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Friday, July 08, 2016

The peacocks are bothering neighbors again

The following email was sent from Commissioner Ken Russell's office:

Dear neighbors,

Over the past few months, many of you have expressed your concerns about inconveniences experienced with peacocks in District 2. Yesterday, July 6th, 2016, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners has passed a resolution to study how to open facilities for relocating nuisance peafowl.

We encourage you to follow this study, as it may provide a solution to this problem in the Grove and other areas of Miami-Dade County. Have a wonderful week.

Kind Regards, 

Martin Maldonado 
Aide to Commissioner 
Office of Commissioner Ken Russell

It appears that people are trying to get rid of the peacocks again. I have to admit that they have proliferated and they are in areas where they have never been seen before. I have seen one or two just standing in the center of South Bayshore Drive, just standing there. Tigertail of course is full of them at certain times of the day and so many other areas off of Tigertail. These guys shown above were recently seen taking a stroll up 17th Avenue.

But do a few complaints from neighbors give our County Commissioner the right to do away with them? His office of course does not intend to harm them, just send them to a farm down south or something. I have a friend who doesn't like dogs, should we start getting rid of them, too?

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26 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our tax dollars at work. Good to know Russell is taking care of the important issues. In the meantime, we DO NOT have peacocks in the south Grove, so don't waste your time (and our dime) looking down here!

July 08, 2016 7:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peacocks and Dogs? Not a very good comparison.

July 08, 2016 7:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a County level policy initiative, not City of Miami. Commissioner Russell has nothing to do with this, this was put forward by District 7 County Commissioner Xavier Suarez. Please make this clear in your writing of this article.

July 08, 2016 8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The complaints of a few Grove residents and Ken Russell's office may not have had much to do with this resolution. The message from Mr. Maldonado states that "the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners has passed a resolution..." Ken Russell is our City Commissioner, not our County Commissioner. His office may simply be disseminating information about the resolution which was passed by the County Commissioners. It's not clear from the information provided.

July 08, 2016 9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could be peacocks a real problem in a town?
Come on, have you seen the news recently?
Cristina

July 08, 2016 10:06 AM  
Blogger Fairchild Membership volunteer said...

We DO have peacocks in south Grove. Have you ever driven on Main Highway or south Douglas Road. Many do enjoy this part of the flora and fauna of our neighborhood.

July 08, 2016 11:30 AM  
Anonymous swlip said...

I have seen at least two near rear-end collisions on 22nd because of peacocks. They are endangering public safety and, in the absence of natural enemies, will continue to proliferate. The comparison to dogs is asinine. Peacocks are not domesticated.

July 08, 2016 11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There were upwards of 50 peacocks on one neighbor's lawn on Nethia last week. Around the block on Micanopy, 16. Then 9 on Hallissee.

Some mornings it's like a Hitchcock film.

July 08, 2016 2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please spend a day in the area north of Overbrook in the North Grove. Hear the noise, see the peacocks on top of houses, cars, etc., leaving a ton of poop every- where. It really is a serious problem.

July 08, 2016 2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give me a break. So now peacocks have joined the builders and developers in a concerted effort to destroy the district-2 habitat. Who have the selfish mean peacocks hired to lobby our officials?

July 08, 2016 2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're moving to Miami Shores from north Coconut Grove and will miss lots of things about the Grove, especially the peacocks. I experience the noise, poop, and delay in driving down the road regularly, but it's worth the opportunity for awe at the natural world. Maybe the City can relocate peacocks to more neighborhoods.

July 08, 2016 4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too much of even a good thing is too much. I live in south Grove and there are plenty of peacocks. Just yesterday saw 10 new babies. With as many as there are, it won't hurt to move some to a farm or facility. They do cause damage to roofs, cars and yards and not everyone is so delighted. Clearly none have roosted in trees near your home and squawked all night, esp. during the mating season, and I mean, all night! Try going to work night after night with that noise.

July 08, 2016 4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there are a ton of peacocks back on Leafy Way in South Grove

July 08, 2016 4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Martin Maldonado? A new staffer?? How many does that make now? Is he getting paid minimum wage (you don't much of a budget to afford 7+ staffers!)?

July 08, 2016 4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Feathers would make a beautiful decoration on a Lady's hat or bonnet.
I may be going to the local speakeasy tonight. Would anyone like to join me?
Pluck a Feather for me and I may save a dance for you!

July 08, 2016 5:00 PM  
Blogger Donn K Flipse said...

I have no problem with this....a few peacocks are cute....the large packs have become a nuissance...they poop on my pool deck and peck away at my plants...

And yes, thou county does have a stray dog policy. Which is why you rarely see any....

July 08, 2016 6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Grove Peacocks are a few of the last original survivors of Cocoanut Grove. I know they can't afford to live in today's Metro Grove, but, if residents have any desire to keep the Grove unique and thus protect their property values, then remember they are a part of the Grove.

July 08, 2016 7:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lion fish are beautiful, can produce up to 30,000 babies every month, have big mouths, can eat prey 1/2 their size and are kept in check (maybe) by spearing them as the meat is delicious. We eat chickens, turkeys, alligators, doves, quail, snails, snakes, iguanas and pigeon eggs. If the peacocks really bother you set a trap and pretend they're 1st cousin to a turkey, set your oven @ 425, but don't tell your kids or dinner guest. Jobie Steppe

July 08, 2016 10:25 PM  
Blogger Brad Tamm said...

I regularly have a yard full of peacocks. Usually they are eating my fresh grass seed. Still cool to look out there see them. People complaining about them are the same people that complain about the people during the art show. Move somewhere where there's no people or cool birds.

Brad

July 10, 2016 7:12 PM  
Blogger Eight is enough said...

You know it's getting out of hand when you see a peacock on the shoulder of WB 836 at 27th ave.

Juan

July 11, 2016 8:34 AM  
Blogger Jean said...

They're an invasive species, like Burmese pythons. But instead of eating your dog or child, they'll crap all over your house, cause other property damage, and keep you up at night.

July 11, 2016 11:15 AM  
Blogger Michelle Niemeyer said...

This feels like deja vu all over again.

July 11, 2016 3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you live in a neighborhood where the situation is really bad, you would understand. Try it.

July 11, 2016 9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have seen a couple of them recently in the Silver Bluff area, so I guess they are crossing US 1 as well. It is a nice sight though.

July 12, 2016 7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Tom Falco, Editor/Publisher,

Bad example with the dog. The city does round up stray dogs.... I am behind reducing the number of peacocks in the North Grove. Note I said reducing. Tricia

July 13, 2016 2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

construction workers are bothering me, can we get rid of them ?

Lord. What's next.

July 19, 2016 6:23 PM  

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