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6:28 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Terence Cantarella Launches Monday 4/16. Why Is He Doing This?

Map of South Florida canals from 1924.
Florida State Archives.

Terence Cantarella launches on his four day Canoe Project exploration on Monday morning from near NE 69th St. and Biscayne Blvd. in Miami.

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6:24 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Photos Of Day One Of The Canoe Project

Terence Cantarella

Take a look at some of the stunning photos taken by Terence Cantarella as he canoes through Miami-Dade county’s canals this week. Terence is the man behind the Canoe Project here at WLRN.

The Canoe Project is an effort to shed some light on the unrecognized backdrop to our lives here in Miami-Dade: our city’s vast network of canals. These waterways completely surround us, yet, many of us don’t know where they go or why they are there.

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6:24 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Interview: Jim Mullin On Sean Rowe’s Miami-Dade Canal Adventure

Jim Mullin

Sean Rowe was hired by Miami New Times in June 1990 by Jim Mullin.  Rowe was the first person we know of who circumnavigated Miami’s canals. We asked Mullin, who is now the publisher and editor of Biscayne Times, what it was like to be his editor on this project over two decades ago.

Q: How did you first learn about Sean’s plan and what was your initial reaction?

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6:21 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Photos: Day Three Of The Canoe Project

Terence Cantarella

Here are some great photos taken by Terence Cantarella on the third day of his journey as he paddles through Miami-Dade’s canals.  On day three of his journey, Terence canoed down the Miami River where cargo ships surrounded him. He also made his way through Blue Lagoon on his way to Coral Gables. Terence will eventually end his trip today near Coconut Grove.  Be sure to join us in celebrating the end of Terence’s journey today at Scotty’s Landing in the Grove this evening at 6 p.m.

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6:20 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

VIDEO: A Chat With Terence Cantarella About His Tropical Adventure

Screen grab of YouTube video via Michael Alen

Terence Cantarella, the man behind the the Canoe Project here at WLRN, had a chat with The Miami Herald‘s Michael Alen this week about waking up at day break, not sleeping well, and other aspects of spending four days straight in a canoe.

The Canoe Project was an idea of Terence’s to shed some light on the unrecognized backdrop to our lives here in Miami-Dade: our city’s vast network of canals.

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6:18 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Canoe Project: “A Certain Amount Of Willful Lack Of Planning”

Jose A. Iglesias for El Nuevo Herald

Earlier this week WLRN Miami Herald’s Dan Grech interviewed Terence Cantarella, an intrepid contributor to WLRN who had the idea of navigating his way around Miami through its canal system in a canoe.

His proposed four-day journey became the Canoe Project: an effort to shed some light on the unrecognized backdrop to our lives here in Miami-Dade: our city’s vast network of canals. These waterways completely surround us, yet, many of us don’t know where they go or why they are there.

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6:15 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

VIDEO: Terence Makes It To Scotty’s Landing

Terence Cantarella's canoe
David Samayoa

Terence Cantarella, the man behind the Canoe Project, completed his four-day journey yesterday as he paddled into Scotty’s Landing in Coconut Grove.

The project was an effort to shed some light on the unrecognized backdrop to our lives here in Miami-Dade: our city’s vast network of canals. These waterways completely surround us, yet, many of us don’t know where they go or why they are there.

Be sure you continue to check out the site, though. We will report on our continued canal explorations– and Thursday, April 28, Under the Sun airs Terence’s reflections on the trip.

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6:14 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Photos Of The Last Day Of The Canoe Project

Kenny Malone

Terence Cantarella shared photos of the final leg of his four-day journey through Miami-Dade’s canals.  Yesterday, Terence made his way through Coral Gables and eventually paddled is way to Scotty’s Landing on the water in Coconut Grove, where the WLRN staff celebrated his return to dry land.

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6:13 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Miami’s Canals In Books: Michael Grunwald’s ‘The Swamp’

Picture of the Everglades (1966)
The Department of Commerce Collection

In an effort to add some perspective and history to WLRN’s Canoe Project, we’re also taking a look at books that add to our conversation about Miami-Dade’s canals.

The Canoe Project was a four-day long journey through Miami’s canals and waterways via canoe.

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6:12 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

The Art Of Life Within Miami’s Waterways

Snapshot of 'The Florist'
Coral Morphologic

Part of the Canoe Project’s mission is to create a conversation, and ultimately some new understanding, of the nature of Miami-Dade’s vast network of waterways.

Contributing to this conversation today is Colin Foord, one of the brilliant marine biologists/artists behind Coral Morphologic, which is described as a “coral aquaculture laboratory and multi-media aquarium studio” here in Miami.

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6:10 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

From An Expert: Pamela Sweeney On Miami’s Waterways

Sailboats on the Miami River in 1912
Florida State Archives

As part of The Canoe Project’s mission to shed some light on Miami’s forgotten waterways, I spoke to Pamela Sweeney, a bona fide expert on Miami’s canal system and the Biscayne Bay. Sweeney is the Manager of the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve.

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5:51 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Canal Crimes: Miami Herald Photog Robbed During Canoe Project Shoot

Terence Cantarella via Twitter

Here at WRLN, one of our intrepid contributors, Terence Cantarella, has embarked on a four day long excursion in a canoe through Miami’s network of canals. His mission: to travel around the county on its forgotten waterways.

We named this journey the Canoe Project– a concerted effort to shed some light on these canals that completely surround us here in Miami.

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2:16 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Who Has Navigated Our Canals?

Terence Cantarella via Twitter

Terence Cantarella, the man who is currently navigating his way around Miami by canoeing through Miami-Dade’s  canals, is not the first person to attempt something similar.

In fact, according to The Miami Herald newspaper archives, this is something that has even been attempted a few times before.

Here is are some stories of other Floridians who have traveled via Miami Canals:

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12:29 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Curses, Criminals And Canals

Kenny Malone

Years ago, Terence Cantarella had the idea to navigate Miami-Dade’s canals via canoe.  He’s not an experienced paddler or an avid outdoorsman, but he wanted to seize a homegrown opportunity for adventure: “I wasn’t going to explore the world’s oceans like Jacques [Cousteau]. I don’t have the time or money for that. I was going to spend four days circumnavigating Miami-Dade county via the canals.”

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12:16 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Broward Canals Vs. Miami-Dade Canals

View of Himmershee Canal, Fort Lauderdale
courtesy of Florida State Archives

As we mentioned yesterday, we’re switching gears a little in the Canoe Project and putting some focus on another city’s canal system: Miami’s neighbor, Fort Lauderdale.

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