Agenda Digest: City Commission (4/26/2022)

Ariel Fernandez

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On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, the Coral Gables City Commission will hold its next City Commission meeting. Here are some of the more notable items on 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.

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Mayor’s Comments

D-1: An update from staff on the landscape maintenance in downtown Coral Gables. Click here to see staff presentation.

D-2: A Resolution of the City Commission amending the Mayor Lago’s Strategic Priorities Plan to include priority number nine – “Trailblazing with Technology”. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago).

“Following his election in April of 2021 Mayor Vince Lago began finalizing a strategic priorities plan which would be used to govern with integrity and transparency and outline his priorities for his term as mayor. The Mayor’s Strategic Plan Priorities included increasing transparency in City governance, improving accountability, engaging residents through outreach, enhancing quality of life for residents, encouraging a thriving business community, serving as strong stewards for the environments and maintaining the City’s historic integrity. The City Commission reviewed and provided input on the Mayor’s Strategic Priorities Plan and adopted the plan by way of Resolution No. 2021-121 passed during a City Commission meeting held on June 8, 2021. During a special workshop, held on March 14, 2022, the Mayor’s Council discussed and approved the suggested language that would be used to amend the Mayor’s Strategic Plan and unanimously voted in favor of adding a ninth priority: “Priority #9 – Trailblazing with Technology.” By amending the Mayor’s Plan, this new priority will allow for the enhancement of the city’s technology infrastructure to support the current smart initiatives in place and improve communication with the Coral Gables community.”

Consent Agenda

E-1: A Resolution of the City Commission authorizing the execution of an agreement for a connection into the City of Coral Gables’ sewer wastewater collection / transmission system for the property located outside the City’s sewer district, 521 Santurce Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida, subject to the requirements of the Public Works Department, as provided under Chapters 62 and 78 of the City Code, Ordinance Nos. 2007-29 and 2009-39 and Resolution No. 2008-07; and provided that the executed agreement be made part of this resolution.

E-2: A Resolution of the City Commission appointing Raul Faget (Nominated by Mayor Lago) to serve as a member of the Anti-Crime Committee, for remainder of a two (2) year term which began on June 1, 2021 and continues through May 31, 2023.

E-3: A Resolution of the City Commission appointing Lauren Dowlen (Nominated by Commissioner Menendez) to serve as a member of the Landmarks Advisory Board, for remainder of a two (2) year term which began on June 1, 2021 and continues through May 31, 2023.

E-4: A Resolution of the City Commission accepting the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report, Compliance Report, and Management Letter, for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2021 by RSM US LLP, Certified Public Accountants.

“The City’s external auditing firm of RSM US, LLP has completed the audit of the City’s financials and is presenting the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report, Compliance Reports, Management Letter and Statement of Auditing Standards (SAS) No. 114 Letter, for the Fiscal Year ended September 30, 2021. These reports have been presented to the Budget/Audit Advisory Board on March 30, 2022. The Audited Financial Statements were delivered to each of you electronically. This item is to formally accept the audited Financial Statement for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021.” Click here to see the financial audit.

E-5: A Resolution of the City Commission authorizing the City Manager to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding, in substantially the attached form, with Rubicon Global, LLC. To conduct a waste data pilot project, allowing the city to test Rubicon ’s technology-enabled suite of products to improve the impact and efficiency of its residential solid waste and recycling collection. Lobbyist: Jose Felix Diaz. Lobbyist: Courtney Whitney.

“The Solid Waste Division of the Public Works department provides solid waste collection of garbage, recycling, and trash for single-family homes. As part of the City’s initiative to be paperless and automate processes currently performed manually, the division has been working with the Information Technology department to identify and evaluate software that will provide this functionality. Some of processes that will be automated through technology are tracking of the tonnage of waste disposal, pre and post trip equipment inspections, service exception, and documenting customer service requests. The Solid Waste division is interested in conducting a pilot project, which will allow the City to test Rubicon’s technology and determine the viability and ease of use for our operation and whether it will improve the efficiency of the City’s residential waste and recycling collection services. Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding, Rubicon will supply, at no cost, the City with the access to its proprietary app-based software and hardware needed to monitor and collect data regarding activity of the solid waste collections.”

