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Raúl Valdés-Fauli Elected as Mayor, Pat Keon and Vince Lago Re-elected as City Commissioners, Runoff Set for April 25

Last week, Coral Gables voters elected Raúl Valdés-Fauli as mayor of Coral Gables for a two-year term. City Commissioner Pat Keon was re-elected to the Group 3 seat and Commissioner Vince Lago was automatically reelected to the Group 2 seat since he drew no competition. Both Commissioners will serve for a four-year term.

A runoff election for the City Commission Group 5 seat is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25. P olls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and absentee ballots have already been mailed out. Please note that the voting location for precinct 611.0 has temporarily changed to the Coral Gables Branch Library at 3443 Segovia Street; all others remain the same. 

An Induction Ceremony for all elected officials will be held on Friday, April 28, 11:30 a.m. at City Hall Commission Chambers. The event is free but seating is very limited.

Coral Gables Television will be transmitting the results of the April 25 runoff election via Facebook Live . To watch the Induction Ceremony of April 28 tune in to Channel 77 on Comcast or Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse, or see it online by clicking here  
Mayor Jim Cason: A Farewell Legacy Video

Elected in 2011, Mayor Jim Cason was reelected for a third term in 2015 and chose not to run again in 2017. At his last City Commission meeting, Mayor Cason shared an impressive list of accomplishments he is most proud of in a legacy video produced by Coral Gables Television. Watch it here.
recycle electronics
Recycle Old Electronics, Household Hazardous Waste & Free On-Site Shredding

To celebrate Earth Day, the City of Coral Gables is hosting a recycling event on Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. until 12 noon at City Hall's Parking Lot, 405 Biltmore Way. Coral Gables residents can drop off any electronic item that has a plug or takes batteries. In addition, residents can bring household hazardous waste such as paint cans, pool chemicals, compact fluorescent light bulbs, cleaners, oils, batteries, or household pesticides. Items such as medical waste, fire extinguishers, ammunition and tires will not be accepted. In partnership with the Coral Gables Police Department, free shredding of sensitive documents is available on-site. Participants must show proof of Coral Gables residency. Read more...
Venetian Pool
Venetian Pool is Now Open 

Your favorite local swimming pool is now open for the spring and summer. The Venetian Pool located at 2701 DeSoto Boulevard is welcoming back swimmers on the following schedule until Memorial Day: Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. All children must be 3 years old and at least 38 inches tall to enter. Daily admission rates are as follows: $4.75 for Coral Gables residents 3-12 years old, $10 for non-residents; $5.75 for Coral Gables residents 13 years and above, and $15 for non-residents. Concession stands will be open for snacks and refreshments. Read more...
Around Town
Love Your Trees: Arbor Day is April 27

For the past 32 consecutive years, Coral Gables has been designated as a Tree City USA. To continue with this tradition, the City of Coral Gables, along with partnering organizations the Coral Gables Garden Club and the Landscape Beautification Advisory Board, present Arbor Day on Thursday, April 27, on Sevilla Avenue and Granada Boulevard. A children's program begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by an official program and tree planting at 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. 
Giralda al Fresco
Enjoy Giralda Al Fresco Every Saturday

The drainage work is done and the magic is now taking shape! To celebrate, many of the restaurants along Restaurant Row are operating impromptu outdoor cafés in Giralda Plaza each Saturday, from breakfast to midnight. Giralda Al Fresco will allow you to get a taste of what's to come because it's just too pretty to wait until summer when it's officially complete. Read more...
Black Olive Trees & Harmless Caterpillars

Due to the exceptionally mild winter this year, the Black Olive trees in Coral Gables are experiencing a relatively rare outbreak of the "bungee caterpillar." These extremely small caterpillars feed on the flowers in the Black Olives, are often seen suspended on silk-like thread (bungee), and should disappear within two to three weeks as they transition from caterpillar to small gray moth (nocturnal butterfly).  While they are a nuisance, they do not pose a health and safety threat to humans or animals.  The City is not using insecticides to control the caterpillars.  The use of chemicals in this case would do more harm than good for the general public, so it's best to let nature take its course over the next few weeks. The most effective home remedy to clear them away from cars and walkways is to spray them with water from a garden hose. In addition, the City has finished this year's Black Olive staining treatment study. Thanks to all the concerned residents who responded to our request for participating. For more information, contact Pwlandscapeservices@coralgables.com .
Tour of Gables
Register Now For Doctors Hospital Tour of the Gables 5K

Lace up your running shoes and sprint, jog or walk to the starting line of the Doctors Hospital Tour of the Gables 5K! Runners will pound the pavement on Saturday, May 20 as the course takes you on a scenic route through our verdant City Beautiful. Check out the runners' expo beginning at 6:45 a.m., pre-race plyometrics and warm up at 7 a.m., followed by a 7:30 a.m. race time and shotgun start. The first 700 pre-registered runners are guaranteed to receive a commemorative tech running shirt. Want to put a team together? Recruit, rally and register your individual and corporate teams. The largest team participating will take home the coveted Chairman's Cup, presented annually by Miami's Community Newspapers. Presented by presented by Doctors Hospital and Baptist Health South Florida and supported by the City of Coral Gables, Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, Bunge, Miami's Community Newspapers, Vicky Bakery Coral Gables and Smiles & Sonrisas. Read more...
Flower market
Bike and bbq
Flower Market at Plaza Aragon
Thursdays and Fridays until June 16
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Corner of Aragon Av. and Merrick Way
Fifth Annual Bike & BBQ
Sunday, April 23
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Meet at Coral Gables Museum
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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.

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