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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Silverado closing it's doors at end of month

I'm sorry to say that Silverado, Jacquie Longdon's store at 3092 Fuller Street, will be closing its doors on May 31, the victim of gentrification in Coconut Grove. Brenda's Boutique is long gone along with the Sale Rack and the Olfactory is now up in Savanna, GA. L'etoile, Jacquie's long time collie companion is gone and it's time for Jacquie to move on. She'll be moving up north. 

 To that end, she would like you to know that almost everything is on sale at Silverado, up to 50% off. Belts are even more of a deal - being sold for cost, like the Ostrich Belts that JW Cooper sells in Bal Harbour for $720, well at Silverado, they are now $195; the Lizard belts are only $80 ($320 at JW Cooper) and the Stingray are only $125, down from $495. Sizes are 30 to 44 and they are limited as they sell out.


So after six years on the street, another one bites the dust. We did so many stories on Silverado over the years, you can see them here.


The curio case is $495, it was over $1000 when new and the inside window gates are also for sale. Stop by, check them out, make an offer.
The Native American jewelry is marked down, but not all the same percentage, ask Jacquie about that. 

Jacquie tells me that her best days were during the Gallery Walks, which really aren't much these days. She made most of her sales that one night, which took her through the whole month, now no one seems to come down that street on FAM Night, she told the musicians not to bother playing outside her door anymore as there is no one to play to.

Here's a little flashback of all the shops that have come and gone on Fuller Street.

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I think they are joking, what do you think?

Some anonymous person, always anonymous, posted this. I would like to see what people think. I don't know if this person is new here, joking or just trying to be funny. Plus I think they owe Brenda a big apology. Less than smart.

"Curious to know which tenants were driven out by these "guys with money" that lead to the deterioration of the Grove? Bernardo changed the Engle building and brought Harry's Pizza, Panther Coffee, Burro, etc all of which you praised. The Mayfair has been reborn and its great to see all the young people with high paying jobs come in. I don't believe that Brendas boutique was driven out by high rents, it was her business model that was flawed. Looks like the Coconut place that opened in the consignment store is doing well. 

Substantiate claims before you throw rocks is all I am saying."

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All according to plan . . .

The Brickellization of Coconut Grove continues as the site that houses the Kwik Stop, Sapore di Mare and other stores in the area, along with some houses on the backstreet, goes on sale according to The Real Deal. It's the 3101 and 3131 addresses on Grand Avenue.

The Grove is being sold out a few parcels at a time, all to be built up into a neighborhood we won't recognize soon.

About eight years ago, a few people told me that this was going to happen. They said that the real estate in the Grove would be depressed so low that guys with money would enter, pay cash and then turn the place around, doing it their way. This did happen due to many things including the bar closing times changing, which pushed out all the clubs and then the college students were kept out for a while, many never returned; the playhouse was left to rot, all the art galleries disappeared, and quality of life suffered for years, as the property values plummeted. As planned, the big guys came in, bought low and sold high, in the interim, they drove out small Grove businesses and raised the rents and the plan now is to build up.

Brenda's Boutique is gone now, and I fear for The Last Carrot, which I remember as a child, (it was in the arcade then, now Sandbar's pass through next to Le Bouchon), and what about the dry cleaners, Sapore di Mare and Subway. 

All according to plan . . .

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Meeting about historic designation for the Grove

There is a Miami 2030 Historic Preservation subcommittee meeting on Tuesday, May 24 at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival office. The meeting is from 6:30 to 8 pm.

Please come prepared with your specific ideas on how to make historic designation an attractive option for property owners including:

1. Proposals for incentives.

2. How can the permitting process for historically designated homes be streamlined?

3.  How can enforcement be increased? 

4. City Policies (ordinances) improved?

5. Administrative procedures improved?

The Arts Festival office is at 3390 Mary Street, in the Mayfair Atrium, by the bull sculpture.

