Others Can Take Your Vaccine 2nd Shot

More than 40,000 people in Florida are overdue to receive their second dose of the coronavirus vaccine and officials say it is a problem some experts said they saw coming.

More than 40,000 in Florida overdue for 2nd dose of coronavirus vaccine | WFLA

TOP SECRET INFORMATION : Vaccines Received and Vaccinations Given in Miami-Dade County

Why can’t we have the weekly information on total vaccines received and vaccines given in Miami-Dade County, by health system (Jackson and Baptist…) and county. Why can’t the citizens be well informed and not be treated like children.

JACKSON HEALTH SYSTEM: Opened for Vaccination Appointments this Morning—NO LUCK!

Jackson Health System CEO Migoya, Plans COVID Vaccination For Miami-Dade: A Rosy Picture?

In summary:

  • There is a huge vaccination demand (that’s good) and a fair, equitable appointment system is nonexistant. There is chaos right now.
  • Supplies from the Federal and State sources seem uncertain, supplied as they are a weak at a time. No forward planning is possible by providers and the county.
  • Miami-Dade Country authorities and the lead Jackson Health System (JKS) is overly optimistic, as reflected in the recent statements by CEO Migoya.
  • Vaccination planning is not taking into account the new covid rapidly infecting variant that may increase infections fast as vaccinations are given and, thereby, raise the actual percentage herd immunity needed to stabilize the disease spread.
  • JKS could be overestimating the capacity of HMO’s, hospitals, new drive-through sites and other new providers like the HMOs. We will see.
  • JKS estimates there are 455,000 people in the 65 years old and higher category and they think 50 percent will get vaccinations. Vaccination capacity could reach 70,000 to 75,000 vaccines per week very optimistically. The State may supply up to 250,000 per month.
  • They think that the 65 and older group may get enough vaccinations by the end of March. These seem quite optimistic given possible unreliable State health authorities vaccine distribution.
  • In short, there are at least 200,000 to 250,000 people in the 65 and over group who want vaccinations right now and they will want way more than the supply for many weeks to go. Remember, it is 2 shots per person.

Today 354,300 COVID deaths, at least

Gov. DeSantis–Completely Incompetent Vaccine Turnout

It is hard not to appreciate that the Government of Florida health authorities and Governor DeSantis are completely over their heads in organizing the vaccination of millions of people. The Governor is blaming others for this failure like someone else we are familiar with, who practices this method of governance.

It is rather easy to understand that hospitals alone, with their many other demands, are not able to carry out a statewide vaccination program in a reasonable time period, at least without many more financial and staff resources.

Also, the Federal Government has no plan, the State of Florida has no plan and Miami-Dade County has no plan.

This is called underdevelopment, backwardness and incompetence.

LIST OF MAJOR AMENDMENTS TO ZONING CODE: City of Coral Gables

The following list is obtained from the memo sent to the Commission on September 9. The so-called major amendments are more than “updates” and appear to represent nontrivial changes in building, construction and design characteristic ofl areas within the City of Coral Gables.

The original list and other materials can be found at

https://coralgables.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4632977&GUID=B32FC916-83DE-4298-AC8D-D5230EECE6D7&Options=&Search=

Major Amendments:

