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Downtown Coral Gables, Where Beautiful Lives

As part of the City Beautiful, Downtown Coral Gables is taking the destination to new heights, creating a lively epicenter infused with international flair, one-of-a-kind offerings and experiences, where locals and visitors can take advantage of a tastefully cultivated community and effortless lifestyle.

Downtown Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile is a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with more than 150 property owners and over 350 merchants including restaurants. Infused with a chic European feel, tree-lined streets and Mediterranean architecture, the historic area boasts some of Miami’s finest boutiques, acclaimed restaurants and lively cultural venues. Downtown Coral Gables, with its Miracle Mile, is an elegant and sophisticated destination to live, shop, play and work. It is Miami’s charming gem that locals like to keep secret and visitors fall in love with when they find it.

The Business Improvement District of Coral Gables (BID) was incorporated in July 1997 and encompasses 19 blocks of Downtown Coral Gables including Miracle Mile. As an advocate for downtown issues, property owners, and businesses, the BID empowers district members through a single-unified voice, speaking collectively to governmental and civic organizations and the general public in order to bring prosperity to the District. Its mission is to promote commercial vitality for Miracle Mile and Downtown Coral Gables through marketing and advertising, and to act as a strategic catalyst for the overall improvement of the area.

 

The Business Improvement District (BID) of Coral Gables’ mission is to promote commercial vitality to Miracle Mile and Downtown Coral Gables, and to act as a strategic catalyst for the overall improvement of the area. Through the implementation of marketing and advertising programs, and engagement in the form of advocacy, this collective organization of property owners and merchants position Downtown Coral Gables as a desirable place to shop, dine, play, live and do business.

 

The BID of Coral Gables is a non-profit 501(c)6 organization incorporated in July 1997. Originally it encompassed property within the designated geographic area of Douglas Road to Le Jeune Road (east–west) and Aragon Avenue to Andalusia Avenue (north-south).  In November 2007, due to the overwhelming demand from businesses just outside the northern boundary of the district, the geographic area was expanded to include one more block north, making the northern boundary Giralda Avenue.  This expansion was a result of the district’s re-election in August 2007.  Every five years, the property owners reconsider the charter and elect to continue the BID organization.  In 2017, the BID of Coral Gables was re-established once again by an overwhelming majority of its property owners.

 

The BID of Coral Gables allows for provisions of an equitable and reliable means of financial support, management and long term funding.  A BID is an organizing and financing mechanism used by property owners and merchants to determine the future of their retail and commercial area.  The BID of Coral Gables is based on state and local law, specifically Florida Statute 170, which permits property owners and merchants to band together to use the city’s tax collection powers to “assess” themselves. These funds are collected by the city and returned in their entirety to the BID and are used for purchasing supplemental services (e.g. advertising, promotions and special events) beyond those services provided by the city. The BID’s charter includes a five-year “sunset” provision, whereby the district requires ratification every five years by a majority of its property owners. The BID was last reinstated in 2017 through 2022.

 

The involvement of BID property owners and business owners is crucial to its success, and to the success of the district. Members may serve on a committee (Marketing, Retail, Member Communications, etc.) or on the Board of Directors.

The BID’s Board meetings take place on the second Wednesdays of the month on Zoom. These are the dates for upcoming board meetings:

 

The BID Board of Directors is made up of:

6 property owners
6 business owners
1 property/business owner
1 Coral Gables Chamber representative
1 City of Coral Gables representative
1 Resident Advisor

 

The following individuals currently serve on the 2020-2021 Board of Directors:

President – Jill Hornik, Jae’s Jewelers
Vice-President – Nick Sharp, Threefold Cafe
Secretary/Treasurer – Rick Alberty, Well Groomed Gentleman
Member at Large –  Judy Weissel, Property Owner

Officers:

Ari Bittel, Terranova Corp.
Burton Hersh, Burton Hersh P.A.
Pat McBride, McBride Properties
Alberto Jose Perez, AJP Ventures
Steve Bradley, Clutch Burger
Zeke Guilford, Property Owner
Patricia Anton, Violeta’s

Coral Gables City Commission Liaison – Vince Lago, Mayor
Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Liaison – Brian Piper, Sykes Printing
Resident Advisor – Marc Schwarzberg

