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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Potholes are a nuisance in the Grove

I had another tire incident recently, where there was a nail in one of my tires and in the end, I ended up purchasing brand new tires. Nails on the road is not surprising with all the work going on around the Grove. But my main problem has always been my car rims, due to potholes in the streets. I've had to have them fixed or replaced four times and is it any wonder with the size of the potholes around here.

I took this picture on Saturday morning, leaving Starbucks, next to Monty's. Look at the size of that thing. It's over a foot wide and quite deep. How many cars were damaged by this? Multi-million dollar condos go up across the street, and this is the scene down on the street below. Makes no sense.

There are too many potholes in Coconut Grove, actually, in the City of Miami. Rather than pave the streets correctly, they put bandaids on the problem, which last about a week. One time I just crossed over from Miracle Mile into Miami on Coral Way and PLOP, I drove right into a pot hole and the tire blew up! That was my welcome to Miami from Coral Gables.

I'm really thinking the City needs to address this problem. They should repay people for all the money they've spent on repairs and replacements. This mess is one of the first things all the regatta people see when they enter the Grove.

There is a 311 Mobile App and you can report the potholes through that, but in most cases it ends up being after you've found yourself in one of the holes.

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13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The question you need to ask is why are there potholes in Coconut Grove and not in Coral Gables and South Miami? Its because the Grove is stuck in Miami and cant find a legal way to get annexed by a quality city or for our own city. Most cities are proactive, while Miami is only reactive. So I suggest that every time you see a pothole you stop take a photo, write down the location and send the info to the NET Office, dial 311 or inform your elected Commissioner. Going past a pothole getting mad or just complaining in a Blog will not get it fixed. Take positive action and get your government to do the right thing.

January 27, 2016 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's because Grovites do not pay their fair share of Taxes to City Hall and District 2.

If we did, we would have decent park benches, real bathrooms on parks, a renovated Historic Arts Theater, Trolleys, no light-outs, and no pot holes.

They should just raise our taxes, higher parking fees too. That way they could redirect that extra cash elsewhere, as always. You see, other villages need it more, even though they contribute much less. That's the beauty.

January 27, 2016 9:53 AM  
Blogger DBlanc said...

Coconut grove taxes were higher than gables when I was shopping for homes two years ago. I think they get their fair share and more.

January 27, 2016 10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city needs to stop giving tax breaks to the developers and INSTEAD impose an infrastruction surcharge based on square footage, with the money going toward improving the roads, traffic, schools, emergency services - you know, all the things that are impacted by increased population.

January 27, 2016 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DBlanc, I was being sarcastic, we pay WAY more than our share. But City Hall uses our taxes elsewhere. Nothing new. We tried secession from the City a couple times, impossible.

January 27, 2016 10:41 AM  
Blogger I Heart Miami said...

Gallagher Insurance Agency in Doral handles insurance for the City of Miami. File a claim with them to get reimbursed for pothole damages.

Maybe if more people start to file claims, they'll come out and fix them for good.

January 27, 2016 10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not trying to downplay the pothole situation, but how the heck have you managed to damage your wheels on 4 different occasions? Maybe you're just driving too fast and not looking out for hazards?

January 27, 2016 1:52 PM  
Anonymous Dexter said...

Draw a big penis around each pothole.
That should speed up the repair process.

January 27, 2016 2:28 PM  
Blogger Grapevine said...

I have racing wheels, so the tires are quite thin, so when I hit a pothole, it explodes, unlike regular tires.

January 27, 2016 3:06 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Get this. A couple of years ago when Sarnoff was still our commissioner, I hit a spot in the road where the grate had been removed from the storm sewer. My car wheel was damaged. When I spoke to his chief of staff he told me that they could do nothing since I was the first person to report it. Had I been the second person, they would have reimbursed me for damages. Lesson learned. If it ever happens to you simply have someone call to report the hazard before you do. Have to beat them at their own game. Maybe it won't happen with our new commissioner.

January 27, 2016 3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our new and beautiful 27th Ave will not last long with all of those huge construction trucks using it.

January 27, 2016 5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two sets of tires in two years living on Bayshore in town. Both because of nails.

January 27, 2016 7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also have racing wheels, but of the mountain bike variety. No problem navigating the peanut. CI.

January 27, 2016 8:22 PM  

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