E-6: A Resolution of the City Commission approving an interlocal agreement between the City of Coral Gables and Miami-Dade County providing for the removal of epiphytes on certain trees on Miami-Dade right-of-way.

“The City wishes to use City resources and contractors to remove certain epiphytes, including strangler figs, from trees along County right-of-way, which are currently maintained by the County. The City will remove these epiphytes on a one-time only basis, and have no other obligation to maintain the County right-of-way pursuant to this agreement. In this resolution, the City Commission finds it to be in the best interest of the City and its residents to enter in to the attached interlocal agreement and approves it being entered into.”

Ordinances On Second Reading

F-1: An Ordinance of the City Commission providing for a text amendment to the City of Coral Gables Official Zoning Code by amending Article 10, “Parking,” Section 10-110, “Amount of required parking,” and Article 16, “Definitions,” to clarify parking requirements related to single-family building alterations and to update the definition for a single -family residence regarding the use of covered open air walkways, and location of porte -coches and carports; providing for severability clause, repealer, provision, codification, and providing for an effective date.

“There have been no changes since First Reading. The City is proposing Zoning Code text amendments clarify parking requirements related to single-family building alterations and update the definitions related to single-family residences, as summarized below: Require parking for changes of building types; Clarify the separate parking exemptions for single-family / duplex residences from all other structures; Update the definition for a single-family residence to clarify that a roofed (open-air) walkway satisfies the definition’s requirement; Update the definitions for carport and porte-cochere to clarify locations. Required on- site parking requirements were established in 1964. Therefore, buildings that predate March 11, 1964, are allowed to be exempt from these requirements if there is no more than 25% increase of floor area. However, there have been instances that a duplex building type that did not have parking was converted into a single-family building type, but on-site parking was not provided. Therefore, Staff is proposing to include a provision that requires parking for changes of building types for single-family residences or duplex buildings. Related, the definition of a single-family residence requires that all living rooms to be accessible from each other from within the building. The definition is proposed to be updated to allow a roofed (open air) walkway to satisfy the requirement of a connection from within the house.”

F-2: An Ordinance of the City Commission providing for a text amendment to the City of Coral Gables Official Zoning Code by amending Article 1, “General Provisions,” Section 1-108, “Transitional Rules,” to clarify that allowed existing uses of property or permitted as a conditional use of property within the city prior to the effective date of the Zoning Code Update Ordinance No. 2021-07 shall remain in effect as a permitted use of property or a conditional use of property upon the adoption of Ordinance No. 2021-07; providing for retroactive application; providing for severability clause, repealer provision, codification, and providing for an effective date.

“There have been no changes since First Reading. The City is proposing a Zoning Code text amendment to clarify that any permitted use or conditional use that was allowed on a given property prior to the adoption of the Zoning Code Update in 2021 remains in effect as a permitted use or a conditional use for that property. The Zoning Code Update of 2021 both organized a more user-friendly framework of zoning provisions and also created a few new zoning districts that reflected the allowed development rights from the Comprehensive Plan’s future land use designations. Many additional limitations for the location of certain uses were added to restrict these uses from abutting and impacting single-family properties to mimic the former Commercial Limited zoning district. Similarly, certain uses were limited to only be allowed within the appropriate district overlays. However, the streamlined permitted and conditional use table as adopted with the Zoning Code Update could be interpreted to inadvertently remove some allowed uses or conditional uses for properties. Therefore, the proposed text amendment clarifies that formerly permitted and conditional uses of any property apply to the new zoning districts as formerly allowed on the property.”

F-3: An Ordinance of the City Commission amending the City of Coral Gables Code by amending Chapter 2, Article III, Section 2-147 “Membership” in Division 4- Sustainability Advisory Board; providing for a repealer provision, severability clause, codification, and providing for an effective date. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago).

“The City’s Sustainability Advisory Board has been in place in 2010 and currently has 10 members, including representation from the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Florida International University, and the University of Miami. The Sustainability Advisory Board has attracted numerous young people to its recent meetings and events and the City Commission wishes to increase the Board’s membership to provide representation for the youth of Coral Gables. The youth member shall be a freshman, sophomore, or junior in high school at the time of their appointment, and attend a high school located in Coral Gables and/or be a resident of Coral Gables. The youth member will be a board as a whole appointee. There have been no changes since first reading.”

