15 Blocks - 8 Ambassadors - Serving since 2011
Photos and Videos of the Coconut Grove BID Ambassador Program
Heard on the Street in Miami
"I regret not taking his photo, but hats off to Antonio Alvarez, who works for the BID, he's one of those guys in the bright green shirts you see walking around.
I was standing outside a Grove restaurant this past weekend, waiting for a friend, and I noticed that these few shopping bags were blowing around in the wind and just doing a little dance on the sidewalk outside the restaurant. The bags would blow around the feet of people sitting at the outdoor tables and eating but everyone just ignored them.
I was going to pick them up but thought I would take a picture first, to emphasize the clean up campaign that's going on, but as I was going to take the picture, I noticed Antonio coming by, I thought to myself, this will be a great photo, one of the BID guys just stepping over the trash and ignoring it, and they are the very people who are handing out the gift cards for the "Caught! Doing Good" campaign. But Antonio surprised me. He reached down and picked up all the bags that were blowing around and he threw them out.
I'm not sure why it surprised me because it shouldn't have. I went up to him and told him I appreciated what he did. He was sort of shy and that's why I didn't ask to take his photo, but I wish I did."
"Just wanted to send an email to let you know that [Ambassdaors] Henry & Erick did a great job for me and for the community recently. Being the forgetful person that I am, I accidentally left my passenger window down in the playhouse parking lot while I went to work on a busy Friday night. Erick came up to me during my shift and let me know the situation and that there was a man poking around in my car. I was very busy at work so he took my keys from me and put up my window himself.
Unfortunately my GPS was taken from my car but thankfully nothing else. The GPS is of miniscule value compared to the knowledge that I am working and living in a safer neighborhood thanks to your ambassadors. I am very grateful for having them around and thankful for their service! Keep up the excellent work!"
"Last night, one of your Ambassadors, Henry, helped me out to get out of a bad situation with my car at the Playhouse parking lot. I was so grateful for what he did. You guys are doing a great job out here. Thanks again!"