Just Say #NoWalmartinMidtown Miami: Boycott Shopping Walmart to Oppose their proposed Midtown Miami location
  • Petitioning Walmart

This petition will be delivered to:

Walmart
City of Miami Director of Planning
Francisco Garcia
Mayor of Miami
Tomas Reglado
Miami District 2 Comissioner
Marc Sarnoff
Miami District 5 Comissioner
Michelle Spence-Jones
Miami District 1 Comissioner
Willy Gort
Miami District 4 Comissioner
Francis Suarez
Miami District 3 Comissioner
Frank Carollo

Just Say #NoWalmartinMidtown Miami: Boycott Shopping Walmart to Oppose their proposed Midtown Miami location

    1. Grant Stern
    2. Petition by

      Grant Stern

      Miami, FL

 

Please come out to #Miami City Hall tonight for the final #NoWalmartinMidtown Public Hearing at 7pm. Presentation starts at 6pm.

My Dear Neighbors, Friends and Supporters,

I want to first thank you for your support over the last two and a half years of fighting Walmart. It totally humbles me to hear your individual thanks from time to time. 

That’s because without you I would be nowhere and Walmart would’ve long ago flattened Midtown Miami.

Tonight is it, the last dance. Our only firewall against administrative shenanigans is the City of Miami Commission. 

Please show up and tell our commissioners that Walmart has to follow the rules like everyone else!

When: 6pm Walmart Hearing Starts
7-9pm Public Hearing 

Where: 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami City Hall on the waterfront of Coconut Grove

Who: Walmart’s team of 20 lawyers and experts vs. the people

Why: This is our final appeal outside of an expensive courtroom brawl in the effort to force Walmart to comply with Midtown’s zoning rules. 

The city of Miami has violated our rights to due process allowing Walmart a variance riddled plan approval without a real public hearing before making the decision.

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If you can’t make it, there’s still something important you can do!

Email our public officials and call them now! 

Mayor Tomas Regalado 
TRegalado@miamigov.com

Commissioner D1 Willy Gort - Frank Castaneda - Chief of Staff
wgort@miamigov.com - FCastaneda@miamigov.com

Chairman of Commission D2 Marc Sarnoff, Esq. (Walmart is in his district)
msarnoff@miamigov.com

Commissioner D3 Frank Corollo, CPA 
fcarollooffice@miamigov.com

Commissioner D4 Francis Suarez, Esq. (who is absent tonight) 
fsuarez@miamigov.com

Comissioner D5 Michelle Spence-Jones
MSpence-Jones@miamigov.com 

Director of Planning and Zoning Francisco Garcia (he approved Walmart’s plan illegally)
fgarcia@miamigov.com

Here’s a few talking points you can share in your phone calls and emails: 

- Walmart is removing over a dozen trees from NE 31st Street against code

- Walmart is changing a NE 31st street from 2 to 3 lanes against the recommendation of the code.

- Walmart is building 2 buildings with completely different designs in the same project in violation of the code.

- Walmart ignored a parking setback of 8’ feet from the street on the 2nd and 3rd level abutting NE 31st street

- Walmart should have habitable space on the 2nd and 3rd levels facing Midtown Blvd and Miami Avenue, or set back the parking garage walls by 85’

- Walmart has a blank wall facing south, without habitable 2nd and 3rd floor liners - again against the code.

- Walmart’s 40’ blank wall runs for nearly 500’ alongside Pike Brothers’ 15’ tall wall creating a dangerous alleyway

- Walmart placed a parking garage entrance on N. Miami Avenue facing a 10,000 sq. ft. green space area designated for public enjoyment

- Walmart has 5 loading zones where 3 are required, no more no less. 

- Walmart’s loading zone for the “liner shops” is inadequate with 12’ height where 15’ is required - this will force off street loading on Midtown Boulevard, not allowed by code

- Walmart’s plan doesn’t have parking garage access to the east side’s liner shops to meet ADA requirements

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Once again, I would like to see all of your smiling faces tonight at Miami City Hall and for everyone on this list to at least share 1 email with a public official between now and 6pm when our hearing time begins!!!!

