Miami’s Coconut Grove takes pride in its eclectic look and character, so it’s no surprise that community opposition blossomed after a duplex developer was accused of breaking setback rules.

3384 Day Avenue Investments Inc. was building a duplex with interior work remaining when the city issued a hold on the building permit a year ago, citing setback violations. Setback regulations setting minimum distances between buildings allow room for fire safety, rain runoff and community aesthetics.