City Commission Recap (3/8/2022)

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Below is a copy of the Commission Digest for this Commission meeting with the brief explanations of discussion taken and/or final votes cast by the Commission on March 8th.

Discussion/explanation can be found in blue. If opening on a smartphone, turn your phone horizontally to avoid having to scroll right to see how all members of the Commission voted on each item.

Non-credited quotes in this article are excerpts from the memos presented to the Commission explaining the items.

Watch Meeting

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Absence

Vice Mayor Michael Mena, it was announced, was unable to make it to the meeting. The Mayor informed residents that the Vice Mayor had a last minute business trip making him unable to be present for the meeting. The Commission then took up a vote to excuse his absence and allow his participation via zoom.

Mayor
Vince Lago
Vice Mayor
Michael Mena
Commissioner
Jorge L. Fors, Jr.
Commissioner
Rhonda Anderson
Commissioner
Kirk R. Menendez
AbsentSecondedMotioned

Public Comments

Resident, Maria Cruz, brought up her concern that the City is engaging in direct hiring. Direct hiring is the process in which the City hires staff outside the standard process. The standard process requires positions be listed and made available to anyone who wishes to apply. The City Manager explained that the reason for this is that not enough people are applying for City jobs and it is taking months to fill these positions. However, this would seem to be contradictory, as if there are not enough applicants, the City should be advertising more not hiring without listing the position.

Personal Appearance: Miami-Dade County Commissioner Raquel Regalado

Commissioner Regalado addressed the Commission. She spoke regarding the Peacock ordinance. She explained that cities would create a plan for County approval. This would allow for the removal of peacocks, an invasive species, to be moved to sanctuaries. They become aggressive during mating season, which we are in now.

She spoke about her efforts for preservation of lands including a planned meeting about West Matheson. Date to be determined.

Septic to sewer. There will be an item soon to address this issue. Allowing for a septic tank that has recently been installed, providing for additional time to connect.

Working to allocate park impact fees to certain green-ways to ensure maintenance.

Adults with disabilities. County is looking to work with the City’s Disability Affairs Board to see how they can work together on their employment initiative.

Mayor’s Comments

D-1: A Resolution of the City Commission urging cruise lines and airlines to immediately cease all travel to Russia due to Russia’s unprovoked military attack on Ukraine. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago).

“On February 23, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine and shortly after the announcement, Russia began attacking Ukraine on multiple fronts—including the capital Kyiv, western cities such as Lviv and the southern city of Kherson—from the land, air and sea. This attack is the latest development in the years-long aggression waged by Russia against Ukraine, which has been at war with Russia since 2014, when Putin invaded the Crimea region. To date, hundreds of civilians have been reported dead, air strikes have targeted major cities and residential areas in Ukraine, and an estimated 660,000 refugees have fled to neighboring countries. Despite sustaining many civilian casualties, the Ukrainian military and citizen-forces have met Russian troops with strong and courageous opposition. Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has also been met with widespread international condemnation, including from United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, who asserted the Russian military offensive violates the UN Charter, and the European Union, which issued a statement strongly condemning the “unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by armed forces of the Russian Federation”, and called it a violation of international law. The United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and others have announced significant economic sanctions on Russia and coordinated efforts to freeze Russian assets overseas and cripple Russia’s major banking institutions. In addition to existing sanctions, the City Commission supports the suspension of all travel to Russia via cruise lines and airlines which would impact Russia’s economy and travel and tourism industries. The City Commission has consistently used its public platform to speak out in support of international peace and security and in opposition to unjustified military aggression by and between nations. The City Commission further believes all people, including the Ukrainian people, have a right to democracy and to live in peace and freedom.”

Commissioner Rhonda Anderson added that the U.S. State Department has the authority to designate Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. Commissioner Menendez agreed to add this request to his Resolution in item G-1.

Mayor
Vince Lago
Vice Mayor
Michael Mena
Commissioner
Jorge L. Fors, Jr.
Commissioner
Rhonda Anderson
Commissioner
Kirk R. Menendez
AbsentSecondedMotioned

D-2: Recognition of March 8th as International Women’s Day.

Pocket Item: The Mayor asked the City Manager to introduce the City’s new Assistant City Manager, Alberto Parjus. See article on Parjus’ appointment.

D-3: Discussion regarding issue with language in the City’s Zoning Code that was brought up during the February 15, 2022 Sunshine Meeting.

The City’s Director of Planning and Zoning, Ramon Trias, addressed a couple of items of confusion related to changes to the code. He explained there had been over 100 changes prior to 2011. This is where the confusion came from in his opinion.

Following a resident’s concern over the zoning on the north side of Biltmore way, the Mayor asked the City Attorney, if the Mediterranean bonus is removed, what is the implication to the City? The City Attorney replied that the Commission’s intent was to revert to what was there before. She explained that the other side of Biltmore way was the same for years. The City Attorney stated that the City would face Bert Harris ramifications if the zoning is changed.

Due to continued resident comments, the Mayor asked to move to Item F-3 and pause Mayor’s Comments.

D-4: Update by Staff on the possible development of 719 and 730 Coral Way, based on current development standards.

D-5: Keep Coral Gables Beautiful – February Downtown Community Cleanup.

D-6: Discussion regarding the house on the corner of Bird Road and 57th Avenue.

Consent Agenda

E-1: A Resolution of the City Commission accepting the recommendation of the Information Technology Department to authorize the award of a contract with ForeRunner Industries, Inc. for the purchase of a Floodplain Management and the Community Rating System (CRS) as a “Sole Source Procurement,” pursuant to Section 2-689 of the City’s Procurement Code.” Lobbyist: N/A.

“The City’s Development Services, Economic Development, and Innovation and Technology directors deem it necessary to effectively manage floodplains in coordination and compliance with FEMA and
Miami Dade County, to ensure accurate Community Rating System (CRS) reporting and compliance to mitigate risks, costs, and impacts from flooding. Forerunner is a software service (SaaS) designed to help with Floodplain Management and the CRS. It features a Municipal dashboard that simplifies workflows, alleviates staff effort and avoids costs; and it provides property owners with a Resident App to access a Flood Information Center. Forerunner Industries, Inc. is the only vendor that provides this unique suite of software as a service that allows municipalities to efficiently administer their floodplain management programs, monitor compliance aspects with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and streamline activities related to the CRS program. Forerunner Industries, Inc is also the only vendor available that has developed software customized for the extraction of data from Elevation Certificates and for parcel-level floodplain management analysis. Forerunner Industries, Inc. is the sole creator and distributor of their cloud-based Floodplain Management software solution and has no other distributors or authorized repair/service centers. The sole source status was validated and approved by the Chief Procurement Officer. The engagement for the software services will be for a period of three (3) years. Under Section 2-689 of the Procurement Code, entitled “Sole Source Procurement,” an award may be made without competitive bids when there is only one source available to fulfill the needs of the City.”

