When you see something, say something
The NCD3 (Neighborhood Conservation District) in Center Grove and NCD2 - in West Grove, need to be adhered to. Once cement is poured, it's too late. We need to stop these project before they have a chance. Upstander Justin Wales has a great idea about suing the City when it comes to allowing over-development, but we need to stop it before anything is built.
So many of you know what's going on in every inch of the village, yet no one appeals the projects and the waivers go through. As we all know, the zoning department is incompetent. They just are. I don't want to say they are on the alleged take, but they sure don't do the right thing.
Don't wait for a waiver to appear, because nine times out of 10 it won't. Or if it does, it will arrive on the last day to appeal. When you see something, say something. When surveyors are snooping around the property, then is the time to ask questions, call the NET Office, speak to Madelin, who is excellent. Be sure you know the next steps regarding the property and appeal it before one tree is touched or before one bulldozer arrives. The number for the Coconut Grove NET office is 305-960-4670.
The last administration was about destruction and money, this new administration is about neighborhoods and conservation. I have to admit that I did not vote for Ken Russell, but I am sure glad he won.
Let's have these Coral Gables vultures disappear all together. They claim that they have been in business for 50 years. That doesn't give them the right to come from their neighborhood and illegally destroy our neighborhood by going around city laws an using the conflicting county laws to do it.
One guy told me to my face, very innocently, that he built his huge big white box house on the land where he knocked everything down including the old house and trees, because they wouldn't let him do it in Coral Gables. So he came to Coconut Grove to do it to build his dream house. So he has his dream house, with no land, since the house covers most of the lot and his neighbors can now live in shade forever more and literally touch his house from their bedroom window simply by reaching out. This is progress?
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