The proposal to build this dry dock in Matheson Hammock Park has become a controversial issue in surrounding neighborhoods and even among those who no longer live there but are against overdevelopment on Biscayne Bay.
On March 4, 2012, citizens will gather for a social media Save Matheson Photo Day to broadcast photos on networks such as Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, Foursquare, Wordpress, Blogger and other platforms with the tag #savematheson. Participants will highlight the park's natural and cultural history across social media.
Save Matheson Photo Day will start officially at 2 PM around the coral rock pavilion by the pond at the main entrance, but everyone is welcome to share photos all day at their own leisure or on any other day with the tag #savematheson. While it may seem participants are going to "occupy" the park, this is not a protest. Save Matheson Photo Day is a quiet, friendly and social appreciation of one of South Florida's most beautiful public parks.
Photographers who wish to continue socializing will meet at The Sports Grill at 1559 Sunset Drive around 7:30 PM.
South Miami resident Maria de Los Angeles, an independent journalist, spearheaded the PHOTO DAY based on the success of viral campaigns. "It's not really about the development itself," she explained. "I don't have an issue with the building of a boat yard. The problem is where it's proposed. Over 6,000 people have signed the petition in a stance of solidarity against construction in this particular location."
Birders, environmentalists, lovers of beauty and nature, anyone with a good eye is welcome to walk through the park to honor its history and beauty. Please be respectful of park rules. Matheson Hammock is located at 9610 Old Cutler Road in Coral Gables.