It's "pick on the Sailing Club' week
I think the club is run by inept people, maybe if someone with a brain ran the place, things would be different.
Many people have really been rude in the comments section and people went on and on about what the fees are and how it's a good deal. The point was that the club is a total mess and I don't care if it's $1 a year to join, it's not about that. Jack King went on about a bunch of problems they've had over the years including embezzlement, and there are so many other things. All the planted comments, that all just happened to come in at the same time with the same tone don't fool anyone. Maybe if they paid for a liquor license that would include everyone, and allow visitors to try the place out, they wouldn't come across as not being Grove-friendly. People that come and try it out may become members.
When I suggested that the Coconut Grove Sailing Club move out, people wondered what should go there instead - I certainly wasn't thinking of development of the property; quite the opposite let it be Meyers Park, which it is part of. It's a gated section of Meyers Park, where the public is turned away. Why not just open it for anyone to come to? Or make it a community center where everyone can enjoy the waterfront.
I'm not sure why more people don't complain about this private club taking up space on city property and then complaining about things non-stop - "the parking space construction is blocking us," "the Bed Race is in the way," " the Arts Festival is a nuisance," "the 5K race is blocking our entrance," and so on. When the Coconut Grove Arts Festival or the Great Grove Bed Race close down the public areas for a day or a weekend, you never hear the end of it from residents, but the Sailing Club, which is on public property, on prime waterfront and gated so that residents cannot enter, is ok? Why do people complain when Peacock Park is gated for a beer festival for a day and just a few feet away a public park is gated 24/7 and run like a fiefdom?
Part of the new parks master plan involved moving the club but I believe that part of the plan was changed and I believe if they moved, they would still be on city land. I say move it to private property where they can do what they want and charge what they want and be as snobby as they wanna be. That's all.
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