Baños is the Editor of Gables Insider
In the enduring spirit of the City of Coral Gables and the pursuit of an informed and engaged citizenry, I write to you today with an open letter. In recent months, the landscape of our local governance has witnessed the diligent efforts of Commissioner Ariel Fernandez and his colleague, Commissioner Castro, as they assumed their roles as the newly elected representatives of our cherished city. Their commitment and effectiveness in reshaping the discourse within the Commission cannot be denied.
Yet, even with their valiant endeavors, there has been a palpable void. Gables Insider, this very publication, had long served as a beacon of transparency and a forum for the scrutiny of our government by the vigilant residents who hold dear the principles of a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” It was a platform that held our elected officials accountable and ensured that their actions faced the scrutiny of the public eye.
In recent times, certain decisions and actions by the Commission have unfolded with a notable absence of the public outcry that they might have once elicited. Part of this change can be attributed to the absence of this very newsletter. Recognizing this, various residents among us embarked on a movement to resurrect this clarion voice, albeit imperfectly, and assume the mission of Gables Insider.
Over the past month, after the encouragement of a small committee of dedicated residents and future contributors to this publication, I come to you with a shared purpose: to carry forward the legacy of this publication and, in the footsteps of Ariel Fernandez, continue to inform our dedicated readership. It is my aspiration to be equal to this task, and I pledge my utmost dedication to keeping you, the informed citizens of Coral Gables, apprised of the developments unfolding within the hallowed halls of City Hall and the broader reaches of our community.
Therefore, dear readers, it is with great resolve that I, Javier Banos, convey this message. I embark on this journey not as a mere writer but as steward of a longstanding tradition—a tradition of accountability, transparency, and civic engagement. In the true spirit of Gables Insider, we pledge to uphold these values as I strive to keep you informed, enlightened, and empowered.