Some of you may know that I am a longtime resident of Coconut Grove. I am often a cheerleader, tour guide and Coconut Grove ambassador. This little corner of the world always feels like home to me. For this reason when I see the village of Coconut Grove being hurt in any way, I am hurt. This has been the case with the languishing decline and detoriation of the Coconut Grove Playhouse.
A favorite outing with my children as they grew up has now been closed for over six years. Not only closed but vandalized, exposed to the elements, decaying. Miami-Dade County has a $20 million bond to fund the restoration of this historic site BUT the Coconut Grove Playhouse Board of Directors does not want to release the property unless the debt they accumaleted is forgiven – $4.3 million.
Without knowing all the details, I suspect it’s complicated but as I recall my first visit to the Coconut Grove Playhouse when I was 7 – it doesn’t seem that complex. The Playhouse, built in 1927, is a historic gem that serves as a gateway into Coconut Grove. It should greet visitors and residents and represent all the charm that is Coconut Grove. It should not intimidate passerbyers and stain our village’s colorful persona.
Luckily, there’s a community group, Give It Back, which has assembled and is working tirelessly to save the building and its invaluable relics. On April 2nd they will be hosting a major demonstration to urge the Coconut Grove Board of Directors to return the building to Miami Dade County. I’ll be there and hope you will too.
Monday, April 2, from 5:30-6:30 pm
Coconut Grove Playhouse Parking Lot
3500 Main Highway, Coconut Grove