My name is Katy Huddlestun. I am a Miami Native, born and raised in Kendall, now living and loving the Little Havana area. I've always loved the water, and spending my childhood weekends at Crandon Park with my family is a fond memory. As an adult, I've found myself exploring more of Miami's hidden natural gems, with my longtime favorite place being Virginia Keys. I love its complex social history and the dichotomy between being so close to the city while remaining (hopefully) a natural paradise.
It breaks my heart every time I see the piles of plastic washed up onshore, knowing that we can clean it all up one day, but it'll simply return with the next tide. Beyond that, the amount of litter left by those who come to enjoy nature, only to leave it worse than when they arrived, is another cause for frustration. I would like the residents and visitors of Miami to realize that we love it here because of the natural beauty that surrounds us. I urge my fellow Miamians to make it personal by donating to Miami Waterkeeper to help them keep fighting to protect it.