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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OPINION: The Time Is Now To Make Miracle Mile An Official Local Historic Landmark

By: Karelia Martinez Carbonell, President Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables On behalf of the Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables, an application for local historic designation for Miracle Mile has been submitted to the city’s historic preservation office.   The…

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Opinion: Once Upon A Time In Coral Gables There Lived A Significant Figure In Women’s History

By Karelia Martinez Carbonell, President of the Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables    In honor of International Women’s History Month, Ruth Bryan Owen’s time has come for an appropriate recognition.  Ruth Bryan Owen, daughter of William Jennings Bryan, the three-time…

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City of Coral Gables Names New Director of Historical Resources and Cultural Arts

Warren Adams has been appointed Director of Historical Resources and Cultural Arts for the City of Coral Gables. Adams brings with him more than two decades of expertise in the historic preservation field, most recently serving as the City of…

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Opinion: Fun Size History – Fabulous Paist Cottage Seeks New Owner

By: Dr. Brett Gillis The Paist & Steward-designed 1930s cottage located at 2214 Segovia Circle is looking for its next lucky owner.  This residence is significant not only for its original architecture but also for its association with Phineas Paist…

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Zoning Code Takes A Back Seat To Role Of Public Opinion

Residents of Coral Gables are generally happy with the way the City plays its role. For the most part, they express their opinions via emails and calls to the Commission, away from public light. However, over the last few months,…

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OPINION: How Many No’s Does It Take?

Dr. Karelia Martinez Carbonell, President Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables The community is saying NO. Residents are saying STOP. Constituents are saying ENOUGH. Over 2000 residents to date have voiced their opinion against the Miracle Mile & Crafts Section…

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City Hires New Historic Resources & Cultural Arts Director From Miami

The City of Coral Gables is quickly becoming a place for City of Miami employees to find new pastures. Both City Manager, Peter Iglesias, and Assistant City Manager, Ed Santamaria, are former City of Miami employees. Santamaria even boasted about…

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OPINION: Has The City Beautiful Gone Over To The Dark Side?

Dr. Karelia Martinez Carbonell, President of the Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables No, the City is not starring in the next Star Wars film, but it may have lost its light source—“government in the sunshine” that is.   According…

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OPINION: Do Not Let History Be Gone With The Wind

By: Dr. Karelia Martinez Carbonell On Wednesday, the Historic Preservation Board will be faced with an important decision: preserve or lose the resource to demolition. The Board will consider local historic designation for 649 Palmarito Court per recommendation of the…

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