming, no denying, Pinecrest is ground zero for INLAND sea rise. Budget passed, city opts out of rising waters. Cost of drainage omitted. Reluctance by city equals denial despite evidence. Negligence.

Link to MIami Dade Sea Level Rise Task Force Report and Recommendations, July 2014

For an Analysis of the Vulnerability of SE Florida to Sea Rise Level, click here.

Copy below, May 6, 2014 from NYT article: World: Rising Seas

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/03/27/world/climate-rising-seas.html


"Miami, one of the nation’s most populous cities, is built atop a porous limestone foundation on the South Florida coast, making it extremely vulnerable to rising sea levels, according to the federal government’s 2013 draft National Climate Assessment. As Arctic ice continues to melt, the waters around Miami could rise up to 24 inches by 2060, according to a report by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact. Residents say they are already experiencing the effects as roads and outdated sewage systems flood. The porous limestone creates a unique threat as seawater seeps through the city’s foundations.

“You’re not necessarily getting water pouring up over a barrier — instead, it’s seeping through the limestone and coming up through drains,” said Leonard Berry, co-director of the Climate Change Initiative at Florida Atlantic University. “It’s already happening. And it’s not very pleasant.” "

A study by the Florida Department of Transportation concluded that over the next 35 years, rising sea levels will damage smaller roads in the Miami area, and that after 2050, major coastal highways will also experience significant flooding and deteriorate as the limestone beneath them becomes saturated and crumbles." ***

RESUME CURRENT: Below added August 17, 2015

The comment below from The New York Times in response to an interactive video. 

Click to:The Upshot, the cost of natural disasters from NYT. Had more hits than ever on Pinecrest Floods because the link online was live and people saw.   Click on image to enlarge. 



Q: If strangers see, why aren't Pinecrest officials?

Added September 29, 2015

From New York Times article dated September 28, 2015:

Limited Progress Seen Even as More Nations Step Up on Climate // Click to read




August 28-30, 2015— Storm Erika brushed. City refused to dredge north end of acreage to alleviate damage/ flooding of neighborhood by land they approved without drainage.

September 13, 2015
 Irrefutable Risk Necessitates Immediate Action to Add Drainage Basin///Protection is Paramount.  Click to read. Updated Pinecrest Florida 33156 FloodsAlso, Pinecrest Bans Sumpland 10.20.15


Oct. 23, 2015

From NYT header: Hurricane Patricia, a Category 5 Storm, Threatens Southern Mexico.

"In the United States, only three Category 5 storms that made landfall have been recorded, Mr. Feltgen said: a 1935 hurricane that killed more than 400 people; Hurricane Camille, which hit Mississippi and killed 244 people in 1969; and Hurricane Andrew, which hit Florida in 1992, killing at least 10 people there and three others in the Bahamas."

We were in the zone of devastation for Hurricane Andrew, but did not flood because the sumpland was intact and absorbed, did what wetlands were designed to to: protect.



24 Oct. 2015. // Site hits spiked with this post.



Published in NYT Oct 23, 2015




Updated October 26, 2015

Eye popper video from Miami Herald, superb — October 23, 2015

Click here for video: Miami Beach waging a battle against sea level rise 


Updated December 5, 2015
MOATLAND Day Arrived 
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UPDATED December 5, 201









Blog is tired, cannot fix. ABOVE: Image shows water height. Looking over side berm of 96 St into flooded parcel #1 or #0010 as labeled on map below . Moat house is parcel #2. Heavy rain, not sure how many inches, will fill in, not as many as 2013 when all berms overtopped. Our yard flooded from water curling around and coming back up as in the neighborhood image near top of page showing the entire area flooded in 2013. Similar water dynamic in the curling aspect. Sorry to lack engineering terms. Will describe if anyone asks. BELOW: Bootie selfie showing depth of water at 7 inches. Drain located at 96 St south-north side near 72 Court .

Yet, despite the irrefutable risk, Pinecrest approved homes without drainage.








Added December 9, 2015, comment from New York Times, ed titled: The Assault on Climate Science. Link to The Assault on Climate Science







Below added Jan 21, 2016. 

Lower left, moat land surrounding 1st of several mansions in progress. The new houses are behind homes of lower elevations, houses built in the 1950-1960's. The small center image from 2008, shows the land being cleared, but still flat, before it was filled and elevated. It had been even with the street. 


Now, guess whose backyards flood? Not to mention the side streets and adjacent neighborhood. The five-acre former sumpland should have been preserved but wasn't ....







