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Where You Should Go in Coral Gables FL When You Visit

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Coral Gables is a beautiful location that you should consider visiting. If you are going to be traveling into Miami, this is a place you should go. It is south of Miami, directly across from the Miami Seaquarium. There are many fun things that you can do in the city once you arrive. Let’s go over some of these attractions that you may find interesting. (more…)

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Berkshire Group Purchases 276-Unit Luxury Apartment Community in Coral Gables, Florida

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CORAL GABLES, FL – Berkshire Group announced the purchase of Aviva Coral Gables. The recently built 276-unit luxury apartment community will be renamed Berkshire Coral Gables. The property is located in the Miami market in Coral Gables, Florida, near the Shops at Merrick Park. (more…)

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Long-Delayed Center in Historically Black Area of Coral Gables Celebrates Grand Opening

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A long-delayed community hub for a historically black Coral Gables community is now open, its completion celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Members of the Lola B. Walker Homeowners Foundation and city leaders gathered Saturday for the opening of a community center that will be part of the Bahamian Village development. (more…)

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Hines Sells Aviva Coral Gables Apartments for $100m

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Aviva Coral Gables and Jeffrey Hines, president and CEO of Hines

Houston, Texas-based Hines just sold a recently completed apartment complex near Coral Gables for $100 million to the Berkshire Group.

Property records show Ponce & Bird Miami Development LLC sold the 276-unit Aviva Coral Gables at 3880 Bird Road to Delaware entities managed by Boston-based Berkshire, BIR Coral Gables I LLC and BIR Coral Gables II LLC.

Aviva, completed in 2015 and about 95 percent leased as of April, sold for about $362,000 per unit. No financing was recorded. (more…)

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Miami Vice Style in Coral Gables

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CORAL GABLES, FL — With its sleek modern architecture, this estate home is reminiscent of Miami Vice. It features direct ocean access and a second-floor rooftop terrace. You can find this home and many others on

This home costs $14 million but it has an open layout, gourmet kitchen with Italian marble, Miele appliances and an infinity pool, spa and new sea wall. (more…)

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Paid Parental Leave Now Available for Coral Gables Employees

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Employees who’ve worked for the city of Coral Gables for at least a year are now eligible for paid parental leave, giving them access to the same benefits provided in a few other South Florida municipalities.

The city commission approved the new law at the June 13 meeting and it will be available to full-time employees, regardless of gender, who have worked in the Gables for at least a year. Employees will be able to take six weeks of leave during the first three months after their child is born, adopted or placed with them through foster care.

Coral Gables joins Miami-Dade County and the cities of Doral and Miami Beach in providing paid parental leave for employees.

“If we want to have the best talent, if we want to recruit the best talent, if we want to maintain the best talent, we need to be better on this front,” said Commissioner Michael Mena, who sponsored the ordinance.

The leave has to be taken in a six-week block. Employees will receive their base salary for the first two weeks, 75 percent of their salary in the next two weeks and 50 percent of their salary in the final two weeks.

The new law does not keep employees from taking any other accrued sick leave or vacation time.

Mena said that he sees the six weeks as a baseline and hopes the city will consider expanding the maximum amount of leave in the future.

“If this goes well and we decide later that we want to add more time, we can and we should consider that,” Mena said.

Finance director Diana Gomez estimated that providing the paid leave will cost the city about $65,000 and at the high end could cost about $200,000.

This post has been updated.

Lance Dixon: 305-376-3708, @LDixon_3

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Small Biz Spotlight: Cafe Curuba in Coral Gables, FL

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While Miami may be known for Cuban cafecito, there’s a coffee scene away from the classic ventanitas that fuels locals day in and day out. Cafe Curuba is a big part of that and Debbie Rabinovici is the brains behind the beans. Since opening three years ago, this Coral Gables hideaway has cultivated a loyal following. We chatted with her to learn more about how she continues to brew success.

Why did you decide to start your business? Tell us your backstory!

I came across specialty coffee in NYC and became enthralled by it. Not just the amazing complexity and deliciousness of the coffee itself, but also the cafe environment and how central a good coffee house is to a neighborhood. After a few years of living in New York, I was ready to move back to Miami (where I grew up) and bring to this city a truly good neighborhood cafe.

Why do you love doing business here in Miami?

Asides from loving all the South American influence in Miami, I love that it’s growing and maturing and an amazing rate. There’s always something new to experience and gain inspiration. From the new Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science to the delicious new restaurants popping up all over town. It’s very exciting!

What’s the most helpful piece of customer feedback you’ve received?

To place a honey bear in the guest’s condiment area… Duh.

