|The flyer handed out by the protestors.|
In Coral Gables protestors from West Grove were expected to gather at 6PM to protest Trolleygate at the Coral Gables Mayoral Debate at 7PM. Also at 7PM, 3-and-a-half miles away, the Coconut Grove Village Council were expected to gather for its oft-delayed regular monthly meeting.* Trolleygate is a promised agenda item at the CGVC. What to do, what to do? The only viable solution: Go to both, like I did last month with the Coconut Grove Playhouse redevelopment meeting and the Charles Avenue Historic Preservation Committee meeting on the same night, and hope for the best. It turned out that I made all the wrong choices on Thursday night, but I'm getting ahead of myself.
|The Biltmore Hotel|
I arrived at 6 at the Coral Gables Congregational Church, the location of the Mayoral Debate, only to see the first protestors just arriving. This is a beautiful little church which covers an entire block in the middle of an expensive residential neighbourhood. It's one small block away from The Biltmore Hotel, one of the most exclusive resorts in the country.
Being dirt poor, I am always struck by the money on display in Coral Gables. It's conspicuous consumption on a grand scale. The Biltmore is the physical representation of that. According to the WikiWackyWoo: