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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Parking spots being added at the Horseshoe area

Forty parking will be installed at the horseshoe area at the end of McFarlane Road. If you click on the image above, you can get an idea of what it will look like.

The job is slated to begin on April 10, it was a pocket item by Commissioner Sarnoff not mentioned before the City Commission and not voted on, although I doubt that would have made a difference. I received a complaint from someone about the public not being notified ahead of time. I am not sure why this is an issue, other than it's the law, which I guess is a big reason to notify people. But I hardly think it would have stopped the project, after all, street parking is always welcome in Coconut Grove.

The feeling is that the spaces are being put in for the new Glass House Restaurant - The Eating House. And what if they are? They are needed.

The fire department rejected this plan because they cannot get through there in case of fire. But what would be on fire down at the horseshoe? A tree? Maybe the Sailing Club is at risk, I heard it is going to be hard for boats and large trucks to navigate that turn but I honestly don't see any real changes there except for the extra parking.

I'm sure the project will be built then rebuilt and reconfigured after the fact, so that firetrucks and boats can get down there. Do it three or four times - that's the Miami way.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please remember that this area was just redone with our tax dollars about 2 years ago. As of today, the stop sign has not been replaced, creating a perfect opportunity for a lawsuit against the city. The other signs for this area laid in the grass in Peacock Park then quietly disappeared. Those signs were all brand new. A contractor stored his equipment in our park for 2 years! A private school gets to control the new courts, and our community center will be a restaurant. I know people are tired of hearing about complaints against Sarnoff, but, come on now! This is mismanagement with a major payoff. Leave this area alone until we can vote someone in without so many "friends".

March 14, 2015 6:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4 times? Or 15 times, with a dozen of RFP's over an entire Decade, from what we are still seeing on 27th AV.

ETA for this little project? 2025. Whatever they do during the next 10 years, don't mess with the mighty & sacred mangroves there on dormant Planet Derm!

March 14, 2015 7:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what grudge Sarnoff is holding against the Sailing Club to keep them out of the loop. Typical Marc Sarnoff infantile issues.

March 14, 2015 9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Sailing Club is lucky to still be there. Original plans for redesigning the waterfront called for its demise.

Regarding the earlier post, the school no longer has exclusive access to park areas during certain times of the year. I believe Sarnoff's chief of staff addressed this with the city.

March 14, 2015 1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:07, please clarify what you mean by "the school no longer has exclusive access to park areas during certain times of the year." To me, that reads "the school has exclusive access to park areas during certain times of the year." With a yearly tax bill of $10,000 a year all the time, I would like access to the park 100% of the time.

March 15, 2015 9:51 AM  
Blogger Tony Scornavacca Jr. said...

9:51, I like what you wrote about your $10,000 tax bill being due all the time. You are right on point because many of our City benefits are only part-time, such as the use of our parks during what should be "open-to-the-public" hours.

We know that Peacock Park is frequently rented out to the profit-makers and we must pay to enter. I feel that at least the waterfront pier could remain open during these events. The kid's play area remains open, which is good.

I am OK with half of the glass house being rented to a restaurant because it should actually be an improvement and the extra parking that is being installed is a good idea.

But back to your (and everybody else's) $10,000 tax bill. Shouldn't that be enough for the City to do something about all the sofas and mattresses that we see dumped on the swale?

Coconut Grove is not getting fair value in service-for-tax.

March 15, 2015 1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:51am the 1:07pm post is possibly a commissioner mouth piece and likely a chief of staff foot soldier trying to convey the benevolence of a Sun God like commissioner, whose warmth, light and mercy has given longevity to the "lucky" Sailing Club and access to the park for the Sheeple except when the school is performing rituals that makes the Sun God smile.

March 15, 2015 2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did a school get to fence off our public park and then lock out the public? Did any money change hands under the table?

March 15, 2015 6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And please notice that 1:07 didn't mention the storage of construction equipment in the park for over 2 years or the fact that the stop sign was never replaced. I'm surprised that person didn't say something like "The construction company no longer has exclusive access to park his equipment there certain times of the year." We have construction equipment that we need to park sometimes. Can we use the park to store our stuff now that the other company is gone?

March 16, 2015 5:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 9:51: When is Peacock Park and/or Kennedy Park not available for you to use?

Does paying 10K+ mean we need to let you use the park more than anyone else? By that logic, someone who doesn't pay any property taxes (renters) should never be allowed to use the park.

It's that Grove elitism that turns off so many people.

March 16, 2015 8:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Renters pay, its just rolled into the rent. Unless you know of a landlord that just let's it slide and takes the financial hit.

March 16, 2015 8:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Someone who pays property tax has their name on a tax roll. Renters do not have their name on a tax roll.

March 17, 2015 4:46 PM  

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