Thank you so much for being there so many times in the last two and a half years and sharing this message with your friends and neighbors time and again.

With luck, this could be the end of our long road - and with support tonight a successful conclusion. Yes, I said it, tonight could be Walmart’s last call in Midtown. 

See you soon!

Grant

 

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Why should This Wednesday Night be important to you?  

There's a Public Hearing at 6pm tomorrow night, Wednesday October 2nd at Miami's City Hall for NoWalmartinMidtown.com's appeal of Wal-Mart's flawed architectural permit.  

Details Here =====> http://on.fb.me/1fEdjxN

What difference does it make if Wal-Mart can ignore local ordinance and get away with it? 

Wal-mart's Midtown project contains nearly double the parking, loading and floor space than any single establishment should be allowed to build in that location. 

This is the first and could be the last public hearing you'll get on the matter.  

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT AT MIAMI CITY HALL THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT 6PM.

Midtown Miami residents and business owners have nervously followed a battle lasting 2 years this month pitting residents who oppose Wal-Mart vs. local government officials.

In February, Miami's UDRB, a citizen board of architects denied the permit in a 6-0 vote.  Normally, such a recommendation ends the planning process for a project, but Wal-mart's application kept rolling through the system, like a zombie in big box clothing.

This past August, the city's Director of Planning and Zoning issued a permit approval to Walmart that violates no less than 7 distinct portions of Midtown Miami's Master Plan.  

That's right, an unelected city official gave special privileges, without the required public hearings, and key reports on the traffic impact of Wal-Mart's proposal.

Miami's local government appears ready to set horrific precedent that anything goes with Wal-mart - and as citizens who care, we must draw a line.  

Please join me in the City Hall chamber to voice your support tomorrow night.  

 

***  AUGUST 16th, 2013 *** FUNDRAISING EMERGENCY ***

The worst case scenario has come to pass.  City of Miami Planning Director Francisco Garcia has approved Walmart's Class II Permit application.  We have only a few days to appeal Walmart's entitlement.  

Please Donate and Share this link today

http://bit.ly/NoWMTMid

  This past April, Miami's Planning Director promised to me - on video tape - and to you as residents, that his office would respond to all written comments or demand changes to the plans to eliminate any variances.

  The Huffington Post let me chronicle the only written reply from Mr. Garcia's office since that time in an article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/grant-stern/miami-walmart_b_3751868.html

  Please share, like, and tweet that article!

 My last visit to the planning department on July 3rd revealed an un-logged set of plans from March 4th, 2013.   A careful examination and photographic capture of those plans revealed few, if any changes from the plan denied by the Miami UDRB 6-0 in February. 

  If you've got any desire to oppose Walmart's defenestration of Midtown - this is the time to make your voice heard.  The appeal is not unreasonably expensive - but it must be started promptly, submitted to the city and most importantly accepted by the city.  

  Once an appeal is accepted, it would go to the Planning and Zoning Appeals Board - the same board which voted against Walmart's flawed requests 9-0 last year.  

 

All we need to do is fight - there is a strong chance that our appeal will be successful.  

 

 

** UPDATE: PUBLIC MEETING APRIL 4TH AT ROBERTO CLEMENTE PARK 6:30PM **

Please be advised that a public meeting has been scheduled for the Midtown Walmart on Thursday, April 4, 2013, from 6:30 to 8:00pm at Roberto Clemente Park, 101 NW 34th Street. 

As mentioned in previous meetings and public hearings, the proposed use itself (a large scale retail establishment) is allowed on the property and the sole issue before us is whether the design of the store is appropriate and contextual. We encourage your feedback and comments and respectfully request that they address site design and building design issues, as it is these we will consider and fall properly within our scope of review. 
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If you plan to attend, please read how Walmart's Spends Your Tax Dollars to Break the Rules and watch the embedded and linked videos to see how.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/grant-stern/walmart-spends-your-tax-m_b_2984635.html

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Miami’s residents, its small business people, its artists and entrepreneurs have conspired to create a uniquely vibrant set of neighborhoods in spite of a rough national economy and the local real estate bust.

The last thing this thriving experiment in urban renewal needs is the presence of Walmart in Midtown Miami.

