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Monday, July 22, 2019

Another lawsuit regarding the playhouse

Attorney David Winker is filing a lawsuit/petition with the county. "I represent two residents that live within 500 feet of the Playhouse and we will be filing an Amicus Brief in support of upholding the Mayor's veto," he said. They have until September to file the suit.

Winker said, "The County's arguments that the Mayor's veto is illegal are without merit and this is an inappropriate attempt to override the decision of an apolitical historical board decision that found the County's plan to demolish over 90% of the Playhouse was unacceptable."

The petition states, "Dramatic theater rarely benefits from a sequel, and this case proves no
exception." 

The county's filing may be seen here. We'll post the Winker filing when that happens.

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so happy Gimenez is term limited.

July 22, 2019 3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone scratched the surface as to how much Richard Heisenbottle is slated to earn if his plan gets approved. Look into it and you will be shocked at how the tail is wagging the dog.

July 22, 2019 3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 3:30 - Why don't you enlighten us? I'll bet you have zero proof about what you are saying or implying.

July 22, 2019 11:59 PM  
Blogger sunn said...

some people just dont appreciate the grandeur of the past architecturally beautiful buildings. Such buildings give everyone who enters, a feeling of class & culture & appreciation of past artistry!
We should appreciate the so few such structures that yearn to be preserved!!!

Sonia (Mango maniac Grovite)

July 23, 2019 1:20 AM  
Anonymous Peter Studl said...

Tom, Your link seems to open to the County's filing, not the Winkler Amicus Brief filing. I've read the County's petition and it seems well reasoned and compelling from the legal side. It will be interesting to read the City's filing and Mr. Winkler's amicus brief supporting the city mayor's veto. I have not looked at every detail of the County's plan but starting with a sustainable 300 seat theater makes sense to me. It does seem that the County designers did include many of the existing architectural elements including the entire entry side facade. A consistently filled 300 seat room is a much preferable venue over a half-empty 1100 seat theatre. 300 seats is a nice size more in keeping with the population of regular theatergoers, providing a more pleasant audience experience IMHO. Thank you.

July 23, 2019 10:05 AM  
Blogger Lowell Kuvin, Esq. said...

First, the appeal is not "which plan you like better" which the County has briefed/argued and Mr. Studl has swallowed hook, line, and sinker. The issue is whether the Mayor properly exercised his veto,

Next, the court docket is totally void of any mention of an amicus brief. Who is the attorney filing the amicus on the behalf of?

July 24, 2019 10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad to hear Attorney Winker is getting involved in this. He just kicked ULTRA off Virginia Key where it never belonged. Hopefully he can stop the County's effort to demolish this community treasure.

July 24, 2019 11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Sixty-two page petition, an impeccable & wordy brief, why? For who/whom. Who's interest? ANYONE/GROVE RESIDENT OR NOT, who has a heartfelt interest in the Grove Playhouse, for whatever reason SHOULD consider reducing their thoughts about what the playhouse means to them, personally & for the Grove Community and send a copy to Attorney David Winker for incorporation into his proposed Amicus Brief. It's my opinion the judge would give more weight to a thousand heartfelt letters over this petition. The Grove Playhouse can be preserved as the very last iconic structure left standing in the Grove, ONLY IF we make our voices heard. Jobie Steppe

July 25, 2019 11:15 AM  

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