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Coconut Grove Playhouse hit with levy

Historic theater's property could be at risk of garnishment, sale through auction
May 16, 2014 10:30AM

Coconut Grove Playhouse

Coconut Grove Playhouse

While Miami-Dade County officials and residents mull what to do with the Coconut Grove Playhouse, a levy issued on the property raises questions about the historic theater’s future.

The levy handed down by the county’s police department could put the 3500 Main Highway property at risk of being garnished and sold through an auction, according to the Daily Business Review. It was issued to satisfy a 2013 judgment against the nonprofit that operated the shuttered theater. Miami-based Strategic Properties was owed about $550,000 from the nonprofit.

Members of the Coconut Grove Village Council and Coconut Grove Playhouse Advisory Committee are holding “public brainstorming” sessions about the theater. Miami-Dade got state approval to take control of the venue in January. The county is operating the site with Florida International University for at least 50 years. [Daily Business Review]Eric Kalis