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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Halloween-themed happy hour at Woman's Club

The Woman's Club of Coconut Grove will host a Happy Hour and Networking event on Thursday, October 25 From 5 to 7:30 pm.

There is no entrance fee and free appetizers and a cash bar.

Halloween themed photo ops, masks, boas, hats and other items provided, but you are welcomed to costume up for the occasion!

Come have fun, meet new people and discover the club.

The Woman's Club of Coconut Grove is located at 2985 South Bayshore Drive, for info: 305.446.2909.

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An open letter to Ken Russell regarding NCD

Dear Mr. Russell                                                                                               

Many who have made the South Grove their home did so with the reasonable expectation that zoning and public health laws to protect the nature and character of this area would be enforced and would remain in place, or even be strengthened in order to assure the continued well-being of residents. These expectations are property rights supporting resident’s right to the quiet enjoyment of their property.  

While speculators and developers have property rights also they do not have the right to create additional property rights out of thin air, or by confusion, corruption,  extortion, or intimidation.  A property owner in this city cannot decide to put a nuclear power plant in their back yard and a developer who owns one building site cannot decide to build a subdivision on that site. Since 1991 any newly created building site in the South Grove has been required to have a 100 foot frontage, the present NCD-3 incorporated this requirement of  SD-18. The proposal you are sponsoring would allow over half of the neighborhood to be divided into sites with a 50 foot frontage. This would over time; greatly increase density in terms of the number of houses, population and in terms of how much is built on the land.   

Many of the original plats in our area were laid out prior to the advent of septic systems thus many of the platted lots are too small for those systems, Current Florida Statutes set a maximum of 4 dwelling units per acre for subdivisions such as those in the South Grove, at present the South Grove, taken as a whole, is very close to that limit. Allowing further subdivision or the creation of additional building sites, in addition to reneging on the promise of zoning protection, would also endanger resident’s health in the event of flooding, power failure, and hurricanes.   

The critical language  this PROPOSAL WOULD STRIKE: Wherever an existing single-family residence or lawful accessory building(s) or structure(s) is located on one or more platted lots or portions thereof, such lots shall thereafter constitute only one building site and no permit shall be issued for the construction of more than one single-family residence except by Warrant.  This language, based on court tested language from Coral Gables code, is clear and has proven to be enforceable in Coral Gables for the last 38 years. Clarification of criteria for a warrant if needed should be based the original intent of NCD-3 and on the 2005 criteria for a special class 2 permit (PREDECESSOR OF THE WARRANT) cited in the 11,000 code. “The purpose of the special permit shall be to ensure conformity of the application with the expressed intent of this district”. That expressed Intent of the Single Family District: The single family residential district is intended to protect the low density residential and dominant tree canopy characteristics of Coconut Grove and prevent the intrusion of additional density, uses, and height.  Thus, the criteria should be does the warrant application protect;

·        low density ( less than 4 dwelling units per acre),

·        the tree canopy characteristics,

·        does it prevent additional density (originally meaning number of houses,  scale of houses, and population),

·        does it prevent additional uses (such as additional rental units),

·        does it prevent additional height.

I urge you to OPPOSE any attempt to REMOVE from NCD-3 zoning law the Single Family District and its protective language regarding lot-splitting, rental units and frontage requirements. Protection of the nature and character of this neighborhood is important. Dividing the land into smaller sites and eliminating room for trees by allowing greater density, in both number and size of dwellings, as well as permitting additional uses in the form of rental units will result in a much less desirable place to live with accompanying decline in livability and property values.

Sincerely, Dr. John Snyder
President South Grove Neighborhood Association Inc.

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Impossible Dream returns to Grove home base

Impossible Dream in Philadelphia (photo coutesy ABC6)

Impossible Dream will return to her dock in Coconut Grove today, October 22, at 12:30 pm after completing a 4,000-mile voyage from Miami to Maine, stopping in 24 ports of call and taking out close to 1,000 people with disabilities and their families along.

Impossible Dream is a 60-foot wheelchair accessible catamaran sailboat that has been sailing the East Coast of the United States offering sails to people with disabilities. Since June, she has been working her way northward from Miami and visited Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and Maine, among other ports.

Her home port is Shake-a-Leg Miami in Coconut Grove. When not sailing the coastline, she complements the programs of Shake a Leg Miami, a community water sports and boating center providing programs for people with disabilities and the general public for more than 25 years. 

