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Interview with Adam Gersten of Gramps in Wynwood

29 January 2015

Interview with Adam Gersten of Gramps in Wynwood

On episode 61, Adam Gersten, proprietor of Gramps, a bar in Wynwood, stopped by the show to talk about the challenges of being a small business owner in Miami. He also talked about his previous career as an assistant state’s attorney in Key West and about the changes that have come to Downtown Miami and Wynwood in the past couple of decades. Grant and Adam discussed the state of local politics and government, as the vast majority of Miami’s elected officials are term-limited, creating a situation of extreme turnover in local government. Finally, Grant and Adam spent some time reminiscing about being students at New World School of the Arts.

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Howard Tonkin is Fighting North Miami Walmart Plans

22 January 2015

Howard Tonkin is Fighting North Miami Walmart Plans

Howard Tonkin joined the show to talk about the neighborhood’s viewpoint regarding a North Miami Walmart plan to build over the last flyspeck of old growth palms in a drainage easement.

North Miami residents are also opposing the construction of a Walmart Neighborhood Market in their community.

It seems that Walmart is trying to take over South Florida piece by piece, and yet, many residents are fighting back against Walmart sprawl.

The proposal to build a Walmart store in Midtown has been met with significant local opposition, and the residents of Kendall are up in arms over the proposal to develop a the last major portion of native pine rocklands adjacent to Zoo Miami off of Coral Reef Drive to include a Walmart.

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Commissioner Dennis Moss Declares Environmentally-Sensitive Native Pine Rockland “Blighted”

17 December 2014

Commissioner Dennis Moss Declares Environmentally-Sensitive Native Pine Rockland “Blighted”

Miami-Dade County
Board of County Commissioners
District 9
Commissioner Dennis Moss
DennisMoss@miamidade.gov

Downtown Office
305-375-4832 Phone
305-372-6011 Fax

District Office
305-234-4938 Phone
305-232-28920 Fax

Florida City Office
305-245-4420 Phone
305-245-5008 Fax

In an ongoing demonstration of how the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners believe the exist only to serve big business, Commissioner Dennis Moss, whose district includes the environmentally-sensitive tract of pine rockland habitat adjacent to Zoo Miami, has drafted a resolution to declare that area “blighted slum” in an effort to circumvent environmental protection laws. The area in question, whose rich biodiversity provides a habitat for many unique organisms, including the Miami tiger beetle once thought to be extinct, was recently sold by the University of Miami to a developer who intends to construct apartments and retail spaces, including a Walmart. A full hearing will be held in January; stay connected to the Only In Miami Show for ongoing updates. In the meantime, feel free to let Commissioner Moss know how you feel about the project. His contact information appears to the right.

 

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Only In Miami Show, Ep. 54 – Is South Florida Being Overbuilt? – 12/08/2014

9 December 2014

Last night’s show started with Grant Stern talking about the protests against police brutality that occurred this past weekend in Wynwood during Art Basel. He was then joined by Paul C. Savage, a Coral Gables appellate lawyer who often works in zoning codes and was the lawyer who successfully argued against the plans for the Midtown Walmart. The conversation included a discussion of the Walmart situation. Grant was then joined by Peter Zalewsky of Crane Spotters, who talked about the glut of new condo construction in South Florida, the majority of which is centered in downtown Miami. Peter related that, according to their database, in the past three years, plans are in some stage of development for over 300 condo buildings across the region.

In the second hour, Grant was joined by local Miami composer Jim Camacho, who composed the score to the family musical theatre production Mouse King, a retelling of the classic story of the Nutcracker from the perspective of the Mouse King. He talked about the genesis of the show and about the upcoming production at the Mandelstam Theatre in South Miami (for ticket information, visit www.mousekingtickets.com). For the remainder of the hour, Grant was joined by Drastic Fanatic to talk about the disappointing weekend in South Florida sports. They discussed whether the Dolphins have any shot at making the playoffs and about the recent struggles of the Miami Heat.

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