Financials: $49,999.00 (~$16,667/year for 3-years).

E-2: A Resolution of the City Commission accepting the recommendation of the Chief Procurement Officer to award the Medical Director Services contract RFP 2021-032 to InPhyNet South Broward, Inc. a responsive and responsible proposer pursuant to Section 2-763 of the Procurement Code entitled “Contract Award”. Lobbyist: N/A.

“The purpose of this RFP was to award a qualified and experienced professional firm (“Contractor”) to provide Medical Director Services. The Medical Director is an independent contractor supervising and accepting responsibility for the medical performance of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT)’s and Paramedics functioning in the Fire Department under applicable provisions of the Florida Statutes. The
Contractor will provide medical direction for a State of Florida licensed Advanced Life Support (ALS) EMS provider and must do so in compliance with all requirements of Florida Statutes (FS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) policies, procedures, and directives; Federal law, regulations, and executive orders; and State / Local law and regulations. Chapters 458 and 401, and Florida Administrative Code (FAC), Chapter 64J-1, as they pertain to an ALS EMS provider and its medical direction. Contractor will be available (or designate an alternate physician during periods of unavailability) 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to answer system questions of an emergent or immediate nature. On October 5, 2021, the Procurement Division of Finance formally advertised, issued, and distributed Medical Director Services, Request for Proposals (RFP) 2021-032. Seventeen (17) prospective proposers downloaded the RFP package from Public Purchase, the City’s web-based e-Procurement service. On November 4, 2021, one (1) firm submitted a proposal in response to the RFP: inPhyNet South Broward Inc. On January 28, 2022, the Evaluation Committee convened to evaluate the one (1) responsive and responsible proposal and determined that InPhyNet Broward Inc., was a responsive-responsible proposer. The Chief Procurement Officer recommends accepting the Evaluation Committee’s recommendation to award and negotiate an agreement with InPhyNet South Broward, Inc., for RFP 2021-032 Medical Director Services for an initial period of three (3) years with the option to renew for two (2) additional one (1) year periods.”

Financials: $66,000.

E-3: A Resolution of the City Commission approving a Construction and Park Maintenance Agreement between Old Cutler Bay Homeowners Corporation, Inc. and the City of Coral Gables for the construction of improvements and maintenance at Solano Prado Park. Lobbyist: N/A.

“The City Commission, pursuant to Resolution No. 2020-0125, requested the transfer of ownership of Solano Prado Park from Miami-Dade County to the City of Coral Gables. On October 5, 2021, pursuant to Resolution No. 900-21, the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners authorized conveyance to the City of Coral Gables of the property known as Solano Prado Park, containing 13,508 square feet of land located south of 275 Solano Prado, Coral Gables, Florida (Folio No. 03-5105-008-0290) for the purpose of improving and maintaining it as a neighborhood park. The transfer was effectuated on January 18, 2022, pursuant to the County Deed recorded at Official Records Book 32966, Page No. 3716 of the Public Records. The City and the Old Cutler Bay Homeowners Corporation, Inc. (the “Association”), consistent with the County Deed, wish to improve Solano Prado Park and maintain it as a neighborhood park in perpetuity. To that end, the City has agreed to allocate up to $175,000 towards design and construction of the improvements, an amount consistent with funding toward improvements at other new neighborhood parks throughout the City. The City has completed the park design and permits for the improvements have been approved and the design costs total $38,793.00. The total construction and design of the improvements shall likely exceed $175,000.000 and the Association is interested in undertaking the construction of the improvements, using resources available to the Association and to fund any constructions costs and fees in excess of the remaining $136,207.00. The proposed agreement would allow the Association to complete the improvements pursuant to the approved and permitted design and plans and for the Association to be responsible for all maintenance obligations.”

E-4: A Resolution of the City Commission accepting the recommendation of the Chief Procurement Officer to extend the Parking Cashiers, Attendants and Supervisors for the City’s Parking Facilities contract RFP 2016.02.MP with LAZ Florida Parking, LLC., pursuant to Section 2-764 of the Procurement Code entitled “Approval of Change Orders and Contract Modifications,” on a month-to-month basis not to exceed the available budget, to provide time for the solicitation process to be completed and a new contract to be executed. Lobbyist: N/A.

“On October 25, 2016, the City Commission adopted a resolution authorizing the Chief Procurement Officer to award a contract for Parking Cashiers, Attendants and Supervisors for the City’s Parking Facilities to LAZ Florida Parking, LLC., pursuant to Request for Proposals (RFP) 2016.02.MP. The purpose of the contract is to provide parking cashiers, attendant and supervisors for the city’s various parking garages. The current contract with LAZ Florida Parking, LLC., expired on February 1, 2022. In order to allow time for a new competitive solicitation process to be completed and a new contract executed, it is recommended that the Parking Cashiers, Attendants and Supervisors for the City’s Parking Facilities contract be extended on a month-to-month basis at the same price, terms, and conditions of the existing agreement in the estimated monthly amount of $34,500.00. Section 2-585 of the Procurement Code authorizes the City Manager to delegate authority to the Chief Procurement Officer to administer and make recommendations on City contracts. As such, the contract with LAZ Florida Parking, LLC., may be extended under Section 2-764 of the Procurement Code entitled “Approval of Change Orders and Contract Modifications”.”

Financials: $34,500.00.

The following vote was to approve Consent Agenda Items E-1 to E-4.

