Man arrested for polluting Biscayne Bay, Florida with balloons

Miami-Dade police arrested a man Wednesday for Polluting Biscayne Bay deflated balloons in South Florida.

According to the arrest report: David Sebastian Torres Bocanegra28-year-old Homestead disposed about 50 balloons while working on a chartered yacht in the marina and confessed to the crime, the TV channel reports. 10 local news.

Torres Bocanegra has been arrested after photos of two people exploding and throwing balloons from an engagement party at sea from a yacht.

He faces “reckless recklessness for the environment,” a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by a fine of no more than $10,000, 60 days in prison, or both. The judge released him on bail of $500.

Police authorities also issued 10 civil citations to the yacht’s owner, charter company, event planner and staff, and fined them $2,510 each for illegal dumping, according to a local TV report.

The event took place after Miami fitness instructor, Tom Rivas, chartered the yacht for an engagement show.

According to Rivas, to plan the event, he had the help of Cloud Nine, which specializes in romantic shows, and although it was believed all went well, hours later, the occasion was linked to pollution in Biscayne Bay, the note added.

“A very special day for us has turned into tons of hate messages,” Rivas wrote on Instagram, according to him. 10 local news.

Rivas said he “was inside the yacht Tuesday afternoon at Bayshore Landing Marina in Coconut Grove in Miami and didn’t see what was happening”; In the meantime, “a video of a witness recorded showing people on board the yacht popping balloons that fell into the water.”

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“The crew started removing the balloons… honestly we had no idea until we watched the videos,” the trainer wrote on Instagram.

For its part, Cloud Nine said in a statement that it had commissioned a balloon seller to decorate the yacht: “We decorated the pier, finished the show, and cleaned up as we always do. We never take it upon ourselves to remove the balloon decoration.” .

Outrage from environmentalists in the area was immediate. Deflated latex, mylar or vinyl balloons float on the surface of the water. Turtles, seabirds and other marine animals often mistake the items for jellyfish and eat them or feed them to their young, the report added.

And the police authorities announced, on Wednesday, the continuation of the investigation.

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