It's been a while since the issues with an Alano Club called the "Little River Club" (LRC) in Miami first surfaced in May of 2011, which had been bringing down the value of the Shorecrest Home Owners Association. The issue was with the access to the illegal entrance to the back parking lot that was heavily used by the club and it's unruly patrons and the numerous Rehabs that ferried their clients by van to attend the club as part of the $1000 a day therapy they were receiving. The Little River Club couldn't use the front access to the parking lot because of a billboard that had been placed in its way, blocking access. It was first covered in detail here:
The Shorecrest Home Owners Association went through the correct channels with the zoning board and the Little River Club eventually sued the city because they were told to stop using it. It was covered here:
UPDATE (It appears that the Club is being forced to comply with the orders by the zoning department)
"Mysterious barriers block club’s parking lot
The Little River Club, a site for meetings of recovering alcoholics and drug addicts, says the city of Miami put up barriers to block access to the club’s parking lot as a way to appease neighbors who don’t like the club.
By THEO KARANTSALIS
Special to The Miami Herald
A bike weaved through three multi-ton barriers then steadied as its handlebars scraped through a 2-foot iron gate.
"Do you think a wheel chair can get through there?" asked Bob Hardison, manager of the Little River Club, at 755 NE 79th St. in Miami. "No one knows who authorized this."
Since early November, access to the club’s parking lot has been blocked by the barriers, apparently installed by the city of Miami. Despite its name, the club serves no liquor, but it serves as a meeting place for Alcoholics Anonymous and similar groups, and some neighbors say it also attracts trouble.
City Hall officials were unable to explain the barriers on Friday.
"I’m sorry, I can’t comment on that," said Juvenal Santana, the city’s chief civil engineer. Santana referred calls to the city’s public relations office, which in turn referred them back to Santana.
Meanwhile, the city and the club are in the midst of a court battle over the club’s private property rights.
Hardison said that a few days before the last municipal election, a police SWAT team escorted a large construction crane back through the quiet Shorecrest neighborhood then gave anyone parked in any of the club’s 32 parking spots five minutes to leave. Then the earth shook as three 12-foot barriers, weighing about 6,000 pounds each and similar to the ones used to protect federal courthouses, were plopped in front of the main entrance gate.
"Commissioner Marc Sarnoff told us he had an election to win," said Hardison, a club member for more than three decades. "We were here first."
Sarnoff could not be reached for comment.
The club started about 50 years ago. In the last few years, Shorecrest, a residential neighborhood adjoining the club, insulated itself from 79th Street by closing off streets and using barricades.
In 2010, city commissioners passed a measure called “Miami 21” to encourage pedestrian-friendly zoning in a city whose roads have been mainly designed for cars. After its passage, entrance through the club’s gate was deemed illegal. The club sought a variance last April, which was denied.