Arbor950x60-static

HOME | CALENDAR |  33133 STORE |  OUR AMAZON STORE  TREE PROTECTION

Welcome to the Grapevine

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

Sunday, April 22, 2018

New place to get asian-style bowls and more

I found a new bowl place that I really like. It's called Hibachi, Panasian Grill & Noodle Bar. It's at the former Quizno's place at 2490 SW 17th Avenue, across US1. The whole place has been renovated.

They have everything there. The first thing I tried was the Ginger Chicken and Broccoli bowl, which also comes with scallions, oyster sauce and dark sauce on either brown or white rice, fried rice, noodles or vegetables. I chose the vegetables. It's only $11.99.

They have a lot of choices there - stir fried noodle dishes, soups, appetizers, salads and poke bowls.

I like their chicken lettuce wraps ($8.99) and the Firecracker Salmon ($7.99) also the Pad Thai which goes from $9.99 to $16.99 depending on the ingredients from spicy tofu steak to shrimp, chicken, beef veggies and a lot more.



Wok specials along with the Ginger Chicken and Broccoli bowl consist of Mongolian Chicken or Shrimp, Spicy Mango Shrimp, Beef and Broccoli, Orange Chicken and lots more, starting at $11.99 each. Dumplings are $3.99 to $4.99 an order, steamed or fried.

For dessert they have friend cheesecake, banana fried cheesecake and Thai donuts, starting at $4.99.


The ingredients are fresh and the chicken is non-GMO.

I've been back a few times. I really like it. They are open 7 days.


You can see their menu and more at their website: hibachigrillmiami.com/

Just a note: they are very similar to the Asian Thai Kitchen at the Kwik Stop here in Center Grove which is at 3135 Grand Avenue. But it's something different and worth trying. They are newer, brighter and they have plenty of tables to eat at on the spot, which Asian Thai Kitchen doesn't have. But again, both places are delicious.



YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
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.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Another case of tree vs developer

This story from Tallahassee caught my eye as it has so many similarities to Coconut Grove.

An Oak Tree is standing in the way of a $30 million development in Tallahassee. Sound familiar? They have tree huggers up there, just like we do.

The developer was committed to saving the tree but a consultant says, “Not gonna happen,” said Jim Waddell, owner of Inovia Consulting. “Our proposal right now is going to remove the tree at Virginia and Monroe.”

This portion of the district has strict guidelines and the developer said he will comply and work the tree into the project. If you've ever been to Tallahassee, it is very green, there are lots of trees because they protect them.

Nice to see that we are not the only community that protects, or tries to protect trees.

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
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.

Countering the pro-development developers

This was a comment left on the NCD story. 

I am the resident who called out Grove Beautiful as a political pac posing as concerned residents [at Wednesday's meeting]. They are funded and backed almost exclusively by pro-development developers, architects and attorneys who directly benefit from increased density and higher prices, like $1M in the West Grove - Developer launches sales for luxury homes in the West Grove.

We need a strong show of opposition at the next meeting to counter them bringing more money to the table to back their agenda at the next PZB meeting. 

Below is a transcript of a motion put forth by Andy Parrish o April 18, 2018 to the Planning and Zoning Board regarding the City's NCD Proposed Changes affecting all of Coconut Grove. Although the City argued that Intent is open to interpretation, this motion clarifies the intent for any reasonable person to understand and would go a long way to protecting the Grove and supporting sustainable growth of our community.

"I move approval of Item 2, with the following changes to section 2.1 Intent:

2.1 The intent of the Coconut Grove Conservation District is to establish a protective series of legislative elements that enhance the preservation of the overall low density nature of the District by including specific regulations to protect green space and tree canopy, encourage the preservation of existing single family residential houses, and to guide new residential and commercial development by protecting the scale, character, and architectural variety within the District's established neighborhoods. Together, these neighborhoods make up the community of Coconut Grove, which is distinguished by the diversity of its residents, its character, derived from lush landscaping, and naturally occurring vegetation and trees, its unique property sizes and shapes; its bay views; geologic features; proximity to Biscayne Bay; public open space; recreational opportunities; commercial services;and a special character imparted by its tropical vegetation and cultural contributions to the City of Miami, which it predates.