What’s your advice for other business owners or someone who wants to start a small business?

To be present. In Spanish we have a saying, “el que tiene tienda que la atienda.” Which translates to something like “if you have a store, be there.”

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Father’s Day 2017 Restaurants in the Coral Gables Area

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CORAL GABLES, FL — If you’re looking for the perfect way to celebrate the fathers in your life, Patch has put together a list of Father’s Day 2017 dining in the Coral Gables area. Some restaurants are offering bottomless beer and other specials to make dad feel like a king on his special day.

Remember, Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18.

We consulted website OpenTable in compiling our list of restaurants, but we also included a few of our own finds. We suggest that you make reservations now since Father’s Day is one of the busiest periods for area restaurants. No matter which restaurant you choose, don’t forget Dad’s new tie. (Sign up for our free Daily Newsletters and Breaking News Alerts for the Coral Gables-Coconut Grove Patch.)

Here is Patch’s 2017 Father’s Day list of dining options:

Bellmónt Spanish Restaurant Spanish
Celebrate Father’s Day the Spanish way! We open for Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner.

Bice Bistro
Lets celebrate Father’s day at Bice -$5 Mimosas during Brunch (10:30 AM TO 1:30 PM ) -Three Course Prix Fixe Meal for $25.95. 11:30 AM To 9:30 PM We are combing the Best of our menu, along with delicious Chef’s Special.

Cibo Wine Bar-Coral Gables Italian
Celebrate Dad at a special edition of Italian Bubbles + Brunch at Cibo Wine Bar. A delicious section of Italian dishes for $35 per person, plus champagne and sparkling specials.

Morton’s The Steakhouse – Coral Gables Steakhouse
Join us for Father’s Day! Sunday, June 18th 3 courses • $59 per person

Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Coral Gables Steakhouse
Celebrate Father’s Day at Ruth’s. Show Dad you were listening all those years and treat him to something delicious he didn’t have to grill. We’re opening early starting at noon.

Spasso Italian
Happy Fathers to all the incredible Dads out there. Treat dad to a special brunch buffet starting at 35 per person.

We’ll keep adding to this list so check back often. You can also check our lists in these nearby Patches:

Father’s Day 2017 Restaurants in the Miami Area
Father’s Day 2017 Restaurants in Miami Beach Area
Father’s Day 2017 Restaurants in Aventura Area
Father’s Day 2017 Restaurants in Pinecrest Area
Father’s Day 2017 Restaurants in the Palmetto Bay Area

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Taste of the Gables at the Coral Gables Museum

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Miami, FL – June 1, 2017 – The 10th annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week presented by Don Julio tequila is back, bringing the best of Coral Gables cuisine and exciting events. The three-week culinary adventure kicked off on Thursday with Taste of the Gables at the Coral Gables Museum, where Miami foodies enjoyed tasty bites by local Gables restaurants, cocktails by Don Julio tequila and Ketel One vodka, live entertainment and a VIP lounge area. At the end of the night, the 2017 Best Taste of the Gables winning dish was be determined by a blind tasting selected by judges Carla Torres of “Ocean Drive Magazine”, Olee Fowler of “Eater Miami” and Kiko Suarez of NBC’s “Que Rico Con Kiko.” Coral Gables Restaurant Week offers top-quality dining from Coral Gables’ finest restaurants with three-course prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus. Participants this year include local favorites Cibo Wine Bar, Divino Ceviche, Red Koi Thai & Sushi Lounge, and first timers Copper29 Bar and House Kitchen & Bar, among many others.

Jessie Sandlin & Renee Guzman
Danny Perez, Brian Goldmark, & William Solis
Katie Doggendorf, Anthony Ledoux, & Kiki Garcia
Lauren & Natalie Alatriste, & Beni Mendez
Kelly Blanco & Sheli Muniz
Adriana Ruiz & Antonio Medina
Alexandra Rojas & Amanda Ferreira
Abby Rodriguez, Yvelisse Lapadula, & Hollman Zelaya

Nikita Wallin, Adam Josephs, & Estefania Grigio
Rosy & David Perez
William Solis & Tanya Horruitiner
Sheli Muniz & Tiffany Hendricks

Michelle Gonzalez & Stephanie Cortina

David Cardona
Autumn Schmidinger

David Cardona, Adriana Ruiz, Autumn Schmidinger, Shelly Dominguez, & Manfred Gessa
Kiko Suarez, Olee Fowler, Manfred Gessa, Carla Torres, Autumn Schmidinger, Shelly Dominguez, & David Cardona
Manfred Gessa & Autumn Schmidinger
Wirlenys Quintero & Leticia Diaz

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Home Is in Coral Gables, Our Historic Haven

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I was born in Cuba. My name “Karelia” has an interesting background. The name is not of Hispanic origin but Russian. There is a region known as the Russian Republic of Karelia, and “Karelia Suite, Op. 11,” was written by Jean Sibelius in 1893.

