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Coral Gables in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Coral Gables Waterway

 
 
Coral Gables Waterway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, June 28, 2014
1. Coral Gables Waterway Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected 2012 by A Florida Heritage Site. Sponsored by Florida Society Children of the American Revolution, the Miami Chapter Sons of the American Revolution, and the Florida
Coral Gables Waterway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, June 28, 2014
2. Coral Gables Waterway Marker
LeJeune Road traffic bridge is in the background.
Department of State. (Marker Number F-453.)
 
Location. 25° 42.349′ N, 80° 15.644′ W. Marker is in Coral Gables, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker is at the intersection of South Le Jeune Road (Florida Route 953) and Sunset Drive (Florida Route 986), on the right when traveling north on South Le Jeune Road. Click for map. Marker located on the Cartagena Plaza roundabout. Marker is in this post office area: Miami FL 33146, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. State of Florida Historic Roadway (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pinewood (Cocoplum) Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Cocoanut Grove Public Utilities Company (approx. 1.4 miles away); Ransom School (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Historic Coconut Grove Cemetery (approx. 1.6 miles away); Charles Avenue (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Barnacle (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Coconut Grove Library (approx. 1.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Coral Gables.
 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Coral Gables Waterway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, May 28, 2014
3. Coral Gables Waterway Marker
LeJeune Road pedestrian bridge is in the background.
Limestone rising 20 feet under LeJeune Road bridge image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, June 28, 2014
4. Limestone rising 20 feet under LeJeune Road bridge
Coral Gables Waterway image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, June 28, 2014
5. Coral Gables Waterway
Coral Gables Waterway image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, June 28, 2014
6. Coral Gables Waterway
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. This page has been viewed 220 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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