Letter to the Herald: Post Election - An International City

Dear Editor:

Upon reading last Sunday’s article about the Mayor’s “getting used to his new job”, I fully support his commitment to keeping Coral Gables a well-recognized center of international trade, banking and diplomacy.  I am sure that the use of the word “re-internationalize” was unintended as it does not reflect the current dynamic global status of our City. 

Despite our relatively small size compared to some Florida cities; Coral Gables has an enviable standing in the world of international commerce – due to the safe, inviting and sophisticated character of our community which makes it a perfect place to hold conferences and house diplomats.  This city’s international standing has been in the making since its very inception and has blossomed in the last twenty-five years. Before me, Mayors Thomson, Corrigan and Valdes-Fauli have all contributed much to spreading the name “Coral Gables” across the globe. 

During the past ten years we have accomplished many things in the international arena, such as:  (1) increased the number of foreign Consulates located in our city [to include the addition of one of the major European nations – Italy]; (2) increased the number of Consul Generals living in the Gables [the latest addition being the representative of the Netherlands]; (3) attracted the Miami Regional Office of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Foreign Missions to locate in our business district; (4) participated in programming of the acclaimed University of Miami’s Center for Hemispheric Policy; (5) facilitated the construction of the Bacardi world-wide headquarters building in our downtown (one of South Florida’s premier international businesses); (6) continued to maintain the living quarters for the Commander of the U.S. Southern Command; (7) secured the “Latin American campus” of the Kellogg Executive MBA program of Northwestern University in Coral Gables; and, (8) gained recognition as the “Best Sister City Program in the Nation” for our size community. 

Many of us are ready, willing and able to assist the Mayor in continuing Coral Gables’ participation as a vital component of South Florida’s “Gateway” role in the Western Hemisphere.

Don Slesnick

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