Next Steps

Greetings Coconut Grove Residents!

Thank you for attending the launch of the Grove Watch Group at Plymouth Church in February.  Since then our collective of volunteer Coconut Grove residents has been working toward our next steps. Please join us in the fall for our Next Steps community meeting.  We’ll send details about the date, time and location after the summer.

In the meantime, we invite you to visit to familiarize yourself with our mission and easy to use online Toolkit. We were recently informed that the toolkit was a successful guide in helping several residents through the code enforcement process on their streets.  Becoming informed and being pro-active works!

We are looking for volunteers!

If you would like more information about how to become a volunteer Watchdog in your neighborhood please email We are recruiting residents to help us literally walk our own streets and watch for signs of development.  The Grove Watch Group is NOT anti-development as long as the developer follows the code.  Nor are we anti-government as long as the City of Miami enforces the code. We are working with city officials, developers, realtors, and community leaders throughout the Grove to find a mutually beneficial way to preserve the nature and character of ALL of OUR Grove while allowing for growth and progress.

Below are other updates and highlights of what we have been up to over the past few months:

Community Success Stories:

  • 2890 Virginia- Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board Denies Land Use Change
  • 3901 Loquat- Planning and Zoning Denies Lot-Split
  • Gifford and Day- HEP Board Imposes 11 Conditions


  • Toolkit formally launched and is successfully being used on a regular basis-new tools coming soon!
  • Many questions asked and answered through
  • Support of residents at PAZB and HEP Board meetings
  • Facebook page has grown to over 200 followers
  • Dialogue with neighbors on Facebook
  • Participation in NCD Code re-write
  • Participation and leadership in Coconut Grove Playhouse issues
  • Attendance at issue-focused meetings with PZ, Street and Plat Committee, County, Commissioner Russell
  • Ongoing meetings with Planning and Zoning officials regarding establishing a Coconut Grove Community Review Process
  • Involvement and contacts with Village West concerns
  • Continuous communication with the Planning and Zoning Department regarding NCD Code violations
  • Assisting residents involved in the appeals process

We look forward to seeing you at our Next Steps community meeting in fall 2017

Letter to Commissioner Russell RE: 2890 Virginia St

Thank you to all the neighbors who attended the April 19th Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board meeting and the 296 (and counting!) neighbors who signed the petition against the land use designation change from residential to commercial for 2890 Virginia St. (see our blog post here). Your voices were heard! The developer’s request for a change in the land use designation was denied by the Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board.  This recommendation will  now go to the City Commissioners for their decision. We encourage everyone to send the following letter to Commissioner Russell, to let him know that the majority of neighbors oppose this change in land use from residential to commercial:

RE:  2890 Virginia Street

Commissioner Ken Russell
City of Miami
3500 Pan American Drive
Miami, FL 33133-0708

Dear Commissioner Russell:

•    I urge you to strongly oppose the application to change the land use designation of the property located at 2890 Virginia Street.  The existing land use, “Medium Density Multifamily Residential” and “Duplex Residential,” must be retained.

•    The zoning designation of 2890 Virginia should to be changed to Medium Density Multifamily Residential in order to be compatible with the existing land use designation.

•    The vision for this area, supported by the NCD3 Code, is to retain multifamily residential housing, which will serve the best interests of all residents and preserve the residential nature of Coconut Grove.  This will (a) sustain attainable workforce housing in Coconut Grove (b) match the abutting residential properties (c) avoid potential traffic and safety issues and (d) prevent the risk of up-zoning neighboring properties.


NAME:  _________________________________________

SIGNATURE:  ____________________________________

ADDRESS: ______________________________________



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For your convenience, we have made this letter into a pdf that you can print, sign and mail as well:

Download Letter

If you would like to send the letter via email, Commissioner Russell’s address is

You can also still sign the petition.

Thank you for being such great Grove neighbors! Together we are helping protect the Grove we love.