Save Miami Beach
Protect quality of life and the best interests of residents
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Save the Al Capone Mansion in Miami Beach!
The Al Capone house was built in 1922 and has sat gracefully on the waterfront of Palm Island for nearly 100 years. But now, the home is at risk of demolition and replacement with a brand new McMansion. Developers and real estate investors Todd Glaser and Nelson Gonzalez are proposing a total demolition of the historical property for the purpose of redevelopment and resale. This property recently had a multi-million dollar renovation and it is in pristine condition according to the property marketing. Miami Beach risks losing an important part of not just our local history, but of US history if this demolition is allowed to proceed. The loss of this landmark structure and its replacement with a new oversized home will have a long-term negative impact on the community. The City of Miami Beach, Historic Preservation Board, Design Review Board, and the current owners should do EVERYTHING in its power to stop the demolition of this structure and designate this home as historic in order to save it for future generations.
Save the Home of Jessie Adler - Woman's Suffrage Pioneer!
Demolition is proposed for the beautiful 1933 home at 2050 North Bay Road - built by woman's suffrage pioneer Mrs. Jessie Adler. Designed by master architect Carlos Schoeppl, the home sits on a unique diagonal lot on Sunset Lake in Miami Beach. Owner Dave Grutman is proposing to demolish the home and build a new replacement house. We ask the owner to please reconsider demolishing a part of Woman's History, and to consider plans to retain and enhance the existing home. In particular on the year of the Centennial of the 19th Amendment giving Women the right to vote for the first time, such disregard for our history would be a tragedy on multiple levels. Please don't send history to the landfill. Save this home! ___________________________________________________ More on Mrs. Jessie Adler may be found below: Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920 Biography of Mrs. Jessie Adler, 1878-? By Trey Archambault, undergraduate student, Central Connecticut State University Mrs. Jessie Adler is not often thought of as a profound influence in the Connecticut woman's suffrage movement. But the story of her life is full of incredible dedication to the cause of woman's suffrage and it's values. Born around the year 1878 in the State of New York, she was married to Charles H. Adler at the age of 19 Mrs. Adler moved with her husband to Hartford, Connecticut before the year 1910 where Census records list her as "literate" with one son by the name of Sherman Adler. The time Jessie Adler spent in Connecticut made a significant difference on the Connecticut Woman's Suffrage Association. As early as 1907, Mrs. Adler's contributions to the CWSA were making their way into the newspaper. Her impassioned speeches changed the minds of her fellow suffragettes, often so that cooler heads would prevail. The Connecticut Woman's Suffrage Association was started in 1896 to fight for woman's right to vote through state and national lobbying efforts with the goal being an amendment to the United States Constitution. The CWSA also called for peace and arbitration during the First World War. Jessie Adler (referred to as Mrs. C.H. Adler) was vital to the peace effort in Connecticut. Her success was so prominent that she is mentioned twice in the Annual Report of the National-American Woman Suffrage Association held in Buffalo New York in 1908. Her primary work as a member of the organization was outreach. She is reported to have set up dozens of meetings all over Connecticut and often would be recognized by her supporters and detractors. Mrs. Adler also wrote many letters to the editor of the Hartford Courant, which illustrate her strong belief in civic housekeeping. Along with letters pertaining to suffrage, Jessie Adler also wrote letters campaigning for cleaner streets in the City of Hartford. She was also well known as a worker at the North Street Social Settlement in Hartford which offered playgrounds, sewing classes, housekeeping lessons, and other services for poor and immigrant communities. Her support for NAWSA in Connecticut did not keep Adler from picketing the White House in December 1918 as part of the Watchfire demonstrations. At that date, she and her family resided in Cincinnati, where she earned a law degree from the University of Cincinnati. Shortly after being admitted to the bar she was appointed assistant prosecuting attorney of Hamilton County, Ohio. This was reported not only in the local papers, but also in Connecticut where her influence was still being felt some 15 years later. After her appointment, Jessie Adler's life was relatively quiet. She later moved to Florida, where she was interviewed in 1974 by Florida Today about women who opposed the Equal Rights Amendment. She is quoted as saying "I could slap them in the face; the women who oppose it." Her continued dedication to the women's movement and her perseverance through adversity helped catapult Jessie Adler briefly into the spotlight. Her hard work towards peace and suffrage unified many people in favor of votes for women. Bibliography: Fulton County tribune. (Wauseon, Ohio), 16 Feb. 1922. