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Coral Gables, Florida (U.S.)

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[Flag of Coral Gables, Florida] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 21 June 2006

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Description of the Flag

The flag of Coral Gables is divided into three equal horizontal bands: the top band is green, the middle band is white with a city seal in the center, and the bottom band is orange.
Florence Dawson, Secretary Coral Gables Development Dept., 1 August 2002

This photo is a reasonably clear shot, yet I cannot be sure there is a seal there. I think there is light green one on the white stripe but I'm not positive. There may have been one on the flag you originally saw but it escaped notice, and it may be on the flag in the photo you link to above but below the camera's resolution. An image of the Coral Gables seal can be found here, but I'm not sure how close it is to the one on the flag. For one thing, the background stippling may be absent.
Ned Smith, 20 June 2006

Using the from the official web server, I made the attached file. The seal is colored in shades of green to match Ned's supposition based on; it seems to be usually shown in shades of brown/golden when standing alone.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 21 June 2006

Detail of seal

[Seal of Coral Gables flag, Florida] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 21 June 2006

Flag without seal

[Flag of Coral Gables with seal, Florida] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 9 August 2007

Green-white-orange horizontal tricolor. A trip to Coral Gables, FL (a southern suburb of Miami) found this flag flying outside a bank on Ponce de Leon Boulevard, along with the U.S. and FL flags. I assume it is the flag of Coral Gables, though there was nobody to ask, it being Sunday and all the shops being closed.
Al Kirsch, 29 July 2002

The photograph I took of the flag outside the First Union Bank at 2100 Ponce de Leon Boulevard clearly shows no seal.
Al Kirsch, 31 August 2002

The green, white and orange tri-bar has been somewhat popular in and around Coral Gables for years, at least back into the 1960's and probably further back than that. I don't think the flag is so much associated with the city of Coral Gables as it is associated with the University of Miami. Most people outside of Florida don't realize that UofM is actually in Coral Gables. It has been a tradition for a long time that Miami football (or other sports) fans fly the tri-bar regularly in front of their homes during football season and it's not unusual so see it displayed in front of business establishments right along with the U.S. flag and Florida's state flag. It wouldn't surprise me to see one in front of City Hall either. I suppose that the flag could be looked at as an unofficial Coral Gables civil flag but I think it's really a University emblem, sort of like the University of Michigan's "M" flag.

The "U" banner and the [crane] bird are relatively new symbols comparatively. I have an aunt who attended UofM in the 40's. She says that the plain tri-bar was a common site even back then. The "U" symbol was introduced in 1979 while the crane, although an older symbol probably didn't start appearing on flags until the late 70's or early 80's.
Clay Moss, 10 August 2007