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To watch the meeting LIVE: https://zoom.us/j/3054466800 . Anyone can address the commission for (3) minutes before the start of business promptly at 9am
Below is a satire digest a-la-Insider for what we expect will take place at the upcoming meeting. Enjoy!
- Burger Bob’s gets rent deferment agreement ($20,280.26) and lowered rent to $1,000 a month. Not a bad deal for prime location on the Granada Golf Course.
- Historic Preservation Appeal – to designate 649 Palmarito Court. Given that Miracle Mile isn’t considered historic by the City we doubt the commission will pay much attention to overturn the Historic Preservation Board’s decision.
- Cardboard Boxes & Recycling – 2nd reading to mandate Multi-Family and Commercial breakdown boxes before throwing them in dumpsters. (Sponsored by Vice Mayor Vince Lago) Our readers have complained about single family residential recycling and having to breakdown their Amazon boxes. We doubt the commission will get the same push-back from Multi-Family and Commercial. Do you fold your cardboard boxes or throw them out on the swale for pickup?
- Sustainability – waive City permit fees for certain green and energy efficient improvements to residential properties. (Sponsored by Vice Mayor Vince Lago) Lago wants to waive permit fees for insulation (if no existing insulation exists), LED lighting, solar batteries, upgrades to seawalls for sea level rise, water conservation devices and drip irrigation. We think this is how government can begin to incentivize to have residents invest in their on resiliency and sustainable improvements to their homes.
- US-1, South Dixie Highway or Harriet Tubman Highway? – (Sponsored by Commissioner Patricia Keon) Keon wants to pass a resolution to rename South Dixie Highway from the Miami-Dade/Monroe County line to I-95 to be “Harriet Tubman Highway”. Keon brought this up before but was met with commission opposition and concerns that George Merrick and his history could be next.
- Another Zoning Community Q&A Meeting Request before Feb 9th Vote – Sponsored by Vice Mayor Vince Lago) Immediately following the last Zoning Code Change community meeting in which 250 residents attended, Vince Lago wrote a memo to the city commission for consensus on having the city manager host another Q&A resident meeting. Commissioner Keon objected to Lago’s request and requested it be discussed on the dais. The commissioners have made up their minds on how they will vote on the proposed Zoning Code changes, just vote on it already! Elections are in April, just sayin’.
- Presentation of San Amero at Miller Road Roundabout Analysis – (Sponsored by Vice Mayor Vince Lago) The roundabout has been questioned by neighboring residents as to its design and safety. Miami-Dade County agreed that the roundabout is flawed and should have a design modification. City Staff has ignored the request, and this is not the first time Lago will bring this to the commission floor for action and direction to city staff. Residents do pay the administration’s salary, right?
- $1,485,938 – Presentation on State-of-the-Art Mobility Hub (Andalusia Parking Garage)– City Manager Peter Iglesias The mobility hub (parking garage) will be a mixed-use building that will host multiple transportation and mobility activities for people visiting, living and working in Coral Gables. It will be a place to pick up a scooter and have waiting zones for Uber, Lyft and Doordash etc. The city expects the structure to have a lifespan of 75 years and due to the fast-changing pace of transportation and mobility technology (err, flying cars coming soon?), this building will need to be designed to be adaptable during its lifespan.