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Fire Chief Marcos De La Rosa
Coral Gables Welcomes New Fire Chief

A Change of Command ceremony took place on Monday, October 31, transferring the authority of Fire Chief Marc Stolzenberg to newly appointed Fire Chief Marcos De La Rosa. Chief De La Rosa has been with the City of Coral Gables since 2013, and served previously as Deputy Fire Chief. Prior to joining Coral Gables, De La Rosa was the Fire Chief for the City of Hialeah where he served for 24 years. Chief Stolzenberg is retiring from the Coral Gables Fire Department after 33 years of service. To view Chief De La Rosa's speech, click here. Read more...
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Trash Collection Community Meetings: Read It Here First

The City of Coral Gables held two successful community meetings on October 20 and October 22 regarding the trash collection on city swales. The purpose of the meetings was to listen to residents' thoughts, ideas and suggestions on how to improve the current trash services to ensure convenience to residents and to improve citywide aesthetics and sustainability efforts. The City is not proposing any changes to the trash collection service. Plans are to continue the conversation with community members with additional meetings to be scheduled in the upcoming months. To view a summary of the recent community meetings, click here.
Vote
Go Vote

Don't forget to vote! Early voting is taking place at the Coral Gables Branch Library, 3443 Segovia Street until Sunday, November 6, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Polls open on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8 at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m. Be election ready and confirm your current Election Day voting location before heading to the polls. To be election ready,  click here.

To stay informed about the City Charter Amendments,  click here.
To stay informed about Amendment 1, click here.
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Free Recycling 101 Seminar

Do you have any questions about recycling? The City of Coral Gables Sustainability Advisory Board, in partnership with Waste Management, will be hosting a Recycling 101 Seminar on Thursday, November 3, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Avenue. The event is free and open to the public. Get all of your recycling questions answered straight from the experts, hear about what the City is doing to increase recycling, learn more about what you can and can't recycle and see what happens to your recycling once it is taken away from your home or business. The City also wants to discuss recycling on active construction sites. Read more...


Ponce corridor
North Ponce de Leon Corridor Rezoning Update

As part of the ongoing implementation of the North Ponce Community Planning effort, the City of Coral Gables is bringing forward Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code amendments to encourage high-quality development along the North Ponce de Leon Boulevard corridor, while protecting the residential character of the adjacent neighborhood. The affected properties are located along Ponce de Leon Boulevard from Navarre Avenue to SW 8th Street and along East Ponce de Leon Boulevard from Sidonia Avenue to Calabria Avenue. A Planning and Zoning Board Public Hearing is taking place on Wednesday, November 9, 6 p.m. at Commission Chambers. The Planning and Zoning Board meeting is the first of three public hearings on these items. The second and third public hearings will be scheduled at a future date. Public participation and input is encouraged. For more information, contact planning@coralgables.com or 305-460-5211.
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Free Basketball Game Tickets for Residents

Thanks to a 20-year Development Agreement between the City of Coral Gables and the University of Miami, Coral Gables residents can receive up to four free tickets per household for upcoming Canes Men's and Women's Basketball games. Tickets will be distributed in person at the War Memorial Youth Center, 405 University Drive, no earlier than the designated distribution date, until quantities last. The Youth Center ticket office is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. Residents must show proof of residential address. Tickets are limited to four per household. Read more...
Around Town
Llilian Berrios
Choosing a Career in Public Safety

There are many great reasons to choose a career in public safety − whether your dream is to be a police officer, a firefighter or a 911 Emergency Operator. If your path in life is to be a public safety professional, consider working for the City of Coral Gables. Llilian Berrios made that choice and we're happy to welcome her to the Coral Gables family. Llilian is joining us as a Communications Operator Trainee. She attended Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial High School in Miami and, at just 16 years-old, began taking college courses at Miami-Dade College's Wolfson Campus where she earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. If your dream is to become a Coral Gables Police Officer, the City is now offering a $2,500 sign-up bonus for new recruits, as well as other competitive salary and benefits. Read more...
Art show
Senior Art Show Rescheduled for Friday

The Dr. William M. Schiff Art Show, postponed last month due to Hurricane Matthew, has been rescheduled to take place this Friday, November 4, 6-8 p.m. at the Adult Activity Center, 2 Andalusia Avenue. Please join us for music, tapas, and wonderful artwork by Coral Gables senior residents. Parking is available in the garage above the Center. Complimentary parking is also provided by The Palace at 1 Andalusia Avenue. Read more...
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Community Parks Neighborhood Meetings

The City is hosting a number of community meetings to discuss the development of newly purchased properties into park areas and to discuss proposed renovations to existing parks. Residents of the area are encouraged to attend to provide their input as to what they would like to see in their neighborhood parks and facilities. Please note that the meetings will be held at various locations. Click here to see the upcoming schedule of community meetings.
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Catch a Movie on the Mile

Every third Thursday of the month, grab a blanket and head over to Miracle Mile for Movies on the Mile. The City of Coral Gables kicks off its Action & Adventure movie series on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. with the original Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox.  This monthly event takes place at The Plaza at 150 Miracle Mile, courtesy of the McBride Family. The green space opens at 6 p.m. for seating. For more information, click here .
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Celebrate America Recycles Day

The City of Coral Gables encourages everyone to practice the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle − especially in honor of America Recycles Day. On Saturday, November 12, please stop by the City Hall Parking Lot at 405 Biltmore Way from 9 a.m. to 12 noon to drop off your old electronics, worn-out tennis/athletic/walking shoes, and old eyeglasses. Any electronic item that has a plug or takes batteries is eligible to be recycled. Read more...
Douglas Entrance
Beautiful Coral Gables
This is a beautiful watercolor of the Douglas Entrance by local artist Donna M. Shelley, commissioned for the exhibit "The Villagers, Quilts, and 50 Years of Preservation," which was on display last month at the Coral Gables Museum. Do you have a favorite image or photo of Coral Gables to share? Send us your pictures and we'll include them in our next issue of e-News.
Free Chopin Piano Concert
November 13
3 p.m.
Granada Presbyterian Church
950 University Drive
Coral Gables Food Wine Festival
November 11-12, 2016
5-10 p.m.
On Alhambra from
Ponce de Leon to Salzedo St.

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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 doing construction along US1 from Santona Street to Granada Boulevard and at the intersection of Grand Avenue. This project will take four months to complete. There will be periodic lane closures.
 
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.
 
November 2 through November 4: There will be alternating single lane closures on Alhambra Circle from east of Hernando Street to Salzedo Street and on Le Jeune Road from Alcazar Avenue to Giralda Avenue between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
 
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