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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Mixed messages

A reader sent me this old post card from Marc Sarnoff and  The Grove First. It's ironic because I feel that he has been a big part of giving our neighborhood away in the past eight years. Also, the Home Depot is here and this claim to fame of keeping the Home Depot out never happened. It's here. They ended up being a good neighbor, but they are here.

Teresa Sarnoff, who has been running for Marc Sarnoff's Commission seat has brought up the Home Depot as her biggest accomplishment, but she really had nothing to do with it and to bring up a 10 year old issue for a campaign today makes no sense.  What have you done in the past 10 years since? Teresa is not the candidate for District 2, we do not need Sarnoff 2.0, we never needed Sarnoff 1.0.

This ad to the left is one of four ads running in the Miami Herald online these days. It's amazing how he has changed from a community preservationist to a friend of developers and big contractors.

The fat lady image below is the other side of the postcard that is shown above.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sick of hearing about Home Depot. Why is it so hated? It doesn't bring extra traffic tot he Grove and was a lifesend when I lived here. Shell Lumber always had terrible hours for those us working stiffs.

June 17, 2015 3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're either talking about interests from construction (real estate), organized labor, or establishment (Sarnoff or Regalado).

Not exactly a hopeful situation unless people get behind one of the other candidates. Which one of them will prove themselves with a brain and a heart regardless of how much money they don't raise compared to the Sarnoff money machine.

June 17, 2015 3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarnoff is a sociopath who started lying the minute he decided to run for office and hasn't stopped once in nine years....

June 17, 2015 3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Home Depot, that you and your friends opposed, turned to be a good addition to Coconut Grove. You guys oppose everything that is new. I hope, that at list, you do not buy anything there.

June 17, 2015 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicken Little is alive and well in Coconut Grove.

June 17, 2015 4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sounds like you have finally gotten over Home Depot - I live on Matilda and it has been a real blessing - can walk there, but ocassionally have to drive to the one on Ocho

June 17, 2015 5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since we're going back in time, Sarnoff KNEW from day one the Home Depot could not be stopped. Two years ago, I was provided with and read much of the correspondence that flew around at the time. The Home depot was an "as of right" use..you cannot prevent an 'as of zoning right" use from happening..There was never any way to stop it.

Sarnoff knew this but deliberately egged on and mislead those who earnestly believed what he was saying. He lied to everyone in order to be a "leader" on an issue of some interest in the Grove. It was nothing but a duplicitous performance to gather votes for his election.
Sarnoff was callous and ruthless.. using of many of our friends and neighbors to further his own nefarious aims.
In point of fact Sarnoff did what he could to prolong the Home Depot battle in order to keep his name in the limelight. The man is without any moral or ethical limits. He started his career by lying to those who believed in him, and now will try to use his own wife to continue doing so.

This is the most dangerous kind of politician..the most dangerous kind of person. Someone who's word means nothing. Someone who will stop at nothing to elevate himself at the expense of others. Some who will look straight at you and lie about whatever his true aims are. We need to be sure this man , nor his wife, ever holds public office again.

June 18, 2015 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"to bring up a 10 year old issue for a campaign today makes no sense."

Ironic, seeing that's all the Old Grovites do--bring up the past.

June 18, 2015 7:50 PM  
Anonymous Bruce S. said...

I have no special insight about whether Mr. Sarnoff has "sold out", or how beholden he may be to special interests. But since the comments are mostly about whether Home Depot has turned out to be a good neighbor rather than the blight that was predicted, let me add this:
Home Depot initially wanted a MUCH bigger store. They wanted the entire center. Former KMart, Walgreens and Walgreens Liqour, AND Milams. It was to be a full fledged Home Depot a la SW 8th street, with all the associated 18 wheeler delivery traffic, contractor traffic, and day laborers lingering for work.
Regalado came out strongly against it because he knew first hand the problems associated with the SW 8th St site.
There was a lobbying effort to have Home Depot put in its sister concept "Design Expo" which was a high end home improvement store. No lumber, sheetrock, pipe or conduit. Just tile, furniture, fixtures and appliances. Most of the Grove community was behind that idea, but the parent company shut down the Design Expo brand.
The City held firm, and required a special use permit for stores more than (I think) 100,000 sq ft. Which was about the size of the old KMart.
And lo and behold, Home Depot put in a store with no structural lumber, block, aggregate, etc... They put in a modified Design Expo. Which the community was behind from the beginning.
So don't say all the "naysayers" were wrong. They were right. Even though it has a Home Depot sign out front, it's not as big or as industrial as most Home Depots.

June 18, 2015 9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In 2006-2007 Marc Sarnoff ran ads stating he was against billboards and visual pollution. Almost immediately, billboard companies and their lobbyists poured money into Sarnoff's bank accounts and lo and behold he spent every year since being the biggest promoter of billboards and visual pollution in Miami. Clear Channel installed 25 illegal LED billboards with Sarnoff's support. Salesman for billboard companies?

June 21, 2015 12:19 PM  

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