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Saving history before it's too late

A reader sent this in last week:

I have been noticing a growing amount of articles related to the tearing down old/historic houses in Coconut Grove (not only on your blog). Same as you, I am not against modern houses, I actually live in one, (although there was no house on my lot previously and neighbors where able to save most trees as far as I know and I planted many myself too).

Unfortunately, there are two cute cottages from 1936 by my house, that as far as I know, will be torn down to build two new houses. It is a shame, because they are really nice and could have been updated. There are plenty of old, ugly houses in the Grove, that if torn down, nobody will miss, on the contrary. But it's a shame when they are charming, historic houses. It would be so nice to have them updated, have a mix of old and new, the way they do it so well in Europe. But for that to happen, there needs to be also some sort of protection and most importantly preservation of these old homes, because by the time someone buys them, they are all rotten and with so much termite damage, that it makes it hard or too expensive to save them.

Which was probably the case with the house on Hibiscus and Avocado. The cute little cottages I'm talking about (on Avocado one and Loquat the other) have been sold a year ago and abandoned since then. You can see them deteriorating daily. It's the perfect excuse to knock them down. 

On one hand unfortunately the city doesn't  protect the properties with historical value from being destroyed, but there's also the fact that by letting them rot, we give them  an excuse to destroy them. It shouldn't get to that point. I have no idea what can be done. I just wanted to add  a little something to this matter.

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The 'Paul Revere of Preservation' system

There was a meeting last week at City Hall which had an issue on the agenda regarding a house in the Grove which may be slated for historic designation and this is the plan of action for many of the old houses in the village, but only two people showed up who spoke on behalf of the house. It could be because there is never a set schedule for the agenda items at City Commission meetings.

I believe this was first advertised to locals at starting at 9 am, but that is the time the Commission starts, not so much the agenda item. The item was slated for a 2 pm hearing, but that ended up being at 7:30 pm. Is it any wonder people don't participate? Who has all day to sit and wait for an item to be called? 


There is talk now of starting some sort of "Paul Revere of Preservation" action that will get the word out to people who can attend when they are free. It's a call to action at a certain time of day or night when people can show up at City Hall and stand up for the cause of preserving history. If people were made aware of certain items happening at certain times, they could be part of the fight. If people for instance were alerted at 6 or 6:30 pm, that the agenda item was being heard at 7:30 pm, then whomever is free at that time can rush over to fight for the cause. Being told that an agenda item is at 2 pm and then sitting there for hours on end is not working now.

Anyone have an idea of how this can be accomplished? I like to think the Grapevine can be of help, but people see the alert on time if we post it? It needs to be more of a signal, almost like a mass text, but not in an annoying way. Is there a way to build an app for this? People sign up and then receive an Amber Alert-type alarm?

The Paul Revere system sort of calls for someone with a bullhorn driving around the Grove announcing the meeting time as it comes up on the agenda.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Spain is featured at Short Film Fest this month

Ten short films will be part of this month's Miami Short Film Festival at CocoWalk on Wednesday, May 25. The films range from documentary to narrative to experimental. The screening will run about 98 minutes. The focus is on Spain this month.

Films:

La última lluvia - Directed by Tony & David Lopez & Sanz - 23 min
A man arrives at a discotheque, confused and without really knowing why he is there. He sees a young woman, to whom he feels inexplicably attracted.
Palíndromo (Capicúa) - Directed by Roger Villarroya - 4 min
When you depend on the others.
Quiero estar el resto de mi vida contigo - Directed by Manuela Burló Moreno - 2:46 min- A young woman's fantasy takes an unexpected turn.
APROP - Directed by Aitor Echeverria - 6 min
Sleep becomes interrupted by the familiar touch of another body. A finger brushes across a back as a sigh sends the invitation for play.
Cartas a Julia - Directed by David Gonzàlez RÏdiez - 6:55 min
She writes a letter to Julia.
La cuadratura de los círculos - Directed by Fernando Usó Forniés - 11:15 Min
Life is too precious to be wasted in quarreling.
Intercambio - Directed by Antonello Novellino & Antonio Quintanilla - 15 min
In a small, town under siege by soldiers, the residents search for different ways to survive. But the situation gets more and more complicated, to an extent no one could have suspected.
!CRAC! - Directed by Jessica Rodríguez - 19 min
Both living in Madrid, Almudena and Mar have never met. They don't usually go to the same places, have opposing political points of view, and grew up very differently, but they have one thing in common.
Deazularrojo - Directed by Ana Lorenz - 5 min
Fran has a picture and a goal: to beat up the boy who appears in it.
Efímera - Directed by Diego Modino - 18 min
Alicia dreams of becoming a ballet dancer. In the cozy windmill where she lives with her grandmother, she waits for the moment to go to the long-awaited audition. But out there, the world is not as idyllic as she thinks.