Mayor
Vince Lago
Vice Mayor
Michael Mena
Commissioner
Jorge L. Fors, Jr.
Commissioner
Rhonda Anderson
Commissioner
Kirk R. Menendez
SecondedMotioned

Presentation of Boards and/or Committees draft/final minutes requesting action from the City Commission [Note: A vote to accept the minutes does not mean approval of the substance within the minutes]

2-1: A Resolution of the Property Advisory Board requesting that the City Commission direct City staff to place a standing item on the Property Advisory Board’s meeting agenda that includes and provides any unsolicited bid(s) received by the City.

“The Property Advisory Board (PAB) was established by the City of Coral Gables Commission to advise the City Manager, staff and the City Commission on matters involving concessions, sales or leases to organizations, companies, partnerships, individuals and agencies in connection with City-owned property and shall make recommendations to the City Commission in this regard. PAB members wish to be informed of any unsolicited bid(s) received by the City of Coral Gables (the “City”). At the September 8, 2022-PAB meeting, PAB members requested that City staff place a standing item on the PAB’s meeting agenda that includes and provides any unsolicited bid(s) received by the City. At the February 8, 2022-PAB meeting, City staff explained to the PAB attention that only the City Commission can direct City staff. As such, PAB passed a Resolution requesting that the City Commission direct City staff to place a standing item on the PAB’s meeting agenda that includes and provides the PAB with any unsolicited bid(s) received by the City.”

Gables Insider previously reported on the Property Advisory Board’s request, following staff’s attempt to block them from receiving these documents without Commission approval.

Frank Maderal of the Property Advisory Board addressed the Commission on this issue and explained what brought this to the Commission. The Mayor asked the City Manager if the manager has the right to begin negotiations with an unsolicited bids without Commission approval. The Manager stated they are not able to. However, as Gables Insider has reported, the City Commission was never approached about the deal with Barreto for Burger Bob’s which was negotiated and a contract agreement was drafted without Commission consent.

Vice Mayor Mena explained that he thought this was a way to increase transparency. The City Manager believes this would be an issue because transparency would hurt negotiations. Mena added that he believed the added hurdle for members of the board to request things through a public record request is not necessary and that this should be allowed.

The City Attorney will be preparing a resolution for the Commission’s approval at the next meeting.

2-2: A Resolution of the School Community Relations Committee recommending the City Commission consider the “Advised” status of Coral Gables Preparatory Academy before the Attendance Boundary Committee and the potential impact of the forthcoming Madeira project on the school’s attendance boundaries.

“Coral Gables Preparatory Academy (‘CGPA’) has been placed on ‘Advised’ status by the Attendance Boundary Committee for Miami-Dade County Public Schools for the 2021-2022 school year. CGPA is currently enrolled at 104% with a capacity of 857 students and population of 888 students, 536 of whom are Coral Gables residents. The School Community Relations Committee wishes to bring these concerns to the City Commission’s attention and to urge the City Commission to consider the ‘Advised’ status of CGPA when considering the Madeira Project.”

SCRC Vice Chair Sam Joseph addressed the Commission. Coral Gables Preparatory School is over capacity and the concern of the Committee is that families currently enrolled in the school could be moved if the boundaries must change due to new developments being considered. He mentioned that CGPA is on advisement and a change to the boundaries could be considered.

Commissioner Menendez asked for staff to brief him on the process and what the future effects could be.

Ordinances on Second Reading

F-1: An Ordinance of the City Commission granting approval of proposed amendments to the text of the City of Coral Gables Comprehensive Plan, pursuant to expedited state review procedures (S.163.3184, Florida Statutes) and Zoning Code Article 14, “Process,” Section 14-213, “Comprehensive Plan Text and Map Amendments;” to provide for a Property Rights Element with Goals, Objectives, and Policies; providing for a repealer provision, severability clause, and providing for an effective date. (LPA Review) ( 12 08 2021 PZB recommended approval, Vote 7-0).

“As required, the proposed Comprehensive Plan text amendment was transmitted to the Florida State Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) after First Reading. The DEO had no comment and authorized the City to act on the proposed text amendment. The DEO response letter is provided as Exhibit B. No changes have been made since First Reading. Last summer, the State of Florida amended the Community Planning Act to require every city and county “to include in its comprehensive plan a property rights element.” FLA. STAT. § 163.3177(6)(i)1. (2021). Each city must adopt this new element “by the earlier of the date of its adoption of its next proposed plan amendment that is initiated after July 1, 2021, or the date of the next scheduled evaluation and appraisal of its comprehensive plan.” FLA. STAT. § 163.3177(6)(i)2. (2021) The City of Coral Gables values open and transparent decision-making. Such process is the best protection for property rights. Therefore, Staff has drafted the proposed text amendment to the Comprehensive Plan based on the model property rights element from ‘1000 Friends of Florida,’ that will memorialize the importance to protect the rights of all people to contribute to local government decision making.”

Mayor
Vince Lago
Vice Mayor
Michael Mena
Commissioner
Jorge L. Fors, Jr.
Commissioner
Rhonda Anderson
Commissioner
Kirk R. Menendez
AbsentSecondedMotioned

F-2: An Ordinance of the City Commission amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Coral Gables by amending Chapter 6, Section 6-3, “Retail beverage store and retail liquor store licenses issued for to bona fide restaurants” to allow restaurants of 150 seats or over to serve alcoholic beverages or intoxicating liquors from bars; providing for a repealer provision, severability clause, codification, and providing for an effective date. Lobbyist: N/A.

“No changes have been made since First Reading. As directed by the City Manager, Staff has prepared text amendments to the City Code to allow restaurants with 150 seats or more to serve alcoholic beverages or intoxicating liquors from bars. The current regulation requires restaurants to have 200 seats or over in order to serve alcoholic beverages or intoxicating liquors from bars.”

Mayor
Vince Lago
Vice Mayor
Michael Mena
Commissioner
Jorge L. Fors, Jr.
Commissioner
Rhonda Anderson
Commissioner
Kirk R. Menendez
AbsentSecondedMotioned

Ordinances on First Reading

F-3: An Ordinance of the City Commission providing for text amendments to the City of Coral Gables Official Zoning Code, Article 4, “Zoning Districts,” Section 2-100, “Residential Districts,” Section 2-104, “Multi-Family 3 (MF3) District,” and Section 2-105, “Multi-Family 4 (MF4) District,” and Article 5, “Architecture,” Section 5-200, “Mediterranean Standards;” to remove the Mediterranean Bonus of height, density, and floor area ratio (FAR) for Multi-Family 4 (MF4) properties south of Biltmore Way; providing for severability, repealer, codification, and for an effective date. (Sponsored by Commissioner Anderson).

