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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Bets 4 Pets Casino Night at Woman's Club

There's a Casino Night on Saturday, September 10 benefiting Paws 4 You Rescue, which makes a difference in the lives of hundreds of abused, neglected and abandoned dogs that are saved from euthanasia each year.

Join them as a guest or sponsor at the Roaring Twenties-themed Bets 4 Pets Casino night a the Woman's Club of Coconut Grove (2985 S. Bayshore Drive).

Don't miss your chance to make a difference in the lives of the hundreds of abused, neglected, and abandoned dogs we save from euthanasia each year, simply by having a fun and unforgettable night out with your friends!

Enjoy open bar, hors d'oeuvres, live music, silent auction, fabulous prizes, casino tables, and more. Roaring Twenties attire is encouraged!

For more details visit www.paws4you.org/casino or call 305-389-1965. You can purchase tickets there, too. They are $100 per person.

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Grove Rotary Club installs new president

Ellen Blasi, Rotary past District Gov.
swears in Randy Lakel P.A.
Photo by Don Kesler


Francis (Randy) Lakel was installed as 2016-2017 President of the Rotary Club of Coconut Grove on July 29 by Past District Governor Ellen Blasi. The ceremony took place at the home of Randy and his wife Antonia Canero, and was attended by present and prospective Rotarians as well as friends of the couple.

Following the installation, Lakel introduced the new Board of Directors, Don Kesler, Phil Everingham, Richard Martin, Lori Hottendorf and Past President Margaret Nee. 
“I am both humbled and proud to take over the reins of our club,” Lakel said. “For the past several years, our club has concentrated its local efforts on improving conditions in the West Grove, both for the community as a whole and the individuals who live there.  

“Since 2011, The Rotary Club of Coconut Grove has invested almost $100,000 in the West Grove, and I believe we have made significant inroads. During my time as President, I want to continue that focus on a section of our community that is often overlooked and underserved.  

“Additionally, I want to address the balance of both age and gender within our club.  Of our 32 members, only 37% are professional women actively participating in the community.  We can do better, and I know we will!”

The Rotary Club of Coconut Grove provides service and financial support to initiatives within the community, as well as to various humanitarian projects in Colombia, Guatemala, and Bolivia through the Rotary International matching funds program. Locally, The Rotary Club of Coconut Grove has funded after-school programs, youth sports for at-risk teens, health initiatives, and a Learn-to-Swim project for underprivileged youth. 

The Rotary Club of Coconut Grove meets every Thursday at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club at 12:15 pm.  The cost for lunch is $20. There is ample offsite parking as the CGSC lot is for Sailing Club Members only.

The following is a list with dates of upcoming speakers:
September 15 - Police Chief for City of Miami Rodolfo Llanes
September 22 - Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell - Rapper with 2 Live Crew and New Times columnist
September 29 - Franklin Sirmans - Director of the Perez Art Museum
October 6 - Ed McDougal - Campaign Director for Veterans for Donald Trump
October 13 - Natalia Zea - Former CBS News anchor and Director of Community OutReach for Miami-Dade Public Schools
October 27 - Jessica Rivera - Director of Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Florida
November 10 - Frank Steslow -Director of the Frost Science Museum
December 1 - William Talbert - President of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitor's Bureau

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Zapplications open for upcoming arts festivals

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival and the Beaux Arts Festival of Art are both accepting art submissions via Zapplication.

The Grove Arts Festival applications close September 17, 2016 for the 54th Coconut Grove Arts Festival which will be February 18 to 20, 2017. Art works feature clay, watercolor, sculpture, painting, photography, jewelry and metalwork, fiber, mixed media, print making and drawing, glass and wood.  

Interested artists may apply online at zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=5015. There is an application fee of $55.

As for the Beaux Arts Festival, their application deadline is September 23, 2016 for the 66th annual event, which is January 14 and 15, 2017. The festival is on the grounds of the University of Miami, a total of $20,000 will be presented as prizes to juried artists. That application is here: zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=5014 . The application fee is $40.

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Are we Coral Gables' dumping ground?

A reader contacted me and we had a conversation on the phone. He owns one of the big white boxy houses and he told me he was tired of  so many people complaining about the changes going on in Coconut Grove. He said that there are two sides to every story. He was tired of being put down because he knocked down an old Coconut Grove house and he built a big white house. He was actually angry at another publication that showed an image of his house but he took it out on me since he couldn't reach the others by phone or email.