Walmart, the standard bearer of international corporate power and conformity, just doesn’t fit the image that so many have worked to create for Midtown and the Wynwood Arts District, and placing the world’s largest discount retailer in the Miami’s hub of arts and culture just doesn’t make sense.

Read more:

MiamiHerald:

http://bit.ly/NoWalmartinMidtown

Photo Essay: 

http://bit.ly/WhatIDidForMLKDay

GrantStern.com:

http://bit.ly/No2WalmartinMidtown 

HuffingtonPost Miami:

http://huff.to/xzlqL7

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    1. NoWalmartinMidotwn Court Hearing Update and South Dade Walmart Meeting info

      Grant Stern
      Petition Organizer

      Hey Guys,

      Rather than write a really long update about court along, I thought it would be better to give a 5 minute podcast update of both the upcoming meeting in Kendall tomorrow night about the South Dade Walmart fiasco, as well as a synopsis of our day in court last week.

      Click here for more: http://bit.ly/1lWtQDS

      To read The Real Deal's report which sticks to the fact, click here: http://bit.ly/1qCJUdL

      Hopefully, we will get a final decision from the court in a few weeks, and armed with our demand for a plain english interpretation of the law, hopefully we will get a decision to quash Walmart's permit!

      Thank you again everyone for supporting us through this long, long, LONG process and please, please, Please share this audio update with friends, neighbors and on your social media networks.

      The #NoWalmartinMidtown tag is still out there too, so please use it! It'll help us find your posts and like them to get the message out!

      Humbly Yours,

      Grant

      NoWalmartinMidtown.com and South Miami-Dade Walmart update by grantstern

      This podcast starts with meeting details for the proposed south Miami-Dade Walmart on land sold by University of Miami with pre-approved plans on Thursday night, September 11th at 7pm in Kendall. Details at www.facebook.com/al.sunshine The NoWalmartinMidtown.com court appeal of the City of Miami Commission decision to approve an illegal zoning variance was heard at the Richard E.

    2. Our NoWalmartinMidtown appeal was heard in Court Today!

      Grant Stern
      Petition Organizer

      Hey Guys!

      We kept it under wraps because today's court hearing was between lawyers only. Also, without a decision at the very end of the hearing - appeals courts always decide and write a lengthy opinion - nobody would find out sooner today by being in a tiny courtroom.

      That said, I'd like to share some links to relevant materials here and give you a heads up that a LOT more from today's hearing is to follow in the morning.

      First: Follow us on Facebook to get real time updates...

      https://www.facebook.com/NoWalmartinMidtown

      Second, there's a lengthy discussion about development in Miami in this radio broadcast from last week, but if you click the link, it starts at our NoWalmartinMidtown discussion:

      https://soundcloud.com/miamiafterdark/miami-after-dark-ep-003#t=22:00

      We'll publish all of the legal briefs as well as the audio and video file from yesterday's hearing.

      Thanks again for supporting this cause!

      Grant

      NoWalmartinMidtown

      NoWalmartinMidtown. 1,365 likes. Just Say #NoWalmartinMidtown Miami: Boycott Shopping Walmart to Oppose their proposed Midtown Miami location

    3. Walmart wants to pave our sensitive wildlands - Al Sunshine's report

      Grant Stern
      Petition Organizer

      Guys,

      Our day in court is coming up in early September, but I had to let you know about this debacle unfolding near Metro Zoo.

      https://soundcloud.com/grantstern/walmart-wants-to-pave-over-miamis-endangered-forest-lands

      Legendary Miami investigative reporter Al Sunshine, is covering this Walmart fight as a neighbor and activist in the fight to preserve a slice of south Florida's ecological heritage from destruction.

      Regrettably, the University of Miami decided to sell this tract to Walmart for a tremendous profit, after procuring the land for free from the Federal Government.

