As the Grove Turns. Coconut Grove, FL

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I'm not crazy about the rude reactions

I'm a bit surprised over the reactions I received from my posts about the Sailing Club; there were such rude remarks in the comments section.  Things were said like I'm on the side of developers and that I'm uninformed. My personal experiences are uninformed? That was the last straw.

I am taking a little break. No need to bust my ass trying to fill this space every day, only to have people jump down my throat for voicing my opinion.

I'm out of town anyway. I'm going to enjoy my time away and not worry about the Grapevine unless I have something important to say. Have a happy 4th of July.

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Monday, June 29, 2015


It's easy to do in Coconut Grove. #SupportLocalBusinesses

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Mango Festival being held at Fairchild Gardens

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will be holding the 23rd Annual International 
Mango Festival on July 11 and 12 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm each day. This year, the festival will feature mangoes from the Caribbean island of Jamaica. Festival favorites like the world's only mango auction, mango brunch, mango tastings, and mango tree sales will be a part of the fun.

There are hundreds of mango cultivars grown throughout the world with different tastes, textures, and fragrances. After sampling diverse varieties in the Mango Tasting Room, visitors can cast a vote for their favorite. In addition to delicious mango dishes prepared by vendors, unique mango varieties will be available for purchase at the Fruit Market and can be used in easy-to-make tropical meals presented by notable chefs at the Cooking Demonstration Tent. Expert-led gardening
demos will showcase global mango cultivation practices that can be used on Jamaican mango trees, from the sweet and rich 'Julie' variety to the juicy and flavorful 'Bombay' sold at the mango tree sales.

Following in the footsteps of Dr. David Fairchild, Curators of Tropical Fruit, Dr. Richard Campbell and Dr. Noris Ledesma, have traveled all over the world collecting mango species to grow at the Fairchild Farm. These rare mango collections, part of the magnificent Mangos of the 
World Display, will be sold to the highest bidder at the exciting Mango Auction on Sunday, July 12 at 2:00 pm. Richard and Noris will also lead the Mango Grower's Summit a day before the festival to discuss the latest research and news in the worldwide mango industry.

For a gourmet dining experience, RSVP to the Mango Brunch, a fundraiser for the Tropical Fruit Program and Fairchild Farm. Held on Sunday, July 12 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, the brunch will feature mango dishes by Frank and Andrea Randazzo of Creative Tastes Catering, Jimmy Carey of Jimmy'z Kitchen, Kareem Anguin of Oceanaire, Kris Wessel of Oolite Restaurant and Bar, Cindy Hutson of Ortanique on the Mile, and Allen Susser of The Café at Books & Books. Tickets for the brunch are sold separately.

Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road.

For more info, please call 305-667-1651 or visit fairchildgarden.org/mango

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

It's "pick on the Sailing Club' week

I'm sorry if I am going on about the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, but it really hit me the wrong way when a lady from the club asked me to remove a public meeting notice which I posted, which to be honest, was not meant to bring "outsiders" into the club meeting, but was to be a service for club members who read the Grapevine, but her simple email turned into so much more. Here's the story from 2010 about the Mooring Fields.

I think the club is run by inept people, maybe if someone with a brain ran the place, things would be different.

Many people have really been rude in the comments section and people went on and on about what the fees are and how it's a good deal. The point was that the club is a total mess and I don't care if it's $1 a year to join, it's not about that.  Jack King went on about a bunch of problems they've had over the years including embezzlement, and there are so many other things. All the planted comments, that all just happened to come in at the same time with the same tone don't fool anyone. Maybe if they paid for a liquor license that would include everyone, and allow visitors to try the place out, they wouldn't come across as not being Grove-friendly. People that come and try it out may become members.

When I suggested that the Coconut Grove Sailing Club move out, people wondered what should go there instead - I certainly wasn't thinking of development of the property; quite the opposite let it be Meyers Park, which it is part of. It's a gated section of Meyers Park, where the public is turned away. Why not just open it for anyone to come to? Or make it a community center where everyone can enjoy the waterfront.