I told him that I am not per say against big white boxy houses. I am against multiple big white boxy houses on one plat of land. And I am against trees being destroyed in the process. 


He assured me that he did not destroy one tree and that he got 63 permits in the very long process of building his house including impact fees, and I told him I don't know how I feel about that. It does affect the taste and feel of the Grove. But to be honest, I don't really agree with people thinking it's ok to just come in and do what they want because they are paying permits and fees.

I feel like I'm not alone, this one post (A murder caught in the act) got over 300 shares on Facebook. People were furious.

Now the reason I'm writing this is something he said in our conversation. He said that it's a free country and he could do what he wanted. But not really, because another thing that he said disturbed me. He said that he had wanted to build a big white boxy house for his family for years, but was unable to where he lived in Coral Gables. So he came to the Grove to do it. 


Let that sink in for a minute.

As for Coral Gables. I wrote a story in my Tomversation blog (you can see it here) about this ugly flower sculpture in Coral Gables that the neighbors are furious over. They don't like it, they feel it's ugly and the city paid $1 million for it. That's all well and good, but I read somewhere where a Gables neighbor was quoted as saying that it's something that belongs in Coconut Grove.


What are we the dumping ground for Coral Gables? We have lax rules, if any, for development, and now apprently we have no taste when it comes to art.

* crickets *

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

They slid their perfect home in between the trees

An interesting read about how a couple "slid their house between the trees," when they purchased the land.

"John and Laura ended up snagging one of the few remaining half-acre lots in the area. Not wanting to cut down the tall maple and oak trees that dotted the property, John designed around them. “We had to obtain a waiver,” he says of the home’s unusual positioning. 'There was no way to put up a house without cutting down some trees, so I designed it at a 45-degree angle and slid it in between.' "

Whole story here in Inspired Living Omaha.

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Opening night for concert series is September 23

St. Hugh-Steinway Concert Series will open its 2016-17 Season on Friday, September 23 at 8 pm with the first orchestral concert ever presented at St. Hugh Catholic Church. Metropolitan Opera’s gifted French pianist and conductor, Pierre Vallet (left), will conduct Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring Basque pianist Roberto Berrocal (right).

Pierre is known for his superb musicianship as a conductor of opera, symphonic works, and as a concert pianist.

He is a long-serving member of the Metropolitan Opera, first as a pianist and coach and later joining the roster of staff conductors. He has enjoyed a long-term musical partnership with Seiji Ozawa, working closely together on some forty operatic productions and concerts throughout Japan, the US and Europe.

Artistic Director Roberto Berrocal grew up in Bilbao, Spain. In 1996 he entered Charleston College, South Carolina where he made his professional debut at 18, playing Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2. He has studied with pianist Joaquín Soriano in Madrid and with John Moriarty at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. There he won the Blütner Foundation Piano Competition, and finished with Masters degrees in both Solo Piano and Vocal Accompanying.

Tickets at $45 and $30 are available online at www.sthughconcerts.org  or by phone at 305-318-5008.

St. Hugh-Steinway Concert Series is entering its fifth season of vocal and instrumental concerts, presenting four concerts each year of both classical and popular music. Each concert is followed by a free wine & cheese reception in the adjoining hall to meet the artists.

St. Hugh Catholic Church (3460 Royal Road) has a striking vertical interior with beautiful stained glass and excellent acoustics. Over the past four years, the intimate 500-seat church has become a successful concert venue. 

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Bob Pritchard to speak at multi-chamber luncheon

Bob Pritchard
Join the Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Key Biscayne and Downtown Miami & Brickell  Chambers of Commerce on Friday, September 9, for a special luncheon featuring guest speaker Bob Pritchard, who has the number one global weekly radio show in the world for business and entrepreneurs on Voice American Business.

This is your opportunity to hear him live, he'll speak on driving business success in this disruptive technology age. Bob, a Los Angeles businessman divides his time between Europe, North and South America, Australia and Asia. He is the global specialist in business development with SME.

The luncheon is at Panaorama Restaruant at the Sonesta Coconut Grove from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Cost is $50 for general admission and $40 for members of local chambers if the tickets are prepaid here.

