City Manager Peter Iglesias Terminated Following Commission Vote

Javier Baños

Baños is the Editor of Gables Insider

In a decisive move that marks a significant shift in the City Beautiful’s governance, City Manager Peter Iglesias was terminated from his position on February 13, 2024. The termination came as a result of a vote during a highly anticipated commission meeting, with Commissioners Fernandez, Castro, and Menendez casting the decisive votes against Iglesias. The decision concludes a period of intense speculation and debate over the city’s leadership and direction.

The commission meeting, which drew considerable public interest, was the culmination of growing tensions within the city’s administration, highlighted by recent contentious debates over municipal leases and the management style of Iglesias. The call for the vote, initiated by Commissioner Fernandez and supported by Commissioners Castro and Menendez, was seen as a critical test of confidence in Iglesias’s leadership.

Peter Iglesias’s tenure as City Manager has been marked by significant achievements and challenges. Having served in various capacities over many years, Iglesias’s deep familiarity with the city’s operations and his role in shaping its development were often cited as strengths. However, his approach to governance, particularly his handling of disputes such as the future lease of Fritz & Franz, had become a point of contention, leading to questions about his alignment with the current commission’s vision for the city.

The proposal to terminate Iglesias’s contract was not without its proponents and detractors, reflecting the complex dynamics of city politics and the diverse perspectives within the community and the commission itself. The decision to replace Iglesias was influenced by a combination of factors, including recent public disagreements and the perceived need for a new direction in city management that better aligns with the priorities of the commission and the residents.

Following the vote, the commission is expected to begin the process of selecting a new City Manager. Commissioner Menendez suggested the appointment of Ralph Cutie, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department. Mr. Cutie is a 30-year County veteran with more than 33 years of professional experience in the planning, organizing, directing, management and maintenance of large-scale facility and capital improvement engineering/construction projects. His experience within County government spans Miami-Dade Transit, the Office of Capital Improvements, and the Internal Services Department. He has acted as Interim Director of the Aviation Department since June; prior to that role, he served as Assistant Director for Facilities Management and Engineering, overseeing the largest and most diverse division within the Aviation Department – comprised of more than 440 employees, an annual operating budget of nearly $123 million and a reserve maintenance budget of $30 million. This division – which includes facilities maintenance planning, engineering and construction, facilities maintenance and utilities, terminal maintenance, and general aviation airports maintenance – provides maintenance services as well as utilities, public works, and cargo area support to MIA and the County’s four general aviation airports, responds to emergencies and critical issues that require engineering expertise, and is responsible for all in-house maintenance-related engineering, architecture, construction, and interior design projects. (“quote from MIA webpage”)

The termination of Iglesias and possible appointment of Mr. Cutie is marked by a focus on finding a leader who can navigate the city’s challenges while fostering a collaborative and transparent relationship with both the commission and the community.

The termination of City Manager Peter Iglesias represents a pivotal moment for the City Beautiful, reflecting the evolving landscape of municipal governance and the ongoing dialogue between elected officials, administrators, and the public they serve. As the city moves forward, the commission’s decision underscores the importance of leadership that resonates with both the aspirations and the practical needs of the community.

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68 thoughts on “City Manager Peter Iglesias Terminated Following Commission Vote

  1. Good riddance to former City Manager. We are finally loosening the corrupt Mayor’s grip on the city’s commercial real estate holdings. Let’s now see some decisions guided by a desire to improve the resident’s quality of life and not by the Mayor or the Commissioners own interests.

    Hiring someone out of another snake pit of corruption is the wrong idea. We should be careful not to replace one corrupt administrator with another. Cronyism is intolerable. An extensive search is in order.

  2. Next step.. somebody please place a call to Canada and apologize profusely to Liberty Cafe operators for previous injustice done by Iglesias.Then say all is forgiven and beg them to come back ASAP.

  3. You want to bring in a guy who is in charge of capital projects at the airport?
    Recently the Miami-Dade Mayor said that the airport was in dire need of capital improvements that had been neglected for years. The Sky Train has not been working for months because of lack of maintenance unde this guy’s watch!
    Give me a break!