I'm not sure why more people don't complain about this private club taking up space on city property and then complaining about things non-stop - "the parking space construction is blocking us," "the Bed Race is in the way," " the Arts Festival is a nuisance," "the 5K race is blocking our entrance," and so on. When the Coconut Grove Arts Festival or the Great Grove Bed Race close down the public areas for a day or a weekend, you never hear the end of it from residents, but the Sailing Club, which is on public property, on prime waterfront and gated so that residents cannot enter, is ok? Why do people complain when Peacock Park is gated for a beer festival for a day and just a few feet away a public park is gated 24/7 and run like a fiefdom? 

Part of the new parks master plan involved moving the club but I believe that part of the plan was changed and I believe if they moved, they would still be on city land. I say move it to private property where they can do what they want and charge what they want and be as snobby as they wanna be. That's all. 


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Do dog owners get a free pass?

Why are dog owners so exceptional that they get a free pass to walk their pets in public, and are tolerated to urinate and defecate on our lawns, streets and parks? Why are they allowed to enter restaurants and shops even when it is again the health code, unsanitary and dangerous to those people that have allergies? Why do we tolerate Comfort Pets and Service Animals, especially many that are truly neither? Are Dogs special like those illegal refugees that have been be granted Wet Foot Dry Foot exemptions. Is it not discriminating against other pets, like cats, birds, rabbits, pythons, iguanas, hamsters, ferrets and gerbils.

Feel free to send in Coconut Grove observations (good or bad) and we will run it as a "Postcard From a Friend." Any observation, long or short, if it's not good, please try not to use names of people or places. Email address is to the right, you can email your "postcard" there. We'll keep it anonymous.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Build the perfect Summer Smoothie

Here is a smoothie recipe, courtesy of one of our advertisers Fitness Together:

Nothing tastes better on a warm summer day than a fresh smoothie. Easy, cold, and refreshing, this is a great way to kick off your day or get your midday energy boost. Besides knowing and having control over everything that you put in, one of the best (and most fun) things about mixing up smoothies is that there are no rules! Customize your smoothie to fit your wants and needs and feel free to experiment.

One of the most important parts of a great smoothie is great, fresh ingredients. Check out the closest farmers market to choose some of the freshest ingredients in the area. Don’t limit yourself to fruits either! “Green smoothies” have made a breakthrough lately, allowing smoothie lovers to get all the benefits of their veggies, as well as fruit, in one delicious drink. A handful of spinach or kale is the perfect way to sneak in some extra veggie benefits for the day. If you are a rookie when it comes to mixing up green smoothies, try the 60/40 rule, 60% fruits and 40% vegetables. Try 2 cups leafy greens + 2 cups liquid base (water, almond milk, etc) + 3 cup ripe fruit. Blend your veggies and liquid first, then add your fruit and blend again. This is the best way to ensure no nasty chunks of greens.

Pump up your smoothie with a little protein as well. If you are a protein powder regular, go ahead and dump in a scoop. If not, try adding Greek yogurt, organic soymilk, or a scoop of Chia seeds. There are lots of options to take your smoothie to the next level.

Check out this super simple recipe, and give it a shot today!

Tropical Green Smoothie

•                2 cups fresh spinach
•                2 cups water
•                1 cup mango
•                1 cup pineapple
•                2 bananas

Try freezing your fruit for an extra chilly smoothie for the hottest Miami summer days. In your blender, combine the spinach and water first. Once that is well blended, add the fruit and blend until your desired smoothness.

Pour your smoothie into a cute cup, put on your shades, go outside, and enjoy your creation in the beautiful Miami summer!

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You just can't have anything nice

Seems like the morons who work for the City of Miami, all a twitter over the Boat Show at the Miami Marine Stadium location have cut out a bunch of highly protected mangroves. As Key Biscayne Mayor Mayra Pena Lindsay says in the Herald story, "Every fifth grader knows the value of mangroves." City workers don't.

This Boat Show looks like it will be more of a menace than anything. The residents who complained about destruction of the fragile area were right on with their assessment. This was only the first step in dealing with the Boat Show project. What next - knock down the whole Marine Stadium because it's in the way, too? 
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), which operates the Boat Show claims that the boat show, which is planned for February 11-15, 2016, is "risking the loss of $600 million in economic activity and 55,000 middle-class Florida jobs." They need to apparently destroy Virginia Key to accomplish that.

