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 at 8:30 AM at the Hotel Colonnade, 180 Aragon Ave. These are the dates for upcoming board meetings:
- January 15, 2020
- February 19, 2020
- March 18, 2020
- April 15, 2020
- May 20, 2020
- June 17, 2020
- July 15, 2020
- August 19, 2020
- September 16, 2020
- October 21, 2020
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 2019-2020 Board of Directors:
President – Venny Torre, Torre Companies
Vice-President – Jill Hornik, Jae’s Jewelers
Secretary/Treasurer – Nick Sharp, Threefold Cafe
Member at Large – Rick Alberty, Well Groomed Gentleman
Catalina Cohn, Inkberries
Ozzie Dominguez, Terranova Corp
Burton Hersh, Burton Hersh P.A.
Jorge Kuperman, JSK Architectural Group
Alberto Perez, AJP Ventures
Truman Skinner, McBride Properties
Michael Steffens, Neville Steffens Architects, LLP
Barbara Tria, Property Owner
Judy Weissel, Property Owner
Commission Liaison – Michael Mena, Coral Gables Commissioner
Chamber Liaison – Steve Bradley, Clutch Burger
The Coral Gables BID Board of Directors may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Stephanie Almeida, Digital Marketing Assistant