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn87076552/1922-02-16/ed-1/seq-2/ The Daily morning journal and courier. (New Haven, Conn.), 31 Oct. 1907. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84020358/1907-10-31/ed-1/seq-5/ The Daily morning journal and courier. (New Haven, Conn.), 31 Oct. 1907. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84020358/1907-10-31/ed-1/seq-5/ "Suffragette: I could hit ERA foes" Florida Today, August 27, 1974. https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/125373546/ (accessed May 1, 2017) Ohio. Cincinnati Ward 13, Hamilton. 1920 U.S. Census, population schedule. Digital images. Ancestry.com. May 1, 2017. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?_phsrc=Uho1&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true&gss=angs-g&new=1&rank=1&msT=1&gsfn=Jessie%20&gsfn_x=0&gsln=Adler&gsln_x=0&catbucket=rstp&MSAV=0&MSV=0&uidh=5kr&pcat=ROOT_CATEGORY&h=33867843&dbid=6061&indiv=1&ml_rpos=15 Connecticut. Hartford Ward 6, Hartford. 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule. Digital images. Ancestry.com. May 1, 2017. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?_phsrc=Uho2&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true&gss=angs-c&new=1&rank=1&gsfn=Jessie%20&gsfn_x=XO&gsln=Adler&gsln_x=XO&catbucket=rstp&MSAV=0&MSV=0&uidh=5kr&pcat=CEN_1910&h=151405392&dbid=7884&indiv=1&ml_rpos=2 New York. New York City, New York. 1880 U.S. Census, population schedule. Digital images. Ancestry.com. May 1, 2017. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?_phsrc=Uho18&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true&gss=angs-c&new=1&rank=1&gsfn=Jessie%20&gsfn_x=1&gsln=Crow&gsln_x=1&msbdy=1878&msbpn__ftp=New%20York,%20USA&msbpn=35&msbpn_PInfo=5-%7C0%7C1652393%7C0%7C2%7C0%7C35%7C0%7C0%7C0%7C0%7C0%7C&mssng=Charles&mssns=Adler&MSAV=1&MSV=0&uidh=5kr&pcat=CEN_1880&h=4303025&dbid=6742&indiv=1&ml_rpos=1 New York. Ward 21, Kings, New York; 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule. Digital images. Ancestry.com. May 1, 2017. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?_phsrc=Uho22&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true&gss=angs-c&new=1&rank=1&gsfn=Jessie%20&gsfn_x=1&gsln=Adler&gsln_x=1&msbdy=1878&msbpn__ftp=New%20York,%20USA&msbpn=35&msbpn_PInfo=5-%7C0%7C1652393%7C0%7C2%7C0%7C35%7C0%7C0%7C0%7C0%7C0%7C&mssng=Charles&mssns=Adler&MSAV=1&MSV=0&uidh=5kr&pcat=CEN_1900&h=45264283&dbid=7602&indiv=1&ml_rpos=1 New York, New York, Marriage Index 1866-1937. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. May 1, 2017. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?_phsrc=Uho28&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true&gss=angs-g&new=1&rank=1&gsfn=Jessie%20&gsfn_x=1&gsln=Crow&gsln_x=1&msypn__ftp=New%20York,%20USA&msypn=35&msypn_PInfo=5-%7C0%7C1652393%7C0%7C2%7C0%7C35%7C0%7C0%7C0%7C0%7C0%7C&msbdy=1878&msbpn__ftp=New%20York,%20USA&msbpn=35&msbpn_PInfo=5-%7C0%7C1652393%7C0%7C2%7C0%7C35%7C0%7C0%7C0%7C0%7C0%7C&mssng=Charles&mssns=Adler&catbucket=rstp&MSAV=1&MSV=0&uidh=5kr&pcat=ROOT_CATEGORY&h=950311&recoff=8%209%2028%2030&dbid=9105&indiv=1&ml_rpos=1 (Citations for "Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers" Written using their preferred format.) Marjorie Spruill Wheeler, Votes for Women! The Woman Suffrage Movement in Tennessee, the South, and the Nation (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1995), p. `179.
Black Lives Matter in Miami Beach: Paint the Street
Miami Beach residents and visitors are in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. Inspired by Washington DC and other cities' efforts, we ask the City Commission to paint Black Lives Matter along a popular street (or more than one) in Miami Beach. Our City was carved out of a jungle - with much of that grueling work done by members of the Black community who laid the foundation of what we see today. Even so, the City has historically not offered equal access and rights to Black residents and visitors. In order to show our commitment to the movement, we want the message to be loud and clear that we - the modern day Miami Beach residents and visitors - believe that Black Lives Matter.
