Opinion: Representatives Who Will Truly Represent The Residents

Dear Neighbors, Coral Gables is at a crossroads.  This is one of our most important elections in a long time….and your vote matters!  Residents have the opportunity to elect two representatives who will truly represent the residents. The runoff election…

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Opinion: Coral Gables Loses A Legal Battle And Taxpayers Are Left Holding The Bill

By: Raul Mas Canosa Three years ago, I challenged an attempt by the Mayor of Coral Gables to pass a local ordinance banning “assault weapons” in my city. I hired an attorney and threatened to sue them if they did…

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OPINION: An Open Letter To The Residents Of Coral Gables

By: Maria C. Cruz Our City is at a crucial moment in its history. What we, the residents, do now will determine the legacy we will leave for our children and grandchildren. We can’t expect everything to be o.k. unless we…

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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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Opinion: Keep West Matheson Natural, Pristine

By: David Walsh Miami-Dade County’s Parks Department wants to turn a pristine, wild preserve into a developed park with a boardwalk carving through a tropical hardwood hammock. The development would cost taxpayers $5 million, and would put one of the…

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Opinion: Upzoning The Crafts Section Is NOT The Answer

by Dr. Brett Gillis The proposal that the City Commission is considering to upzone and change the land use of the 300 blocks of Catalonia, Malaga, and Santander Avenues (which are currently low-scale residential) is, at best, befuddling and concerning….

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OPINION: Who Does Staff Work For?

By: Maria Cruz, resident since 1976 Once again today at the Coral Gables Commission Meeting  I was able to see how the employees, yes, the staff, decides what is best for us the taxpayers and residents. Thanks to Vice Mayor…

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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: My Wish For 2021

By: Alexander Adams, AICP, CNU-A 2020 will be known as the “Year of COVID-19”. This has a negative connotation for most people, however many opportunities emerged like zoom calls, online training, working from home, enjoying family time, baking, and cooking at…

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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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