Prof. Gene S. Tinnie



Gene Tinnie, Chair of the Virginia Key Park Trust, is the overseeing committee that continues to fight to preserve the historic 77-acre Virginia Key Park.

The island of Virginia Key has 1,000 acres sandwiched between the mainland and Key Biscayne. Mr. Tinnie said his group opposes development of the island for many reasons.”It is home to a historic site we want to re-create,” Mr. Tinnie said.”We are also committed to restoring the environment and looking for funding to promote wildlife conservation.” To date, Mr. Tinnie said, the task force has been able to secure $11 million in federal money for land-shore restoration. His 15-member group was born in part as a reaction to a city proposal to allow commercial development in the late 1990s.”Had that happened,” he said, “people would have been deprived of a public park.”

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