Officers arrest suspect and issue 10 citations

MIAMI – One person has been arrested and 10 citations issued to multiple people following a yacht party that ended in Biscayne Bay polluting, authorities confirmed Wednesday night.

The suspect who was arrested has been identified as David Sebastian Torres-Bocanegra, 29.

Jail records show he is being held at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Facility instead of $500 bond, which he has already posted.

David Sebastian Torres-Bocanegra. (Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Services)

The citations issued total more than $25,000, Miami-Dade police said.

Tom Rivas said he chartered the yacht for an engagement proposal.

Cloud Nine, who specializes in romantic proposals, helped plan the event. Everything went well. She said yes!” But hours later, the fitness trainer’s event was linked to pollution in Biscayne Bay.

“A very special day for us turned into tons of hate messages”, Rivas wrote on Instagram.

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Rivas said he was inside the yacht on Tuesday afternoon at the Bayshore Landing marina in Miami’s Coconut Grove and did not see what was happening. A witness recorded video showing people on the yacht popping balloons that had fallen into the water.

“The crew proceeded to remove the balloons…Honestly, we had no idea until we saw the videos,” Rivas said. wrote on Instagram.

Local environmentalists were outraged. Deflated latex, mylar or vinyl balloons float on the surface of the water. Turtles, seabirds and other marine animals often mistake the material for jellyfish and eat it – or feed it to their young.

A Cloud Nine representative said the family business had learned a lesson and pledged to stop using balloons to decorate events near water.

For Rivas’ engagement, Cloud Nine pretended to commission a balloon salesman to decorate the yacht.

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“We decorated the pier, completed the proposal and cleaned up as we always do. We are never in charge of removing the decorations from the balloons. Now we are trying to investigate the situation on our side,” the event organizer said in a statement.

Authorities said Wednesday that an investigation was underway after Local 10 news anchor Louis Aguirre shared the video of the witness.

“As a community, we share a responsibility to protect our environment,” Miami-Dade Police Acting Superintendent George A. Perez said. “I am extremely proud of our illegal dumping unit, for their thorough investigation and quick conclusion of this case. I want to thank all of the agencies and the state attorney’s office for working together to bring these people to justice. Our coastal waterways are the natural beauty of our county, and our marine life depends on us to keep them safe.

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4 p.m.: Reporter Christina Vazquez

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Investigators are aiming to identify a man who recently dumped balloons in Biscayne Bay.

6 p.m.: Anchor Louis Aguirre

Environmentalists have a request for South Florida boaters: Don’t tie balloons on your boat. These will harm wildlife.

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Emily Hales, editor of Local 10’s News Assignment Office, contributed to this report.

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