After last weekend’s fatal boat crash at Government Cut, Miami Beach officials are again planning to ask the U.S. Coast Guard to consider placing more visible markers in the area.
The jetty gained national attention in 2016 after Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed, along with two friends, after a boat in which he was riding crashed into the jetty as the group navigated the area at night. After a similar crash resulted in the deaths of three more South Floridians last week, the Miami Beach City Commission unanimously voted to pass a resolution urging the Coast Guard to study additional safety measures, such as lights.
This is not the first time that Miami officials have asked the Coast Guard to make Government Cut safer. After Fernandez’s death, then mayor Carlos Gimenez called on the Coast Guard to improve safety at the site. After its investigation, the Coast Guard determined that existing safety measures were sufficient.
Local10.com reports that current Miami Beach mayor Dan Gelber is in favor of additional safety measures, telling the news outlet “Something must be done. Six lives have been lost in less than three years in the same area.”