The over-development and non-stop building and digging and destroying is doing the county in. The quality of life goes down little by little daily. All based on greed.

The City of Key Biscayne has been grappling with the issue for months now, mostly about traffic, but they did call them out about the environmental destruction.

What's ironic about this is that for years, we've been trying to get a window cut into the mangroves at Peacock Park so that there is a water view, the same with Kennedy Park and here, the city is doing back flips over the Miami International Boat show because they have big bucks, where we have nothing to offer them.

I think the city should tell the boat show to take a hike, find another area to sell boats.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Eating clean; in a fast food sort of way

You know what would be cool? A fast food restaurant for healthy food, you know, for clean eating. There are none, are there?

Sometimes when I'm in a rush and I don't want to make a big thing of getting lunch, I go to a fast food place and I regret it later. A place that would sell wraps and smoothies and items like The Last Carrot or Choices, but only in a drive-thru, would be perfect.

Is there any? Am I missing something? 

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Sailor/Coach missing in Miami

2012 Olympic 49er sailor Trevor Moore is missing.   If you are in the Miami/Coconut Grove area, please keep your eyes open.  
From his Facebook Page:

Trevor was last seen at around 1 pm Thursday at the US Sailing Center in Coconut Grove, Florida. According to Lobby, his fiancée, he went out alone in his VSR RIB. Word has it the boat was found but Trevor wasn’t in it. Please contact Libby Patton at 440-781-9846 or 888-404-3922 if you know anything, saw anything, or see anything today. 

And if you are out there fishing, sailing, or booze cruising, please keep your eyes open.

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The Sailing Club; a ship of fools

I was quite amused after reading Tom Falco’s Grapevine post yesterday morning. I guess really find the antics of the Sailing Club over the past 40  years not only amusing, but in some cases, quite sad. This latest move is just more in bad taste.

Starting now and moving back to past, it seems that this latest faux pas just show how weird (for lack of a better word) can be. The post Tom refers to really had nothing to do with anyone except the people who had boats in the mooring field, but was the notice was sent to  the club’s full email list.

When you read the first email, it sounded like the city was forcing the club to move all boats to the city’s mooring field outside of the spoil islands, ostensibly for added city revenue. Anyone who has any dealings with city would consider that very plausible.

Actually the planned move is for a very short time, just enough for the club to remove the old moorings anchors and replace them with environmentally sound ones. The state of Florida has been on the club to replace them for years and now they are doing it.

The old anchors gigantic hunks of concrete and old train wheels that weigh 2,000 pounds each. I will be quite surprised if the contractor can actually get the stuff out of the mud.
Tom wonders why this is a private club on public land. Well, it’s not. Over the years the city has considered it a public club on public land with some additional features that you have to pay for. Sort of like a boat rental operation. Based on what the club wanted to do and what the city wanted (or didn’t want) it has not always worked like that,

One interesting post on this thread is Marc, who I believe is a past commodore. He states that the club’s liquor license does not allow them to serve non-members and social members. I’m not sure how they get away serving a guest of a member. Not serving them would be pretty tacky. The real story is that the club buys a license that costs $400 a year with restrictions rather than one for $1750 a year that will allow them to serve everybody. Are they really trying to be that elitist?

Another post states that the club had a social membership and dozens of Grovites joined. Their membership, and their food and drink revenues saved the club from a huge financial mess. Once the club was in good financial shape, they did away with the social membership, and then went down to the $400 liquor license to make their argument about social and non-members.

Here are a few of the many stories that I have lived through or have been told. I’ll keep the sexy ones out of this post.

In the late 1970s, the city, aggravated by the club’s antics, told them they had to build a new clubhouse. The old one, a Navy storage hut, was literally falling down and looked pretty bad right on South Bayshore Drive.  The members at the time were paying $25 a year in dues, and now they were facing huge increases in dues and a $500 payment for each member for the new building. Half the members quit. The building got built, thanks no small part to a local bank helping them out.

A side story here: The water company hooked up water for the construction and told the club to call when it was finished. Five years later the water company found out that there was no meter and the club had not paid anything. A meter was immediately installed. No word about the bill.

