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Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Why is the waterfront closed?

I never realized how many use the path on the waterfront - the path behind the Scotty's Landing / Chart House area. But for the past couple of days, people have been reaching out to me to ask me about it.  Cyclists have complained, one guy who walks that way to Starbucks complained and runners have complained. I never realized it was used that much.

I reached out to Grove Bay Hospitality Group, the builders who are constructing that thing on the waterfront and have been ignored for two days. They aren't really hospitable, are they? And the same with the commissioner's office. I reached out and have not heard back. But I suspect after posting this, I'll receive an answer quite fast.

Not good.

The Village Council will be taking up the issue at Monday's meeting.

They would like to know:

Who gave permission for the waterfront to be closed at this location?

What legal authority does anyone have to close the waterfront, i.e., under what conditions is closing of the waterfront permitted?

If closing of the waterfront is legally permitted, how is it that the City of Miami would permit such a thing without requiring the equivalent of an MOT plan (Maintenance of Traffic) like those that are required when streets are closed or traffic is rerouted for a construction project? No City of Miami street can be closed or traffic rerouted without an MOT plan. The same principle should apply to the public waterfront.

The Village Council meets Monday, March 11 at 6:3 pm at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use that path almost daily. It's the best sunrise location in Coconut Grove. The path has not been maintained, and, as owners of this property, we should all be pissed off. The city should be forcing them to give us all access 24/7. We've put up with a lot of crap from all this overdevelopment, but taking our sunrise from us is really the worst!

March 05, 2019 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use this path daily and have been missing it! As a walker, it’s my route where I don’t have to worry about getting hit by a texting driver.

March 05, 2019 4:09 PM  
Blogger Levi Meyer said...

I run there daily. It sia great sunrise walk.

March 05, 2019 5:51 PM  
Blogger sally willits said...

Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

Sally Willits

March 05, 2019 5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

City of Miami and Miami Dade County do not have the organizational culture to properly manage Coconut Grove as the high end cultural and local attraction it has been over 150 years. We are losing a cultural treasure to mismanagement as a result of political games fueled by ignorance and bulldozers.

March 05, 2019 6:48 PM  
Blogger Groveite said...

I live at Yacht Harbour and start almost every morning walking through Dinner Key then this property.

I can’t tell you how awesome it is to live in a place like this.

Let’s get it reopened. There is fencing around construction site.

March 05, 2019 7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought that was a public right of way?

March 05, 2019 9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally unacceptable. I walk that path every day. I still don’t understand how they have no sidewalk in front of cocowalk for over a year.

March 05, 2019 10:49 PM  
Blogger Tom Boyce said...

We are 2 more daily users of the water front path. We all know why it is closed, the constitution of the new restaurant,the question is whether it is necessary or not. Certainly it is more convenient for the builder but unless they are replacing the seawall, and they are not, then given the setback on the plans it is the same as building along a sidewalk. At some point the path would have to be closed for a relatively short period to integrate it into the construction but not for the 2 years that construction will take. Remember that the developer of the marina initially tried to block entrance and transit along the adjacent marina and we had to speak up and push back.

March 06, 2019 4:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's unique to the Grove, there's nothing to compare, Biscayne Bay, sunset, fresh air off the ocean. Jobie Steppe

March 06, 2019 6:23 AM  
Blogger Bob A said...

Please reopen the path. My wife and I jog by there almost daily. We noticed it was fenced off last weekend.

March 07, 2019 12:45 PM  
Blogger Jaime said...

Use it for nightly walks... Not happy

March 07, 2019 7:29 PM  
Blogger Dave Bricker said...

That path has no guard rail and there are rusty hazards sticking up. The water next to the seawall is shallow and potentially full of sharp debris. And it's near a stormwater outfall so who knows what toxins and infectious agents lurk there.

Today you're the city manager. Knowing the risks and liabilities, and understanding that if a drunk stumbles into one of those rusty metal brackets on his way into the soup, it could cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars, would you open the gate?

March 08, 2019 8:58 AM  

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