“The Multi-Family Special Area (MFSA) zoning district existed since 2004. In that MFSA, Mediterranean design was required, therefore no bonus for height, floor area ratio (FAR), and density was afforded for building Mediterranean. In 2021 (ADD MONTH), when the MFSA district designation was removed from the Zoning Code, the change inadvertently allowed certain property owners, who were building in Mediterranean design, to be afforded the bonus. After discovering this, and understanding that this was not the intention, the City Commission would like to return to the criteria that existed for the last 18 years. Staff has drafted a Zoning Code text amendment to remove the ability to obtain additional building height, density, and floor area ratio (FAR) using the Mediterranean Bonus program for all properties zoned Multi-Family 4 (MF4) District south of Biltmore Way, which are the MFSA properties that were inadvertently changed; thereby returning those property owners to the pre-2021 Zoning Code restrictions A draft ordinance was prepared for the January 25, 2022, City Commission meeting; however, the Commission deferred the item to the February 22, 2022, meeting. A Sunshine Meeting was held on February 15, 2022, to allow further discussion of MF-4 Mediterranean Bonus provisions. After considering public input, determining that the change was inadvertent, and wishing to return to the status quo, the City Commission directed staff to move forward with restoration of the pre-2021 language removing said Mediterranean Bonus for properties zoned MF4 south of Biltmore Way. The proposed text amendment is returning to the City Commission for approval at First Reading and includes the following for properties zoned MF4 south of Biltmore Way: • Maximum building height of 150 feet, • Maximum density of 60 units/acre, • Maximum floor area ratio (FAR) of 2.0, and Planning & Zoning Board The item will go to Planning and Zoning between first and second reading. The draft Ordinance of the Zoning Code text amendments is provided as Exhibit A. The public was notified by mailed notice seven times to 1,368 addresses within 1,000 feet of all the MF4 designated properties.”

According to Director Of Development Services Suramy Cabrera, the code allowed MFSA to only have a density of 60.

Mayor
Vince Lago
Vice Mayor
Michael Mena
Commissioner
Jorge L. Fors, Jr.
Commissioner
Rhonda Anderson
Commissioner
Kirk R. Menendez
SecondedMotioned

F-4: An Ordinance of the City Commission approving a Site Plan Amendment pursuant to Zoning Code Article 14, “Process” Section 14-203, “Conditional Uses,” for a previously approved Country Club by Ordinance No. 2016-34, located within a Special Use (S) District, for the property commonly referred to as the “Riviera Country Club” and legally described as portions of Tracts 1 and 5, Riviera Country Club, a portion of Miami-Biltmore Golf Course of Riviera Section Part 4 and Lots 10-14, Block 112, Country Club Section Part 5 (1155 Blue Road), Coral Gables, Florida; all other conditions of approval contained in Ordinance 2016-34 shall remain in effect; and providing for an effective date. ( Legal description on file at the City).

“On June 14, 2016, the City Commission adopted Ordinance No. 2016 -34 granting Conditional Use approval with Site Plan for a new club house and fitness building located at the Riviera Country Club, 1155 Blue Road. Also approved was a parking lot with 325 pa rking spaces and a ten (10) foot wide multi-use path in front of the property along the north side of Blue Road. Included in the condition of approval, Section 2.1(d) of Ordinance No. 2016-34, states that “Any changes to the plans and drawings referenced above unless specified herein shall require Planning and Zoning Board and City Commission review and final approval in ordinance form.” On March 9, 2021, the City Commission deferred the item. On March 23, 2021, the City Commission heard the item again but voted to continue the item. Mayor Lago requested to meet with the Country Club representatives, and to look for more options. Currently, an application has been submitted by Mark Snure on behalf of Riviera Country Club, requesting Site Plan Amendment to the previously approved Country Club. The request is to change the paving material at the main entrance on Blue Road, from concrete pavers to asphalt; change the crosswalks from concrete pavers to thermo-plastic paint; change concrete pavers on the east and west parking lot entrances with Coral Gables beige concrete; elimiate two (2) on-site parking spaces to allow for new FPL switch cabinets; add understory plantings along north side and south side of Blue Road; and, add decorative post-top lighting for road/multi-use path along north side and south side of Blue Road.”

The Riviera Country Club is seeking to change the design approved by the City Commission for its renovation. The plan called for pavers on the street in front of the Country Club’s driveway. They are now seeking to change it to standard asphalt. When pressed by the Mayor, they explained that they have been ready to complete this project since 2019. The Mayor asked that they stop holding the neighborhood hostage.

The Commission decided to take a vote to approve the items not related to the pavers, which are items 3, 4 and 5. There may be a need to amend the item regarding the change in tree species in the future, as there are root issues the City needs to address.

Mayor
Vince Lago
Vice Mayor
Michael Mena
Commissioner
Jorge L. Fors, Jr.
Commissioner
Rhonda Anderson
Commissioner
Kirk R. Menendez
MotionedSeconded

The representative of the Country Club said the Commission should approve their changes or this will take a lengthy time to complete this project. The issue, the Country Club sought the county approval for asphalt and not pavers as it had approved by the City. They stated that the County would allow the revision to pavers, but they are seeking the City to allow the change to save them money. They do not want to pay for the maintenance as is required by the City.

The Commission decided to pass a motion against items 1 and 2, reaffirming the requirement that the project remain as proposed when it comes to the pavers.

Mayor
Vince Lago
Vice Mayor
Michael Mena
Commissioner
Jorge L. Fors, Jr.
Commissioner
Rhonda Anderson
Commissioner
Kirk R. Menendez
MotionedSeconded

F-5: An Ordinance of the City Commission authorizing execution of the Second Amendment (“Second Amendment”) to Amended and Restated Lease (“Lease”) between the Biltmore Hotel Limited Partnership, a Florida Limited Partnership (“Developer”) and the City of Coral Gables, a Florida Municipal Corporation (“City”) executed February 10, 1986 and amended and restated July 29, 1999 (“Original Lease”) and amended on January 2, 2001 (the “First Amendment”) amending Section 15 of the lease by revising the property insurance requirements and including a sovereign immunity provision; providing for a repealer provision, severability clause, and providing for an effective date.

