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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

He is not pleased with the construction noise

A friend sent a letter out to a few people, mostly I think it was an open letter. He was complaining about all the noise coming from the new towers going up on 27th Avenue, claiming the project has them starting at 4 am, but I think the noise is coming from the work being done on 27th Avenue itself; the never ending job. And it looks like the construction company received waivers from the county. Does anyone adhere to zoning and laws or does every job in the county receive waivers?

He went on to say, "A few weeks ago I sent an email to the head of the building department asking if there are City of Miami regulations about hours of construction. (Raucous laughs and jeers from the audience.) Of course I did not receive a reply."

This does seem to be the reaction you get from the city and county when you ask questions, the response is the sound of crickets chirping.

He went on to say, "Mainly what bothers me is that the sleep of neighbors is being disrupted, or could conceivably be disrupted, so a bunch of very wealthy people who do not live here and probably will never call Coconut Grove their home can get into their multi-million-dollar condos a few months sooner and the developers can collect their money and take it home to their estates on quiet little gated roads. And then, of course, the new owners will all move in with their hundreds of cars, most of which will use Mary St. as a thoroughfare to get to Coral Gables to shop and dine."

He is right. About all of it, especially the neighbors hightailing it out of the Grove to spend their money, only I believe it will be in Brickell and South Beach and probably Midtown. But I do believe the noise is coming from the street construction and not the condo construction. I could be wrong.

I remember years ago, the condo next door to me was being built. Every morning at 7 am, some guy climbed to the roof and dropped heavy wood and blocks down below, it was about five stories, into an empty dumpster. This went on every day for months. I don't know why no one complained, but no one did and it went on until they were done doing whatever it is they were doing.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"He went on to say, "Mainly what bothers me is that the sleep of neighbors is being disrupted...and the developers can collect their money and take it home to their estates on quiet little gated roads. And then, of course, the new owners will all move in with their hundreds of cars, most of which will use Mary St. as a thoroughfare to get to Coral Gables to shop and dine."


And yes, the noise comes both from the towers and the endless construction on 27Av.

BTW, according to the talented City Engineers there, the infamous Oval round point thing there was a sublime Greco/Roman inspiration: The infinity symbol ∞ (sometimes called the lemniscate), a mathematical, alphanumeric symbol representing the concepts of Eternity and Infinity beautifully represented in our beloved Grove!

April 01, 2015 11:10 AM  
Blogger Tony Scornavacca Jr. said...

At that construction site, I feel that the 24 hour work permit is out of line.

It smells exactly like favoritism.

April 01, 2015 3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it humerous he 1st says that the owners won't call CG their home, and next talks about the increased traffic. How do you expect the business district to improve without new blood?

I bet the wealthy owners of these condos will dine in Coconut Grove. No they won't go to Sandbar or Taurus, but I am sure they will dine at Le Bouchon and Jaguar. Calamari and Strada.

I think pointing fingers at the Developers is getting old. Coconut Grove is becoming washed up. People don't want to come here anymore. Times change and thus the community needs to as well.

April 01, 2015 3:08 PM  
Anonymous Jack said...

Does anyone know what hours and days of the week construction is permitted? And if so who does one call to report a violation?

April 01, 2015 3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They have a 24 hour permit so don't waste your will be over before the 27 ave project is even half way some ear plugs and relax.

April 01, 2015 4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The construction needs to be completed fast before the bottom falls out of the market which should be mid summer give or take.

April 02, 2015 1:11 AM  
Blogger Tony Scornavacca Jr. said...

The bottom will not be falling out of the market in the foreseeable future. We are in the first quarter of a 20 year cycle.

April 02, 2015 10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So a private construction site can get a 24hr/365 permit to make noise, while businesses must close at 3am?


April 02, 2015 11:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whose idea was that?

April 02, 2015 4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And if that little bit of noise bothers your friend I fell bad for him because its about to get really loud and dusty around the center grove very soon.mark my words.its going to get way worse

April 02, 2015 4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I completely agree with you. The writer had my sympathies until he started going ad hominem against the future residents. In a year these people will be contributing to the economic success of the Grove while the letter writer will still be engaged in what has become the new Grove past time: complaining.

April 02, 2015 6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Well said

April 02, 2015 6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Tony, funny comment from a guy who literally depends on that being true.

Miami has already created another unrealistic bubble and it's entirely manufactured.

As for the permit, when I lived in brickell ages ago, a few emails copying city officials, the GC, and the compliance officer from the GC got the after construction halted pretty quickly.

April 03, 2015 3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who lives in Miami depends on that being true, or the economy will cave in. Funny how so many people in the Grove think they are immune to the boom/bust cycles of the South Florida economy simply because they don't directly participate in (or understand?) certain sectors of it.

April 03, 2015 3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are these permits public record? If so, has anyone actually seen them?

April 03, 2015 7:52 PM  

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