Does Grove Harbour meet Miami 21 requirements?
The city should have known it was not to code, but of course the city will do anything to bend over backwards to accommodate developers. To the City of Miami, laws are suggestions. The city went out of their way to override the Coconut Grove residents' feelings against the project, to bring in a "yes" vote for the project, from people in other parts of Miami. People who have never stepped foot in Coconut Grove and didn't have a clue what they were voting for. It's one thing to have the vote be a city-wide vote, it's another for elected officials, who should have been unbiased, go on TV and radio and give speeches at civic groups to push the "yes" vote.
The request for this Warrant is to permit food service establishments (three restaurants and a related banquet facility) in the Civic Space zone, pursuant to Article 4, Table 3 of Miami 21, and a Warrant for outdoor dining in the food service establishments pursuant to Section 6.3.2 of Miami 21.
They are asking permission to build 51 feet at the highest point with 102 parking spaces onsite and 137 spaces off site, per the original agreement. The restaurant space would be 16,810 sf, the restaurant exterior would be 9,025 sf. and the banquet facility would be 4,850 sf. Total: 30,685 sf.
If the plans are allowed to proceed with the Warrant approved, there is no telling what else would be approved. Many people are wondering about Regatta Park, so many people fear that it can end up in the hands of a developer, who can move in and "finish the job."
There are rumblings now by activists who were against the Grove Harbor project from the start. Their goal is not to stop the project and stop the Warrant with an appeal, which is permitted by written letter.
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