Click here to read cover memo.

The City’s Risk Manager presented to the Commission, explaining that to her belief the coverage is sufficient in comparison to other similar properties in Miami-Dade and Broward County. She believed the request would

Commissioner Menendez voiced his concern over the City not being protected and the Biltmore being left unprotected. City Staff said there was a robust wind analysis on what the impacts of a hurricane would be and the risk of a hurricane with over $31 million in damages was 0.2%. However, this also covers fires. Staff never cleared up the cost of fires. The amendment requires a clause which would ensure the $100 million is used for renovations first.

Mayor
Vince Lago
Vice Mayor
Michael Mena
Commissioner
Jorge L. Fors, Jr.
Commissioner
Rhonda Anderson
Commissioner
Kirk R. Menendez
MotionedSeconded

Agenda Items F-6 and F-7 are related

F-6: An Ordinance of the City Commission granting approval of a Planned Area Development (PAD) pursuant to Zoning Code Article 14, “Process,” Section 14-206, “General Procedures for Planned Area Development” for a mixed-use project referred to as “Alexan Crafts” on property legally described as lots 5 thru 27, Block 28, Coral Gables Crafts Section (340, 330, 322, 314, 310, 300 Catalonia Avenue, 301, 309, 317, 323, 325, 333, 341 Malaga Avenue), Coral Gables, Florida; including required conditions; providing for a repealer provision, severability clause, and providing for an effective date. ( 02 09 22 PZB recommended approval; Vote 4-0) Lobbyist: Jorge Navarro.

“The proposed project referred to as “Alexan Crafts” is a mixed-use project located in the recently rezoned Crafts Section, generally bounded by Le Jeune Road to the west, Salzedo Street to the east, Catalonia Avenue to the north, and Malaga Avenue to the south. The project consists of 22 live-work units on the ground level, 263 residential units on upper levels, 364 parking spaces onsite, with 6,800 sq. ft. public park. The proposed building height is 7-stories at 77 feet.”

Commissioner Menendez asked to recuse himself as he owns several properties in the area of this project.

Alexan Crafts

The developer’s team explained that they have worked to increase the pedestrian experience and exceeded the open spaces on the ground level of this project. They explained they are reducing the building height and less FAR than what is allowed. They are also working on traffic calming on the west side of LeJeune. They explain they have three times the open space required and are relocating and accommodating the three large specimen oak trees.

Commissioner Anderson explained the need to maintain the City’s tree canopy. She expressed her concern over the movement of the trees and the survival of these specimen trees. Anderson also thanked the developer for their commitment to work on speed reduction. They will be providing six speed humps in the affected area.

The Mayor spoke about the pocket park included in the project and thanked the developer for the commitment to enhancing the green space with world-class art.

Mayor
Vince Lago
Vice Mayor
Michael Mena
Commissioner
Jorge L. Fors, Jr.
Commissioner
Rhonda Anderson
Commissioner
Kirk R. Menendez
SecondedMotionedRecused

F-7: A Resolution of the City Commission granting approval for Conditional Use Mixed -Use Site Plan pursuant to Zoning Code Section 2-200 “Mixed Use Districts” for a mixed-use project referred to as “Alexan Crafts” on property legally described as lots 5 thru 27, Block 28, Coral Gables Crafts Section (340, 330, 322, 314, 310, 300 Catalonia Avenue, 301, 309, 317, 323, 325, 333, 341 Malaga Avenue), Coral Gables, Florida; including required conditions; providing for a repealer provision, severability clause, and providing for an effective date. (02 09 22 PZB recommended approval; Vote 4-0) (This Resolution is not for consideration at this time and will be included with the above ordinances on Second Reading if approved on First Reading.) Lobbyist: Jorge Navarro.

City Commission Items

G-1: A Resolution of the City Commission condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and expressing solidarity with the Ukrainian people in their struggle to protect their sovereignty and freedom and urging the international community to hold Russia, and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, accountable for breaching international peace and for human rights abuses and war crimes. (Sponsored by Commissioner Menendez).

Click here to see the text of the resolution.

Commissioner Menendez amended the resolution to add the friendly amendment from Commissioner Anderson to request the U.S. Department of State add Russia to the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Mayor
Vince Lago
Vice Mayor
Michael Mena
Commissioner
Jorge L. Fors, Jr.
Commissioner
Rhonda Anderson
Commissioner
Kirk R. Menendez
AbsentMotionedSeconded

G-2: A Resolution of the City Commission directing City staff to draft a peafowl mitigation plan to submit to Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners in accordance with the recently adopted County legislation. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago) (Sponsored by Commissioner Anderson).

“In February of 2022, the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners adopted Ordinance 22-14 amending Section 5-16 of the Code of Miami-Dade County to allow municipalities to opt out of regulations relating to peafowl. In order to opt out of the relevant Miami-Dade County Code provision, a municipality must adopt a peafowl mitigation plan that provides for humane removal of peafowl, provided that the plan is also approved by action of the Board of County Commissioners. The City Commission wishes to empower private property owners to address nuisance peafowl within the City, and directs staff to draft a peafowl mitigation plan that comports with all relevant legislation, including relevant Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission regulations.”

Mayor
Vince Lago
Vice Mayor
Michael Mena
Commissioner
Jorge L. Fors, Jr.
Commissioner
Rhonda Anderson
Commissioner
Kirk R. Menendez
AbsentMotionedSeconded

G-3: Discussion regarding Catalonia Park. (Sponsored by Commissioner Menendez) (Sponsored by Commissioner Anderson).

Commissioner Menendez is proposing part of the park be designated as a dog park with a gate. This would avoid confrontations between residents about dogs in the park. Commissioner Anderson recommended the area near the tennis courts at Salvadore Park. She added that her understanding was that Catalonia park was slated to be a dog park. The Mayor suggested a sunshine meeting be held to discuss dog parks.

G-4: Report from staff of the cost of Granada Golf Course green fees, the Venetian Pool, the Adult Activity Center, and all other City facilities that have memberships, for City residents v. non-residents. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago).

G-5: Discussion regarding commercial waste in residential areas. (Sponsored by Commissioner Anderson).

G-6: An update from staff regarding the 2018 North Ponce Corridor study. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago).

