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Monday, October 07, 2013

"Stop Grove Bay" kick-off rally on Wednesday

The "Stop Grove Bay" fight is getting started. Grovites are upset at the City's sell off of our waterfront land and they are going to start doing more than just talking.

There is a "Stop Grove Bay" kick-off rally on Wednesday, October 9 at The Grove Spot (3324 Virginia Street).

"Stop Grove Bay" Kick-Off Rally Set for Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 6:30 to 8 pm. Stop by and see what you can do to save our waterfront from the proposed "mall" and parking garage. We don't need this 100,000 square foot retail on the waterfront. The only people benefiting are the developers and a handful of others. It's all about money for a few people. That's it. This will not benefit Coconut Grove in any way. None. Our waterfront is a special treasure which we have and not many other communities have. Making it another Bayside is criminal.

I understand that development will go on, but it needs to be controlled development, it needs to fit the footprint of what is there now and not become a monstrous sell out of the waterfront to line the pockets of a select few, while ruing the area forever.

A new group the "Community Coalition" is fighting the project in the name of sanity of quality of life.

The Coalition is a registered political action committee poised to oppose the City's plans. The issue will be decided in the November 5 election.  All City of Miami voters will be voting on this important Grove issue, which riles lots of us since most of the folks in the City really know no nothing about this and don't have much of an allegiance to the Grove, so really, they should not be voting on this.

In a City press release this week, the Grove Bay proposal was described as "spectacular resort." Miami's Mayor, Tomas Regalado  added that it will "raise the quality of life and self-esteem of the residents of our city." It is actually doing the opposite Mr. Mayor. Keeping our waterfront pristine and quaint is the only real self esteem around here, Turning Coconut Grove into a resort and or suburb with a mall is not going to help anyone's self esteem. 

The Coalition has a new website, www.StopGroveBay.com. The site has all the information one needs to learn more, volunteer, or to make a campaign donation.

Please get involved. And vote NO on November 5. Once the waterfront is destroyed, there is no going back.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of the effort being put forth in complaining about the Grove, Home Depot, Mercy Hospital, Sidewalks, Playhouse, Toxic Parks, Waterfront project (that has been in the works since 2008)
would be better if it were directed into efforts to secede from Miami and become The Village of Coconut Grove.

October 07, 2013 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No offense, but you all are nuts for opposing this thing. This is what the Grove has been screaming for. Let change prevail over the trite and stale Chart House and Scotty's Landing. You all want the Grove to have its renaissance, but at the same time, you all are so stubborn to see a good thing when it comes your way. I guess this is Grove politics as usual, which is to oppose everything. Nothing but cause chasers and complainers on here.

October 07, 2013 12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Center Grove and go to Scotty's at least 2-3 times a month. But I go for the view, the service is terrible and the food is extremely sub-par. A new restaurant with the same view would be embraced by everyone I know.
And a couple things about this article bother me.. first is 'I understand that development will go on, but it needs to be controlled development' Who would control the development, you? the PAC? Or maybe it should be the representatives the were democratically voted into office. Secondly, why shouldn't the city of Miami vote on this, I would want my say if Brickell or Overtown was deciding on a large project, I would have loved to cast my vote on the stadium deal in little Havanna.
Anyway, let the voters decide and then respect their decision.

October 07, 2013 2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Secede and expel Sarnoff. Look how the city of Miami burnt and dumped its trash in Coconut grove and now wants to destroy our waterfront.

October 07, 2013 3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would have supported the Grove Bay project should it have been one floor, no retail, no 1,2,3-6-8 story parking garage and it included 15'- 20' wide boardwalk to leave enough space for sitting benches, runners/joggers, parents pushing kids stroll, handicaps access, bay view for everyone. The parking garage is NOT part of the ballot, which means, the parking authority WILL go back to their Feb drawing of approximately 1,000 parking spaces - 8 floors. THERE is NO RESTRICTION ON THE HEIGHT. Right now, the parking authority has scaled back the parking spaces to 225, that's a scam to fool us. another Cover Up like the Toxic issue in the parks Again, I am for development in the area BUT it must take into account IMPROVING the QUALITY OF LIFE of the Citizens of Miami and in particular the Residents of Coconut Grove. The moving traffic flow from Brickell to Main Highway and from 27 Ave to Brickell as well as traffic going through the Center Grove Neighborhood will be a nightmare, let's not forget that there will be approximately 325 employees working in the Mayfair building, that more traffic; btw I support improving the Central Business District. The other day,I read an economic report with suggestions to the City of Miami on how to help create mid-high paying jobs, one suggestion was to invest in the Central Business District to make it attractive for companies to move in, right now there is Financial Company from California considering moving into the Grove the report also suggeted improving the local public transportation. Continue on the Quality of Life, How about the cyclist, the chances of injuries to death will increase. There's is talk going around about if you don't support the project taxes will go up. I personally don't buy it. There are many MEGA HUGE projects in the pipeline in the City of Miami which will bring MEGA revenue. So, will vote NO on this project. Again, i support some type of improvement to the area.

October 07, 2013 7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is public property being considered for private business?

October 07, 2013 8:41 PM  
Anonymous North Grovite said...

Is there a link to the press release that mentions the resort proposal?  I had not heard of this.

October 08, 2013 8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't attend this but I do have some questions so if anyone wants to ask on my behalf that would be very much appreciated.

Who employed these folk? They say they need $75k to RETAIN a Campaign Advisor and a Digital Marketing Expert. Who employed them, what was the interview process, where did they come from, who selected them?

Also, if the Coalition do not spend the full $75k what happens to the surplus? How much is going on salary?

Are they a PAC or a lobby group? If so, have they filed all the relevant paper work to register themselves as such. I can't find any evidence of this on their website.

Who are they community coalition? Who is on the management of this group. They don't list their names on their website or what interest they have in preventing the development going ahead.

Just some questions from a concerned Grove resident.

Yours in good faith,


October 08, 2013 11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Attend the kickoff tomorrow and you will find out.

October 08, 2013 5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The garage has a height cap. 39 feet. Not to be higher than the hangar and the retail that is being proposed is in the hangar and that was part of the Sasaki Plan.

If you are going to oppose a plan at the very least, oppose it for legitimate reasons.

October 09, 2013 2:07 PM  

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