The price at the door will be $55.

The Sonesta is at 2889 McFarlane Road. 

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Women's Happy Hour at Mayfair Hotel

Didi Cubillos-Lopez is the guest speaker at this month's Women's Happy Hour, which is Monday, August 29, from 5:30 to 8 pm.

This happy hour is the last Monday of each month at the Mayfair Hotel. It's a great place for women professionals to meet, mix and mingle.

Didi was born in Colombia and is a graduate of FIU's Hospitality School, she recently joined the Mutiny Hotel as one of the few women General Managers in our community. Coming from the Alexander Hotel in Miami Beach, Didi is working hard to make the Mutiny one of the most welcoming and successful hotels in the Grove. To that end - at the Mayfair Hotel, she will be sharing insights and tips on how she makes her way in this mainly male dominated arena.

Enjoy happy hour half priced drinks and complimentary hors d'oeuvres.

This event is free.

The Mayfair Hotel and Spa is at 3000 Florida Avenue.

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I asked Raquel Regalado about the Grove Playhouse

It has been over 10 years that the Coconut Grove Playhouse has been shut and left to rot. I know they keep saying something is being done, but I don't see it and I don't believe it. I honestly believe the county is in bed with some developer who will turn the place into condos or an outdoor mall or something once it caves in on itself, which is going to happen if something doesn't happen soon.

I asked Raquel Regalado what she would do if elected county mayor. I didn't ask Carlos Gimenez, our current county mayor, since it seems that under his current watch, nothing has been done except for the proliferation of termites. I believe it's time for a change and also that Michael Spring, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs leave as well. He's in charge of the Playhouse and has done nothing to secure it's future. Too many developers have given Gimenez campaign money and he's approved large projects like the American Dream mega mall in Northwest Dade, which will be larger than the Mall of America in Minnesota. Less than smart in the era of dying malls. Not a good sign for the Playhouse.


I asked Raquel the following:

"I had a question about the Coconut Grove Playhouse. The current administration has done nothing to renovate the Playhouse, it's been sitting there rotting for over 10 years now.

What will you do to change that and to get the ball rolling with restoration? Your father has done nothing as City Mayor, what would you do as county mayor? Why should Grovites vote for you pertaining to this issue?"

Raquel's reply:

The failure to get a resolution to the issues of governance and finance for the Coconut Grove Playhouse is a civic tragedy. If the voters are with me, as the next Mayor of Miami-Dade County, you have my commitment that the stage lights will shine again in Coconut Grove.  

I will convene all the entities in this town who are interested in getting the Playhouse opened again and an agreement will be negotiated. I will not predict the specific narrative of such an agreement, as I am not looking to impose a preconceived notion of how it should be structured. My commitment is that an agreement will be approved.  

The indecisive nature of the current mayor, and his failure to lead this community toward a solution on the issue of the Playhouse, is just one reason I am seeking the support of the voters to be the next County Mayor. We have tremendous talent and resources in this community, and an "A" list of civic leaders anxious to participate in moving us forward. I intend to tap into all of that desire for a better Miami-Dade County and bring about real change.  I hope I can count on you to give me that opportunity. 

I like Raquel and know her, and since Carlos Gimenez hasn't done anything regarding Coconut Grove and the Playhouse, I think we need to give Raquel a chance. My vote goes to Raquel Regalado for Miami-Dade County Mayor.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Meet Nextdoor neighbors at dinner/meetup

There's an app/website called Nextdoor, you might have seen it. It's a micro-neighborhood-type thing where people post updates on various neighborhood events like crimewatch, block parties, things for sale, recommendations for a plumber, etc. It's a great way to get to know the neighbors. There are over 85 groups in Miami alone, each Neighborhood group covers just a few blocks, so it's very compact.

To that end, the City of Miami Police Department has chosen Nextdoor as their virtual neighborhood watch tool to supplement their existing crime watch program and increase the number of neighborhoods who are actively watching out for their neighbors. The MPD is having a dinner meetup to inform neighbors about Nextdoor. it's at the Miami Police College Auditorium on Tuesday, August 30 at 6:30 pm. The auditorium is at 350 NW 2nd Avenue.

You'll meet existing Miami Nextdoor Leads, learn the latest about Nextdoor, hear from Miami PD how they will use Nextdoor, and share your ideas and feedback with the Nextdoor team. Dinner is on Nextdoor for all attendees.

