Whether Upper Eastside residents like it or not, and more of them do than don't, the Northeast 66th Street section of Legion Park will be hosting a farmers market beginning Jan. 12.
"The city decided there wasn't enough opposition or reasons not to have it," said Millie Santana, vice president of the Shorecrest Homeowners Association, during the group's November meeting.
Claire Tomlin, who has organized such markets in downtown Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach, said at one of two recent public-input meetings that only food and plants will be sold at this one. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays until April 1. If successful, the market will return a year later.
Following this news, real-estate agent Chad Hanna, manager of the plush 1928 Illuminata Estate, 986 NE 84th St., told association members that owner Rene Aguiar seeks a zoning change, which would allow a New Age spiritual group to buy the place and open a prayer and meditation center there.
Hanna's audience didn't warm to the idea. 'I don't want to see any residential property in my neighborhood rezoned to `church' or 'school' or anything else,'' resident Jack Spirk said.
Association member Mina Kuhn circulated copies of a petition, which will be presented to Miami-Dade Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, opposing such a change and requesting that all residents -- not just those within 500 feet of a particular property -- be notified of future zoning-change proposals.
Talk of how much traffic a meditation center would attract got Northeast 81st Street resident Debra Sinnett onto the need for traffic-calming devices on her street. ''People just zoom up and down like crazy,'' she said. ``I feel like going out there with a checkered flag. It's like NASCAR.''
Vanessa Arellano Doctor