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Here's How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree 

Beginning on Monday, January 8, 2018, the City of Coral Gables is offering free Christmas tree recycling collection to Coral Gables residents living in single-family homes.  Recycling your tree helps to preserve landfill space, and provides the opportunity to repurpose this valuable resource as mulch and ground cover in natural parks and planting areas throughout the community.  Please observe the following placement requirements:
  • Place the tree out on the curbside after 5:00 p.m. the day before your scheduled tree collection day specified by area. 
  • Keep tree separate from your trash/yard waste pile if you want it recycled.  If the tree is placed in the trash pile with other debris, it won't be recycled.
  • Remove tree stand, lights, ornaments, tinsel and other decorations before placing out for collection. 
  • Do not bag your tree or place flocked trees out for collection.
  • To view the tree collection schedule for single-family homes, click here.
Residents living in multi-family homes such as condos or apartments can also recycle their trees by bringing them to the drop-off area located at the War Memorial Youth Center's west parking lot (south end), parallel to Segovia Street.  The Youth Center is located at 405 University Drive. This drop-off site will be available from December 30 through January 14, 2018. Read more...
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View, Climb and Explore at Big Toy Extravaganza

Children of all ages can play with super-sized and specialized vehicles at the Big Toy Extravaganza on Saturday, January 6 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in front of City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way. This free event brings other fun activities such as inflatable games, face painting, and food. Read more... 
Includes Coral Gables in your New Year's Resolutions

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The City of Coral Gables wishes you a happy and healthy 2018 and invites you to include us in your New Year's resolutions. Here are a few ideas:
  • Live a more active lifestyle: Play tennis at Salvadore Park. Hop on the Trolley. Shoot hoops at the Youth Center. Stroll along tree-lined streets. Walk around the gardens at Fairchild. Sign up for a 5K charity run. Learn to dance.
  • Add more culture to your life: Take a tour of the Coral Gables Museum. Attend more theatrical plays. Go to book readings.  Watch independent art films. Visit the Lowe Art Museum. Meet up with good friends for a cup of coffee.
  • Celebrate the Coral Gables story: Read a book about George Merrick. Learn more about the Merrick House. Have an afternoon tea at the Biltmore Hotel. Enjoy the wonderment of days gone by. Visit our local historic landmarks. 

We've got more ideas to include the City Beautiful in your resolutions for the New Year. Read more... 

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New Year's Schedule  

In observance of New Year's Day, the following facilities will be closed on Monday, January 1, 2018:
  • Coral Gables City Hall at 405 Biltmore Way
  • Passport Office at 4520 Ponce de Leon
  • War Memorial Youth Center at 405 University Drive
  • Adult Activity Center at 2 Andalusia Avenue
Other Schedule:
  • Garbage, trash, and recycling services will not be affected.
  • The Trolley service will be operating on Monday, January 1 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
  • Kerdyk Biltmore and Salvadore Tennis Centers will be open on Sunday, December 31 from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. and on Monday, January 1 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
  • Venetian Pool is closed until February 2018
Around Town
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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Recognizes Smart City Video

The City of Coral Gables was one of the prize winners of the 2017 World Standard Day Smart City video contest by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Founded in 1884, the IEEE is the world's largest association of technical professionals with more than 420,000 members in more than 160 countries around the world.  In July 2017, the IEEE opened this contest as a challenge to cities to submit a video that explores how standards are helping them to create the smart city of today and the future. The City of Coral Gables Information Technology Department created an abstract for this contest to showcase how the City uses a robust and resilient network to provide critical emergency communications, as it was used during this year's preparation and response to hurricane Irma. To view the winning video, click here.
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Celebrate Responsibly. 
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!

Drunk driving is a deadly epidemic that takes the lives of more than 10,000 people each year, on average. So don't let getting busted for drunk driving become one of your holiday memories. Read more...
Wellness Wednesdays
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Wellness Wednesdays: Zumba
January 3, 6 p.m.
150 Miracle Mile
Free
Movies on the Mile: "Big"
January 4, 7 p.m.
150 Miracle Mile
Free
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Miracle Mile & Giralda Ave Streetscape Update
To view weekly updates on the construction work, traffic impact and other relevant information, click here.
Traffic:
FDOT is beginning a roadway project along Bird Road from SW 58 Avenue to Alhambra Circle. The contractor is expected to begin working on the western-most driveways of the Red Bird Shopping Center, along the westbound side of Bird Road. This work will include the closure of the existing driveway along with the installation of a new sidewalk, and opening a new driveway entrance. Access to the Red Bird shopping center will be maintained via the additional driveway entrances of the Plaza. Driveway work will also be taking place along the eastbound side of Red Road, at the west end of the CVS Pharmacy. In order to complete this activity, a temporary single lane closure along Bird Road shall be scheduled to occur only during non-peak hours on weekdays and weekends between the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
FDOT is doing roadway construction along LeJeune Road from Almeria Avenue to Majorca Avenue. This project will last until June of next year. Lane closures may occur during non-peak hours on nights and weekends. Please obey all posted signs and speed limits.
 
The entrance eastbound on SR 836 from LeJeune Road is closed for reconstruction. This closure will be in effect through the end of 2017. Drivers can enter SR 836 from NW 37 Avenue instead. 
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