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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Does the City really care about regulations?

This letter is in response to the post  "Are We Coral Gables' Dumping Ground?"





I could not agree with this post more.  It is unfortunate that people like him are impacting the charm of what makes the grove The Grove. While change is inevitable and should be welcomed, it should not come at the cost of greed, overpopulation and the destruction of our natural hammock. 

As for lax codes, just today (Labor Day), I made my first and only call to the City of Miami non-emergency line to report a neighbor building outside of construction code 36-6. My husband and I both have the day off and were rudely awakened at 7:00 am to the sound of construction. Our neighbors (Crawford & Justison) have subdivided one lot into two to make way for overpriced "big white boxy houses," with zero land/privacy.  They have also destroyed several oaks to make it happen.  Anyway, the City was unaware of the Holiday exception and told me that there is nothing they could do.  So how can our City enforce Codes and Permits when they have no formal education let alone awareness on our regulations? 

This leads me to the following question, are you aware of any groups that are actively trying to secede from the City of Miami? If so, I would like to hear more about their efforts.  The disruption of our charming historic community will continue to be destroyed if it remains under the City of Miami's jurisdiction."

Best,
Jen Levine
Coconut Grove   

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