There have been several articles in the press lately about a new historic district for Coral Gables ( New historic district moves forward, Neighbors, Feb. 2). They have tended to make such designations sound onerous when actually they are quite beneficial.
One of the main goals of historic designation is to provide the opportunity for dialogue to take place between owners of historic properties and the professional staff and citizen advisory boards charged with protecting a community’s architectural heritage and special places. This dialogue usually results in solving problems, not creating them.
Historic designation does not freeze a property in time but allows repairs, restoration and additions which respect the original historic character.
There are two things that make Coral Gables the most beautiful city in Miami-Dade County: its tree canopy and its historic places.
Dolly MacIntyre, Coral Gables