• 05 Jun 2016 8:15 AM | Norberto Spangaro (Administrator)

    The Sanctuary project has been opposed by many citizens as it was expressed by the more than 500 signatures on the change.org web site and the presence of many residents in the May 11th Meeting. As you are aware there is a sequence of events that are necessary prior to the approval of the project.

    1. Approval of a Minimum requirement for Community Mixed Used development, currently at 15 acres, which will be reduced to 7 acres (Sanctuary site is 7.3 acres)

    2. Approval of a future land use change from Office/Residential to CMU in the current Master Plan

    The City has already approved incentives to be granted so that there will be more than a 20/30% increase in density if certain conditions are met by the developer, including the construction of Affordable Housing. We must emphasize that Affordable Housing ownership cannot be regulated, therefore the concept of doing affordable housing for  people working in the City of Doral is not applicable and cannot be controlled.  The net consequence is that if in the June 8th meeting these two approvals are granted in second reading , the City is setting up the conditons to approve the Sanctuary project as presented by the developer. 

    Residents have expressed their concerns about this project which continues to deteriorate the traffic the traffic and safety of the Doral community. They are already experiencing  the negative effect of the poject of 36th St and 87 th. Av. which has also a negative in the quality of the Doral Boulevard frontage,, which is being built in clear violation of the Doral Boulevard Beautification Plan. 



  • 26 Feb 2016 4:20 PM | Norberto Spangaro (Administrator)

    This is an extract of the proposed ordinance which will be discussed in workshops with the communities during March and will be presented at the April Meeting. A copy of the full ordinance can be found at


    Sec. 74-165. - Golf Courses 

    (1) This section applies to new and existing golf courses. Golf courses, where permitted under Chapter 68 of this Code, are subject to the following requirements: 

    (a) Site plan. Site plan review criteria set forth in Chapter 53 and Chapter 71; 

    (b) Maintenance plan. Landscape maintenance plans and maintenance bond requirements set forth in Chapter 71; 

    (c) Bufferyards. The width of bufferyard shall be a minimum of fifty (50) feet from the property line. Bufferyards shall be landscaped following the Florida Friendly plant material principles, with fifty percent (50%) of plants being Florida native species. The landscaping in bufferyards shall be approved by the City Council as part of site plan review; 

    (d) Fences. No fences or walls shall be located on the perimeter or within a bufferyard of a golf course, without prior approval of the city council. Where a golf course is secured by a fence around the perimeter boundary of the course, the fence shall not exceed six (6) feet. Solid wall and/or fences along the perimeter of golf courses that completely obstruct views onto the golf course are prohibited, unless approved by the City Council. Fences must comply with sections 74-697 and 74-723 and be 

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    approved by the Planning and Zoning Department consistent with the city's architectural standard; 

    (e) Along public rights-of-way. Where a golf course abuts a public right-of-way, all landscaping, including, but not limited to, hedges and shrubs, shall be planted and maintained in such a way as to provide four- foot breaks in the plantings, at regular or random intervals, with no more than twenty five (25) of continuous plantings between breaks. 

    (f) Abutting residential districts. Where a golf course abuts a residential district, all landscaping, without regard to the type and/or variety of plantings, shall be planted and maintained in such a manner as provide no less than fifty percent (50%) visibility of the golf course, as measured within a ten by ten (10 x 10) foot visibility window from any point on the abutting residential property line.(1) 


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    (1) Visibility Window: This is a graphic representation showing an example of fifty percent (50%) visibility of landscaping through a ten by ten (10 x 10) visibility window. This illustration is not intended and does not constitute a part of this ordinance but is included herein for explanation and clarification purposes only. 

    (2) Timeframe for compliance. 

    (a) New; redeveloped golf courses. Golf courses newly created and/or redeveloped after adoption of this ordinance shall be required to conform fully to the provisions of this ordinance. For purposes of this section, a “new golf course” is defined as a new golf use on a property or properties that did not host that use prior to adoption of this ordinance. For purposes of this section, any substantial improvements which consist of any combination of repair, reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition or other improvements to the building environment taking place during a 5 year period, the cumulative cost of which equals or exceed 50% of the total value of the property as per their respective folio number. a “redeveloped golf course” is defined as a golf course in existence on or before the effective date of the ordinance for which fifty percent (50%) of any playable area is remodeled, reconfigured, renovated and/or reconstructed. 


    Existing golf courses. 

    1. Golf courses in existence prior to adoption of this ordinance with elements which conflict the requirements of this section shall be legal non-confirming and, except as otherwise specified herein, shall be required to conform fully to this section upon an effort redevelop same. 

    2. Golf courses in existence prior to adoption of this ordinance shall nevertheless be required to comply with section (1)(b), (1)(e), and (1)(f) within one (1) year of adoption of this ordinance. 

