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We, the undersigned supporters, past members, patrons and employees of the Coconut Grove Playhouse petition its Board of Directors, Miami Dade Cultural Affairs, the City of Miami and GableStage to exhaust everything within their power to stop the plan to tear down one of the few remaining beloved treasures from this region's collective past, the nationally historic Coconut Grove Playhouse Theatre.

Joe Adler is without question the wisest and finest choice as well as the greatest hope for continuing the Playhouse's proud legacy. It is therefore most unfortunate that a plan with so much promise and great hope is coupled with a design to destroy a house filled with so much rich history--from the national premiere of Waiting for Godot to the guiding artistic presence of such legends as Tennessee Williams and Jose Ferrer, and the countless stars of stage and film who so cherished performing there.

The latest news reports tell of quiet plans with developers to bring the last thing Coconut Grove needs, more condos and T-shirt shops. Look around Coconut Grove and you'll see that commercial development left unchecked has diminished the very identity that development hoped to benefit from. Learn the lesson from South Beach's Art Deco district, which at one point had considered going down the path of erasing history and paving it over for profit. Some felt that profit necessitated the eradication of the nationally historic Art Deco buildings. Instead the opposite was true: a thriving economy and historical preservation are not mutually exclusive; they are interdependent. Coconut Grove needs to learn from this example. The Playhouse is its last remaining gem.

The need to repair and improve it should not require its demolition. If we can spend billions on a baseball stadium, surely we must be able to find the funding to make the necessary repairs for such an important landmark.

Please step back and listen to the voices of the many whose lives were brightened by the long history of its existence.

Please allow an opportunity where you can meet with the public and hear these voices and concerns. We are also part of its future, and we wish to be heard.

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  • 07 January 2016550. Charles Du
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  • 26 December 2015549. Rachel Molina
    I support this petition
  • 25 December 2015548. Leslie Heppinstallh
    Instead of tearing history down why not take you kids to a play there? Much more pleasing than building more plastic junk.
  • 23 December 2015547. Aracely O
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  • 20 December 2015546. William C
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  • 09 December 2015545. Cynthia Joycec
    Money spent on the arts earns itself back because it brings in business.
  • 07 December 2015544. Cliff O
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  • 01 August 2015534. Lily S
    please do not tear this place down.
  • 21 July 2015533. Carol M
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  • 17 July 2015531. Ann S
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  • 12 July 2015530. Barbara E
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  • 05 July 2015529. Timothy Nn
    I worked as the Wardrobe Supervisor at the Playhouse for 5 years. I would really hate to see this grand dame of theatre put to rest to make room for t-shirt shacks and fast food.
  • 26 June 2015528. Lynn E
    I support this petition
  • 05 June 2015527. Christina Werner
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  • 18 May 2015526. Carlos Ra
    I support this petition
  • 12 May 2015525. Linda Evansn
    This is a wonderful part of our history please SAVE the Playhouse!!!!
  • 12 May 2015524. Jennifer C
    I support this petition

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Coconut Grove Playhouse Board, Miami Dade Cultural Affairs, Mayor Regalado, GableStage

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