On Tuesday, January 24, 2023, the Coral Gables City Commission will hold its next City Commission meeting. Here is a rundown of the agenda for this upcoming meeting. Click here to see the full agenda.
Non-credited quotes in this article are excerpts from the memos presented to the Commission explaining the items.
Gables Insider comments on specific items can be found in blue.
E-1: A Resolution of the City Commission authorizing an Amendment to the Temporary License Agreement between the City of Coral Gables and Ben & Giules, Inc ., with regard to the premises located at 290 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, Florida, 33134, extending the term for twelve (12) months (April 1, 2023- March 31, 2024) increasing the License Fee to $2,800.00 per month and the security deposit.
“On November 12, 2019, the Economic Development Department (the “Department”) presented the Pop-Up Incubator Program (the “Program”) to the City Commission. The Program would be advertised, the proposals received would be reviewed by a selection committee, who would select a Licensor to occupy 290 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134 (the “Premises”) using a temporary license agreement (the “Agreement”). On July 23, 2021, the Department advertised the Program for sixty (60) days. A selection committee reviewed four (4) proposals received, and selected Ben & Giules, Inc. (the “Licensee”) as the Licensee. Pursuant to Resolution 2021-326, on November 16, 2021, the City of Coral Gables (the “Licensor”) and the Licensee executed the Agreement with license terms that included a $2,000.00 per month License Fee, a $2,000.00 Security Deposit, a six-month lease term (December 1, 2021- May 31, 2022), and an additional six-month renewal term (June 1, 2022 – November 30, 2022) at the City Manager’s discretion. Pursuant to Resolution No. 2022-73, on May 2, 2022, Licensor and Licensee amended the Agreement to extend the term for an additional ten (10) months, commencing on June 1, 2022, through March 31, 2023, subject to all terms and conditions set forth in the Agreement. Licensor and Licensee are requesting to extend the Term of the Agreement for an additional twelve (12) months, April 1, 2023- March 31, 2024 (the “Extension Term”), with license terms that include a License Fee increase to $2,800.00 per month, a security deposit increase to $2,800.00, and subject to all terms and conditions set forth in the Agreement.”
E-2: A Resolution of the City Commission confirming Kevin Ritzenhaler (Nominated by Commissioner Menendez) to serve as a member of the Waterway Advisory Board, for remainder of the current term, which began on June 1, 2021 and continues through May 31, 2023.
Presentation of Boards and/or Committees draft/final minutes requesting action from the City Commission
2-1: A Resolution from the Historic Preservation Board requesting that the City Commission adopt a Resolution authorizing Ad Valorem tax relief for the property located at 1206 Cordova Street, a Local Historic Landmark, legally described as Lots 7 and the South ½ of Lot 8, Block 1, Granada Place Amended Plat, according to the Plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 13, at Page 51 of the Public Records of Miami-Dade County, Florida. (Historic Preservation Board Meeting of November 16, 2022, Vote: 8-0, one member absent).
“On November 16, 2022, the Historic Preservation Board unanimously (8-0) passed a motion to recommend approval of the application as presented. This application is associated with the related Special Certificate of Appropriateness, COA (SP) 2017-015, which was granted design approval by the Historic Preservation Board on August 17. 2017.”
Ordinances On Second Reading
F-1: An Ordinance of the City Commission providing for text amendments to the City of Coral Gables Official Zoning Code, Article 10, “Parking,” Section 10-109, “Payment in Lieu and Remote Off-Street Parking;” to revise remote parking and payment -in-lieu processes, requirements, and fee structure; providing for severability clause, repealer provision, codification, and providing for an effective date. Agenda Items F-1, F-2, and F-6 are related.
F-2: An Ordinance of the City Commission providing for text amendments to the Code of the City of Coral Gables, Chapter 74, Article III, Division 5 entitled “Parking Replacement Assessment,” providing for updates to the assessment provisions and procedures, and providing for severability clause, repealer provision, codification and providing for an effective date. Agenda Items F-1, F-2, and F-6 are related.
F-3: An Ordinance of the City Commission providing for text amendments to the City of Coral Gables Official Zoning Code, Article 3, “Uses,” Section 3-315, “Restaurant, open air dining at ground level and other location;” by removing Floor Area Ratio (FAR) requirements for rooftop dining; providing for severability clause, repealer provision, codification, and providing for an effective date.
“No changes have been made since First Reading. Zoning Code text amendments are proposed to encourage rooftop dining by removing Floor Area Ratio (FAR) requirements. Rooftop dining had been utilizing the general provisions for open-air dining on private property until the adopted changes of the Zoning Code Update, when rooftop dining was required to comply with both FAR and parking. Recent proposed mixed-use buildings have demonstrated that these additional regulations are not consistent with the purpose of FAR, which is to control and limit the bulk and mass of a building. Therefore, Zoning Code text amendments are proposed for both the open-air dining on private property section of the Zoning Code and the definition of FAR to clarify what can be excluded. Below summarizes the proposed changes: Rooftop dining is excluded from FAR limitations if uncovered or if under a trellis or canopy and Rooftop dining is exempt from parking requirements – as is in all open-air dining.”
