The City is posting violations to homeowners requiring shrubs/ bushes/ hedges be cut to 2.5 feet in the "triangle of visibility" (10 feet to the left / right of driveways or entrances). Fine up to $500 !! we had a notice about this in 2008, and cut the hedges back, called to confirm and were told the ordinance was under review and they'd let us know any new developments or changes. we NEVER got any notice or mailing regarding this until this week, when we were given a violation and 7 days to repair, w/ NEW changes. WAS 3 ft in height, now is 2.5 feet. So small that its even lower than your car window. IF worried about accidents and safety, how about putting speed bump or circle on ARAGON and other streets which have become "cut thru" streets for people? Cars fly down our street w/ no regard to anything and the city is worried about the height of the bushes/hedges!
Also, there is no consistency. Some homes have walls or gates and no visibility but they target only some homes w/ hedges. doesnt seem all are treated equally.
I have couple of complaints about the City of Coral Gables:
1 - Parking. Why do they have so many meters and no-one parking on these meters? Can't you see that unfortunately people dont have the means nowadays to pay parking meters? If you go down streets in Coral Gables all you see are parking meters but no cars, what is wrong with this picture?
2 - Off street parking - Another thing when you finally find a spot where you can park, you get a "Coral Gables Citizen" (mostly all [censored]) saying that you are making their street look ugly. It is unfortunate that nowadays witht the way the economy is that you have people so ignorant, that they have nothing better to do but to go after those that unfortunate people like me that have to work and park in Coral Gables, one even threaten to call the police. Mind you that there are no signs that prohibit parking on these unmarked streets.
3 - Meter Maids - Let's not even go there. They wait until your time is almost ready to expire to give you a ticket. I even got a ticket once for parking on handicap spot eventhough I had a handicapped sticker (riding with my mom).
DO NOT BUY OR RENT IN CORAL GABLES, YOU ARE GOING TO GO THROUGH HELL!!!