Coral Gables

A 9-foot alligator took a sidewalk stroll near Coral Gables — and now it ‘will be processed’

Gator strolls down Coral Gables sidewalk

Trappers catch 9-foot alligator at SW 34th Street and N Waterway Drive Friday morning.
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Trappers catch 9-foot alligator at SW 34th Street and N Waterway Drive Friday morning.

Coral Gables and Miami-Dade commissioners have been pushing a pedestrian-friendly plan for the cities for years.

Somehow that message got through to the reptile community.

On Friday morning, a nine-foot-long alligator took a stroll on a sidewalk along Southwest 34th Street and North Waterway Drive in a Southwest Miami-Dade neighborhood not far from Coral Gables just before 7 a.m., said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Katie Purcell.

She said the state agency sent out a contracted nuisance alligator trapper to the neighborhood to remove the toothsome stroller, which was seen in a video clip on the @OnlyInDade Instagram page.

“The alligator will be processed,” Purcell said.

Something tells us that doesn’t mean Coral Gables Mayor Raúl Valdés-Fauli plans to give the gator the key to the city.

The 11-foot gator broke into the family's home through a low window in the kitchen, the Clearwater Police Department said on Facebook. The homeowner immediately called the police and a trapper responded to the scene.

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