In a combined event, the staff of Coral Gables Magazine, the staff of MG Developer, and more than 200 guests celebrated the completion of the Althea Row townhouses on Almeria Avenue – and the magazine’s annual “Best of Coral Gables” issue. Among those who attended were Mayor Vince Lago, City Commissioners Rhonda Anderson, and Jorge Fors, MG Developer CEO Alirio Torrealba, Coral Gables Chamber CEO and president Mark Trowbridge, Coral Gables Community Foundation CEO and president Mary Snow, Director of Economic Development Julian Perez, Ron Shuffield and Patrick O’Connell of BHHS/EWM Realty, former mayor Don Slesnick, builder Venny Torre, architect Maria de la Guardia, MG COO Jenny Ducret, Publisher Richard Roffman, and Editor J.P. Faber. One special guest was artist Carlos Garcia-Barbon, who had been commissioned to paint the image of city founder George Merrick for the cover of the “Best Of ” issue. At the late July event, he signed covers of the magazine for guests. Althea Row was named after George Merrick’s mother.
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