In the 1980s the club was paying quite a bit in rent to the city. They had signed an onerous agreement with the city and were looking to renegotiate. No way said the city, we need all the money we can get. So, someone in the club got creative and slowly changed the percentage they were paying. Within six months the rent payment was cut in half and stayed that way for a number of years. No one in the city noticed and it wasn’t until the city hired an outside auditor and the jig was up. The club did repay the money over several years.

Not too many years ago there was this very nice lady working the club office. No one ever realized that she used to have an ever so slight cocaine problem. She fell off the wagon and teamed up with another cokehead women working in the dock office. Pretty soon there was no petty cash and no cash payments. She began to wear the number off the club ATM card. She bought thousands of dollars worth of Home Depot gift cards. After a few years, she resigned to take a similar position at Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, just up the street.

She didn’t last long there. They caught her right away and she was fired. When the commodore of BBYC called the commodore of CGSC he advised him of the situation. No one at CGSC had any idea what happened. More than $100,000 had disappeared. She pled guilty and was sent to rehab. When the bank found out about it, they advised the club that they had fraud insurance. The commodore and the board refused. My guess is that they were too embarrassed because it would have gone public and everyone would have known.

In the interest of full disclosure I was a member of the Coconut Grove Sailing Club from 1984 to 1999.

Jack King
Coconut Grove, FL

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Art, film, wine and food presented by WIFF

A scene from "Nzinga: Queen of Angola."
The Women's International Film Festival (WIFF) and Kroma Art Gallery are holding a special event, Friday, June 26. It's a special evening of art, film, wine, hors d'oeuvres and the chance to enjoy internationally acclaimed and renowned storyteller Baba Adekemi Lyons along with African drumming, dance and more.

WIFF returns for its second Miami Film Month event and kicks off its summer membership drive with the presentation of the film "Nzinga: Queen of Angola" based on the true story of the famous African Queen from the 17th Century; this warrior woman fights for the independence of her people.

Also, this is your last chance to see Kroma's fabulous exhibition entitled, "From the Door of No Return to the Door of Return." Meet and greet the artists and hear from the Curator Dr. Edmund Abaka from the University of Miami

All are welcome. Great Educational experience for children and adults alike.

The event is from 6:30 to 10:30 pm.

Cost is $15 for members; $45 for non-members, which includes a one year membership to WIFF. 

For info: womensfilmfest.com or call 305-653-9700. 

Kroma is located at 3670 Grand Avenue.

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Help save their trees

Time to save some trees again. There are neighbors in the South Grove who are trying to preserve two beautiful ficus aurea trees on their property. 

There's a hearing before the Historic and Environmental Preservation Board on Tuesday, July 7 at 3 pm. The neighbors are hoping all the Grove tree huggers will come out to help them keep the trees before it's too late. The tree is on the property line between two neighbors as you can see, one wants it down and one wants to save it.

The tree is at the house at 3985 Loquat Avenue.

The hearing is at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive.

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'Cuba, the Natural Beauty' featured at gallery

Clyde Butcher's exhibit: "Cuba the Natural Beauty," will on on display at the Clyde Butcher Coconut Gallery June 27 - August 30. Meet Clyde for a meet and greet opening day Saturday, June 27, from 3 to 6pm. 

Clyde was asked to photograph Cuba by Luis Gomez-Echeverri, United Nations Development Program resident coordinator in Cuba and Naples businessman John Parke Wright IV in response to the United Nations declaring 2002 the International Year of the Mountains.

The Clyde Butcher Coconut Grove Gallery is located at 2994 McFarlane Road.

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Is it time for the Grove Sailing Club to move?

I posted the meeting notice for the Mooring Fields meeting at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, someone sent it to me to post. The next day, someone from the Sailing Club asked me to remove it, they said that the meeting was private. The Sailing Club is on city property, I don't believe any meeting on or about city property should be private since my taxes and yours, pay for that property and I may want to see how my taxes are being spent, or misspent, when it comes to the Sailing Club.

