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Monday, March 10, 2014

Designate City Hall as a Pan Am Museum?

1938, Florida State Archives. You can see the same 
There's a new petition started by my friend Gailen David, which wants the Mayor Tomas Regalado to turn City Hall back into Pan Am, or rather a Pan Am museum. As you know, Miami City Hall at 3500 Pan American Drive, was originally a Pan Am Airways terminal. The planes landed in the water behind the terminal. Aviation was different back then. This image, courtesy of the Florida State Archives shows the airport in 1938. You'll notice all the hangars in the background including the one used today for The Fresh Market.

There are not many signatures which brings me to our petition regarding trolley service in the Grove. We don't have many signatures either online, I think we got more by walking around and having people sign in person. There's also one sitting on the cafe bar at The Bookstore if you would like to do it in person.

I'm not sure why people are so apathetic. Petitions do work simply by bringing the  issue to the attention of the people who are being petitioned. The trolley petition made it into a bunch of local media (The Herald, New Times, Huffington Post and some blogs)  and I even Commissioner Sarnoff to signed it, which was a good thing. That's what we want, those being petitioned to know about it.

I have mixed emotions about City Hall moving out of the area, and to be honest, I think it does belong downtown, but I have always said, having Miami City Hall right here lets us have the government right under our noses, how many times will we run downtown or wherever, rather than where it is now, where we can just pop over any time we like. 

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about City Hall being a Community Center (with some Pan Am Memorabilia) next to Regatta Park?
Politicians need to be downtown at MRC building, where they can see and hopefully resolve some of our most serious urban problems.
Politicians don’t need to have offices with waterfront views, surrounded by millions of dollars of luxury yachts and restaurants.

March 10, 2014 6:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

City Hall is fine where it is now. If it was a Pan Am museum it would be just another empty place in the Grove that nobody would go to.

March 10, 2014 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The location of City Hall should have been at the Freedom Tower, Miami's iconic downtown building. But that ship has sailed. Elected politicians in Miami will never do anything that serves the public interest, just their own inflated egos. Don't expect this new initiative to go anywhere.

March 10, 2014 12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, these politicians need to be moved back to the urban core of the city and out of their cozy and scenic local.

March 10, 2014 12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the money spent on city hall's current location in recent years really looks like smart spending...

March 10, 2014 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you actually been to City Hall? It's a dump! The Mayor's office is outdated and smells like an old building. The entire things smells musty.

You could always position a pier behind City Hall. That would save the Seminole ramp for non-docking motor boat owners. You could open a Museum/Community Center/Art Gallery/Stake House/Condo/Parking/Hi-Rise. Or, better yet, how about another CVS?!?!?!

March 10, 2014 3:32 PM  
Anonymous HomeInTheGrove said...

You know, it sounds as if Groveites may not want all this commerce, people. How about a community without all this commerce? I believe they call it a residential community. There's a thought. Coconut Grove, a residential waterfront community. I have to run now. The ghost of Senator McCarthy is yelling something at me. Seems upset.

March 10, 2014 3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG NOT ANOTHER PETITION!!!!!!!What is wrong with you guys.every idea in the grove gets a Petition.no wonder knowbody gives a shit.LIVE AND LET LIVE ..LIFE IS SHORT ENJOY IT

March 10, 2014 4:16 PM  
Anonymous Charles corda said...

"Petitions" don't garner signatures by themselves. It takes a tremendous amount of work to fight City Hall.
This or any other petition requires a nearly full time commitment on the part of the originator of the "petition" to get the message out and collect signatures. Most importantly you need allies in the press and a very extensive email list.If you really want these "petitions' to have some impact they must be "promoted" on a daily basis. I know this first hand. Charles Corda

March 10, 2014 6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no unity in the Grove. There is no common method of communication between (this BLOG is the best we have and it has been great, thanks) the North Grove, Central Grove, West Grove, South Grove, Business District and all the condo & homeowners associations. The last election on Grove Harbor was a perfect example. After the vote some residents that live right across the street didn’t even know about it. How about the business changing the name of the Grove without asking the residents! It appears that the elected officials have all or most of the e-mail address of the residents of the Grove but use them for their own interests.
I have said it before and I will say it again, incorporate! The Village Consul should lead the charge of unifying the residents of the Grove! There should be a shared e-mail database or at least cooperation between all the above mentioned groups.
In another post on this BLOG I stated the following.
The Grove has fallen to the old adage, when they took my neighbor to the left of me I didn’t say anything. When they took my neighbor to the right of me I didn’t say anything! Now they have come for me and there is no one left to protect me! Get used to it Groveites! Silence all these years was not the best direction to take! We now live in paradise lost!

March 10, 2014 7:01 PM  
Blogger Hans Keller said...

Somebody said, "You can't fight city hall" .They didn't say you couldn't move it.
Good luck with that..

March 11, 2014 1:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes that building is old and no longer suitable for a city hall. City Hall needs to move downtown.

Tons of things could be done with that space, especially things that would make the community happy.

Community center would be nice. NET office could be moved there - so they stop paying rent at their current location. The local commissioners office could stay. The rest could be museum which would generate some $ and also could also be rented out for events (by the way Vizcaya is charging $25K for weddings!). There's a store in Cocowalk that sells PanAm merchandise - maybe they would move for the right deal. I could totally see those double-decker tour buses stopping there.

March 11, 2014 8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alternatively, Coconut Grove could be trying to land the Museum of Contemporary Art from North Miami, before it goes to Miami Beach (http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/12/3990050/north-miami-says-it-will-fight.html). Unlike a PanAm museum, that's a museum people actually go to, and I would much rather see the Art Basel launch party each year be in Coconut Grove than North Miami or Miami Beach. Sadly, we are probably a dollar shy and a day late.

March 13, 2014 4:23 PM  

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