HEAT Beach Sweep at Virginia Key Beach

Alonzo Mourning

On Thursday, January 30th, representatives from the Miami HEAT, including HEAT legend, Alonzo Mourning, the Miami HEAT Dancers, HEAT mascot Burnie, HEAT staffers, and volunteers from presenting sponsors PricewaterhouseCoopers and Big Brothers Big Sisters, as well as staffers from Florida International University led HEAT Beach Sweep, an annual effort to preserve South Florida's environment. The event was hosted at the historic Virginia Key Beach in Key Biscayne and it was in advance of NBA Green Week 2014, which will take place from April 3rd through April 10th. NBA Green Week leverages the combined weight of the league, teams, players and partners to generate awareness and raise funds in support of environmental protection. The event commenced with a press conference hosted by HEAT public address announcer, Michael Baiamonte, followed by the various HEAT Beach Sweep duties.

  • Mulching areas for the native hardwood hammock restoration trail and to keep invasive species sprouting after restorations.
  • Creating a butterfly garden that will provide additional native habitat for local and migrating butterflies.
  • Potting invasive and exotic plant removal from nursery and surrounding restoration areas.
  • Assembly of the HEAT-themed, 100% maintenance free, vinyl picnic tables that remained on site.
  • Shoreline cleanup along Virginia Key Beach and picking up waste from the nursery and .surrounding areas.

This event was the third community-based ecosystem restoration project in conjunction with Florida International University School of Environment, Arts and Society.