About those trees
I was fuming when I first saw the trees were down. I called Ron Nelson at the Commissioner's office, he then was fuming, he called the BID and PointeGroup and they were fuming. But while we were all fuming, the deed was done. The trees were gone.
It took a week for me to get to speak to Maurizio, he kept insisting that I come to him, but I was so furious, I didn't want to speak in person. After missing each other for a few days by phone, we ended up speaking on Sunday morning by phone. I guess by then, I had cooled down.
One of my friends couldn't believe my take on the situation and he scoured the Grapevine for advertisements from Strada or the new Farinelli place, just assuming that I "sold out." One comment said, "And since when does the Grape "JOKE" and endear folks who cut down tree's in our Grove?" I was ashamed when I read that.
We live in a world of greed, especially in Miami. It's all about green, but not being green. I don't know how or when it started. Most of us didn't grow up like that. We were taught to respect our environment. But now the developers and business owners see dollar signs on every corner and the rest of us along with the trees are plowed down in the process.
I am assuming that Maurizio will make good on the area that was destroyed and I am sure that many of us will make sure that it happens. Trees are like children to Grovites. Remember that hack job at the post office when all the old trees were massacred in 2007? People are still sick about that.
Just recently I ended up in the middle of a neighbor vs. neighbor tree skirmish.
I guess Maurizio likes to think of himself as being a Grovite. But he's not, because he just doesn't get it. What's ironic here is that the Drum Circle was chased out of this area because they were considered a liability, when in reality, the actual business owner is the liability.
I'm sorry for letting my guard down. It won't happen again. Killing nature is not acceptable.
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