Welcome to the Grapevine

The only place for Coconut Grove, FL News, Views & Opinions - Sunlight is the best disinfectant

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Look at the *!?#$% sidewalks!

Granted, the Grove is under renovation and it is a total mess, but so much of it doesn't need to be. Look at this here. Recently, for weeks, if not months, the sidewalks were repaired and replaced on Grand Avenue. Right here in front of the former Johnny Rockets location, the workers took a couple of weeks to make the sidewalk beautiful. The did a wonderful job, but look at it now.

This is the result of fiber optics being added underground. This is how the sidewalks were left after the phone company did its thing.

I'm not quite sure why the City of Miami's Office of Zoning didn't step in, assuming there were permits for the sidewalk repair and the fiber optics job and why they didn't coordinate the two jobs so that they could be done in the proper order. Just more incompetence from our City's Zoning and Permit departments.

And here on Main Highway, while the sidewalks were not renovated yet, this is how they left the job after their work. This is how the fiber optics idiots left things. Look at the manhole or whatever that thing is left open.
Look at the mess. The Main Highway project may not be done for another year or two or who knows how long. So is this the state of the Main Highway sidewalks for the next two years?

We have new businesses coming in here, like the Fireman Derek's Pie Shop. Is this how the new gleaming business will welcome guests? I was just in New York where I walked on 200 year old cobblestone streets that do not look this bad.

And here, a pile of bricks was left - right here on Main Highway. Can you see this happening in Coral Gables or Key Biscayne or Brickell?  This is not acceptable. 

Lack of communication is the issue. There are two different permit departments, utilities go through a separate department than the sidewalk repairs. Some of the work was permitted not all of it. Utilities have a lot of leniency because they use "emergency" as an excuse.  I spoke with Nicole Singletary, Coconut Grove BID director, and she is livid, she's reached out to the city and the companies involved to ask them why this was all left like this. The company that installed the fiber optics is Bore Tech. I reached out to them asking them if this mess is how they leave every completed job site. No response yet. Along with Bore Tech, Draft Pros is installing the fiber optics.  Sloppy pigs, both of them.

For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.


Anonymous Tony G said...

The cocowalk area is a dump right now. Such a shame. And for what? New offices?

July 17, 2018 7:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adding new infrastructure underground isn't a trivial task, especially in areas like Center Grove.

That being said, the company should have had a contractor ready to go back in and replace those pavers immediately. They obviously had someone come in and fill the area with asphalt.

July 17, 2018 9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at the sidewalks all over the city, they're a mess everywhere. The City doesn't seem to do much about them nor do they do preventive hurricane trimming of trees on the public swales. Last time I looked the City has a surplus of $24 million in the budget so it's not a question of funds.

July 17, 2018 10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miami became the third world in the early 1980s.

July 17, 2018 12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor organization. They keep tearing up areas that have new pavers. Seems Main Highway on the east side could be repaired. Maybe no construction going in there as it has 3 story height limit or at least it did.
It is a disgrace and I agree that pavers should have been put back in place, not just covered with asphalt.

July 17, 2018 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Cathy Pareto said...

Wow...just wow. Such wonderful planning.

July 17, 2018 4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The corner of Grand Avenue and Mary Street has been torn up and re-done at least 3 times in the past six or eight months. It's currently being re-done again. Most of the work happens at night. Hard to understand or explain. Also, AFTER new bricks are put in, workers spray paint over them with ridiculous signs and symbols, in all the colors of the rainbow. Come on City of Miami, a little brain power please?

July 17, 2018 4:07 PM  
Anonymous Sonya de Long said...

What if we learn that contractually they did not have to do more than they did, which is not an unlikely scenario. Let us know what you find out and how to escalate it,

July 17, 2018 5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear you. the yellow sidewalk ramps for sight impaired persons have really created a more hazardous situation. check out the "pedestrian crosswalk" at the corner of Grand and Virginia. Contrast that new construction with the one one block north at Virginia and Florida. And if you're riding a bike....forget about it....you could get a flat riding over it.
It's gotten imposible to walk much less ride a bike throughout the Grove. Such an embarrassing City. I emailed Ken Russells' office. about this issue as well as how the Glass House on 27th is going to impact driving in the Central grove. It got bounced around to few people, but never got resolved.

July 17, 2018 5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and how come the public parking Garage on Oak and Rice has gone no where.....yet Cocowalk is almost completely demo'ed?
so let's see: there's the office building next to the Playhouse, the Rice Street Parking Garage, Cocowalk, Roadwork in front of Greestreets....it's crazy and was worse when the CG bank residential building was in full swing. Really there ought to be a limit.

July 17, 2018 5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THINK. Workers remove bricks and do their thing, i.e., put something in the ground; water, electrical, fiberoptic conduit piping.
The sand, gravel and bricks are still there. Pummel the ground or water down the holes and when plum reinstall the brick. Presto job done. I've installed brick on my properties and professionally and I've watched many of these brick layers install these pavers in the grove and I chuckle as I pass by. They all, each and everyone act out like rocket scientist, tapping here padding down there, a little sand here a little sand there, looking about to see who looking on, smoking a bud or looking for some shade to get under. Who in hell would instead of getting to work would fill the hole with asphalt, do away with the sand and gravel and come back to finish the job. They are not stupid, STUPID, S T U P I D, someone is making a ton of money hiring this job out and whoever is paying for this is getting a piece of the pie. It can be no other way. Jobie Steppe

July 17, 2018 7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have emailed our commissioner and staff twice on this situation simply asking for a plan or schedule of the proper repairs, and of course no response. Also should be noted how dangerous the situation is considering the the section of sidewalk in front of the new office building under construction is closed (good planning...), that leaves this as the only sidewalk to navigate. Further this stretch is part of the "commodore trail" which is supposed to be a path for cycling, walking, etc. Good luck with those activities on this hazardous patchwork sidewalk. Simply Embarrassing and dangerous for locals.

Dominic R

July 17, 2018 7:48 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home