Below is a map of the sumpland—divisions with folio numbers





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Posted Jan. 25, 2016. How the Perfect Storm Became the Perfect Cop-Out, NYT link, also another Curved Angles comment, the article, Perfect Storm, sensational!

Link Comment below: March 19, 2016. 

EPA Faces Bigger Tasks and Louder Critics http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/19/us/politics/epa-faces-bigger-tasks-smaller-budgets-and-louder-critics.html

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RIP: March 19, 2016 . Peter Harlem, a geoscientist and coordinator of Florida International University’s Georgraphic Information Services Center, created high resolution maps to warn of the dangers of sea level rise.


EXCELLENT Pete Harlem youtube video, 35 minutes,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbBlChnX7m8 worth your time


Contact: Hope Marcus 
305 815 4726
Pinecrest Floods <pinecrestfloods@gmail.com>Pinecrest Floods

https://etrakit.pinecrest-fl.gov/etrakit3/Search/permit.aspx?activityNo=BL2015-1052
https://etrakit.pinecrest-fl.gov/etrakit3/Search/permit.aspx?activityNo=BL2015-1052




Section added May 26-31, 2016




Image below: The building site on May 24, 2016. Trenches dug in a U shape close to the inside street, the highest elevation. The trenches do not connect to a positive outlet.

Image underneath: Cut-out of the single mansion in progress pasted over photo from 2013 storm. The location and angle are correct to lower image that shows moat land in December, 2015. The mansion is behind the port-a-potty.

A drainage pipe / system is needed at the lowest point, across the back where neither pipes nor a drainage system have been placed. 

Building was allowed on land that floods minus drainage upfront.

And the homeless water, robbed of its bed, continues to reclaim regardless.






Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/obituaries/article67032397.html#storylink=cpy




Cesspool, May 6, 2016. Location of port-a-potty same as above — side yard next to mansion under construction



Above-SUMPLAND Ruination, 5 acres
TOP LEFT: When flooded after after storm, a lake.
TOP MIDDLE: As of May 2016 with aquifer breach insert.
TOP RIGHT: Other side of land, street divides, it had flowed. 
Click to enlarge

Sumpland is a bona-fide wetlands classification, a geomorphic term for a seasonally inundated basin



Land before 2008, undivided 5 acres of sumpland. Fence (s) divided lower land, horses were kept on higher ground during rainy season so their hooves wouldn't rot. 

Area was a low impact development as in green development. 

An inland LID floodplain that provided drainage for the streets above and protected those below.
*%$#@!

Look at the image of horse pasture above. It had divided higher wetlands from lower sumpland.  During the rainy reason, horses were kept in stalls on higher terrain to keep their hooves from rotting. 

The mansion in top image is built in the lower sumpland, atop marl soil.  All the water from acres above rush into the mansion's side yard. When the berm (s) top, the area floods.  Otherwise stagnant water pools inside and remains for days. Marl soil, a defining wetland / sumpland feature,  is not very permeable. A true positive drainage system at the lowest point, or anywhere, does not exist. 

From 10/08, to the current 10/16, drainage a no-go, worse than an  afterthought — dismissal. A necessary separate stormwater sewer system does not exist, has not been proposed, and a second mansion MINUS effective drainage is underway.




Miami-Dade Mitigation Strategy, LMS, link here. A weak start at best yet even so, we all knew codification was coming down the pike. Pinecrest raced ahead just under the wire, didn't even tell DERM building had begun without drainage upfront. OOps! 


Excerpt from A Zika Story: Sump, Floods, Bugs 


"...Could you imagine the nightmare of living along side a Zika breeding ground, waking up to a sludge lake or a flood? 


I’m seeing the new mansion owner holed up inside, his expression of disbelief, eyes fixated on an expansive side yard holding tank.


Next up will be a censorious parade of attorneys in courtrooms, scurrilous blabber for mortar and glass. 


Lawsuits like candy.


What I couldn’t afford, someone else can, and will... ."


And for all those Pinecrester's who don't think they have a stake here, consider how our taxes will pay for this. Money better spent on infrastructure allocated to settlements instead. 


Added June 26, 2016

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article85857667.html







Added July 8, 2016


Below, disturbing comment from NYT — our grim future. 

Article and graphics superb.
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/07/07/world/americas/bolivia-climate-change-lake-poopo.html





Added: July 18 -22, 2016


Given what has been done, and is on-going, the city relentless in its pursuit to develop homes on land that should have been preserved, how best to deal with the problems created?