 

 

The BID office, responsible for day-to-day operations concerning marketing & advocacy, is staffed by the following individuals:

Aura Reinhardt, Executive Director

Amanda Caceres

Chelly Aguilar

 

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICES

JANUARY 2021

JANUARY 19

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

6pm Zoom Meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

FEBRUARY 2021

FEBRUARY 1

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

10am Zoom meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

FEBRUARY 2

TOWN HALL FORUM: MIRACLE MILE ZONING

3pm Register here: https://rb.gy/eavqs9

FEBRUARY 10

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

8:30am Zoom Meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

MARCH 2021

MARCH 1

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

10am Zoom meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

MARCH 10

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

8:30am Zoom Meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

APRIL 2021

APRIL 5

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

10am Zoom meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

APRIL 14

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

8:30am Zoom Meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

MAY 2021

MAY 3

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

10am https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8811554206?pwd=NDFDa1E5U0NZK0lXVXd1YVltTXQrQT09 Zoom meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

MAY 12

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

8:30am https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81160410844?pwd=cENqeS9zenkwUFBlSW5xUTYrUTRlQT09 Zoom Meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

MAY 31

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

10am https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8811554206?pwd=NDFDa1E5U0NZK0lXVXd1YVltTXQrQT09 Zoom meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

JUNE 2021

JUNE 9

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

8:30am https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89262487990?pwd=dm9wVFhnWkNKWE5ESWVHdGdzamoyZz09 Zoom Meeting ID: 892 6248 7990 Passcode: 315452

JULY 2021

JULY 5

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

10am https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8811554206?pwd=NDFDa1E5U0NZK0lXVXd1YVltTXQrQT09 Zoom meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

JULY 14

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

8:30am https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81796423150?pwd=Rjl1d05UTEhsdXRsSWY4VFFHVU1Qdz09 Zoom Meeting ID: 817 9642 3150 Passcode: 301124

AUGUST 2021

AUGUST 2

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

10am https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8811554206?pwd=NDFDa1E5U0NZK0lXVXd1YVltTXQrQT09 Zoom meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

AUGUST 11

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

8:30am https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84653143571?pwd=NzFRRXhwZjdTM3FxUFptVE9GeGtEQT09 Zoom Meeting ID: 846 5314 3571 Passcode: 919361

AUGUST 30

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

10am https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8811554206?pwd=NDFDa1E5U0NZK0lXVXd1YVltTXQrQT09 Zoom meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

SEPTEMBER 2021

SEPTEMBER 8

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

8:30am https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83434691523?pwd=UmlkbUF2RWZVaGJrTlJWTSsyaHpJZz09 Zoom Meeting ID: 834 3469 1523 Passcode: 203343

OCTOBER 2021

OCTOBER 4

NOMINATION COMMITTEE MEETING

9:30am https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8811554206?pwd=NDFDa1E5U0NZK0lXVXd1YVltTXQrQT09

OCTOBER 4

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

10am https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8811554206?pwd=NDFDa1E5U0NZK0lXVXd1YVltTXQrQT09 Zoom meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

OCTOBER 13

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

8:30am https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87593615969?pwd=OVd2T0NkTjluREY0aTEvckd4ZHJMZz09 Zoom Meeting ID: 875 9361 5969 Passcode: 029639

NOVEMBER 2021

NOVEMBER 8

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

10am https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8811554206?pwd=NDFDa1E5U0NZK0lXVXd1YVltTXQrQT09 Zoom meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

NOVEMBER 17

ANNUAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

6:30pm Hotel Colonnade 180 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

NOVEMBER 17

ANNUAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

7:00pm https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83574282797?pwd=ZGVEaStYR2h3Ry9VOGdGVEZBYVZiQT09 Meeting ID: 835 7428 2797 Passcode: 535719

NOVEMBER 29

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

10am https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8811554206?pwd=NDFDa1E5U0NZK0lXVXd1YVltTXQrQT09 Zoom meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

DECEMBER 2021

DECEMBER 8

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

8:30am https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89922003075?pwd=dTIyUEtCeEF2djlIQTFWak9jL0NwQT09 Zoom Meeting ID: 899 2200 3075 Passcode: 816952