Coral Gables

Monique O. Madan


Monique O. Madan covers Coral Gables, Palmetto Bay and Pinecrest. Monique started at the Herald in 2008 as a part-time reporter. She graduated Emerson College in Boston after stints at The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and the Dallas Morning News. She returned to her hometown paper, the Miami Herald, in 2014.

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Coral Gables

City, school system clash over window redo at Coral Gables Elementary

The school system has begun replacing windows at the elementary school, which was designated historic in 1982. The city says the school district should have asked for approval, and has ordered a contractor to stop work.

Visual Arts

3-D images capture historic Cuban moments

A Cuban doctor, who lives and works in Australia and practices 3-D photography as a hobby, found several stereographic images of Cuba shot during the mid-19th century in the Library of Congress. He’s now exhibiting a selection of those images in a Coral Gables gallery in commemoration of the 113th anniversary of the independence of Cuba.

Coral Gables

Letter: Coral Gables is still planning for the past

Shame on the City of Coral Gables commissioners and staff who have refused to pause and consider an option to include bike lanes because it will delay the process. This is a project of huge significance; it is the complete redesign of an iconic street that is the heart of our downtown area.


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Letter: Miracle Mile redesign is completely shortsighted

A historic $20 million investment is re-imagining Coral Gables’ main street with extra wide sidewalks, rows of trees, and parallel parking. Economic studies across the country show that these reconstructions can have a 20% boost to the business of local shops and restaurants. If done right, smart cities can create streets that invite all users to ride, walk or drive there.


Photo Gallery: The Million Orchid Project | May 15, 2015

More than 45 ninth graders at José Marti MAST 6-12 Academy attached orchids to trees outside the Hialeah school on Friday, May 15, 2015 as part of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's Million Orchid Project, in which they raised orchids from seedlings. In October 2014, Fairchild's education staff visited 30 Miami-Dade County high schools to teach students the art of deflasking the native and endangered orchids they have been growing as part of Fairchild’s Million Orchid Project. The first school orchid outplantings were at José Marti MAST 6-12 Academy, 5701 West 24th Ave.