Google map #5 below. Land filling and elevated about 2008 to July 2016


In permitting land for development without drainage upfront, the city has created moat land in a populous neighborhood.

The land was elevated 2 feet and filled with crap soil that is not permeable. The added cement will also decrease absorbency. 








CURRENT: Above Google Earth (my map # 6 wide) July 2016.

TOPIC: Walled Community 

Left side. All the homes along the walled shopping center flood. Wall was built about 38 years ago, and now, despite the extra large backyards awarded homeowners, water reaches the patios and bedrooms of the homes bordering it.

Q: How deep was that wall dug 38 years ago that now fails to keep the water away from homes that border it?

The relevance relates to a wall Pinecrest has proposed on land that floods. The wall does not address stormwater drainage, rather it literally walls it in.

Pinecrest concedes that they lack a stormwater sewer system.

There is not a positive plan to serve the development in progress.

Pinecrest insists a swirling-toilet-like stormwater drainage system will suffice.

Several homes inside moat land will be built higher than the one next to it. 


Vast amounts of cement will be poured. Supposedly 35% of green terrain area will remain.







PINECREST MEETING NOTES/ LETTER:  WALL BEHIND HOMES, July 26, 2016 



July 26, 2016

Village of Pinecrest
12645 Pinecrest Parkway
Pinecrest, Florida   33156

Dear Pinecrest Officials,

Thank you for the opportunity to discuss the proposed RETAINING wall along the southeastern boundary of the sumpland project also known as Pinecrest Place and Coconut Palm Estates Subdivision. Please forward to Chen Moore, the consulting engineers.

Per the notice Pinecrest hand delivered to residents, the proposed RETAINING wall is planned to be constructed by the developer along the rear (west side) of lots 1 through 4. The wall is proposed to be constructed adjacent to your property as follows:

SW 73 Avenue: along your rear (eastern) property lines of 9401, 9425, 9501, 9525 and 9595 SW 73 Avenue.


The RETAINING wall does not convey drainage. There is not a sewer stormwater drainage system inside the wetlands acreage filled and elevated such that the destroyed ecosystem now floods homes adjoining it.

Unresolved issues of flooding and drainage have placed the Village of Pinecrest under extra scrutiny.

  • On July 13, the builder received notice from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection regarding stormwater permitting.
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  • On July 20, Dr. Samir Elmir, PE, administrative head of environmental health for Miami-Dade County attended our meeting at Pinecrest City Hall. He expressed concerns about Zika in long-standing, stagnant water.


Also in attendance were homeowners whose property floods since the 5-acre parcel of wetland was filled and elevated without proper drainage.

On July 23, a second meeting was held with residents and Pinecrest engineers to better explain the proposed RETAINING wall. 

As discussed during the meeting, the wall will be 12 inches thick, the 12 inch thickness was assured, meaning the blocks will be placed width-wise accordingly. It is to be constructed of cement and stucco, have a tie-beam on top. At the lowest terrain elevation, the wall will be 40 inches deep and will be about 7.4 inches high. A wall along the sectioned 96 Street will be erected. The berm will remain until the wall is completed. The berm at the rear of 9595 will remain in place during and after completion per the grading topic discussed below.

Ten homes are planned; one is near completion. A certificate of occupancy cannot be issued until flooding / drainage issues have been resolved.

Contingent upon a wall ensuring that the water does not curl back and flood the 9595 SW 73 Avenue property, the proposed retaining wall should ease flooding of adjoining homeowners. 

Noted:
  • A wall built 38 years ago along the shopping center bordering 73 Avenue to the west does not contain water as planned. Despite extra large backyards awarded residents, water goes underneath and reaches the patios and bedrooms of homes bordering it. Standards specific to the geology including but not limited to limestone, marl soil, backfill and inland sea-rise merit extra attention.
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  • The entranceway to the development on 96 Street has been widened and fans out about 6 feet allowing water to spill onto neighboring streets lacking sufficient drainage. The area French drains connect to each other and all overtop.


In lieu of a stormwater sewer system, Pinecrest has proposed grading the land. Water is to remain on each plot, or on public areas inside the development. 

The current two-step drainage system touted by Public Works Director, Mr. Spanioli, is ineffective. He has insisted and continues to insist that there is a positive stormwater connection. He has said he will relook, believing the drains connect to a pipe on lower 72 Court to a stormwater sewer pipe on 72 Avenue. An examination will show the facts. A sewer stormwater drainage system does not exist. Several drains outside the vicinity of the wetlands connect to each other; none connect to a stormwater pipe.

