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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Is Redland farm stealing the Grove peacocks?

Why does the peacock cross the road? To hide from the poachers who are stealing them and taking them away.

I read in The Herald today that some couple is netting the peacocks in the Grove and taking them down to their farm in the Redland!

Say what?

I feared this would happen. Right after Hurricane Andrew in 1992, this moron named Carrie, scooped up all the peacocks in Cutler Ridge and sold them for $500.00 a pair. Old Cutler Road used to have many peacocks roaming the area. Cutler Ridge's name was even hijacked, it's Cutler Bay now.

Now this?

Sidney Robinson, owner of Sandy Acre Avocado & Mango and his wife Maryannette have some explaining to do and some peacock returning to do, too. I have contacted them asking who asked them to remove the peacocks. We'll see what they have to say. I have also contacted the Discovery Channel, who filmed the whole thing for a tv show.

UPDATE: A local tv channel contacted me about the peacocks. Apparently a local Miami official orchestrated this removal of the peacocks. More to come. Lots of livid people calling
me today.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn! I was wondering why I had not seen nor heard our coconut grove peacocks in the longest time. I thought that was really odd. Now we know what happened. I doubt they will get returned. Hopefully, some of the peacocks managed to elude their captors. TC.

August 30, 2009 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Generations of those peacocks have lived in the Grove and they have no right to relocate them. It's theft.

August 30, 2009 11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How dare they! Just come and scoop them up is that legal? The Discovery channel scammed us.

August 30, 2009 12:23 PM  
Anonymous Peacock lover said...

Count me as one of the livid. !!!

August 30, 2009 12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say we get a few trucks and go rescue them from the peacock crooks.

August 30, 2009 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UPDATE: A local tv channel contacted me about the peacocks. Apparently a local Miami official orchestrated this removal of the peacocks. More to come. Lots of livid people calling
me today.

Maybe it was a result of the constant bitching about the peacocks? Thanks for smearing the Sandy Acre Avocado & Mango name. Im sure they appreciated it.

August 30, 2009 1:19 PM  
Blogger Tom Falco said...

Sandy Acres refuses to talk, I have emailed them more than once before this story ran and their reply is: "no comment" speak to the Herald reporter. That sure looks suspicious, don't you think?

August 30, 2009 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Sandy Acres needs to get the peacocks back to the grove pronto. Thieves.

August 30, 2009 1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last time I checked the Grove is an avian sanctuary, Miami and county law prohibit the killing or unlicensed trapping and relocation of the birds. However, I remember how some of the area's residents keept complaining about the peacocks and their late-night screeching and copious droppings, which can and was causing damage to a car's finish, etc, etc. They are now in an 7 1/2 acre farm, cared for and happy. What's the problem?

August 30, 2009 1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a resident of Micanopy, I would like the peacocks returned at once. I don't remember me or my husband being consulted on this obvious theft.

August 30, 2009 1:34 PM  
Anonymous SM said...

I would like to know the name of the City Official who gave permission for this to happen. So would my lawyer. We moved to the Grove for the Peacocks and foliage, now this farm is stealing them off of our streets and a tv show is filming this? How is this legal?

August 30, 2009 1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay. We need to get our peacocks back and fast. Manny, assuming your legacy is not going to be Miami 21, and that the new stadium will not, like the Miami Arena and other great efforts, benefit our City, at least get the damn peacocks back. Some of us will thank you.

Commissioner Sarnoff, to my knowledge, peacocks do not hurt dogs, so your efforts, such as they are, might be appreciated.

And let us all rest assurred. When the peacocks drove off into the night, the traffic calming devices eased their passage.

August 30, 2009 1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First McMansions, now peacock stealing. What's next?

August 30, 2009 1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That farm had best return the peacocks if they don't want a war on their hands. We Grovites are very protective of our own.

August 30, 2009 1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


its time to invoke our rights. Thats tresspass to our chattel. I think revoring your property is an exception to traditional tresspass laws. Lets organize a bus and go get them.

