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Saturday, October 05, 2013

"Stop Grove Bay" website up and running

The next step in the fight to stop the Grove Harbour waterfront project has begun. The Stop Grove Bay website is up and running here: Their goal is to raise $75,000 before election day, which is November 5.

As you know, the developers and local politicians have now started to campaign heavily for the project. The consensus is that most Grovites do not want the project to proceed as-is. Many feel that there are too many questions about the project and the scope of the project is just too large for the waterfront.

All money raised will go toward the cause.

The digital marketing firm and campaign manager are paid consultants. No one involved in the core management group "Community Coalition" will receive any compensation for their time, but will be reimbursed for out of pocket expenses such as printing costs, mailing costs and the like.


Print Flyers and Posters
Currently 5000 Flyers are being Distributed.
Print Additional Graphic Materials as needed.
Hire and Manage workers to be present at pending Special Events in the grove and elsewhere.
Hand out Flyers
Field Questions
Develop Name Lists/ Email lists

Handle all aspects of Web Development Including:
Create a High Quality Web / Social Media presence w/ AV integration
Build an issue website to disseminate information and collect donations through PayPal 
Build a Facebook Page
Instagram Gallery integration
Twitter Integration
Web Based / Media / Press Coordination
Develop SEO- Search Engine Optimization
Incorporate Google Analytics and Webmaster tools for data mining

Email Campaign Development
Access / Employ  Voter Email Lists
Direct EMAIL Donation Solicitations
Website Traffic Generation

They have retained a CAMPAIGN ADVISOR to:
Obtain and employ Local Voter Lists -
"Voter Activation Network"
"Nation Builder" 
to accomplish the following: 
Hire Operators and Manage Phone Bank Operations
5 callers anticipated to reach as many voters as possible
Hire and Manage Door to Door Canvassing
42 canvassers doing field work
Manage Data obtained from above activities
Hire and manage Poll Works on Election Day.
Field Voter Questions
Hand out Flyers

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This opposition is waste of anyone's money. Change is good for the Grove. I support this project and live in the grove.

October 05, 2013 7:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. It's the usual "stop all development, change, and/or improvement to the Grove" faction.If it was up to them, the Home Depot store front would still be empty. It's so much easier to deconstruct and critique ideas than to offer solutions.

I plant to vote for the project.

October 05, 2013 10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


What was the problem?

Was the problem not enough business in the Grove? If so, then I don't see how opening another mall on the complete opposite end of the business district will help the current business owners.

This is not a solution to anything. It's the culmination of a bait and switch. Yesterday the shills tried to turn this into a race issue but that didn't work out so well. Today they try to make those against the current version of the project seem like obstinate, mule-headed anti progressives when most of those who are opposed are opposed to, not what the plan was supposed to be, but that the plan is now being radically changed.
The first poster/shill tries to make it all seem hopeless by saying that the opposition is a waste of money implying that fighting this is hopeless. Really? Because it seems that the politicians who were trying to sell this idea to the residents of the Grove, seeing that the majority of the residents and business owner are against it, have given up and moved on and are now trying to promote this to those who live outside the area who will be least impacted by this and, as a result, will be more likely to vote FOR the project.

I would love to see a list or map of all the Grove businesses and their yes or no to the project.

October 05, 2013 11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I hope they are better prepared than the guy who visited the dog park the other night. He was handing out leaflets asking people to vote no.

When I said, "Well I'm THINKING of voting yes" expecting him to reply with "well these are the reasons we think it's best to vote No."

He simply said Ok and walked away and he didn't even give me a leaflet.

It was a poor performance but whatever keeps him happy I suppose.


October 05, 2013 1:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the project. I haven't been to the grove in years. I used to live in the grove (for about 8 years, 12 years ago). Not much has changed except less people go there. I think a project like this will put the grove on people's list of places to visit again.

October 05, 2013 2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait.. which project do you like? The original one that was basically a park and a restaraunt? The one that suddenly included a 5 story parking lot and shopping mall? The revamped one with a 3 story parking lot and chain steakhouse? The new, only advertised to Spanish speaking members of our community, resort?
Which lie do you support and why do you think a strip mall, steakhouse and 5 story garage will magically revitalize Coconut Grove, Miami and improve the quality of life for local residents in the Grove and residents of Miami in general?

October 05, 2013 2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I understand it there is only one project. The project in the proposal that I read which was submitted to the city and is public record. Did you read it? Really read it? The garage was not part of the bidders proposal only a suggested design was required by the city. The City and the parking authority have to figure out what they have to do in order for everyone to properly park if they are visiting the new park (where the convention center is currently) or for the people visiting this project. As I understand it now, the garage is much smaller (I think 2 stories) and they've added street parking. They will have to figure out but it is needed. Otherwise where will people park to visit the highly desired new park? With regards to the project changes, I'm not sure what changes you are referring to but after reading the proposal there are three restaurants (one is like a new Scotty's landing, another is a seafood restaurant and then there's Shula's). This would add one restaurant to is currently there. By the way, I looked for the radio interview with Regalado online and heard it. I didn't hear him say the word "resort". Actually, I speak Spanish, and I don't even know the word for resort in Spanish. He did refer to a "great destination for tourists and citizens". Lastly, I don't know where the notion of a mall or strip mall came from but after reading the proposal I understand the retail to be non-shopping type retail. The hangar is earmarked for marine retail alone. The garage could be a bank and other types of retail to service the park and surrounding areas. Starbucks is a perfect example and that opened up further down the road. This is what I gathered and learned from reading the proposal. I guess to answer your last question, I think that this will benefit all the citizens of Miami not just the local residents because it is an improvement because it represents progression in an area of Miami that has been dormant for a long time because it will keep Miami as a leading city in the country for innovation and exciting places to visit because nothing is happening there now.