      Walmart is seeking to pave over a tract just west of ZooMiami called "one of the world’s rarest forests, a section of Miami-Dade County’s last intact tracts of endangered pine rockland" according to Jenny Staletovich of the Miami Herald in her original report on July 13th, 2014:

      www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/12/4232…endangered.html

      There are currently two petitions circulating, both aiming to stop Walmart from locating a SuperCenter on top of these irreplaceable lands - which have endangered species habitats found Only in Miami.

      petitions.moveon.org/sign/save-the-…ed-forest.fb47

      action.biologicaldiversity.org/o/2167/p/…KEY=16224

      If you want to question your local elected Miami-Dade County officials or the planning offices, Al Sunshine prepared this open letter, filled with questions and concerns.

      Re: University of Miami South Campus Re-Zoning/Walmart project

      Dear Miami-Dade Lawmakers,

      Did anyone in Planning/Derm/Dade County Govt. know this was a critically endangered habit for almost extinct animals and plants?

      If NOT, was the environmental evaluation used to rezone the site even legitimate and sufficient to proceed with the project?
      I see Miami-Dade records that a UM Environmental Evaluation of the South Campus Site was first submitted back around 2004.

      Wouldn't there have to be a newer than 10 year old document needed to rezone the property in 2014?

      There's been Federal Litigation for years asking that these Rockland Pine Strands be protected because of endangered animals there.

      Did anyone in the County even know about these concerns?

      Did the University of Miami disclose the unique environmental concerns on that site and the possibility it was about to be Federally-Declared Endangered Habitat?

      Did Miami Dade Commissioners have enough current information to make an informed decision on rezoning this unique endangered habitat to convert the use into yet another high density strip mall project?

      Walmart wants to pave over Miami's endangered forest lands by grantstern

      Legendary Miami investigative reporter Al Sunshine, is covering this Walmart fight as a neighbor and activist in the fight to preserve a slice of south Florida's ecological heritage from destruction. Regrettably, the University of Miami decided to sell this tract to Walmart for a tremendous profit, after procuring the land for free from the Federal Government.

    4. Public Meeting about Walmart's flawed plans for Midtown Miami April 4th

      Grant Stern
      Petition Organizer

      From the City of Miami:

      Please be advised that a public meeting has been scheduled for the Midtown Walmart on Thursday, April 4, 2013, from 6:30 to 8:00pm at Roberto Clemente Park, 101 NW 34th Street.

      As mentioned in previous meetings and public hearings, the proposed use itself (a large scale retail establishment) is allowed on the property and the sole issue before us is whether the design of the store is appropriate and contextual. We encourage your feedback and comments and respectfully request that they address site design and building design issues, as it is these we will consider and fall properly within our scope of review.
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      If you plan to attend, please read how Walmart's Spends Your Tax Dollars to Break the Rules and watch the embedded and linked videos to see how.

      Walmart Spends Your Tax Money to Break the Rules

      The City of Miami has sent notice of an upcoming Midtown Walmart meeting to be held at taxpayer expense once again to debate Walmart's flawed plans to move into Midtown Miami.

    5. NoWalmartinMidtown Friday Meet Your Neighbor mixer at 44 NE 29th Street

      Grant Stern
      Petition Organizer

      Who: You, our supporters and as well as residents of Wynwood, Midtown and Edgewater

      What: Cocktail Mixer and Party with DJ Milk

      Where: The Yard @Artists4Israel, 44 NE 29th Street - In Between Morgan's and the Kelley Gallery across the street from the proposed Midtown Walmart

      When: 6:30pm - 9pm

      Why: Free Drinks, great art and a chance to raise awareness about the current situation with Walmart's pending application and discuss next steps as neighbors...

      The space belongs to Artists 4 Israel and they're holding raffles tomorrow night and Saturday night at these parties to raise cash to pay for the exhibition, where you can win an 8' x 8' piece of street art, or custom made A4I glasses.

    6. You did it! Walmart & the City of Miami WITHDRAW their Midtown Re-Design

      Grant Stern
      Petition Organizer

      With your amazing support and help from neighbors all over the city, Walmart's rancid re-design of Midtown Miami around their needs has been defeated! Miami's City Manager has Withdrawn his Master Plan change request from consideration by the City Commission, previously scheduled for this Thursday.

      Walmart cannot revive the measure without going back to the drawing board and starting fresh, yet again. With any luck, Walmart will take note of your voices and leave Midtown Miami alone for good this time!