August 30, 2009 2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city ok'd the property owners hiring of a private trapper as long as the birds were relocated and not killed.
So some farmer in the Redlands agrees to take them .. now he's the villain?
Am I the only one remembering this? I'm sure a call to Marc Sarnoff's office would refresh everyone's memory.

August 30, 2009 2:27 PM  
Anonymous Ana said...

Why was the public not notified? I don't remember there being a solution and I am sure that this was not the one people would have agreed upon. I am sure there are many people in the Grove who would have taken them in if needed. We have a large property and could have housed a couple right here in the Grove.

August 30, 2009 2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

last i heard, they were thinking about doing something like feeding them birdy birth control to keep them from breeding so much. However I am sure nothing was finalized nor was a decision to move them.

The city cannot ok what is not theirs to take.

August 30, 2009 3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many places TAG animals they care about, monitor them & so on. I know that after Andrew it became nearly impossible to know what wild birds were out there, but the peacocks were around long before Andrew too. No one ever thought this idea? Funny how there's never been a 'Grove Peacock Preservation League.' Typical Miami: Too little, too late...

August 30, 2009 3:52 PM  
Anonymous Joanne Prager said...

First they'll come for our peacocks and then they'll come for our Bed Race...wait, the beds were down in Homestead this weekend. OMG! They have come for our Bed Race!

August 30, 2009 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How does everyone feel about trapping and removing (which since 2008 is now killing) Raccoons and possums? This happens all the time in the Grove as well.

These issues are not an issue unless your home is being bothered by Raccoons or in this case Peacocks.

But I thought the Peacocks were protected?

August 30, 2009 4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On page 2 of the article it says that residents of Micanopy contacted the Discovery channel looking for help in removing the peacocks so the did. The Robinson's already had peacocks so they agreed to help by giving them a home. I think you all should be looking for the Micanopy residents that caused this and not be angry with the Redlands couple.

August 30, 2009 4:27 PM  
Anonymous KD said...

This is SO wrong. What can we do to get them back? All the commenting in the world won't do that...we need ACTION.

August 30, 2009 4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was the local official Commissioner Sarnoff?

August 30, 2009 4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harry Gottlieb we want our Peacock back and we want them back now! Do something!

August 30, 2009 4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'F' the peacocks......good riddance !

August 30, 2009 7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you all sincerely want the peacocks back a reasonable solution would be for each of you that are SO upset to agree to adopt a peacock, assume full responsiblity of keeping it fed and in your yard, and not put it in the street when you get tired of stepping in the poop and the noise. I have lived on the same street for 20 years and there were no peacocks when we moved here. They are now here and it's not as pretty as they are.

August 30, 2009 8:02 PM  
Blogger Tom Falco said...

The Grove Mafia did not give us the chance to adopt them. I have a short list of names and one name keeps popping up as the ringleader of this sham. Details to come. And phone calls to friends in the know, who have avoided me are very telling.

August 30, 2009 8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw two on Kumquat today that are in immediate need of a home if someone wants to come and get them before they are netted up and taken away.

August 30, 2009 8:25 PM  
Anonymous sailfast said...

Where are the Burn Notice Team! They will go get them, and do there own TV show about the Rescue.

August 30, 2009 8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Grape, that person needs to be arrested. If it is true that the Discovery Chanel was involved, they should be indicted. Conspiracy or aiding and abetting come to mind.

Some of us ought to join together and file a civil suit against the ringleaders.

August 30, 2009 8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sidney and his wife are thieves. They stole what rightfully belongs to us.

And we should drive down there and demand our peacocks back.

August 30, 2009 8:48 PM  
Anonymous Maria Freed said...

I have been receiving complaints from neighbors about the noise and smell from the Peacocks in the North grove for quite some time. I love having the Peacocks in the Grove, but the truth is they do not hang out at MY house, so my perspective is different. Before everyone starts ranting & orchestrating revenge, let's find out what really happened with the removal of the Peacocks, who authorized it, how many were taken and what is the expected outcome. And because you are all fair-minded Grovites...consider listening to the neighbors who are really affected with having too many birds in their yards & how it affects their lives.
Compromise people!
Peace and Love

August 30, 2009 8:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sure wouldn't want to get up every morning and have to hose down by car and my driveway after having a sleepless night of peacocks walking on my roof and listening to their sounds - I like seeing them but am glad I can keep on driving and they are not in my neighborhood.