  4. Mr. Banos, please “repair” this website. An apology for the “three” publications of my one comment, – because I kept getting a display that “it appears that you’ve said this already”….so I kept trying to send a few more times. I had NOT said ANYTHING previously, so I’m not sure of the issue!~. Anyway, thanks for doing such a good job with the Gables Insider and allowing residents/citizens to opine.

  5. The airport facilities are a disaster.
    Broken escalators, malfunctioning electric walkways etc.
    This was in the news not so long ago.
    For an International airport MIA is a poor example, but Jose Marti in Cuba is also considered International.
    If Mr. Cutie is in charge of the Aviation dept. and this is representative of our airport, the first thing travelers see upon entering the city of Miami, I doubt his managerial skills will enhance the city beautiful.
    Might as well have left Iglesias there, the devil you know right? Do a broader search.

  6. The Chief of Police needs to go next! The police department is a mess. Approximately 30 officers down. Time to clean house and fix this city once and for all. Let’s Make Coral Gables Great Again!

  7. Saul Gales making way too much sense! Perfectly said Saul. It was a clown show yesterday. I was shocked. Is this the best we can do?

  8. Well done Fernandez, Castro and Menendez…I keep asking myself who was the genius who appointed Peter Iglesias in the first place??…Whoever it was didn’t do there homework or had something else in mind..Iglesias was a nightmare 20 years ago when he was head of the CG building dept and would get into fights with everyone…Even Ghandi would have strangled him…The city of CG has to be brought under order..The dept’s are in dissarray and the employees are doing whatever they want with no guidance or repercussions..I was at the public works a couple of months ago and everybody there was lounging around talking about their weekend while I waited and waited and they sipped coffee and laughed with not a care in the world…Typical government employee laziness…No one to push them to perform…

  9. I’ve read the above comments and people seem to forget that when appointed to a role, essentially one does their best to clean up the mess that the predecessor left behind. I feel that Ralph Cutie has tried and has done this to the best degree considering the time he has spent in the airport in the CEO position. Furthermore, he has done it in a clear transparent fashion without any slimey underdealings. And in the society full of shady politics and business dealings; Ralph Cutie gives hope that not all are corrupt. This is a very honest, family man with core values that was raised in Coral Gables. I haven’t been able to find a single skeleton in his closet. I think we should all give this person a fair shot; because he is apparently has integrity and just might surprise everyone and be the start of cleanup politics. He is someone to keep ones eye on because is his history speaks as that he is a stellar individual.

  10. If I remember correctly, the reason for electing Fernandez and Castro was because residents were unhappy that the City heavily favored development with a “Red Carpet Treatment” while residents “stood in line”. Mr.Iglesias could have corrected that “perception” but, didn’t. Instead he seemed to imbue a paternalistic approach to governing:we know what’s best for the City. He has only himself to blame for losing his job. Now : enough infighting, political posturing and platitudes. An audience loses appreciation (and respect) for a discordant “Orchestra”. Please work together on a coherent public policy that is resident centered.

  11. Iglesias was a cancer now his replacement is also shady look @ MIA it’s a mess being a frequent flyer escalators train bathrooms overall the terminal is in disarray put out a search for a qualified non political person we can do better

  12. I was at termination meeting yesterday & found abusive amount of time used by some residents to speak, there has to be a max time limit 30 speakers. I believe hiring in house is best & quickest option to replace CM whom had the firing coming as he knew. I remember CG has a previous history of CM resignation, firings namely Brown, Salerno, Swanson-Riverbank. I congratulate KFC especially Ariel for showing leadership & having the cojon to bring this matter to resolution also Kirk for casting the deciding vote.

  13. Please no more career bureaucrats for City Manager! And specially not MIA folks. Find a business person that won’t get into politics to run the City. Someone with fiscal constraint, that listens to its residents and can brush off offers by developers with only self interests.

  14. I think that Fernandez and Castro and Menendez are listening to the people and what we want in our City. No more Building for years to come. No more parking lots. No annexation of little Gables. Bring back Burger Bobs etc. The City Manager was not a Commissioner period. At the end of the day the Mayor needs find a way to work with ALL of The Commissioners and be civil. We don’t want that much done. They can focus on putting orchids in trees and planting more greenery. You don’t have to do so much guys!!!

  15. The CM had to go. Brighter days ahead for the City Beautiful. Now we need Mayor Lago and Chief Hudak gone. Don’t forget those two openly lobbied for the losing candidates last year. We need integrity back in Coral Gables.