F-4: An Ordinance of the City Commission amending the City of Coral Gables Code by creating Chapter 54 “Solid Waste”, Article III- Collection and Disposal, Division 3- Collection Requirements, Section 54-150 Prohibited Disposition of Yard Waste, Dirt, or Debris When Using Leaf Blowers; providing for repealer provision, severability clause, codification, and providing for an effective date. (Sponsored by Commissioner Anderson).

“The City of Coral Gables has various rules and regulations regarding the use of leaf blowers however, the City Commission is aware that frequently property owners and/or their hired landscapers blow dirt, debris, and yard waste into the City right-of-way and on to neighboring properties. Doing that can cause problems with stormwater catch basins, can be unsightly, and when debris is blown onto a neighboring property, cause a nuisance for the neighbor. The City Commission wishes to prohibit property owners and landscapers from improperly disposing of a property’s yard waste, dirt, or debris when utilizing leaf blower and make it explicitly clear that such action is prohibited within the City. There have been some minor edits since first reading, clarifying which individual/entity will be cited for violation of this provision.”

F-5: An Ordinance of the City Commission amending the Future Land Use Map of the City of Coral Gables Comprehensive Plan pursuant to Zoning Code Article 14, “Process”, Section 14-213, “Comprehensive Plan Text and Map Amendments”, and Small-Scale Comprehensive Plan Amendment procedures (ss. 163.3187, Florida Statutes), changing the land use designation for certain properties located at Lots 19A & 20 Block 56 of the Revised Plat of Coral Gables Riviera Section Part 4, Coral Gables Florida from Multi-Family Duplex Density to Hospital Use; and assigning a land use designation of same, Hospital Use for the abutting property legally described as that portion of the un-dug University Waterway in Block 56 of the Revised Plat of Coral Gables Riviera Section Part 4, Coral Gables, Florida; providing for a repealer provision, severability clause, and providing for an effective date. (LEGAL DESCRIPTION ON FILE). (Lobbyist: Alessandria San Roman). (Lobbyist: Alexandra Villoch). (Lobbyist: Joseph G. Goldstein). Agenda Items F-5, F-6, F-8 and F-9 are related.

“The proposed Final Plat has been prepared from the approved Tentative Plat on September 28, 2021. No other changes have been made since First Reading. The City is proposing to replat the undug portion of the University Waterway and to assign a Future Land Use classification and a Zoning designation to the existing parking lot on University Drive. The intent is to formalize the existing conditions of the valet parking lot, and regulation of future uses. The parking lot (encompassing both the platted lots of 19A and 20, and the deeded waterway) is currently owned by the City of Coral Gables and is under lease with Doctors Hospital, who is proposing to reconfigure and expand the surface lot. The proposed replat will incorporate lots 19A and 20 with the currently undug portion of the waterway to create a single tract of land. The Future Land Use classification for the current lots 19A and 20 is proposed to be changed from Multi-Family Duplex Density to Hospital, and assign the Hospital classification to the newly platted undug portion of the waterway. The Zoning District designation for lots 19A and 20 is proposed to be changed from Multi-Family 1 Duplex (MF1) District to Special Use (S) District, and assign Special Use (S) District to the newly platted undug portion of the waterway. The purpose of the Special Use (S) District is to provide a zoning classification which would require uses that have the potential of adversely impacting adjacent uses to only be approved by the Commission through the Conditional Use public review process. As such, the current rezoning application also includes a request for Conditional Use for the accessory use of the parking to the Hospital. The Conditional Use review process allows the imposition of conditions to mitigate any identified concerns from the community. The requests do not propose any changes to the current use.”

F-6: An Ordinance of the City Commission making zoning district boundary changes pursuant to Zoning Code Article 14, “Process”, Section 14-212, “Zoning Code Text and Map Amendments”, for certain properties located at Lots 19A & 20 Block 56 of the Revised Plat of Coral Gables Riviera Section Part 4, Coral Gables Florida from Multi-Family 1 Duplex (MF1) District to Special Use (S) District; and assigning a Zoning Designation of same, Special Use (S) District for the abutting property legally described as that portion of the un-dug University Waterway in Block 56 of the Revised Plat of Coral Gables Riviera Section Part 4, Coral Gables, Florida; providing for a repealer provision, severability clause, and providing for an effective date. (LEGAL DESCRIPTION ON FILE). (Lobbyist: Alessandria San Roman). (Lobbyist: Alexandra Villoch). (Lobbyist: Joseph G. Goldstein). Agenda Items F-5, F-6, F-8 and F-9 are related.

