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Celebrate the Mile on Friday, May 19

As the Streetscape construction project progresses, we'd love you to join us in celebrating a mini-milestone - the first two completed sections of Miracle Mile. This Friday, meet us at the southeast corner of Miracle Mile and Salzedo Street and be among the first to enjoy a new pedestrian experience with wide sidewalks, outdoor seating, lush greenery and our downtown's signature shopping and dining. Actors' Playhouse will kick-off the celebration at 5:30 p.m. with a sidewalk performance. At 6 p.m., lift a glass with us during a special toast, then walk along the south side of the 100 and 200 blocks of Miracle Mile, enjoying live music, tasting dishes from local restaurants, and more. Attendees will have a chance to win a pair of VIP tickets to Taste of the Gables ($130 value) - where you can sample dishes from Coral Gables restaurants as part of Coral Gables Restaurant Week. You'll also have a chance to win a $100 gift certificate redeemable at more than 120 Downtown Coral Gables shops and restaurants, and receive reusable canvas tote bags (while supplies last) filled with additional discounts, free gifts and free appetizer coupons. You won't want to miss this Downtown celebration!  Read more...
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Slow Down For Our Children: New Speed Limit of 25 MPH on Residential Streets

The Coral Gables City Commission gave the final approval last week to lower the speed limit from 30 to 25 miles per hour on local residential roads maintained by the City. The new ordinance, sponsored by Commissioner Vince Lago and unanimously approved by the City Commission, was passed in response to concerns over the years of vehicles speeding through our residential neighborhoods.  The City of Coral Gables wants to make sure our streets are safer for all users, and certainly our most vulnerable, by reducing the frequency and severity of injuries caused by motorists traveling in excess of 25 mph. When drivers are going 25 mph, rather than 30 mph, drivers and pedestrians have more time to see each other and react in time to prevent collisions. In a vehicle-pedestrian crash, the injury increases significantly as the vehicle speed increases. If the vehicle is travelling at 23 mph, the pedestrian has a 25 percent chance of a severe injury. If that same vehicle travels at 31 mph, the chance of a severe injury for the pedestrian doubles to 50 percent. Read more..
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It's Official: No Plastic Bags in Coral Gables 

The City of Coral Gables gave the final approval last week to prohibit the use of single-use carry out plastic bags in Coral Gables. Retail establishments and restaurants will receive the benefit of a 12 month education campaign, during which the City of Coral Gables will focus its efforts on educating all local businesses on the benefits of the new law and encouraging innovative ideas to eliminate single-use plastic bags. Effective immediately, any entity or individual who has been issued a special event permit by the City is prohibited from providing items in single-use carry out plastic bags during special events. 

This ordinance was sponsored by City Commissioner Vince Lago and unanimously approved by the City Commission. " Capitalism and conservation can not only coexist, they can also thrive," said Commissioner Vince Lago who has pushed for various green initiatives and is proud that the City of Coral Gables is now considered a leader in sustainability efforts. 

Prior to the final adoption of the ordinance, City officials met with representatives from the business community to work amicably with merchants in allowing them use of their current inventory of plastic bags before transitioning to reusable or recyclable bags. Certain exceptions exist for prescription medication bags, garbage bags and a few other limited categories.  Residents  will also be allowed to repurpose carry out plastic bags and use them to pick up pet waste.The City is in the process of installing 90 new pet waste stations throughout the community.  The ultimate goal of the City of Coral Gables is to replace single-use carry out plastic bags with reusable, recyclable or compostable alternatives in order to reduce littler and pollutants on streets, parks, public spaces and waterways. Read more...
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Join Us: Memorial Day Ceremony

The City of Coral Gables will pay tribute to those heroes who died in active military service in a special Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 29, 9 a.m. at the War Memorial Youth Center, 405 University Drive. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public. Read more...
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Memorial Day Schedule

Coral Gables City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day.

The following facilities and services will be closed:
  • Passport Office at 4520 Ponce de Leon 
  • War Memorial Youth Center at 405 University Drive (The center will be open for a Memorial Day ceremony from 9-10 a.m.) 
  • Adult Activity Center at 405 University Drive
The following facilities/services will remain open:
  • Garbage, trash, and recycling services will continue the regular schedule.  
  • Coral Gables Trolley Service will run as usual
  • Venetian Pool will be open from 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Kerdyk Biltmore Tennis Center will be open from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Salvadore Tennis Center will be open from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
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Historical Marker to be dedicated at old Riding Academy

Did you know that back in the 1930s there was a horse riding academy complete with a stable and a show ring that brought the beauty of horses to Downtown Coral Gables? The City of Coral Gables and the Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables are joining efforts to unveil the Coral Gables Riding Academy & Show Ring historical marker on the 65th anniversary of its closing. The free event takes place on Tuesday, June 6, 11 a.m., at 2320 Salzedo Street, in front of Ruth's Chris Steak House. From 1930 to 1952, the Gazlay family managed the Coral Gables Riding Academy, bringing the beauty of horses and the excitement of horse shows to Coral Gables residents. The Academy played an important role in the local equestrian community and offered breakfast rides on Sundays which were very popular.  Read more... 
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Recycling 17,800 Pounds of Electronics on Earth Day 

The City of Coral Gables walks the talk when it comes to sustainability and on Earth Day last month, it was all about recycling to protect our environment. More than 17,800 pounds of electronics were collected for recycling and more than 6,900 pounds of household hazardous waste were dropped off to be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. To date, the City has collected more than 51,300 pounds of electronic waste, 100 percent of which has been recycled and diverted from the landfill. Residents also brought sensitive documents to be shredded on site. The next collection event is scheduled for Saturday, November 18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. in City Hall's Parking Lot at 405 Biltmore Way. Read more... 
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Local Schools Recognized with Top Awards

Congratulations to George Washington Carver Middle School, Sunset Elementary School and International Studies Preparatory Academy (ISPA) for being recipients of the "Label France Education" award granted by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in recognition for their bilingual English-French programs. In addition, ISPA was ranked as 31 among the top 100 high schools in the nation according to the U.S. News and World Report. More than 28,000 public high schools from all 50 states and the District of Columbia were measured for this ranking. Read more...
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Meet School Board Member Mari Tere Rojas at City Hall, Youth Center

District 6 School Board Member Mari Tere Rojas is available to meet with constituents at two office locations in the City of Coral Gables. On the first Thursday of the month, Ms. Rojas is onsite at Coral Gables City Hall Conference Room, 405 Biltmore Way from 12:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. On the third Thursday of the month, she'll be at the War Memorial Youth Center Conference Room, 405 University Drive, from 12:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. For more information, contact 305-995-1334 or district6@dadeschools.net .
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Fight the Bite of Mosquitos

The raining summer season is approaching and now is the time to fight the bites of mosquitos. The City of Coral Gables is working with Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control to spread the news that it is important to stop mosquitos from living and multiplying around your home and businesses. Follow these simple steps to Drain & Cover:
  • Drain standing water: from garbage cans, house gutters, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.
  • Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used.
  • Empty and clean birthbaths and pets' water bowls at least once or twice a week.
  • Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don't accumulate water.
  • Maintain the water balance (pool chemistry) of swimming pools. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.  
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Saturday, May 20
Coral Gables City Hall
405 Biltmore Way
Starts at 6:30 a.m.
Free Yoga in the Park
Every Wednesday,  6-7 p.m.
William H. Kerdyk Jr. and Family Park
6611 Yumuri Street
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Miracle Mile & Giralda Ave Streetscape Update
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Traffic Update
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.
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