Coral Gables

Weston City Hall
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The city of Weston wants to ban weapons in city buildings and parks. The city of Coral Gables wants to ban the sale of assault-style weapons inside city limits. But as of now, both of those actions would break a state law that establishes that only Tallahassee can regulate firearms in Florida. 

In fact, local officials who try to enact their own gun-control policies right now face fines up to $5,000 or even removal from office. 

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Guests for Sundial on Wednesday, Feb. 28:

City of Coral Gables Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli discussed the city commission vote that banned assault weapons even though state law forbids local governments to pass gun laws.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School opened its doors to students today for the first time since the Feb. 14 mass shooting.  WLRN reporter Caitie Switalski spoke to us about how students, parents and faculty handled being back in the school. Also, MSD student David Hogg told us how he felt on his first day attending class after the shooting. 

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This week on The Florida Roundup...

It's official: Coral Gables is the first city in Florida to enact a ban on plastic bags. Retailers are no longer allowed to supply them or they could be fined up to $500. This is just one of the new local government prohibitions on carrying containers.

Former Trainer Opens Fire At Coral Gables Gym, Killing Two Employees Then Himself

Apr 8, 2017
Al Diaz / Miami Herald

A gunman opened fire near the tony Equinox fitness center at the Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables Saturday, killing two former co-workers before killing himself, police sources said.

John Power / WLRN

The city of Coral Gables believes Waste Management employees can also be crime fighters.

 

 

Coral Gables Chief of Police Ed Hudak Jr. was fascinated by the idea of Waste Watch, a crime prevention program. “This neighborhood watch initiative enhances the safety of Coral Gables neighborhoods and provides law enforcement with an extra set of eyes on the street to protect our community and citizens,” says Hudak.

A Conversation With A Community Arts Program Director

Jun 8, 2015

The Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ hosts the Community Arts Program, which brings classical and jazz musicians to South Florida to perform for the public, and to engage with local students.  

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01/30/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Jazz pianist and educator, Jim Gasior, tells us about the not-for-profit, Miami Jazz Co-op’s performances and rent parties featuring South Florida’s finest talent. Viga Gewert, Chopin Foundation’s Executive Director for the U.S., shares her excitement about the 9th Annual National Chopin Piano Competition and its many local events.

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The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables wasn't always a hotel. 

It was built in 1926 by a young developer named George Merrick, who's known as the founder of Coral Gables. 

The hotel became a place to host glamorous fashion shows, galas, golf tournaments and water shows in what was then the largest pool in the world.

At a loud party on the 13th floor of the hotel, a gangster named Thomas "Fatty" Walsh was shot and killed by another gangster. That murder yielded a lot of ghost rumors over the years.

Hear The Beat Of The Coral Gables Senior Center Drum Circles

Sep 10, 2014
CW Griffin / Miami Herald staff

At the Sunday afternoon drum and sing-along class at The Palace in Coral Gables, music is the great healer. It eases niggling worries, soothes aching joints, mends grieving hearts, restores fickle memory.

“Music takes you to a good place,” says instructor Michael Cloyes, owner of Servant Response Entertainment.“It brings back happy memories, happy times. Who doesn’t like to sing?”

Miami Herald File

A Coral Gables woman found seven strangers standing in her bedroom in the middle of the night. After she screams, they run. The police do not arrest them. 

Some question the government's response after a group of Hispanic teenagers snuck into the home of former Miami Heat player Ray Allen.

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05/23/14- On the next South Florida Arts Beat, Executive Director, Alyona Ushe describes the major success that is the ArtsGarage’s first three years of presentations and their new expansion into Pompano Beach. Mark Hart, Executive and Artistic Director of the Coral Gables Congregational Church’s Community Arts Program 2014 Summer Concert Series has the details about their exciting events.

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In recent years, snazzy trolleys painted like old-timey street cars have been rolling on Miami-Dade streets. They're free to ride and hit hotspots from Miami’s Midtown to Coral Gables.

But what's gotten the county, and some of its cities, in trouble with the federal government is where the trolleys don’t go: the West Grove, a predominately black neighborhood in the city of Miami.

Arianna ProtheroWLRN

Miami’s West Grove residents, unhappy a trolley garage servicing Coral Gables was built in their neighborhood, may soon be able to claim a small victory. After a series of legal battles including a civil-rights investigation, Coral Gables and the garage's developer are now looking to pull out of the West Grove.

Miami Herald

The city of Coral Gables has a short-term solution to the battle over a trolley garage it has built in West Coconut Grove. The solution is to move the garage to Coral Gables, the community the trolleys serve. The only problem is that the new facility won't be ready for another two to three years. 

Residents in the West Grove aren't too pleased with the solution. 

Williams Armbrister is a community activist fighting against the garage since the project was first announced.

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