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Trader Joe’s: Redefining Brand Loyalty

bigstock_Mail_Button_1727945Jen Karetnick’s article on Trader Joe’s (“Waiting for Joe,” June 2012) prompted me contact Trader Joe’s corporate office. I told them as a native of Miami, I think she is so right that Miami Shores would be a great place for them to consider.

I talked about the foodies here, all the great ethnic influences, and the Hispanic community, which is one of the fastest-growing segments of our population. But in short, I would die to have a Trader Joe’s here in our city!

Thanks to Jen for pushing me to join her campaign! Just maybe, we might get lucky.

Margaret Murray
Miami Shores


Trader Joe’s: Obviously It’s Not About Savings

Thank you, thank you, thank you Jen Karetnick for “Waiting for Joe.” On a recent Thursday, we drove from Miami Beach to Naples to shop at Trader Joe’s. This was our third road trip since they opened.

We will be the first to sign Jen’s petition for a Trader Joe’s in Miami Shores.

Alan and Judith Robbins
Miami Beach


Trader Joe’s: A Mini Version in the Shores

I enjoyed Jen Karetnick’s column about the lack of gourmet markets (and a Trader Joe’s) in Miami Shores. I agree.

I don’t  know if Jen has had a chance to check out The Village Stand in Miami Shores. This little boutique store is trying to accomplish exactly what she described, in particular stocking gluten-free products.

They are quite new, though, and a very small store.

Gladys M. Fernandez
Miami Shores


If You Can’t Do the Meeting, Don’t Do the Complaining

In Carmen De Bernardi’s letter, published under the title “Dear Biscayne Times: Not Everyone Thinks of You as Litter” (May 2012), she labels Biscayne Park residents who that don’t hold her views about change as “old, close-minded, insensitive, and dismissive.” In particular she bashed the Biscayne Park Code Review Board, of which she was a former member.

De Bernardi’s rambling diatribe overlooks her own lack of participation in the process that facilitated change. She states that she quit in “disgust” since the board didn’t respond to the needs of the community in providing for front-yard fences. She mentions that she couldn’t see wasting “one more night a month” at the meetings.

Maybe this is why she missed more than half the meetings, which were held twice a month. She never spoke at any of the three workshops on the fence ordinance. She doesn’t know or care to mention that it was the village commission that pulled the board’s recommendation for front-yard enclosures because of the number of residents who opposed it. I guess she missed that meeting as well.

It did take over a year to incorporate all the comments and concerns of the residents and the commission on the fence ordinance. In addition to the workshops, the proposed ordinance was discussed at several commission meetings.

Despite all the opportunities to voice her strong opinions, now, well after the fact, she expresses great indignation. It is “disheartening to say the least” to have a resident who made no effort to participate criticize others for not doing her bidding.

Gary Kuhl, member
Code Review Board
Biscayne Park


Biscayne Times: A Crime Against Mother Nature

In his May column, “Well, Shut My Mouth,” Gaspar González grumbled about a petition to combat litter in the Village of Biscayne Park. Some of our more ambitious residents were trying to stop the monthly distribution of Biscayne Times to our front lawns.

At many homes, unread newspapers lay in the yards for weeks. Besides giving the neighborhood a rather untidy look, it also gives the impression that a house is unoccupied. The petition suggested an alternative distribution method whereby resident could pick up the publication if they cared to read it.

Sounds reasonable to me.

Gaspar thought this sounded like an attempt to silence his voice and free speech in general. Some of us are actually concerned that even if some of the papers are recycled, the majority would end up in our garbage.

Ever heard of global warming or green initiatives? Cities all over are trying to reduce their waste and its impact on our planet. We have about 1300 homes in Biscayne Park. If one-third of the homes recycled their copies of the BT, at eight ounces per copy, that would still leave us with over two and a half tons of newsprint being added to our regular garbage yearly.

You would think Biscayne Times would encourage the online reading, and delivering papers only to those individuals who want a hard copy. Businesses should be working with communities to help minimize their impact on the environment by reducing the use of natural resources.

Gaspar even admitted he frequently stops his car to pick up litter near his house. He’s obviously responsible. Wouldn’t you think he would be concerned that BT is dropping a two-and-a-half-ton paper ball in Biscayne Park each year?

Barbara Kuhl
Biscayne Park


Biscayne Times a Crime? No, Cars Are the Crime

As usual, I love all of Gaspar González’s columns and consider him the only one here in Biscayne Park “to get up and stand up for our rights.”

“Well, Shut My Mouth” addressed litter in the Park, which, in my opinion, is mostly the result of all the cars cutting through, which leads to my problem, which is simply this: The increasing traffic in Biscayne Park has gotten out of control!

I used to take lots and lots of quiet, undisturbed walks with my dogs. Not anymore.

Now I have to look constantly over my back and very often have to jump on neighbors’ lawns to get out of a car’s way.

Cars are coming from all directions, and lots of them are totally ignoring our 25 mph signs.

As a resident of Biscayne Park for more than 12 years, I am watching this increasing problem with disgust and wondering what can be done to get us back to a quiet Park where residents can walk in peace.

I know we can’t stop evolution, but maybe closing a few streets from one side and making it more difficult and therefore inefficient for nonresidents to cut through would be a solution.

Lots of speed bumps?

Katrin Fechler
Biscayne Park


I Dare You: Just One Meeting

I have had occasion over the past few months to visit the Village of Biscayne Park and, out of curiosity, to attend a commission meeting to see their local government in action.

Frankly, I was quite shocked. No one could have adequately described for me what I saw and heard.

I urge -- no, I challenge -- each adult member of the Biscayne Park community to attend one commission meeting in the next few months so they can observe for themselves. Then they can form their own opinions.

Do we really need someone telling us how we should think, interpreting reality for us?

I hope not.

Mimi D’Angelo
Wellesley, Massachusetts


Who Wants Walmarts When You Can Have Plazas?

In regards to the cover story about Midtown Miami by Eric Bojnansky (“Like a Rocket,” April 2012), for what it’s worth, my wife and I visited Spain last year. Sometime thereafter and back in Miami, the media was abuzz with news that Walmart was considering a store at Midtown, and of course part of the buzz was created by those against the Walmart store.

I can understand the anti-Walmart cries. I thought about the space left to be developed and what came to mind was a plaza, like in Spain, or the Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy.

Obviously the space needs to generate revenue for the Midtown people, but why does it have to be with the same old, same old? You need to have visited the big beautiful Spanish plazas in Madrid to appreciate the unique function they serve in the community and in the surrounding areas.

Not only are they multifunctional, they are very pedestrian friendly and visually beautiful. Basically they are no different from Lincoln Road, except that all the stores, boutiques, restaurants, and cafés with tables and umbrellas are placed in a spacious, beautiful, Spanish-style square with columns all around, beautiful street lamps spread throughout, and a big, multi-tiered fountain in the middle. The square at one end might have a few more floors with some architectural flourish and clock.

In Spain, we saw families sitting and chatting while kids were playing; couples having dinner, enjoying being outside in a cozy setting. Plazas, piazzas, and squares are all so visually beautiful. Neither Lincoln Road nor Bayside offer that experience.

How unique would something of this nature be for Miami! The space at Midtown is big enough to really create a work of functional architectural beauty and commerce.

Just a thought, Biscayne Times. Keep up the great work!

Ernie Garcia
Upper Eastside

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