      It was your vigorous action, showing up at meetings throughout the city, voicing your concerns, sending emails to commissioners and sharing this petition!

      Today is the day Miami's residents became neighbors and you've all occupied a special place in making that happen. If Walmart comes back, we'll be ready.

      Hats off to you!

      Grant

    7. Reached 3,000 signatures
    8. City of Miami #NoWalmartinMidtown Planning and Zoning Board tomorrow night

      Grant Stern
      Petition Organizer

      First, a major thank you to so many of you who are passionate about Miami and our City’s future, who have stood up at public meetings, handed out flyers and more!

      Who: Miami’s Planning and Zoning Board, Walmart and You

      What: Hearing to Remove Loading Zone Restrictions from N. Miami Avenue south of 34th Street and Turn N. Miami Avenue into a 5 lane street

      Where: Miami City Hall - 3500 Pan American Drive, Coconut Grove, Florida aka Dinner Key.

      When: Tomorrow night, Wed. July 18th - 5pm at Scotty’s Landing to get T-Shirts, 6pm at City Hall to make a stand

      By now, you’ve probably seen stories in all of the local news outlets. For the first time, Walmart’s spin doctors have stepped up their public relations offensive to portray their company as a heroic provider of low priced goods and jobs for the community.

      Please share this petition, and make plans to attend tomorrow night's meeting!

    9. Reached 2,500 signatures
    10. Community Comment Meeting, Monday July 16th at Roberto Clemente Park

      Grant Stern
      Petition Organizer

      Monday, July 16, 2012
      6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
      Dorothy Quintana Community Center
      Roberto Clemente Park
      101 N.W. 34th Street, 33127

      The City of Miami Planning & Zoning Department Director Francisco Garcia will be hosting a meeting in reference to proposed revisions to the Midtown Overlay District. fgarcia@miamigov.com

      Proposed modifications include provisions for service access and service loading standards as well as revisions to the design guidelines and standards.

      Walmart wants the city to repeal service standards in the Midtown Master Plan, without presenting their actual proposal.

      This is the city's final meeting before the Planning and Zoning Board will make a decision on Wednesday, July 18th's meeting at City Hall. If you can't make it next Wednesday, this is your last chance to make your voice heard, in person.

      Again, thank you to everyone for showing to these meetings with your passionate support!

    11. Reached 2,000 signatures
    12. NoWalmartinMidtown Facebook Page Started!

      Grant Stern
      Petition Organizer

      Just another way to show your support and share with friends - as well as coordinate any future activities, such as Wednesday July 20th's upcoming meeting at Miami City Hall.

    13. Our 200 Strong Make Walmart retreat - Next Hearing July 18th at 6pm

      Grant Stern
      Petition Organizer

      First: THANK YOU to everyone who made it out last night! Your support jolted Miami Planning Director Francisco Garcia into immediately seeking a tactical retreat! Unfortunately, this doesn't mean the fight is over, only that Round 1 has been re-scheduled to July 18th. Future updates to follow on how you can be more involved in the next hearing...

      Second: Keep sharing! We've added over 300 signatures in the last 36 hours since the call to action went out, and more, would still be better yet - because we're going to step up this campaign in the next 30 days.

      Third: Walmart still thinks they're going to beat our residents on procedural or technical grounds - and they're DEAD WRONG! We will be there at every turn, and oppose all of their attempts to re-make Midtown Miami in their own image.

      We are starting a youtube channel to collect your thoughts and share next month too... please stay tuned!

      Grant

    14. Reached 1,000 signatures
    15. Walmart is back with Miami City Hall Meeting Wed. June 20th Meeting @ 5pm

      Grant Stern
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you very much for your support to date! There is a key meeting this upcoming Wednesday night at 6pm which got sprung on us, the residents of this city with virtually no notice. Walmart promised they'd be back, but they didn't promise to fight fair. Check out the meeting time and proposed Midtown District zoning amendments below....

