CORAL GABLES CHARRETTE: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
I would like to end with this image of Coral Gables Elementary School. It is one of the best surviving examples of George Merrick's vision for Coral Gables. The trees, the grass, the arches, the shadows, and the light capture his spir- it. In 1927, when life was difficult and he was forced to stand for a citizen's referendum, he wrote this. It sums up the importance of what you all are going to be doing at the charrette.
"It is my earnest desire that the people of Coral Gables shall be given an opportunity to express their wishes in all matters affecting the City and that the wishes of the citizens so expressed shall be carried out."
And finally, George again, "Effective planning is compounded of vision and the proper application of that vision."
And with that, begin the great work of your visioning. I told you I wasn't going to say what George Merrick would like, but I'll break that promise this one time. He would love what you are doing these next few days.
Thank you for being here.