The Coconut Grove Conservation District has three over-arching principles which shall guide the reading and application of these regulations. They are:
1. Protection, preservation and enhancement of Coconut Grove's green spaces and tree canopy, especially its specimen native trees at their present locations so long as consistent with public safety.
2. Encouragement of architectural diversity within a generally applied maximum FLR of 40% for T3R and 60% for T3O;
3. With regard to new construction on any Building Site where an existing principal structure has been demolished after the effective date of this legislation, there shall be denial of all applications for any waiver, exception, bonus or administrative relief that increases the generally applied maximum FLR unless the applicant for such waiver, exception, bonus or administrative relief demonstrates a primary purpose consistent with the intent of this Section 2.1 that would justify an increase in the maximum FLR.

The effect of these regulations shall be to modify transact regulations included within the District's boundaries to the extent indicated herein"

Carol Lopez-Bethel

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
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.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

It's residents vs developers at NCD hearing

The Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board met Wednesday night, the discussion focused on the new NCD plans for Coconut Grove. In the end, due to many requests by neighbors, the legislation was deferred for another time. In that time, there should be more workshops and discussions

Neighbors who spoke to the board were concerned about the proposed plans; the ancillary units were brought up (the granny flats), the way the proposed code is written, too much density would be added to the neighborhoods if each new house had a "mini house" attached. Parking and great congestion comes with the additional residents.

Combining NCD 2 (Village West) and NCD 3 (the rest of the Grove) is part of the new plan. Some people are concerned that the character of Village West will be affected if there are is just one NCD combined plan.

Resident Nathan Kurland said, "It doesn't matter if you're on the right track, if you're going in the wrong direction." He claims that residents asked for a tweek of the NCDs but now the whole thing has gotten out of hand. Many residents feel the new NCD favors developers, by adding density, too much density to the neighborhoods. 

"The NCD has been watered down. We need stronger language, not weaker," said Nathan.

There should be less mass added to the NCD, not more. And tree disruption is still not adequately addressed. The floor/lot ratio is 65% and many would like it dropped to 40%, which is the norm for other local communities.

One developer, who started the GroveBeautiful group, stood up and of course complained that the reduction of home sizes proposed is not to his liking, he wants larger homes. He was shut down fast by the board. Key Biscayne, Coral Gables, Miami Beach all have a lower ratio. It's intersting that he chooses to build here in the Grove, where anything goes. One resident called the new GroveBeautiful group a "political pac posing as a residental group." She stated that many of the faces at the meeting were well known and the un-known faces were developers who have no regard for the neighborhood.

It's unconsionable how the developers are now making believe they are neighbors out for everyone's own well-being, when in reality they are here to build, make a killing and be on to their next project. "Follow the money" was the battle cry Wednesday night. Don't trust these strange faces who have no love for the Grove.

The residents want smaller homes on lots, they want to do away with zero lot lines. 

The over-development (and size) of new single family homes is the problem. The houses are too big.

After hearing neighbors speak for awhile, board member Adam Gersten brought up the fact that while people have their ideas about the NCD changes, most are not agreeing, there doesn't seem to be one consensus. One person asks for a certain percentage of lot coverage, another asks for another. While people are not happy with the new NCD, there is no one set plan for changes.

He said there is no movement, people are stalled.

For some reason, business owners and the Coconut Grove BID are part of the discussion and I'm not quite sure why. The issue is residential and a lot has to do with the South Grove, where there are no businesses. I'm not sure why they are part of the discussion.

One lady with a large lot who is in favor of lot splitting says that changes to this rule will drive developers out of town, which drew large applause from the audience. This apparently is the goal - drive developers out! This lady calls the cookie cutter townhouses "city villas" and says the architecture is "just right." There's no accounting for taste. Or greed.

In the end, there was the deferral, but the bottom line is this - outsiders have come into the neighborhoods to destroy the ambiance and make a fast buck. It's residents against developers. The developers come here because other areas will not stand for their shenanigans. The laws need to change to favor the residents.

SORRY, TOO MANY DEVELOPER TROLLS LEAVING COMMENTS ANONYMOUSLY. SO COMMENTS ARE CLOSED. PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE IF YOU HAVE A COMMENT AND DON'T MIND NOT BEING ANONYMOUS.


=====
Subscribe to the Grapevine and receive it daily in your email.
 Use this link.
====

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
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.

Massive project planned for US1 and 27 Avenue

Get ready for more traffic. Grass River Property LLC and Terra Group LLC released these images for Grove Central, a large 5.18 acre developmend planned for US1 and 27 Avenue at the Metrorail station.

