PETITION TO RENEW ECOMB'S BUILDING LEASE, MIAMI BEACH
ECOMB, the Environmental Coalition of Miami & the Beaches, is a Miami Beach-based environmental education nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable living practices, fostering environmental stewardship and preserving our community’s ecology.
During the past 20 years, ECOMB has played an important role in catalyzing the sustainability movement Miami Beach as well as in implementing a variety of environmental projects of economic and environmental importance thus transforming Miami Beach, little by little, into a more sustainable society.
Presently, our Environmental Center and office is located on a small building, which we lease from the City of Miami Beach for a symbolic annual amount. However, a few days ago, we were informed that, tomorrow, during the Monthly Commissioners Meeting, the Administration will seek direction from the City Commission whether to negotiate a new Lease Agreement with us, which expires this December, or to pursue alternate uses.
And this is why we are writing to you. It’s very important that we remain in our present space! ECOMB has been in this location since 2010; we have established a recycling drop-off station for single-stream recyclables, electronic waste, batteries, CFLs on our present site – the only of its kind within 1.5 hours of driving; have plans for a full renovation of the property into a LEED Certified green building; and to establish a variety of environmental education projects that will address issues related to climate change, recycling and litter prevention.
Thus, we are requesting the Mayor and City Commissioners the following:
- To renew ECOMB’s lease at its present leased space at 210 Second Street, Miami Beach.
- To strengthen its working relationship with ECOMB and to continue supporting the wonderful work it has done during the last 20 years in promoting a more sustainable and greener community.
- To support The Environmental Coalition of Miami & the Beaches and its pursuit of a more sustainable future for all Miami Beach residents and visitors.
Will you support our cause? We hope so.
To learn more about ECOMB and our programs, please visit our website: http://www.ecomb.org