Again and reiterated, a positive stormwater drainage system does not exist in the vicinity where it is desperately needed.

Since the land was filled and elevated in 2008:
  • Flood #1 in 2008
  • Flood #2 in 2013, after the fail-safe berm built the year before overtopped
  • Flood # 3 in December 2015
  • Moat land in December 2015
  • Cesspool in May 2016


All events are documented on Pinecrest Floods, http://pinecrestfloods.blogspot.com/, and Pinecrest Bans Sumpland https://pinecrestbanssumpland.blogspot.com/

The effectiveness of the proposed grading system is contingent upon:

  • Project completion or
  • Ten graded plots

A project timeline has not been set.  Rift with uncertainties, an estimated construction duration is unknown. Considering the setbacks, and unmet requirements to date, a prediction from start to finish is neither likely nor feasible.

While a retaining wall may contain water inside the development, it does not constitute a positive drainage system. A sewer stormwater system does not exist and was not proposed.

Respectfully,


Hope Marcus


Attendees cc: 
Stephen Olmsted, Building Manager Solmsted@pinecrest-fl.gov
Mark Spanioli (PW) mspanioli@pinecrest-fl.gov
David Mendez (BPD) dmendez@pinecrest-fl.gov
Pat Janisse pjanisse@pinecrest-fl.gov


___________________________________________________________________________________________

For Immediate Release
Miami-Dade County, Fla. 
October 27, 2016. 
Contact: Hope Marcus
305 815 4726

Pinecrest’s hankering for mansions threatens Zika prone city, building continues on land without drainage


With the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declaring Florida is facing a long-term Zika threat, and Florida’s surgeon general demanding a plan to control mosquitoes in the winter, spring and summer, defiant Pinecrest continues building on wetlands without drainage. Pinecrest’s fix for the oncoming? Bombard with aerial poison.

Rather than proper health planning, the city is forging ahead with massive home building on 5-acres of former wetlands that had served as the neighborhood stormwater drainage basin. There is no separate stormwater sewer system. 
“The city has issued a certification of occupancy for the sumpland house with a sump/cesspool for its south side yard,” resident Hope Marcus said.  

 “And a second construction site has begun.  There is no drainage. We’ve had three floods, moat land, aquifer breach and cesspool. The city’s stated solution for health planning is bombarding the entire area with the neurotoxin pesticide Naled when the need arises.” 

Marcus says that after heavy rains, water remains for days inside the sump development, enough time Zika mosquitoes to “have a field day.”

She lives directly behind the acreage and can hear the bulldozer butchering the land as she writes. [And she requests that you email this to Pinecrest officials as three of her email addresses, including this one, are blocked.]

“My home and safety have been compromised,” she says. “I moved here in 1980. And since 2008 when the city permitted the land, life has been topsy-turvy for me, always scared to tears of the next rain, wondering when the next flood will be. No one should suffer like this, be placed in harm’s way for a developer.”  

Now that danger has raised eyebrow’s of officials everywhere. More than eyebrows actually, demands for sound planning that somehow Pinecrest has evaded.

For a complete history with documented grizzly images visit:


Pinecrest Floods

Pinecrest Bans Sumpland


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CONTACT INFO:

Hope Marcus 
305. 815. 4726
Associate Member, SEJ
Society of Environmental Journalists
About the Society of Environmental Journalists
Founded in 1990, the Society of Environmental Journalists is a global nonprofit based in the U.S. and dedicated to improving environmental coverage in all forms of media. SEJ’s members advance public understanding of critically important environmental issues by strengthening the quality, viability and reach of environmental journalism. Every day SEJ member reporters, editors and freelance writers reach millions of readers and viewers around the world.



Archived materials/notes

Update 10/7/. Spared flooding, but expected loop more frightening, 3 previous floods were regular downpours. 10 /6 /16  12 noon. Hurricane Matthew beginning: in progress. SEJ Society of Environmental Journalists alert. First rain bands arrived. Cat 4 expected in Palm Beach, perhaps 60 miles north, we also very much in harm's way.