  16. It was definitely time for Iglesias to go. He has led our City that continues to be overbuilt beyond what our infrastructure can adequately maintain; we’re on our way to becoming another Brickell Avenue. The Mobility Hub was a perfect example of an “Iglesias initiative” and I hope it never gets constructed. Iglesias worked against members of the Commission when he should have worked WITH them. Good riddance Peter. It’s time that we have a City Manager who abides by what the MAJORITY of our Commission want, – and our Commission is finally displaying a regard for the residents, thanks to Commissioners Fernandez, Castro and Menendez. This vote today was LONG OVERDUE~. Thank you Commissioners F, C, and M!!!

  17. It was definitely time for Iglesias to go. He has led our City that continues to be overbuilt beyond what our infrastructure can adequately maintain; we’re on our way to becoming another Brickell Avenue. The Mobility Hub was a perfect example of an “Iglesias initiative” and I hope it never gets constructed. Iglesias worked against members of the Commission when he should have worked WITH them. Good riddance Peter. It’s time that we have a City Manager who abides by what the MAJORITY of our Commission want, – and our Commission is finally displaying a regard for the residents, thanks to Commissioners Fernandez, Castro and Menendez. This vote today was LONG OVERDUE~. Thank you Commissioners F, C, and M!!!

  18. It was clearly time for Iglesias to go. He has led our City that continues to be overbuilt and beyond what our infrastructure can adequately maintain; we’re on our way to becoming another Brickell Avenue. The Mobility Hub was a perfect example of an “Iglesias initiative” and I hope it never gets constructed. Iglesias worked against members of the Commission when he should have worked WITH them. Good riddance Peter. It’s time that we have a City Manager who abides by what the MAJORITY of our Commission want, – and our Commission is finally displaying a regard for the residents, thanks to Commissioners Fernandez, Castro and Menendez. This vote today was LONG OVERDUE~. Thank you Commissioners F, C, and M!!!

  19. Live by the sword, die by the sword. A great day in our city, as an arrogant manager responsible for posturing with the police union since their last contract ended two years ago, at a time when we had a full complement of the force, a first in years in our city, to now being 25-30 short due to the demoralized state caused by the manager’s lack of professionalism, negotiating skills and respect for our men and women in blue, at the expense of our public safety. Do not blame anyone but the city manager for the situation in our police department. The proposed agreed-to increases came too late as the men and women in blue decided to seek better pay and be respected elsewhere, not to mention the years it takes to get out of that huge of a personnel deficit hole, while the manager was in his fantasy world of funding his Disneyesque Mobility Hub, a total farce, while he had to take $4.2M from sidewalk improvements to partially fund the agreed to increase for those who guard our city and risk their lives when we safely sleep in our city. The manager deserves his outcome today and should have been long gone before, however, many of those who spoke in his favor today, have lined their pockets with plenty of money resulting from favorable zoning changes, always from “staff”. Architects, developers, contractors, et al, the ones lining their pockets while “staff” gave in to every one of their requests at the behest of the city management. There are many more instances where the manager has failed and has been derelict in his fiduciary duty. Martes 13 has been a very lucky day for those who love our city. A disaster for those who have been milking the cow for too long. Time to find another farm to milk the cows. A new day, a new beginning and new faces are in the cards for our city. Let’s continue exposing the rot and toxicity that permeates in our city governance. Not to worry, our city will survive. It has the affluence and wherewithal to move forward. Good riddance, Mr. Manager. You left in disgrace, all due to your recalcitrant, know-it-all, tyrannical way. Time to move on. He is now the past and we have a future to worry about. By the way, can some of the real concerned citizens please identify yourselves. Or are you friends of the former manager, hiding, typical of cowards and corrupt.

  20. It has taken me an embarrassingly long time while reading these comments to realize that the “KFC” people are mentioning is not in fact chicken made by Colonel Sanders.

  21. American Airlines built and manages their terminal. Dade county runs the remaining third world zoo that is MIA. Allowing the slime of anyone connected to this Miami Dade disaster to ooze into Coral Gables is the last thing our city needs.

    Kirk has gotten his big payoff rezoning his properties and is now searching for another cash cow.