Please RSVP here to attend the meetup.
Commander Manuel Morales says, "If your neighborhood is not already using Nextdoor, we are asking that you become the Founding Member for your neighborhood. The Founding Member is the first person to join Nextdoor in a neighborhood. You will help spread the word to other neighbors and help start a few conversations."
To learn more, go to www.nextdoor.com and watch the video. If you are interested in being the Founding Member of your Nextdoor neighborhood website, go to www.nextdoor.com/priority and enter your address. If you have any questions during the sign-up process, go to help.nextdoor.com.

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Coconut Grove is being wiped out

There's an interesting article in The New Tropic called "The Coconut Grove We Love Is Getting Wiped Out," by Grovite Luke Fronefield.

It's a beautiful portrayal of Coconut Grove and in the end, it's sad, as the Grove has given way to greed. I took this photo not too long ago, let's hope that the Grove stays like this for a long time to come.

From the article:

With its high ground and abundant rainfall, the Grove is a unique subtropical rain forest ecosystem, unlike the rest of Miami which is essentially reclaimed swamp. This has allowed beautiful canopies like that of Main Highway to flourish with a semblance of manicured control, though left to its own devices the entire Grove would revert to jungle. 

It’s that barely concealed wildness — jungle tucked inside the sprawling concrete metropolis of Miami — that makes the Grove like nothing else in the United States, and perhaps like nothing else in the world. It’s not sexy and it’s not slick. It’s the wild child of Miami. From a bird’s view, the Grove must look like a small patch of green surrounded for miles by strip malls and skyscrapers. Today, that patch is in danger of becoming a dot or disappearing altogether.

This is Coconut Grove and yet there are so many that are destroying it to make a buck. I find it interesting, that something I never thought of before, is that Coconut Grove is all natural. It isn't built on swampland like so much of Miami is.

You can read the whole article here.

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Grove Chamber networker at Peacock Garden Cafe

The Coconut Grove held their August Networker at Peacock Garden Cafe last week. From left: Cindy Russo, retired FIU head basketball coach, Kathy Hidy, Keller Williams; Lilia Garcia, Coconut Grove Arts Festival; Rebecca Smith, Line Studio Realty; Wendy Zane, the Mutiny Hotel.

Leslie Rowe, Coconut Grove Events; Abilio Gonzalez, Abacustel Communications; Mary Helen Campbell; Steve Weiss, Coldwell Banker.

Jodi Rambarran, Courtyard Marriott Coconut Grove; Karen Davis, founder The Cruiser Club; Judge Fred Seraphin; Carol Munroe, Metro-Dade County Clerk of Courts.


Peter Laird, LGD; Karen Davis, The Cruiser Club; Wendy Zane, the Mutiny Hotel; Lilia Garcia, Coconut Grove Arts Festival.


Karen Davis, The Cruiser Club; Capt. Assad N. Masoud, Racharters.com; artist Erika King; Nick Athanassiadis, Denison Yacht Sales.


Jason R. Adams, VP Strang Architecture; Jessica Adams, Riley Smith Group; Rahul Ranadive, Ranadive Law PA; Nelly Fernandez, VP Regions Bank; Karl A. Fong Yee, Riley Smith Group;Alisha Gravesand, VP Regions Bank; Erika Villanueva, Regions Bank Coconut Grove; Luis E. Rodriquez, VP Regions Bank.


Peter Laird, LGD; Michele Segal, Sharp Dentistry; Lalo Durazo, owner Peacock Garden Cafe.


Photos by Rafael Gutierrez 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Coconut Grove community leader passes

Dr. David A. White, a life-long Coconut Grove resident, passed away last week. He was an important person in Village West. He was a teacher and school counselor and also a principal for over 35 years with Miami-Dade schools. He was a Coconut Grove activist and community leader.

Dr. White was born and died in Coconut Grove. He was 85.

"He represented a dying breed of Grove residents of which we can be proud," said Grove activist Clarice Cooper.


Here is the obit in the Miami Herald, a very nice write up.

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Schools in session; traffic nightmare is back

School's open again and traffic is worse than ever. The big traffic tie-ups are mostly caused by private schools, which always have had an air of entitlement, it seems.