In 2007, people fought the single condo concept that is there now, claiming traffic would increase significantly. The Latin American restaurant was knocked down on that spot making way for a condo development, but at the time, people fought the project. 


This massive structure which consists of retail and a hotel will increase traffic at that area, which is already congested. But development at the Metrorail stations was always part of the plan.
UPDATE: People don't like this. Lots of comments at our Facebook page here.
=====
Subscribe to the Grapevine and receive it daily in your email.
 Use this link.
====

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
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.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Florentine Plaza to become 'The Grove MIA' ?

Florentine Plaza has plans for a make-over, but it's not finalized, yet they are already scouting for tenants.

The current plans for the complex to be called "The Grove MIA" doesn't appear to be adding a high rise. The current Mediterranean style of the building will be preserved, but modernized. At the rear of the complex, where the parking lot is now, will be Phase II, which will consist of retail shops. 


The bones of the building seem to be staying. You can see the roof line above in the rendering and here in this photo taken last week.

In the past there was talk of a boutique hotel and knocking down the whole structure, but it appears that it will be saved and just modernized.  The place has a lot of history. A lot of businesses have passed through that plaza and a lot of art and music events took place there.


The proposed site plan does have parking onsite though, but there will be less spaces than are there now and the Grand Avenue side will consist of six storefronts from 1031 square feet to 1341 square feet. A corner location will be 1140 square feet, which turns into Fuller Street.

What I like about it is that these plans are keeping the lines and feel of the building and they are working with that. The Grove is changing fast, but keeping some of our history in the new designs and the buildings makes all the difference.


Gadinsky Real Estate LLC will be leasing the retail spaces out. 

It's a clean, sleek look, renderings may be seen here.

But keep in mind, the current owners are awaiting the new NCD plans which the City Commission will be voting on. Does this mean they will scrap the plans and build up? Not sure, no one is really talking. It's wait and see apparently, yet they have a website up, a brochure and leasing options available. What happens if someone leases a space and then it all changes? Hopefully this plan will remain, but even so, I am told that renovations would not start until a year or so from now due to the sluggish retail market.

It sort of reminds me of the Grove Isle issue, where there are plans to add a fourth building, but neighbors are still suing and nothing has been done yet regarding construction, but some realtors are promoting the condos and showing them up for sale through brochures and drawings.

If you click on the plans below, they will open much larger.




YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
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.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Too much density at part of new NCD?

The Coconut Grove Park Homeowners Assn. (CGPHA)sent this mailing out yesterday, regarding the upcoming PZAB board hearing on the proposed new Coconut Grove NCD changes.

It appears to many that it supports too much density in the Grove. We are a small village, it makes no sense to add so much density to the village.

From the CGPHA:


This Wednesday at 6:30 pm there will be a PZAB hearing to vote on the new Neighborhood Conservation District ordinance (NCD).

This ordinance will have long-lasting affects on all future development in the Grove. It will decide how and what gets built over the next few decades so it is incredibly important that this ordinance supports what we want to see happen in the Grove.

One of the main impetus for the re-write of the code is the proliferation of overbuilding going on in our neighborhoods. The new NCD has some good things that help reduce cookie-cutter massing but it still has some glaring problems.

Such as:

Allowable Size of Houses Still Too Massive: The proposed maximum FLR of .65 is way too high and will result in houses being built that are virtually the same size as what is currently allowed. Because they are changing the definition for how they measure SF, it sounds like they are offering a reduction in size, but in reality, there will be virtually no change in the size of structures that get built. We find this completely unacceptable. Adjacent communities like Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Pinecrest and Key Biscayne max out at between .30 and .50. Why should we be more – we should be less!

Ancillary Units: The current draft will allow a separate apartment to be built on every single family lot of 7,500 SF or bigger. And to make matters worse, no additional parking is required for these units. This will fundamentally change single-family neighborhoods as we know them and should be opposed, or at the very least only be allowed on larger lots that can more easily accommodate the extra density and additional cars. And parking absolutely needs to be provided on site.

Higher Residential Height: They are changing the way they measure the height of houses. Currently the maximum 25’ height is measured to the midspan of a roof slope. They are revising this to be measured to the eave​,​ which will add approximately 5’ to the height of sloped-roof houses. They are raising this to more closely match how they measure flat roof houses - but instead of raising sloped-roof houses they should be lowering flat roof houses. We want less height in the Grove – not more height!