10.03.16 //STILL NO POSITIVE DRAINAGE. Hurricane Matthew headed our way!  Storm above was a night time event, image taken the following morning. Streets and area flooded when berm(s) overtopped. TODATE: A separate stormwater sewer system does not exist and was not proposed. Questions on pesticide safety, here, here and here Updates: Uncertainty re Hurricane Matthew. More Zika // Miami Herald Sues for Zika Records.  More to follow. As Zika fears emerged, a muted response /// Mayors say state told them to keep Zika mosquito sites secret ///

Notable:  Zika, the race for a vaccine, Siddhartha Mukherjee

Sept 16, Miami Herald Sues for ZiKA records (copy from top)

 9.16.16 //STILL NO POSITIVE DRAINAGE!  Storm above was a night time event, image taken the following morning. Streets and area flooded when berm(s) overtopped. Water gushed from five-foot pit inside former sumpland, its topography changed, re-engineered. Acreage robbed of its absorbing power yields 3 floods, moat land, tainted water, and cesspool. At long last, Pinecrest under scrutiny.  Please email request for entire pdf notice. Scroll to very bottom for updated events, specifically a July 26 response to City's suggested plan that excludes drainage. A separate stormwater sewer system does not exist and was not proposed. Questions on pesticide safety, here, here and here Aerial spraying began on Miami Beach using neurotoxin insecticide naled. 9/16.16 Miami Herald Sues for Zika Records.  More to follow. /// 

Sept 7, found in Forbes Wolbachia - infected mosquioes, not GMO
August 31. 5 ft deep sump pit remains a flooding-hatchery side yard of model mansion open for viewing. Still no drainage, TS Hermine to landfall/flood N. Fla. 
August 18-25, 2016. Zika on Miami Beach. // Zika May Cause Brain Damage in Adults
August 16, 2016. Air attack against ZIKA hit and miss in Miami, CDC reports
August 16, 2016. Air attack against ZIKA hit and miss in Miami, CDC reports
Miami Herald: 10 miles sprayed, 20% effective with toxic naled alone, need another poison to get larvae. Zika hops from Miami to Texas. 
August 12, 2016. Another Zika case outside of Miami's transmission zone
August 10, 2016. Zika Cases Rise in Miami, and Officials Try to Soothe Fears
Herald: Miami-Dade County’s air war on the Zika-carrying mosquito is working, federal officials report — but only in a small section getting a double-barrel dose of chemicals.
In a two-square-mile zone that covers the Wynwood arts district at the center of the outbreak, the population of mosquitoes has declined under an aerial spraying program that uses two different pesticides — one that takes out adults, the other that kills mosquito eggs and larvae. But in the remaining 80 percent of the 10-mile-square zone targeted for Zika erradication where naled alone is sprayed to kill adults, the Aedes aegypti has held its ground.
August 8, 2016.  Patch of Miami Is Ground Zero for the Zika Virus
July 29, 2016. Nation's first local outbreak of ZIKA in Miami confirmed
July 30, 2016. Public Health England, Pregnant women stay away from Florida 


Posted on New York Times re article Obama on Climate Change: The Trends Are ‘Terrifying’

Curved Angles

 Miami, FL 23 minutes ago (9/8/16)

I live in Miami, a suburb of Miami called Pinecrest where wetland was filled that should have been preserved for the pumps ahead. The acreage had been an unofficial sump, re drainage basin. Pinecrest officials blamed inland sea-rise for the miscalculations and flawed engineering even as mansion building continues and we will flood. Images on Pinecrest Floods and Pinecrest Bans Sumpland show the desecration. And tell the Zika prediction. There is no drainage.

Pinecrest Floods
https://pinecrestfloods.blogspot.com/

Pinecrest Bans Sumpland
https://pinecrestbanssumpland.blogspot.com/

King Tide is a given, it affects/ effects inland, too. Zika also a given. My grandson attends middle school on Miami Beach, spraying using naled, a known neurotoxin insecticide, was held off today, will begin tomorrow. Beyond awful.

Leaving is difficult for us. The family is here. Am hoping my grandson(s) attend college up north and settle there. Seemingly a necessity by then.v
THIS SITE DOCUMENTS INLAND FLOODING, MOAT LAND, AQUIFER BREACH, CESSPOOL: A CITY'S NEGLIGENCE.  Launched January 28, 2014 (Miami-Dade County, Florida 33156) City: Village of Pinecrest. Timeline: Flooding 2008 to present, after protective sumpland destroyed. Five acres of wetlands filled & ELEVATED, SW 72 Ave. & 96 St. Permitted WITHOUT drainage, NO stormwater pipes connect to canals, or sewers, they also top and spill — inland sea-rise  — channeling to canals now illegal re: sea rise and heavy rains flood. First-person account of man-made disaster that is Pinecrest Floods, filling and elevating  inland wetlands without drainage, the result of that desecration evident. As Zika fears emerged, /// Mayors said state told them to keep Zika mosquito sites secret ///

Inland sea rise a given.