G-7: An update from staff on the landscaping plantings on Red Road. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago).

G-8: Update Green Corridor P.A.C.E. District meeting concerning pre-payment penalties for commercial borrowers. (Sponsored by Commissioner Anderson).

G-9: Discussion regarding the Miami-Dade County Urban Tree Canopy Assessment, 2016 to 2020 percentage of gain and loss in County Commission Districts. (Sponsored by Commissioner Anderson).

G-10: Discussion regarding off-leash parks. (Sponsored by Commissioner Anderson).

Item will be discussed as a future sunshine meeting.

G-11: Continuation of Parks Master Plan General Obligation Bond Referendum (TIME CERTAIN FOR 5:00PM).

Click here to see the full Parks Master Plan.

Click here to see the full War Memorial Youth Center Master Plan.

The City’s Director of Community Recreation, Fred Couceyro, made a presentation outlining top 10, top 15 and top 20 wish lists. The top 10, which would represent the lowest priced option came in at over $97 million.

Mayor Lago had asked Finance Director, Diana Gomez, for a memo about the use and availability of funds from the Neighborhood Renaissance Bonds. Gomez did not send the Commission a memo. She also did not provide the presentation at least three days prior to the Commission meeting as is required to Code. The City still owed $123,388,000 in these bonds. They will not be fully paid off until 2051.

The presentation made about the financials was concerning for residents and the Mayor. The City is running on the expectation of $3 and $4million additional revenue from properties. The Mayor had asked City departments to cut 3-5% across the board and the presentation showed it never happened. The City is committing a large sum to the unfunded liability of the pensions.

The City Manager is pushing for more funding. He stated that “there is only so long you can run on inertia and be fiscally conservative.” Insinuating the City should take out loans and increase the millage rate.

Commissioner Menendez expressed his gratitude to staff for their presentation. Commissioner Fors chimed in that he needed more time to digest the details. Anderson concurred with Fors. Mayor Lago said he was concerned with the financials and could not support the project.

The Commission asked for a presentation next Commission meeting following guidance from Commissioners about the priorities. Community Recreation will provide three options at the next Commission meeting.

Boards/Committees Items

H-1: A Resolution of the City Commission approving artwork by the artist Zilia Sánchez for the 427 Biltmore Way municipal building project (unanimously recommended by the Arts Advisory Panel, approval/denial vote: 7 to 0, and the Cultural Development Board approval/denial vote: 7 to 0); and authorizing an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 amended budget to recognize as revenue a transfer from the Art in Public Places reserve, and appropriating such funds to put toward the cost of the artwork, landscape re -design, and installation of the project.

“The Panel was provided with copies of the architectural rendering and landscape drawings for the current construction/renovation of the City’s building at 427 Biltmore Way. They were advised of
the City Commission’s Resolution at the last Commission meeting to combine the Art in Public Places fees allocated for this building, Minorca Garage, Fire Station 4, and the Fink Studio, with the intent of applying the fees toward one significant sculpture on site. It was further noted that the Mayor stated he has an artist in mind to consider for this opportunity. Ms. Hernandez asked if there is a location where proposed artwork would be placed. Staff responded that the proposed location would replace a tree currently planned at the front of the site. Mr. Guerrier asked about the parameters regarding what or who could be pursued and started the discussion of whether the Panel could recommend other artists, pursue a Call for Artists, or otherwise expand the possibility of what could be placed at the location. Ms. Hernandez asked about the dimensions. Mr. de León said based on the scale, an area of 20 x 20 feet could be dedicated. Staff added that various locations for art were discussed with the City’s Project Manager, including the possibility of incorporating an artist designed paving pattern. The Panel discussed the building’s use and how it might affect the context of the artwork. Ms. Hernandez said it would be a good opportunity for the Panel to make recommendations or have a call; however, the Mayor’s recommendation may be the one he supports. Mr. Guerrier responded that the Panel can define the footprint, the relationship of how the sculpture relates to the street and neighboring buildings, and hopefully the Mayor’s choice is one that fits that relationship. He noted the Mayor’s remarks regarding public funds and said coming up with alternatives is wise. Ms. Hernandez asked about what the space can accommodate. Staff responded that per code, the area appears to work, with leeway for the footprint depending on the piece. Mr. Guerrier remarked on the relevance of what it looks like from across the street, its relationship to City Hall, relationship to the building itself, pedestrian views, etc. He r equested a series of images that would provide this sense of place. Mr. Mato mentioned the likelihood that the landscaping plan would change depending on what the artist proposes. Mr. Guerrier asked if a recommendation can be made for the purchase of art that already exists, noting the current Miami Art Week/Art Basel season. Ms. Cathers stated that is does not have to be a commissioned piece. The Panel generally agreed with this idea and discussed the benefit of seeing artworks presented during the current Art season.”

Artwork
Artwork outside 427 Biltmore Way
Mayor
Vince Lago
Vice Mayor
Michael Mena
Commissioner
Jorge L. Fors, Jr.
Commissioner
Rhonda Anderson
Commissioner
Kirk R. Menendez
MotionedSeconded

City Manager Items

I-1: Presentation regarding the 2021 Community Survey. (TIME CERTAIN 10:00AM).

Click here to see the results of the Community Survey.

I-2: Location-Based Notifications Tool Presentation. (Sponsored by Commissioner Fors).

I-3: Staff update regarding Granada Golf Course Restaurant.

Asset Manager Zeida Sardinas explained that an inspection following Bob’s vacation of the space yielded that none of the equipment is salvageable. The space renovations would cost between $600,000 and $700,00 to renovate and furnish.

Asset Manager Sardinas presented two options. Option 1: find a tenant who can take care of the renovations and ultimately manage the facility. Option 2: the City takes over the renovations and maintenance and sub-hires an operator to manage the facility.

The Mayor explained that the space is not viable for a vendor to make large profits. He is not willing to sign another bad deal. He wants to be sure that all leases the City has be reviewed. The Mayor sees this as a diner, with the City renovating this, with an ADA compliant bathroom and clean look. Then find a profit-sharing solution with an operator.

Commissioner Menendez added that “not all city assets have to turn to gold. They need to be right for the community.” It is about doing the community a service.

The City Manager explained that the City will begin work on the golf shop in May.

