Respectfully Mayor Cason and Commissioner Quesada, I am sure you have both been blessed with many talents, but clearly not with sophisticated taste, understanding quality of life, understanding real estate value and principles of good urbanism and how they are all interrelated.
Coral Gables calls itself The City Beautiful. Having the traits I have mentioned above are extremely important in all our elected officials.
Please study cities such as Aspen, Santa Barbara and The Hamptons and you will understand how many of the decisions made before and during your terms have not been in accordance with high end sophisticated taste.
A few are: Replacing shade oak trees with non native “weed” palms along Ponce and Alhambra; changing the painting design of our police cars from traditional to graffiti like; incorporating curbs to the Segovia Median unnecessarily resulting in an urban feeling for a residential area; allowing the Mediterranean Ordinance to continue unchanged which has resulted in “Pollo Tropical” architecture proliferating here; allowing the city manager’s office’s historic and progressive open plan to be cut up into separate offices; placing a massive statue in front of City Hall which clutters and detracts from the most beautiful building in our city and which statue belongs in the park across the street in a smaller version and voting in favor of the Agave Project.
These are just a few examples of many poor decisions which cost us a much decreased quality of life, decreased property values and hundreds of millions of dollars in wasted expenses and lost tax revenues. The time has come for a change in leadership and a more green, progressive direction.
Fernando E. Menoyo,
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