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Miami activist asks judge to halt vote on Coconut Grove waterfront


Miami activist Grace Solares is asking a judge to remove a question from the Nov. 5 ballot that asks voters if they favor redeveloping a chunk of the Coconut Grove waterfront.

Alleging the ballot language is misleading, Solares filed an emergency motion on Tuesday asking Circuit Judge Jerald Bagley to stop the vote. The motion came a week after Solares filed a lawsuit to stop the city-backed plan that would replace the Scotty’s Landing and Chart House restaurants with three new dining spots and revamp an adjacent marina.

The plan by Grove Bay Investment Group, the sole bidder for the project, covers seven acres of public waterfront just north of Miami City Hall, and would also create a public pier and pedestrian promenades and rehabilitate two historic Pan American Airways hangars.

Solares and a group of Coconut Grove residents oppose the plan, arguing it’s too large, blocks public views of the water and was the result of a flawed selection process.

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