Is this the beginning of the end of our waterfront?
As you may or may not know, the City has put out RFP's (Requests For Proposals) for the properties including The Chart House, Scotty's Landing and Grove Key Marina. In many eyes, this is the beginning of the malling (and mauling) of the Coconut Grove waterfront. The general area affected is circled in red above.
The RFP's are asking for indoor/outdoor restaurant use designs. The RFP's were issued in March and are due in by June 15, 2012.
All the RFP info can be seen at the City's website here. I'm wondering if the City wants people to even know about this, Alice Bravo, the City's Assistant City Manager - Chief of Infrastructure, was quite vague (and rude) when I asked for the RFP. One City employee says, and I quote, "We are under a code of silence," regarding this RFP, but he said, "Look at the scope of it."
There is still talk of an RFP eventually going out for the Glass House building at Peacock Park.
All of these RFP's will drastically change the Coconut Grove waterfront. What do you think? Is this a good thing? Is this a bad thing? Should Scotty's Landing remain as is, the rustic, quirky Groovy Grove place that it is? After all, it is on prime waterfront space owned by the City. I am never in favor of change, which of course could be seen as a problem. But then again, I am not a politician or developer and I don't stand to make any money on this, which is usually the reason for these drastic changes. But what do you honestly think? Maybe change is a good thing.
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