See Item F-5.

Ordinances On First Reading

F-7: An Ordinance of the City Commission approving the purchase and sale agreement for the sale of Municipal Parking Lot 24, located at 5151 University Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146, (Folio No. 03-4119-006-0200), to Doctors Hospital Inc., a Florida not-for-profit corporation; and providing for a repealer provision, severability clause and providing for an effective date. (The lot is currently leased to Doctors Hospital). Lobbyist: N/A.

An interesting item on the agenda. Mayor Vince Lago has said at prior Commission meetings that the City is not in the business of selling assets. Lago voted against the prior attempts by the City Commission to sell this lot to Doctors Hospital could derail this sale, as it would require a 4/5 vote to approve. Once again, staff is attempting to sell the lot for below the appraised value. The valuations being used are from October and November of 2021. The proposed sale is for $3.5 million. Click here to read staff’s timeline.

F-8: A Resolution of the City Commission approving Conditional Use review pursuant to Zoning Code Article 14, “Process” Section 14-203, “Conditional Uses” for a proposed Parking as an Accessory Use to a Hospital on the property legally described as Lots 19A & 20 and that portion of the un-dug University Waterway in Block 56 of the Revised Plat of Coral Gables Riviera Section Part 4, Coral Gables, Florida (5151 University Drive); including required conditions; providing for a repealer provision, severability clause, and providing for an effective date. (LEGAL DESCRIPTION ON FILE). (Lobbyist: Alessandria San Roman). (Lobbyist: Alexandra Villoch). (Lobbyist: Joseph G. Goldstein). Agenda Items F-5, F-6, F-8 and F-9 are related.

See Item F-5.

F-9: A Resolution of the City Commission approving the Final Plat entitled “Doctors Hospital Annex” pursuant to Zoning Code Article 14, Section 14-210, “Platting/Subdivision,” being a re-plat of approximately 45,635 square feet on the property legally as Lots 19A & 20 and that portion of the un-dug University Waterway in Block 56 of the Revised Plat of Coral Gables Riviera Section Part 4, Coral Gables, Florida (5151 University Drive) providing for a repealer provision, severability clause, and providing for an effective date. (LEGAL DESCRIPTION ON FILE). (Lobbyist: Alessandria San Roman). (Lobbyist: Alexandra Villoch). (Lobbyist: Joseph G. Goldstein). Agenda Items F-5, F-6, F-8 and F-9 are related.

See Item F-5.

City Commission Items

G-1: A Resolution of the City Commission amending parking medallion policy. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago).

“The City Commission on April 27, 1993, adopted Resolution No. 28214, granting all former Elected City Officials a lifetime parking medallion which permitted them to park within the City of Coral Gables The City Commission desires to provide better oversight and management of the parking medallion program by limiting each user to two medallions and provide for a bi-annual recertification process to ensure medallions are assigned to active users.”

G-2: Discussion regarding banning gas leaf blowers. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago).

G-3: Discussion regarding Blue Road and Alhambra Circle sidewalks. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago). Click here to see staff presentation.

G-4: Discussion regarding downtown storm water grates. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago). Click here to see staff presentation.

G-5: Discussion regarding to the fire hydrant located at 2331 Ponce de Leon Boulevard. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago).

G-6: Discussion regarding the North Ponce Garden Apartment Study. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago).

G-7: Discussion regarding the property located at 827 Ortega Avenue. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago).

G-8: Discussion regarding the status of the Underline Dog Park. (Sponsored by Commissioner Menendez).

Boards/Committees Items

H-1: A Resolution of the City Commission approving an ongoing, rotating temporary public art exhibition curated by the Coral Gables Museum titled “Art on the Plaza” (recommended by the Arts Advisory Panel, approval/denial vote: 6 to 0, and the Cultural Development Board approval/denial vote: 6 to 0). Lobbyist: N/A.