Enjoy a complimentary Stella beer with ticket purchase.*
*ID Required. Must be 21 and over to receive a free drink.

The event is from 8 to 10 pm. Cinépolis at CocoWalk is the location.

Tickets ar $17 ea. Please purchase here.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

They just said 'no'

Look at this. A 49-story luxury tower that was proposed for Brooklyn was disapproved from the local community board. They felt the project would place "too much of a burden on a neighborhood already overcrowded with tall buildings" and that "the developers weren't providing more meaningful returns to the community like a school or improvements to the infrastructure.

That's the problem with all the overbuilding around here, they affect the infrastructure and no one seems to care about that.


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Steampunk comes to KROMA

Tempus Fugit: A Steampunk Exhibition is having an opening reception at KROMA gallery on Thursday, May 26, from 6 to 10 pm. A series of short Steampunk movies will be shown, screened by MiSciFi International Science Fiction Film Festival.

Steampunk is a science fiction/fantasy that incorporates technology and design, which was inspired in the 1800s by the new industrial machinery at the time. Imagine someone wearing gears as sunglasses or watch fobs on their hats, things like that are Steampunk fashion.


Check out this story with lots of photo, which we did on a recent Cauley Square Steampunk event.

TEMPUS FUGIT (Time flies), A Steampunk Exhibit
features works from the following artists:

Luis Berros 
Bénédicte Blanc-Fontenille 
Alejandro Cuadra 
Buzzy Darden 
Atena De Jong
Nadia Desjardins 
Carlos Franco 
Sheri Friedman 
Grisell Gajano 
Ismael Gonzalez 
Osvaldo Gonzalez 
Mario Iglesias (represented by lucid gallery) 
Josepo 
Hector Prado
Ines Rojas 
Camilo Silva 
Aida Tejada 
Deya Tejada
Fernando Vallejo 
Frederic Vega Olivella 
Valeria Yamamoto 
Aspirant Artist Nikolai Calzado 
Agatino Zurria

Kroma is located at 3670 Grand Avenue.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Kids Summer Camp a Nityananda Center

The Nityananda Center is having a Bright Kids Summer Camp for kids 7 and up, staring on June 13. There are three other sessions, too - June 20, June 27 and July 4.

The camps are Monday through Friday from 9 am to 6 pm, cost is $150 per week. 

On the agenda is:

Yoga ~ Kung Fu ~ Basketball ~ Self Defense ~ Make Movies ~ Arts & Crafts
Invent Stories ~ Meditation ~ Play ~ Theater ~ Gardening
Nutrition Ideas ~ Laugh ~ Environmental Education
Nature Walks ~ Beach Field Trips ~ Make New Friends ~ & much more...

Bring your favorite lunch to camp! Organic snacks & drinks will be provided by the camp.

Free registration before June 6, 2016. After June 6, an additional $50 will apply for registration. Discounts for siblings or best friend will be available for the 4 sessions,regardless of when registration is complete.

Discounts will only apply if sign up for the full session (full week).
Any questions? Please don't hesitate to contact them at 786 333 1557.

The Nityananda Center is located at 2829 Bird Ave Ste 10
for more info: nityanandacenter@gmail.com or visit their site at nityanandacenter.com.