Mayor Gimenez: Open the Beach on Miami Beach!
We would like the Beach of Miami Beach to be reopened. It was already supposed to be reopened, with new measures in place for social distancing and COVID-19 compliance. However, Mayor Gimenez continues to keep the beach closed and states that it will only reopen when the curfew related to Black Lives Matter protests ends. We do not believe the curfew on peaceful protests and the opening of Miami Beach's beach should be tied together. We ask Mayor Carlos Gimenez to open the beach now!
Moishe Mana: Save 420 S Hibiscus Drive!
Moishe Mana, NYC moving-company millionaire and Miami developer, has filed plans to demolish a 1937 architecturally significant home on Hibiscus Island. The original home was designed by noted architect August Geiger - one of city founder Carl Fisher's favorite architects. The waterfront mansion appears to be in good condition. Mana's plans, which will be heard at the Design Review Board on October 2nd, include tearing down the home and replacing it with a nearly-10,000 square foot home, complete with a commercial-grade elevator and an escalator. Several waivers and variances are being requested for the new project. Moishe Mana: please save this important part of our history and do not knock down this home. Please pause your development proposal and give time to work with the community. Perhaps we can find a way to preserve the home and/or sell it to a preservation-minded owner.
Save our Pre-1942 Homes: Vote No on Alemán Ordinance!
An ordinance has been proposed which would fundamentally weaken the public process for the review of pre-1942 architecturally significant home demolition proposals in Miami Beach. Many of you know about the epidemic in our single-family neighborhoods: homes are being snatched up by LLCs, torn down, and replaced with McMansions.. which often sit unsold and become a blight on our neighborhoods. Not only is this activity erasing an important part of Miami Beach's architectural history, but it is causing a property bubble that is leading to extreme home prices and making a family home out of reach for Miami Beach residents. On Tuesday, Sep 24th at 9am the Planning Board will review a proposal coming from a 'consultant' study, and now sponsored by Commissioner John Elizabeth Alemán - whose term ends in November - which would remove in most cases the review of pre-1942 home demolitions by the Design Review Board. This proposal is without merit and would make demolishing a pre-1942 home much more simple for speculators... No neighborhood review and input, no DRB to ensure compatible new design. Stay tuned as we will be sharing more ways you can be involved to stop this last-minute pre-election weakening of our pre-1942 ordinances.
Save 22 Star Island from Demolition
The masterpiece home at 22 Star Island is at risk of demolition. The home was built in 1931 and stands at the northern tip of Star Island. It was designed by Martin Hampton, renowned local architect who also designed the original Miami Beach City Hall, now a designated landmark on Washington Avenue. Hampton worked in the offices of August Gieger before branching out on his own. From a 1986 article in the Orland Sentinel "The family of Hetty Green, the ''Witch of Wall Street'' who once was labeled the richest woman in the world, lived at No. 46 since the 1920s, when her one-legged son, Col. Ned Green -- who openly kept his own harem in his house -- bought the yacht club building from the original Miami Beach developer, Carl Fisher. Outrageousness appeared to be Col. Green's main attribute, as far as his neighbors are concerned. His harem and his full-size Mississippi River showboat, complete with Broadway shows, highlighted mansion life, which also included periodic visits from the Ringling Brothers Circus -- its tent and animals easily fitting onto the mammoth lawn. There are reports that the toilets in the Green mansion were designed to be so tall that even adults had to swing their legs while answering nature's call. The main yacht-club-turned-Green-mansion, split into three houses when movie mogul E.M. Loew bought it." (This includes the home at 22 Star Island. The home at 46 Star Island still stands, but the 3rd home has since been demolished.) From Wikipedia: Henrietta Howland "Hetty" Green (née Robinson; November 21, 1834 – July 3, 1916), nicknamed "The Witch of Wall Street", was an American businesswoman and financier known as "the richest woman in America" during the Gilded Age. Known for both her wealth and her miserliness, she was the lone woman to amass a fortune when other major financiers were men. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hetty_Green The current owner has plans to demolish the 8,000 square foot landmark and build a 23,000 square foot new home in its place. The City of Miami Beach should work with the owner to figure out how the property can be saved. We must say "enough is enough," and not allow our history to continue to be erased for short-term gain.