The Mayor made a motion to have the interior of both sides (golf pro shop and the diner) demolished, to prepare for the interior rebuild of both. To study small simple diners for ideas and prepare a budget to be presented at the first Commission meeting in April, with an amendment by Anderson to consider the re-use of the grill. Commissioner Fors added an amendment honoring the history of Burger Bob’s. The Commission agreed they wished to keep the name. The City would use a pre-approved list of architects for the design.

Mayor
Vince Lago
Vice Mayor
Michael Mena
Commissioner
Jorge L. Fors, Jr.
Commissioner
Rhonda Anderson
Commissioner
Kirk R. Menendez
MotionedSeconded

I-4: A Resolution of the City Commission authorizing the issuance of not to exceed $16,000,000 in principal amount of capital improvement refunding revenue bond, taxable series 2022A (Miracle Mile Project) and not to exceed $4,000,000 in principal amount of capital improvement refunding revenue bonds, taxable series 2022B (Giralda Avenue Project) to refinance certain outstanding obligations; accepting the proposal of TD Bank, N.A.; authorizing the repayment of the Series 2022 bonds from pledged revenues; approving the form of and authorizing the execution and delivery of the loan agreements; approving the form of and authorizing the execution and delivery of an escrow deposit agreement; appointing an escrow agent; approving the form of and authorizing the execution and delivery of a bond purchase and exchange agreement and the issuance of tax-exempt bonds in exchange for the Series 2022A Bond and the Series 2002B Bond; delegating certain authority to the City Manager and Finance Director; authorizing the execution and delivery of other documents in connection therewith; and providing an effective date.

“The City has determined that it is in its best interest to refinance the loans from the Sunshine State Governmental Financing Commission dated April 28, 2016 (the “Refunded Obligations”) to provide debt service savings. The City’s Financial Advisor, PFM Financial Advisors LLC, on behalf of and at the request of the City, requested interest rate quotes from multiple financial institutions for a loan that would provide the City with the necessary funds to refinance the Refunded Obligations. TD Bank, N.A. submitted a bank proposal to provide the City with a loan at the most favorable terms and conditions. Staff, upon recommendation of the Financial Advisor, recommends the award of the loan to TD Bank, N.A. See attached Recommendation Memorandum from the Financial Advisor providing for a taxable interest rate of 2.59% and a tax-exempt conversion rate of 2.12% offered by the bank which would provide the City with approximately$150,000 in net present value savings. The maturity of the existing debt will not change.”

Mayor
Vince Lago
Vice Mayor
Michael Mena
Commissioner
Jorge L. Fors, Jr.
Commissioner
Rhonda Anderson
Commissioner
Kirk R. Menendez
SecondedMotioned

I-5: A Resolution of the City Commission granting a one-day permit to the Consulate General of Colombia to sell alcoholic beverages from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30th, 2022, at the Fred B. Hartnett/Ponce Circle Park as part of the Cultural Demonstration and Parade representing “El Carnaval De Barranquilla”, subject to Florida Department of Professional Regulation requirements.

“A parade hosted by the Consulate General of Colombia that will take place on Saturday, April 30th, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. beginning at Aragon Avenue and finishing at the Fred B. Hartnett/Ponce Circle Park as part of the Cultural Demonstration and Parade representing “El Carnaval De Barranquilla”. This request is to serve alcoholic beverages during the parade, subject to compliance with the laws of the State of Florida. This request has been reviewed by the City’s Special Events Committee.”

Mayor
Vince Lago
Vice Mayor
Michael Mena
Commissioner
Jorge L. Fors, Jr.
Commissioner
Rhonda Anderson
Commissioner
Kirk R. Menendez
MotionedSeconded

I-6: A Resolution of the City Commission authorizing the Operators of The Biltmore Hotel to charge for parking at the West Parking Lot, conditioned upon compliance with certain conditions.

Read corresponding article.

“In accordance with the terms of the lease between the City of Coral Gables (the “City”) and The Biltmore Hotel Limited Partnership (hereinafter referred to as the “Operator”), the lot (hereinafter referred to as the “West Parking Lot”) located to the west of The Biltmore Hotel (hereinafter referred to as the “Hotel”) building “serves facilities in the Biltmore Complex in addition to the Premises,” and its purpose is to “provide parking for those facilities as well as to meet some of the off-street parking requirements of the Premises.” Since the lease has been in place, the West Parking Lot has been open to the public and free of charge. However, the Operators have approached the City with concerns that the West Parking Lot is being used by individuals are who are not patronizing the Hotel, for periods far exceeding expectations, and thereby creating a shortage of parking to serve the Hotel facilities. The Operators wish to invest a portion of the parking proceeds to retain additional security staff to more frequently monitor the facilities and continually improve the lighting, surfaces, curbing, plantings, and general maintenance of the West Parking Lot. This resolution allows the Operators to charge for parking, conditioned upon compliance with the following conditions: Maximum per hour charge of $3.00; Maximum per day charge of $24.00; Use of electronic pay system that involves the use of a smart phone application; City of Coral Gables Officials on municipal business, Biltmore Golf course members and patrons, Biltmore Club and Fitness members, Biltmore executive office tenants, and all City of Coral Gables Garden Club personnel be exempt from payment; All signage and notices of non-payment or over-payment comply with sections 74-84, 74-85, and 74-86 of the City Code; The Operator perform restriping, repairs to all broken wheel stops, ensure lighting is in accordance with Miami-Dade County standards, and repair any damaged asphalt surfaces on the parking lot and perform any other related improvements, as may be directed by
and the Public Works Director and with his/her final approval; In order to provide for the funding of the required improvements, the City shall receive zero (0) percent of the parking fees collected by the Operator for the first two (2) years; if at the conclusion of the two (2) year period, the Operator has not recovered the cost of the required improvements, the City shall receive zero (0) percent of the parking fees collected by the Operators for up to one (1) additional year, but in no case for more than a total of three (3) years; the City shall receive thirty (30) percent of the parking gross fees collected from that point forward; and The Operator shall establish a portal/link on its website that remains active through July
1, 2022, for patrons to submit documented proof (such as a copy of the parking charges on their credit card statement, or a paid confirmation screen-shot from their cell phone) for the 12/1/21-to-2/1/22 timeframe when they paid for parking on the West Parking Lot; and upon verification of such documentation and the providing of a mailing address along with name to whom the reimbursement is to be made out to, the Operator will send said patrons a reimbursement check for the applicable amounts. Said reimbursement checks shall be sent within 30 days of the date that the necessary documentation and related information is provided to and verified by the Operator. The resolution also approves the form of the notice in accordance with applicable City Code requirements.”

