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Coral Gables Named as Finalist in Bloomberg Philanthropies' 2018 Mayors Challenge

Coral Gables is one of 35 Champion Cities selected as finalists in the 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge, a nationwide competition that encourages city leaders to uncover bold, inventive ideas that confront the toughest problems cities face. The City of Coral Gables generated an idea to make its existing critical infrastructure more resilient to natural disasters and other events that may impair emergency response services by integrating smart energy micro-grids. The Champion Cities will now begin a six-month testing phase where they will conduct public prototypes of their ideas with grant funding of up to $100,000 per city. Read more...
Miracle Mile Streetscape Project is Nearing Completion

Good news to all: The Miracle Mile Streetscape Project has achieved substantial completion. To celebrate this milestone, a Miracle Mile Celebration is scheduled on Saturday, April 14, beginning at 5:30 p.m. More details to come. In the meantime, here's a few things you should know:
 
WHAT IS "SUBSTANTIAL COMPLETION"?
Substantial completion means that the majority of construction work is finished on sidewalks, medians, and roads.
 
WHAT'S LEFT TO BE DONE?
The remaining items to be completed are minor in nature, referred as "punch list items." These may include minor corrections, touch-up work, and other incidentals.
 
WHAT ABOUT ROAD CLOSURES?
Although full-road closures are not expected, there may be intermittent lane closures required to address a specific punch list item. At the end of March, the contractor will work at night to complete the permanent road stripping on Miracle Mile. This work is expected to last a week.
 
WHEN WILL ALL THE WORK ON MIRACLE MILE BE FINISHED?
It is estimated that all pending contractor work on Miracle Mile - including punch list items - will be finished by the end of April.
 
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Free Wi-Fi: Pedestrians shopping or sitting down for a meal on Miracle Mile can now connect to the City of Coral Gables public Wi-Fi network to access the internet, free of charge. A "CG_Guest" prompt will show up on all mobile devices. The City will continue adding more hotspots on Miracle Mile to increase coverage, capacity and signal strength over the following months.  This new public Wi-Fi network in Downtown Gables also provides usage statistics through sensor data, which provide pedestrian counts, and real-time vehicle traffic and environmental data. Free Wi-Fi is already available at the following frequently visited City facilities: City Hall, War Memorial Youth Center, Venetian Pool, Salvadore Tennis Center, Riviera Park, Adult Activity Center, Passport Office, Public Safety Building, 427 Biltmore Way and 72nd Avenue. Plans to add free Wi-Fi to Giralda Plaza are also in the making.
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Opening Ceremony for Betsy Adams & Garden Club Park

You're invited to the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Betsy Adams and the City of Coral Gables Garden Club Park on Saturday, March 17 at 10 a.m. Eventgoers are asked to park their vehicles at Granada Presbyterian Church, 950 University Drive (Bird Road Lot) and take the trolley to the park at either 9:30 a.m. or 9:50 a.m. to attend the ceremony since there's no designated parking at the  new passive park.  Located at 4650 Alhambra Street, the park is named in honor of Betsy Adams, a civic leader and past president of the Garden Club who spearheaded several beautification projects such as the city entrances, the George Merrick statue in front of City Hall and the statue of Althea Merrick seated on a bench at the Merrick House. The new park offers a playground area and playground equipment, sidewalks specialty paving, stone retaining walls, lights and landscaping. The event is free and open to the public.
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Learn About the Science of Happiness

Stop by the H. George Fink Studio, 2506 Ponce de Leon Blvd., tomorrow March 8 through March 14 to learn about the science of happiness and well-being. As part of the World Happiness Summit 2018, taking place from March 16-18 at the University of Miami, a free display of fun activities is available at the Fink Studio. This historic location serves as the Summit headquarters for team members and volunteers to unite and spread awareness about happiness and well-being including regular meditations, mini-sessions on understanding the six elements of happiness, tea tastings, chair yoga and much more. And don't worry, be happy... Coral Gables residents can use the discount code HAPPYCITY to attend the summit. Read more...
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Pasta & Puccini: Join Us This Friday

The Coral Gables Adult Activity Center is inviting all seniors age 50+ for a night of Pasta & Puccini on Friday, March 9, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy the performance of opera singers accompanied by a pianist for an unforgettable evening of pasta and a decadent serving of Puccini. Cost for residents is $16 and $20 for non-residents. Advanced registration is required in person at the AAC. Complimentary valet parking is available across the street at The Palace, 1 Andalusia Avenue. For information, contact 305-461-6764.
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Looking for Baseball Players, Ages 8-13

The Blue Devils Softball team is looking for girls, ages 8-13, interested in playing for the team in the upcoming season. The team will be coached by Coral Gables current high school coach and former standout player Natalie De La Vega. They meet regularly to practice at the War Memorial Youth Center on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-6:30 p.m. For additional information, contact 305-970-1865.
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Meet Your Neighborhood Team Leader: Officer Joe Fleres

If you are a Coral Gables resident living in the area bordered by SW Eight Street to the north, Coral Way/Miracle Mile to the south, Douglas Road to the east and Red Road to the west, Officer Joe Fleres is the officer you want to know. He is your area's Neighborhood Team Leader (NTL), one of four specially trained police officers assigned to specific neighborhoods focused on delivering customized police services. NTL Fleres works closely with his assigned area to identify and address issues related to crime, traffic and quality of life. In our last e-News issue, we introduced NTL Bob Alonso. The remaining two NTLs will be introduced in upcoming issues. You can reach out to NTL Fleres by phone at 305-733-0165 or email at   ntlfleres@coralgables.com.
Friday_s Jazz on the Plaza
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Friday's Jazz on the Plaza
Every Friday, 6-10 p.m. through July 13
51 Aragon Avenue
St. Patrick's Day Festival
Saturday, March 10, noon - 6 p.m.
Fred B. Harnett Ponce Circle Park
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Traffic: Allow extra time to reach your destination and obey all posted signs and speed limits.

FDOT is doing drainage work on Bird Road (SW 40 Street) and Red Road (SW 57 Avenue) until April. Expect a right lane closure along Bird Road traveling westbound from Alhambra Circle to Red Road, and a right turn lane closure along SW 57 Avenue.

FDOT is doing roadway construction work along LeJeune Road (SW 42 Avenue) at Bird Road (SW 40 Street) until April. Construction will be done on stages and will require to periodically close travel lanes.

FDOT is doing a roadway project along Bird Road from SW 58 Avenue to Alhambra Circle until May. This will require to periodically close travel lanes.
 
FDOT is doing roadway construction along LeJeune Road from Almeria Avenue to Majorca Avenue until June. This will require to periodically close travel lanes.


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