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Saturday, March 09, 2019

Regarding the closed walkway on the waterfront

I am writing in regard to your March 5 article about the closed waterfront behind Regatta Harbour, the Coconut Grove project currently under development. The article mentions that Grove Bay Hospitality Group was contacted for comment, but this is not the correct contact for Regatta Harbour. Grove Bay Hospitality is solely the restaurant operator on the property. The project is being developed by The TREO Group.


Regarding the waterfront closure, the fencing that was recently erected around the project’s boundary, alongside City Hall and the waterfront, relates to two active permits – for required repair to the existing seawall repairs and the Baywalk. Due to the serious safety concerns with pedestrian access to the seawall and Baywalk areas during construction, the fencing has been provided and is a legally-necessary safety barrier to protect unwarranted entry into the active construction site.  

We are the public relations arm for The TREO Group.

Bryna Winer
Vice President
Ander & Co.
Miami

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9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So how long to make those repairs? Certainly you do not plan to take our waterfront away from us through the ENTIRE project, do you? Shouldn't you make some concessions to the people that love that area and walk it on a daily basis? Or are you guys only concerned about the money and not the people? Do we actually have to organize to get that little strip of land back or are you guys just going to remain a bunch of pricks through this entire ordeal.

BTW, the 21/2 feet that is the ONLY way to get through the east side of Bayshore is an overcrowded mess now. Bicycles, strollers, walkers, runners, etc. must all pass on that tiny strip of land that is right next to 4 lanes of traffic, but the waterfront is too dangerous? Seriously?

March 09, 2019 5:18 AM  
Anonymous John Dolson said...

while recognizing legitimate safety considerations, the bigger issue out there is why construction is allowed to block public walkways in general. I don't know why a fence can't be erected along the path, the railings restored post-Irma and leave the pathway open. The same goes, even more importantly, around the Grove where sidewalks have been blocked off with no safe passage and pedestrians forced into the street. Why do we allow construction where the pedestrian access is then blocked for a long period of time? It doesn't seem in the best interest of the public or safety.

March 09, 2019 8:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I THINK JOHN SAID IT ALL...YOU TAKE YOUR LIFE IN YOUR HANDS WALKING THROUGH THE CENTER OF THE GROVE BECAUSE CONSTRUCT SUPERSEDED PUBLIC SAFETY! I FIND IT VERY HARD TO BELIEVE THIS IS FOR OUR WELFARE!

March 09, 2019 11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've enjoyed the Bay for about 60 years fishing snapper, grouper & diving for lobster. I'm now a beach comber from Elliot to Key West and occasionally walk from Peacock Park to the toll plaza @ Key Biscayne . I'll try to find out who to call to make our appeal. If anyone has a name & phone number to whatever entity order the fence please call me @ 786-473-5120 to speed up the call. Who knows, He, She or THEY could be moved so we can continue walking along this fantastic trail. Jobie Steppe

March 09, 2019 11:37 AM  
Anonymous JK said...

Look Bryna, you can get your client great publicity and community support if you convince them to add more green space to the development than required or planned (which by the way sits on our public waterfront), go totally lush, tropical jungle paradise, rain-forest garden. Or better ask them to donate to a corporate super fund to preserve Coconut Grove's existing historic sites. Join this amazing community's activism to preserve Coconut Grove and grow together. Whatcha Think About That?

March 09, 2019 1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The seawall fence/rail is down @ Scotties and comes out of the water about 35 feet East of Scotties and appears solid for about 75 feet where it falls off into the bay again. From this point there is no fence/rail until you reach CITY of Miami property, which is safe, sound and insured. There is a typical type plastic 6' protective construction fence protecting the public on the seawall walkway the entire length. People can presently walk from Scotties to this closed fence. I talked with the assistant manager of the MIAMI marina who was standing by the locked gate seen in this Grape picture. He said the fence was installed 2 weeks ago and never locked until a few days ago. The point is anyone can walk from Scotties to the MIAMI City Marina. It's only when you reach the Marina which is safe you are refused entry. So, it's been assumed in this comment section that it may have been fenced and locked due to safety concerns, but that is not the fact. That causes me to suggest we need to contact Ken Russel. Jobie Steppe

March 09, 2019 2:47 PM  
Blogger Tomthegrove said...

I recommend all to read the little book entitled "Henry and The Great Society." I'll steal the synopsis from one of the reviews, which reads "A down-to-earth tale of a farmer who follows the pleasant promises of Progress—until he finds himself caught in the grip of Materialism." It moved me as a young adult when I first read the novel, and its sad lesson stuck in my mind since.

March 09, 2019 3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this fence is necessary for repairs to the seawall, then make them! I can see from one end of the "construction" to the other and there is nothing happening there that has not been happening for months. The railing has been down since Hurricane Irma. The construction is behind the construction fence. What exactly has changed? And, if it will be changing the future why don't you wait to block it off?

March 11, 2019 9:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly, and it can't be an insurance or safety issue because anyone can walk this pathway, from Scotties to the locked gate, but must stop at the locked gate, turn around and take the alternative route, or climb around the gate by swinging around the piling. Or anyone walking past Fresh Foods parking lot and down the alley way into the CITY of Miami Marina can also walk up to the locked gate, must turn around to take the alternative path way or swing around the piling. There is no purpose to the gate being locked.

March 12, 2019 6:09 AM  

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