Another Staff Backroom Deal Has Been Cooked; Burger Bob’s New Deal Agreed To Prior To An RFP

First, there was Wawa. Then, there was Greco. Now there is Burger Bob’s. On more than one occasion, residents have been told these were one-off cases and that there are no other deals being done behind the scenes, Gables Insider…

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Coral Gables Museum Wins 2021 AIA People’s Choice Award

The CoraI Gables Museum has been selected as the winning recipient of the American Institute of Architects of Florida ‘2021 Peoples Choice Competition, it was announced today This particular award focuses on adaptive reuse – buildings that have been reimagined…

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Burger Bobs Lease To Be Extended Through December 31st

Over the last several weeks, many in the community had been reaching out to the Commission to seek a way to keep Burger Bobs, the diner at the Granada Golf Course, open. In a letter from the City, Bobs had…

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Coral Gables Merrick House Honors Its “Sweetheart Birds”

Inspired by George Merrick’s 1920 poem “My Sweetheart Bird,” the Coral Gables Merrick House welcomed representatives from 22 civic organizations for an appreciation breakfast on the veranda July 7th. Demonstrating the type of hospitality that would make Althea Merrick proud,…

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Entrances Hark Back To Old Spain And Stand With Wide-Open Arms Welcoming The Passerby

July 1921. One hundred years ago, the new city plan was launched and it was garden-like and beautiful.   George Merrick’s overall plan for Coral Gables was strongly influenced by the City Beautiful and the Garden City movements.  And because Merrick set…

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Opinion: Ceremony Honoring Coral Gables Founder Was Long Overdue But It Had Perfect Timing

In the article An Impression of George E Merrick, Vernon Knowles, editor of the Miami Daily Tribune, observes, “I have never met one man whose’ bearing and obvious sincerity and character made quite so deep an impression upon me.” The feature…

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Coral Gables Commission Approves Renaming Of US1 To Honor Harriet Tubman

In a unanimous vote, the City of Coral Gables Commission approved the renaming of US1 as Harriet Tubman Highway. The item, sponsored by Mayor Vince Lago and Commissioner Rhonda Anderson, was the last step in the formal renaming of the…

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Opinion: George Merrick Was Grounded In Progressive Values And Humanitarian Principles

IT’S ACADEMIC Simple Hypothesis: George Merrick was grounded in progressive values and humanitarian principles and academic research proves it. A is for…analysis based on honest academia   ACADEMIC ANALYSIS LACKING The reference used to cancel Merrick was taken out of context. Words were removed and…

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Opinion: Preserve George Merrick’s Name & Legacy

By: Karelia Martinez Carbonell, president Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables Merrick was “adored as a human being,” observed Arva Parks in her 2015 book. The late historian was Merrick’s greatest cheerleader. HOW INSENSITIVE THAT ON THE 135TH ANNIVERSARY OF…

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The “Gables Arcadians” Return Home

By Dr. Karelia Martinez Carbonell, President Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables The Board of Directors of the Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables, George Giving benefactors, and members of the City of Coral Gables Commission and other staff recently…

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