The Sailing Club has done this many times over the years with me. One time I was asked not to attend a community meeting because I was told I that I might make people nervous and they would be hesitant to speak! Other times I was asked to remove stories about spaghetti dinners and barbecues and band notices because I was told you have to be a member of the club to eat there (even though you pay for the dinner) and you have to be a member of the club to stop by and listen to local bands, such as Solar Dogs.

What's up with this? Why is this club private and closed to tax paying residents when it is on tax payer-owned land?  I've been to dozens of Village Council meetings and Village of Center Grove meetings and other meetings there, where they parade the food right through the meeting but try to order a burger and you're out of luck unless you buy a membership. So even if you're a guest there, you cannot eat or drink there.

I've looked up the laws regarding the Sailing Club and words like disingenuous come up, to describe the club. The city owns both the mooring field and the upland parcel in Meyers Park.

I got the disingenuous comment from an old Jack King article, where he states: "The sailing club has dug this little hole for themselves over the past 25 years with actions that can be described as disingenuous at very best. They were often lax in their community service and at one time dropped their free community sailing program that was part of the lease. Fortunately for them, the city was thoroughly incompetent when it came to enforcing leases with the exception of paying the rent on time. And the club did do that. Their behavior did not ingratiate them into the Coconut Grove community, which still has mixed feeling about the club."

Their latest complaint is about the parking spaces being renovated at the horseshoe area right outside the club entrance. They think it will affect their entrance and boats trying to maneuver the area.

I'm thinking it's time to take a good look at the club and maybe the time has come for them to find their own little piece of property, where they can lock the gates and keep out the riff raff, such as myself. They need to move.


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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What if you threw a party and no one showed up?

The word seems to be getting out about Teresa Sarnoff, she's a lovely person, but not a politician. I received a report from a friend who felt obligated to attend her thing at Greenstreet Cafe last night. Yes, there was some sort of campaign event, a meet and greet, only the people there all knew each other as they are all part of the friends and family plan regarding the city. 

I was told that about 15 of the usual suspects attended, basically the people who were either obligated or those who depend on the Commissioner for their livelihood -- local developers, hangers on and city employees who were probably told to show up.

The employees at Greenstreet didn't have a clue about the event earlier in the day. And I hate how this puts a black eye on Greenstreet, you know, being part of this campaign by simply just being used for the venue.

It ended up being a few friends having happy hour, congratulating each other, over what, I don't know, selling out the village, I guess. The other bunch of District 2 candidates don't seem to have anything to worry about and it may just end up being them battling each other for the vote as there aren't many supporters for Teresa. 

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Contestants needed for Hot Dog Eating Competition

CocoWalk will be holding the 7th Annual Hot Dog Eating Competition, a crowd favorite which will be taking place in the CocoWalk courtyard at 6:00 pm, on July 4th, sponsored by Cinepolis Theaters. This scene is from the first year, in July 2009.

They are looking for contestants, Email marketing@cocowalk.net for the form.

Participants will be allotted 10 minutes to eat as many hot dogs as able. One 16 oz cup of water permitted during competition. Hot Dogs must be fully ingested to count in this competition. Should there be a tie after the 10 minute competition, the competition will go into 5 Dog Overtime! This means there will be 5 hot dogs placed in front of each overtime competitor and the first competitor to finish all 5 hot dogs will be named champion. Judges will be present during competition to keep count of hot dogs eaten. Choice of judges is at the sole discretion of the event. Winners announced & receive prizes (1st place & runner up) immediately following competition. Contestants should arrive 15 minutes prior to the competition. If a contestant has not checked in at 5minutes until the start, they will forfeit their seat and be replaced

We need to bring the Coconut Hunt back. Maybe next year. Remember when little Oscar won the first year of the hunt? We used to have Friday night coconut painting parties at the Windisch-Hunt Gallery, to prepare for the big event each year. 

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Bringing culture and history to a community hub

The Bookstore in the Grove and The Wolfsonian–Florida International University have partnered to create “The Wolfsonian in the Grove,” a monthly community public gathering at The Bookstore to celebrate history and art with the Coconut Grove community. As you enter the store you can see a large display of Wolfsonian-featured books in the living room area.