    Mr. Gates summed it up the current situation pretty succinctly.

  22. A “decisive move?” Why don’t you try, the whole thing was cooked up and served cold? How sad…

  23. Per the City Charter, the City Manager “may be removed that the pleasure of the Commission.” He is an at-will employee.

    I agree that the Commission has become more toxic since Commissioners Fernandez and Castro were elected. But please take time to review the video of the 1/23/2024 meeting at 6:23 and tell me who is “showing a weakness of character.” Mayor Lago is discussing things that have nothing to do with the Fritz & Franz lease. “In debate a member must confine himself to the question before the assembly, and avoid personalities” and “it is not allowable to arraign the motives of a member” per Rule 43 of Robert’s Rules of Order. Those Rules apply to all Commission and other City board meetings per City Code Section 2-77(a)(1). City Code Section 2-81(a)(1) also requires that comments “should confine discussion to the question under debate.” City Code Section 2-83(d)(1) states that “any person making irrelevant, impertinent or slanderous remarks . . shall not be considered orderly or decorous.” Ironically, Mayor Lago is the person required to preserve decorum and order per City Code Section 2-78(a)(4).

    Today, Mayor Lago violated City Code Section 2-83(b)(3) by making a second motion while a first motion was outstanding (when a motion is presented and seconded, it is under consideration and no other motion shall be received thereafter). And he never relinquished the gavel when making this motion as required by City Code Section 2-78(a)(7). I am not sure what the City Attorney who serves as the Parliamentarian per City Code Section 2-80 thinks about this zoo-like meeting because she remained silent.

    Perhaps Mayor Lago is still angry about his nominees losing to Commissioners Fernandez and Castro and has decided that the City Code and Robert’s Rules of Order no longer apply to him so that he can create havoc and toxicity. I do not believe that we ever had this chaotic atmosphere under prior Mayors. In order for the City Beautiful to remove the toxicity, all Coral Gables citizens need to comply with the City Code and rules that apply to all board meetings – including Mayor Lago.

  24. Finally, a long needed change, thanks to the elected Commissioners Fernandez, Castro, & Menendez who have been listening to residents and small businesses of Coral Gables!!!

  25. Fernandez needs to go. He has done nothing to improve the city for residents. Firing Iglesias was a mistake.

    Gables Insider only publishes biased information and continues to be a mouthpiece for Fernandez.

  26. As I said in an earlier comment, Kirk was going to be the kingmaker. He sided with failed journalist, Ariel, and failed city permit operator, Melissa.

    The outcome: a decent administrator fired from our government. By the way, we, residents, will have to pay for Mr. Iglesias termination severance. More spending from our happy spenders ( with our money ) Ariel, Melissa and Kirk.

    Zero value created by these leeches: Ariel, Melissa and Kirk.

  27. All on the dais have acted like children during this entire process, and each of these clowns gets to share the crown as they fight over who gets to drive the car off the cliff. Some think Fernandez and Castro are for the residents, but you close your eyes to their toxicity and greed. Some think Menendez is the Solomon of the group, but he was corrupt before he was elected, and has only gotten worse since. Some think Lago and, by extension, Anderson, are the steady hands, but they’ve been there long enough that they own our fair city’s current problems more than the newbies.

    None of us should be happy with today’s meeting. Castro yelling, Menendez scheming, Fernandez grasping at the Menendez lifeline. Only Anderson and Lago appeared statesmanlike, but that’s just because the others were just so awful. Really it’s like comparing different animals’ xxxx; it’s still xxxx.

    Pius Iglesias is gone. Who will replace him? On an interim basis it’s the guy Fernandez wanted while the city “starts a conversation” with the guy responsible for MIA’s broken condition. This is not how a city is supposed to find a manager, unless it wants more broken toys like Pat Salerno and Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark. Do a national search and find a decent manager. Try, please try!

    These five, and whomever ends up in the manager’s chair when the “conversation” is over, need to fix the dysfunction, act like adults and get things back on track. This is worse than the Rudy Crew/Dade School Board years, and we should all be appalled at them rather than at each other’s throats in the comments section of a digital rag like Gables Insider.

