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Downtown Coral Gables, Where Beautiful Lives

As part of the City Beautiful, Downtown Coral Gables is taking the destination to new heights, creating a lively epicenter infused with international flair, one-of-a-kind offerings and experiences, where locals and visitors can take advantage of a tastefully cultivated community and effortless lifestyle.

The Business Improvement District of Coral Gables (BID) was incorporated in July 1997 and encompasses 19 blocks of Downtown Coral Gables including Miracle Mile. As an advocate for downtown issues, property owners, and businesses, the BID empowers district members through a single-unified voice, speaking collectively to governmental and civic organizations and the general public in order to bring prosperity to the District. Its mission is to promote commercial vitality for Miracle Mile and Downtown Coral Gables through marketing and advertising, and to act as a strategic catalyst for the overall improvement of the area.

Downtown Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile is a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with more than 150 property owners and over 350 merchants including restaurants. Infused with a chic European feel, tree-lined streets and Mediterranean architecture, the historic area boasts some of Miami’s finest boutiques, acclaimed restaurants and lively cultural venues. Downtown Coral Gables, with its Miracle Mile, is an elegant and sophisticated destination to live, shop, play and work. It is Miami’s charming gem that locals like to keep secret and visitors fall in love with when they find it.

 

The Business Improvement District (BID) of Coral Gables’ mission is to promote commercial vitality to Miracle Mile and Downtown Coral Gables, and to act as a strategic catalyst for the overall improvement of the area. Through the implementation of marketing and advertising programs, and engagement in the form of advocacy, this collective organization of property owners and merchants position Downtown Coral Gables as a desirable place to shop, dine, play, live and do business.

 

The BID of Coral Gables is a non-profit 501(c)6 organization incorporated in July 1997. Originally it encompassed property within the designated geographic area of Douglas Road to Le Jeune Road (east–west) and Aragon Avenue to Andalusia Avenue (north-south).  In November 2007, due to the overwhelming demand from businesses just outside the northern boundary of the district, the geographic area was expanded to include one more block north, making the northern boundary Giralda Avenue.  This expansion was a result of the district’s re-election in August 2007.  Every five years, the property owners reconsider the charter and elect to continue the BID organization.  In 2017, the BID of Coral Gables was re-established once again by an overwhelming majority of its property owners.

 

The BID of Coral Gables allows for provisions of an equitable and reliable means of financial support, management and long term funding.  A BID is an organizing and financing mechanism used by property owners and merchants to determine the future of their retail and commercial area.  The BID of Coral Gables is based on state and local law, specifically Florida Statute 170, which permits property owners and merchants to band together to use the city’s tax collection powers to “assess” themselves. These funds are collected by the city and returned in their entirety to the BID and are used for purchasing supplemental services (e.g. advertising, promotions and special events) beyond those services provided by the city. The BID’s charter includes a five-year “sunset” provision, whereby the district requires ratification every five years by a majority of its property owners. The BID was last reinstated in 2017 through 2022.

 

The involvement of BID property owners and business owners is crucial to its success, and to the success of the district. Members may serve on a committee (Marketing, Retail, Member Communications, etc.) or on the Board of Directors.

The BID’s Board meetings take place on the third Wednesdays of the month and are held the Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables (formerly the Westin Colonnade) at 8:30 AM. These are the dates for upcoming board meetings:

  • January 17, 2018
  • February 21, 2018
  • March 21, 2018
  • April 18, 2018
  • May 16, 2018 ** Cancelled
  • June 20, 2018
  • July 18, 2018 ** Cancelled
  • August 15, 2018
  • September 20, 2018 at 6pm (pre-meeting mixer at Uvaggio Wine Bar at 5pm)
  • October 17, 2018

 

The BID Board of Directors is made up of:

6 property owners
6 business owners
1 property/business owner
1 Coral Gables Chamber representative
1 City of Coral Gables representative
1 Resident Advisor

 

The following individuals currently serve on the 2017-2018 Board of Directors:

President – Venny Torre, Torre Companies
Vice-President –  Barbara Tria, Property Owner
Secretary/Treasurer – Craig DeWald, Uvaggio Wine Bar
Member at Large –  Jill Hornik, Jae’s Jewelers

Officers:
Burton Hersh, Burton Hersh P.A.
Jorge Kuperman, JSK Architectural Group
Ian McClendon, Hotel Colonnade
Mindy McIlroy, Terranova Corp.
Carolina Rendeiro, World Strategic Forum
Nick Sharp, Threefold Cafe
Truman Skinner, McBride Properties
Michael Steffens, Neville Steffens Architects, LLP
Judy Weissel, Property Owner

Commission Liaison – Michael Mena, Coral Gables Commission
Chamber Liaison – Rick Alberty, Well Groomed Gentleman
Resident Advisor – Joseph Hernandez

The Coral Gables BID Board of Directors may be reached at board@shopcoralgables.com.

