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Leadership from City of Coral Gables and University of Miami
Coral Gables and UM: A Great Partnership Continues

The great partnership between the City of Coral Gables and the University of Miami continues. The leadership from both groups met at the annual meeting held on November 2. This is the seventh reunion since a 20-year Development Agreement was reached guiding a successful relationship that benefits Gables residents as well as UM students. Read more...  
Miriam Ramos
Miriam S. Ramos
City Commission Appoints Miriam Soler Ramos as New City Attorney 

At yesterday's City Commission meeting, members of the Commission unanimously appointed Miriam Soler Ramos as the new City Attorney.  She will replace Craig E. Leen, who has accepted a position with the Department of Labor and is moving to Washington D.C.  

Miriam has served as the Deputy City Attorney and City Prosecutor since March 2015 and is certified by the Florida Bar in City, County and Local Government Law. She has 15 years of government experience including nine years in the area of local government ethics.
 


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Enforcement of Bulk Trash Collection Procedures Returns on Monday 

Beginning on Monday, November 20,  residents are required to follow all regular waste collection schedules and procedures. Failure to do so will result in penalties issued for waste violations.
 
Regarding garbage, the collection of two 30-gallon containers will continue twice a week. Please remember to place your containers to the rear of the front wall of your residence, in an accessible area. All loose household garbage must be contained in plastic bags.
 
Regarding recycling, residents can place all recyclable items on the 14-gallon red containers and be accessible for collection prior to 7 a.m. on the scheduled collection day. All items must be placed inside the bins and cardboard boxes must be broken down inside bins to be collected. Do not leave cardboard boxes on trash pits for collection.
 
Regarding trash (household refuse /clean yard waste), residents can place up to 1 cubic yard of combined trash per week. These materials must be placed in piles on the parkway immediately abutting the property where they are generated. Household refuse, which includes materials such as rubber and small furniture items, may only be placed on the parkway in front of a residence after 6 p.m. on the evening before the scheduled pickup day.
 
Also beginning on November 20, any other large trash piles in excess of 1 cubic yard are subject to an excess waste fee. Collection of large appliances such as refrigerators or washers will be subject to a special charge and must be scheduled for collection by calling 305-460-5346. Garden waste can be placed on the parkway at any time during the week for collection. 

We appreciate all of our residents' cooperation and patience during the City's response to Hurricane Irma.  We now call on all of you to help us return  to our normal operations and procedures as we work together to keep our City Beautiful.
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Fire Department Gets New Fire Engine

The Coral Gables Fire Department welcomed last month its newest fire apparatus - a Quint 3 fire engine capable of pumping water during an active fire response, equipped with a 100 ft. ladder available to reach high-rises. The new vehicle will be stationed at the Doris and Phil Sanford Fire Station 3 located at 11911 Old Cutler Road.  This is the second new apparatus purchased for the Fire Department this year as the City continues to invest in state-of-the-art equipment in order to improve overall emergency response times. 
Around Town
JOB parade

It's A Groovy Gables Holiday" at JOB Parade

The Junior Orange Bowl invites everyone to Downtown Coral Gables on Sunday, November 26 at 4 p.m. for the annual "A Groovy Gables Holiday" Parade. Kick off the holiday season celebrating youth and community watching a parade of floats, marching bands, equestrian groups, vintage cars, and much more. The Parade route will begin on Alhambra Circle and Ponce de Leon Boulevard, head south to Miracle Mile, and finish at the grandstands in front of City Hall on Biltmore Way. Read more... 
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Recycle Your Electronics This Saturday

Celebrate America Recycles Day by recycling your old electronics and cardboard, disposing of your household hazardous waste and shredding sensitive documents.  Stop by City Hall's parking lot at 405 Biltmore Way on Saturday, November 18, anytime from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. Any electronic item that has a plug or takes batteries is eligible to be recycled. Coral Gables residents can drop off their household hazardous waste (paint cans, pool chemicals, compact fluorescent light bulbs, cleaners, oils, batteries, and household pesticides). Items such as medical waste, fire extinguishers, ammunition and tires will not be accepted at this event.  Residents are also encouraged to bring any large boxes or pieces of cardboard. Read more...  
Why Are Royal Poinciana Trees Blooming after Irma?

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Royal Poinciana trees typically flower in the summer between May and July, but residents may have noticed that many Royal Poinciana trees around the City Beautiful are currently having an unusual fall bloom.  What is causing this blooming of some of our Royal Poincianas and other flowering trees?  There are some explanations for the abnormal behavior of trees, and one of the leading reasons is stress. Yes, trees suffer from stress conditions that create defensive mechanisms by altering the normal hormonal balance and triggering a cascade of different compounds that send emergency signals to the tree.  In short, Hurricane Irma induced a tremendous amount of stress on our trees which is triggering out-of-season blooming as an evolutionary survival response. Read more...
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Pumpkin Patch Raises Funds to Help Neighbors in Need

Hundreds of families had a great time at the second annual Pumpkin Patch held at Pittman Park. The event was an overwhelming success, raising $3,010 from the sale of pumpkins for the Coral Gables Community Foundation's Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund for the Florida Keys. A check was presented to the Foundation yesterday at the City's Commission Meeting. The funds will help Florida Keys residents recover. A special thank you goes to all who attended and donated to such a noble cause. Click here to see a quick recap of the event.
Shop Small on Small Business Saturday, November 25 

The City of Coral Gables is partnering with the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and the Business Improvement District once again this year for Small Business Saturday  (SBS) coming up on November 25. Free parking is available for the convenience of shoppers from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. in all municipal garages. Freebee will also be providing free rides around the commercial area. We invite you to shop at our small businesses throughout Coral Gables and support your local merchants as holiday shopping season officially begins.  Read more...  
Caroling competition
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Merrick Festival Caroling Competition
November 29 thru December 3
550 Biltmore Way
Holiday House Tour
Saturday, December 2
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tickets must be purchased by Nov 22
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Happy Thanksgiving! 
Here's our Holiday Schedule
 
Regular Service:
Garbage, trash and recycling services will continue routes as normal.
 
Trolley Hours:
No service on Thursday, Nov 23 
Normal route on Friday, Nov 24: 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
 
War Memorial Youth Center:
Closed on Thursday, Nov 23
Open on Friday, Nov 24: 
7 a.m.-7 p.m.
 
Kerdyk Tennis Center:
Closed on Thursday, Nov 23
Open on Friday, Nov 24: 
7 a.m.-9 p.m.

Salvadore Tennis Center:
Open on Thursday, Nov 23: 
7 a.m.-12 noon
Open on Friday, Nov 24: 
7 a.m.-9 p.m.

Facilities/services closed on November 23 & 24:

*City Hall services at 405 Biltmore Way
*Passport Office at 4520 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
*Adult Activity Center at 2 Andalusia Avenue
*Venetian Pool at 2701 De Soto Blvd.

 
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. 

Miracle Mile & Giralda Ave Streetscape Update
To view weekly updates on the construction work, traffic impact and other relevant information, click here.
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