“The Coral Gables Museum has a strong exhibition history with a professional curatorial staff and wishes to regularly install artworks on the Museum Plaza, a shared space with the City pursuant to Ordinance 2011-04 and as specified in the Amended Agreement signed February 16, 2011. The Museum has identified the name ‘Art on the Plaza’ as a program for rotating outdoor sculptures that relate to exhibitions and programming within the Museum. It is understood that the Museum will carry insurance or coordinate insurance coverage for artworks installed on the Plaza and will maintain them in accordance with best practices, including removing them in the event of tropical storm or hurricane warnings. As with all programs on City property, it is understood that the Museum will continue to submit required permits as necessary to ensure the safety of the public and security of the artwork. The Arts Advisory Panel voted unanimously (6-0) to recommend the ongoing, rotating temporary public art exhibition curated by the Coral Gables Museum titled ‘Art on the Plaza’ at their meeting on April 13, 2022. The Cultural Development Board voted unanimously (6-0) to recommend the ongoing, rotating temporary public art exhibition curated by the Coral Gables Museum titled ‘Art on the Plaza’ at their meeting on April 19, 2022.”

City Manager Items

I-1: A Resolution of the City Commission authorizing the City Manager to administratively approve certain encroachments in the rights-of-way adjacent to single family residential dwellings, which do not extend into the paved right-of-way.

“Currently, Coral Gables City Code Chapter 62, Article I, Section 62-3 “Encroachments” sets forth approval procedures for encroachments in public rights-of-way. Section 62-3 provides that encroachments exceeding nine inches, into, onto or under the right-of-way must be approved by the City Commission, and all other encroachments must be approved by the Public Works Director. The City Commission wishes to simplify the approval process for certain encroachments by authorizing the City Manager to administratively approve encroachments in the rights-of-way adjacent to single family residential dwellings which do not extend into the paved right-of-way. This Resolution will grant the City Manager discretion to approve such encroachments and to condition approval on the execution of a Right-of-Way Encroachment Agreement and the applicant’s ability to comply with the City’s insurance, indemnification, hold harmless and other legal requirements as applicable.”

I-2: A Resolution of the City Commission accepting the recommendation to waive the competitive process of the Procurement Code to secure Dover, Kohl & Partners for planning services for Biltmore Way public engagement as a special procurement /bid waiver, pursuant to Section 2-691 of the City’s Procurement Code. Lobbyist: N/A.

“Under Section 2-691 of the Procurement Code, entitled “Special Procurement/Bid Waiver,” a special procurement may be initiated 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. The City Commission, with extensive input from the residents of Biltmore Way, has determined a need for greater public engagement to result in an improved streetscape design for the Biltmore Way corridor in order to beautify and better utilize the existing right-of-way. Dover, Kohl & Partners is best suited to provide a “Designing in Public” approach that yields a hands-on, immersive and visual experience. The Coral Gables-based firm is knowledgeable of local issues and specializes in merging design studio, policy-making, and town meetings into one seamless operation. Dover, Kohl & Partners provides design, consulting, illustration, and events involving the full spectrum of public and private stakeholders to devise a community’s distinctive plan. This approach is best suited to the City’s need for a comprehensive engagement of the public. The cost to acquire the firm for the Biltmore Way streetscape project will not exceed $110,000.00. The contract follows a substantially similar format as the Dover, Kohl & Partners’ Flagler Section Community Vision project.”

I-3: A Resolution of the City Commission accepting the King’s Bay Gravity Sanitary Sewer System Grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection ’s (FDEP) Coral Protection and Restoration Program and authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with FDEP for said grant; directing the City Manager to develop the estimated local improvement assessments to be imposed on all benefitting properties to fund the project cost not covered by the grant; authorizing an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 annual budget to recognize the grant as revenue and to appropriate the funds to put toward the cost of the project; and providing for an effective date.

