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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Respecting Coconut Grove

Whether you believe global warming is real or that we are currently closer to the sun because of current astronomical cyclical positioning – one thing is real – we are destroying our environment. It’s easy to get into the global political argument of agreement or disagreement yet all you have to do is look around and see how much we as individuals impact our earth. 

Here in Coconut Grove that evidence grows daily. Politicians and many Miamians have sadly recently voted to destroy yet more water front to make way for another Bayside type of area. Something I never thought would have passed. A few blocks from my house a historical beautiful home was destroyed in order to put not 2 or 3, but 5 homes in the small lot. Sadly, the trees marked for protection seem to disappear daily and the ground is covered quickly as to hide any evidence that a tree ever existed. 

As neighbors we are upset but what can you do as the builder is connected to the city. Though this may be a lost cause, there are things we can all do. For instance, pay attention to what you buy, whom you vote for and how you live. Each of us make a huge impact on our planet and as a collective this impact is exponential. 

So before you get into political arguments, really check out whom you are voting for and don’t take party alliances for granted. Also, don’t forget to take a look at your own footprint – with the holidays coming, it’s a good time to be cognizant. Lastly, on a personal note if you like concrete may I suggest another city besides the Grove?

Elizabeth Balbin
Coconut Grove, FL

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I told you we have no say in anything.and nomatter who we vote for it will always be the rules!!!!!!!

December 18, 2013 8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What year does Elizabeth go back to? 1700? 1830? 1,920? The further back you go, the less concret you will have! I am sure that in the house you live there were trees before they built it! Should it be destroyed so you can live in a tree? Why to live in the past?

December 18, 2013 3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ms. Balbin, it's called human nature, which explains all human nature that all of us, everywhere are subject to throughout all of our lifetimes morning, noon & nightly, and frankly when folks accept the reality of human nature they cease babbling!?

December 18, 2013 6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually there is a huge concrete expansion which has taken place in the last 10 years. Its not about a house being built but removing the tree canopy and water front that makes the Grove special. Not the 1920's that's ridiculous. I have grown up here and lucky to have been able to move back after my education. Its really different and I'm in my early 40's. So I disagree with your comnent re 1800's, etc

December 18, 2013 7:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry Mr. Anonymous 1900's but I'm going to have to agree with the article. The idea of being civil in society is quickly being replaced by the idea of being a 'mark' for government and their cronies. The people moving in with the money and influence weren't raised here and do not care what you think of an old tree in the way of their personal economic expansion. The fact that trees are being illegally removed is sad. The sad that we destroy water front for more concrete or that we get rid of certain type of "grove style stores" for franchises is also sad. The grove has a certain charm and we're selling it away. Its not about evading progress, but rather working within the beauty you already have. How much of Dade county is a horrible waste that could use some of that concrete you're making us have at any costs ?

December 18, 2013 10:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the upside, nature will get the last laugh when that new bayside structure is regularly flooding in 10 years...

December 19, 2013 3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's perfect!

December 19, 2013 9:03 PM  

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