Shake-A-Leg is at 2620 S. Bayshore Drive.

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Local fundraiser for candidate Andrew Gillum

Forward Florida is hosting a reception in support of Mayor Andrew Gillum, Democratic candidate for Florida Governor on Tuesday, October 23 from 5:30 to 7 pm at the Woman's Club of Coconut Grove.

Host: $1000
Co-host: $500
Friends: $100
You may donate here.

To RSVP or for more info, please contact Akilah Ensley at 919-671-5363 or akilah@andrewgillum.com

Forward Florida (ForwardFL) is a leadership political committee focused on improving the quality of life for all Floridians, while tackling serious statewide issues and opportunities that can advance the Sunshine State as a leading model of economic, environmental, and social innovation in the U.S and around the world.

ForwardFL seeks to advance this mission by supporting dynamic leaders, organizations, initiatives, and ideas that embrace innovation, create opportunity, uphold justice, and that help to build a new economy.

The Woman's Club is at 2985 S. Bayshore Drive.

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Coconut Grove pumpkin carving

The Art Box pumpkin carving event last year.

The Art Box is having a Pumpkin Carving Contest on Friday October 26, which starts at 7:30 pm. Admission is $25 per person, which includes pumpkins, tools, snacks and spiked witches brew.

Please RSVP to sofia@rtboxmiami.com

When I first saw this announcement, I was telling a friend it reminded me of Barracuda's Pumpkin Contest in 2010. Brian Davis and Matt Heiger owned the Cuda then and they had the street closed off and on October 29 that year, along with the music and drinks and fun, there were to be pumpkins to judge. I billed it in the Grapevine as a "new event that will hopefully become a signature event," but I think that was the first and last one until this one at Art Box.


The late great Robby Parks, Monty Trainer and Frank Zito at the 2010 Barracuda party on Fuller Street.

What happened was the event was crowded and fun, it was from 7 to 11 pm. Robby Hunter performed on the street, it was a really fun block party, there was a pet costume contest and lots of drinks, and at about 10 pm, I went over to get the pumpkin judge, Monty Trainer. I picked him up and we went to the event.

The crazy part is that there were only two pumpkins in the contest! I felt a bit embarrassed for Monty, but the good sport he is, he got into the fun and it ended up being a funny thing. I would have joked around and said something like, "You dragged me out of bed for two pumpkins?"But the gentleman he is, Monty laughed it off and judged the pumpkins.

You can see the two pumpkins and that block party here.

Another funny thing is that one of the pumpkins is Steven Colbert. Last week Monty was telling me he loved his show but we couldn't remember his name, he kept calling him "the guy with the glasses." Wonder if he got into Steven Colbert back when he saw him first as a pumpkin.

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Early voting starts Monday

Early voting starts today at 7 am. The only polling station in Coconut Grove is the Vizcaya Historic Garage at 3250 South Miami Avenue. It's the same property as the former Museum of Science. As you enter, it's to the right.

There is plenty of parking and it's easy to get to.

There is a polling station in Shenandoah and also Coral Gables. 

For the full list, please go here, you can find a sample ballot there. too.

Polling times are 7 am to 7 pm from October 22 through November 4.

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Tigertail Avenue work being done this week

The City of Miami’s Public Works’ sidewalk contractor Metro Express will be performing sidewalk repairs along Tigertail Avenue between Mary Street and 27th Avenue starting Monday October 22.. 

The work is expected to last four days. During this time there will be no access to parking lanes in areas of work and limited access to driveways. When working on driveways, only half of the driveway will be impacted at a time.

No lane closures are expected, only the parking lane and sidewalk areas  where work is being performed will be impacted. 


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Grove added to Miami Culinary Tour schedule

Glass and Vine is one of the locations on the Miami Culinary Tour

Starting on Saturday, October 27 and happening every Saturday after that are Miami Culinary Tours in Coconut Grove.

These are half-day food tours around the village, about two and a half hours. Some of the restaurants participating are Atchana's Homegrown Thai, Ariete, Jaguar, Peacock Garden Bistro and Glass and Vine, along with a few more.

Cost is $69 for adults, $49 for children. The group consists of 12 only and they depart at 12:30 pm. The starting point is Peacock Garden Bistro at 2889 McFarlane Road. Tickets must be purchased to participate. You can purchase them here.

