According to an article that was featured in the Miami Herald yesterday, Scotty’s Landing, a popular Grovite seaside eatery’s long held lease has sadly run out and the City of Miami, the leaseholder, has opened the floor to competing bids for future development of the space. A bitter sentiment fills the hearts of Grove residents who see the restaurant as one of the few last remnants of the Grove’s original image. The ambience that it emanates still holds true to the bait n’ tackle lifestyle that the Grove became originally known for.
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The City of Miami has opened the floor to bids, calling for private companies to come in an make an offer on the space with the intention of revamping the Marina and Restaurant. The intention is to make the space more visible and widely visited by tourists as Coconut Grove has largely become a hot tourist destination in South Florida. Although the current owner of the restuarant, Scott Wessel, says that he will place a bid, it is unclear whether he will be able to compete with the many other private firms that are expected to converge on this place, starting a bidding war.
Another point made by the article was the City’s additional lease bidding offer for Scotty’s Landing’s current neighbor; The Chart House. The Company, out of Houston, Texas, that currently owns the Chart House has commented that they will be bidding to keep the restaurant where it is. According to the article, this is all an effort by the City to dress up the Grove’s beautiful shoreline. As waterfront property is gaining scarcity and value in Miami, it is likely that the City is trying to encourage the highest and best use of the current and precious waterfront assets that it still has. Though there is much to be seen, one fact will always remain: Grovites will most certainly miss the tasty seaside pedestrian friendly establishment that has served the community for the past few decades..