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Festidan celebrating 10 years with a block party

Festidan  at The Grove Spot in 2010.
Festidan is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year. The party is on Fuller Street on Saturday, August 20, starting at 2 pm. This block party is free and as an extra special addition, Spam All Stars will be performing along with Problem Kids and a few notable Miami DJ's.
  
In lieu of an entrance fee, monetary donations will be accepted at the annual event to help sponsor the Castaways Against Cancer. 

Over the last nine years, Festidan has raised over $30,000 for numerous charities with proceeds from its annual event. Festidan has evolved over the years, each year becoming bigger and better, while also turning greater donations over to these charities. The first three years were held at Bicentennial Park as a tailgate party benefiting Camp Boggy Creek. In 2010, it relocated to Coconut Grove as a Block Party, followed by two years at Peacock Park, benefiting the ALS Recovery Fund. In the last three years, the event has teamed up with the Castaways Against Cancer to host pool parties at Finnegans on the River and the Rooftop at the Mayfair Hotel.

The Castaways Against Cancer crew is a rag-tag group of kayaking enthusiasts who paddle from Coconut Grove to Key West to raise money for the American Cancer Society during their annual Relay For Life event. More information can be found at castawaysagainstcancer.com 

“As a Coconut Grove resident and ‘lifer,’ I’m excited about opening the doors to our community and bringing in some good energy to coincide with all the new restaurant openings," says Dan Travieso, founder and namesake of Festidan.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Founding women of the Grove featured on bike tour

The Founding Mother's Of Coconut Grove is the subject of this Saturday's free Historic Bike Tour. Explore the South Grove and get to know a varied, sometimes offbeat cast of women who devoted their lives to the community's well-being. Hear the endeavors of rugged pioneer and first school teacher Flora McFarlane. Discover the odyssey Eleuthera Islander Mariah Brown, among the very first Bahamian settlers in The Grove, faced as she left for an unfamiliar land. Follow the battles of fervent civil-rights activists Elizabeth Virrick and Alice Wainwright. 

They'll stop by the quaint home of Marjory Stoneman Douglas where you'll learn how her eloquence and determination alerted a nation about the plight of the Florida Everglades. Throughout the tour, view the early summer flowering trees and plants that cover the neighborhood in a brilliant tapestry of color.

The bike tour starts at 9:30 on Saturday, May 21, meet in front of City Hall (3500 Pan American Drive).

Sign up here.

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BioBlitz is a hit with local students

Vizcaya has been showing off its wild side by sharing their biodiversity through BioBlitz, sponsored by National Geographic. It's where curious “citizen scientists” gather to count as many plants, animals, and other organisms as possible in 24 hours. Last week, students from Shenandoah Middle School explored the area and observed and collecting data. It was in celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service and also Vizcaya's own centennial year.


In the early morning hours, Vizcaya is full of activity—birds. Scientist and birder Dr. John Withey gave the students an opportunity to explore the estate before they opened for the day, when the local birds are most active.  


The event at Vizcaya gathered local scientists from institutions throughout Miami, such as CARTHE Research and The University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science. Stations were set up throughout the property to teach the students about the various local habitats and the animals that reside therein through hands-on activities.
Stations included: Birds and Butterflies, Reptiles, Marine Life, and Bugs.

In a special activity led by CARTHE Research, students were instructed to toss painted coconuts into Biscayne Bay, which would then allow scientists to track how the currents move trash and debris throughout the bay.


For more information on Vizcaya’s BioBlitz event, please contact Alejandra Serna at 786-290-9108.

Photos courtesy Vizcaya.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Village Council meets Wednesday night

The Coconut Grove Village Council meets Wednesday night, May 18, at The Glass House in Peacock Park at 6 pm.

The main topic will be establishing a zoning committee to assist residents with their concerns.

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Grove Gallery hosting Interior styling pop up

Coconut Grove Gallery & Interiors is having an Interior Styling Pop Up Class on Thursday, June 9. It  will be a free class from 6 to 8 pm.

