The canal system of Miami-Dade County is the unrecognized backdrop to millions of lives. The canals run across every corner of the county, yet many people have no idea where they lead or what their purpose is. Most people drive or walk past them without paying them any attention.
All that’s about to change.
There’s exactly one route that can be taken to circumnavigate the county via the canal system and the Miami River. WLRN Under the Sun contributor Terence Cantarella has bravely volunteered to row his way through it with nothing more than a tin canoe, a backpack, a voice recorder and two paddles.
Next Monday, April 16, Terence will launch his canoe from the canal on NE 79th street and Biscayne Blvd. into the relative unknown of the canal system. Under the Sun will follow his trajectory online and over the airwaves as he passes through the cities of Miami, ending up in Coral Gables Waterway near Cartagena Park.
Now as far as we know there are no floating hotels on the Miami River, which means that Terence will be roughing it and sleeping under the stars. If you have any concerns about his safety or if you are questioning his mental capacity–we want to hear from you. We will speak to him before he embarks on the journey and we want your input. Is he crazy? Does he have a plan B in case of a confrontation with an alligator or crocodile on the edge of the Everglades?
Sound off below and stay tuned for ongoing coverage.
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