“King’s Bay is the last coastal community within Coral Gables that still utilizes septic systems despite having a sewer force main within a reasonable connection distance. It is well documented that septic systems on properties in close proximity to coastal waterways such as Biscayne Bay leach nutrients and contaminants into the waterway, thereby contributing to algae blooms and fish die-offs. In order to defray the cost of converting the community from septic tanks to central sewer, the City has applied for and been awarded a Florida Department of Environmental Protection grant in the amount of $2,750,000 to help fund the construction of a new gravity sewer system, pump station, and force main that will allow for the conversion of approximately 150 septic systems to central sewer in a portion of the King’s Bay subdivision. Pursuant to the terms of the Grant, the City is required to make a minimum local contribution of $2,800,000 toward the project cost. However, staff has estimated the total project cost to be $6,162,500, thereby making the local contribution $3,412,500. In order to fund the contribution and in accordance with Article IV, Chapter 58 of the City of Coral Gables Code of Ordinances, the City Commission is authorized to use special assessments to allocate the local contribution to those properties benefitting from the improvements. In addition, the grant dictates an aggressive project completion date of 03/31/2024 that will require the City to immediately move forward with the design and construction of the project. The immediacy of the start date will require Commission approval to “front” the funds to be collected by the assessment until such time that the assessment is implemented. A budget amendment is required to recognize the grant as revenue and to appropriate such funds to put toward the Septic-to-Sewer project cost.”

I-4: A Resolution of the City Commission authorizing the renewal of the Property and Casualty Insurance Program which includes, but is not limited to, property, general liability, automobile liability, public officials errors and omissions, excess workers’ compensation, crime liability, cyber liability, terrorism property and liability, pollution liability, deadly weapon protection coverage, flood, as well as other ancillary lines of insurance coverage and insurance broker fees through Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc., for a not to exceed amount of $3,046,176 for the policy period of May 1, 2022 to May 1, 2023. (Funding Source: Insurance Fund). Lobbyist: N/A.

Click here to see staff’s memo.

City Attorney Items

J-1: A Resolution of the City Commission approving a Settlement Agreement and Release between the City of Coral Gables and Coral Grand, LLC and Coral Gables Athletic Club, LP. Lobbyist: N/A.

“On April 12, 2022 in order to protect the historical Country Club, obtain information needed to conduct and complete its audit, and determine what additional percentage rent may be owed to the City by the tenant, Coral Grand, LLC, the City filed a lawsuit in the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida against Coral Grand, LLC (“Coral Grand” or “Tenant”) and Coral Gables Athletic Club, LP (“Athletic Club”) (the “Litigation”) with Case No. 2022-006722-CA-01 (21), and sought the ex parte appointment of a receiver to operate Tenant through the Extended Operating Period (the “Receivership”). On April 14, 2022, Coral Grand and Athletic Club filed an Emergency Motion to Dissolve the Receivership, which motion was scheduled for an evidentiary hearing on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. (the “Evidentiary Hearing”). The proposed Settlement Agreement and Release would fully, completely, and finally amicably settle and resolve all claims and disputes between the parties arising out
of or relating to the Lease, a prior June 2021 Settlement Agreement, Litigation, Receivership, and all claims that could have been brought by the City in connection with the Lease, including, but not limited to, underreported Gross Revenues and underpaid Percentage Rent, as well as any potential counterclaims that Coral Grand and Athletic Club could have raised or brought against City in connection with the Lease, the June 2021 Settlement Agreement, Litigation and Receivership (collectively, the “Claims”). The following are the key terms in the proposed Settlement Agreement and Release: 1) The Receiver stays in place through April 30, 2022, and Coral Grand continues to satisfy all Lease and June 2021 Settlement agreement obligations through April 30, 2022, including continuous operation of the fitness center
and fulfillment of all events. 2) The City takes possession of the Country Club and Coral Grand conveys
Personal Property (as defined) to the City in exchange for the purchase price of $295,000 to Coral Grand, on May 2, 2022, at 10:00 AM. 3) Coral Grand and the Coral Gables Athletic Club transfer retail beverage,
permanent food service, and gym operation licenses to the City effective May 2, 2022. 4) The evidentiary hearing scheduled for April 21, 2022 on Defendants’ Emergency Motion to Dissolve Ex Parte Temporary Injunction Appointing Receiver was cancelled. 5) If the City Commission approves the Settlement Agreement on April 26, 2022, the emergency motion to dissolve shall be moot and the appeal shall be dismissed. 6) The Coral Gables Athletic Club will not exercise any purchase options over the fitness center equipment or take any action that would result in the removal of the equipment. 7) Mutual releases effective upon satisfaction by Coral Grand and Coral Gables Athletic Club of all obligations.” Click here to see the settlement agreement.

