Just in time for the holiday season, the Coral Gables City Commission unanimously approved a reduction in centralized valet parking rates to support the Business Improvement District (BID) of Coral Gables’ Downtown Coral Gables marketing efforts and the upcoming Streetscape improvements project where construction is expected to begin the first quarter of 2016.
Taking effect on Saturday, Nov. 28, just in time for Small Business Saturday, the flat rate was reduced to $5 for day and night from the previous rate of $8.
“This concierge valet service with reduced rates for Miracle Mile will simplify the parking experience for visitors and make it more affordable,” said Marina Foglia, executive director of the BID. “As we prepare for the Streetscape construction in a few months, our goal is to make the shopping experience in Downtown Gables pleasurable and minimize the disruption to merchants and their customers.”
Valet runners now can be identified easily as they will have new uniforms that include red shirts. The shirts will have the BID’s Downtown Coral Gables and Miracle Mile logo on the front, the Valet logo on the sleeve and Centralized Valet on the back.
Centralized Valet Parking is for Miracle Mile only and allows patrons to drop off their vehicles at one of five valet stations on Miracle Mile and pick them up at the station of their choice: between Hillstone and JohnMartin’s, in front of Tarpon Bend, between Benihana and Ortanique, between Morton’s and Ale House, and in front of Seasons 52 and Bellmont.
Valet fees and tip can be paid either in cash to a valet parking attendant or with a credit card through the Curbstand mobile app on smartphones. Valet parking is free for disabled patrons with permits.
The approximately $20 million Streetscape project on Miracle Mile and Giralda Avenue will, among other things, widen sidewalks, plant trees, create garden areas and add outdoor dining along newly landscaped curbs. The plan also calls for benches, kiosks, mid-block parks, intimate public spaces, and plazas for events and gatherings. The City of Coral Gables is planning construction starting the first quarter of 2016, in half-block increments. The goal is to minimize disruption to merchants and customers.
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