THIS SITE DOCUMENTS INLAND FLOODING, MOAT LAND, AQUIFER BREACH, CESSPOOL: A CITY'S NEGLIGENCE.  Launched January 28, 2014 (Miami-Dade County, Florida 33156) City: Village of Pinecrest. Timeline: Flooding 2008 to present, after protective sumpland destroyed. Five acres of wetlands filled & ELEVATED, SW 72 Ave. & 96 St. Permitted WITHOUT drainage, NO stormwater pipes connect to canals, or sewers. First-person account of man-made disaster that is Pinecrest Floods, filling and elevating inland wetlands without drainage, the result of that desecration evident. 10/24/16 Elizabeth Kolbert,"... when I first visited Greenland in 2001... now, in the flooded streets in Florida..." (more). Plus:12/28/15  The Siege of Miami.v

10 /5 /16  Hurricane Matthew: SEJ Society of Environmental Journalists alert.


10/28/16
Key deer hopefully saved by sterile flies from screwworm outbreak


... Over the weekend, the refuge’s staff trained 50 volunteers on how to lure and feed the deer — something strictly forbidden over the years in an attempt to keep the herd wild, said park ranger Kristie Killam. So far, 335 have been treated in a herd estimated at about 1,000. Monday also marked the first day since officials began documenting the outbreak that no deer were euthanized, a rare bit of good news, said U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokesman Kevin Lowry.
Entomologists have also begun releasing sterile screwworms to mate with wild flies. They plan on releasing about 2.7 million each week, produced at a Panamanian lab jointly run with the USDA.
Because the screwworms haven’t appeared in the U.S. in so long, entomologists are identifying hotspots based on conditions in other counties, said Scott Peterich, a wildlife mitigation specialist with the Florida Forest Service who is pitching in to provide mapping expertise. But the mix of habitat in the Keys is proving challenging....


** 10/26/16: Frills over infrastructure. Pinecrest spends $5 million for community center makeover   Also, 11/9/16  Kolbert, E., With Trump, Coal Wins, Planet Loses   Plus, Inside Climate News

Image added Nov. 2, 2016

  • Below is how mansion appears on Zillow, toyed with. Re- imaged! Photoshopped. Key in 9590 SW 72 Court, Miami

  • The sump southside is cropped out and the garage is made to look in front, when actually is on the side, feet away from stormwater collection basin that floods a neighborhood.

  • And in case you missed, Pinecrest is spending 5 million to upgrade a community center dedicated eight years ago. Rather than attention to necessities, Pinecrest goes for frills.


Copy pasted from above, near top, added developer's photoshopped section on right.


 This is the southside of the completed two-million-dollar sumpland luxury home, 9500 SW 72 Court. Ten mansions are planned. This one features a 5-ft deep sump pit, a flooding hatchery side yard with land graded and pitched into the five-foot pit, all the water from the elevated acreage above runs into it. Dwellers to discover the joys of living next door to a camouflaged earthen undrained stormwater holding tank. There is no sewer outlet, you see the result (page top), plus cesspool.  Desperate measures — breaching the aquifer for drainage following three floods and moat land — this site is one large pictorial showing how a city does itself in.

Also of interest from NPR: Hurricane Matthew news:


Wow, had Matthew hit here, could have wiped out an inland neighborhood!

OH NO! CLARABELL in the WHITE HOUSE! Climate change denier appointed to Trump's cabinet

11/ 25/ 16

from NYT Perils of Climate Change Could Swamp Coastal Real Estate














































Curved Angles

 Miami, FL 22 hours ago

Readers in MIami, Fla. it isn't just coastal, inland too. See the ghastly images for yourself at:

Pinecrest Floods
https://pinecrestfloods.blogspot.com/

Pinecrest Bans Sumpland
https://pinecrestbanssumpland.blogspot.com/

From article: 'James Murley, Miami-Dade’s chief resilience officer, said it was important to avoid spooking the market since real estate investment produces much of the revenue that pays for these upgrades. This balancing act is especially important in Florida because the state and localities rely heavily on property and sales taxes for funding such projects.'

I met the guy who actually purchased the first of ten sumpland mansions yesterday, Thanksgiving Day — consider we are talking INLAND — he didn't have a clue. The real estate folks sure didn't tell him.

