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Sunday, August 03, 2014

A postcard from a friend

This is an observation from a friend, a fellow Grovite. This is a new series, I would like for all of you to send me your Coconut Grove observations (good or bad) and I'll run it as the Postcard From a Friend series. Any observation, long or short it good, if it's not good, please try not to use names of people or places. Email address is to the right, you can email your "postcard" there. Tell me whether you would like your name used or not. I like it better without names, but let me know anyway.

Here's today's postcard:


Rode back to Grove at 10 am today Sat. from Key Biscayne.

Went to Last Carrot for smoothie but they were closed.

Focaccia was closed for breakfast.

I bet everything in South Miami, Portland and Seattle are open before 10 am.


Got smoothie at Smoothie King.
Sat at Starbucks bench.

2 groups of tourists gathered around the Cocowalk marquee.

No one was in Info Booth.

So I asked if I could be of help.

They said they were looking for breakfast.

I sent one group of 6 from LA and San Fran to Le Bouchon and one group of 4 to Greenstreets.

I saw the new pavers [on Commodore Plaza].

They certainly don’t help the Grove look historic.

What is the guarantee that they will not crack or be pushed up by roots?

Will they last more than 50 years or need maintenance or replacement before then?

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on, it's August. It's the slowest time of year in Miami. It cost money to open your doors and with no people around, one would lose money. The Last Carrot is never opened at 10:00. It opens for lunch. Did your friend ride over to ridicule?

I personally love the Grove this time of year. I live in South Grove. With all the schools closed and half the people out of town, I can take my dog out for a walk and barely see a car pass by, Peacocks can graze without worrying about speeding Carollton girls and their parents. Enjoy! We only have a few weeks left before the crowds return.

August 03, 2014 10:04 AM  
Anonymous Carole Smith said...

Le Bouchon and Greenstreets were good recommendations. Lokal opened, starting today for Breakfast and the lovely Peacock Cafe is also open for Breakfast. Carole Smith

August 03, 2014 3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'mon now -- any place serving food should be open in the grove for breakfast by 10am!

Here's a question to whomever can answer regarding the paver project: why not remove all the cool old chicago brick, fix the trees/root problems, then put the old brick back down instead of using that faux trash? That would reduce the cost greatly by eliminating the need to purchase more material AND would allow the old charm to remain.

I speculate 3 possible answers -- the family/friend network got a sweet deal for a friend or cousin's business by via buying that faux garbage from them, that old chicago brick goes to someone's home in the family/friend network (otherwise where does it go??), or could it be simply that nobody with the city was smart enough to think of doing it that way.

August 04, 2014 7:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweet deal for the contractor on that one. Making a killing. Gets overpaid by the city, and all that material they are pulling out to be resold.

Miami's corruption network continues.

August 04, 2014 10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

$1,090,000 in bond (borrowed) money for Commodore Plaza for trees and bricks, a contractor could have done the bricks for $95,000.

August 04, 2014 2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again, Grove must become its own city!!

August 11, 2014 11:21 AM  

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