  28. These three Commissioners went to Tallahasse on City expenses and denied a staff companion for their trip, which has always been the custom? So, is this how/when they worked their plan to fire the City Manager? Did they violate the Sunshine Law? Time will tell!
    We have entered a dark period for the City with self-serving Commissioners who have already through their actions demonstrated that their pay and their benefits are priority ONE for them!
    We can only hope for the best while planning for the worst attitudes/suggestions/directions for our City Beautiful!

  29. Just a point of clarification. THERE IS NO LAW SUIT, potentially or otherwise! CM Iglesias served at the will of the City Commission, who are entitled to dismiss him with and without cause no questions asked. It’s in his contract and he must abide by it. By the way, the same is true for the City Attorney and City Clerk. Although I am not an Iglesias detractor, I can safely assure everyone that any lawsuit issued by him about this firing would be frivolous and thrown out by any judge.

  30. I sent an e-mail to the Chief of Police to suggest he schedule the Neighbor Safety Patrols to drive around our neighborhoods at night–when burglaries occur–rather than in the mornings, as they now are scheduled. He replied with an e-mail that he would contact me the next business day. He never did.

  31. We need to recall KFC! Their ego and greed will bring down the City! Very unprofessional the way they handled the City Manager item. Not to mention the sneaky way they went behind our backs and gave themselves a raise and car allowance. NOT WITH MY TAXES. I guess driving a Toyota Corolla or even a VW Tiguan which you can lease for $400 is beneath them. No, they need to drive a Maserati or the like with taxpayer’s money! Disgusting! They need to be fired/recalled.

  32. To be honest, if City Manager Iglesias had to go, he had to go. Period! That being said, one has to agree with Mayor Lago that pushing Cutie into this role without a proper process is a big RED FLAG, which begs the question of why the anti-Iglesias commissioners would be doing this. Let’s hold these commissioners accountable NOW before it’s too late. The proper way to do this is to do a national surge, and if Cutie wants to apply, he is welcome to do so.

  33. Ever since we saw these new commissioners arrived at City Hall there have been a lot of noise and turbulence that this City have never seen in the past.
    Just remember to VOTE next time.

  34. All the developers & their cronies were out in full force today, but we still prevailed! It’s time to listen to the people! It’s time to keep our charming city charming. We DO NOT want to become Brickell! Anderson & Lago think we’re idiots. It’s sickening to even listen to them anymore. We’re so done! Thank you to Fernandez, Castro & Menéndez!

  35. Today is a very SAD day for the City of Coral Gables.
    These 3 commissioners that go around clueless about how the City is run.
    Not one of them paid any attention to the speakers that were there in support of CM Peter Igleisas.

    Surely they do not care at all about the City. It is their way or the highway.

    Vice Mayor Rhonda Anderson made a terrific presentation, the truth be known to all. Great lady.

    I was appalled at the attitude taken by Castro when the Mayor asked the assistant manager to go to the podium, how disrespectful, and arrogant this person is. Ariel showed his arrogance also at the end.
    I pray we can do away with these 3 before they finish running the City to the ground.

    And suggest the Airport Cutie, they have NOT seen how in disarray the airport is in, I surely do not want this person as CM in our City. Bankrupt the City in less than a year.
    So much toxicity brought on since the 2 newbies came to the City and Kirk Menendez, NEVER to be trusted.
    I am really sorry to see Cm Peter Iglesias go, scared for our City now and who will run it.

  36. One down 3 to go!
    Lets get our city government back to before Menendez, Castro and Fernandez were running the show!

  37. Mr Menendez has an agenda to get elected to Mayor. He should be the next one out!

  38. The Head of MIA to run this city? What a joke! No sky train, no moving walkways that work, at least a dozen escalators that are broken, a customs checkpoint that is 2 miles away from the gates with inoperative walkways (no wonder there are 30+ wheelchairs always lined up at the gates). I long for the days of true city reps like Kerdyk, Withers, and Barker. This city has become the MANGO REPUBLIC!

  39. Hate to see anyone fired but he did not help himself with his attitude against Fernandez. It really was time for a change and Iglesias had become L’Ego’s puppet. Next up, recall the Mayor!

  40. All this infighting shows utter incompetence. Where are the mid and long term plans for the City in terms of Climate Change, ridiculous housing prices, traffic congestion, abuses of Pubic Property, like the Biltmore Hotel, street parking businesses and abuses. The City Beautiful is no more, looks like a town in Russia built by the Soviets.

