The City of Coral Gables Commission held a special sunshine meeting July 30th to discuss Miami-Dade County’s proposal to reduce the financial distribution to municipalities from a projected sum of $135 million to $30 million.
The proposal, as laid out, would represent a distribution of approximately $400,000 to the City of Coral Gables.
During the meeting, Commissioner Jorge L. Fors, Jr. asked the City Attorney, Miriam Ramos, if the CARES Act, as written, requires that the County distribute funds to municipalities, to which she explained that it does not.
Commissioner Michael Mena voiced his concern over condemning. He explained that there is a better way forward to accomplish the goal that does not require condemning and actually asks for what the City needs. He said we should “work together to come up with a number that makes sense.”
According to City Manager, Peter Iglesias, the City has had $464,000 in FEMA eligible expenses and a total of approximately $1.49 million in COVID-19 related expenses. However, the City is seeking over $4 million of CARES Act funding.
Municipalities have until Monday, August 3rd, to submit a spreadsheet with the City’s COVID-19 related expenditures. The City must include what programs and uses they will have for the money prior to requesting the funds.
The Commission voted unanimously to adopt the resolution, which Mayor Valdes-Fauli insisted needed to remain unchanged, so that he could attend a Miami-Dade League of Cities meeting following this special commission meeting.
Following the League of Cities meeting, Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli participated in a press conference with other municipal mayors and he stated that “maybe we should amend the Florida constitution to abolish the county.”
Valdes-Fauli also proceeded to launch a personal attack on Mayor Gimenez’s son, Carlos Gimenez, Jr., stating “maybe we should hire the mayor’s son to be our lobbyist to distribute the money,” as quoted by a Miami Herald reporter.