Grove SLAM not happening this year
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"We saw a peak of 190 boats, 1000 anglers and over the years, about 100 bikini contest contestants. We awarded well over half a million dollars to teams from across the state and country. And we weighed 9 dolphin over 50 pounds," says Tony Albelo, tournement director.
Tony also runs the two beer fests - Sprung! and Grovetoberfest, the BBQ Fest and the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival as well as other festivals in the Wynwood area. Sprung! and the BBQ Festival have moved to Wynwood from Peacock Park in the Grove and Grovetoberfest and the Seafood Festival will probably be moving out of the Grove, too.
The Grove SLAM eventually is going to be turned into a fishing festival. "Some last minute changes to the new venue threw us a curve ball and we were not able to secure a location to host over a 100 boats," says Tony. "So there we were; Miami’s largest tournament without a home. Instead of trying to force a shot, we decided to table the tournament and festival for one year and launch with a much better handle on the venue."
So the Grove loses another event, but 2017 will bring a much larger event at another location to be announced.
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