  41. Good riddance Señor Iglesias, a disrespectful and arrogant employee who wouldn’t even listen to a conversation for a minute.

    These elected officials work for us not us for them!
    Time for a change!!

  42. Great news. Now, perhaps the wishes of the residents will be met. Let’s start by getting Burger Bob’s open. Tomorrow would be nice…..

  43. This city is poorly run I had a very very dangerous situation this morning when an elevator in my building fell 2floors and doors opened with no floor someone could have been killed. I called code enforcement and got a miserable run around calling 311 which is only a call center saying they have an elevator safety department which they do not. Residents called the fire department and they wouldn’t come only if a person is stuck in the elevator. This city is a mess the founders of this city must be turning over in there graves over this! The way they have handled burger bobs and everything else is an unthinkable mess! Hope they get a city manager that can right this city back to the way it once was.

  44. Your publication is totally bias in favor of the newly elected (by very few votes) Commisioners and their followers.
    I am not willing to offer my opinion to your publication under those circunstances

  45. My comment got deleted! Let’s try again (are we censoring opinions?)

    I am writing to express my deep concerns regarding the conduct and actions of Commissioner Ariel Fernandez in our beloved city of Coral Gables. Since taking office, it has become increasingly apparent that Commissioner Fernandez has prioritized his own interests over those of the people he is elected to serve.

    During recent hearings, it was brought to my attention that Commissioner Fernandez may not even be an actual homeowner in Coral Gables. This revelation raises significant questions about his commitment to our community and his eligibility to represent the interests of our residents.

    It is disheartening to witness a public servant who seems more focused on personal gain than on the well-being of the city and its inhabitants. Instead of setting aside his ego and working for the greater good, Commissioner Fernandez appears to be advancing his own agenda at the expense of our community.

    In stark contrast, I want to take this opportunity to commend Mayor Lago for consistently prioritizing the best interests of Coral Gables residents, especially during challenging times. Mayor Lago has demonstrated unwavering dedication to our city, and his leadership is truly commendable.

    Furthermore, I would like to address the unrealistic expectations of some individuals who wish to maintain the city at the same prices as 1961. It is imperative to recognize that Coral Gables has undergone significant growth and development over the years. As such, our policies and prices must evolve to reflect the current needs and expectations of our community.

  46. Goodbye and good riddance. Iglesias was disrespectful, inflammatory, and, overall, shady. The boys’ club (Lago/Iglesias/Now Anderson–A shame) has allowed rot to fester in Coral Gables for years. The handling of Burger Bob’s. Of Liberty Cafe. Of parking lots. Of everything. I, for one, am more than ready to see a change.

  47. The head of the airport? Are you joking? The Sky Train has been broken for months and the escalators and elevators are always broken. Hardly a shining example of managerial excellence.

  48. You guys should ask WHY places like Fritz and Franz do not make it, like ask the inside. But let’s point fingers. I’m sick of the unprofessional behavior of the 3 commissioners that voted against the City Manager. Their behavior and “deer-in-headlights” approach and mannerisms just show their inexperience; AT LEAST get some pointers with other government officials on how the due process is done! Embarassing!
    And props to Vice Mayor Anderson, who officially does her homework.

  49. Mr. Iglesias accomplished much during his tenure. It’s a pity he did not defer to his superiors, the City Commission.

  50. After watching this meeting I am appalled at the lack of understanding around basic Human Resource management. The commission is broken. Clearly this was all set up to bring in an incompetent replacement who completely screwed up the airport. OK so you want him out. You have to do it the right way. He has a great lawsuit to bring. I heard a commissioner say his age was an issue. Bingo-lawsuit. I heard Menéndez propose the new candidate before a vote to terminate. Bingo-lawsuit. I did not see or hear an proof of insubordination. Bingo-lawsuit. Clearly these commissioners are clueless. If you want someone new you must do it by the book. Castro may be likeable but not very smart. Fernandez wants conflict so he can push his agenda. Menendez has no mind of his own. I’m sure they are fine people but incompetent nonethe less.

