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Seated (L-R): Coral Gables Commissioner Jeannett Slesnick, UM Board of Trustees Chair Richard Fain, UM President Julio Frenk, Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason, UM Trustee Arthur Hertz, and Coral Gables Commissioner Pat Keon. Standing (L-R): Coral Gables City Manager Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark, Coral Gables City Attorney Craig Leen, Coral Gables Commissioner Vince Lago, UM Trustee Charles Cobb, Coral Gables Vice Mayor Frank Quesada, UM Trustee Ed Williamson, UM Trustee Manny Kadre, Coral Gables City Clerk Walter Foeman, and UM Trustee Arva Moore Parks. Photo courtesy of the University of Miami.
A Great Partnership: Coral Gables and University of Miami 

The  City of Coral Gables and the University of Miami held their annual joint Development Agreement meeting on January 12 at the Coral Gables Adult Activity Center. This was the sixth meeting held since both organizations reached a 20-year development agreement in 2010 that guides the school's growth and extends cultural, athletic, and academic programming to city residents. Representatives from both organizations praised their mutual efforts to work collaboratively with a common goal of being the best city and best university in the U.S. Read more...
Coral Gables Receives AAA From Fitch Ratings

Coral Gables is now one of only three cities in Florida  and the only one in Miami-Dade County  with three 'AAA' bond ratings.  Fitch Ratings has joined Standard & Poor's and Moody's in assigning our City with a 'AAA' bond rating.  The announcement was made by Mayor Jim Cason at yesterday's City Commission meeting.  Conservative fiscal management, responsible debt policy, and a strong but diverse economic base are some of the key factors that contributed to the very positive ratings. Read more...
Jeannett Slesnick
Commissioner Jeannett Slesnick Invites You to Brainstorming Session

Coral Gables City Commissioner Jeannett Slesnick invites you to a Brainstorming Session to be held tomorrow Thursday, January 26, 6-8 p.m. at the Biltmore Hotel, Country Club Ballroom, 1200 Anastasia Avenue. 

Topics of discussion will include schools, annexation, traffic and superior services offered by the City of Coral Gables, among other issues. Read more...

Trolley service
Coral Gables Trolley Service Expanded on Holidays

Good news for Coral Gables trolley riders: The City has approved the expansion of Trolley service hours to include service on holidays including New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving and on Christmas Day. The City of Coral Gables operates this very successful Trolley services which significantly reduces vehicle traffic within the Central Business District by providing transportation to approximately 1.25 million passengers annually. The trolley will operate on holidays from 6:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. Read more...
Don't Block the Sidewalks

The City of Coral Gables will be issuing warning notices to anyone who is parking illegally blocking the sidewalks. Be a good neighbor and don't block the sidewalks with your vehicles. Sidewalk access is important for people in wheelchairs, postal workers, children on bikes, and parents pushing strollers. Repeat violations will result in significant fines. 

Craig Leen
City Attorney Craig Leen Receives Amicus Award

The Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers presented our City Attorney Craig Leen with the inaugural Julie Kay Amicus Award at their 34th annual Judicial Reception. The recognition was presented to him for bringing attention to critical issues affecting women attorneys. Leen sponsored a rule of procedure that would require the granting of a continuance for an attorney taking parental leave, except in extraordinary circumstances. The proposal came out of his concern that female attorneys are often forced to give up their cases to fellow attorneys when having a baby. 
Eastbound and Westbound Miracle Mile Closes Tonight For Streetscape Work

As part of the Miracle Mile Streetscape project, the following street closures take place tonight, Wednesday, January 25:
  • Full closure of eastbound Miracle Mile from Galiano Street to Douglas Road from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Full closure of westbound Miracle Mile from Douglas Road to Galiano Street from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. The westbound outside lane will reopen at 7 a.m., keeping the inside lane (left) closed for roadway restoration purposes until 10 a.m.
All businesses in the area will remain open. Drivers should be prepared to follow detour signs or take an alternate route to avoid the area during these hours. For additional information, visit
Around Town
Lennar Medical Center
Lennar Foundation Medical Center Hosts Community Grand Opening

Coral Gables residents are invited to a Community Grand Opening of the new Lennar Foundation Medical Center on Sunday, January 29, 1-4 p.m. at 555 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the center. Outdoor activities will include face painting, caricatures, balloon animal makers, stilts walkers, a photo booth, music, dance performances and competitions. Read more...
Tour of Kitchens
Tour the Most Beautiful Kitchens of Coral Gables

Be inspired as you go inside Coral Gables' most beautiful kitchens and homes, taste samples from the City's best restaurants and shop home goods from local merchants.  The Eighth Annual Tour of Kitchens is a self-guided tour of Coral Gables' most impressive private residence kitchens to be held on Saturday, February 4, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The tour starts at 9-10 a.m. at Snaidero Kitchen & Design, 4110 Ponce de Leon Boulevard. Cost is $60 per person. Read more...

Ricardo Morales
Free Festival Miami Tickets for Coral Gables Residents

Coral Gables residents can receive up to four complimentary tickets for the Festival Miami's Frost Wind Ensemble featuring clarinetist Ricardo Morales on Monday, February 6, 8 p.m. at the Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Drive. This is an online-only offer (use code CG2017) and cannot be reserved over the phone or at the box office. Offer expires at 5 p.m. the day of the concert. Read more... 

Chili Fest
Gables Chili Fest on Sunday, February 12

The Knights of Columbus are closing down Catalonia Avenue (207 Catalonia Avenue, between Salazar and Ponce) for the Gables Chili Fest, scheduled for Sunday, February 12, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Taste the best chili in town, listen to live music performances, take the fitness challenge, and more. This is an event for the entire family. Read more...
Farmers Market
Beautiful Coral Gables
If it's Saturday, it's a Farmers Market day in front of City Hall.  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. 
Festival of the Arts
My son pinocchio
Festival of the Arts
January 28-29, 2017
Alhambra Circle 
b etween Ponce & LeJeune 
My Son Pinocchio
February 17-26, 2017
Area Stage Company
1560 S. Dixie Hwy. 
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Miracle Mile & Giralda Ave Streetscape Update
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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. 
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