 

The BID office, responsible for day-to-day operations concerning marketing & advocacy, is staffed by the following individuals:

Taciana Amador, Executive Director
Jade Lleonart, Marketing & PR Project Manager
Laura Ginebra, Digital Marketing Assistant

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICES

JANUARY 2018

JAN 5

RETAIL COMMITTE MEETING

10am at the BID office

JAN 16

GIRALDA COMMITTEE MEETING

3pm at the BID office

JAN 29

MARKETING COMMITTEE MEETING

3pm at Uvaggio Wine Bar, 70 Miracle Mile

FEBRUARY 2018

FEB 6

STRATEGY SESSION

1pm at rbb Communications, 355 Alhambra

FEB 7

BID MIXER

5:30pm at Uvaggio Wine Bar, 70 Miracle Mile

FEB 12

MARKETING COMMITTEE MEETING

3pm at Uvaggio Wine Bar, 70 Miracle Mile

FEB 13

GIRALDA COMMITTEE MEETING

3pm at the BID office

FEB 16

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

3pm at the BID office

FEB 20

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

4pm at Uvaggio Wine Bar, 70 Miracle Mile

FEB 27

GIRALDA COMMITTEE MEETING

3pm at the BID office

MARCH 2018

MAR 5

MARKETING COMMITTE MEETING

3pm at Uvaggio Wine Bar, 70 Miracle Mile

MAR 19

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

3pm at the BID office

MAR 20

GIRALDA COMMITTEE MEETING

3pm at the BID office

MAR 21

RESTAURANT MARKETING MEETING

3pm at Morton’s, 2333 Ponce de Leon Blvd

APRIL 2018

APR 3

GIRALDA COMMITTEE MEETING

3pm at the BID office

APR 5

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING - MEDIA TRAINING

9am at rbb Communications, 355 Alhambra

MAY 2018

MAY 1

GIRALDA COMMITTEE MEETING

3pm at the BID office

MAY 2

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

8:45am at the BID Office

MAY 8

RETAIL COMMITTEE MEETING

3pm at the BID Office

MAY 11

OVERLAY COMMITTEE MEETING

3pm at the Planning Dept. 427 Biltmore Way

MAY 17

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

8:30am at the BID Office

MAY 24

BID MEMBER WORKSHOP

8am at the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave

MAY 30

MARKETING COMMITTE MEETING

3pm at Uvaggio Wine Bar, 70 Miracle Mile

JUNE 2018

JUNE 5

GIRALDA COMMITTEE MEETING

3pm at the BID Office

JUNE 13

RETAIL COMMITTEE MEETING

3pm at the BID Office

JUNE 19

GIRALDA COMMITTEE MEETING

3pm at the BID Office

JULY 2018

JULY 3

GIRALDA COMMITTEE MEETING

1pm at the BID Office - CANCELED

JULY 17

RETAIL COMMITTEE MEETING

3pm at the BID Office

JULY 18

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

8:45am at the BID Office

JULY 30

GIRALDA COMMITTEE MEETING

10am at the BID Office

AUGUST 2018

AUGUST 6

MARKETING COMMITTEE MEETING

3pm at Uvaggio Wine Bar, 70 Miracle Mile

AUGUST 13

GIRALDA COMMITTEE MEETING

2pm at the BID Office

SEPTEMBER 2018

SEPTEMBER 5

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

3pm at Torre Companies, 208 Andalusia Avenue

SEPTEMBER 11

GIRALDA COMMITTEE MEETING

2pm at the BID Office

SEPTEMBER 12

MARKETING COMMITTEE MEETING

3pm at Uvaggio Wine Bar, 70 Miracle Mile

SEPTEMBER 14

RETAIL COMMITTEE MEETING

10am at the BID Office

OCTOBER 2018

OCTOBER 3

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

8:30am at the BID Office

OCTOBER 9

GIRALDA COMMITTEE MEETING

2pm at the BID Office - CANCELED

OCTOBER 11

RETAIL COMMITTEE MEETING

10am at the BID Office - CANCELED

OCTOBER 16

GIRALDA COMMITTEE MEETING - Public Comment Session

2pm at the BID Office

OCTOBER 30

GIRALDA PLAZA MEETING

3:30pm at Threefold Cafe, 141 Giralda Avenue

NOVEMBER 2018

NOVEMBER 8

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

8:30am at the BID Office

NOVEMBER 13

GIRALDA COMMITTEE MEETING

3pm at Threefold Cafe, 141 Giralda Avenue - CANCELED

NOVEMBER 13

GIRALDA PLAZA MEETING - Public Comment Session

3:30pm at 77 Sport Bar, 180 Giralda Avenue

NOVEMBER 15

ANNUAL MEETING

6:30pm at the Hotel Colonnade

NOVEMBER 27

GIRALDA COMMITTEE MEETING

2pm at the BID Office

NOVEMBER 29

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

8:30am at the BID Office