Award-winning Miami Culinary Tours has earned a reputation for excellence by introducing visitors and locals to some of the most talented restaurants in town while covering the history and culture behind the food. Guides are intimately acquainted with the neighborhoods and premier fine dining as well as mom-and-pop ethnic eateries that reflect the diversity of the city. 

Along with the Grove, tour, they have the South Beach Food & Art Deco Tour, Little Havana Food & Cultural Tour, Wynwood Food & Art Tour and the Design District & Art Installation Food Tour.

Each food tour is tailored to include the featured neighborhood’s most captivating restaurants. For additional information, please visit miamiculinarytours.com

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Cyclists need to obey the law!

I almost killed a bicyclist this morning who ran the red light at Bird and 27th.

Bicyclists want to be taken seriously and it's annoying as hell when 100 of them are riding in front of you early on a weekend morning, taking up both lanes of traffic. But apparently, that's the law and they can do that.


But when the run red lights and act like they are invincible, well, that's where I think they need some training. They look so cool (or silly) in their spandex and head gear, but under that head gear there are a few who take their life in their hands.

And after not being killed, the cyclists called me a few choice words (beginning with "F"). But he's the one who ran the light! His two friends who were with him stopped at the red.

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Lecture by Dr. Brian Greene at Ransom Everglades

Dr. Greene
Ransom Everglades is presenting a lecture by Dr. Brian Greene on Wednesday Octoberr 24. Dr. Greene, the director of Columbia University’s Center for Theoretical Physics, will share his views on the complementary relationship between the humanities and STEM fields as the school marks the first anniversary of their REinventing Excellence campaign.

Brian Greene is not only a highly regarded string theorist, but he has also made a name for himself as the author of several books for lay audiences, with his appearances on late night TV, and as the host of several NOVA episodes on PBS.

This event is open to the public. And the best part? There is no cost and no RSVP needed!

The event starts at 7 pm at the Lewis Family Auditorium at 3575 Main Highway.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Getting ready for the Coconut Grove Arts Festival

I stopped by the Coconut Grove Arts Festival gallery this week where they were judging the art for the upcoming February festival. It's that time of year again - every October the judges do their thing.

Katrina Delgado, Director of Artist Services said that as of today, there will be 119 artists invited that have never participated in the Coconut Grove Arts Festival before. Those 119 artists, representing 1/3 of the show, hail from four different Countries (USA, Canada, Bahama and Venezuela) and 25 different states. Twelve of the 119 are from Miami and have never shown their work in a Miami Arts Festival.

“The artist selection process is the most important obligation we have all year. It is imperative we keep the selection process pure. The integrity of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival as a fine arts juried show depends on it," says Monty Trainer, president of the festival.

“Close to 1000 artists from across the nation and representing different counties apply to our Festival annually.  We engage two panels of highly respected judges to carefully review the work of these artists, and based on a criteria of creativity and artistic excellence choose the participating 350 artists for that year," said Lilia Garcia,  Arts Festival Board Chair.

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival is February 16, 17 and 18, 2019 where art, fun, food and so much more take over the streets of Coconut Grove.

Arts Festival Facts:
350 Artists from 6 Countries
42 States
107 from Florida
24 from Miami-Dade County
43 Artists that have done the Arts Festival for 10+ years
3 have participated over 30 years
More than 88% of the artists have participated for less than 10 years.

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Update on Regatta Harbour

The TREO Group – a privately held real estate investment firm headquartered in Miami – announced recently that it has closed on a loan for $33 million provided by FirstBank of Florida for the construction of Regatta Harbour, formerly known as Grove Harbour, a mixed-use waterfront development situated on more than 9.5 acres in Coconut Grove’s historic Dinner Key. You know, the place we call the Mall on the Waterfront.

Restaurants, specialty stores, marina services, floating docks, on-site parking and event spaces will be part of the project. Construction on Regatta Harbour has already started, you can see the new garage going up nearby and the Chart House was flattened long ago. They are being hush hush about the retail clients who have signed up for space at the new project, but when they announce it, we'll announce it.