    Implementation. The City Manager, City Clerk, and City Attorney 

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    are hereby authorized and directed to implement the provisions of this Ordinance and to 

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    take any and all necessary administrative actions as may be appropriate by their position to execute the purpose of this Ordinance. 

  • 23 Feb 2016 7:01 AM | Norberto Spangaro (Administrator)

    By: María Alejandra Pulgar for the Doral Family Journal

    A group of citizens, composed mainly by longtime residents in the Doral area, approached the City Clerk to submit an ordinance proposal, regarding the creation of public zoning meeting workshops as a requirement for future large projects. This would allow residents to be informed, ask questions to the developers and voice their opinions about the projects prior to their inclusion in zoning meeting agendas.

    ORdenanzaEntregadaNow that the proposal has been submitted, the City Attorney has 20 days to review and approve it. Once that happens, the ordinance committee will have to collect between 1700 and 2000 signatures of residents interested in approving the ordinance and then it can be voted for final approval and inclusion in the code. Similar ordinances exist in other municipalities.

    “This Ordinance will provide residents with the ability to have greater participation in issues that affect their quality of life. Over the past few years the Council was approached numerous times by developers seeking approvals for rezoning and amendments to the master plan which are moving the city towards a highly populated and dense 15 square mile area.  This was not the original vision for the City” explained Claudia Spangaro-Mariaca, member of the Ordinance Committee that submitted the proposal, which is composed by more than 30 members.

    Among the Committee members are Linda Scott, Jesse Jones, Norberto Spangaro, Michael Wermuth, Gabriel Rodriguez, Alberto Ruiz, Carlos Mariaca and Juan Carlos Bermudez. These are people who were involved in the creation of a vision for the Doral area long before incorporation, and since then they have consistently participated, attended meetings and voiced their opinions on the decisions that are being taken at City Hall. For those recently arrived in the area, Mr. Bermudez was the First Mayor of the City of Doral upon incorporation in 2003 until 2011.

    If the proposed ordinance is approved, the cases that will require mandatory workshops are: Rezoning; Site plan approvals; Site plan amendments that seek to develop additional square footage; Variances; Unusual uses and any other application deemed necessary by the City Manager.

    According to the ordinance, workshops should have to be advertised in local newspapers at least five days prior and meetings should take place after 6:00pm in places convenient to allow public attendance.

    The group of residents who are proposing the ordinance would like to see many more new faces interested in the future of Doral. The approval of this ordinance for public zoning workshops will give general public more chances to form an educated opinion on zoning changes in an open forum, before the formal discussions that take place within a zoning meeting.

  • 23 Feb 2016 6:59 AM | Norberto Spangaro (Administrator)



    Doral council members Pete Cabrera and Christi Fraga finally surrendered their cellphones after a Florida court’s third request to do so. Cabrera at first refused, calling it a “violation of my civil rights,” and Fraga was in labor at the time of the order. 

    In late January, 12 Doral city officials were ordered to turn over their personal and city phones as part of a 2014 legal dispute between the city and SDE Media, a billboard company that sued the city and the council, claiming a violation of the Sunshine Law. Since then, 10 city officials complied and turned in their phones for copying of texts, voicemails and emails.

    But to whom Cabrera and Fraga submitted their phones on Feb. 12 has raised questions. According Judge William Thomas’ most recent order filed in the 11th Judicial Circuit Court in January, Epiq Systems Inc. was the company designated by the court to copy and secure all city officials’ phone records, review the data and then deliver any responsive public records to the city within 10 days. 

    But on Feb. 12, the city retained the copied data, which now sits in the Doral Police Department’s evidence room. 

    “It’s better this way,” Cabrera told the Miami Herald last week. “Now my personal information is not floating around in strangers’ hands. I trust our police, and I know my information is safe there.” 

    When Cabrera agreed to turn in his phone, he had conditions: That he be present while they copy the data off his phone onto a hard drive, and that the hard drive be put in a lock box that would require two keys to open — one by his attorney, the other by Epiq Systems Inc.

    SDE Media’s legal team had not agreed to those terms. The city and SDE Media had ultimately reached an agreement that there would be no lock box and that Epiq would maintain custody of the data copied from the phones. And so the transaction went forward at City Hall on Feb 12. 

    City Attorney Dan Espino, Cabrera, Fraga, Councilwoman Ana Maria Rodriguez and City Manager Edward Rojas were present. They were accompanied by two Doral police officials.

    Once an Epiq technician was done cloning Cabrera’s data, Cabrera and Espino insisted that it remain in the hands of Doral police, not Epiq. Fraga asked that her data be handled the same way. 