My family immigrated to the United States when I was 5 years old. We arrived as refugees at the historic Freedom Tower in Miami and were welcomed with food and clothes. We stayed with relatives in Miami until we settled in New York. I was 13 when we moved to Fort Lauderdale, where I graduated from Westminster Academy. After high school, my family moved once again, this time to a 1940s Art Deco gem on De Soto Boulevard in Coral Gables. It was designated historic in the early 2000s. I have lived in Coral Gables ever since — drawn to the panoply of distinct architecture in this city founded by George Merrick 90 years ago.

In 1980, shortly before my family’s move to Coral Gables, I met my future husband, Marino, in Fort Lauderdale at the legendary but now defunct Pete & Lenny’s club. It was at the height of disco fever and Marino was a dancer in a disco contest.

Three years later, on May 29, 1983, we traveled from Coral Gables to New York City for our wedding ceremony at the historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral. On our return to Coral Gables as newlyweds, we rented a quaint coral rock home on Columbus Boulevard. Our son, Brenden Marino, was born there in 1985. In 1986, we bought our first and only home — an Old Spanish beauty with good bones, large French windows, cathedral ceiling, pinewood floors, pecky cypress ceiling in the sitting room, and a coral rock fireplace. The outside facade was painted pink and embellished with tall pines that stood as decorative statuettes. That year, the city of Coral Gables recognized our home with a beautification award.

We have been happily married for 34 years — happily living in Coral Gables.

My husband also came to this country from Cuba as a young boy. Today, no longer a disco dancer, he is a private practitioner, a licensed and certified psychotherapist. His credentials include a doctorate in child and youth studies from Nova Southeastern University’s Fischler Graduate School of Education.

We are proud parents of a handsome son who is “an officer and a gentleman” and the pride of the family. Brenden grew up in Coral Gables attending St. Philip’s Episcopal School and Ransom Everglades School. He majored in ethics, politics, and economics at Yale University and continued his studies at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. Upon his passing the New York bar, Brenden decided to serve his country as a commissioned U.S. Air Force JAG (judge advocate general).

As for me, I hold a doctorate in public administration with a concentration on nonprofit management from Nova Southeastern University.

For me, it is an honor to have the opportunity to serve my community as a nonprofit professional. I am especially drawn to the smaller charitable organizations trying to do so much good with so little. From facilitating an organization to reach its million-dollar milestone to setting in place the tools and structure for sustainability — I am honored to offer my expertise. Many small nonprofits just need a bit of professional guidance in order to attain financial viability.

At present, I am an independent fundraising and communications consultant after many years employed in the not-for-profit independent school sector. I headed the alumni office at Ransom Everglades School and before that as development director at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart. As a consultant, I have worked with St. Thomas Episcopal School and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School.

I continue to love my City Beautiful and give back as much as possible.

I call myself an “accidental preservationist.” I basically stumbled into serving on the Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables (HPACG) board back in 2012. Lured to join the organization by long-time preservationist and founding HPACG member Ellen Uguccioni, I find myself gradually becoming more drawn to the protection of historical patrimony and an ardent protector of all things “old” here in the city of Coral Gables and beyond.

One of HPACG’s signature preservation projects has been years in the making and has required perseverance and deep dedication. Our group’s focus has been advocating the historical importance and preservation of the last remaining landmarked streetlights in Coral Gables known as the “1926 White Way Lights.” One of the barriers to the preservation project has been a convoluted contractual relationship between the city of Coral Gables and the Florida Power & Light. The barrier impedes the city in forging ahead with much-needed restoration. Hopefully, a satisfactory outcome will soon pave the way for Coral Gables and HPACG to begin restoring the remaining 45 of the 500 original streetlights.

Beside historic preservation, my other passions include art and travel. I enjoy art in all its forms — from paint to performance to everything in between. The world is our oyster, as the saying goes. As a family we have traveled to more than 30 countries to date. In 2016, my husband and I made several emotionally laden trips that included visiting our native Cuba for the first time since our childhoods; joining parishioners of the Church of Little Flower in Coral Gables on a pilgrimage to Lourdes, Normandy, Liseaux, and Paris in celebration of the church’s 90th anniversary; and traveling with Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski to Rome for a private visit to the Vatican and an audience with Pope Francis.

Yet all roads lead back home. Our sense of place is in Coral Gables. Our historic home is our haven.

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