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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Many old ghosts leaving the building

Lots of fond memories will be a big park soon, as the Coconut Grove Expo Center/Dinner Key Auditorium/Convention Center/Jim Morrison thingie/tv-movie studios are torn down. This is how it looks today.

Do you have fond memories of the place? Did you see concerts there or go to the antique shows or flower shows or home shows, etc.?

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10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Change is good.the place was old and was more expensive to maintain than waht is was doing for the masses.remember just because a movie studio is making money by using it or the city for that matter.doesnt mean it was good for the community.we need places where we can go on dates,places we can go with out of towners and most important with family and friends.i think a good place for movie studious is the old homestead airforce base.this new mall will be amazing right on the water in a beautiful neighborhood.the old grove is nice but has died.sucks because most people want the old grove back like it was 10 years ago.with this project we can have the best of both worlds.something old and something new.instead of waisting energy on trying to stop a project thats going to happen nomatter what you do.focus on the positives and ideas to make the project a winner.to much negativity has gone into the grove in the last few years.lets all united and welcome this new project.lets focus more on getting the bums and drug users out of the parks which litter and leave dirty neddles all over.homeless people ae people too but they need to be somewhere else.not near are kids mastubating and drinking and doing drugs.lets organise clean up efforts arounf the mangroves.lets build more pubic restrooms at peacock park.so many more important issues around the grove than this mall.lets unite to stop this crime waive.lets focus on cleaning up the old grove which is nastier everyday.the restrooms downstairs in cocowalk are a poor excuse for a tourist atraction.hello even all the rest areas along the turnpike have been renovated and beautiful i might add.wake up people use this energy for something smarter than saying no to something thats going to hapen no matter what.we all know its going to happen.

October 23, 2013 12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I....I...I....
I was going to come in here to comment about how it is such a shame that after years of neglect and mismanagement by the City of Miami, that after years of being used for nothing but antique shows and gun shows because the City couldn't think of any better use for it, that this historical landmark has to be torn down.

However, after reading the first comment's wall o' text, I'm afraid that either someone has really misjudged their meds or someone is on the verge of a breakdown.
Maybe they just seriously need to look into decaf.

October 23, 2013 1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For a few weeks ghost of Jim Morrision has been singing on the block "the Backdoor Man" complete with the extra two words for Dade County: "suck dxxx"

October 23, 2013 2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Folks, despite your argument, capital letters at the start of sentences and paragraphs are your friends.

October 23, 2013 3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It makes little sense for Miami's CRA to be offering $10 million to help establish a new TV Studio in Miami's Omni Park, when the Dinner Key Expo Center has been a successful and profitable one for over seven years. It is shameful to be demolishing the 107,000 sq. ft. South Hall and 45,000 sq. ft. North Hall that have provided and excellent facility for the success of Burn Notice, Marley and Me, as well as countless other TV and Film productions.

The City of Miami has benefited with $250K – $500K annual leases, Miami-Dade County (MDC) has received thousands of dollars in permit fees, hundreds of filmmakers have been employed, thousands of companies have increased revenues, hundreds of homeowners have rented out their houses as locations, and the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau has benefited with tens of thousands of positive PR impressions throughout the world.

Dinner Key Expo Center became a profitable and successful accidental Film Studio. The former Skill Center location that the CRA bought from MDC may be useful as a storage facility, but not a Film Studio. It is near a railroad Line, under an overpass, under a flight path to Miami Intl Airport, has low ceiling and many vertical support columns. It might work as an office for Video Gamers or Animators if it is soundproofed.

Dinner Key Expo Center has been a most valued facility and should have remained so. To lose it as a productive and profitable TV and Film Studio, will be a travesty for Miami, our film industry and Coconut Grove.

Another nail in the Grove's coffin.

October 23, 2013 3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Commissioner Sarnoff wanted it gone.

What are you bitching about?

We do what the Commissioner wants. It's that simple.

October 23, 2013 7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the first post.the city might of made money but we all know where that money went.to the pocket of all the crooked politition miami has and yet we have nothing for us to use.im voting hell yeah for the mall project

October 23, 2013 7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's an eyesore on valuable land. Tear it down and let's start building the park and restsurants for the future.

October 23, 2013 8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The revenue collected over the years from this building will not be used for the new park project. The scheme is to let the developer pay for everything, including demo, garage, and lease money to fund the Regatta park...in other words, your Grove tax dollars always go out to the rest of the City and whatever new put in here has to be paid for from commercial/private deals that will always put the Grove tax payers wishes last. Looks like a good deal on the surface but when you look at the profits by the developers, the loose terms etc. you realize its a bad deal for us, the real owners of the land.

October 26, 2013 1:22 PM  
Anonymous Caffeine Clicks said...

The issue is that politicians allow the developers to tear down historic sites which cannot be replaced. This lessens the value of community and leaves no sense of history. Miami doesn't need another Bayside. It's a pity what the developers have done to this historic village.

July 14, 2014 6:36 PM  

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