Arquitectonica Chief Accused Of Chopping Down Protected Mangroves

Arquitectonica founders Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Laurinda Spear have been accused of illegally cutting down protected mangroves on their bayfront Coconut Grove property, according to the Herald.

An attorney for the couple says that they were just clearing trees that were downed during Hurricane Irma.

Neighbors dispute that, and say unlicensed crews were cutting healthy trees in an attempt to open their view to the bay.

DERM has issued a cease and desist order and have opened an investigation after photographing evidence of the work.

The county has previously issued at least at least five warnings and violations to the couple during construction of a dock and boardwalk behind the house for illegal cutting of mangroves and mowing wetlands.

 

 

 

 

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Oscar
3 years ago

You know, because mangroves are known for not fairing well in hurricanes.

Oscar
3 years ago

^^^ SARCASM ^^^

Anonymous
3 years ago

Clearly Arquitectonica has a distaste for Miami, especially considering how their work litters the skyline.

Ilovearchytectures
3 years ago

Architectonica built The Palace, The Imperial, The Atlantis and other iconic buildings that don’t litter the skyline of Miami more than your bitter comment

Ilovearchytectures
3 years ago

Will paraphrase my prior comment that was deleted
Architectonica build The Palace, The Atlantis and The Imoerial on Brickell among other buildings that millions of tourists take home in their memories
How can they “litter” the Miami skyline

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yeah, thirty years ago. Ever since, especially after the Great Recession, it’s been quite downhill.

William
3 years ago

Very sad that a local Miami leader like him would get caught up destroying a precious miami tree. I hope he replants it and becomes a leader in protecting these native plants.

miami1
3 years ago

Nancy is making Bernardo sweat!! jajaja

suomynona
3 years ago

I gotta side with Nancy here. I see live mangroves that have been removed. I see workers not working in Nancy’s presence. And Bernardo strikes me as putting on a show for Nancy by yelling at the workers.

That’s just my perspective. I could certainly be wrong. But the numerous citations they’ve apparently received makes me think I’m not.

Last but definitely most: I don’t call them ArquiCRAPtonica for nothing!

MariaInMiami1
3 years ago

Thank you Nancy for your vigilance and attention to our land laws.. Too many people in Miami think that they are ABOVE the law..Keep your camera rolling !!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Bernie looks guilty as Sin. Way to go Nancy.

Anonymous
3 years ago

it’s true, POS

Anonymous
3 years ago

I’m not surprised the excuse of a “starchitect” at Arquitectonica cuts native mangroves down, considering Bernado’s ugly invasive modernist shit sprouting everywhere like Brazilian pepper.

Ilovearchytectures
3 years ago

What do you spect from a modern architectural company?

Haussam, Palladio, Neoclasical , Besux Arts, Art Deco? Perhaps Art Nouveau ( we don’t have a decent metro like Paris , don’t we? )
O you prefer The atrocity Coral Gables like Acqualina building on Sunny Isles , there you have an eye sore

Anonymous
3 years ago

I prefer the the best of everything, from classical to modern starchitecture.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Ouf! Lol that’s a good one ☝️ ^out here looking like Australian pine

Anonymous
3 years ago

Nancy is a great American.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Nancy si a nosey neighbor

Anonymous
3 years ago

Bernardo is the typical Miami migrant doing whatever he wants like it’s South America pretending he doesn’t know the rules. I’m sick of it, deal with this constantly.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Which is now a lot of his bad designs were built to begin with! Him and Jorge – awful! They care about egos and their own properties not the community! He only philanthropic efforts are donating the art they don’t want in their own house and naming things after themselves.

City Commissioner
3 years ago

So whatever he does defines South American migrants?
It all makes sense now! Damn Southerners! They will never be like the Northerners!

Anonymous
3 years ago

No, just the typical ones.. Don’t act like you don’t know it’s true! Just spend 10 minutes in traffic. Hispanics are always ranking one another on top of it! Give me a break! “Oh you know how those XXX are” – I hear that constantly.

PS I’m Hispanic!

City Commissioner
3 years ago

Let me guess, you must be the Atypical Hispanic, or maybe you are just different and it has nothing to do with your ethnicity.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Perhaps. That said, don’t make the comments anything more than feedback on the creative influences from the South Americans who don’t like to follow rules here! Typical politician, steering the topic away from the real point!

City Commissioner
3 years ago

A Typical answer.

P.S. You Should capitalize on your gift of identifying a persons Place Origin by their driving and behavior.

Anonymous
3 years ago

related better take note….some buyers may not feel good about this firms projects going forward

Ilovearchytectures
3 years ago

I’m against destruction of mangrove and he should be punished, but having a neighbor like her, shouldn’t be punishment enough?

Miami
3 years ago

Good for her for standing up to him. People like him think they can get away with anything!

marc
3 years ago

Mangroves we’re downed? How? Lol

Star
3 years ago

Uhmmm, it seems to me that Nancy must be very rich (living next to Bdo.), doesn’t work and spies on her hood daily! Might Probably hate Hispanics, specially successful ones…she reminds me of the nosey neighbor in I love Genie! That doesn’t represent a good American…having said that Bernardo shouldn’t cut any live mangroves!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Hates Hispanics? Wtf

Anonymous
3 years ago

Btw if you read the Herald you will see Nancy is a doctor, and her husband is Dr. Uribe for the Dolphins. Uribe indicates Nancy loves the Hispanics!

miami1
3 years ago

Vieja chismosa, I feel you Bernardo, my nosey neighbor is the same, always whining about stuff..it’s 4am turn the music down!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Maybe you’re the bad neighbor?

miami1
3 years ago

…and you have no sense of humor!