New hotel going up next to St. Stephen's
Commercial Areas: They are planning several bonuses to both density and the amount of area you can build. This has not been well studied and should be pulled from the NCD until the city and community better understand how these changes will affect our neighborhoods with increased people, parking, traffic etc. One bonus in particular will encourage 25’ high first floors. You only have to look at the new hotel that is going up next to St. Stephen's to see what that will look like along SW 27th Ave or Bird Ave. This will kill the human scale of the Grove. Another change they are planning will massively reduce​​ parking requirements by 50% for new apartments or commercial projects in areas immediately adjacent to single family districts. This could create massive overflow parking on our residential streets. We need to hold this to a maximum of a 30% parking reduction.

These are just some of the very important issues that are being voted on at the PZAB meeting on Wednesday​, April 18​. The meeting is at City Hall (3500 Pan American Drive) and we really need a full turnout to counteract the development forces that will be out there in force.

This meeting ​is our best chance to put an end to over-development and protect the Grove for decades to come. We need you to be there!

Coconut Grove Park Homeowners Assn.

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
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.

Celebrate Shakespeare's birthday at The Barnacle

Join The Barnacle for an afternoon in the park for a celebration of William Shakespeare's birthday on Saturday, April 21 from noon to 3 pm.

Enjoy:
*Tea with Mrs. Shakespeare, Birthday Cake 
*Read a sonnet
*Try your hand at Rat Pucking or Renaissance dance 
*Get into the spirit in the Shakespeare Photo Booth
*Staged reading of A Midsummer Night's Dream at 2:00 pm

This family friendly event is for Shakespeare fans of all ages. The event is free of charge, but a $2 per person park admission is requested. Picnics are welcome. Snacks are available for sale on site.

The Barnacle is at 3485 Main Highway.

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
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.

Monday, April 16, 2018

What goes on behind the scenes in Tallahassee?

Dr. Ciereszko
Join The Rotary Club of Coconut on Thursday, April 19 at 12:30 pm at the Sailing Club to hear Dr. Ana Ciereszko, a lobbyist for Miami Dade Public Schools, share her insight into what goes on behind the scenes in Tallahassee.

Dr. Ciereszko taught Chemistry at the Kendall Campus of Miami Dade College for almost 35 years until her retirement in 2010; she served in many leadership positions throughout her career.  She was president of the Kendall Campus Faculty Senate, of a statewide group of Community College Faculty Leaders, and served for 6 years as the executive vice president of United Faculty of Miami Dade College.

Dr. Ciereszko has degrees from the University of Miami, Old Dominion University and Florida International University. She currently teaches part-time and serves as legislative director for United Faculty of Miami Dade College, spending the legislative session in Tallahassee representing the interest of college faculty and unions.

The Rotary Club of Coconut Grove meets every Thursday at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, 2990 South Bayshore Drive.

The cost of the meeting is $25 with lunch or $10 without lunch. 


YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
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.

We need a repairman, stat!

I guess I'm immune to it, but a friend sent me these pictures and he asks, "How is it possible for luxury condos and boutique hotels to get built before repairs are made to our Peacock Park boardwalk and the sidewalk in front of CocoWalk?

That's a good question, I guess we are so used to it that we don't notice. This is the boardwalk at Peacock Park. It's been like this since Hurricane Irma. I know a couple of carpenters who can get it fixed in less than a week.

I also hear a lot of rumblings from the folks at the Marina, who say that the city did not have enough hurricane insurance and that project is also at a standstill.

These buildings are going up at record speed.

And this Mr. C's hotel is going up faster than those buildings. But the boardwalk and the sidewalk are at a standstill.
We sort of play a little game when in the area of CocoWalk and try to guess who is going to trip. I have videoed people walking by and I do catch people tripping, I once caught a skateboarder coming up around the bend and he didn't realize the sidewalk just ends like that he went flying. He was embarrassed so I won't post the video.

I don't think we would see this happen in Coral Gables or South Miami, or Doral or Brickell, or anywhere else, for that matter.

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
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.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Check out our Grapevine merch

We have a couple of Grapevine shops where you can purchase books and merchandise and it supports the Grapevine.

We have an Amazon store here: The Grapevine Store

And our t-shirt and mug store here: The 33133 Store


We also consolidated our web address and our blog address so if you type in CoconutGroveGrapevine.com, it will go right to the Grapevine blog and bypass the gateway page, like in the past.

Please check out our stores. You may find some nice gifts there or items for yourself.

