Councilmember District-1 Cunningham

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Councilwoman Cunningham Discusses Important Information Regarding Charter Revisions
Councilwoman Cunningham discusses important information all residents should know about the upcoming Charter revisions. Watch the video here.


Councilwoman Cunningham Joins Coral Reef Elementary PTA in Honoring Mr. and Mrs. Nicholasaurus
Village of Palmetto Bay residents and Coral Reef Elementary teachers Ted and Janice Nicholasaurus were recently honored at Coral Reef Elementary for their philanthropic work with the school through their J.B. Cash Foundation.

Mr. and Mrs. Nicholasaurus have become institutions at the school, having worked together at Coral Reef Elementary since 2005. Several years ago they started a foundation to honor the memory of their relative, J.B. "Skeegie" Cash, Skeegie was abducted and was brutally murdered at the young age of 5. They have been making contributions to the school's PTA since 2005. "J.B. Cash Foundation came about because of the unfathomable tragedy of Skeegie Cash's kidnapping and murder. The Board is guided by a determination that his loss should be an inspiration for us to bring about positive development, no matter how modest.", said Mr. Nicholasaurus.

The Nicholasaurus' contributed to reactivate and enhance the visitor security system at the entrance to the building and helped to create the Skeegie Science and Nature Academy's Outdoor Classroom.  In collaboration with the PTA, Nature Postings and the Foundation, the academy has been designed to develop a "passion for learning using the natural and cultural resources found in our community." What better way to remember "Skeegie", the boy who loved the outdoors and felt at one with nature and the great outdoors. The school's PTA hopes to expand their mission to create a Nature Science Center within the Village's Park System with the purposes of creating learning experiences in the Village with nature as the classroom and playground.

Thanks to Ted and Janice Nicholasaurus for making a difference in our community! MAY 31, 2016

There is Still Time to Get Fit Palmetto Bay
With our beautiful new rubberized path at Coral Reef Park's outer loop in Zone 3 and 4, there is no better time to get moving and no better place than The Village of Parks!

“Get Fit Palmetto Bay,” is a year-long series of events, programs, and seminars focused on wellness, nutrition, and fitness. The Village has partnered with other organizations to bring you a holistic program, full of informative seminars and fitness programs. Check out the upcoming events, including health and wellness activities sponsored by Baptist Health, and let the Village help you reach your fitness goals in 2016!

Join me for Saturday in the Park and  a walk/jog using the new path on the following summer Saturdays at 9 am- June 18th, 25th, July 2nd, 16th and 23rd! Mark your calendar and bring a friend and let's get fit together! MAY 31, 2016

A Safety Initiative is Unveiled at Coral Reef Park
On Tuesday, May 17th at 10am, a new navigational tool called Z.E.R.O. will be unveiled at Coral Reef Park.  Z.E.R.O, short for Zone Emergency Response Operation, will substantially decrease response times for first time responders in the event of an emergency at Coral Reef Park.  Read more about this amazing idea in Councilmember Cunningham's press release. MAY 13, 2016



Coral Reef Elementary School Named "No Place for Hate School"
This past week, Councilwoman Cunningham participated in the "No Place for Hate" School campaign, as Coral Reef Elementary School received the recognition for the 5th year in a row.  See photos.


"After Hours with Karyn"

Join Councilwoman Cunningham for coffee and conversation on Tuesday, June 21 from 7-8:30 pm at Starbucks on 148th and US1, and share your thoughts, concerns and ideas for the betterment of Palmetto Bay.  This month's topic will be 2016-17 Village Budget. Come share your ideas and give your input about your budget priorities for the coming year! MAY 31, 2016


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Karyn Cunningham was elected to Council Seat 1 on Nov. 4, 2014. A native of Miami-Dade County and a graduate of Miami Palmetto Senior High, Councilmember Cunningham graduated Cum Laude from the University of South Florida in 1985 and holds certification in Elementary Education and Psychology. She received her Urban Education Certification from Florida International University in 1987. Karyn and her family have lived in the Village of Palmetto Bay since 1995. She has one daughter, Megan.                                                                       

Councilmember Cunningham is an accomplished teacher, community activist, and advocate for education. She began her career teaching first grade and has been with Miami-Dade County Public Schools for 18 years. During her time as a classroom teacher, Karyn worked closely with the PTA to bring additional programming and activities to our school community. In 2004, Karyn took her career outside the classroom by serving with United Teachers of Dade as a Government & Community Engagement Specialist. Currently, she assists in the development of an effective education policy plan and provides year-round public affairs and community relations support, locally and with the State of Florida in Tallahassee.


Councilmember Karyn Cunningham was appointed to the Village of Palmetto Bay’s Education Advisory Compact Council in 2012, and in 2013 was appointed to the Village’s Education Advisory Committee, which oversees the implementation of the compact.

A graduate of the Greater Miami Chamber’s Leadership Miami Class of 2012, Councilmember Cunningham is actively involved on the boards of many local not-for-profit organizations. She serves as Vice-President of The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, and serves on the Common Threads Advisory Council and the Advisory Board of The Yaegar Foundation. She was recently appointed Chair of the Chamber South Education and Business Coalition.

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Cell: 305-904-1805
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