Is it time for the Grove Sailing Club to move?
The Sailing Club has done this many times over the years with me. One time I was asked not to attend a community meeting because I was told I that I might make people nervous and they would be hesitant to speak! Other times I was asked to remove stories about spaghetti dinners and barbecues and band notices because I was told you have to be a member of the club to eat there (even though you pay for the dinner) and you have to be a member of the club to stop by and listen to local bands, such as Solar Dogs.
What's up with this? Why is this club private and closed to tax paying residents when it is on tax payer-owned land? I've been to dozens of Village Council meetings and Village of Center Grove meetings and other meetings there, where they parade the food right through the meeting but try to order a burger and you're out of luck unless you buy a membership. So even if you're a guest there, you cannot eat or drink there.
I've looked up the laws regarding the Sailing Club and words like disingenuous come up, to describe the club. The city owns both the mooring field and the upland parcel in Meyers Park.
I got the disingenuous comment from an old Jack King article, where he states: "The sailing club has dug this little hole for themselves over the past 25 years with actions that can be described as disingenuous at very best. They were often lax in their community service and at one time dropped their free community sailing program that was part of the lease. Fortunately for them, the city was thoroughly incompetent when it came to enforcing leases with the exception of paying the rent on time. And the club did do that. Their behavior did not ingratiate them into the Coconut Grove community, which still has mixed feeling about the club."
Their latest complaint is about the parking spaces being renovated at the horseshoe area right outside the club entrance. They think it will affect their entrance and boats trying to maneuver the area.
I'm thinking it's time to take a good look at the club and maybe the time has come for them to find their own little piece of property, where they can lock the gates and keep out the riff raff, such as myself. They need to move.
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