These monthly events series will center around talks given on The Wolfsonian–FIU’s highly- esteemed illustrated publications, which complement Wolfsonian art exhibitions and include related essays written by Wolfsonian curators and local authors. Each month, the event will be tailored to the topics of the books being discussed. For the kickoff event this month, featured publications are "Myth and+ Machine: Art and Aviation in the First World War," a companion book to the museum’s recent collection of works focusing on aerial warfare in World War I exhibition focusing on cultural responses to "WWI, and The Birth of Rome: Five Visions for the Eternal City," 

An Italian dinner will be served as a part of a series of weekly Saturday night dinners, as tribute to this Roman theme. Live music will also be performed before and after the talk.

This event will feature complementary hors d’oeuvres, and wine will be offered as part of the each event. In addition, a 15% off coupon will be given to attendees to be used in The Bookstore, and there will be a chance to win signed copies of the books being showcased. Admission for all talks is free.

The debut of this special evening will take place on June 27, from 6–10 pm. The talk will begin promptly at 6:30 pm.

The Wolfsonian is a museum, library, and research center that uses objects to illustrate the persuasive power of art and design, to explore what it means to be modern, and to tell the story of social, historical, and technological changes that have transformed our world. The collections comprise approximately 150,000 objects from the period of 1885 to 1945, the height of the Industrial Revolution to the end of the Second World War. in a variety of media including furniture; industrial-design objects; works in glass, ceramics, and metal; rare books; periodicals; ephemera; works on paper; paintings; textiles; and medals.

The Bookstore is located at the Mayfair Atrium off of Florida Avenue at Mary Street.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Mooring Field Meetings

There are Mooring Field Meetings on Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25. 8 pm both nights.

The meetings are in regard to the mooring field project and relocation of boats from the Coconut Grove Sailing Club to the Dinner Key Mooring Field.

The meetings will discuss whether boat owners will move their own boats or have the Sailing Club provide the service.

The first wave of boats are to relocate between July 1 and July 5.

The meetings at the Sailing Club will not have access to the parking lot due the construction in the area, you'll have to walk in. 

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

NOTE: The meeting is only open to club members and mooring holders.

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Two Underline meetings this week

There are two Underline meetings this week.

Tuesday, June 23, 6-8 pm at Vizcaya Village, Frost Museum of Science, 3280 South Miami Avenue, for residents in the Coconut Grove, Brickell, Vizcaya, Roads, Shenandoah, Silver Bluff and neighboring communities Online registration is closed so arrive a few minutes early to sign up at the door.

Thursday, June 25, 6-8 pm, Temple Judea, 5500 Granada Blvd., Coral Gables, for residents in Coral Gables and South Miami to Dadeland South Metrorail Station, please RSVP here.

Each meeting will be approximately two hours and is designed to gather feedback on preliminary designs prepared by James Corner Field Operations. The vision for The Underline is to create a linear park and urban trail that will enhance connectivity, mobility, and biking safety for thousands of Miami-Dade residents and visitors.

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Here's Ken Russell's campaign commercial

This is Ken Russell's commercial. He is one of nine running of District 2 Commission seat in November. I saw it on tv yesterday and it's been floating around social media.

I would like to invite all of the candidates to send us your commercials, news, etc. I also am requesting that each candidate send me some photos of them with their pets. Apparently Teresa Sarnoff's campaign platform is that she loves animals and it seems to be working. People I know plan to vote for her, "because she loves animals." People are stupid. Teresa's campaign manager is smart.

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Vizcaya to be run by a nonprofit

Vizcaya will be taken over by a nonprofit organization that will run it. They are not actually taking over, they are "just following the success of other institutions like the Museum of Science, HistoryMiami and PAMM to name a few," said a friend who is on the board. The non-profit hires and fires the director, and raises money to help the institution.  Vizcaya had been overrun with events for so many years, which destroyed the property. It is being managed now, they are making money to support the museum and grounds and not having many events while doing that.

This letter to the editor from the members of the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trust was sent out this week regarding the nonprofit takeover or running the museum. 

The members of the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trust are honored to serve Miami-Dade County. The Trust was formed by the County Commission in 1998 to oversee Vizcaya. With support from elected officials, private individuals and staff, it has made great strides. Vizcaya's visitation has nearly doubled, important conservation projects have been accomplished, and our finances are sound.

