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On Friday, September 24th, the legal teams of the City of Coral Gables, Wawa and REDEVCO argued a motion to dismiss the legal challenge presented by the Gables Accountability Project (GAP) regarding the proposed construction of a Wawa Gas Station across the street from George Washington Carver Elementary and Middle School.
Judge Michael Hanzman asked tough questions of both sides in this case during the hearing.
Over 170 people tuned in live to the Zoom hearing, where the Judge listened to the arguments by the City, Wawa and developer, REDEVCO, who sought to end the legal challenge claiming no illegality had taken place.
GAP’s attorney, David Winker, argued that the residents who comprise GAP have been wronged by the City’s lack of public comment, lack of notice to the school and parents and the settlement reached with the developer to allow for a speedy process specifically requiring that no public comment take place.
In the end, Judge Hanzman granted GAP a 20-day period in which to submit an amended complaint specifically outlining what action by the City was “procedurally or substantively against the law.” The City will then have 20 days to file a response and subsequently a new hearing will be set.