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Letter: Downtown Coral Gables doesn’t need young people, coffee shops or wild parties


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I am a long time Coral Gables resident, and I must agree with Don Slesnick’s letter ( No need to change Gables nightli fe, Soapbox, Aug. 25).

We should not amend our Gables zoning code to allow night clubs and late-night bars to move into our lovely and peaceful downtown Gables. We do not want to compete with South Beach, Coconut Grove, or Lincoln Road.

We do not need to please the younger generation. We have the sophisticated visitors and the thousands of “elderly” citizens who wants to keep the city safe from wild parties that may disrupt in our charming city. Next thing they will want to allow gambling. I hope not!

Please leave our zoning laws alone; there’s no need for change. We have had good zoning laws for several decades. Let’s not forget our city was always a city for thousands of elderly and retired persons who enjoyed for decades the safety and the beauty of our Miracle Mile, where elderly couples could stroll safely and enjoy the lovely stores. Now most of the merchants are leaving because we have many coffee shops for the younger people to gossip.

We do not want to add night clubs or all-night bars. Let the young generation go to wild places like South Beach. Please keep a clean environment in the Gables.

Vilma Banks, Coral Gables

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