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Saturday, October 31, 2015

The calm before the storm

When I see the barricades lining the streets on King Mango Strut Day or Bed Race Day, I am excited. On Halloween, not so much. I see it as a police state. This is the scene on Halloween day, today.

I understand the reasoning; the Police Commander explained it.

I saw a Gunsmoke rerun the other day. The heads of the town, Dodge City, asked Marshal Matt Dillon to leave the crazy cowboys alone; there were hundreds coming in to spend money after a long cattle drive. Matt disagreed and felt that he should step in and stop every infraction and fight, but the city leaders didn't want to lose business because whenever Matt got involved, the cowboys would avoid Dodge City and they would spend their money elsewhere.

So Matt stayed away and there were fights, and broken windows and shooting, and lots of things going on. People broke into the stores and it was a mess. After a few nights of this, the city leaders begged Matt to come back and keep the peace. They realized that without laws, they town was unlivable.

Now I don't know if this applies to Coconut Grove because I see it the opposite way and I see these barricades and all the police scaring people away, but maybe not because CocoWalk is crawling with children and families today and they are closed in like a can of mixed nuts, surrounded by all these gates. So if they are out and about, and not intimidated, I suppose a bunch of drunk adults won't be intimidated either and they will enjoy themselves and not tear up the village; although, I don't remember them ever tearing up the village.

I know one issue is the drunk people who leave bottles and stuff all over Matilda Street and Virginia Street and so on, but these barricades will not stop that. So I don't see the point. The whole fun of Halloween has been to congregate right in the middle of town as one big group, now it's being broke up and people are supposed to stay on the sidewalks. I know the point is to keep people moving and not all congregated in one area.

I'm hoping the next Commissioner who comes into office allows the Grove to be the Grove. In 150 years, it's been the place to be and in the past eight it's been killed little by little. The next Commissioner needs to back off and let it be.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the insight when the past article said that for the bars "Halloween went from being their best night to their worst night."

Hopefully our next D2 commish can make this an event to celebrate not cringe over.

Down with Sarnoff!

October 31, 2015 3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One look at the sour puss of Marc Sarnoff tells you he has not had a moment of genuine fun in his life. He is a tortured soul and hates seeing anyone having fun. So KILL Scotty's. Too much fun. KILL Burn Notice! Too much fun! KILL late night clubs. Too much fun! Where did we find such a miserable sot?

October 31, 2015 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No matter what the subject is you and your friends find an excuse to blame Sarnoff.
You are becoming too predictable and obvious!

October 31, 2015 4:59 PM  
Blogger Grapevine said...

Fortunately or unfortunately, I have hundreds of stories here over the past 10 years that back my friends and me up. You apparently don't have a clue.

October 31, 2015 5:16 PM  
Anonymous Marc said...

Maybe they want pedestrians on the sidewalks and not in the street. If someone pays to shut down the streets food for them. Otherwise have fun don't jaywalk!!! Marc

October 31, 2015 6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We like to be controlled and our dogs too. Cats are different.

October 31, 2015 7:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When one is as evil, sneaky and mean-spirited as Marc (unaffectionately known to many as T.A.M.S.), you rack up a lot of things to be blamed for. If he lives to be 100 he will never be able to atone for the damage he's done to this city....

October 31, 2015 7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With him it's always about money. "pay to shut down the streets"

November 01, 2015 6:57 AM  
Anonymous Robert Sullivan said...

I have never seen such a large, bored crowd as the one on Halloween night in front of Cocowalk. The party goers and onlookers were just standing around as if they were waiting for the organized entertainment (other than people watching) to show up. The streets that weren't closed were jam packed with cars that couldn't move because of the backed up cars that encountered the streets that were closed. The police had key intersections cordoned off for ...... themselves! What was that about? They just stood and occupied entire key intersections and people were corralled into crowded corridors which made it difficult to travel along the streets. Once they made the decision to close off the intersection of Grand/Main Hwy/McFarlane, why exclude the public from that area? The resulting atmosphere was not what I expected of the Grove and it was a huge disappointment.

November 01, 2015 9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In other words, for a good time (on Halloween) don't vote for SarnRussLes!

November 01, 2015 10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many people are disgruntled for no reason other than boredom, loneliness, or require kudos from anyone at all and for any reason what-so-ever; they have unfulfilled needs. Business fake events; birthdays, Christmas, Thanksgiving; Veteran's, Labor, Martin Luther King, etc., etc., etc., day, this day, that day, this holiday and that holiday, i.e., spend your money, give it to us, buy this phone, do selfies, crash your cars, walk off subway platforms fall on the tracks, walk mindlessly into traffic or a pool or go down town to the Grove Halloween party, get drunk, stand around looking at those in costumes - - - - this is fun? I say wake up each morning, do something interesting that you enjoy daily and you won't need all these fake human made events to rally around to feel up all those lonely hours, days, weeks, months and years of unfulfilled expectations. Such as attacking Mark Sarnoff. If Mark had the power you folks ascribe he would be a Czar, not some minor commissioner.

November 01, 2015 10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was intentionally strangulated to prevent any controversy prior to the elections, Sarnoff is seriously trying to impose the wife on Miami

November 01, 2015 7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or anon 7:35, could it be possible that Mrs. Sarnoff having been so close to her successful political husband/lawyer/statesman/commissioner, she too got the bug and wants to make Miami better than it otherwise might have turned out? The entire world is crowded by people, cars, trucks, pedestrians, congestion, crime, industry, high rises, etc., as is Coconut Grove, who is simply a part of these realities! No one person(s) can take credit for over-population and its consequences and only ignorant stupid peons try to blame Mr. Sarnoff for the worlds problems. Running civilizations, states, counties, municipalities and villages is an extremely daunting endeavor; try it yourself!

November 02, 2015 7:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pathetic what happened to the grove. I remember my old friend the grove in wistful nostalgic moments, but... it's been gone for nearly a decade now. I'm not sure I can actively mourn any more.

Like most others, I've moved on, found someone new.

November 02, 2015 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Grove is anything but PATHETIC, are you serious? The people exit off I-95, directly into the Grove, or Miami Beach, or Brickell, or Key Biscayne, or Coral Gables, and the largest big boat marina in all of Florida, beautiful homes, a village shopping center, drug stores and markets, fresh veggies, an old Bahamian community, schools, churches, Banks, Office building's tree lined streets, dogs, cats and folks pushing numerous baby carriages, a serious police force, a BID, etc., etc., etc., right into Biscayne Bay, the Florida Keys and sand bar parties, plus, plus, plus- - - plus a great sun rise and sun set & plenty of birds everywhere! Jobie Steppe

November 02, 2015 8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Grove was very empty on Halloween. It was a Saturday night AND daylight savings where we gained an hour so it should've been twice as busy but it was the slowest I've seen it in 10 years. I have friends that own businesses in town that were very disappointed that they didn't do as well as previous years. It looked like a total police state, bring back the old grove!

November 09, 2015 10:35 PM  

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