Re opening of C-1 canal

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Living in Miami Dade, this county really doesn't care about Fisherman. They close our ramps all the time without any explanation as to why. I am a freshwater Captain in Miami Fl and a Native to this town and have watched ramp after ramp get shut down. 

Fishing in Florida is a $5 Billion a year industry and my Captain Friends and I generate a huge amount of tourism to the Miami area. So why don't we get the respect we deserve and work so hard for?

If they're not closing the ramp and denying access, they're threatening to do so leaving us with an unsettling feeling in our bellies. They threaten to close ramps because too many people fish there, not realizing that if you'd just open other neighboring ramps the croud would simply split. 

The few ramps we have left are really just a dirt slope that if it rains too hard and you don't have a 4 x 4, you're stuck, Literally. Our neighboring counties to our North and South have the most beautiful boat ramps you've ever seen and Miami Dade makes more money than both counties combined.

The ramp in question is the C-1 canal also known as The Bel Aire Canal or Black Creek. This particular ramp was closed about 17 years ago if I had to guess because too many people would litter there.

Back in those days there was nothing around other than a dump, but now they've made a bike trail and park area. Miami Dade Water Management is the only one with access to the ramp. This is not private property as it is a Miami Dade ramp. I need your help because if we don't make a stand, there will be nowhere left to fish!

Thanks for reading my rant,

-Capt Drew

 



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