You will soon be receiving your Vote-By-Mail ballot for the upcoming Coral Gables Election on April 11th, if you have requested a ballot be mailed to your home.
Before you fill it out, please read what some of your neighbors have to say about what they will base their decisions on, and, who they will be supporting.
Susan Hays, a Board Member of the Ponce de Leon Homeowner’s Group, lives in a neighborhood immediately adjacent to the Crafts Section, a charming neighborhood that’s filled with lovely homes and duplexes along Ponce:
“My neighborhood is constantly under assault by developers who would like to push zoning changes that would allow for commercial projects or townhomes butted right up to the sidewalk.”
Just a short distance away, ground has broken for the massive Mediterranean Village. Three out of four Commissioners* approved the project, creating a whole new “alternative code” to allow the developers to build higher than allowed by the original zoning code.
“I fear developers will be allowed to ‘connect the dots’ between that project and my residential neighborhood”, says Susan. “That’s why we’re backing the candidates who will protect the quality of life we moved here for.”
The Riviera neighborhood was stunned when the current commission approved the controversial Paseo de la Riviera project. Adjacent to a single family neighborhood, the Paseo is more than double, and almost triple, the height allowed by current zoning codes. Against the strong protest of 94% of the Riviera residents, the Commissioners sided with the developer by a 4-to-1 vote**, and approved the project.
“It was incredible to witness how arrogant and mean-spirited four of those Commissioners acted towards regular citizens, the people who voted them in! All we wanted was to protect our wonderful neighborhood, but, they really didn’t care what we wanted. It made me become much more active in making sure we get the right folks elected, this time.” says Sue Kawalerski, now a vice-president of the Riviera Neighborhood Association.
Overwhelmingly, the number one issue for Coral Gables residents is developers vs. residents.
In a recent poll, the vast majority of residents feel the City Commission is bending over backwards for the developers, and, ignoring residents who want Commissioners to force developers to stick with the current zoning codes and land use designations.
Yes, this issue even beats out traffic for first place!
This issue is why neighbors throughout Coral Gables have formed a grassroots movement, called Gables Neighbors United, to find & support the right folks to elect on April 11th.
Gables Neighbors United is supporting a slate of three candidates who have pledged to always vote on behalf of the residents:
Slesnick for mayor
Ebbert for commissioner
Withers for commissioner
S.E.W. is a simple way to remember the three candidates who will needle over-zealous developers into abiding by current zoning codes, and, mend the damage already done by arrogant commissioners.
Please look for these candidates on your Vote-by-Mail Ballot, or on the ballot you receive at the polls on April 11th, and, fill in the bubble next to their names.
*It takes THREE commission votes to pass any motion, so, we need to elect all three of these like-minded candidates.
Please join us in support of these candidates to ensure a Coral Gables we will all recognize, and continue to love and call our home, in the future.
If you would like more information on our grassroots movement, please contact us at GablesNeighborsUnited@gmail.com.
Thank You, Neighbor!
Gables Neighbors United
**Commissioner Jeannett Slesnick was the only Commissioner who voted against this project