Coral Gables City Commission Unanimously Votes To Direct Staff To Formulate Plan For Resident COVID-19 Testing

The Coral Gables City Commission has unanimously passed a directive to have the City Manager and staff prepare a plan to offer resident testing within the City of Coral Gables. The motion was made by Commissioner Jorge L. Fors Jr., seconded by Vice Mayor Vince Lago after two hours of commission input, public comments and discussion.

The discussion became tense as the City Manager has been opposed to having testing in Coral Gables, preferring to facilitate and re-route residents to the county sites at Marlins and Hard Rock Stadium. At one point, Commissioner Mike Mena stated on the record that he personally brought forth a laboratory to the manager weeks ago and no action has been taken. Residents pointed to Key Biscayne, Fisher Island and Hialeah as models that the city should be looking into and implement some sort of testing.

The virtual Zoom meeting was filled at 100 attendees. City Clerk Billy Urquia made a statement that the city is in the process of upgrading to 1000 attendee capacity for the next meeting. Gables Insider received various emails from residents advising they were not able to join the meeting this morning.

Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli will call for a special city commission meeting once the manager is ready to present the plan.


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