Flagler Monument Restoration


For immediate release:
Contact: Luiz Rodrigues, Executive Director, ECOMB
Date: December 11, 2008
Phone: 305.534.3825 (w) / 786.853.1855 (m)


In a region that prizes showy monuments to wealth, the lone monument to the man who made it all possible has languished in isolation for decades.  Thanks to the efforts of the City of Miami Beach and the Environmental Coalition of Miami Beach, the restoration of the Henry Flagler Monument on Monument Island has commenced. Thanks to Miami-Dade County voters’ approval to spend $1 million to restore the Flagler Memorial and spruce up Monument Island, thousands of residents and visitors will witness the restored Monument in approximately 5 months.  Under water cables will allow for the illumination of the Monument, providing a beacon of light illuminating into the night skies once again.

The Environmental Coalition of Miami Beach, www.ecomb.org, has “adopted” the island and thanks to a partnership with the Morgans Hotel Group, will be maintaining the island monthly for years to come.  ECOMB and other strategic partners are discussing a major fundraising party commemorating the completion of the restoration, hopefully at the Mondrian Hotel, which faces Monument Island.

Thanks to the City of Miami Beach, especially Mr. William Cary, (Director of Design, Preservation & Neighborhood Planning Division for Miami Beach), and ECOMB, the Henry Flagler Monument and Monument Island will soon take its proud position once again as Miami Beach’s lasting tribute to the man who made it all possible…Henry Flagler.

For press interviews and photos, please contact Mr. William Cary at the City of Miami Beach @ 305.673.7550, Mr. Paul Orofino, ECOMB’s Board Director @ 786.276.9468 or ECOMB’s Executive Director, Luiz Rodrigues @ 786.853.1855. Press and TV coverage are welcome.

To learn more about ECOMB and to see photos from our recent projects, go to our web site at www.ecomb.org.

ECOMB is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Florida corporation founded in 1994 to promote clean beaches, waterways and wetlands. Each year ECOMB coordinates events and programs that encourage responsible behavior and awareness in the Miami Beach vicinity.

More info and registration at: http://www.ecomb.org