Grovites Want a Little Sleep, Damn it
Grove Square Condominium, a pristine peach-colored tower just few blocks from Coco Walk, is the kind of place an empty-nester might settle into a quiet life of coddling small dogs and dining at so-so chain restaurants. But lately, things haven't been so quiet.
Last Thursday, resident Teresa Valdes awoke suddenly to a loud noise around To Valdes, it sounded like someone was hosting an all-night salsa dancing competition in the empty unit below. Latin music rumbled, she says. Men carried in giant amps and microphones. And the bass was enough to send 51 year-old resident Monika Ramos's makeup toppling from a bathroom shelf. (Cops arrived shortly after to file a noise complaint.)
"Owners are running an illegal night club
below us," Valdes says. "It's big money and they're trying to see what they can
get away with."
Attorney Louis Terminello -- who represents Florida Grove LLC, the owners of the unit in question --promised at a May 2007 city zoning meeting that new tenants wouldn't be troublemakers and that his "clients didn't intend to run anything resembling a nightclub," according to the Miami Herald.
Terminello now seems to be reneging a tad. He says the Latin music came from a to-be restaurant/bar called Avalon Cafe that has been testing its sound system. "These people are just being paranoid," he says. "It's all bogus caca." He adds the Grove is becoming a " ghost town" thanks to "white American elitists."
But 11-year resident Michael Lauter isn't buying it. "You've got lights all over the ceiling, a dance floor, no tables, and a massive sound system. Does that sound like a restaurant?"