In anticipation of the estate's 2016 Centennial, over the past three years the Trust has concluded that the best way to realize Vizcaya's full potential is to migrate its management to a nonprofit organization. The Trust recommended this governance modification to Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who, after careful evaluation, has now recommended it to the County Commission.

If our proposal is approved, this newly created organization would be rooted in the existing Vizcaya Trust, include appointees by our elected officials, and be led by the same professionals who currently serve Vizcaya. No one has suggested that the county give Vizcaya away.

Our recommendation is that Vizcaya remain a county-owned property, operated under an agreement approved by the county commissioners, with safeguards for Vizcaya's future.

Vizcaya is the only nationally accredited museum operated by the county. Based on the success of our county-affiliated peers, the change to a nonprofit management structure is critical to increasing private-sector support for Vizcaya.

To clarify, the Village - the property across South Miami Avenue from Vizcaya's main house and gardens and part of the National Historic Landmark designation - has been part of Vizcaya for the past century. The Village is where Vizcaya's original employees lived and worked.

When the Deerings conveyed Vizcaya to the county, they included all of the Village: 11 small historic buildings that stand today as well as the site currently occupied by the science museum. The Deering family's deeds restricted future use of the Village to purposes supportive of the main house and gardens across the street.

In 1998, county commissioners included in the Trust's responsibility the whole of the Vizcaya Village. In 2004, the county commissioners and voters approved the Building Better Communities bond program. The bond provided funding for the new science museum downtown. It also specified that Vizcaya would reintegrate the Village - including the current science museum site - to tell Vizcaya's whole story.

Our proposed approach to the Village combines open space with educational, recreational, museum and garden activities that celebrate the history and respect the scale, ambience and integrity of Vizcaya. We will continue to solicit public input before proceeding to the County Commissioners for their approval. It is clear that the entire Village is vital to Vizcaya's future, and restoration of the historic buildings and the landscape that once supported Vizcaya must be at the heart of this plan.

To elevate Vizcaya as a model of our community's passion for creativity, the natural environment, beauty, history, internationalism and inclusiveness, we believe that the change to nonprofit governance and full use of the Village property are required.

Joel Hoffman, Executive Director and the members of the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trust: Rayfield McGhee (Chair), Shawn Khosravi (Vice Chair), Carlton Cole (Treasurer), Laura Munilla (Secretary), Max Blumberg, Abbie Cuellar, Mireille Chancy Gonzalez, Angel Cabrera, Ruth Clyne, Kathy Heinly, Stella Holmes, Cathy Jones (Former Chair), Donald Kress, William Meyersohn (Deering Family Representative), Barnaby Min, Jeffrey Rynor (Former Chair), Lyse Cuellar Vidal, Jose Villalobos (Former Chair), and Arva Moore Parks (Founding Chair). 

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Next Chamber networker is at Spartico

The Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce is having a networker at Spartico this month. Enjoy live entertainment including Flamenco music by Daniel Almeria. There are raffle prizes, too.

Stay for dinner and enjoy 20% off your food portion of the check.

Admission is $10 for Grove Chamber members and $15 for friends. This includes a complimentary wine or beer and a selection of hors d'oeuvres.

The event is from 5:30 to 9 pm. on Wednesday, June 24.

Spartico is at the Mayfair Hotel, 3000 Florida Avenue. 
Please RSVP to info@coconutgrovechamber.com or 305-444-7270.

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Gymnation for toddlers at Peacock Park

Gymagination is bringing its Gymnastics program to the Peacock Park Recreation Center, June 24, inside the Peacock Park Recreation Center. Kindermusik is an international music program that specializes in music classes for ages 0-5 years. They will be offering two classes on Wednesday mornings, both programs have adult participation. 

They'll continue to offer programming for children ages 3-5 years at the Miami Conservatory of Music.  They currently have a camp for that age group July 20-24, mornings for only $99 for the week. The regular classes, Laugh & Learn for ages 3-4 and Move & Groove for ages 4-5 years will begin in August on Tuesday afternoons.