  51. No Candidate suggested by Menendez, Fernandez & Castro should be considered. Mr. Menendez has an AGENDA, he wants to run for Mayor with the support of the other two, no to KFC, that is where his alliance rests. I am so sorry I gave Menendez my vote against the advice of people that know him up close & personal. We live and learn, it was time for Iglesias to go!

  52. All I know is, Coral Gables is very poorly run/managed. The building department is a joke. Money is wasted and spent on stupid things. We, the citizens deserve and should demand a government that is run more like a business and as efficiently as a business must be. In a business, if an employee is not cutting the mustard, that employee must be fired. I am not at all impressed with Mayor Lago or Vice Mayor Anderson. I miss Ortanique, Liberty Cafe, Burger Bob’s. Granada golf course and The Biltmore are not well managed either.

  53. No one likes to be fired, but the reality is that he brought it onto himself by not respecting all of the commissioners and thinking that he was beyond reproach.

    A city manager, in fact, all city employees, are there to serve the residents and to alienate them. The commissioners are there to represent those that elected them, not the other way around. We should always look at a Win-Win situation. Negotiate and debate in good faith. Bring your points forward with factual data and take the emotions away, you are dealing with and affecting thousands with poor or obstinate decisions.

    Sometimes, no, let me say it differently. Those in power sometimes let that power get to their heads. Use that power for change, change for the better. There should not be any secret meetings with anyone, special developers.

    The city government should perhaps have something similar that is done in business, ongoing internal audits and external audits every two years especially when existing elected officers are voted out of office, or anyone in a power position leaves or in this case, is terminated.

    As far as who will be the next City Manager, Commissioners should consider promoting from within and sometimes Fresh Blood may yield greater results.

  54. The former City Manager was very entrenched and entitled. He didn’t read the tea leaves that the residents of Coral Gables wanted a new direction for our city when we elected Commissioners Castro and Fernandez. He was also disrespectful several times to both new commissioners. So, good riddance! Hopefully former Assistant City Manager Alberto N. Parjus will do a good job and listen to The People through the new Commissioners.

  55. Shame on Kirk , Ariel , and one of the dumbest people I have ever heard speak Melissa. Coral Gables is officially a circus.

  56. Does Iglesias have due a substantial payment upon his termination? If so, what is it?

    Jack Thompson

  57. I’m so deeply concerned regarding the conduct and actions of Commissioner Ariel Fernandez in our beloved city of Coral Gables. Since taking office, it has become increasingly apparent that Commissioner Fernandez has prioritized his own interests over those of the people he is elected to serve.

    During today’s hearing, it was brought to everyone’s attention that Commissioner Fernandez may not even be an actual homeowner in Coral Gables. This revelation raises significant questions about his commitment to our community and his eligibility to represent the interests of our residents.

    It is disheartening to witness a public servant who seems more focused on personal gain than on the well-being of the city and its inhabitants. Instead of setting aside his ego and working for the greater good, Commissioner Fernandez appears to be advancing his own agenda at the expense of our community.

    In stark contrast, I want to take this opportunity to commend Mayor Lago for consistently prioritizing the best interests of Coral Gables residents, especially during challenging times. Mayor Lago has demonstrated unwavering dedication to our city, and his leadership is truly commendable.

    Furthermore, I would like to address the unrealistic expectations of some individuals who wish to maintain the city at the same prices as 1961. It is imperative to recognize that Coral Gables has undergone significant growth and development over the years. As such, our policies and prices must evolve to reflect the current needs and expectations of our community.

    Moving forward, I sincerely hope that Commissioner Fernandez will redirect his focus towards building and improving our city, rather than engaging in destructive behavior. Our community deserves elected officials who are committed to serving the public good and upholding the values of integrity and accountability.

  58. Make a seat for Saul Gales, next to Leonard Nemoy, when they are both sent deep into outer space.

    With Iglesias gone, the rest of the bad characters will jump like rats off his sinking ship.

    The City now heads into a bright future.

  59. It’s hard to take this newsletter seriously when it’s become so extremely biased to only one side of the issue. This isn’t about Fernandez vs. Iglesias… let us remind you that you all work for us – the tax payers.
    I encourage you to have a more unbiased approach to your reporting if you expect us coral gables resident to take you seriously.

  60. GREAT!!!
    Let’s now get his cronies running other city departments too. Start with the Chief of Police!

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