Coral Gables

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.

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.

State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,

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.

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.

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.