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Coral Gables Waterway
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member unimoggers
N 25° 42.348 W 080° 15.637
17R E 574180 N 2843311
Quick Description: This marker about the Coral Gables Waterway is located in Coral Gables, Florida.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 6/16/2008 9:58:11 AM
Waymark Code: WM408B
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member paintfiction
Views: 36

Long Description:
Location: Coral Gables
County: Miami-Dade

Description: When developer George Merrick (1886-1942) and the Coral Gables Corporation conceived the master plan for Coral Gables in the 1920s, the city's boundaries encompassed waterfront acreage allowing access to waterways. The original city boundaries went from Key Biscayne, south to Soldier Key and then back to the coastal wetlands called Chapman Field Park. Merrick's promotional brochures advertised his new city as "Forty Miles of Waterfront" offering a ride in a gondola (narrow boat with curved ends used on the canals in Venice) from the Biltmore Hotel to Tahiti Beach (now part of the Cocoplum neighborhood). Although his grand vision was not realized due to the 1926 land bust, the Coral Gables Waterway has endured. The eight-mile-long waterway cuts west from Biscayne Bay to the intersection at Cartagena Plaza, then curves north, paralleling Riviera Drive on its way to the Biltmore Golf Course. It also connects the waterway's western loop through the University of Miami campus and the Mahi Waterway. The Coral Gables Waterway today has rugged limestone that rises up to 20 feet or more to the crossing beneath the LeJeune Road bridge.
Marker Number: F-453

Date: 2012

County: Miami-Dade

Marker Type: Roadside

Sponsored or placed by: Florida Society Children of the American Revolution, The Miami Chapter Sons of the American Revolution, and the Florida Department of State

Website: Not listed

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