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Your Ride is Here: Freebee Offers Free Rides in Downtown Coral Gables 

Beginning on Wednesday, June 21, you can get a quick drive around Downtown Coral Gables thanks to a new partnership between the City of Coral Gables and Freebee, a green transportation service that will offer free door-to-door rides around your favorite destinations. It's a fun and convenient way to get around the Streetscape construction and get Downtown customers to where they need to go − fast and stress-free. Friendly drivers in sleek electric vehicles will be on the street from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. All you need to do is request this service on your smartphone through the Ride Freebee app following these easy steps: a) Request a Ride, b) Select your Destination, c) Confirm your Pickup, and d) Enjoy the Ride! Come experience this new service as we continue to "Build Beautiful" and encourage you to visit our Downtown shops and restaurants. Read more...
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Marco from Publix
What Residents Need to Know About Plastic Bags

Last month, the City of Coral Gables became the first city in Florida to prohibit the use of single-use carry out plastic bags. R etail establishments and restaurants will have the benefit of a 12 month educational campaign to get familiar with the new law and use their current plastic bags inventory  with no citations issued until May 2018 (only warnings).  T he prohibition is effective immediately  with full enforcement action taken  for any entity or individual who has been issued a special event permit. So what does this mean to residents of Coral Gables? Although the City of Coral Gables encourages everyone to use reusable, recyclable or compostable alternatives other than plastic bags, the use of single-use carryout plastic bags by residents is not regulated in the ordinance; residents may continue using these bags as garbage bags, to pick up their pet's waste, or  to repurpose plastic bags to bring lunch to work. Publix on LeJeune Road,  for example, is already supportive of this green initiative and was seen giving away free reusable grocery bags last week.  Read more...
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Town Hall Meeting with Commissioner Vince Lago

You're invited to a Town Hall meeting with Commissioner Vince Lago on Wednesday, June 28, 6-8 p.m. at the Coral Gables Adult Activity Center, 2 Andalusia Avenue. The special guest speaker is Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Esteban L. Bovo Jr. who will discuss transportation initiatives in Miami-Dade County and Coral Gables. Join the conversation and be part of this informative and interactive update on important City initiatives such as public safety, Miracle Mile/Giralda Streetscape and infrastructure updates, positive financial outlook, sustainability initiatives, and much more. Read more...
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Why Are Trees Being Removed on Miracle Mile?

If you see a tree stump while you're walking on the Mile, there's a good reason for it: these trees in poor condition needed to be removed. During the design phase of the Streetscape project, the health and structural integrity of the existing oak trees were evaluated by arborists and landscape architects.  The healthiest of the oak trees were identified to remain in place or to be relocated.  Trees that were in fair condition were identified to remain in place or be removed based on the condition and location of the tree.  The trees in poor condition were identified to be removed.  So why did the condition of these trees deteriorate? Read more...
Around Town
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Gables Business Owners Thank Veterans with Special Caps

Coral Gables business owners Virginia Benitez and Annie Tejidor-Bakas recently made not a random, but a well-organized act of kindness. The owners of the Knitting Garden located on Ponce de Leon Boulevard heard about the Honor Flight program and decided to put their weaving fingers to the test for a "Caps for Vets" project. Last month, 72 Korean War and WWII veterans, all men and one woman in their 80s and 90s, had the honor of flying from Miami International Airport to Washington D.C. to see the memorials in the nation's capital dedicated to their honor, many of them travelling to see them for the first time. Read more...
Can You Hear Us?

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The City of Coral Gables is committed to regular, accurate and open communication with our residents and businesses. We reach out to inform in many ways, ranging from split-second notifications to a seasonal magazine in your mailbox. To receive emergency information, especially now during Hurricane Season, citizens can receive direct alerts from the City of Coral Gables through the following ways:

Code Red: As a subscriber, you'll receive critical alerts via phone, text or email in the event of emergency situations when a life threatening event impacts the community. To subscribe visit www.CoralGables.com/PublicSafety
 
City Mobile App: The City of Coral Gables has a mobile app that is capable of sending emergency alerts and notifications to subscribers via smartphones. To download it on your smartphone, visit www.CoralGables.com/CityApp
 
In-telligent App: A new mobile notification system for public safety that delivers emergency alerts to subscribers in a geographic area. Subscribers receive a text form the City on their smart phones. To download this app, visit www.CoralGables.com/in-telligent .
 
Special e-News & Special Facebook Posting: We'll send emergency alerts through special e-News issues or Facebook posting such as traffic alerts or any public safety activity that needs your attention.  When you receive the alerts, we ask that you share with your family and friends as much and as soon as possible.
 
The city has plenty of other ways to communicate non-emergency information through e-News, social media and a seasonal magazine. Read more... 
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Hurricane Season is Here: Are You Ready?

Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince and Whitney. These are the storm names chosen for the 2017 hurricane season. With the Atlantic Hurricane Season already upon us as of June 1 and running until November 30, it's time to complete your personal planning preparations and double-check your emergency checklist if you haven't already done so.  The  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting an above-normal 2017 Hurricane Season with five to nine hurricanes, of which two to four will be Category 3 or stronger. There's no time to wait to ensure your family's well-being and safety. Read more... 
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Summer Camps Are Now Open!

Few things feel better for students than when they're fresh out of school for the summer. In a week or so however, they may start to get bored if you don't have a plan to keep them active for the summer. The City of Coral Gables Parks and Recreation Summer Camps are now open and available for children ages four and above. Choose from a list of fun and exciting summer camps such as Volleyball, Junior Golf, Basketball, Tennis, Junior Lifeguard summer camps and more. Please stop by the Youth Center office, 405 University Drive, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 12 noon to register your child. Read more... 
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Swimming Lessons for Children Offered at Venetian Pool 

It's hard to enjoy a day at the pool if you know your children don't know how to swim. Relax this summer and ensure that your children, as young as 5 years old, learn basic safety and swimming lessons at the Venetian Pool, 2701 DeSoto Boulevard.  Volunteers from the Venetian Aquatic Club are teaching American Red Cross certified swimming lessons for children, Monday through Friday during two-week sessions from introductory to advanced levels, from June through August of this year. Classes begin at 8:30 a.m., 9:10 a.m. or 9:50 a.m. Classes are also being offered for adults on Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Read more..
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Coral Gables Restaurant Week
Until June 25
Many participating local restaurants
The Legend of Georgia McBride
Through June 25
GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Avenue
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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 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. 

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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