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WHEN IT COMES TO EDUCATION, FLORIDA LEGISLATORS ARE DUMB
 

President George W. Bush said in a commencement speech at Southern Methodist University in 2015: “To those of you who are graduating this afternoon with high honors, awards and distinctions, I say, ‘Well done.’ And as I like to tell the C students, ‘You too, can be president.’” There is no dishonor is being a C student. There is dishonor in having a C-level education system. But that is where the State of Florida has put itself proudly — well below the middle of the pack.Education Week magazine graded each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Florida scored a 72, a low C overall. The average student’s chance for success was rated at 75.5; our school finance system got a lackluster D+, and our K-12 achievement received only a 73.9.Mental capital has replaced industrial capability as the engine driving the economy. So to compete, we need... Read More »

 
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MIAMI-BASED FAUSTO GOMEZ NAMED TO FLORIDA TAXWATCH BOARD OF TRUSTEES
 
The state’s preeminent taxpayer research organization, Florida TaxWatch, has appointed one of Florida’s most respected government relations counselors to its Board of Trustees. Fausto Gomez, president of Gomez Barker Advisors, joins the Tallahassee-based watchdog organization. A resident of Key Biscayne, Gomez presently serves as a public affairs professional successfully representing businesses and governments in Florida. “We are thrilled to welcome Fausto Gomez to our esteemed Board of Trustees,” said Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro. “Florida TaxWatch was built on the idea of bringing the business community to the Legislature. Mr. Gomez’s background with both businesses and government makes... Read More »
 
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CORAL GABLES HOSPITAL RUNS TO SUPPORT THE UNITED WAY
 

Coral Gables Hospital Chief Operating Officer, Madison Workman, and several members of the staff participated in the Mercedes Benz Corporate Run. A portion of the proceeds go to the United Way of Miami-Dade County.  The United Way’s focus is to identify and resolve pressing community issues and to make measurable changes in communities through partnerships with schools, government agencies, businesses, organized labor, financial... Read More »

 
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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI BREAKS GROUND ON FROST SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING BUILDING
 

Powerful space telescopes with mirrors thinner than a dime. A miniaturized heart, lung and pancreas that offer a less time-consuming and more effective way to test new drugs. And a drone powered not by batteries but by vibrations.This isn’t the stuff of science fiction, but the... Read More »

 
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CITY CELEBRATES REOPENING OF NEW LOOK MIRACLE MILE
 
The recent celebration of the grand reopening of Miracle Mile marked an incredible moment for Coral Gables. The crowds, the energy and the infinite enthusiasm for our City Beautiful was palpable throughout the night and a strong sign of even greater days ahead for our local businesses and our community’s main street. We are well on our way to getting Back to Beautiful. Since the beginning... Read More »
 
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THE VILLAGE OF MERRICK PARK’S EVOLUTION ENTERS NEW PHASE
 
The Village of Merrick Park is undergoing a transformation into a self-contained, 24-hour destination within the “City Beautiful.” Fueled by the increasing popularity of the Shops at Merrick Park — now a regional destination — and new residential and commercial development, the neighborhood is quickly becoming a place where people can live, work, shop and dine without having to get into their... Read More »
 
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LOOKS, PERFORMANCE MAKE MERCEDES E400 WELL WORTH THE MONEY
 

The Mercedes E400 4Matic coupe is beautiful, with a new platform that elevates its length, interior space, and presence over the old version.Compared to the last-generation model, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe’s wheelbase has been stretched by 4.4 inches. The new two-door is longer (4.8 inches), wider (2.9 inches), and slightly taller (1.5 inches). So let’s open the door and let the journey begin. Step inside, and you’re greeted by... Read More »

 
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THE CORAL GABLES MUSEUM ANNOUNCES JOHN ALLEN AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
 
The board of directors of the Coral Gables Museum recently announced the appointment of John R. Allen as the museum’s new executive director. Allen has acted as interim director since December 2017, and previously served as the museum’s board president. He began his new role on Mar. 15. “We couldn’t be more delighted to have John Allen lead our museum,” said Lynn Bauer, the recently named permanent chair of the board of directors. “His expertise, passion and vision for fresh programming and audience-building strategies will inspire the board and staff as we enter an exciting new phase of the museum’s growth.” Christopher Spuches, the museum board’s newly appointed vice chair, continued, “With extensive experience... Read More »
 
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