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Experience Downtown Coral Gables

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 2021-2022 Board of Directors:

President – Jill Hornik, Jae’s Jewelers
Vice-President – Nick Sharp, Threefold Cafe
Secretary/Treasurer – Rick Alberty, Well Groomed Gentleman

Officers:

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

 

 

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, Marketing Specialist

Chelly Aguilar, Office Manager

 

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICES

JANUARY 2022

JANUARY 13

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

9:00am

JANUARY 19

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

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

FEBRUARY 2022

FEBRUARY 9

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

12:30pm 141 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

FEBRUARY 16

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

8:30am 201 Alhambra Circle, Suite 100, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

MARCH 2022

MARCH 9

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

10am Meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

MARCH 16

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

8:30am 201 Alhambra Circle, Suite 100, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

APRIL 2022

APRIL 11

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

10am

APRIL 20

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

8:30am 201 Alhambra Circle, Suite 100, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

MAY 2022

MAY 11

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

10am

MAY 18

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

8:30am 201 Alhambra Circle, Suite 100, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

JUNE 2022

JUNE 8

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

10am

JUNE 15

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

8:30am 201 Alhambra Circle, Suite 100, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

JULY 2022

JULY 13

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

10am

JULY 20

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

8:30am 201 Alhambra Circle, Suite 100, Coral Gables, FL 33134Zoom Meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

Meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

AUGUST 2022

AUGUST 10

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

10am

AUGUST 17

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

8:30am 201 Alhambra Circle, Suite 100, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

SEPTEMBER 2022

SEPTEMBER 14

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

10am

SEPTEMBER 21

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

8:30am 201 Alhambra Circle, Suite 100, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

OCTOBER 2022

OCTOBER 12

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

10am

OCTOBER 19

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

8:30am 201 Alhambra Circle, Suite 100, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu

NOVEMBER 2022

NOVEMBER 9

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

10am

NOVEMBER 16

ANNUAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

TBD

DECEMBER 2022

DECEMBER 14

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

10am

DECEMBER 21

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

8:30am 201 Alhambra Circle, Suite 100, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Meeting ID: 881 155 4206 Passcode: 3cc2bu