July 31, 2013


It looks like last week’s approval by the Miami City Commission to support the sole proposal by the Grove Bay Investment Group to redo the Grove Key Marina/Scotty’s Landing site has upset some folks. Below is the introductory letter being sent as part of an online Petition Drive to the Miami City Commission asking them to reconsider their vote approving this deal.

Dear Readers;

The City of Miami Commission has approved a "Lease" that gives away our Publicly Owned Bayfront Land in Coconut Grove to private developers for the construction of a 100,000 SF  Retail / Commercial Shopping Center and a massive Quarter of a Million square foot Parking Garage. If you believe as I do that this grossly inappropriate taking of our Scenic and Publicly Owned Bayfront Land for private purposes, is ill conceived and should not move forward please sign this petition.

The "Petition" addressed  to the City of Miami Mayor Thomas Regalado, City of Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo, City Of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez, City of Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones,  City of Miami Commissioner Willy Gort, The Florida State House, The Florida State Senate, and Governor Rick Scott, which says:

"I object to the taking of our magnificent Bayfront land for private development as proposed by The Miami City Commission and Grove Harbor LLC. In light of the potential detrimental effects of this development and the dire need for Public Park Space In the City of Miami, I hereby request that the Miami City Commission reconsider their support for this ill conceived project." 

Please pass this note on to anyone you believe will be interested in this important issue.


The important thing to understand, as the letter points out, is that this proposal represents the equivalent of a 100,000 square foot shopping center with a separate parking garage that will be approximately 250,000 square feet in size.

If you agree that 67,000 square feet of retail, 22,700 square feet of commercial and 20,500 square feet of restaurants, along with approximately 250,000 square feet of parking garage that could end up being 6-7-8 stories high is an abuse and misuse of public waterfront land, then sign the petition, and understand that this is an issue that will require some civic participation over the next few months if you really want to overturn this deal.

GO TO PETITIONhttp://petitions.moveon.org/sign/stop-grove-harbor?source=c.fwd&r_by=6532601