They will be discussing the following topics:

Major Trends

Colors and Fabrics 2016

The Keys to Visual Coordination

Kitchen Renovations 101

Enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres. 

The gallery is at 2884 Bird Avenue.

RSVP here.

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They need a spillover for Spillover

Our story and photos on the new Spillover restaurant got a lot of play. Thousands of readers enjoyed it and there were over 100 shares on Facebook. It went viral. That's the first thing Matt Kuscher, owner of Spillover, told me when we stopped by for lunch on Tuesday - the story went viral!


On Tuesday, the place was packed. People were standing at the front door waiting for a table, that's why I say that Spillover needs a spillover restaurant, for the overflow!


This photo makes it look sparce, but every table was taken for the lunch hours; mostly the office workers, but I did see some other restaurant owners there checking out the place. The outside tables were not set up yet, so dining was inside only.


There were two of us, so we got a few things to share. Our bill came to $72 with the tip. Austin was our waiter. Excellent service. This looks like calamari, but they are Conch Strips, Fried Bahamian conch and Florida grouper scraps served with their homemade creamy garlic, spicy Kush and cocktail sauces. ($12).
This is Paul & Alba's Jambalaya. They source the sausage from Proper Sausages in Miami Shores and sauté them with Gulf shrimp, local grouper, red and yellow peppers, onions, brown rice and their secret Cajun sauce. Add a local fried egg (add $1) on top and you’ll really “spice” things up. ($14).

We also got Pan Con Minuta. I hadn't had this since one of the seafood food trucks used to visit these parts, so I wanted to try it again. Fried yellowtail snapper topped with a homemade fish dressing, dry slaw, diced red onions and tomato, served on a challah bun. ($12).
For dessert we got espresso and Mama Louise's Cheesecake. Chef Spider’s mother, Mildred Louise, taught him this recipe. It’s a classic creamy style cheesecake topped with their very own Homestead strawberry sauce. ($8). 


I enjoyed the place, enjoyed the setting and enjoyed seeing so many people. I asked my friend who I was with, where they all came from, as I don't normally see these people  during lunchtime in the Grove. Lots of new faces. The bar was full as you can see here and lots of people came in for take-out. The take-out area is on the other side of the brick post at the bar.
Another thing I enjoyed was seeing Matt go from one place to another in the Grove on a bicycle. He's got it perfect here. He went from Spillover, to LoKal, to the Bank, etc. All on bike.
Spillover is bringing life back to the Mayfair Promenade and once the tables are outside, it will be a very lively place. When the Typsy Mermaid opens across the way, that area is going to be really jumping.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Park Ave house being considered for historic designation

The Park Avenue house has been notified. The City Planning & Zoning Department, who I don't trust as far as I can throw them, has notified the owners that the property is under consideration for historic designation. There is a community meeting on July 5 at 3 pm at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive.

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More of the tree canopy is being destroyed

Our Grove neighbor Carrollton School has decided to remove some trees. Again. BD16003569001 is the intended decision to remove two trees from the campus at 3747 Main Highway. 

As usual, the City of Miami's Planning & Zoning Department has made it difficult for anyone to appeal this decision. 

Liliana Dones of Coconut Grove Tree Watch says, "Carrollton recently removed a significant amount of trees along the coral stone wall at the front of the property diminishing greatly the canopy on Main Highway. Neighbors missed that appeal because the intended decision was posted opposite from where the trees were located, and the ink was completely washed out due to rain." Tree Watch was not notified of this new tree removal decision in time for any appeal. This has been a  common practice over the years - placing notices where they are not seen.

Liliana asks, "How can we obtain more information regarding the condition of these particular trees that they were determined to be hazardous / dangerous? Also, why are there no replacement trees? Although the Intended Decision indicates that 'all other information regarding this decision such as the Tree disposition Plan, the Tree Survey, Site Plan and Replacement Plan may be obtained at the Dept of Planning and Zoning /Environmental Resources Division,' when I go to the website, it is a dead-end as far as getting these plans."

I reached out to Carrollton to ask about the situation, but have not heard back.

