2004 Civic center dashboard

Hi All,
I am trying to remove the center daskboard of my 04 civic so that I can remove the storage compartment just below the AM/FM radio and replace
that with a VHF transceiver.
It looks so simple, I must be missing something. But, I bet there is a catch.
The AM/FM radio, storage compartment, AC buttons and temperature control are all contained within a sub-section area of the dash, I would expect that I should be able to find the latches around this area and just remove it. However, the latch on the top middle appears to have a more permanent attachment.
So, I am turning to the group for help.
Look forward to your answer.

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