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Friday, October 07, 2016

When you see something, say something

I was thinking about all the over-development in the Grove and it really boils down to a few greedy people, who don't live in Coconut Grove, but they live in Coral Gables. They are not allowed to destroy the Gables with their greedy ways, so they come next door and destroy neighborhoods that they don't care about themselves, because if they did, they would move to Coconut Grove. But the rules here in the Grove are so bad, that they come in and destroy neighborhoods for the almighty dollar. That's greed. Pure greed. They destroy quality of life for us, so that they can line their pockets. And people buy these houses. People will buy anything. When houses are built out in the middle of nowhere, touching the fragile Everglades, there's always a buyer for these houses. It's all about ME, ME, ME. Screw the future generations and the current community.

The NCD3 (Neighborhood Conservation District) in Center Grove and NCD2 - in West Grove, need to be adhered to. Once cement is poured, it's too late. We need to stop these project before they have a chance. Upstander Justin Wales has a great idea about suing the City when it comes to allowing over-development, but we need to stop it before anything is built.

So many of you know what's going on in every inch of the village, yet no one appeals the projects and the waivers go through. As we all know, the zoning department is incompetent. They just are. I don't want to say they are on the alleged take, but they sure don't do the right thing.

Don't wait for a waiver to appear, because nine times out of 10 it won't. Or if it does, it will arrive on the last day to appeal. When you see something, say something. When surveyors are snooping around the property, then is the time to ask questions, call the NET Office, speak to Madelin, who is excellent. Be sure you know the next steps regarding the property and appeal it before one tree is touched or before one bulldozer arrives. The number for the Coconut Grove NET office is 305-960-4670.

The last administration was about destruction and money, this new administration is about neighborhoods and conservation. I have to admit that I did not vote for Ken Russell, but I am sure glad he won.

Let's have these Coral Gables vultures disappear all together. They claim that they have been in business for 50 years. That doesn't give them the right to come from their neighborhood and illegally destroy our neighborhood by going around city laws an using the conflicting county laws to do it.

One guy told me to my face, very innocently, that he built his huge big white box house on the land where he knocked everything down including the old house and trees, because they wouldn't let him do it in Coral Gables. So he came to Coconut Grove to do it to build his dream house. So he has his dream house, with no land, since the house covers most of the lot and his neighbors can now live in shade forever more and literally touch his house from their bedroom window simply by reaching out. This is progress?

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Blogger concerned citizen said...

I sent an e-mail to Devin Cejas the zoning administrator that a zoning error had occurred at 3640 & 30 Avocado. I included his boss Francisco Garcia and their boss as CC s the e-mail advised that 2 building permits had been issued for this formerly single-family site.The date of my e-mail was July 25th. At that time no construction had taken place. On August 23 I was advised that there were cement trucks lined up on Avocado at the site. I sent another e-mail to the entire cast. Now there are two buildings coming up.

October 07, 2016 7:51 AM  
Anonymous swlip said...

We have two white boxes going up on Lincoln Avenue where a single house previously stood. I haven't been able to determine whether the developer obtained a warrant. But, if not, that would be a pretty clear violation of Section 3.6.

I can guarantee that sending emails to the zoning department won't get you anywhere. What the neighborhood needs is an attack dog attorney on retainer who can file for an emergency temporary restraining order when the warrant process is being violated, before the first foot of concrete has been poured.

October 07, 2016 8:39 AM  
Anonymous al crespo said...


You mention the "last administration" as being responsible for what is going on, and certainly Marc Sarnoff was responsible for a lot of things, but the "last administration" is in fact still operating.

That administration is the Regalado administration. All of people that everyone keeps referring to were hired and work for the administration of Tomas Regalado.For whatever reason no one wants to call the real person who's responsible for so many of Miami's problems out. You championed Regalado before he was elected, and you've continued to support him, including now supporting his daughter.

It was Regalado and not Sarnoff who had the ultimate responsibility as to whether the Village Council would be able to use City Hall for it's meetings.

Many of the things that you and others in the Grove continue to complain about are the result of decisions made by the Regalado administration.

Yes, the District 2 Commissioner can be powerful, as Sarnoff proved on many occasions, but it's the Mayor, through his City Manager who has to real power to make things happen - if he wants.

So, when you bitch about Francisco Garcia, or the Code Enforcement Department, or the Building Department, remember that all of the directors of those department were chosen BY, and work FOR Tomas Regalado and Danny Alfonso!

October 07, 2016 8:51 AM  
Anonymous John Snyder said...

The zoning east of Aviation on Lincoln is t3-r single family. Closer to 27th it is t3-0 or duplex. What is the address?

October 07, 2016 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you please stop spewing nonsense. Now you are blindly attacking people from Coral Gables and calling them greedy? Your post discussed one person from Coral Gables who came to our community to build his dream house. Sounds real greedy to me. Your posts are typically all bluster with no facts to back anything up.

Are there developers trying to make money by cramming houses in lots in the Grove? Yes. Are there plenty of them from Coconut Grove themselves? Yes. Some people don't see progress the same way you do. They see progress as building the types of homes that affluent professionals want to live in, the type of people who will hopefully make the Grove flourish for years to come.

October 07, 2016 4:38 PM  
Blogger Grapevine said...

I believe PalmCorp is from Coral Gables and they have destroyed a lot in the Grove because they are not permitted to do this in the Gables. Just recently the City Commission agreed and they stopped one major project in its tracks. Illegal activity there. Illegal zoning, and not the first offense. There is a list as long as my arm of all the illegal things that were done in order to re-plat many properties, playing the county against the city, Killing trees and building illegally. So you really don't know what you're talking about and if you did, you would sign your name.

October 07, 2016 4:41 PM  
Anonymous swlip said...

John Snyder:

2470 - 2480. Between Jefferson and Lucaya.

October 07, 2016 7:04 PM  
Anonymous swlip said...

Agreed that there was no basis to go teeing off on people from Coral Gables. They have as much of a right to buy property and make money in the City of Miami as anyone else.

When I first moved here, Grovites prided themselves on *not* being Coral Gables. Well, Coral Gables is Coral Gables in part because it's always had strict zoning laws.

October 07, 2016 7:08 PM  
Blogger Ted Bolton said...

The white boxification of Coconut Grove will go down in history as the aesthetic destruction of paradise. A cemetery of white tombstones soon to take over your neighborhood. We can then say we really do live in God's Waitng Room.

October 09, 2016 8:07 AM  
Blogger James said...

In fairness, I think you should also call out the greedy people selling their houses at a marked up rate to a developer who they know is going to tear it down.

October 09, 2016 8:09 PM  
Anonymous swlip said...

Liquidate the Kulaks!

October 10, 2016 2:41 PM  

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