November 30, 2016. Florida Hurricane Season Ends. A streak, a wobble....

November 30, 2016.
High levels of mercury in Everglades bottlenose dolphins

November 29, 2016.

The Great Barrier Reef dies at 25 million years old after succumbing to ...

https://www.thesun.co.uk/.../the-great-barrier-reef-dies-at-25-million-years-old-after-suc...
Oct 14, 2016 - THE Great Barrier Reef has been declared dead by scientists at 25 ... Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness.


Great Barrier Reef suffered worst bleaching on record in 2016, report ...

www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-38127320

4 days ago - Great Barrier Reef suffered worst bleaching on record in 2016, .... sites were unaffected, but there is concern for the reef's long term health.

Best Protected Great Barrier Reef Corals Are Now Dead - Scientific ...

https://www.scientificamerican.com/.../best-protected-great-barrier-reef-corals-are-no...

Jun 1, 2016 - Best Protected Great Barrier Reef Corals Are Now Dead ... The colorless coral corpses of north Queensland will soon be blanketed with mats of ...
No Worry, TRUMP &  BREIBART SUPPORTERS  SAY  REEF  IS  JUST  FINE!


Search Results

Shock Survey: Australia's Great Barrier Reef Doing Just Fine - Breitbart

www.breitbart.com/london/2016/.../shock-study-australias-great-barrier-reef-just-fine/

Aug 25, 2016 - Spirit of Freedom owner Chris Eade said reports of 93 per cent bleaching on the 2300km long Great Barrier Reef had made global headlines ...
12/ 15/ 16
 From the Weather Channel. TOXIC LAKE
The Untold Story of Lake Okeechobee



REPEAT CONTACT INFO:

Hope Marcus 
305. 815. 4726
pinecrestfloods@gmail.com
Member, SEJ
Society of Environmental Journalists
About the Society of Environmental Journalists
Founded in 1990, the Society of Environmental Journalists is a global nonprofit based in the U.S. and dedicated to improving environmental coverage in all forms of media. SEJ’s members advance public understanding of critically important environmental issues by strengthening the quality, viability and reach of environmental journalism. Every day SEJ member reporters, editors and freelance writers reach millions of readers and viewers around the world.


NEWS  2/24/17   
NYT /Glenn Thrush— "Stephen K. Bannon brought the battle plan. President Trump brought the fight.
A day after his secretive chief strategist laid out a hard-edged new definition of conservatism animated by attacks on “the administrative state,” globalism and the “corporatist media,” Mr. Trump delivered a visceral gut punch of a speech that executed almost all of the tactics that define the forever-war philosophy of the Trump-Bannon West Wing."

** 12. 15. 16: Understanding Toxic Lake Okeechobee. 10. 26. 16: Frills over infrastructure. Pinecrest spends $5 million for community center makeover   

Trump's Adm. The "deconstruction of the administrative state" proceeds posthaste ...


03/ 03 /17 — Proposed Rules / AGENCIES: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Department of the Army, Department of Defense; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — WOTUS — Waters of the US Agencies

Intent to Review and Rescind or Revise the Clean Water Rule
Scheduled Pub. Date: 03/06/2017 
FR Document: 2017-04312
PDF 4 Pages (214 KB) 
03/ 02 /17 — Actual Federal Register re EPA

Withdrawal of Obligation to Submit Information

Filed on: 03/02/2017 at 04:15 pm
Scheduled Pub. Date: 03/07/2017
FR Document: 2017-04458
PDF 2 Pages (136 KB)
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VISIT: SEJSociety of Environmental Journalists.  SEJ on Pruitt's track as Trump thunders. 

NOTABLE:   Media Law, March 14.  Scientists' March on Washington. Earth Day, April 22.

03 / 02/ 17 The purge begins ...

And "the deconstruction of the administrative state" proceeds forthwith ...

Actual Federal Register re EPA


Withdrawal of Obligation to Submit Information
Filed on: 03/02/2017 at 04:15 pm
Scheduled Pub. Date: 03/07/2017
FR Document: 2017-04458
PDF 2 Pages (136 KB)
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 
[FRL–9959-96-OAR] 
Notice Regarding Withdrawal of Obligation to Submit Information 

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency. 

ACTION: Notice. 

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing notice that it is withdrawing its requests that owners and operators in the oil and natural gas industry provide information on equipment and emissions at existing oil and gas operations. 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter Tsirigotis, Director, Sector Policies & Programs Division, Office of Air Quality Planning & Standards, Office of Air & Radiation, Mail code D205-01, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 109 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709; 1-888-372-8696; icr@epa.gov. 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In 2016, EPA sent letters to more than 15,000 owners and operators in the oil and gas industry, requiring them to provide information. 