  1. Required Open Space.
    •   Increasing required open space in Multi-family 2 and Multi-family 3 from 25% to30% by requiring 5% on upper floors facing the street
    •   Sections 2-100 & 6-105
  2. Mandatory setbacks.
    •   Mandating setbacks at ground level of 10 feet on Douglas and LeJeune, and 20 feeton US-1
    •   Section 4-206
  3. Mixed Use.
    •   Replacing Commercial Limited, Commercial, and Industrial with Mixed Use 1, 2,and 3
    •   Sections 2-200 & 2-201
  1. Permitted mixed use.
    •   Allowing a mix of uses including residential as-of-right for small- and medium-scaled sites
    •   Section 2-201
  2. Building heights.
    •   Providing maximum heights consistency between Zoning and Land Use
    •   Section 2-201
  3. Miracle Mile and Giralda Open Space.
    •   Exempting properties on Miracle Mile and Giralda from open space requirements
    •   Section 2-201
  4. Small mixed-use buildings open space.
    •   Reducing required open space of small mixed-use properties from 10% to 5%
    •   Section 2-201
  5. Downtown District Overlay.
    •   Clarifying the District Overlay and prohibiting parking to face Miracle Mile
    •   Section 2-402
  6. Design & Innovation District Overlay.
    •   Creating the Design & Innovation District Overlay and expanding parking exemption for ground floor showrooms/art galleries and all low-rise buildings
    •   Sections 2-406 & 10-110
  7. Multi-Family 3 (MF3) and Multi-family 4 (MF4).
    •   Separating MFSA into MF3 for low-rise and MF4 for high-rise buildings
    •   Sections 2-104 & 2-105
  8. Floor Area Ratio (FAR) in Multi-Family.
    •   Removing FAR limitations for multi-family to be regulated by height and density
    •   Sections 2-103; 2-104; 2-105
  9. MF3 townhouses.
    •   Allowing density bonus for MF3 of 25 du/ac with Mediterranean Bonus
    •   Section 2-104
  10. Small lot low-rise buildings.
    •   Providing parking exemptions for low-rise multi-family and mixed-use in CBD
    •   Section 10-110
  11. Setbacks in Mixed Use.
    •   Unifying setbacks of 0ft and stepbacks at 45ft for all mixed use
    •   Sections 2-200 & 2-201
  12. Miracle Mile.
    •   Incorporating mandatory shopfronts of 90% min, parking setback of 60ft, and build-to-line of 0ft
    •   Sections 2-201.D.9 & 4-206
  13. Parking minimums.
    •   Reducing parking minimums for multi-family to 1.5 spaces/2+ bedrooms;townhouses to 1 space/unit; offices to 1 space/ 500sf; and restaurants to 1/300sf
    •   Section 10-110
  14. Transfer of Development Rights (TDRs) in Industrial Section.
    •   Allowing Design & Innovation District to be a TDR receiving site area
    •   Section 14-204

18. Minor & Major approved site plan amendments.

  •   Improving and clarifying minor/major amendments to approved site plans
  •   Section 14-203.1219. Structure of Zoning Code

 Structuring and organizing the Zoning Code to allow for future amendments and

additions, such as new Sustainability article and Urban Design article

CORAL GABLES’ ZONING CODE REVISIONS: Public Workshop and Community Outlook

The 5-0 vote to hold the workshop, proposed by VIce Mayor Vince Lago, came a week after around 280 people watched a virtual special commission meeting on the zoning-code update. Several attendees complained they didn’t know about the undertaking, in the works for two years. Some claimed the city intentionally kept the zoning-code revisions “under wraps,” as one critic put it — something city officials strongly deny.

City officials documented nearly 25 public meetings and hearings on the zoning-code revisions, most of which are uncontroversial, but residents complained they were not notified of the effort. As a result, commissioners on Monday also unanimously backed a proposal by commissioner Jorge Fors to notify residents of all city public hearings by email through the city’s e-News service.

Questions from residents prompt delay in Gables zoning vote | Miami Herald

Many Coral Gables’ meetings slip under the radar for the average resident. The only reason that most meetings are often called “public” is because they are legally required to be spen to the public, even when the community is not invited to the meetings.

The Mayor has been highly critical of citizens complaining it was their fault if they didn’t know about the zoning code changes because they could have participated in 25 pubic meeting. The Mayor’s words were quite harsh and he questioned the motives of the critics in an undiplomatic tone. The demand for a new public workshop is, in part, a reaction to the Mayor’s annoying comments.

In the case of the 25 named public meeting held to discuss, review and revise the zoning code, with the advice of a consulting company, many of them were small invited technical working groups in which major revisions were discussed and agreed upon. The average resident interested in the outlook for Miracle Mile, the Crafts section and North Ponce, therefore, has to follow numerous meetings, the formal Commission meetings and working groups, without sufficient explanation, guidance and interpretation.

But the 25 prior “public meeting” can be described as:

(1) small technical gatherings,

(2) a limited groups of Coral Gables government staff and outsiders,

(3) advisory committees made of specially-selected highly-motived interest groups of architects, builders and lawyers, but not “average” citizens,

4) employ of highly technical and obtuse specialized language only understood by practiced specialists in zoning codes and direct users of the code such as architects, builders and attorneys. The City itself had to contract a consulting firm to help make the zoning code modifications.

(5) meetings held at odd hours of the day inconvenient to most residents. Also, the average citizens cannot sit through the largely stodgy, long technical sessions of the Commission and read, understand and analyze the significance of complex legalistic legislative documents on the spot.

