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 2012, the BID was re-established once again by an overwhelming majority of its property owners.
The BID 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 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 2012 through 2017.
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, Streetscape Project, Overlay Study, etc.) or on the Board of Directors.
The BID Board meetings take place on the third Wednesdays of the month and are held the Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables (formerly the Westin Colonnade) at 8:30 AM. These are the dates for upcoming board meetings:
January 18, 2017 – * New location: Coral Gables Museum
February 15, 2017
March 15, 2017
April 19, 2017
May 17, 2017
June 21, 2017
July 19, 2017
August 16, 2017
September 20, 2017
October 18, 2017
Committee Meetings 2017
Executive Committee Meeting- Monday, January 9 at 3 p.m. at the BID office
Retail Committee Meeting- Wednesday, February 1 at 10 a.m. at the BID office
Streetscape Committee Meeting- Wednesday, February 1 at 4 p.m. at the BID office
Downtown Overlay Meeting- Monday, February 6 at 1 p.m. at City Hall
Executive Committee Meeting- Wednesday, February 8 at 8:30 a.m. at the BID office
Member Communication Committee Meeting- Thursday, February 16 at 9 a.m. at the BID office
Marketing Committee Meeting- Tuesday, February 21 at 3 p.m. at Bulla Gastrobar
Executive Committee Conference Call- Thursday, February 23 at 4 p.m.
Retail Committee Meeting- Wednesday, March 8 at 10 a.m. at the BID office
BID Board Mixer- Wednesday, March 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Weiss Serota offices, 2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Member Communication Committee meeting- Thursday, March 16 at 9 a.m. at the BID office
Marketing Committee meeting- Tuesday, March 28 at 3 p.m. at the BID office
The BID’s 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 2016-2017 Board of Directors:
President – Venny Torre, Torre Companies
Vice-President – Barbara Tria, Property Owner
Secretary/Treasurer – Craig DeWald, Uvaggio
Member at Large – Jill Hornik, Jae’s Jewelers
Denise Erwin, Bulla Gastrobar
Burton Hersh, Burton Hersh P.A.
Jorge Kuperman, JSK Architectural Group
Matt Lahiff, Westin Colonnade Hotel
Mindy McIlroy, Terranova Corp.
Carolina Rendeiro, World Strategic Forum
Truman Skinner, McBride Properties
Michael Steffens, Neville Steffens Architects, LLP
Judy Weissel, Property Owner
Commission Liaison – Jeannett Slesnick, Coral Gables Commission
Chamber Liaison – Nick Sharp, Threefold Cafe
Resident Advisor – Joseph Hernandez
The BID Board of Directors may be reached at [email protected] .
The BID office, responsible for day-to-day operations concerning marketing & advocacy, is staffed by the following individuals:
Taciana Amador, Executive Director
Sarah Alayon, Marketing Manager/Assistant to the Director
Daniela Pedroza, Social Media Specialist/Office Assistant
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District of Coral Gables
220 Miracle Mile, Ste 234
Coral Gables, Florida 33134