Feb 27, 2024 - News

Coral Gables residents could be asked to vote on annexation

A map of Little Gables.

A map of Little Gables from 2018. Photo: ILER Planning via Miami-Dade County

Coral Gables voters could be given a chance to weigh in on the possibility of expanding the city to include a neighboring enclave.

Driving the news: Commissioners are set to vote today on whether to hold a non-binding straw ballot in August regarding the proposed annexation of Little Gables, a 205-acre neighborhood on the city's north end.

Why it matters: Annexation has been a start-and-stop issue in the Gables for decades.

  • Proponents have argued that emergency response times for Little Gables residents would decrease, as Coral Gables police and fire units take over for Miami-Dade County.
  • The city projects that annexation would bring in millions of dollars to the city, but associated expenses would lead to a deficit at first, according to the Miami Herald.

How it works: If commissioners vote to proceed with the citywide referendum, they would then have to submit a plan to Miami-Dade County in order to hold an election for Little Gables voters.

Flashback: The last time Coral Gables seriously pursued annexation in 2019, commissioners proposed demolishing a local trailer park in Little Gables. That led Miami-Dade to reject the annexation proposal.

  • The city now says it plans to allow the trailer park to remain, according to the Miami Herald.
  • But residents there are worried about losing their homes or facing fines under the city's strict codes.

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