Click here to read corresponding story.

City Clerk Items

K-1: A Resolution of the City Commission creating a special assessment district to be known as the Business Improvement District (“BID”) of Coral Gables, for a period of five years, subject to approval by a majority of the affected property owners; providing for electronic voting as the method for ascertaining whether a majority of the affected property owners approve continued existence of the bid; providing for levy of special assessments thereof; providing for location, nature and estimated cost of services to be provided; providing for an expansion of duties and responsibilities; providing details of assessment procedure; and providing for publication of legal notice.

“Chapter 170 of the Florida Statutes provides that a municipality in Miami-Dade County may levy and collect special assessments against property benefited for the purpose of stabilizing and improving retail business districts through promotion, management, marketing, and other similar services in such districts of the municipality. The BID has been in place since its creation on April 15, 1997, by Resolution No. 29246, and was reaffirmed by Resolution on May 14, 2002, May 22, 2007, May 22, 2012 and June 13, 2017 for subsequent periods of five (5) years each. The BID concept is based on a partnership between the City of Coral Gables (the “City”), the property owners, merchants, businesses and organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, with funding to be generated by a special assessment to be levied on property owners within the district in a specified geographic area, and with property owners agreeing to assess themselves to pay for supplemental services which are to be determined by said property owners. In the absence of a specific voting method to ascertain whether the majority of the affected property owners within the Coral Gables BID favor re-establishment of the BID, that the City Clerk, as Supervisor of Elections has opted for either electronic or mail-in voting as appropriate methods to determine same. The boundaries of the proposed Coral Gables BID include only those properties and uses subject to real estate taxes excluding residential property and churches, and further excluding City-owned municipal use property (with the exception of for-profit tenants leasing space in City facilities: All lots and lands adjoining and contiguous or bounding and abutting upon such improvements or specially benefited thereby and further designated by the assessment plat hereinafter provided, which include all of the
commercial properties on Miracle Mile, from Douglas Road to Le Jeune Road; on both side of the street on Giralda Avenue, Aragon Avenue and Andalusia Avenue from Douglas Road to Le Jeune Road and all adjacent north-south streets such as Salzedo, Ponce de Leon Blvd. and Galiano. That assessments shall be payable to the Finance Director of the City on such date as shall be contained in a bill to be mailed to each property owner within the BID at least thirty (30) days prior to the due date, and within thirty (30) days following the confirmation by the Commission of the Final Assessment Roll; installments not paid when due shall become due and payable in accordance with statutory provisions and other applicable law.”

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2 thoughts on “Agenda Digest: City Commission (4/26/2022)

  1. No more talk City Manager Peter Iglesias and City Attorney Miriam Ramos must go.

    All the commissioners and the Mayor support them. They won’t fire them.

    Start a petition to recall any commissioner. It sends a loud and clear message to fire them.

    Start with Kirk Menendez. Running for office, he promised no over-building. In office, he voted for more over-building. In office, he also wanted to put the taxpayers into debt with the $140 million bond to improve the parks. He voted for the mobility hub. He is very bad for the residents..

    It’s time for the residents to put up or shut up about Peter Iglesias and Miriam Ramos. Start a recall petition now!

  2. In reference to the conversion of King’s Bay to a sewer system please note that an overwhelming majority of the residents of King’s Bay are adamantly opposed to such conversion and will make it known at the meeting. Several reasons exist for this. First, the community sits on an average altitude of 13 feet above sea level therefore not an immediate threat to rising water levels (which is one the claims as to why King’s Bay should convert) or contamination of the ground water or our waterway. Secondly, it would be environmentally negligent to convert to a system that pollutes Biscayne Bay and the surrounding Miami Dade County waterways. The first step to be taken is to fix the system BEFORE they consider adding any more communities to it. Third, the estimated costs do not include overruns which are certain to happen. The estimate provided was made in 2021 and the costs of materials, labor etc has increased exponentially since then. This is definitely NOT a decision that should be made now. Grants are applied for and given on a daily basis so to reject a grant will not be and unusual event for the commission.

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