“Securing this significant loan from FirstBank Florida is yet another milestone for this momentous project that will breathe new life into the vibrant waterfront destination and create an around the clock upscale locale for community members and visitors to dine, shop and relax,” said Otto Boudet-Murias, principal of The TREO Group. “We are thrilled to be at the forefront of Coconut Grove’s transformation and look forward to shaping the future of the area with this lively epicenter while maintaining the rich culture and history of Dinner Key.”

Upon completion, the project will include over 100,000 square feet of retail, services and restaurant space. 

Historic airplane hangars, used in the early 1900’s as the first continental Naval air station and later as Pan Am Airways’ base of seaplane operations, will be preserved and renovated as an homage to the area’s culture and history, creating approximately 40,000 square feet of unique setting for a gourmet food hall, specialty market, fitness or entertainment concept.

The rooftop event space will have sweeping views of the city and bay. Aptly named Harbour Terrace, the area will unify and connect the second-floor portion of the restaurants, boasting 6,000 square feet of air-conditioned interiors and 7,500 square feet of outdoor space – each able to accommodate up to 300 people.

Regatta Harbour will include marina services with dry storage slips for more than 400 vessels, an upgraded and relocated fueling station, and 700 feet of transient floating docks. The newly constructed docks and finger piers will encourage more boaters to visit and seamlessly explore and enjoy nearby Regatta Park, the bay and green spaces.  

Additionally, in partnership with the City of Miami and Miami Parking Authority, Regatta Harbour will provide an on-site parking garage that will be easily accessed from Bayshore Drive with up to 253 spaces. Steps away, patrons will also have more than 300 surface parking spaces. Promoting seamless connectivity, the property will be served by the Coconut Grove trolley system, directly connecting visitors to the Metrorail, Brickell’s financial district, and downtown Miami. 

Regatta Harbour will be delivered in multiple phases starting with the new dry-storage marina being completed in November, the retail area in the summer of 2019 and the waterfront restaurants in 2020.


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Thursday, October 18, 2018

There's a Scavenger Run on Halloween

I'm wondering if the crowds will show up in Center Grove this year for Halloween. Each year it seems the establishment tries to kill it off, I'm still not quite sure why, but they've tried to persuade people into not showing up for a Coconut Grove Halloween.

Now with all the construction and the mess that the Grove is these days, will people show up? A friend says that many of the Halloween revelers probably haven't been to the Grove since last Halloween, so they may show up and be sort of surprised, like you know, "Where's CocoWalk?!"

Anyway, there is a new fun thing happening on Halloween,  Wednesday, October 31 - there's a Halloween Scavenger Run at Kennedy Park.

It's open to any level runner, they will probably run three to four miles that night.

Runners will be divided into two groups and will run from point to point following clues they are given.

After the run, people will end up at a local restaurant in the Grove. The run is from 7 to 8:30 pm.

Sign up for the run here.

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Tea and Book discussion at Books and Books

Desert Sage Wonderful World of Tea partners with Books and Books, Coconut Grove to bring you “Tea and Book Discussion”, Thursday October 25 at 7 pm.

"We will be reading the "Tea Girl Of Hummingbird Lane" by New  York Times Best Selling Author Lisa See. This book is about motherhood,  adoption and of course tea," says Lorna Owens of Desert Sage.

For this special occasion they have flown over from Yunnan Province, China-Pu erh tea. Pu erh is the tea in the book.It is a post fermented tea and is quite exotic. 

Join in for a book discussion. Watch Pu erh be prepared and enjoy it’s robust, dark, exotic flavor.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Tidal Town Hall to be held at Woman's Club

The Woman's Club of Coconut Grove is hosting a candidates forum by Rethink Energy Florida and First Street Foundation: Tidal Town Hall.

Tidal town halls are your chance to ask candidates what they are going to do about sea level rise and flooding. 

The event is Monday, October 29, from 6:30-8:30 pm, at the Woman's Club and is co-sponsored by the Woman's Club, CLEO Institute, Catalyst Miami, Miami Waterkeeper, and Miami Climate Alliance. 

Miami-Dade is ground zero for sea level rise smart, equitable solutions are needed.

This is an opportunity for you to hear ideas for solutions to Sea Level Rise and other related topics directly from candidates running for public office, so that you can make an informed choice at the polls. Candidates for office at all levels of government, from Congress to Florida’s state legislature, to local municipal positions will be asked to discuss their plans for action to protect Floridians from the risks inherent in rising seas at these nonpartisan forums.