Ransom middle and senior are terrible on Main Highway and Tigertail and Carrollton and the rest are just as bad. Rather than block neighborhood traffic, they should be required to give up some of their grassy areas on campus and let parents sit in the cars there for drop off and pick up.


On Friday, I headed down south for our family pizza night. I leave early usually to avoid traffic, but at one point, about 3 pm, all traffic stopped on Old Cutler Road. It literally stopped. I sat in one space, crawling maybe a car length at a time, for about 40 minutes, no exaggeration. I assumed it was guys working on the bike path through Pinecrest, which seems to be a non-stop project this year, it's been going on and on. Then I assumed that maybe it was an accident. Finally, when we made the turn where Red Road meets Old Cutler, and headed south, the traffic stoppage was apparent. It was Gulliver, the private school. Traffic was literally stopped for 40 minutes due to Gulliver.

Now Gulliver has plenty of grass inside the gates, that is where people should wait for their kids, not on Old Cutler Road, where the Coral Gables police try to direct traffic, but they favor the Gulliver parents over us peons driving on Old Cutler Road, so they are allowed to enter and leave while the rest of us wait - for 40 minutes!!!


I know I've said it before, but what happened to school buses? When we were in school we took buses, our parents didn't take us to school one by one with one child per car, tying up roadways and traffic. Gulliver Prep is the same, on SW 88 Street. They tie up traffic. But the thing with this school traffic is that the hours are staggered, so you never know when you are going to come upon a school letting out. I've almost got it down to a science at Ransom middle school on Tigertail here in the Grove, but every once in awhile I get caught up in the traffic.

It reminds me of something I saw on Twitter this weekend, with the hashtag #ThingsMyFatherSays - "When I was your age, I walked through 10 feet of shag carpet to change the channel!"

Happy school year.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Grovetoberfest tickets are on sale now

Grovetoberfest has opened ticketing and you can purchase early tickets here.

VIP Tickets $59 (from $90) These sell out every year. They only have 200 available at this price. Code: VIP59

Beer Socialite $39 (from $70) This is always the best seller. They're not doing a lot through Living Social or Groupon, so this is the easiest and best way to get them. $39, one hour early, pint glass and backpack.  It's really the best deal. Code: BS39

General Admission $30 (from $40) - You're an insider so you've never bought a G.A. ticket, but you can use this code as a make-good to a co-worker or someone you need to feel special. Hey, it's still ten bucks off. Code: GA30

One caveat, is that the right word? Grovetoberfest may not be in Coconut Grove this year. The festival, named after the Grove, by the way, may end up in Wynwood. We'll let you know when we do.

The event date is Saturday, October 15 and the craft beer fest will still have all the amazing events as it usually does.

It's the place for beer enthusiasts from all over the country.

Aficionados and the “casual beer fan” will take an active role in beer sampling by voting for their favorite beers in three different categories. In addition to featuring over 300 craft beers, 

Grovetoberfest will include an entertainment stage, a Homebrew Pavilion, a Kitchen Lab for beer/food pairings, a VIP area and Food Row, where restaurants will sell local fare. 
Grovetoberfest will host the fourth annual “Miami’s Best Homebrew Contest.” The winner’s beer will be available at a local restaurant/bar for the rest of the year. Contest is only open to home brewers.

Stay tuned for location.

Here's last year's event in Peacock Park.

Again, tickets are here, use the codes above for discounts.


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Local explorer is Rotary luncheon speaker

The Coconut Grove's weekly luncheon is Thursday, August 25 at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, starting at 12:15 pm.

Guest speaker is Charles Kropke, Managing Partner of Dragonfly Expeditions.   


Charles Kropke.
Photo courtesy YouTube
As Managing Partner of Dragonfly Expeditions, a 20-year-old expeditionary tour company of Florida and the Caribbean Basin, Charles has created over 150 tours pertaining to history, ecology, adventures, culture and the learning sciences.  Under his guidance over 100 tour guides strive to give passionate and informed interpretations of the geographical region in which the company operates.

