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As previously reported, the City Commission had scheduled a sunshine meeting for August 18th, to discuss solid waste. Following resident response to Gables Insider‘s article, the meeting will be rescheduled to a later date. Mayor Vince Lago asked staff to reschedule the meeting and emphasized the need for the meeting to take place after 5:00PM. Lago had suggested holding it at 5:00PM on the same day as the next scheduled Commission meeting with the support of Commissioner Rhonda Anderson. However, other Commissioners were not in favor of this and scheduling is being worked out. However, one thing is for sure, the meeting will not take place on August 18th, as previously scheduled. Gables Insider will stay on top of this story and report back once a new date and time have been confirmed.
On Thursday, August 18th, the City of Coral Gables Commission will hold a sunshine meeting at 1:30PM to discuss solid waste.
However, in this Wednesday’s City newsletter, there was no mention of the meeting. A check of the City’s calendar on the official website also shows no signs of this sunshine meeting nor does the Commission meeting page, which shows “Currently there are no upcoming events.”
Some may say, “well the meeting is next week and they will send out the information then.” This would make sense, however, the City has been blasting out information (on social media and the City’s newsletter) about another community meeting being held on the same day at 6:00PM about Phillips Park.
Solid waste has been an extremely controversial issue, which has brought about large resident participation at prior meetings.
The Commission has been considering a change to services, which would remove services provided, while continuing to charge the same high fees we currently pay.
The time of the meeting is one that would make it difficult for resident participation, adding more questions to the process of scheduling and not notifying residents about this important meeting.
Resident Maria C. Cruz sent an email to the Commission questioning why Phillips Park is more important than solid waste, “It just came to my attention that there are TWO Sunshine Meetings scheduled for the same day. It seems to me that one is extremely important because it has been posted on Social Media, eNews, etc. It is about the possible grant application for Phillips Park improvements. The City wants to hear from the community!!!! It is Thursday, August 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the Police/Fire Headquarters. I guess they would like a large number of interested residents/taxpayers to attend and share their ideas. BUT, there is another SUNSHINE Meeting scheduled for the same day at 1:30 p.m. at Commission Chambers. It is about SOLID WASTE! Obviously not a very important topic for our community. NO Social Media, No eNEWS. etc. Smaller venue and inconvenient time!!!! I guess the powers at be are not interested in hearing from the residents/taxpayers; after all the present City Administration KNOWS, or think they know what is best for US. C’mon!!!!!!! Does anyone see anything wrong with this? Does anyone care about how WE feel about SOLID WASTE services. and or, fees?”
For those interested in attending, the meeting will be held at the Commission Chambers at Coral Gables City Hall on August 18th at 1:30PM. You can also participate via zoom at: https://zoom.us/j/3054466800.