July 23, 2008
I am pleased to try and join
the cause to preserve the Marine Stadium. As the Director of Swim
Gym Aquatics, Inc, my company has been operating aquatics programs and
events within the basin that houses the Miami Marine Stadium for close
to 20 years and I can only begin to envision the future potential for
the South Florida Community should the stadium be fully operational
Currently Swim Gym Aquatics
operates an all aquatic sports summer camp over the course of an 8-week
period for over 1,200 children. The basin is the primary source
of our activities with kayaking, canoeing, sailing, water polo, open
water swimming, and fishing among the numerous activities that take
place on a daily basis.
Within the last 4 years Swim
Gym also created an event management subsidiary that with City of Miami
approval and the necessary safeguards, organizes a pro-am wakeboarding
competition, Board Up™ Miami
(www.boardup.net) unlike any other in the Southeastern
United States, and one of the nation’s largest open water swimming
competitions, The Nike Swim Miami, that features over 600 participants.
Both open water swimming and wakeboarding are among the fastest growing
sports in their respective niches.
Currently the only spectator
area for these events is beach front, which to a certain extent, limits
the number of spectators that can attend. This past year’s event
featured over 3,000 spectators. We are constantly brainstorming
new and more innovative events and a useable Marine Stadium would only
enhance their viability.
Aquatic training for swimmers
and tri-athletes is also a critical component of our program, and the
marine stadium and the basin itself are valuable training tools.
A safe marine stadium could be utilized for cross training as well.
I recall as a student at the
University of Miami in the 70’s attending concerts and events at one
of Miami’s crown jewels, the Miami Marine Stadium, and today almost
40 years later, I long for those moments again. Please let me
know how I can help make this new dream a reality.
Coach Robert A. Strauss
Director, Swim Gym Aquatics, Inc.