Anti-Walmart Activists Are Running For A Seat On Board Of Midtown Miami District In Next Week’s Election

Two anti-Walmart activists are running for seats on the Midtown Miami Community Development District’s board of supervisors.

Grant Stern and Peter Ehrlich are both on the ballot in next week’s election. Stern and Ehrlich will be unable to vote for themselves however, since they both don’t live in the area.

Walmart needs an agreement with the CDD to obtain a building permit, since a portion of the proposed store falls on CDD land. The CDD hasn’t yet signed a deal.

In September, the CDD board voted to spend $100,000 on hiring a land-use lawyer to fight Walmart’s plan to remove on-street parking.

 

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Peter Ehrlich
4 years ago

I am proud to be running for the Midtown Community Development District Board. Grant Stern has done a great job exposing the weaknesses in the City of Miami’s alleged “very faulty” approval of a massive Walmart on a small Midtown lot. Midtown needs more interesting small stores and shops. Midtown and Wynwood do not need massive Big Box stores. Target between NE 35th and NE 36th in Midtown also sells groceries.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Fantastic to see you on TNM! I fully support this initiative! Good luck with the election and the continued fight. As you can see from past posts on TNM, there are many people on here who agree with you.

Anonymous
4 years ago

“Midtown and Wynwood do not need massive Big Box stores”
You do realize that Target is a Big Box store, right?
It is one thing to be opposed to Walmart but to be opposed to all Big Box stores is ridiculous. Ikea, Beth Bath and Beyond, Brandsmart, etc, would be a nice addition to Midtown. If Stern and you are against all of these stores, you have just lost my vote.

Laz
4 years ago

Right! i have only been saying this since the first opposition to it. No one cares there is a Target, Homegoods, Marshalls, but one block over you cant have a walmart, please STFU already. bunch of urbanist on this board that live in kendall want to give thier opinions. i gladly welcome that walmart, you know how far we have to go for reasonably price items.

Anonymous
4 years ago

We should all hope Stern and Ehrlich are both elected and help to keep walmart out of midtown. The midtown district is like no other in Miami, it has such a fantastic begnning and needs to have more small retail tenants and a few anchors, maybe even a grocery store, the two publix to the north and south of Midtown are always packed!

Get out and VOTE!

Anonymous
4 years ago

You have to live in Midtown to sit on the CDD board for midtown so even if those two win the vote they won’t be able to participate on the board since they don’t live in the community. so I’m not sure why these two guys are trying to get a seat in an area they don’t live in?

Midtown Miami is valuable
4 years ago

Every board member gets a voice and a vote. Midtown Miami is a $2 Billion neighborhood. There are many stakeholders.

Midtown Miami needs new options
4 years ago

Walmart needs an exit strategy. Walmart and City officials were crazy to choose that site. Walmart hired too many lobbyists and not enough people who understand locations.

No to Walmart at Midtown
4 years ago

Walmart announce it is selling its Midtown site yet?

Hola Walmart
4 years ago

It appears the Anti-Walmart activists, and businessmen, Grant Stern and Peter Ehrlich, easily won seats on the Midtown CDD Board.

Anonymous
4 years ago

The other candidates are against walmart as well. No one running wants to see a walmart in their neighborhood

Grant Stern is a hero
4 years ago

Maybe, but Grant Stern and Ehrlich attended dozens of public meetings. In fact, Grant Stern went to court numerous times to stop Walmart. Recently the City of Miami rescinded Walmart’s flawed building permit based on information provided by Stern. Nobody ever saw either of their opponents object to Walmart.

Walmart is dead
3 years ago

Grant Stern continues to fight Walmart and its illegal scheme to bypass the Midtown Miami rules prohibiting a monster big box store on that site.