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CORAL GABLES CHARRETTE: PUBLIC PROCESS

The charrette was publicized in print, on the City's website, in the City's newsletter and promoted through colorful postcards, posters and buttons. Every effort was made to ensure public aware- ness and an inclusive process.

The public input from the surveys and the pre-charrette sessions culminated in the January char- rette sessions.

Opening night of the charrette was introduced by Mayor Donald Slesnick and University of Miami President Donna Shalala. Featured speaker, historian Arva Moore Parks, shared her insights on the original intentions of town founder George Merrick and landscape architect Frank Button. An open microphone session followed in which residents shared their ideas.

Earlier in the day, the charrette design team met with city department directors and representa- tives of other local government agencies to review information about existing conditions. In the afternoon, the team and city administrators boarded trolleys and toured the Downtown and the North Ponce neighborhood, reviewing a variety of issues.

Day Two started early with a session seeking information from merchants, business owners and restaurateurs, followed by a session for input from government agencies. The early afternoon fea- tured a meeting to gather the views of developers and property owners, followed by a session for residents, who talked about building heights, parking and traffic issues, Miracle Mile retail and a host of other concerns.

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