Opinion: Open Letter To Coral Gables Residents And Business Owners: Have We Lost Our Minds? – Gables Insider

For over 20 years we, elected officials, city administration and residents, have been part of a discussion about the need to replace our aging parking garages. Much discussion has been had, City Managers have come and gone, elected officials have also gone either by their own choice or by term limits. The possibility of a park, like New York’s Central Park came up, among other ideas. Eventually in 2019 Resolution 2019-96 was passed “allowing the City the opportunity to build a new parking structure…….and granting the staff until October 1, 2022 to break ground.” Why is this important? Because otherwise the project would revert to the developers as part of that same resolution. The City Administration has had since March 26, 2019, to get this project on track. Yes, we were affected by the pandemic, but several times we heard from our City Manager say that the City never really closed, that everything kept going during that time. Why, are we now between a rock and a hard place? Why this project needs to be shoved down our throats without any community input? More questions come to mind, doesn’t the City have to follow our codes and ordinances? Why is this proposed PARKING GARAGE, now labeled MOBILITY HUB, needs variances in order to be built? Did we not hear the staff say that the Craft zoning had to be adjusted not to overshadow the historical San Sebastian? Isn’t the Miracle Theater a historical building? How will the City be able to deny private requests from developers asking for variances to build other structures on or near Miracle Mile that will be compatible to what it is being proposed now? Shouldn’t the City be the first one to follow ALL our codes and ordinances? Will the City be willing to fast track other projects as it’s happening with this one? This is YOUR City, are you going to sit back and allow this mammoth futuristic “Mobility Hub” to be built in our City? Shouldn’t we have a say since we are going to pay for it at least $40 million dollars? Shouldn’t we have community meetings to express our opinions? Are the administration and Commission not interested on listening to what we have to say? Is this building going to be one person’s legacy at any cost? We all need to let them know what our vision is for the City we love. Is it George Merrick’s or Walt Disney’s?

Opinion: Open Letter To Coral Gables Residents And Business Owners: Have We Lost Our Minds? – Gables Insider

Newcastle takeover exposes ‘massive hypocrisy’ on anti-discrimination policies, says Fair Square – BBC Sport

He added: “Saudi Arabia is probably one of the countries in the world that has some of the most discriminatory laws and practices against minority groups. “So it’s a massive hypocrisy and just exposes this tension between a club which tries to promote positive values, and its ownership by a state, which is deeply repressive, and to whom those values are anathema.

Newcastle takeover exposes ‘massive hypocrisy’ on anti-discrimination policies, says Fair Square – BBC Sport

City of Coral Gables Sells 2 Parking Lots–Little for Parks

Total revenues two parking lots $7,025,000 (100%)

Revenues for city buildings– Public Safety Building and a Minorca Parking Garage $5,275,000 (75%)

Revenues for park lands and improvements $1,750,000 (25%)


Money for any budget items is highly fungible–more money for any one item frees up money for other uses.

This is just a game of budgetary mirrors.

Money that may have gone for parks before are now free for other non-environmental uses

Or the city knew money was coming for parks so no money was assigned in the original budget, and went for less important items.

Mayor Lago conditioned the sale of the Doctors Hospital parking lot on using the money exclusively for parks.

That has been conveniently forgotten.

Coral Gables City Budget Resolution–Sell Lots Mostly for Public Building Construction and Parking Garages


The City of Coral Gables Commission Demands Physical Presence in its Chambers to Legally Comment at Public Hearings of Important Legislative Matters.

This has raises dangerous health questions in middle of the most serious COVID pandemic since the pandemic began with Florida being the most serious hotspot in the US, and then even compared to many countries in the world.

The result of this strong requirement to be physically present in the City Commission Chambers has the effect of thwarting legal comments and criticisms.

@RonDeSantis Kills, Sickens Children

Many more infections, ICU’s full, fighting against public health by boards of education, children in ICU’s, indifferent to vaccinations.

His Goal, Mirroring Trump–get reelected at the cost of public health.


New valet parking at Doctors Hospital to be sold by the City will remove a dense green protective environmental barrier between the hospital and the neighbors, all to reorganize and build more parking spaces and more “efficient” parking.

The sale and the reorganized parking space will lead to the destruction in the views and quiet space of neighbors along the canal and the big loss in environmental and community benefits (by noise, lighting, traffic, unsightly view of hospital buildings, loss in property values, loss of wildlife habitat).