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
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.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Issues and options for the West Grove

A Community Discussion of Development Concepts for New Multifamily Residential and Mixed-Use Development will be held at Kroma Gallery on Saturday, April 28. from 10 am to 12:30 pm.

Five teams of FAU Engineering students are currently engaged in a year-long design course to prepare building concepts for actual parcels in the West Grove. This presentation marks the final report for three student teams, and the mid-way point for two student teams. This Community Discussion provides stake holders with the opportunity to see the final version of three concepts presented for community input at the February 3 Community Discussion.

It also provides an opportunity to review and comment on two work-in-progress concepts.

Participants will see what is allowed under current land development regulations, and have the opportunity to discuss any changes needed to protect the West Grove’s character. In addition, students from two groups will be seeking continuing input during the Summer and Fall Semesters as designs are modified to address serious concerns about preventing gentrification and fostering appropriate development.

This presentation is open to the public, there is no charge to attend.

For additional information, please contact Frank Schnidman at schnidmanf@earthlink.net

KROMA Gallery is located at 3670 Grand Avenue.

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
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.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Art Box is celebrating Earth Day

On the second Saturday of every month, Art Box hosts a Family Art Workshop. It's a perfect way to spend your Saturday mornings with your loved ones while working together to create a work of art, getting creative, and learning about an art movement.  

Join their Family Workshop Series April 14, at 10:00 am, as they explore Earthworks in celebration of the upcoming Earth Day. This movement, distinguished for pushing the boundaries of what art can be, created a direct connection between artists and nature. The environment was seen as an active participant of the art making process; nature was a source of inspiration, and a resource for materials. Artists like Andy Goldsworthy, Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson took their art practices out of the studio and into the wild.

Create your own Earthwork using sustainable and natural materials.

From $20 per visit with Family Workshop pass. A credit card is required to enroll but isn't charged until the time of service.

To sign up email sofia@artboxmiami.com

ArtBox is located at the Mayfair Promenade.

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
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.

Trolley meeting


There is to be a trolley route change again. The City of Miami is having a meeting regarding this on Friday, April 27 at 6:30 pm.

The changes will affect the Grove and Brickell trolley routes.

The meeting is at City Hall 3500 Pan American Drive.

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
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.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Solar Dogs concert at Barnacle on Saturday

Solar Dogs: Zip Robertson, Anthony Dick, Bill Kunz and Eric Wagner.
Photo by Harry Gottlieb

Enjoy the "definitive South Florida sound" of Solar Dogs, a favorite home-grown string band, as they perform traditional, contemporary and original Americana acoustic music for the Barnacle Moonlight Concert Series. 

The concert is Saturday, April 4 from 7 to 9 pm.

The Barnacle Historic State Park is located in the heart of Coconut Grove at 3485 Main Highway.


ENTRY: $10 adults, $8 Barnacle Society Members, $3 children 6-9 y/o, free under 6. 

Lawn chairs and picnics welcome. No pets, please. Gates open at 6:00 pm. On-street and off-street paid parking is available throughout Coconut Grove.

YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
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.

So Peaceful in the Grove

I saw this on Facebook, it's a column called "The Night Beat" by Don Branning which was published in The Miami News in 1962. It sort of makes you want to go back. I was going to retype it, but I think it's nice seeing the actual clipping.

What caught my attention was the similarities of a conversation I had with one of my neighbors last week. He's in his 80s, the subject of the over-development in the Grove came up and he was telling me how nice it used to be.

He told me he came here in the 1940s and went to Ransom Everglades. He says the sidewalks rolled up at 9 pm back then. There is a mention of a police officer in the article here and I wonder if it's the one my neighbor told me about. He says that an off duty cop would patrol the streets after 9 pm.

My neighbor says the cop used to stand in store doorways and just observe the village, but you knew he was around because of the pipe he smoked, you could smell it a block away.

My neighbor says that he called The Barnacle "the house." Just "the house." Because the Monroe's still lived there and he was friend with them, so he would go over to the house to hang out with his friends.

It's interesting that the bank clock was mentioned in this article. I always remember that from the 1980s. I would be coming home from the beach often and as I would make the turn up McFarlane Road from South Bayshore at the big turn, I would look at the clock to see what time it was. Would I be home in time for dinner?

The clock was very big, I remember it was square and digital and you could see it from Grand Avenue all the way down to South Bayshore Drive.








YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
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.