The April 14 celebration of the grand re-opening of Miracle Mile marked an incredible moment for Coral Gables. The crowds, the energy and the infinite enthusiasm for our City Beautiful was palpable throughout the night and a strong sign of even greater days ahead for our local businesses and our community’s main street.
Since the beginning, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce has been a stalwart supporter and invested partner in the vision and journey of an updated Miracle Mile and Giralda Avenue. Throughout the construction woes, we have done everything in our power to support our merchants.
As a Chamber, we are proud of our city officials for moving this project forward after years of mere discussion. We applaud the merchants for their tenacity and temerity during the past two years.
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Most importantly, we thank all the patrons who are looking to spend their hard-earned dollars in our local community. We need you — not just to get back to beautiful, but to help us all get back to business.
Mark A. Trowbridge,
Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce
Gables’ top cop
The April 15 Neighbor’s article (on Coral Gables Police Chief Ed Hudak revealed that he is the type of leader a police department needs. When invited to stop by a pool party held by his female officers, he demonstrated leadership by accepting the invite.
Police departments operate on a team model. When a police chief has to order an officer into situations that will put their life in jeopardy, that officer must know, respect and trust the chief.
For a city manager to accept an anonymous message and use that information as fact, violates a person’s Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Unbelievable. Unacceptable.
The photo shows the female officers in store-bought bikinis that you see on every public beach. Had the females been top-free or nude, that would have also been legal in Florida. It appears that we have the fear of female body parts running government; common in Florida, but not legal. Or constitutional.
If there is a reprimand in Coral Gables, it should be by the city commission to the city manager.
Richard Mason, Miami Shores
Of all the relentless news blasts smacking us in the face, which I and so many others are numb to by now, there was one recent breaking story that truly impacted me. It was not about Trump, Comey, Cohen nor Stormy Daniels and her bull-dog attorney. Or the usual suspects.
All of the above seem so ridiculously empty and spiritually meaningless in comparison to the news about the one true Wonder Woman named Barbara Bush. Her valor — and her do-it-my-way style — in the face of her inevitable end of life says it all.
This beloved no-nonsense woman, with sheer fire in her belly, embodies the essence of what it is to have life figured out. I suspect that being in the constant spotlight did not diminish her authenticity one bit.
We have witnessed her in action. She is not one to keep her opinions to herself in order to be politically correct, wise and quick witted; not afraid to risk rejection or criticism; always formidable to friend and foe alike. She’s a “tell it like it is” and “salt of the earth” American who doesn’t have to be a bully to be respected.
Each time I saw her in action, I was reminded of everything that is magnificent about this country and what each one of us should aspire to be.
Thank you, Barbara Bush.
Mikki Canton, Coral Gables
Israel at 70
Re the April 15 article, “Hundreds from S. Florida head overseas to mark ‘Israel at 70.’”
Thank you for this amazing tribute to Israel and to its supporters. The 70th birthday of Israel’s independence is a significant milestone. Israel’s achievements are to be admired, especially with the constant threats to her security.
And thank you for acknowledging David Schecter, a survivor of the Holocaust and hero in our community.
Norma Rosenfeld, Miami Beach
Miami Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. April 16 at Ferguson High School, 15900 SW 56th St., in preparation for a full commission vote on April 25 on a proposed MDX project.
The proposed project expands the 836 expressway to the Urban Development Boundary line. The stated goal is to relieve West Kendall traffic. MDX has named this project the Kendall Parkway. But, is this a Kendall dream or a Python Tollway nightmare?
All affected residents should show up April 16 to listen, learn and participate. This is a big one.
Miller Myers, co-chair,
Trump in Hialeah
Donald Trump and his mob, including Kudlow, Bolton, DaCosta, and other Trumpists that serve as cheerleaders or supporters of his propaganda machine, visited Hialeah on April 16.
Trump will have to pick up the pace if he is to fulfill his campaign boast that he will be “the greatest jobs creation president that God ever created.”
He told Hialeah Conservative Community leaders how he changed the lives of minorities, which is far from being true. Hispanics, African-Americans, women and LGBTs have not made any or great strides under Trump. Boasting or cheerleading rallies doesn’t make it fact.
A quote attributed to P.T. Barnum said of his fans, “There's a sucker born every minute.”
Joe A. Fernandes, Pembroke Pines
I really don’t understand why everybody is questioning the ‘resident’s use of the phrase, “Mission Accomplished.” Of course it was a very successful mission.
These strikes in Syria have removed all mention of Cohen and the Mueller inquiry off the evening news.
Patrick Alexander, Coral Gables
Kudos to ACLU chief
All of us who believe in fairness and equity owe a great debt of gratitude to Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. His untiring work in the American Civil Liberties Union has benefited numerous Floridians, whether they know it or not. He has been out front leading the charge to make sure that rights afforded us by the U.S. and Florida Constitutions have been upheld.
We are sorry to see him leave, but wish him well in his retirement this coming November. I’m sure that his successor will have plenty of work to do.
Thanks Howard, you have made us all proud and have helped to make the world a better place — not yet perfect — for all of us.
Ollie Daniels, Pembroke Pines