Lawsuit To Block Anti-Walmart Activists From Midtown Board Fails

A judge has denied an emergency motion to block the results of an election won by two anti-Walmart activists.

DDR, the owner of the the Shops at Midtown Miami, filed the suit, arguing that newly elected Midtown CDD members Grant Stern and Peter Ehrlich do not live Midtown and are therefore not eligible to serve.

Although Walmart didn’t file the suit, activist Grant Stern told New Times that DDR was acting on behalf of Walmart.

The judge wrote that it is possible that Stern and Ehrlich could  intend to move into the district, removing the need for an emergency order.

 

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Anonymous
4 years ago

You anti-Walmart people must have nothing better to do.

Anonymous
4 years ago

What are they afraid of!!???

marc
4 years ago

24 hr Walmart traffic?

Anonymous
4 years ago

Simple. They are afraid that the “real” residents of the area, the long time residents might actually have an affordable place to shop and these carpetbagger hipster elites might actually rub elbows with them whilst on their way to purchase vegan artisanal bacon infused craft brews

Anonymous
4 years ago

We should plan to attract future yuppie residents. The “real” residents will sell when the time is right, and hipsters will be out-priced and become attracted to Brownsville and maybe even Opa-Locka. Less Walmart and indie markets, and more Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s please.

God forbid, the yuppies might also want fixed streets, eradicated graffiti, and mass transit access.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Oh sorry maybe we don’t want midtown turnt to a ghost town. That store doesn’t belong in midtown and you probably don’t even live in the area.

Anonymous
4 years ago

For God sakes.. just build the Walmart store already

Anonymous
4 years ago

I am so sick of Stern and Ehrlich, I could possibly understand if there was not a Target, or a Ross, or a Marshall’s there, but they are all in, what difference would Walmart make? This area in Miami should be for big box retailers. Doral has them, South Miami has them, North Miami has them, Broward has them. Why not Midtown? Get a life and get out of the way.

Felix
4 years ago

Target and other stores sell cheap stuff. Walmart is too big for that small site and Walmart just wants to hurt 30-50 surrounding retailers.

Washington
4 years ago

Stern got 59% of the vote.

Anonymous
4 years ago

So….

Anonymous
4 years ago

All that support Walmart clearly do not understand the dynamic shift that will happen in midtown. Walmart kills small businesses.

Anonymous
4 years ago

The current business of wynwood are not direct competitors with Walmart in any way. Walmart sells “staple” goods, basic goods . Most of the businesses in wynwood are “specialty” or luxury goods. There’s not much overlap. There’s room for both

Anonymous
4 years ago

Target is a direct competitor, and no it’s not more expensive. Some stuff is more and some is less, and if you quibble about less than a dollar difference, you would be smart enough to realize Walmart is not worth the time and money fighting mobs, listening to screaming children, and risking being run over.

Yes, you can argue it’s competition despite being in the same development, but Target has successfully adapted to an urban format while Walmart failed in urban Chicago and Los Angeles.

William
4 years ago

Brad And Grant seem to have nothing to do… Grand central parks litigious mess…. the new omni park (abutting an upcoming bridge??)…and the hostage taking of the approach along Walmart’s property………. ?? They seem to be in the business of stalling job creation and commerce.

Anonymous
4 years ago

That Stern guy is such a little weasel. Who is he to take it upon himself to be the spokesperson for all of Midtown?

Anonymous
4 years ago

He’s not little, he’s a big fat greasy douche

Jose
4 years ago

Stern won election with 59% of the vote.

Anonymous
4 years ago

The election results should be honored, both at the local and national level. The voters have spoken, and don’t want a Welfaremart or welfare state.

Anonymous
4 years ago

If you live near a Walmart ask yourself how many businesses are near Walmart with similar products within 1 Mile? Across the entire country.

Ann
4 years ago

Walmart has puts thousands of local retailers out of business. And Walmart pays minimum wage.

Anonymous
4 years ago

That was point. Walmart sucks

Anonymous
4 years ago

Lol so many Walmart trolls looking out for the poor opprressed gazillion dollar company.

Clarence
4 years ago

Judge Lisa S. Walsh sure hammered DDR and the Akerman attorneys… Motion for stay is denied!

ronald coyle
3 years ago

I have a shop in Edgewater/Wynwood for 35 years, and am happy to support Walmart anyway I can. Looking forward to being a loyal patron too. Many, if not most of us here in the neighborhood welcome Walmart to our neighborhood. These losers, who probably have no job, and can’t afford to shop at your fine store, are just eat up with jealousy. So please don’t mind them. Any time we need to show up and support do not hesitate to drop a line. hitecron@gmail.com

Truth
4 years ago

Has everyone read the Order Denying Temporary Stay by Judge Walsh? She hammers lawyers at Akerman and its pro-Walmart client DDR.

Rigo
4 years ago

I don’t know who these guys are out to protect…

Annie
4 years ago

They want to protect Midtown Miami, Wynwood, Edgewater and the Design District,

bobby
4 years ago

Grant received 59% of the votes for the seat.

#NoWalmartinMidtown
4 years ago

Walmart obtained a completely illegal permit. Now they want to build an illegal building that will destroy traffic in the area for decades to come. Miami has had enough spot zoning – and it is happening all over the city – to hurt our quality of life for a long time.

At least one place in Miami will be kept as planned, instead of chucking the master plan residents paid $200,000,000 in taxes to implement.

If there’s one most dreadful aspect to this, is that the companies who got an illegal permit both hired former local Mayors to do their dirty deeds. While neither of them has had any real success, they’ve each been paid handsomely for betraying the city they ran or the city next door. Manny A. Diaz and Niesen Kasdin should both be ashamed of themselves for attacking community activists respectively with lies and gusto, but without any supporting facts.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Thank you for your comment Grant, now please go away.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Let it build …… we need jobs , jobs and more jobs……

Near Wynwood
4 years ago

If Walmart sells its site and goes away something better and much more friendly to workers will get built.