An avid adventurer, Charles will share insights into the history of how the Florida Everglades have been impacted by developers as well as personal anecdotes of his experience with people, animals and the wilderness as a guide and entrepreneur. Charles fascination with South Florida began as a young child when his family moved to Fort Myers and one of his teachers challenged him to learn about the environment and how he could have a positive impact. During his career as a stock broker, he was introduced to the Everglades Restoration Movement where he became a 10-year First Lieutenant engaged in the removal of the invasive Melaleuca tree from many square miles of the Everglades. His entrepreneurial spirit took over and Charles began venturing into the startup and growth of various businesses including Dragonfly Expeditions, Margaritaville Travel Adventures, Windjammer Sailing Adventures, and Tropic Moon Media.

Charles has written several books including "South Beach: Stories of A Renaissance” and recently won an Emmy for the documentary “Unseen Everglades”.

Please RSVP to coconutgroverotaryclub@gmail.com.

The luncheon is $20 and all are welcome, not just Rotary Club members.

The Coconut Grove Sailing Club is at 2990 S. Bayshore Drive.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Cleaning dogs' unmentionables in drinking fountain

Regarding selfish dog owners. Check this out at Gothamist: 

Central Park Drinking Fountain Doubles As Dog Bidet


Photo courtesy Gothamist

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Coconut Grove slum lords to be sued by city

According to The New Times, there is more trouble on Hibiscus Street. This time in Village West. According to the article, The owners of shoddy apartment buildings in the neighborhood are being sued by the City of Miami for being slum lords — Orlando Benitez Jr., attorney Julio Marrero, his mother Rosa Marrero, and Phillip Muskat — are currently locked in a legal dispute about selling the properties. A potential buyer has offered to purchase the land, which is worth millions of dollars. If the city's argument is successful, a judge could potentially order the owners to use a portion of their profits to relocate their renters.

Story here.

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A murder caught in the act

I saw this photo on Grovite Luke Fronefield's Instagram account. He gave me permission to share it here along with his text. It's the "Father Knows Best" house that was at 3600 Hibiscus, across from Plymouth Congregational Church.


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Children watch as another "old" beautiful home in the Grove is torn down...along with dozens of trees. The trees were cut down without permits. After all, what's $1,000 per tree fine to a developer making millions on the deal??? This lot will be subdivided and so there will be two or three homes where there was previously one. It's the same fate for two other properties up the street. As home prices in Miami and elsewhere skyrocket, Coconut Grove is experiencing unprecedented "development" at the hands of developers and real estate agents and investors and unscrupulous buyers---all of whom are attracted to the Grove because of the incredible tree canopy and natural environment, and yet seem to have no problem destroying this tranquil oasis they're seeking. McMansions and other towering nouveau riche cement blocks do not belong in the Grove. Think about what you're building, people. MORE IMPORTANTLY, THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE TAKING DOWN.

His Instagram account is: https://www.instagram.com/lafmang305/


Below are a couple of photos I had, after and before.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Lost Trolley

I was coming home from the gym at 8:15 this morning, and as I turned into my neighborhood, I came face to face with a City of Miami trolley. Very strange to see it down our cul de sac, guess he was off course and made a wrong turn of something, but it was so nice to see a door-to-door trolley right in front of my house.

And it was a "real" trolley like this one as opposed to the "fake" mini-buses.

Speaking of trolleys, I did a well-received story in the Huffington Post last month about the New York City Transit Museum. I have it here in my Tomversation blog, too: tomversation.com/2016/08/02/a-trip-back-in-time

And I did a story on the L train in NY, too: tomversation.com/2016/05/29/celebrating-the-ghosts-of-the-l-train

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'Existing historical districts are under attack'

Got this from a reader:

As Coconut Grove is exploring how to maintain its historical identity towards the future, existing historical districts are under attack by the same modern out of scale development and a current appeal by Morningside residents will be discussed August 25 at 6:45 pm organized by Commissioner Russell to hear from residents about historical preservation. Are you available to attend? The meeting is at the Morningside Park Building. 

If you are available to go to the meeting or would like more information please contact Ms. Judy Miller at judymiller@judy-miller.com

If designated historic districts and design guidelines are not safe to preserve resident's quality of life and consistent predictable neighborhood character, that residents have voluntarily placed on themselves, then none of Miami is safe from new McMansions, bland architecture, and compound style designs. 

The proposal for a vacant lot at 545 55th Terrace is a square box with some applied architectural elements of 4 different styles as described by the architect to "be compatible with historic guidelines." 

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