Coral Gables

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Books & Books Celebrates 30 Years

Nov 1, 2012
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.


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.

Front-Row Seat To Death Row execution

Oct 12, 2011
Renjith Krishnan /

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.

True South Florida Story: Club Kid

Aug 11, 2011
David Samayoa

Jeremy Glazer read his story Club Kid at a live event produced by Under the Sun and Lip Service at the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables. The sold-out event featured true stories about life in South Florida. Jeremy is a legislative analyst, a former high school teacher and a Miami native.

I live on South Beach. But I’m not gay and I don’t go to clubs.

It’s weird, I know.

True South Florida Story: Drama

Jun 1, 2011
David Samayoa

Lip Service co-producer Esther Martinez read her story Drama at a live event she helped produce with Under the Sun at the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables. The sold-out event featured true stories about life in South Florida. The full show will air on WLRN June 4-5.

By Esther Martinez