August 30, 2009 9:02 PM  
Anonymous Heather Bettner said...

I am so sad to read this story. I am sure someone had to approve this on a City level How dare they steal native birds of Coconut Grove.

I came on the Grapevine six months ago voicing we needed to make the peacock the official bird of Coconut Grove. These beautiful birds need to be returned immediately.

I also say we protest this in front of City Hall till we get some answers

I have been planning a peacock tour in Coconut Grove for four months now. The tour will bring large fiberglass peacocks to the Grove to be decorated by Grove artists. Promotions like this in other parts of the country have brought hundreds of thousands of visitors as well as millions in revenue. When I called Sarnoff's office for support I was told there was no money to support this wonderful promotion that would bring tourist to Coconut Grove to support our retailers and village...now I see why.

We need to have these peacocks returned. We need to find who approved this and "send them out" to live on a farm in the Redlands!

August 30, 2009 9:08 PM  
Anonymous Harlan Williams said...

you people all have way too much time on your hands.

August 30, 2009 9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that the same farm my puppy went to when I was little?

August 30, 2009 10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have allowed them to slowly kill the Grove.

First it was the Home Depot.

Then it was the early last call for alcohol.

And now we allowed them to steal our peacocks.

If we allow them to get away with this last slap in our face, we might as well just give up and dismantle the Grove because we are no longer a unique village.

The whole world is laughing at us because they stole our birds from under our noses and we didn't do anything about it.

They even filmed it.

It's time we get our birds back. And we can bring our own film crew along to confront those thieves in Redland.

August 30, 2009 10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't the Grove offer to accept Mr. Clucky?

It doesn't look as if Mr. Clucky would have survived the Grove.

He probably would have been shipped off to the evil Sidney Robinson.

August 30, 2009 10:20 PM  
Blogger Taylor said...

If people dont want them in their yards they should get a dog for their yard or sprinklers or bright color reflecting objects. They were here first. Deal with it.

August 31, 2009 6:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like some of the peacocks got their own "burn notice."

August 31, 2009 9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Odd that people know where the peacocks are but haven't a clue what happened to the families on Grand Avenue when their affordable housing was demolished. What's worse, most people don't care.

August 31, 2009 10:14 AM  
Blogger aCause4Concern said...

This is going to make for a great King Mango Strut entry next year!

On a serious note, when I had a family of opossums set up a nest in my outdoor patio bar, I called the city first. Since it wasn't a dog or alligator issue, they wouldn't touch it, but suggested I contact a private trapper, which I would pay for out of my pocket.

There would have been no questions asked. The trapper would have come, taken my money, and made the possums go away. No telling what their fate would have been.

I'd bet a similar series of events took place with the peacocks. There's really no active enforcement of wildlife protection or trapping laws (no big shocker there...) so I figure any wild animal that bothers somebody can just be made to disappear, nice and quiet-like. (nice Grove Mafia reference there Grape!)

So what happened to my possum family, you ask? I chased them out with a broom, then sealed the hole they crawled into. Surely there are ways to discourage peacocks from coming to the 'haters houses' (mentioned above?)

August 31, 2009 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grape must find out the facts. Grovites have been LIED to again by their government!

August 31, 2009 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AGAIN - these birds were not here first. My parents have had their house in the grove for almost 40 years and they were not there when i was growing up. They did the right thing by taking them away. The people commenting about wanting them back must not ever have these pests in their yards.

August 31, 2009 12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rumor is people from the Grove are killing these birds. Any truth?

August 31, 2009 1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes - everyone in our neigborhood kills these birds. I always let my dogs practice hunting on these birds. It'll teach them to come on my yard.

August 31, 2009 2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it against the law to allow dogs practice hunting these birds?

September 01, 2009 9:12 AM  

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