My feelings about the Victoria Mendez case
I think when Ken Russell first brought the subject up, it was exciting for us Grovites because something was being done about the over-development here in the Grove. The first shots were fired and all city commissioners voted against the Battersea Woods project. Then it lead to Ms. Mendez' issue.
I learned a few things from the last commission meeting. I learned that Ms. Mendez is highly respected by many.
Another thing I learned is that there a are a couple of lines in the NCD (Neighborhood Conservation District) code, which state that the Grove is protected from over-development and lot splitting and that even if another code is sited that contradicts the NCD code, that the NCD has priority and THAT code is adhered to.
It's simple and it's the law. So if everyone protected the code and abided by the law, there wouldn't be any problems in the future.
I think we have a good City Commission - five people who are going to start protecting Coconut Grove and the city. I think we've all had enough of the greed and over-development.
Here are Al Crespo's thoughts on the subject.
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