One of the first Starbucks locations in Florida is officially relocating.
The coffee shop on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables is moving a little farther west from 200 Miracle Mile to a city-owned property at 292 Miracle Mile that currently houses a Supercuts. The City Commission last week approved a 10-year lease allowing the store to relocate down the road.
Starbucks plans to make $800,000 in improvements to the new building, and the new location will include many of the same amenities as the current shop, including outdoor seating. City staff members believe it will help attract more locals and visitors to the western side of one of the city’s main streets. The new location will also move the coffee shop closer to the Miracle Theatre.
The lease includes four consecutive five-year renewal options.
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Supercuts will remain in the space, renting on a month-to-month basis, until the deal with Starbucks is final.
The Miracle Mile location opened back in February 1997 at the same time as stores in Kendall and Plantation. Those three stores were the company’s first foray into the Florida market.
November charter items: Coral Gables voters will now have five charter proposals to consider in November. The commission approved the ballot language for five resolutions, down from an initial seven. They will now be sent to the Miami-Dade Elections department.
The commission had planned to include a change that would take away its ability to direct or require the city manager to appoint someone to a position but would allow commissioners to direct or request that the city manager remove someone from a post. The request would have also required a four-fifths vote.
Commissioners opted to keep their current powers. which call for only a three-fifths vote. Commissioners felt that the change might be too complicated for voters to understand.
“It’s not anything that they’re going to know one way or the other unless somebody lobbies heavily for or against it,” Commissioner Jeannett Slesnick said.
The commission also decided not to put on the ballot a charter amendment that would formally designate an external financial auditor for the city.
The remaining five changes that will be on the Nov. 8 ballot include:
▪ A change in the process of removing commissioners for misconduct. A commissioner’s removal would be tied to the same standards the governor follows for suspending an elected official who is charged with a crime.
▪ Creation of a runoff election process in which a candidate must receive more than 50 percent of the vote to win the race. If no candidate got a majority, there would be a runoff election between the top two vote-getters.
▪ Adding a process that allows the city commission to fill a vacancy if a commissioner dies while in office or cannot serve due to a serious injury or ailment. The substitute would complete the remainder of that official’s term.
▪ A proposal to remove the city’s trial board after years of inactivity. The board was created to hear from employees who asked for a written justification for their firing or suspension.
▪ A more direct requirement for the mayor to appoint a vice mayor and a replacement for the vice mayor, if necessary.
Residents have until Oct. 11 to register for the Nov. 8 election.
THE NEXT MEETING
When: 9 a.m. July 26
Where: Coral Gables City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables.