OPINION: Zoning Code Re-write Will Lead To End Of Coral Gables As A Suburb

By: Jackson Rip Holmes Zoning Code re-write will lead to end of Coral Gables as a suburb, unless we speak up before final vote December 8. THE NIGHTMARE IS UPON US. The City Commission will vote December 8 on the…

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Who Represents You? Disregard For Residents A Growing Concern

Every two years, residents in Coral Gables participate in our City’s municipal election and elect what most voters believe to be individuals who will represent the interests of City residents. Commissioners in the City of Coral Gables are elected to…

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Confusing Major Zoning Changes Packed Into Tuesday’s Commission Agenda

Item F-3 of Tuesday’s (November 10th) Commission Agenda has a long diatribe of changes on second reading to the City’s zoning code. As previously mentioned on Gables Insider, the City has been considering changing the code to benefit developers who…

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OPINION: Coral Gables “Foundation” Is Preserved

By Dr. Karelia Martinez Carbonell, Local Preservationist At the October 21st meeting of the City’s Historic Preservation Board, the final outcome on the landmarked Fink cottage with its coral rock foundation was sealed.  In a 7-2 decision, the Board voted…

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What Grade Would You Give Our City Streets?

We’re looking to bring attention to the worst street conditions in Coral Gables. Is your street in bad shape? Do you regularly drive or avoid a street in poor conditions? Let us know. Millions of dollars are set aside from…

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OPINION: 603 Minorca Must Not be Moved

By Dr. Karelia Martinez Carbonell, Local Preservationist The case for preservation is clearly written in the City’s local designation report. The Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables is lending its support to neighbors in the latest   battle to save 603…

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OPINION: Nationally Designated MacFarlane District In Coral Gables Makes Headlines

By: Dr. Karelia Martinez Carbonell, Local Preservationist Recently, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation announced the inclusion of the MacFarlane Historic District in its 2020 Florida’s 11 to Save, a list of the most threatened historic properties in the state….

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OPINION Update: – Court Orders Permanent Stay of Demolition on 1208 Asturia Avenue

By Dr. Karelia Martinez Carbonell, Local Preservationist On July 30 the Appellate Division of the 11th Judicial Circuit issued a permanent stay on the City of Coral Gables releasing a demolition permit for 1208 Asturia Avenue.  This will prevent the…

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Opinion: Process Matters… Whether You Think 1208 Asturia Ave Should Be Preserved Or Demolished

By: David Winker What do the The Biltmore, Douglas Entrance and the Alhambra Water Tower have in common? They were each slated for demolition at some point, with developers and elected officials arguing that “this isn’t worth saving”… “preservationists are out…

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Opinion: All Structures Are Not Historic

By: Coral Gables Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, the City of Coral Gables has been focused on the well-being of our more than 50,000 residents and our more than 800 team members…

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