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Friday, June 20, 2014

Nassau Daddy flew the coop

The painted peacock that was on the corner of Douglas and Grand is now gone. But it didn't go far, it was moved down the block to the Coconut Grove Collaborative office (3628 Grand Avenue). It seems that the PointeGroup has bought or at least controls that corner now and they didn't want to be responsible for any harm done to the bird while they build on the corner, which could take years, but since it was their property now, Peter Gardner, president of the PointeGroup Advisors told me that they did not want to be responsible for it's upkeep or safety.

Since the Collaborative and the Pinnacle Group own the bird, they were asked to move it and be responsible for it.

Neighbors and business owners are not happy about the move, it was a source of pride for the neighborhood, proudly standing on the main corner of the Village West.


Peter told me that he wanted some sort of waiver signed stating that the PointeGroup would not be responsible for any damage while it's on their property. Jihad Rashid, president of the Coconut Grove Collaborative told me he knows nothing about the waiver, but he is willing to sign one. The bird has been there 3.5 years (since February 2011)  and so far there has not been a problem. 

I hate to see it moved since it was sort of a landmark there (story and pictures of the dedication event here). It is in great shape and it's a remarkable piece of work by artist Rosie Brown, so it really can be placed anywhere and be at home. Maybe the new residential housing going up on Grand Avenue, owned by the Pinnacle Group and the Coconut Grove Collaborative could eventually display it proudly out front.

Maybe the peacock could also end up across from where it was on the other side of the side of Grand and Douglas. The main thing is that it's in good hands and protected. It just needs a new and permanent home.


Jihad Rashid and Peter Gardner have planned to meet this morning. We'll let you know what happens.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that peacock. The artist did a phenomenal job on it.

June 20, 2014 10:12 AM  

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