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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.



Councilwoman Cunningham Invites Student Council to Visit Village Hall

Students from the Cutler Bay Academy of Advanced Studies toured Village Hall and got a firsthand look at municipal government. Thank you to their teacher, Mrs. Marshall and Cutler Bay Mayor Bell for joining them and making the visit possible. Click here to see photos. MAY 10, 2016


Councilwoman Cunningham Hosted First-Ever Playground Fun Town Hall Meeting:
Thank you to all of those who came out to Councilwoman Cunningham's first-ever Playground Fun Town Hall Meeting. It was great to hear feedback from Coral Reef Park's biggest fans. The event was covered by the Miami Herald and Community Newspapers.  If you didn't have a chance to make it, see a video presentation here or check out the event photos!

Last month, the Council passed a resolution to name the children's playground at Coral Reef Park the "Bridget Allison Pier Playground." The item, co-sponsored by Mayor Flinn and Councilwoman Cunningham, unanimously passed and the playground at Coral Reef Park in District 1 will be named after the daughter of our Village Clerk, Meighan Alexander. Bridget Allison Pier was just seven years old when she died in 2011 from a massive stroke while vacationing in Hawaii with her family. In addition to the naming of the park, the playground will be undergoing a renovation as the Village has budgeted dollars to replace and update playground equipment. APR 13, 2016

Councilwoman Chosen to Sit on the Women in Politics Symposium for MDC
Councilwoman Cunningham was one of four local and state elected officials to sit on the Women in Politics Symposium for Miami-Dade College. One of many panels organized by Miami-Dade College Homestead Campus highlighting women to celebrate Women's History Month, Cunningham joined State Representative Holly Raschein, Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner and Florida City Commissioner Avis Brown.  

"MDC has a special place in my heart," said Cunningham, who graduated from Miami-Dade College in 1983 before attending University of South Florida. "I was proud to be asked to return to share my successes and the lessons I have learned along the way with young men and women at MDC interested in pursuing careers in politics."

The Homestead Campus is located in the historic downtown district of the City of Homestead and the 18-acre campus delivers a full-range of educational programs to its community. The symposium was attended by over 100 students, the College's President, Dr. Jeanne Jacobs and several campus professors.

"After Hours with Karyn"

Join Councilwoman Cunningham for coffee and conversation at Starbucks on 148th and US1, and share your thoughts, concerns and ideas for the betterment of Palmetto Bay.  Please check the District 1 Newsletter for date and topic information for the next "After Hours with Karyn." JAN 26, 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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