Toxic Roots was inspired by living 20+ years in a neighborhood built on top of a former WWII military dumpsite in the South Patrick Shores area of Satellite Beach, Florida.
After watching those around us affected by unknown issues and facing my own Toxic Roots, the concept of Toxic Roots has evolved to represent those Toxic aspects of our lives that stem from physical, emotional, environmental, or traumatic events in our lives that shape who we are.
My goal is not to make light of serious issues, but to to highlight them with art, humor, and a dash of sarcasm so that we can all chart a course forward.
Nestled on the East Coast of Florida and footsteps from the Atlantic Ocean and Banana River is the neighborhood of South Patrick Shores in Satellite Beach. Our Toxic Paradise is built upon the former dumpsite for the Naval Air Station (NAS) Banana River which is now Patrick Space Force Base.
After decades of unexplained cancer clusters, the US Army Corps of Engineers is finally declared us the Naval Air Station Banana River Off-Base Disposal Area Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS). You can read more about it.
Water contamination from modern day chemicals like Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, otherwise known as PFAS, have now become a larger problem. These contaminates are possibly related to firefighting foams used on Patrick AFB and are found in elevated levels in the groundwater, Banana River, Indian River Lagoon, and even in the ocean offshore.