      Link to Proposed Amendment: http://egov.ci.miami.fl.us/Legistarweb/Attachments/67485.pdf

      Link to Agenda: http://egov.ci.miami.fl.us/meetings/2012/6/2368_A_Planning,_Zoning_and_Appeals_Board_12-06-20_Agenda_Short.pdf

      The City Administration (!!) is proposing an amendment to Miami 21 to modify the SD-27.1 and SD-27.2 Design Criteria that will allows service access and service loading along North Miami Avenue south of 34th street, where currently these types of zones are prohibited. We see this as an attempt to water down Midtown's code to then later shred it further...

      We need your in person support!

    16. Reached 750 signatures
    17. Miami Herald Feature Story: "Midtown Walmart - Low Prices High Anxiety"

      Grant Stern
      Petition Organizer

      Today's Miami Herald article by Chuck Rabin, did a good job illuminating Walmart's Midtown Adventure and pointing out where the most gains can be made: Small Business Owners in the area are ill informed about what a Walmart & 30% cut in revenues would mean for their businesses.

      Walmart is expertly skilled at pushing these falses hope towards small business owners:

      - Walmart = more traffic - sure, but by then you're wearing a blue uniform

      - Walmart creates jobs which is "good for the economy" - yes, they kill your job/business and replace it with a minimum wage job

      Now that Walmart has announced that they intend to keep running the gauntlet, we need to reach out with some email based marketing, which we haven't done to date.

      If you're interested in participating in a more direct campaign with your local e-mail list with call to action (and sign the petition), I would appreciate your reply, thoughts or advice into broadening our approach.

      #NoWalmartinMidtown

      Grant

    18. Reached 500 signatures
    19. Its #NoWalmartinMidtown Week at Open Media Miami & the Miami Herald

      Grant Stern
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you everyone for signing our petition. Just in the last day, 100 people have joined the cause!

      Recently, Open Media Miami released another community opinion piece by A.C. Fernandez, one of our earliest supporters which contains many facts and figures about how Walmart uses the system and takes from communities. The link is down below...

      In an hour, I'll be interviewing with the local ABC affiliate Channel 10 for their story. It has come to light recently, that Walmart is requesting major changes to Midtown Miami's master plan which would end the New Urbanism experiment for the southern half of Midtown forever.

      Please keep sharing this petition on Facebook, Twitter and via Emails! More updates to follow!

      Onward,

      Grant

    20. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Chase Barnett NORTH LAUDERDALE, FL
      • 27 days ago

      They built a new superwalmart near me. An now a year later are building a brand new Walmart down the street about 1.5 miles west of the other Walmart! Walmart needs to be stopped. There are too many stores as there is now.

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    • Roy Coll MIAMI, FL
      • 7 months ago

      I have been a resident of the area for the past 20 years and have seen the positive change in the new Midtown life style that is in keeping with a suburban

      type lifestyle. This IS WORKING for the area economy, world traveler attractions like the

      renowned art, culinary and social activities as well as the

      continued high rise and high end developments like the up coming Biscayne Beach on N.E. 30th street. Overall this has taken plenty of years , planning and hard work making the area capable of handling the increased volume of traffic and city dwellers. Adding the Walmart to the adjacent rich planned communities that are thriving, will be a HUGE set back and will create increased traffic and could potentially be a dangerous cituation in an event of an emergency evacuation. Walmart is recognized for their potential downfall of small businesses and could spell a retreat from future businesses for the fear of lower traffic in exchange for the lower prices and quality of productand service.For this reason and many unseen lack of long term vision and for the lack of consideration of the citizens that are educated and understand the logistics of this type of major store in the proximity of this new neighborhood called "Midtown".

      Please think the process through and see what has already been invested in the beautiful planning and thuis far execution and positive results, I urge you to vote "NO" on the proposal to allow Walmart to be located in the current proposed location. There are mid to lower economic areas that would better benefit from a Walmart being built that would provide jobs, and increase the structural , social, and community perspective of a less formulated and studied area as Midtown was. Thank you

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    • SHANNON scott CORAL SPRINGS, FL
      • 7 months ago

      BUSINESS

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    • Heather Molina FULSHEAR, TX
      • 7 months ago

      Because we are fighting against a proposed Walmart at 1463 and 1093 in Texas!

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    • Nina Anderson TALLAHASSEE, FL
      • 7 months ago

      Enough of taking away from small businesses.

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