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Baynanza 2015

Baynanza 2015 is now underway, culminating with the Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day taking place April 25.

Join thousands of volunteers and help clean of one of our most precious natural resources: Biscayne Bay. Baynanza takes place from 9 a.m. to noon, with boat captain volunteers gathering by 8 a.m.

Online registration for the Cleanup Day is now closed. You can still participate as a walk-up volunteer at any of the cleanup sites. However, a T-shirt is not guaranteed.

Boat captains are still invited to register.

For more information, call 305-372-6784.

Baynanza 2015 is on April 25

Event Registration & Cleanup Sites

Registration for Baynanza cleanup sites is full.

There is also limited availability at Baynanza's boat sites, where volunteers will be transported on boats to nearby islands in Biscayne Bay. Some locations are also kayak-friendly.

North

  • Oleta River State Park -- 3400 NE 163 St., North Miami Beach 
  • FIU North Biscayne Bay Campus (boat site) -- Northeast 151st Street and Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami (Boat captain registration open only)
  • Haulover Beach Park -- 10800 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour
  • Town of Surfside -- 9301 Collins Ave., Surfside
  • Pelican Harbor Marina (boat site) -- 1275 NE 79 St., Miami

Central

  • Morningside Park (boat site) -- 750 NE 55 Terr., Miami (Boat captain registration open only)
  • Maurice Gibb Park: Monument and Teachers Island (boat site) -- Purdy Avenue and 18th Street, Miami Beach (Boat captain registration open only)

Keys: Virginia, Biscayne

  • Rickenbacker Causeway -- the causeway, just after toll plaza
  • Crandon Park -- 6767 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne 
  • Historic Virginia Key Beach Park-South (VIP site) -- 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Miami
  • Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park -- 1200 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne

South Central

  • Vizcaya Museum and Gardens -- 3251 South Miami Ave., Miami
  • Shake-A-Leg Miami (boat site) -- 2620 South Bayshore Dr., Miami (Boat captain registration open only)

South

  • Matheson Hammock Park -- 9610 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables
  • Chapman Field Park – 13601 Deering Bay Dr.
  • Deering Estate at Cutler -- 16701 SW 72 Ave., Palmetto Bay
  • Palmetto Bay Village Center -- 18001 Old Cutler Rd., Palmetto Bay
  • Black Point Marina -- 24775 SW 87 Ave., Homestead
  • Biscayne National Park -- 9700 SW 328 St., Homestead
  • Homestead Bayfront Park -- 9698 SW 328 St., Homestead
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Boat Captains

Boat owners: Enjoy a day on the Bay. Register your boat and participate as a boat captain in the Baynanza 2015 Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day and you will automatically qualify for a chance to win an annual boat ramp pass good at any Miami-Dade Park marina.

Volunteer boat captains and their first mates will receive a special long-sleeve 2015 Baynanza T-shirt for participating. Water is provided and additional life vests available.

Requirements

Boat Captains will transfer volunteers from five designated locations to nearby islands in Biscayne Bay. These islands accumulate trash and debris throughout the year. Boats will not transport trash, only volunteers.

The five locations are:

  • FIU North Biscayne Bay Campus
    3000 NE 151st Street, North Miami (Building: Roz and Cal Kovens Conference Center)
  • Pelican Harbor Marina
    1275 NE 79th Street, Miami
  • Morningside Park
    750 NE 55th Terrace, Miami
  • Maurice Gibb Park: Monument and Teacher's Island
    18th Street and Purdy Avenue, Miami Beach
  • Shake-a-Leg Miami
    2620 S. Bayshore Drive, Miami

Safety is a priority, so alcoholic beverages are not permitted during the event.

Two boat ramp pass winners will be randomly selected. Winners will be notified by May 31 and claimed in person by June 30.

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What to Bring

Volunteer T-shirts and trash bags will be provided.

In addition to work gloves and closed-toe shoes (tennis shoes), volunteers are recommended to bring the following:

  • Extra water
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hat or visor
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Sponsorship opportunities

New and exciting sponsorship opportunities are being offered for the 33rd anniversary celebration of Baynanza.

Sponsorship packages offer wide exposure at a unique countywide celebration featuring thousands of participants committed to the positive cause of helping our environment.

Benefits include:

  • Six weeks of exposure at more than 35 events across Miami-Dade County
  • Advertisements and media coverage including print, radio and web advertising
  • Online presence and promotion on the Miami-Dade County website and social media
  • Promotion on the Baynanza Calendar of Events and commemorative T-shirt
  • Host at the Baynanza VIP Cleanup Site, which includes promotion of your core messages in a festive atmosphere to hundreds of community volunteers and their friends and families

Special sponsorship packages can also be catered to meet your marketing goals and fit your budget. In-kind sponsorships are also available.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, call Luis Espinoza at 305-372-6770 or email espinl@miamidade.gov.

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Baynanza sponsors

A big thanks to Baynanza 2015 sponsors.

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Event hosts and partners

A special thanks goes out to the Baynanza 2015 event hosts and partners.

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2015 Commemorative T-shirt

Volunteers will receive a free commemorative T-shirt* made from "Ecospun" recycled plastic (polyester fiber) and cotton. This unique process used to produce our commemorative short-sleeve shirts is another example of Baynanza helping to reduce and reuse.

The T-shirt design was selected from thousands of entries from Miami-Dade County students who participated in the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Challenge. This year's T-shirt is based on the winning design by Tristian Gude, a 5th grade student from Air Base K-8 Center in Homestead.

Baynanza staff
The Baynanza and Fairchild staff that worked on selecting the winning T-shirt design.

We would like to recognize the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden staff for organizing and hosting the Baynanza 2015 T-shirt design contest.

*T-shirts are available for registered Cleanup Day volunteers at each site (adult sizes only; size preference subject to availability). Recycled plastic fiber is used only on the short-sleeve shirts. Long-sleeved shirts are made out of 50% cotton and 50% polyester.

2014 Baynanza T-shirt design
The winning drawing for the T-shirt design

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History

The early 1980s marked the beginning of a monumental effort by Miami-Dade County to save Biscayne Bay. The Bay was suffering from pollution and the marine environment of the Bay was in steep decline. Baynanza was created as part of a larger effort to save the bay.

Baynanza is a celebration of Biscayne Bay and its significance as one of our most important ecological systems in South Florida. While Baynanza includes more than 35 great events throughout March and April, the event that has become nearly synonymous with this celebration is the Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day.

In April 2014, this community event drew more than 6,100 volunteers, who collectively removed more than 45 tons of garbage from our shores.

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