The information request comprised two parts: an “operator survey” that asked for basic information on the numbers and types of equipment at onshore oil and gas production facilities in the United States, and a “facility survey” asking for more detailed information on sources of methane emissions and emissions control devices or practices in use by a representative sampling of facilities in several segments of the oil and gas industry. 

EPA is withdrawing both parts of the information request. This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 03/07/2017 and available online at https://federalregister.gov/d/2017-04458, and on FDsys.gov 

The withdrawal is occurring because EPA would like to assess the need for the information that the agency was collecting through these requests, and reduce burdens on businesses while the Agency assesses such need. This also comes after the Agency received a letter on March 1, 2017 from nine state Attorneys General and the Governors of Mississippi and Kentucky, expressing concern with the burdens on businesses imposed by the pending requests. EPA takes these concerns seriously and is committed to strengthening its partnership with the states. 

The withdrawal was effective upon announcement on March 2, 2017. As such, owners and operators – including those who have received an extension to their due dates for providing the information – are no longer required to respond. 
Dated: March 2, 2017. ___________________ E. Scott Pruitt, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2017-04458 Filed: 3/2/2017 4:15 pm; Publication Date: 3/7/2017]

April 5, 2017

NOTICES

Pesticide Tolerances:
Chlorpyrifos; Order Denying PANNA and NRDC's Petition To Revoke Tolerances    
Pages 16581-16592 [FR DOC# 2017-06777]    


Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources:
Review of the Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units     
Pages 16330-16331 [FR DOC# 2017-06519]    


PROPOSED RULES
Review of the Clean Power Plan     
Pages 16329-16330 [FR DOC# 2017-06522]    

Review of the 2016 Oil and Gas New Source Performance Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources      
Pages 16331-16332 [FR DOC# 2017-06658]    














































Curved Angles

 Miami, FL 41 minutes ago

I live in Miami, the suburb of Pinecrest, where the city, overlooking the importance of our INLAND flood plain, permitted the 5 acres of wetland for development in 2008 without considering where the stormwater would go. Connecting to canals flowing into Biscayne Bay for drainage was made illegal in the early 2000’s; the canals are full and overflow.

In lieu of a stormwater sewer system, ten proposed houses were approved to be built higher than the next, skipping positive drainage and creating an untried sump-moat-toilet design drainage plan. You can see the mess on:

Pinecrest Floods:

Pinecrest Bans Sumpland:

Nearly ten years after the wetland desecration, about 20 months into actual construction, the folly is evident. There is no drainage, given South Florida's limestone geology, water is rising from underneath.

During a recent council meeting an ordinance passed amending Division 3.1 of the Land Building regs making the developer responsible for costs beyond the city’s normal ability to pay recovery costs even as the Village approved the permitting in the first place.

Our flood insurance has gone up from $350 in the eighties to $2,200 today. We did not flood during hurricanes Andrew, Wilma or Katrina, in part, because the wetland did what wetlands do: protect. This was before the city deemed the land too valuable to pass up. And as far as I can tell, a solution is nowhere in sight.

June, 2017

Images from rainstorm. 

Just five inches and water circled around. Filled and elevated development is about 3 feet higher than my property behind wall. To my knowledge, plans for positive drainage system do not exist, Pinecrest instead hailing a sump moat toilet stormwater drainage design.

Top left: My property between tool shed and cement wall, wall added March 2017. Not sure if water went under the wall, but you can see water has circled around and flooded section of property. Not as much flooding as previous yet also smaller amount of rain. 

Image title JuneRainBBB2017.







Image above from June 2017 storm. Behind our tool shed. Wall is graduated with land, in this section, wall was dug to depth of 4.5 feet.  

Another deluge on August 1 and it was obvious water went under the iffy protective wall.


CONTACT INFO:

Hope Marcus 
305. 815. 4726
Associate Member, SEJ
Society of Environmental Journalists
About the Society of Environmental Journalists
Founded in 1990, the Society of Environmental Journalists is a global nonprofit based in the U.S. and dedicated to improving environmental coverage in all forms of media. SEJ’s members advance public understanding of critically important environmental issues by strengthening the quality, viability and reach of environmental journalism. Every day SEJ member reporters, editors and freelance writers reach millions of readers and viewers around the world.

Contact email here.