What is going on with Coconut Grove?
The new mall on the water, Grove Harbour, has not broken ground yet, and that's a good thing and of course Regatta Park is just still basically a hole in the ground. The Expo Center is down, I'm not sure if all those toxins were removed from the ground, but either way, it's a large, empty fenced in area - with a large over-sized dockmaster's building. I remember Mayor Tomas Regalado years ago, I think he was still a City Commissioner then, talking about the demolition of the Expo Center saying that it would just end up for years as a big dirty hole in the ground, like the Orange Bowl was at the time. He was very prophetic. And that mess on Grove Isle, who knows what that is going to end up being. Even with the work being done on all the major arteries in the village, traffic will be a nightmare. This little village wasn't created to be over-populated.
Then of course there is, and going to be a large street mess all over the village from the upcoming redo of South Bayshore Drive to Bird Avenue and Main Highway, and 27th Avenue is still not completed.
Awhile ago, a reporter called me to talk about the Grove for a magazine article. His assignment was to compare Williamsburg, Brooklyn to Coconut Grove. I told him that a better comparison would be Greenwich Village to the Grove and he changed the focus to that. The article has not been published yet. I'll share it with you when it's out.
It's still confusing as to what Coconut Grove is becoming.
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