Stories written by Rosie Tobalina

Coral Gables Farmers Market returns for season, Jan. 12

Coral Gables Farmers Market returns

I t’s that time of the year again to enjoy the great weather outdoors and visit the Coral Gables Farmers Market, conducted every Saturday from Jan. 12 through Mar. 23, 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., in front of City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way. Relax at 8 a.m. with a free Tai Chi class, followed by […]

City begins enforcement of amended truck restrictions

Coral Gables has ended its grace period on enforcement of the city’s restrictions pertaining to trucks parked outside of garages in residential areas as a result of a Nov. 6 referendum on the subject. The voters approved the referendum thereby amending the city’s zoning code to allow parking of one non commercial pickup truck outside […]

Gables adds domestic partner benefits for city employees

The Coral Gables City Commission on Oct. 30 approved an ordinance providing for employment benefits to city employees in domestic partnerships, to the extent permitted by the various collective bargaining agreements. As an employer, the City of Coral Gables recognizes that its employees may establish and maintain important personal, emotional, and economic relationships with persons […]

Santa Claus to continue tradition of riding through Coral Gables

Get a glimpse of the most popular man ofthe season as Santa Claus will be riding on a the season as Santa Claus will be riding on a fire truck through the streets of Coral Gables on Dec. 22 and 23, before heading back to the North Pole. This marks the third year of a […]

Celebrate with businesses during this holiday season

Mark your calendars and get ready to celebrate local businesses in the City Beautiful. This holiday season, the City of Coral Gables is introducing two new annual events: the Coral Gables Festival of Lights, which will light up the downtown shopping district and the Village of Merrick Park, and the Storefront Display Awards Program, which […]

City selected among ‘100 Best Communities for Young People’

The City of Coral Gables is among the 2012 winners of the “100 Best Communities for Young People,” presented by America’s Promise Alliance and ING. Coral Gables was selected for demonstrating a lasting commitment to youth development through educational initiatives, civic engagement, and recreational programs. The national competition is part of the Grad Nation campaign, […]

City recognized by 3CMA for overall government website

The City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA), in its annual competition of who’s who in government communications, awarded the top Savvy Award to the City of Coral Gables’ for its overall website design in its Digital Interactive category. The award, which recognizes outstanding local government achievements in communications, public sector marketing and citizengovernment relationships, was […]

Gables residents invited to free concert by Frost Wind Ensemble

Photo Credit.:

As part of the Development Agreement between the City of Coral Gables and the University of Miami, Coral Gables residents are invited to attend a free concert by the Frost Wind Ensemble. The concert, which is part of Festival Miami, takes place on Sunday, Oct. 7, 3:15 p.m., at the Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller […]

Gables Fire Department joins countywide Stroke Consortium

The Coral Gables Fire Department is joining all Miami-Dade County fire rescue departments and 16 partner hospitals to create a Stroke Consortium that will help save lives for those patients who are experiencing a stroke. The network was created through a cooperative effort of the Fire Officers Association of Miami- Dade, which includes the fire […]

Art in Public Places program takes flight in Coral Gables


The very first artwork to be installed through the City of Coral Gables’ Art in Public Places program is soaring on the PonceCat Building on the corner of Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Catalonia Avenue. Created by Miami artist John Angée, this sculpture, titled Flight to Freedom, symbolizes the flight that so many have had […]

Lost your pet? The city can assist you in finding Fido

A pet is very much a member of the family, and when your dog or cat wanders away and can’t get back home, you need all the help to find them. That is why the City of Coral Gables has created a Web page that will increase the likelihood of finding a lost pet. Under […]

New state-of-the-art trolley now in service along Ponce route

Coral Gables’ new state-of-the-art trolley is seen in service.

There is a new, state-of-the-art trolley in service in Coral Gables. The vehicle has an automated wheelchair ramp and an integrated “kneeling” system that lowers the front suspension for easier passenger entry and exit. The new trolley, No. 17, which replaces another vehicle from an aging fleet, was purchased entirely with funds from a federal […]

Coral Gables refinances loans resulting in significant savings

Mayor James Cason signs the loan documents.

The City of Coral Gables recently refinanced most of its outstanding revenue bonds, which had been issued over the past decade. The existing bonds held interest rates of 3.98 percent and 3.50 percent and had been issued through the Sunshine State Government Financing Commission (SSGFC). Due to favorable market conditions, the city had the opportunity […]

On the road to building a better Coral Gables

Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason (right) inspects one of the streets being repaved.

Work has begun to pave approximately 30 lane miles of streets throughout Coral Gables. Crews are working on the first phase of the project which covers identified neighborhood streets north of S. Dixie Highway (US1). This paving project is part of the Neighborhood Renaissance Program (NRP), proposed by city manager Pat Salerno and approved by […]