October 05, 2013 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am one of those Grovites who supports planned change for the waterfront. Scotty's and Chart House need to go. This has been in the planning stages for years. You all had the opportunity to comment. This project will generate higher values which have lagged the rest of the County and reinvigorate the Grove. Look at all the commercial ventures that come and go. There are not enough Grovites to support this unique but antiquated community. Let it go.

October 05, 2013 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow the developers people, The Mayor's peeps, and the Commissioner's peeps have been busy writing all the above comments for the project today! Who do they think they are fooling? No one that lives in the Grove is supporting this project!

October 05, 2013 6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read this again..

They want to raise $75,000 to recruit three members of staff, source printers, organize volunteers, manage phone banks and everything else listed here... in less than a month.

Let me just hold my sides and laugh hysterically.

On a serious note though, why would I want to donate to something so poorly organized at this late stage?


October 05, 2013 8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The village idiot was passing out flyers at the dog park. Enough said.

October 05, 2013 9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The grove needs a major change i support the new project and more.i live in the grove and attented the sorry excuse for a pumpkin patch today anf like 99 percent of the parents i spoke to they all wanted there money back.very expensive to get in very expensive to buy a pumpkin nothing special to do but 3 or 4 cheap rides plus visitors had to pay to park.what a joke

October 05, 2013 10:07 PM  
Blogger Brian Breslin said...

I'm curious how the above comments would change if there was no ability to post anonymously.

All towns and cities and neighborhoods need to evolve and adapt to the market demands. Fighting evolution for the SAKE of fighting evolution is short sighted. Look at the diversity in Miami's entertainment options today vs 10 years ago and you'll see a direct link to why the grove isn't as popular as it once was.

I'm curious what the respective vision of the grove is from the viewpoint of the anti-waterfront crowd and the pro-waterfront crowd. I for one have no horse in this race as I have nothing to gain from the development (other than perhaps new places to spend my money at).

October 06, 2013 10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I applaud participatory citizen activism. But this recent effort to challenge a Waterfront Improvement Effort,
that has been in the works since 2008 is a bit bewildering. Imagine if you had spent time and money on plans to build your house, pulled permits, been approved and all of sudden a neighbor living several blocks away, decided he is not happy and demands that you do it his way! So where were these disgruntled folks when Home Depot said they were coming to the Grove? Some may have put up signs against it, but did any reach out to Grove Gate owners and suggest a business that would be better for that location? Did they write petitions, do e-mail blasts and campaign against the illegal rezoning of Mercy Hospital for more unnecessary condos? Did they fight against Grovenor Condos? Did they fight against building of Cocowalk and Mayfair? Did they fight against the demolition of the Dinner Key Expo Center as a successful Film Studio?
Did they fight against the exclusive lease of Peacock Park by St. Stephens? Did they fight for the Playhouse?
Did they fight to keep the Taurus from being Gentrified to death? Did they fight against the Marlins Stadium and Garage subsidy? I like most Grovites prefer Scotty’s to Monty’s. We like it because it is low-key, a local hangout, has cheap food and cheap beer. But it is a dump, woman hate to visit the bathrooms and the service is spotty at best. Don’t know anyone that has gone to the Charthouse in years. And most Grovites don’t seem to care what happens to it. The folks of Grove Harbour Marina vastly improved that area for boats and brought us the popular Fresh Market. If they can make a success of those dilapidated Pan Am hangers, they can do the same with this waterfront area. So if Grove Harbour will improve the Chart House and Scotty’s Landing location, keep the view, raise the quality of the food and the service, while maintaining a modest price point of food and beverage, than most everyone will be pleased and it will be a huge success. Everyone registered voter in the City of Miami will have an opportunity on November 5th to decide if they wish the improvements proposed and vented or not. I plan to vote for this project.

October 06, 2013 2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would vote for the project if it is built on Grand west of 32 Avenue with a mural or Jumbotron displaying the waterfront.

October 06, 2013 10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of the effort being put forth in complaining about the Waterfront project (that has been in the works since 2008)
would be better if it were directed in efforts to secede from Miami and become The Village of Coconut Grove.

October 06, 2013 10:51 PM  
Anonymous James Hawkins said...

Like many people that have reviewed the plan, I am a supporter of this project. Change happens. When you have an opportunity to control the change so that it is near optimal, even somewhat optimal, you should take advantage of it, not get in the way of it.

I'm happy to see many people are logging in and expressing similar opinions.

I'd submit that these efforts to oppose this project, which I know are well intended, would be better applied to a) somehow legally preventing a substantial change to the plan without a waiting period for discussion, and b) changing the roof line of the building going where the Charthouse is to something more "Grovey," less like something out of the Jetsons.

October 07, 2013 1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking forward to the kickoff party tomorrow night !

October 08, 2013 11:24 AM  

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