Coral Gables

Halloween
6:11 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

A History Of The Biltmore, Miami's Best Known Creepy Hotel

Looking east over the golf course at the Miami Biltmore Hotel.
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/24482

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.

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Culture
6:33 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Hear The Beat Of The Coral Gables Senior Center Drum Circles

Susan Corrigan and Essie Friedman keep to the beat with other residents of The Palace in Coral Gables as they participate in a drum circle.
Credit 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?”

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The Florida Roundup
9:12 am
Fri August 22, 2014

The Florida Roundup: Teens Charged With Trespassing On Ray Allen's Property

Ray Allen's lawyer criticized the Coral Gables police for treating the trespassing as a mere 'prank.'
Credit 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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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

ArtsGarage, Coral Gables Community Arts Program 2014 Summer Concert Series, Broward Arts Calendar

ArtsGarage
artsgarage.org

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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Transportation
6:13 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

How Miami's Cute New Trolleys Led To A Civil-Rights Investigation

Credit Dave Reid/Flickr http://bit.ly/1dOK8dy

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.

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Urban Planning
8:35 am
Tue April 1, 2014

West Grove Trolley Garage Unearths Vulnerabilities Of Low-Income Neighborhoods

West Grove resident Dorothy Henry's house backs up against the trolley garage property.
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.

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News
6:39 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

What West Grove Residents Are Saying About The Trolley Garage

The completed trolley depot in the West Grove.
Credit 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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City Zoning
7:29 am
Mon July 29, 2013

What (Pre-Approved) Home Colors Are Trendy In Coral Gables?

One of Benjamin Moore's color schedules for Coral Gables homes. These have all been pre-approved.
Credit Karelia Arauz

In the city of Coral Gables, you can't paint the exterior of your home unless the color is pre-approved by the city's Board of Architects, otherwise you'll need to:

  1. Fill out a permit application
  2. Fill out a Board Of Architects application
  3. Bring in a color picture of the house
  4. Bring in a sample of the proposed color

Joel Hitchman, a plans coordinator assistant for the Board Of Architects, said they receive about two to four applications a week and that about 90 percent of them get approved.

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City Zoning
7:36 am
Fri July 19, 2013

How Coral Gables Has Been Doing Since It Lifted The Pickup Truck Ban

Pick up trucks used to be banned in Coral Gables
Credit Karelia Arauz / WLRN

For residents of the city of Coral Gables, there are all kinds of strict rules and regulations, like the ones that we explored yesterday.

Not too long ago, you couldn’t even have a pickup truck within city limits -- at least not one that you kept parked in your driveway overnight. 

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City Zoning
7:45 am
Thu July 18, 2013

You Can't Own An Elephant In Coral Gables (And Other Weird Laws)

Morman Ross rides an elephant on Miami Beach in 1922. Coral Gables wanted to discourage this circus-like atmosphere.
Credit Courtesy of History Miami

Coral Gables has a reputation for its very strict—and frequently unusual—city codes.

As recently as 2007, the entire zoning code was revamped, but to this day, there are still a few ordinances that are... well, peculiar.

While flipping through the 464-page zoning code manual, there were seven ordinances that stood out.

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Community Contributor
10:22 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Former Franklin Roosevelt Campaign Manager Settled In Pioneer-Era Coral Gables

The iconic Coral Gables City Hall.

My father, Ernest Peyton Jones, worked for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was his campaign manager for the southeastern United States and became the associate commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration.   My mother, Betty Schwab Jones, was the secretary for Sen. George Norris of Nebraska. They married in 1936 and lived in Washington.

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Community Contributor
7:58 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Miami-Dade Public Transportation Has Many Options, And Some Are 'Not Bad'

There are options for commuters traveling to Coral Gables, but not all of them fit the City Beautiful's slogan.
Credit Marc Averette, via Wikipedia Commons

For many years I both lived and worked in Coral Gables, and since my house was less than a mile from work, I decided to ditch my car and purchased a scooter. I conveniently biked, walked or scootered around town. I could get to the beach or the Grove by scooter, bike or public transportation.

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Books & Books To Hold A Party Saturday
9:42 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Books & Books Celebrates 30 Years

Mitchell Kaplan says he set out to create a literary culture in South Florida when he opened Books & Books.
Credit Books & Books


It's been 30 years since the independent bookstore, Books & Books, first opened its doors in Coral Gables, and this week, they're celebrating.
 

Today there are stores throughout the region and beyond. There are three South Florida stores, as well as outposts at the Miami International Airport and the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale,  and stores in Grand Cayman and Westhampton Beach, New York, too.

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Dispatches From The Swing State
11:37 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Tonight: Come Hang Out With Us At Books & Books

Patrick Farrell and Kenny Malone
WLRN

Florida voters could decide the 2012 presidential election. We have more electoral votes than any other swing state. Miami Herald Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Patrick Farrell and WLRN-Miami Herald News radio reporter Kenny Malone are on a 10-day quest to capture the faces and voices of the powerful Florida voter. Maybe it's an oyster farmer in Apalachicola, a psychic in Cassadaga, a bartender in Cedar Key, a tomato picker in Immokalee.

Join us for a discussion upon their return.

Under the Sun
3:11 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

Front-Row Seat To Death Row execution

Death Row inmate Manuel Valle was executed via lethal injection for the murder of Coral Gables Police Officer Louis Pena in 1978.
Renjith Krishnan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Before his execution by lethal injection in Florida State Prison on September 28, Manuel Valle had spent 33 years on Death Row for killing Coral Gables Police Officer Louis Pena in 1978 and wounding another officer during a traffic stop. Valle was driving a stolen car and ran a red light. Officer Pena pulled him over and was subsequently shot in the neck. Valle fled, but was caught two days later.

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