Even Commissioners themselves evidenced some remaining questions and doubts about the purpose and contents of changes in the zoning code. Similarly, the Commissioners did not attend the many small technical decision making meetings, let alone the wider community.

And what can anyone say about the more than 500 pages of the zoning code!

The Commission and Management should be prepared to explain and interpret the likely impact of their decisions and the changes in the zoning code on future construction and development on Miracle Mile, the Crafts section, and North Ponce for community livability, the environment, transportation, access, size of structures, density and commerce.

In other words, how will the areas evolve and look like in the future and how will current residents in the areas and the wider community be affected?

Beautiful Visitor to Our Neighborhood

Enjoying this beautiful visitor to our neighborhood in this time of COVID staying at home.

This is a view of essential micro-environments for wildlife near the Doctors Hospital valet parking lot here in Coral Gables, FL.

Neighborhood Light Contamination: DOCTORS HOSPITAL

This is the existing night time light contamination from Doctors Hospital, penetrating through the city-owned valet parking lot and penetrating through a very dense green buffer along the Coral Gables Waterway. The alternation, removal and installation of new landscaping may very significantly increase light contamination to the neighbors. Also, it is not known at this date if the city will allow for additional lighting on the future expanded parking lot after it is sold to Baptist Health, as planned.

Green Buffer Hides Doctors Hospital from Neighbors

Green Buffer, Coral Gables Waterway

This photo shows that the Doctors Hospital buildings are completely out of view of the neighbors; and many neighbors have renovated their houses over the years to favor this natural untouched view of the canal.

It is projected that the hospital will eliminate appreciable green areas, thereby, increasing noise, light pollution, views of parked cars and traffic, buildings with lighting, street lighting, disturbing wildlife, decreasing property values….

Environmental Initiatives Statement: City of Coral Gables

The City of Coral Gables recognizes that sustainability must be a key focus of the City’s policies and services, with targeted investments in energy, water and waste efficiency. Creating this sustainable city requires a commitment of leadership and coordination across the organization. Whereas, the City will consider the environmental impacts of its operations, and develop creative and practical solutions that will minimize our ecological footprint. We will integrate sustainability in the places residents and employees live, work and play, and provide the guidance and resources for our businesses and citizens. The City is committed to strategic and comprehensive sustainability planning throughout all departments and divisions. We will design, build and maintain our facilities, parks and streets to the highest of standards that promote efficiency and safety for our residents, visitors and employees. We will integrate technology to monitor and track our environmental investments, and will review our performance and cost savings. We will support businesses and organizations that are aligned with our mission, and foster relationships and opportunities with key institutions. By advancing these local sustainability initiatives, we will improve the environmental, social and economic health of Coral Gables.

City of Coral Gables – Environmental Initiatives

Coral Gables Waterway Green Neighborhood Buffer

Environment and Wildlife on Coral Gables Waterway

The City of Coral Gables is negotiating the sale of a green area environment and the Doctors Hospital valet parking lot.

In this green buffer environment there resides wildlife including feeding manatees, an occasional alligator, ducks, turtles, herons, fish, among others. Boaters visit the canal that ends at the Pisano Ave Bridge by the University of Miami.

Some typical wildlife residents and visitors to the area for feeding, reproduction and rest are as follows:

Manatee

Protect the Canal Green Environment

A dense green buffer (shown here in part on the Coral Gables Canal near the University of Miami, abutting the Doctors Hospital parking leased from the City of Coral Gables) provides significant community, environmental and ambient benefits to residents and homeowners in the City of Coral Gables.

The many community benefits of the green area:

  • Provide wildlife habitat (birds, fish, reptiles, manatees…) diversity
  • Traffic calming and noise mitigation
  • Impeding views of car traffic, valet parking, buses and ambulances
  • Impeding view of Doctors Hospital buildings
  • Mitigate Doctors Hospital lighting
  • Wind and temperature mitigation in storms and hurricanes
  • CO2 capture
  • Favor canal users’ recreational boating and fishing
  • Bolster local property values

The City of Coral Gables is negotiating the sale of the parking lot land to Baptist Health (Doctors Hospital). This could lead to a reduction in the green environmental buffer for the local residents and visual invasion of Doctors Hospital into the quiet neighborhood.

It is hoped that the City of Coral Gables will fortify the residents by setting clear limits on future land use. Otherwise, this raises questions about the sale of the property.

