Being shady about the Grove Playhouse
But I noticed over at Facebook on the Save the Coconut Grove Playhouse page, they are upset that County Mayor Carlos Gimenez is being shady. He is keeping Commissioner Suarez from entering the Playhouse to inspect it. He says no one has been inside in eight years, which is a lie, as I have been inside within eight years and so have dozens of others, including squatters and a bunch of kids on skateboards who destroyed a lot of the place. Until a few friends of mine took it upon themselves to board up the place, anyone could enter.
Here's the message from the Save the Coconut Grove Playhouse Facebook page:
"Your action is needed. Mayor Gimenez is lying and refusing to allow Commissioner Suarez access inside the Playhouse building, alleging its a "safety hazard", in spite of the fact that recently the University of Miami and Actor's Playhouse were allowed inside to retrieve costumes and memorabilia. The mayor lied by saying no one has been inside the building in EIGHT YEARS even though there have been several occasions when groups have gone inside which has been reported by the Miami Herald. The mayor also wants to have his own inspectors go inside before we do in order to do their own private inspection. That is unacceptable and a conflict of interest since there will be bias in having the team they are on the verge of hiring telling them what they want to hear about the condition of the building. We want to go inside and see the building for ourselves BEFORE the county brings in their own selected team hired in an unethical way. The Playhouse belongs to the state (that's us!) not the county. Commissioner Suarez is a county elected official who has jurisdiction over Coconut Grove and he has every right to have access to OUR Playhouse! Please call and email Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez at 305-375-5071 and at firstname.lastname@example.org and demand he allow Commissioner Suarez access to the building. We want to see the inside of the building before Commissioner Suarez' March 12 hearing on the Playhouse. ENOUGH!"
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