2 facing felony charges over balloon contamination in Biscayne Bay; He could face time in prison

Miami A 26-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man are facing criminal charges over disposing of balloons in Biscayne Bay after they were used to decorate a yacht during a marriage proposal.

Share Watch an Instagram video and environmentalists are outraged. Marine animals often mistake non-biodegradable deflated balloons for jellyfish. Turtles eat it. Seabirds feed it to their young.

Miami-Dade police officers have also issued civil citations for fines of more than $23,000 for illegal dumping at Bayshore Landing Marina in Coconut Grove. This was an even more painful learning experience for Martina Jaspos and David Torres Bocanegra who were working.

Officers arrested Gasboz on Friday and Torres Bocanegra on Wednesday. They face charges of willful disregard for the environment, a third-degree felony punishable by a fine of up to $50,000 or 5 years in prison, or both. Her bond was $5,000.

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Officers arrested Torres Bocanegra on charges of reckless disregard for the environment, a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 or 60 days in prison, or both. His bond was $500. Detective Angel Rodriguez later clarified that there was a typo in the arrest form.

Investigators did not consider the couple, who were engaged on Tuesday, to be the culprits. Instead, the officers issued quotes for the two companies — the planner of events and the charter of the yachts — that the future groom employed.

Also, not everyone who received a $2,510 quote touched the balloons or was present for the celebration.

Dessideria D’Caro De Capriles, of Doral, is the owner of the charter yacht. Gabriella Castillo was the event coordinator. Francisco Vio was the person in charge of the charter company. Officers also cited Tulio Capriles, Yulia Tishchenko, Vyacheslav Diadiora, and Evren Hernandez.

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Environmentalists want Miami-Dade officials to do more.

The Florida Ocean Clean Up Society, a nonprofit organization, has created a Change.org petition asking Miami-Dade Mayor Daniela Levine Cava, the Gulf’s chief administrator and commissioner, to pilot a new ordinance banning balloons and confetti in coastal waters.

Banning balloons and sweets won’t solve the pollution problem. However, we believe it is important and necessary To create a cultural shift,” the petitioner wrote, adding, “We are pleading with Miami-Dade County to pass legislation to protect our ecosystem and increase environmental awareness among boaters and the charter ship industry. ”

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For more stories about protecting Biscayne Bay, visit the Don’t Trash Our Treasure page. The team is led by local environmental attorney 10 News Louis Aguirre.

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