F-4: An Ordinance of the City Commission providing for text amendments to the City of Coral Gables Official Zoning Code, Article 2, “Zoning Districts”, Section 2-101, “Single-Family Residential (SFR) District, amending performance standards for ground area coverage by deleting required covenant; and providing for severability clause, repealer provision, codification, and providing for an effective date.
“No changes have been made since First Reading. Staff has prepared a Zoning Code text amendment to the performance standards for ground area coverage in single-family residential zoning – specifically the building’s square foot floor area – by eliminating the requirement for covenant for roofed terrace, breezeway, or porch.”
Ordinances On First Reading
F-5: An Ordinance of the City Commission amending the City Code, Chapter I -General Provisions, Section 1-7 entitled “Penalties” to include additional penalties for violations of Section 74-3, entitled “Riding of Bicycles upon Pedestrian Sidewalks Generally”, providing For repealer provision, severability clause, codification, and providing for an effective date.
“Section 74-3 of the City Code currently prohibits the riding of bicycles upon the pedestrian sidewalks on Miracle Mile and where posted. The current fine for violating Section 74-3 of the City Code is, $35.00, the general penalty for violations of Chapter 74. Given that there have been several complaints regarding prohibited bicycle riding on Miracle Mile on the sidewalks that violate the City of Coral Gables Code of Ordinance Section 74-3, to increase a deterrence the City wishes to add a specific increased penalty for violations of Section 74-3.”
F-6: A Resolution of the City Commission amending Resolution 2013-256, to clarify Remote Parking and Payment-in-lieu fees in accordance with City Code Chapter 74 – Traffic and Vehicles, Article III – Stopping, Standing and Parking, Division 5. Parking Replacement Assessment, providing for severability and providing for an effective date. Agenda Items F-1, F-2, and F-6 are related.
City Commission Items
G-1: Update on green matter in trash pits and Leon County’s pilot program. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago).
G-2: A Resolution of the City Commission authorizing the City Manager to provide free gelato at Le Parc Café, located at the Coral Gables Golf & Country Club (“Country Club”), on Saturday, April 15, 2023, in celebration of the Country Club’s 100th anniversary. (Sponsored by Commissioner Menendez).
“The Coral Gables Golf & Country Club (“Country Club”) is a historic landmark that was recently reacquired by the City from a private lessee. The City Commission wishes to celebrate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Country Club by providing free gelato to residents and Country Club members and visitors on Saturday, April 15, 2023 from 12pm to 5pm while supplies last. Gelato will be provided on a first come first served basis.”
H-1: A Resolution of the City Commission accepting a proposal from artist Janine Antoni and approving the fabrication and installation of the sculpture Whispering Through a Stone, (unanimously recommended by the Arts Advisory Panel, approval /denial vote: 7 to 0, and the Cultural Development Board approval/denial vote: 7 to 0); authorizing the City Manager or his or her designee to negotiate an agreement with the artist; authorizing an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 amended budget to recognize as revenue a transfer from the Art in Public Places reserve, and appropriating such funds to put toward the cost of fabrication, installation, and related expenses regarding the artwork.
H-2: A Resolution of the City Commission accepting the donation of the sculptural suite Speedforms in the Garden by designer Pininfarina and creator Cosentino, (unanimously recommended by the Cultural Development Board approval /denial vote: 7 to 0); authorizing an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 amended budget to recognize as revenue a transfer from the Art in Public Places reserve and appropriating such funds to put toward the project cost of transportation, restoration, installation, and related expenses regarding the artwork and waiving the competitive process of the Procurement Code to authorize the City Manager or his or her designee to negotiate agreements for any and all contracted work.
City Manager Items
I-1: Social Media Report – 2022 Highlights.
I-2: A Resolution of the City Commission accepting the recommendation to extend the waiver of the competitive process of the Procurement Code for all purchases related to the Coral Gables Country Club for an additional six month period as Special Procurement /Bid Waiver, pursuant to Section 2-691 of the City’s Procurement Code.
“At the January 25, 2022, City Commission meeting, the Commission approved the decision to engage the Community Recreation Department (Parks) for the management of the Country Club. Due to the urgency and the number of critical matters to be addressed, approval for a bid waiver (BW 2022-047) was requested for one year from February 15, 2022 until February 15, 2023 so the necessary supplies, equipment and services can expeditiously be put in place. Upon the assumption of operational control by the Community Recreation Department, there continues to be operational and facility issues that must be addressed in a timely manner. This waiver extension will cover the upcoming six (6) month management period until August 15, 2023, to allow Community Recreation to directly purchase all goods, supplies and equipment, engage vendors for services and facilitate any necessary leases for the continuity of services. Section 2-691 of the Procurement Code entitled “Special Procurement/Bid Waiver” authorizes the Procurement Officer to initiate a special procurement/bid waiver when an unusual or unique situation exists that makes the application of all requirements of competitive sealed bidding or competitive sealed proposal contrary to the public interest.”