Pre-event reception: 6:30-7 pm.

Free tickets need to be reserved here.


The Woman's Club is at 2985 South Bayshore Drive.

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City Commission approves return of scooters

Photo courtesy Bird Scooters

Love them or hate them, the rental scooters will be on the Grove streets again, soon.

A pilot program will allow the scooters to be used in District 2 neighborhoods like the Grove and Brickell. The City Commission approved a pilot program last week by a vote of 3-2. 

Electric scooters started popping up around the village in June. Those who rode them loved them, those who didn't understand them, hated them. They eventually were carted off because there was no city ordinance allowing them to operate, they were not licensed.

I am a supporter. I think they are efficient, alleviate the parking problems and add a lot of energy to the neighborhood. People used them to make quick runs to pick up lunch and just to relieve stress during the day. I've even seen the ubiquitous construction workers using them to get around town.

Now under legislation drafted by district Commissioner Ken Russell, any scooter company can pay a fee and apply for a license. They will also be regulated now and the quantity could be controlled. In the past, they were just popping up on every corner
Also regular reports will be filed on their status.

One major complaint is that people just drop off the scooters anywhere when they are done with them. The Grove is an obstacle course these days anyway, so I'm guessing that is not the biggest issue currently.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Learn about Soulful Power at Rotary Luncheon

Christian de la Huerta
Christian de la Huerta is speaker at the October 18 meeting of the Rotary Club of Coconut Grove. 

For more than 20 years, de la Huerta has been dedicated to facilitating personal transformation, to helping people tap into their Soulful Power – that deeper sense of purpose that lives within each and every one of us.  An award-winning author, he is a respected teacher and sought-after speaker whose unique spiritual journeys, spiritual workshops and self-development programs have been experienced in university lecture halls, non-profit organizations, houses of worship, corporate boardrooms and retreat venues around the world.  

His role can be described in a variety of ways: leadership consultant, group facilitator, relationship counselor and spiritual coach. All of de la Huerta’s work shares a common result: profound personal transformation.

The Rotary Club of Coconut Grove meets every Thursday at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, 2990 South Bayshore Drive at 12:30 pm. The cost of the meeting is $25 with lunch or $10 without lunch. Open to the public.

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Fairchild Palms Social Hour at Glass and Vine

Join the Fairchild Palms for a fun evening of networking, food, and drinks at Glass and Vine on Wednesday, October 24 from 6 to 8:30 pm.

The Fairchild Palms is the young professionals group affiliated with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. All proceeds benefit the Fairchild Challenge environmental outreach program distributed to schools nationwide.

They are celebrating the work of Amy Padolf, Director of Education at Fairchild and The Fairchild Challenge program.

Ticket/Donation: 
Online - $10
At the Door - $15

Your ticket includes:

Happy hour menu pricing on a great selection drinks and bites.

All ticket sales/donations goes to support the Fairchild Challenge Program.

RSVP here 

Glass and Vine is located at 2820 McFarlane Road. Please take Uber or Freebee as parking is impossible at that location.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Costume Gala - the event of the season

The Village Council's Grove Costume Gala is coming up fast - it's Friday, October 26 at the Cruz Building.

Dress up in your favorite costume, which is a requirement, and join the fun from 9 pm to 1 am. Cost of admission is $100 per person, which includes complementary cocktails, light bites and music.

All the proceeds go to supporting organizations that help Coconut Grove children, families, and the environment. No silent auction or raffles to buy. This will be a party with dancing, music, and fun in the true spirit of making Coconut Grove a better village.

Ticket holders must be 21 or older. Doors open at 9 pm.

Tickets may be purchased online here.

The Cruz Building is at 3157 Commodore Plaza.

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Vote NO on Melreese amendment; save our parks

Wake up, Coconut Grove! 

There’s a category 5 political storm brewing, and we should all be trying to kill it before it kills any of Coconut Grove's beloved parks.

I’m referring to the Melreese Golf Course referendum, where the City has put a no-bid sweetheart deal on the November 6 ballot, to lease 73 acres of our park land to politically well-connected billionaire developers for 99 years, so they can build a high rise office tower, a hotel, an enormous shopping mall and a soccer stadium.  