In a recent case at 3003 Emathla Street, the notice was posted on the wall of the property that said, "no trespassing," so in order to see the notice, one would have to trespass onto the site. Plus the notice itself was sent out many days after the initial countdown day for the 10 day appeal process. Luckily Treeman Trust was able to slide an appeal in before the deadline.

Liliana Dones has come up with a few suggestions that would make things easier for everyone, but do these developers, schools and people who want to remove the trees care to abide by these rules and more importantly does the incompetent Planning & Zoning Dept. really give a damn?

HERE ARE SOME OF THE SUGGESTIONS THAT WOULD MAKE THINGS EASIER FOR ALL OF US CONCERNED ABOUT PROTECTING OUR TREE CANOPY

1. BETTER NOTICE TIMING: The Notice of Intended decision to neighbors, associations and interested groups such as TreeWatch Brickell Watch, Treeman Trust, and Homeowner organizations in the vicinity of the tree removals should go out the same day or at the very least within 24 hours of the actual posting. 

2. EASIER ACCESS TO MORE INFORMATION: There should be a link in the email sent that directs one back to a pdf download of the electronic files that contain such the Tree disposition Plan, the Tree Survey, Site Plan and Replacement Plan for the particular case  so that those of us interested in can take a look and gain information.

3. VISIBLE, WEATHERPROOF SIGNAGE:  In addition to posting the sign in a visible place we request that the sign should be more visible to passersby. There is no better combination for outdoor signage than bold black letters on a yellow background. The ink should be indelible, and the sing should go inside a protective sleeve.

4. DISTINCTIVE LOCATION FOR THE SIGNAGE: singing should be visible from the sidewalk or street.  Whenever possible it should be on the tree itself, unless the tree is obscured from view. Furthermore, if there is more than one tree slated for removal, each tree should have a sign.

5. EASIER APPEAL SUBMISSION PROCESS.  When TreeWatch was formed in 2005 and we started appealing tree removals on behalf of neighbors, the preservation officer was allowed to receive the appeal via email up until the end of day on the last day of the appeal.  Several years ago this changed, and we once agin were expected to go downs to file the appeal. It would be idea if we could once again be allowed to send the appeal by email.

"Those of us who put these appeals together, do so as community volunteers, in our spare time, after gathering information. I would hate to think that a tree was lost because I or Jim McMasters from Tree Man Trust or someone from Village Council of a Homeowner association could not get to the MCR building on a particular week," says Lilliana.

There is a new Tree Canopy Working Group as part of Grove 2030. The first meeting is Tuesday, May 24 at the Glass House at Peacock Park at 6:30 pm. The group’s objective is to develop a list of policy recommendations and action items that can help achieve the goal of expanding the Coconut Grove tree canopy by 25 percent by the year 2030. This initial meeting, which is open to anyone, is to gauge interest in the group and, hopefully, to establish an outline for moving forward.

Info on the Planning & Zoning Tree Protection department is here: miamigov.com/planning/treeprotection.html

Tree protection is at: Email: EnvironmentalRes@miamigov.com / Phone: 305-416-1400

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Raquel Regalado is guest speaker at Rotary

The guest speaker at the next Coconut Grove Rotary luncheon is Raquel Regalado, member of the Miami-Dade School Board for District 6 and Candidate for Mayor of Miami-Dade County. The luncheon is Thursday, May 19 at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club.

The luncheon starts at 12:15 pm, is $20 per person, the Sailing Club is at 2990 S. Bayshore Drive.

Born and raised in Miami, Raquel went to Lourdes Academy and Coral Gables High. She attended Miami-Dade College and Florida International University before graduating from law school at St. Thomas University.  At St. Thomas she earned several book awards, placed first in Moot Court, served on the Law Review and worked as a research assistant and Dean’s fellow. She was a summer associate and attorney at Holland & Knight. Raquel practiced law for eight years, specializing in intellectual property and commercial litigation.