    Rodriguez and Rojas, who originally turned in their phones in January, had to have them re-imaged after a technical glitch. When Rodriguez came in on Feb. 12, she said she lost the original phone she had submitted to Epiq and brought in an older one. Espino had Rodriguez and Rojas’ information kept at the police department as well. 

    All other city officials’ phones that were turned in on Jan. 21 were surrendered to Epiq. Police officials told the Miami Herald the arrangements to secure the data in the evidence room were made by Doral’s attorneys after Cabrera said he had to “protect his clients’ medical information.”

    Police officials indicated that they thought Epiq was to retain an extra copy of the imaged data and that the police had possession of another for safe keeping.

    “We wanted to establish a chain of custody that kept the information secure and that would identify everyone that had contact with it,” Espino said. “Mr. Cabrera had expressed some concerns so we wanted to see if it was something we can accomplish.” 

    On Monday, Doral’s legal team filed a motion urging the court to allow the city attorney, a defendant in the lawsuit, to search the records, rather than Epiq.

    Anthony Alfieri, a professor and the director of the Center for Ethics & Public Service at the University of Miami’s School of Law, said the “circumstances are extraordinary and indicate a deliberate attempt to disregard the authority of Florida courts.” 

    “The situation does seem replete with conflicts of interest among city officials and raises serious doubts about their good faith and accountability,” Alfieri said.

    Espino said “this Council recognizes that this entire scenario involving the records is as a result of a billboard company, through separate litigation, wanting another billboard location in the City, and they are standing strong against a special interest.”

    Early this week Doral made a move very similar to SDE Media’s. 

    “Our concern over SDE’s lawyer’s involvement and significant communication with Epiq has led us to file a request for production for communications between and amongst SDE, Mr. Julin, and Epiq, including all emails, text messages, and call logs,” Espino told the Herald in an email.

    In his motion, Espino added: “The Order requires that phones be turned over to a third-party entity selected solely by plaintiff and without any safeguards in place to protect those privacy interests from the independent actions of that entity and its employees. When combined with the directive that no messages of any kind — regardless of their nature or connection with the Public Records Request — be deleted from the phones before they were turned over, the invasion of privacy (and abuse of discretion) becomes overwhelming.” 

    Both the city and SDE Media are waiting for a court hearing to be scheduled.

    Monique O. Madan: 305-376-2108@MoniqueOMadan

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/doral/article61156882.html#storylink=cpy

  • 30 Jan 2016 7:07 PM | Norberto Spangaro (Administrator)

    Another scandal arising in Doral. Councilman Cabrera refuses to turn his phone records to Court. The City in an abnormal "Zoning Meeting" approves to fund Mr.Cabrera and other Council's legal fees. The citizens of Doral will pay with their taxes Mr. Cabrera and other Councils legal defense for personal matters. 

  • 11 Jan 2016 5:39 PM | Norberto Spangaro (Administrator)

    The Archdiocese of Miami dedicated of the new church building of Our Lady of Guadalupe parish with two events.

    Last month Archbishop Thomas Wenski presided the dedication Mass of the new church building of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Doral. With an unveiled and lighting of the 26 feet tall mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe and statue that the new church will feature.

    The 30,000 square feet church is one of the Archdiocese of Miami’s “greenest” church facilities, keeping in mind Pope Francis’ encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ on the care of the environment.

    Archbishop Wenski dedicates new "green" Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic ChurchThe church was built implementing a number of sustainable initiatives including: using materials with high recycle content and energy efficient roofing.

    The church’s structure, which can be seen from Florida’s Turnpike, was built in the shape of a cross and the chapel adjacent to it with a womb-like shape.

    The church also features a 26 feet tall mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the exterior of the structure which was created in the city of Pietra Santa, Italy using traditional Venetian techniques, and a marble statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe by local artist Nilda Comas.

    The new church building of Our Lady of Guadalupe is located at 11691 NW 25 Street, Doral FL.

  • 21 Dec 2015 5:44 PM | Norberto Spangaro (Administrator)

    Doral Mayor Luigi Boria has paid the Florida Elections Commission a $325 fine, which according to Miami-Dade ethics investigators “stemmed from his campaign for mayor in 2012 in which several state election laws regarding campaign financing and reporting were allegedly violated.”

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/doral/article47821375.html#storylink=cpy

  • 24 Sep 2015 6:30 PM | Norberto Spangaro (Administrator)

    Presentation by Mr. William Meredith, Business Manager at Covanta

    Facility in Doral.

  • 30 Apr 2015 6:30 PM | Anonymous


    On Thursday April 30th Joe Corradino AICP and President of The Corradino Group

    made a presentation to the Coalition members on Doral's traffic issues and transportation plans

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