CORAL GABLES: Community Organizations Against Zoning Code–LETTER TO AUTHORITIES

Coral Gables Neighbors Association Gables Good Government Committee Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables Ponce Neighbors Association  

February 6, 2021  

Dear Mayor Valdes-Fauli, Vice Mayor Lago, Commissioners Fors, Keon and Mena:  

On behalf of the members of the undersigned civic organizations, we wish to voice our opposition to the proposals, which the Commission is currently considering, for amending the City’s Zoning Code.  

We petition you to delay voting on adopting any Zoning Code or Land Use amendments until after the upcoming April election or, more appropriately, until after a post-pandemic normalcy returns, which would give the community a meaningful opportunity to fully participate in and contribute to the deliberative process.  

The Reason Why:  

The process used to formulate the proposed amendments to the Zoning Code was flawed because it did not formally provide for adequate or meaningful input from residents during the formulation process.  

After three years of working without an effectively structured methodology for resident inclusion in the deliberative process, the proposal was presented as a fait accompli to the surprise of your constituents, many of whom are members of the undersigned Coral Gables civic organizations.  

Thus far, so-called community meetings have not allowed for adequate input or effective interaction between the Commission and its constituents due, in part, to the very nature of ZOOM gatherings.  

What is further disconcerting is that City staff, the outside consultants, and members of the Commission have failed to provide adequate responses to written requests for information and/or clarification from residents and from the undersigned civic organizations.    


There should be no vote to adopt the pending proposal until the City’s residents have had an opportunity to hear an open debate on this issue between the candidates for Mayor and Commission members during the upcoming election. Once the new Commission is seated, it will hopefully do what should have been done previously – provide a welcoming environment for citizens to participate in the deliberative process — effectively and fully.    

Respectfully yours,  

Coral Gables Neighbors Association Sue Kawalerski, President  

Gables Good Government Committee Thomas Snook, President  

Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables Karelia Martinez Carbonell, President  

Ponce Neighbors Association Gordon Sokoloff, President

Zoning Code – Important Week for Action – – Gmail

Mark Zandi Thinks The Deal Will Be Great–Is He Lost In Space

Mark Zandi, Chief Economist of Moodys in a CNN interview, stated that the “debt limit deal” is amazing and really great and will solve all of the economic worries of our country and get our economy back on track. According to his effusive rant he said that all the private sector needs in order to restart hiring is the “deal.”

He ignores that consumers have cut back on spending, the government spending cuts have a negative impact on the economy and state and local governments and the housing market is in the tank.  Unbelievable, but true.

Most economists and prinicipal financial leaders agree that immediate reductions in spending will have a bad impact on our economy.

My friends, prepare yourselves for a multi-year stagnation in unemployment and growth in the US economy.

See a History of House Values: Prices are Falling Again

See this very interesting graph showing the change in the housing price index in the US.  You will note that it is still heading down and this should be reflected by further declines in property values and problems for local government that depend on property taxes.

Note: This chart has been liberally copied without identifying either the source or author. If you see this elsewhere on the intertubes, you should recognize that it was created by Steve Barry, and is originally published here at TBP.(

Brutally Honest Evaluation of International Private and Public Assistance to Haiti

This report provides a fundamentally accurate analyses of the failures of private and public international assistance in Haiti.  The recovery of this sad country will take years, if not decades, and external help is missing many of the fundamental keys to effective help.

There is a lot to see in this appraisal and many lessons that have not be learned by those who have tried to help in Haiti over decades.

Read this, but don’t expect to find a pretty picture.

Today, the hospital stands empty, its consulting and operating rooms abandoned, its beds unused, its scanners gathering dust, its two brand new ambulances sitting under tarpaulins in the yard. On April 1, owner Reynold Savain was forced to close CDTI because neither the Haitian nor U.S. governments, nor the United Nations, would agree to help pay his bills.

via Special report: Is aid doing Haiti more harm than good? | Reuters.

North Miami Debacles

The same government that is holding in abeyance (hostage?) $160,000 of Red Cross monies, has a mayor who was driving a $100,000 Porsche and couldn’t remember what friend loaned it to him.   No further comment needed.