Executive Vice President of Seaway Group Tom Prescott explained they are spending $7 million in capital improvements. He explained the entire proceeds of parking will go to capital improvements.

Mayor Lago asked if the lot is part of the lease agreement with the Bitlmore. The City Attorney stated it is not, this would be an agreement for the Biltmore to operate a city-owned lot.

The Mayor asked the City Attorney what the 1984 agreement with the National Park Service stipulated. The City Attorney stated that she did not know.

Commissioner Menendez asked for an update on the reimbursement of those who paid for parking before. Prescott stated it was over $20,000. The Commission asked that the charging portal be taken down, so that no one can be charged.

The Mayor asked staff, “why don’t we run the lot?” That way the City maintains control. Parking Director Kevin Kinney agreed with the Mayor’s request. The Mayor proposed the City operate the parking lot. The City Manager didn’t like the suggestion and voiced his concern over how to track the groups that would have fee waivers.

The Director commented that the lot needs repairs. The Mayor spoke to how the Biltmore has used the lot for years but no work has been done. The Mayor wants the money for renovations to go to repairs to the lot.

The Mayor made it clear that he wants the City to maintain control in the parking lot. He asked staff to come back with information on what needs to be done and how the City could run this property. He also asked that the proposal goes before the City Parking Advisory Board. Kinney stated any agreement would need to go to the Parking Advisory Board.

The item will be back at the next Commission meeting.

City Clerk Items

K-1: A Resolution of the City Commission amending Resolution No. 2022-27, and in accordance with Section 2-30 of the City Code, entitled “Regular Meetings, Special Meetings” setting forth the revised meeting dates for 2022, more specifically, changing the previously scheduled Tuesday, September 27, 2022 City Commission Meeting and Second Budget Hearing to Wednesday, September 28, 2022.

Mayor
Vince Lago
Vice Mayor
Michael Mena
Commissioner
Jorge L. Fors, Jr.
Commissioner
Rhonda Anderson
Commissioner
Kirk R. Menendez
SecondedMotioned
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8 thoughts on “City Commission Recap (3/8/2022)

  1. The Gables Insider poll on borrowing $140 million is rigged. It was put on the Gables Insider by people who will get the $140 million. They will all vote for it. They are betting the rest of the residents won’t bother to vote against it. They hope they will win the poll due to lack of interest.
    If so, the rest of the residents deserve to be scammed.

  2. Commissioner Kirk Menendez seems to be the big force, pushing to borrow $140 million for the parks. If so, Commissioner Menendez has shown very bad judgment. I will remember it at the next election.

  3. Borrowing $140 for parks is not needed. As Mayor Lago stated, the monster buildings he approved will provide tons of tax dollars next year and for many years later. The City will not need to borrow money.

    The recreation (parks) department is wasting money on a dumb bond. Instead of hiring a consultant for $50,000 and spending thousands of dollars to put the bond issue on the November ballot, the parks department should use that money to make the parks better. As simple suggestions, they should use that money to make sure only residents first on City tennis courts; no poop all over the parks, and other valid complaints from residents. $50 thousand plus will go a long way to solve those simple, pending problems..

    The finance department is wasting time. At their presentation at the recent commission meeting, Diana Gomez, the head of the finance department, had charts and graphs that were on the walls of caves where cavemen once dwelled.

    The basic rule in economics is extra government spending increases inflation. Diana Gomez was probably asleep in class the day that lesson was taught. She wants to spend an extra $140 million on parks, when inflation is running wild. Have you bought gasoline lately?

    If her presentation is an indication of her financial ability, she is an idiot. Get rid of her.

  4. The residents do not want a Med-bonus on the north side of Biltmore Way.

    Of course, the City Attorney Miriam Ramos was against the residents. She claims, if the Med-bonus isn’t there, the City would have to defend lots of lawsuits.

    Remember when Miriam Ramos prepared a contract for Wawa to build a store across from an elementary school. The Judge reviewed her contract and ruled it was “blatantly illegal”!!!

    Miriam Ramos as an attorney is worthless.

    Remember also:

    1. She hasn’t recovered one cent from the restaurant in the Biltmore Hotel that unlawfully charged patrons for parking. She doesn’t go after crooks.

    2. Her assistant attorney Cristina Suarez refused to disclose unsolicited bids to the Property Board. Miriam Ramos is against sunshine in the government. .

    3. She didn’t go after Ramon Arias, the head of Planning and Zoning, for deceiving the residents on south Biltmore Way, upzoning it to include the Med-bonus for the big builders. She supports deception.

    4. She didn’t advise the 5 commissioners to reject the Mobility Hub, because more than 600 residents rejected it in a petition and not one resident approved it in a petition. Then, she and the 5 commissioners approved the Mobility Hub. In a democracy, the government is for the people.
    The Mobility Hub was a dark day for democracy.

    The record shows Miriam Ramos as the City Attorney is both worthless and harmful.

    Get rid of her.

  5. The City owns the parking lot property. The City has a parking department. The City should run the parking lot on the property it owns.

    Oh, also don’t forget. The City also owns the Biltmore Hotel.

  6. About item 2-1 a, Frank Maderal on the Property Board got it right: all unsolicited bids must be transparent.

    City Manager Peter Iglesias got it wrong. He operates in secrecy; unsolicited bids cannot be disclosed.

    If we ever get rid of Peter Iglesias, he would be the perfect City Manager of Moscow.

  7. Ariel: As a friendly suggestion for future editions of the “Insider” – the proper word is not “motioned” but “moved”….

  8. The member of the Biltmore Fitness Center & guests of the hotel have ID cards or room Keys. These could be used to identify the “free” parking as the Handicap Decal is used at the City Parking Garages. As far as patrons of the Biltmore restaurants it would be up to each restaurant to offer or Not free parking. In my humble pinion it should not be that complicated, the City should run the parking lots Owned by the City & the tax paying owners/residents of the City Beautiful and NOT a Private company. We should have a Cashier at the exit booth as it was done at the City owned parking garages.

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