Some current elected officials have lied to us, saying the golf course is not a park, despite the City telling us for years that the golf course is most definitely a park, as you can see for yourself in the Miami Parks Master Plan, chapter 3, pages 27 and 33: http://www.miamigov.com/parks/docs/masterplan/Miami_03.pdf

What does this have to do with Coconut Grove?

If we let this happen the City Hall shadow players will be emboldened to take over more park land in other places in the City of Miami.  

Should there be office towers in Peacock Park?

A hotel in Regatta Park?

A shopping mall in Merrie Christmas Park?  Or Kennedy Park?

The soccer stadium is only 10% of the deal, so it’s being used as bait.  The billionaires are sending out mailers promising jobs, jobs, jobs.

The billionaires met with City of Miami officials and cooked up a scheme behind closed doors before it was announced publicly.

The billionaires would be paying the city far below market value for 73 acres of land.

The billionaires can easily afford to buy their own land to create jobs, jobs, jobs, but why should they bother when the City is willing to be so generous with our park land?   

Miami is one of the lowest-ranked cities for acres of park land per 1,000 residents in the country.  Miami has supposedly been trying to increase the amount of park land in the City for years, but now it wants to lease away 73 acres of our park land to private developers for 99 years. 

That’s 8.2% of the 882 total acres of park land in the City.

Miami officials often say Miami is a “World Class City”, whatever that means, but Miami doesn’t even protect its own park land.  

A World Class City would protect its parks as sacred ground, and have a golf course.

But for some at Miami City Hall, there was little hesitation to deal away 73 acres of park land, and the only question was how much money they could get for it.

That land has had a golf course since 1942, but if the City of Miami no longer wants a golf course, it should turn ALL of it into a big, glorious, wonderful park.  Why isn’t that on the ballot?

And then there’s the City of Miami Charter, Section 29-A. (b), that says any private development proposed on City land put must be put out for competitive bidding.

If the City wants to put public land out for private development, why isn’t it going to the highest bidder?  

Because this is a sweetheart deal for politically well-connected billionaires.   

So, instead of obeying the City Charter, the City wants the voters to change the Charter to benefit these specific billionaires. 

The ballot language says this sweetheart deal will be at “no cost to City”.   Hogwash.  We’re giving up 73 acres of public park land for 99 years!

This deal is supposedly “fair market value”, but how can anyone be sure without competitive bidding?

If the City of Miami needs to start monetizing parks to balance the books, what will it do when it runs out of public parks to monetize?

The billionaire developers' PR machine has cranked up to manipulate the voters into allowing a sweetheart deal that is not in the public’s best interest.  

They have lots of money to run their campaign.  

It’s up to us to spread the word to protect our parks.

Shame on City Commissioners Ken Russell, Joe Carollo and Keon Hardemon for voting to allow a referendum to turn public park land over to a private developer.

Thank you to Commissioners Willy Gort and Manolo Reyes for voting against allowing this land-grab referendum.

Please vote NO on The Great Golf Course Land Grab and ask everyone you know to also vote NO.  

The park you save might just be your own.

Elvis Cruz
Miami

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

They love their houses; historic designation or not



Frank Schnidman is a  land use attorney, who has been helping neighbors in Village West with their homes. These neighbors live in the wooden homes that have been declared historic by the City of Miami, only the owners don't want this designation. Frank made a little video here, a very interesting video, where the neighbors who own the homes speak out about their love for the homes but their disdain for the historic designation.

The homeowners want to have their homes removed from historic designation. They feel that they were pushed into it and feel the historic designation hurts their rights as property owners. They don't want to be dictated to as to what they should or should not do with their homes.

They were not consulted by the city before the issue came up. The owners feel that their hands will be tied every time they want to make a change to the house. Many of the house now have been renovated and were turned into affordable housing for the owners' tenants, along with being long-term investment for the owners.

Now here is another video below, these neighbors want the houses declared historic.

To me the solution seems to be to not force the historic designation, but have the City receive first rights of refusal if the neighbors would like to sell the homes. This way the City can pay the homeowners a fair price and then save the houses before developers get them. For those that want historic designation, maybe the City can help them out with repairs and other expenses. 


Earlier this week the City Commission voted 4-1 in favor of neighbors who wish to appeal historic designation to their houses. Remember those two houses on Charles Avenue at 3295 and 3297? Well they are not historic now, so the owner can demolish them now.




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