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Friday, November 13, 2015

The City always has its hand out

A few people, all from outside the Grove, told me that they spent Halloween night in Coconut Grove and they spent a lot of money. They ate, drank and mingled. But they didn't like the large police presence.

I'm hoping that our new commissioner changes things around here. We are losing everything that is Grovey little by little. The Bed Race is in talks to stay, but they may end up elsewhere do to exorbitant city service fees. It's amazing that if you go to an event in South Miami or Coral Gables, you see two, maybe three cops, here in the Grove and Miami, you pay the whole force on double time to man the events. 

Other Grove events are also in talks to leave. Same reason - crazy high city services. These events may move to other cities or places in Miami where they are on private property.

You would think that the city would be pleased that people are throwing first-rate events and they wouldn't have their hands out the first thing, but rather help the event organizers pay for the events, or better yet, stop charging them. 

I was told that during Regatta season, which is gearing up, that boats for one or two of the regattas, will be "stored" right on the Regatta Park lawn. When I asked how people would get around the park, I was told they would have to walk around the boats. Is the City charging the Regattas to use the park? I somehow doubt it. Is this a good use of the new park? Storing boats?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are surprised that a park called "Regatta" is involved with sailboat racing?

November 13, 2015 7:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... tired of hearing people lament the changes to their old Grove. Face it - all the people who lived in the Grove 15 years ago in the party days as "artists"now all have babies. The flavor of the Grove has already changed and where you used to have bohemia, now you have strollers and PTA meetings and people who value order. Much like how Hoboken or Park Slope changed in the NY area. As a resident, I was glad to see cops around. 1000 people in one small, public place with beer being sold in random booths to virtually anybody. To allow that without sufficient cops would be irresponsible. And I thought it was charming the way they rode around on their pretty horses. One even wished me a good evening from atop his horse. Very Grovey in my book..

November 13, 2015 9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring back the Playhouse, Goombay Festival, keep Bed Race here, restore King Mango and block parties, get rid of all the stupid expensive events in Peacock park unless the businessmen running them are willing to subsidize the above mentioned traditions of Coconut Grove, we have great traditions and history and we want to preserve them.

November 13, 2015 11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to agree the events in Peacock park are silly. They may have different themes but it's all the same vendors.

November 13, 2015 11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you need to see 100s of cops to feel safe just because some people are outside, having a beer and a good time, you have a mental illness.

Society doesn't need to be constantly controlled by paramilitary forces staring down at every move, and forcing conformity.

The grove has become an Orwellian nightmare.

November 13, 2015 12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So street barricades on the curbs of high traffic roads and a few mounted police = Orwellian nightmare?

November 13, 2015 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

have you missed the cameras on every corner or the overall homogenization?

ya know, in addition to the mounted soldiers and foot soldiers, and undercover soldiers. And let's not forget on the private army of code enforcement.

November 13, 2015 3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:20pm As my friend said: You don't even know that you don't know 😉

November 13, 2015 3:23 PM  
Anonymous Bill Kunz said...

The Big Howl In The Wood, put on by The Solar Dogs band ran five great years until the City Of Miami made it so expensive and the permitting process such a nightmare that we finally called it off.After we paid the absurd fees there was little left to pass on. We wanted to start s tradition of community good time,promotion of local art and music and support for organizations helping the disadvantaged and disabled. Many of you readers came out and we enjoyed putting it on to our own great delight. We will pass on what we want to put on next but unfortunately it will not be in the city of Miiami.
Bill Kunz

November 13, 2015 4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right anon 12:23, See what happened in France tonight!? Jobie Steppe

November 13, 2015 8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Grove is grovey; events, restaurants, stores, the largest marina in Florida with numerous views of Biscayne Bay, boat ramp, a NE breeze, beautiful sunsets with blue skies, tree lined streets, hospitable folks, a dog park and numerous other parks with exercise devices, public restrooms, water fountains, mass transit, sidewalks, banks, jobs, parking, and a police station for safety, etc., etc., etc., and KEN RUSSEL. Jobie Steppe

November 14, 2015 11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I concur with Mr. Jobie!!! I have lived in the Grove for the last 30 years and love it!!!

November 14, 2015 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Grove of the 60's is gone. Get used to it. With proper security we will remember the current Grove as the best Grove.

November 14, 2015 3:15 PM  

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