As the mother of an autistic child, Ms. Regalado noticed that the county school system offered limited choices for special needs children. This was her motivating force to run for the school board in District 6, representing children and parents from Key Biscayne through Miami, Coral Gables and into Westchester. In her six years on the board, Raquel has brought the county’s special needs education into the 21st Century with privately donated sensory rooms, choice programs for children with disabilities and more training for educators. She also made significant changes in the way the school board does business, from facilities and construction to student transportation. As a freshman board member, she pushed a five-year plan to replace old and inefficient school buses with energy efficient buses that exceed the state’s safety requirements saving the school board money in operational and maintenance costs.

Raquel has worked with multiple organizations to help fund projects and resources the School Board couldn’t — from a playground for Citrus Elementary to art supplies for classes in challenged middle schools.  Additionally, as a member of the executive board at the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center, she chairs the education committee whose main purpose is to support Rock Odyssey, a program that is offered free of charge to all Miami-Dade County Public School 5th graders and is now working on providing programming to all MDCPS 8th graders.

Raquel lives in Miami with her son and daughter. She will be speaking about her accomplishments as a School Board member, as well as her goals if elected Mayor of Miami-Dade County.

Please the group this Thursday and RSVP at coconutgroverotaryclub@gmail.com.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Grove SLAM not happening this year

Fun times, 2012.
The Grove SLAM fishing tournament is not happening this year. It's been a fixture in the Grove since 2002, but like so many things these days, the plan was to take the event away from the Grove. But not because of any sinister reasons other than they needed a larger venue to hold the event. After 13 years, it's outgrown its home.

"We saw a peak of 190 boats, 1000 anglers and over the years, about 100 bikini contest contestants. We awarded well over half a million dollars to teams from across the state and country. And we weighed 9 dolphin over 50 pounds," says Tony Albelo, tournement director.

Tony also runs the two beer fests - Sprung! and Grovetoberfest, the BBQ Fest and the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival as well as other festivals in the Wynwood area. Sprung! and the BBQ Festival have moved to Wynwood from Peacock Park in the Grove and Grovetoberfest and the Seafood Festival will probably be moving out of the Grove, too.

The Grove SLAM eventually is going to be turned into a fishing festival. "Some last minute changes to the new venue threw us a curve ball and we were not able to secure a location to host over a 100 boats," says Tony. "So there we were; Miami’s largest tournament without a home. Instead of trying to force a shot, we decided to table the tournament and festival for one year and launch with a much better handle on the venue."

So the Grove loses another event, but 2017 will bring a much larger event at another location to be announced.

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He thinks we are in for a building frenzy

I was talking to this guy I know who seems to know it all but I think he just says things just for the sake of saying them because I have caught him in a few inaccuracies. I've told him that he just says false things and just throws them out there. He just smiled.

On Sunday morning, we ran into each other at Starbucks and we had coffee together and talked for maybe a half hour. He was telling me of things that are planned for around Coconut Grove - all things I am not a fan of or aware of.

He says that CocoWalk is building up, more offices perhaps? He says that the Oak Street garage is building up - three floors of offices, he says that the new sale of the Johnny Rockets/Masa Tacos location now has plans to build up - 12 floors! He says a hotel may be put in behind the Engle building. And he went on and on.

I'm not sure how our infrastructure would accommodate all the new building - water, sewer, traffic, parking, etc. And I don't think I am really so much against development as I am against greed. I think that is what bugs me. The greed of it all.


I have spoken with people who I think know what is going on around here and I have been told that none of this is happening, but I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Bingo Night at Woman's Club

Bingo is back at the Coconut Grove Woman's Club on Thursday, May 19. Doors open 6:30 pm and bingo starts at 7 pm

Admission $5.00 - $ 1.00 per card minimum of 5 games – children under 12 play for free.

Refreshments, snacks, great and exciting prizes.

Try your luck and enjoy a fun filled evening.

All proceeds benefit the WCCG. Public parking at St. Stephen's Church - $3.00 flat rate.

Woman's Club is at 2985 S. Bayshore Drive

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