A city official and a developer's attorney explained that Scotty's lease has ended and they plan to replaced it with a Shula's Steakhouse.
Voters will decide the issue in the November 5th election. If the proposal wins, they will begin building new restaurants, shops and a parking garage on this public land.
If the proposal is defeated, Scotty's Landing will stay as it is until the City can come up with a better plan.
Last year Scott Wessel ("Scotty") presented extensive plans to re-build and improve his restaurant. The City rejected them. Last month, the city decided to let the Grove Bay Investment Group take over the site.
Yes, I am simplifying the cordial, two-hour gathering, but that was basically it.
The developer's lawyer, Richard Perez, explained that his client, whose principals already have a Shula's Steakhouse and the Grove Harbor Marina, will be putting in about 100,000 sq. ft. of parking, restaurants, and retail shops on the seven-acre site.
I pointed out that we love Scotty's Landing, the Grove's only cheap, casual restaurant on the Biscayne Bay.
Yes, we want it upgraded but don't want to lose it. We love having a beer with a view like this.
Last night we were told the developers plan to build three restaurants: a steak house, a seafood place and a "casual" restaurant, one they call "Hanger 49". The first two ("Shula's and "Oceano") are fairly high-end and will look out on the bay (Where Scotty's and the Charthouse are now).
And what about the casual place, the one they say will be for the people who love Scotty's? They are sticking it out back, where the boats are stacked now. If you look over the "tourist dock'" and past the fueling station, you might see some water.
Above are the three proposed restaurant sites. "Hanger 49" is called "Hanger 42" above.
The City does not get it.
We love Scotty's. It's casual, funky charm represents what we love about Coconut Grove. It sits on our village's best bay view.
Don't give it to Shula's Steakhouse. Don't try "replacing Scotty's" by giving us your boxy, fake hanger stuck in the boat parking lot (the rendering below).
It's an insult to all of us.
We need to organize. We need to fight the City's proposal.
If you want to help, sign our group's MoveOn petition. The link is
If the link does not work for some reason, google "Moveon Stop Grove Harbor Petition" to find it.
Please pass this around so others can sign the petition and help save Scotty's.
The Grove's coolest place doesn't have to disappear.
I'm glad I attended the meeting. It was hosted by friends. I needed to hear their point-of-view. Unfortunately I did not agree with it.
I think they've been hanging out with jaded politicians and developers who don't care about the Grove, too long.
Blinded by the light, they no longer see what could be.