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Miracle Mile
Keeping Miracle Mile and Giralda Plaza Sparkling Clean 

After the Miracle Mile and Giralda Plaza Streetscape investment, Coral Gables leaders are making sure the area is kept sparkling clean. The city has contracted with vendor Block by Block to provide daily cleaning and maintenance in the Streetscape area. The cleaning program will be managed by the City of Coral Gables and is set to start in the upcoming weeks. Services include litter removal, power washing and thorough cleaning of public areas. To add to the Downtown experience, ambassadors will be deployed to find meaningful ways to engage with visitors, from offering a friendly greeting, to answering questions or providing directions to a popular restaurant. The new program will also address safety issues by engaging directly with area businesses with safety-related information or providing security escorts by meeting visitors at their location and accompanying them to their destination. 
Underline
Commission Approves Future Impact Fees to Fund The Underline

The Coral Gables City Commission agreed to direct future impact fees from new developments within 1,000 feet from The Underline to be directed toward funding of this project. This developer funding, projected to be $3 million but no more than $15 million over a 10-year period, will be provided on an as-available basis to Miami-Dade County to cover the cost of the design, development and enhancement of open spaces on the Metrorail right of way from Douglas Road to Granada Boulevard. This approved resolution does not mean that the City of Coral Gables is making a one-time payment to fund this project but only that developer impact fees will be earmarked for it. The Underline is set to transform the land below Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and living destination. Read more... 
Emmy award
Coral Gables Television Wins First Emmy Award 

Coral Gables Television (CGTV), the City of Coral Gables' public, educational, and governmental access channel, was awarded a Suncoast Regional Emmy by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The award was presented to CGTV reporter and producer Daiana Rocha at the 41st annual regional Emmy Awards held on December 2 in Orlando for the original production of "Embracing Autism: A Coral Gables Story." There were 27 entries in the Societal Concerns category, and CGTV was one of nine winners in this award category. This is the first Emmy received by the City of Coral Gables. Read more...
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CGPD Achieves Reaccreditation "With Excellence" 

The Coral Gables Police Department (CGPD) is proud to announce the Department's Gold Standard reaccreditation "With Excellence" for the third consecutive time. CGPD is the only police department in Miami-Dade County receiving this type of advanced reaccreditation. The CALEA accreditation process is a proven modern law enforcement management model. It provides the police department with a blueprint that promotes the efficient use of resources and improves the delivery of services. CALEA Accreditation requires the department to develop a comprehensive, well thought-out, and uniform set of written directives.  Read more... 
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Holiday Parking Meter Courtesy Extended until January 1, 2018 

If you lose track of time shopping Downtown this holiday season and forget to feed the meter, don't worry about getting a parking ticket.  From now through January 1, 2018, Coral Gables parking attendants will only place on your windshield a Holiday Courtesy Notice if your meter expires.  Consider this a gift from Santa that gives you a one-hour extension from the time the meter expired.  These courtesy notices apply to all on-street parking citywide. For more information, contact the Parking Department at 305-460-5541. 
GARBAGE CAN
December 25 Garbage Pickup to be Done Two Days Earlier

The Coral Gables Sanitation Division will be closed for the Christmas holiday on Monday, December 25, so that employees can spend the day with their families. The schedule for the collection of garbage, trash and recyclables from single-family residences in Coral Gables will be changed as follows:
  • There will be no service on Christmas Day, Monday, December 25. Instead, all Monday collection services will take place two days earlier on Saturday, December 23.
  • Services for the rest of the week from December 26-29 will remain the same and according to the regular schedule.
Collections from duplex and multifamily properties in the City will not have service on December 25, however a substitute collection day will not be provided. These properties will be serviced on the next regularly scheduled collection day.
 
Closed on Friday, December 22 and Monday, December 25:
  • City Hall at 405 Biltmore Way
  • Passport Office at 4520 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Other Holiday Hours:
  • Trolley: The Coral Gables Trolley will not operate on December 25.
  • Venetian Pool: Closed December 2017 through January 2018. Will reopen February 9, 2018.
  • Adult Activity Center: Closed December 22 through December 25.
  • War Memorial Youth Center: Closed on December 24 & 25.
  • Salvadore Tennis Center and Biltmore Kerdyk Tennis Center: Open on December 24 from 7 a.m. until 12 noon. Closed on December 25. 
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Around Town
Santa on a truck
Santa to Ride through Streets of Coral Gables Dec 16 & 17 

Get a glimpse of the most popular man of the season, as Santa Claus will be riding on a fire truck through the streets of Coral Gables on December 16 and December 17, 2017, before heading back to the North Pole. This marks the eighth year of a holiday tradition of Santa visits through Coral Gables neighborhoods. Coral Gables Firefighters will transport Santa and other special guests on three separate routes (North and South Poles) around the City where they will pass by as many homes as possible, giving out candy canes to all the boys and girls along the route who have been extra good this year.  Listen carefully for the holiday sound of the fire truck. Please remember Santa has many streets to cover and all times are estimated. Read more...
children playing at parks
Register for Recreation Programs with New Online System

Beginning this week, the Community Recreation Department is transitioning to a new, mobile friendly system to register for classes and activities. The new software, RecTrac, allows users to register and renew for classes, sign up for memberships, make court and rental reservations, obtain tickets for the Venetian Pool, among other convenient features. All previous users will need to resubmit proof of residency, age and/or grade (if applicable) in person to the registration office at the War Memorial Youth Center, 405 University Drive, Monday through Friday, anytime from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. For questions about the new registration system, call 305-460-5600. To register online, click here. 
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Introducing: A Solar Power Charging Bench

If you're waiting to tee off at Granada Golf Course, and your cell phone battery is almost out of power, we've got the perfect solution for you. The City of Coral Gables has installed, as a pilot program, a solar powered charging bench by the golf course's Pro Shop on the first tee, capable of charging four electronic devices simultaneously. If you want to try it out, make sure you bring your own charging cord. City staff will analyze their usability, and may consider installing additional benches in other Coral Gables parks. Tell us if you like this idea, by emailing us at  manderson@coralgables.com .
electronic recycling
City Collects 34,500+ Pounds of Household Waste for Recycling

More than 600 people participated in the Household Hazardous Waste Collection held last month at City Hall's parking lot, contributing to the collection of 15,800+ pounds of electronic waste, of which 100 percent is recycled, and 18,900 pounds of household hazardous waste. During the America Recycles Day collection held last month, the City also shredded 3,800+ pounds of sensitive documents safely and securely on site. The next Household Hazardous Waste Collections are scheduled for Saturday, April 21 and November 17, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Read more....
abbey road
Abbey Road on Coral Way/Miracle Mile
Our own City of Coral Gables "famous five" walking across the Cruz-Diez painted sidewalks in front of City Hall. 
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Holiday Market
Saturday, December 16
5-11 p.m.
Giralda Plaza
Menorah Lighting Ceremony
Sunday, December 17
4:30-6 p.m., Free
Fred B. Harnett/Ponce Circle Park
Quick Links
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 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. 

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