Carrollton’s proposed Woodbine School at Villa Woodbine
- a private elementary school for 336 boys and 50 student/faculty


In 2016, The Rockefeller Foundation selected The City of Miami, Miami Dade and Miami Beach to be part of its 100 Resilient Cities Project, a national program to guide the nation’s most vulnerable cities to sea level rise and advancing climate change. All 3 municipalities determined that robust Resilience Strategy expands the scope of climate change to include traffic and affordable housing. Carrollton’s development Project will have an adverse impact on TRAFFIC, TREES and TAXES that on the surface appears to only increase public safety risks and impair the community’s quality of life. Yet from an infrastructure and planning perspective, it is difficult to ignore how this development Project will also create a significant financial burden on our City and residents at a time when the global covid19 pandemic is creating a cumulative domino effect on all aspects of our lives.

Besides compounding the financial cost and human tragedy, the pandemic has all cities scrambling to cover shortfalls in real estate, sales tax and tourism revenue to fund public health infrastructure, housing in low-income neighborhoods as well as sea level rise mitigation and disaster relief. And rightly so, residents are demanding civic participation as well as accountability and transparency in urban infrastructure planning, public health and safety, and climate change mitigation.

The intent of these zoning designations is to protect for all residents of the City of Miami, Villa Woodbine’s significant features such as the historic oolitic limestone rock walls, the archeological sensitive limestone bluff known as the Silver Bluff and the mature, dense tree canopy. These environmental features have an intrinsic role in urban infrastructure planning, and critically weave together to mitigate the most common and costly US disaster - flooding and storm surge. The Community hot topic at this time is that this development Project will result in the loss of existing protected natural resources such as the removal of over 80% of Villa Woodbine’s mature tree canopy and modification to the Silver Bluff, which will reduce soil areas that accommodate drainage and adversely affect the resiliency of an already delicate area and create additional flooding of surrounding properties.


Date Event Notes
07/02/19 HEPB Hearing / City Hall Carrollton/Greenberg Traurig requested Deferral
09/23/19 HEPB Hearing / City Hall Transcripts Available
12/03/19 HEPB Hearing / City Hall Transcripts Available
12/27/19 Carrollton Purchased Villa Woodbine Per Deed: Atypical exposure to market; atypical motivation
01/23/20 Commisson Hearing / City Hall Carrollton/Greenberg Traurig requested Deferral
04/23/20 Commisson Hearing / Virtual Commission Deferred
06/25/20 Commisson Hearing / Virtual Commission Deferred
07/23/20 Commisson Hearing / Virtual Transcripts Available
09/10/20 Commisson Hearing / Virtual Carrollton/Greenberg Traurig requested Deferral
11/30/20 Circuit Court Ruling on Intervenor Status Outcome Pending
Pending Commisson Hearing / Virtual DATE TO BE DETERMINED BY CITY

Date Community Outreach
August 25, 2019 Berries In the Grove
Nov 4 - 10, 2019 South Grove Neighbors Presentation
Nov 11 - 17, 2019 South Grove Neighbors Presentation
Nov 18 - 20, 2019 South Grove Neighbors Presentation
October 23, 2019 Dade Hertiage Trust Presentation
December 29, 2019 King Mango Strut
January 16, 2020 Grove Isle HOA Presentation
January 22, 2020 Hotel Ayra Community Meeting
February 10, 2020 Mercy Hospital Presentation
March 4, 2020 Ye Little Woods Presentation
June 8, 2020 Grove Isle Hearing
August 28, 2020 Flyers to Post Office
August 29, 2020 Flyers to Post Office
September 5, 2020 North Grove Neighbors Presentation
September 6, 2020 North Grove Neighbors Presentation
September 7, 2020 Neighbors Meet & Greet
September 12, 2020 North Grove Neighbors Presentation
September 13, 2020 Neighbors Meet & Greet
September 16, 2020 North Grove Neighbors Presentation
September 17, 2020 Neighbors Meet & Greet
October 3, 2020 Legal Update Presentation
October 10, 2020 Bayshore In Grove INC
October 19, 2020 Coconut Grove Park HOA
December 21, 2020 Year-End Update Via Zoom on Villa Woodbine

Spread us spread the word. We need to act, especially now that Covid-19 has the City is in an economic tailspin due to a $23 million revenue loss and residents face unforeseen financial hardships and economic uncertainty.

Stewardship of our coastal city is required to ensure environmentally sustainable, prosperous, and resilient neighborhoods. This development does not meet the parameters set forth in 2019 when the City of Miami declared a Climate Crisis and created MIAMI FOREVER CLIMATE READY to promote sustainability citywide. Help us protect Coconut Grove. Help us save the Coconut Grove “State of Mind” and make it a beacon for our residents, serving as a model of excellence in preservation, civic engagement and community building for other communities.

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