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Monday, April 02, 2018

More strife regarding the proposed zoning changes

The Grove is being scammed by our politicians. The new proposed zoning changes hurt the Grove in so many ways. It's almost as if it is a joke.

Their idea is major over-development, there is too much density built into the plan. 

Are the politicians afraid of the developers or are they in their pockets? Or both?

The Grove Watch Group has a petition which states that they will NOT ENDORSE adoption of the proposed draft legislation of the Miami Zoning Code re-titled "Coconut Grove Conservation District" unless a City of Miami dedicated staff position is created to act as the code enforcement officer/specialist with single-point contact and accountability for all matters regarding the protection of the unique character of the Coconut Grove Conservation District.

How can you help?

Go to the three upcoming meetings to call for the addition of this essential position:

Planning Zoning and Appeals Board Meeting: April 4, 6:30 pm, City Hall

Coconut Grove Village Council Meeting: April 20, 6:30 pm, City Hall

Miami City Commission Meeting: April 26, 2:00 pm, City Hall

City Hall is at 3500 Pan American Drive, right here in the Grove.

Signing this petition means you will NOT ENDORSE adoption of the new Miami Zoning Code re-titled "Coconut Grove Conservation District" unless a City of Miami dedicated staff position is created to act as the code enforcement officer/specialist with single-point accountability for all  matters regarding the protection of the unique character of  the Coconut Grove Conservation District.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Scammed"? That's a stretch. The NCD and comments on the City's website are fairly straightforward as to what the proposed changes to the NCD are and what impact they will have. "Afraid of the developers or are they in their pockets"? How about some property owners and prospective property owners WANT the proposed changes to go through. Just because the Grove Watch Group disagrees with the proposal, does not mean they need to libel the hard-working individuals that have put this plan together which tries to strike a delicate balance between MANY COMPETING INTERESTS OF CITIZENS. The Grove Watch Group needs to cut out its "holier than thou" rhetoric. Who crowned them and made them the decider of what all of their neighbors want?

April 02, 2018 10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grove Watch Group is a group of homeowners and residents who have said it all along, they want existing laws to be enforced, no variances, no exceptions, no special treatment. What is wrong with that? I am sure you can put a group together as well if you want advocate to circumvent the laws as it has been happening.

April 02, 2018 3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the extent that certain bureaucrats are failing to enforce the law, that does not mean that "The Grove is being scammed by our politicians." In fact, bureaucrats, not politicians, i.e. elected officials, are responsible for enforcing the current law. Similarly, as far as I can tell, it's the City of Miami Planning and Zoning Department that is working on NCD revisions, not elected officials. Accordingly, I do not understand the false connection you are making between the alleged failure to enforce the current NCD and that any proposed changes are being proposed by politicians because "they are afraid of the developers or in their pockets." Give me a break. Just because you think that the current regulations are not adequately enforced or disagree with he proposed changes does not give you carte blanche to make these inflammatory accusations against our elected officials. You disagree with the state of enforcement or proposed changes? Fair enough, that's your right and I may agree with you. But don't stoop to childish mudslinging -- it only damages the credibility of your argument.

April 02, 2018 4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If bureaucrats are breaking laws then politicians should first make laws to keep bureaucrats strictly accountable. But then politicians have some say in make up of the bureaucracy.

April 02, 2018 5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the same person(s) wrote all four of the previous comments. 10/15 years ago someone advised me that when the MacMansions appeared in the Grove quality of life would disappear, that the Grove would get a Frankenstein like face look. Sidewalks are blocked by 7/8 cars parked at most MacMansions. Looking down, just Day Avenue you'll see an I-95 like flow of traffic. Folks walking dogs or pushing baby carriages are forced into the roadways, blacks are being displaced, rents are absurd (my rental is the lowest in Coconut Grove, the very lowest) no parking, and why would any tourist visit our community, for what? Roads and sidewalks constantly being repaired, businesses coming and going. The fact is all this development brings in tons of cash from development, new sidewalks, taxes, more taxes on top of more taxes and it's now $12.00, to launch a boat at our local boat ramp. And it does take a ton of money to operate a community and civilization, people, people, and more people. We're lucky to have Ken Russell, but why would he want to turn off this extreme positive cash flow for our community? My friend was right fifteen years ago, and life goes on. I wouldn't take his job for $250,000.00, annually. Jobie Steppe

April 03, 2018 7:50 AM  

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