As Doral gears up for a new budget year, a Miss Universe pageant in January and a simmering dispute between golf-course owner Donald Trump and neighboring homeowners, voters will get to vote for who they want to see take Seat 2 on the City Council.
Lennar Commercial and Codina Partners have begun construction on the first phase of the Shops at Downtown Doral, where they plan to feature locally-owned restaurants and retailers on Main Street, including two concepts by Bulla – a gastrobar and a ceviche restaurant, and Dragonfly, a robata grill and sushi lounge. The first wave of retailers, scheduled to open in fall 2015, include Continental Bank, Freddo Gelato and OXXO dry cleaners, the companies said.
Doral is hoping to bask in the limelight of being the host city for the Jan. 25 Miss Universe pageant, but the event itself actually will not be in city limits. It will be at Florida International University’s Panther Arena, which is large enough to handle the crowds. The American Airlines Arena was booked and the Bank United Center was a no-go.
A new controversy among Doral officials became public on Monday after City Council member Ana María Rodríguez criticized Mayor Luigi Boria, for excluding her from the organizing committee of the Miss USA beauty pageant in a letter sent to pageant founder and real estate mogul Donald Trump.