April 21, 2021
Early voting for the runoff election begins this weekend between April 24 and 25 at the Coral Gables branch library located at 3443 Segovia Street. Residents can vote in-person or drop-off their mail-in ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday. Tuesday, April 27, is Election Day and voters can vote at their assigned precinct.

The seats up for election are as follows:

  • Group 2 Commission candidates- Rhonda Anderson and Jose Valdes-Fauli.
  • Group 3 Commission candidates- Javier Baños and Kirk Menendez.
Coral Gables Chamber digs up the past
Recently the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce removed an official time capsule from the former Police and Fire Headquarters which was buried on July 4, 1976 in honor of America’s Bicentennial. The time capsule carries messages of hope and greetings to Gables’ leaders, business owners, students and residents for its scheduled removal in 2076.
With the sale of the property, it needed to be relocated. The Chamber removed and examined the time capsule which is intact. The next step is to find a new home for the next 55 years and to polish the bronze plaque that will once again grace its cover.
 
“While we won’t be around to view the removal in 55-years, we are grateful for our former leaders such as Margaret St. Germain, the first woman Chair of the Board who presided over the burial in 1976 along with James Withers, Bicentennial Committee Chair and long-time Coral Gables resident, and former Chamber Communications Manager Connie Crowther for looking to bring the past to life,” said Mark Trowbridge, President and CEO of the Chamber. “It is great to do our part to preserve our history.” 
Sign up for travel soccer try-outs

To participate in travel soccer at the War Memorial Youth Center, players must participate in try-outs to be considered for team selections.

Try-outs require advanced registration for children ages 8 to 13-years-old at playgables.com under 'athletics'.

The program provides youth players the opportunity to participate in competitive and recreational play.

Please note, try-outs require the use of a face mask at all times.
Summer Camp for all

This summer, join our fun and inclusive summer camps.

The Youth Center offers a variety of camps including gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, swimming, fitness, tennis, golf, and more.

Register online at playgables.com or in-person at the Youth Center on 405 University Drive, Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

If your child needs accommodations to enjoy an inclusive and accessible summer among peers, contact the PLAY for All team at PlayForAll@coralgables.com.
 
For additional information call 305-460-5600 or email parks@coralgables.com .
Explore the digital playground

The City of Coral Gables and Geo AR Games teamed up to provide the world's only digital playground an accessibility makeover.

While the game is digital, Magical Park is located in a physical space. Discover the secret and magical world hidden within the Coral Gables War Memorial Youth Center field.

Magical park has eight interactive games that can be played on a tablet or smartphone screen.

Join us on Friday, April 23 for standard play or on Tuesday, April 27 for the world premier of Audio-Play, created for those with vision loss; visual play also available. Advanced registration required.
Drive-thru Household Hazardous Waste Collection

In celebration of Earth Day, the City is holding its Household Hazardous Waste Collection this Saturday, April 24 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the City Hall Parking Lot.

Stop by to recycle your old electronics and large cardboard boxes, dispose of household hazardous waste, and shred any sensitive documents safely and securely onsite. Any electronic item that has a plug or takes batteries is eligible to be recycled.

Residents can drop off their household hazardous waste (ex: paint cans, pool chemicals, compact fluorescent light bulbs, cleaners, oils, batteries, and household pesticides) from the convenience of their vehicle; no walk-ins accepted in order to abide by COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Please be prepared to show proof of Coral Gables residency.

As a result of the collection events over the last five years, the City has been able to divert 260,000 pounds of electronic and household hazardous waste and paper from entering the landfills
Visit our Pollinator Sites

Birds, bats, bees, and butterflies, and other small insects and animals are responsible for sustaining our native ecosystems and natural resources by aiding plants to reproduce.

Pollinating animals and insects travel from plant to plant collecting and carrying pollen to the reproductive plant to create a variety of benefits including increasing fruit and vegetable production, preventing soil erosion, and increasing carbon sequestration.

Pollinators include bees and native butterflies. The City has implemented pollinator areas in a variety of sites.

For more information on pollinators and a map of the pollinator sites in the City please visit www.coralgables.com/pollinators
Youth Camper Scholarship

The Coral Gables Community Foundation is accepting applications for the James Captain Memorial Scholarship.

This program provides summer camp tuition scholarships to children in need from the Coral Gables and Coconut Grove area and was founded by Coral Gables resident Tim Anagnost, in memory of his brother and role model, James Captain.

Anagnost strongly believes that all children can benefit from going to summer camp and made it his goal to make the camp experience available to children of all socio-economic backgrounds.
Adult Activity Center's soft-reopening

The Community Recreation Department is excited to announce their new AAC Access Pass.

The pass will facilitate contactless check-in, capacity control and quick priority registration opportunities. Going forward, the pass will be required for all patrons interested in registering for any classes, programs, or special events.

To register for the new pass, visit the link below or sign up in-person at the AAC located at 2 Andalusia Avenue, Wednesdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Please note: an active account with the Community Recreation Department is required; to check the status of your household account please email aacinfo@coralgables.com.
Free succulents for Earth Day

GableStage Theatre will celebrate Earth Day on Thursday, April 22, by distributing free succulent plants to the public.

Join us from 8 to 11 a.m. at the GableStage Box Office, 1200 Anastasia Avenue.

Newly announced Producing Artistic Director Bari Newport, GableStage staff, and volunteers will be on hand. "Art and nature are intertwined. That's why Earth Day is a big day for us," said Bari Newport. "Come join us as we celebrate new beginnings."
 
In the interest of safety, masks are required. For those that prefer, plants will be delivered directly to your vehicle. 
Keep Gables green

April is Earth Month in the City Beautiful.

Join us as we celebrate with a series of educational and impactful events to celebrate Mother Earth and the importance of conservation and preservation.

Participate in a solo cleanup for a chance to win prizes while helping the environment, join the Biscayne Bay: The Health of Water webinar to discuss the restoration of the Bay, recycle your household hazardous waste at our collection event, and more to help make a difference.

Visit coralgables.com/earthmonth for a full list of events. 
Cocoplum Bridge update

The Cocoplum bridge replacement project is currently in design which is anticipated to be completed in Fall of 2021 with construction slated to start in Spring of 2022 with the associated bridge closures for late Spring or Summer of 2022.

Currently, there is an ongoing repair project consisting of structural repairs Miami-Dade County deems necessary to meet the timelines for the replacement project.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Miami-Dade County's Department of Transportation and Public Works, at 305-375-2111 or by email at PublicWorksOutreach@miamidade.gov.

  • Historic Preservation Meeting - Wednesday, April 21 at 4 p.m.
  • Parking Advisory Board Meeting - Thursday, April 22 at 8 a.m.
  • Budget Audit Advisory Board Meeting - Wednesday, April 28 at 8 a.m.
  • Arts Advisory Panel Meeting - Wednesday, April 28 at 9 a.m.

For more meeting information and Zoom links, visit the website below. *Meetings are subject to change.
City of Coral Gables Commission
Vice Mayor
Vince Lago

Commissioner
Jorge L. Fors, Jr.

Commissioner
Patricia Keon
Commissioner
City Manager
City Attorney
City Clerk



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