The city should prohibit the construction of structures (buildings, walls..) of any kind on the land and guarantee the future maintenance and sustainability of landscaping just as dense and beneficial as the existing green buffer. A mechanism to regularly review the maintenance and sustainability of the green area should be considered.

CANAL VIEW HOSPITAL AND PARKING HIDDEN

City of Coral Gables FL on Sustainability, the Environment and Climate Change Response

A very recent resolution of the City Commission:

RESOLUTION NO. 2020-
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF CORAL GABLES, FLORIDA, DECLARING A CLIMATE EMERGENCY, AND URGING THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE FOR RESILIENT AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES AND PROPER STEWARDSHIP OF THE ENVIRONMENT

This is the description of City of Coral Gables sustainability and environmental initiatives:

The City of Coral Gables recognizes that sustainability must be a key focus of the City’s policies and services, with targeted investments in energy, water and waste efficiency. Creating this sustainable city requires a commitment of leadership and coordination across the organization. Whereas, the City will consider the environmental impacts of its operations, and develop creative and practical solutions that will minimize our ecological footprint. We will integrate sustainability in the places residents and employees live, work and play, and provide the guidance and resources for our businesses and citizens.

https://www.coralgables.com/sustainability

Green Goals in the City of Coral Gables:

The City of Coral Gables will take measurable steps towards becoming a “sustainable” community by providing a healthy setting for residents, workers, property owners and visitors and increase awareness of green development practices and ways to have a significant impact on the City’s environment including the following: protecting the quality of air, water, land and other natural resources; conserving native vegetation, fish, wildlife and worldwide ecosystems; minimize the carbon footprint; and reduce greenhouse emissions.

https://evogov.s3.amazonaws.com/media/91/media/165649.pdf

City of Coral Gables–The Environment

In recent years the City of Coral Gables has introduced a number of valuable sustainable development and environmentally relevant policies and programs.  Recently, the City Commission has approved a statement of its concerns for mitigating climate change effects. There is a strong concern for the protection of green areas, preparation for sea level rises and ensuring sound environmental principles in all programs and projects.

Coral Gables Canal near Doctors Hospital

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Covid Vaccine Distribution Chaos in FL?

The Publix supermarket pharmacies have gotten in the business of giving vaccines and the State of Florida has limited vaccine distribution to some hospitals, especially Baptist Health, which recently cancelled a large number of vaccination appointments.

Hopefully, this does not involve doses of vaccines going to friends of the Governor first and not widely and evenly distributed to major centers of large-scale efficient vaccination.

We look forward to the Federal government taking perhaps a heavier hand in stimulating states to find better, more rapid ways of distribution, including financing Federal vaccination centers. These could be conditions for getting more doses.

COVID RESPONSE AND MANAGEMENT IS NOW IN CRISIS: The Nation and Florida

The Governor of Florida says that all he needs is more vaccine. Of course, the outgoing Federal government failed to supply, organize, distribute and create mechanisms for large-scale vaccination in a short time. The Governor of Florida has tried to go his own way and we don’t know how much vaccine is distributed fairly: it seems to have been made up all the way by Governor DeSantis.

Celebrating a New President, New Hopes and New Possibilities, Democracy

FL HAS UK COVID VARIANT

Even with relatively scant monitoring for evolved strains of the virus, known as “variants,” federal officials say Florida now leads the country in known cases of the so-called “U.K. variant,” or B.1.1.7, with 46, according to new data released Monday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 22 known cases last week. California has the next highest number, with 40 known cases.

Florida leads country in COVID variant cases, CDC says | Miami Herald

@mayordaniella @coralgables PREPARE FOR A HUGE INCREASE in COVID INFECTIONS–and SHUTDOWN?

Scientists tell us that vaccine distribution is lagging way behind the increase in infections and the appearance of more aggressive infections that replicate faster. Some new COVID variants may be more resistant to existing vaccines.

Listen to the scientist. Speak out. What you are doing by saying you are working hard to get the vaccination out: that is just political cover.

Time to act. A SHUTDOWN IS HEADING OUR WAY.

COVID INFECTIONS and DEATHS: FL, MIAMI-DADE and BROWARD COUNTIES

FLORIDA: 1,700,000 Infections; 24,700 Deaths

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY: 369,000 Infections; 4,700 Deaths

BROWARD COUNTRY: 168,100 Infections; 2,000 Deaths