 The Gymnastics program has been offering gymnastics, movement and music classes for children since 2003. The Gymnastics curriculum is designed for children ages 18 months through 12 years of age and combines music, gymnastics and imagination. Children learn to love technically correct gymnastics and movement while at the same time develop keys skills in social, emotional, physical and cognitive educational areas. The curricula is based on the USA Gymnastics standards for gymnastics.. Each instructor is a USA Gymnastics member and safety certified.

Gymnastics classes are being offered during the summer on Saturday in the morning. GYM 4  for ages 4-8 years at 9:15 am, GYM 2 for 2 ½-4 year olds at 10:00 am and GYM with Parent for ages walking to 2 ½ years at 10:30 am.

Gymagination is directed and founded by Stayc Sharrow Simpson (Ms. Stayc). Stayc is Coconut Grove resident and comes with over 25 years of teaching experience and is nationally known for her preschool gymnastics/sports/music programs. Her programs have been featured in numerous state, national and international programs. Her educational background is in Early Childhood Education and Development. Stayc is a Kindermusik educator and business owner.

To register for classes or for more information on Gymnastics by Gymagination or Stayc Sharrow Simpson, please visit our website at www.gymagination.co or call 786.558.5558.

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Cars & Cigars and beer, and burgers and much more

The Barnacle held their yearly Cars & Cigars event on Sunday, for Father's Day, as they do each year. The weather was perfect, the sun was out, the trees did the job providing shade and a breeze and the sky was bright blue, without a cloud in site.

There seemed to be many more vintage cars this year from previous years and it seemed as if many more families attended.

The Barnacle had a cigar roller on site too, along with their famous hot dogs and hamburgers barbecued near the tiki hut out back. There was also a beer garden. $2.50 for a 16 oz. beer. Good deal.

Live music was played all day, there were bubbles blown and lots of things for the kids to do.


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Sunday, June 21, 2015

'Do It For Dad' walk raises cancer awareness

The proud walkers.
Every 19 minutes another American man dies from prostate cancer. That means that, one in seven fathers, sons, husbands, brothers and friends succumb to this disease. 

This morning, Sunday, Father's Day, the Zero the End of Prostate Cancer Miami Chapter, gathered friends to take a symbolic 3.9 miles walk to initiate the "Do It For Dad" campaign. 

The walk started at Kennedy Park and headed to Peacock Park, and then went around the Center Grove. It finished with a bagel and champagne breakfast sponsored by Maria Freed and Suzanne Schlernitzauer, both ZERO Champions in Miami.

The ZERO organization raises awareness, advances research, provides education, and offers financial assistance for medications and co-pays for those battling prostate cancer. The mission is to one day have ZERO men die from prostate cancer. 

Learn more about this effort at zerocancer.org

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A Father's Day message from Rosa Palomino

Four years ago I lost my father, Jose Palomino, who was my hero and my mentor. My father influenced my life by setting an example of what a single person can do for their community. As a child, I watched as my father touched countless lives with his compassion and advocacy. He was dedicated to serving the numerous students who passed through his door at the Lindsey Hopkins Vocational Center and, after 3 decades of service, my father could humbly say that he helped thousands of young people find prosperous career paths. It has been my goal to follow in his footsteps and honor the work he dedicated his life to when he was alive.

This Father’s Day, I want to take a moment to thank every father out there who made sacrifices to give their children a better life. My father fled political persecution in Cuba and came to America to offer his children a better opportunity. This is a story familiar to so many of us here in Miami. We must appreciate the courage it takes to not just want better for our children, but to do better for our children.

The children of Miami deserve to grow up in a city that provides the best opportunity for a prosperous future and a better quality of life than we inherited from our parents.
I decided to run to be your Commissioner because, like my father, I am dedicated to creating prosperity for our children. I pledge to work tirelessly to increase jobs, reduce traffic congestion, promote healthy mixed‐use development, and expand parks and green spaces where our children can play and thrive.

This Father’s Day, let us honor and share our gratitude for all the fathers that sacrificed to give us a better life and let us continue their work by joining together to make this city the best it can be.

Happy Father’s Day,

Rosy Palomino
Common Sense Candidate
For City of Miami Commission, District 2

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