News in the Village

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JUNE 2010
Deering Estate Way ... A new co-designated street sign signifying the strong relationship between the Village and the Deering Estate at Cutler is now in place, called “Deering Estate Way,” on SW 168 following an unveiling ceremony. See photos on Facebook. (June 23, 2010)
Summer Camp Registration ... It's certainly not too late to register for our 8-week Summer Camp at Coral Reef and Palmetto Bay Parks. Program includes swimming, games, & fun field trips. See Camp Calendar and Palmetto Bay News coverage. (June 28, 2010)
Facebook & Twiter ... Palmetto Bay News spotted us on Facebook and a Twitter page recently -- another way Palmetto Bay proves how truly accessible local government can be.
Deering Point Re-Opens ... Commissioner Sorenson celebrates the reopening of Miami-Dade's Deering Point, at the C-100 Canal on Biscayne Bay, following new drainage, paving, landscaping, and utilities (to support future shelters and restrooms). See Facebook for some pictures. (June 24, 2010)
Oil Spill Impact ... Chris Himmel of the South Dade Office of Mayor Carlos Alvarez shared this report regarding the Florida response to the Deepwater Horizon incident. (June 15, 2010)
Zoo Birthday Discount ... Miami Metrozoo wishes to thank the community and out-of-town visitors for their faithful patronage of its park over the last 30 years by celebrating its 30th birthday July 3 - 5 (11 am - 4 pm) with $5 admission and much more! (June 24, 2010)
Oil Spill Update ... See the latest edition of the Florida Media Advisory re the Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, compliments of Chris Himmel of the Office of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez. (June 22, 2010)
Mayors Talk Green ... Mayor Flinn joins two other mayors on a green-theme radio talk show today on The Biz (June 21, 2010)
Public Art Approved ... Palmetto Bay’s public art program says so much about our wonderfully progressive and supportive community, as two new art projects are now on the horizon – creatively funded through private and commercial sources. Read all about it. (June 15, 2010).
Summer Safety Tips ... Miami-Dade Fire Rescue shares ideas on how to get the most out of your South Florida summer experience. With a few summer-safety tips in mind and some common sense care, you can ensure that everyone will have a great time this season. (July 2010)
Oil Spill Impact ... Chris Himmel of the South Dade Office of Mayor Carlos Alvarez shared this report regarding the Florida response to the Deepwater Horizon incident. (June 15, 2010)
Park View Cafe ... Palmetto Bay ’s newest park amenity offers visitors an assortment of affordable food and beverage options at the Village-owned concession building at Coral Reef Park. Read more -- and check out some pix now posted on Facebook. (June 11, 2010)
Last Day of School ... Coral Reef Elementary and Southwood Middle School grads whipped up some fun to celebrate the last day of school at Coral Reef Park, June 9, as Village staff and Police keep a watchful eye. See more on Facebook and in the Palmetto Bay News. (June 16, 2010)
Lightning Prediction System ... Palmetto Bay Park is now home to Thor Guard, a lightning prediction system that advises park-goers and area residents when to seek shelter and when the coast is clear. Look for coverage in the June 15 edition of Palmetto Bay News. We got a sneek peak at their photos... (June 4, 2010)
Proclamations, Proclamations … Baseball players, Eagle Scouts, and one of Palmetto Bay's finest take honors at Village Council’s the June 7 Regular Monthly Meeting. (June 7, 2010)
Staff Preps for Season ... With 14-23 named storms predicted (see the list on our Disaster Preparedness page), staff is fine-tuning emergency ops plans, including basic storm prep, recovery, debris clean-up, pre- and post-storm communications, and traffic-flow (June 1, 2010).
Nearby Swimming ... Summer’s here -- let’s go swimming! Check out this great list of swimming activities near the Village of Palmetto Bay. (June 1, 2010)
Burglar Bars ... Burglar bars (not the drinking-hole variety…) are a good thing – or are they? They can keep you safe from intruders, but may also prove to be deadly in the event of a fire. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue shares vital information on how to safely evacuate a structure equipped with safety bars. (June 1, 2010)
Red Ribbon Day … Mayor Flinn congratulates Southwood Middle School as a Red Ribbon State Certified School -- one of only four schools locally to receive this honor. (June 3, 2010)
Village Ranks 8th … The County Tax Appraiser's estimate of taxable values ranks Palmetto Bay eighth least impacted by declines. The Miami Herald covered the story. (June 4, 2010)
Tax Holiday in August ... Don't buy those back-to-school shoes quite yet! Florida’s annual sales tax holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m., Aug. 13, and end at midnight, Aug. 15. More details and a list of eligible items will be available by mid-June. Read the bill.
Hurricane Season Begins ... Preparedness is the best defense against any adverse act of Mother Nature. The Village and Miami-Dade plan to swiftly clear roads, assess damages, and remove debris. What's your your plan during the first 72 hours? Visit our Disaster Preparedness page; and see County tips, too. (June 1, 2010)
Lots o' Hot Sales ... It's going to be a hot weekend for garage sales with 16 listed on the official Village schedule. Start early, drink a lot of water, and good luck! (June 10, 2010)
Oil Spill Impact ... Chris Himmel of the South Dade Office of Mayor Carlos Alvarez shared this report regarding the response to the Deepwater Horizon incident, summarizing State and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors (June 3, 2010)
Spill Nears Florida Shores … So. Fla. Business Journal reports that oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill is nearing Pensacola, presently about 8 miles from shore. Projections indicate the leading edge of the spill could impact the Panhandle as early as this week, due to a shift in winds and currents. (June 2, 2010)
Panther Parkway Unveiled ... Parents & students of Perrine Elementary unveiled new street signage May 27 honoring this outstanding school. The Mayor, Council and County Commissioner Katy Sorenson took a "paws" from their busy schedule to help celebrate the day.
Seniors On-the-Go ... Village Parks & Recreation dept. has two new senior programs this month, in cooperation with Baptist Health South Florida: "Alzheimer's Disease: Updates & Emerging Trends," and "Resiliency: Building Skills to Endure Hardship." (May 10, 2010)
Deering Flow Way Project ... Dignitaries celebrated start of the long-awaited freshwater flow-way project at Deering May 7, part of CERP: Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. South Florida Water Management District hosted the ceremony in the Royal Palm Grove. (May 7, 2010)

MAY 2010
Golf Cart Ordinance ... See the Palmetto Bay News for a feature on how the new Village Ordinance on Golf Cart usage is a big hit with at least one (registered) local cart enthusiast. (May 11, 2010)
New Employee at Village Hall ... Caroline Gorham joined the Village Hall staff just last month as assistant to the HR Director. Read all about it ... and welcome aboard, Caroline! (May 11, 2010)
Permits for Special Events ... Ensure a safe, secure special event at your business by getting necessary info -- and permits -- at least two weeks in advance.
Oil Spill Impact ... Chris Himmel of the South Dade Office of Mayor Carlos Alvarez shared a report dated May 7 stating that there were ““no impacts to the state projected in the next 72 hours… The loop current is far south of the oil and there is no imminent threat that the oil will be picked up by the loop current. (May 7, 2010)
Changes in the Cityscape ... Palmetto Bay's Village Hall, a highly-efficient facility from an energy standpoint, is really taking shape these days. Drive north on US1 and look to the right at 9705 E. Hibiscus -- you can't miss the dramatic structure that will soon be our new "home." Visit the photo album of Facebook.
Three Cities Fund Fireworks ... As you sit back to enjoy the Annual Fireworks Display at Black Point Park this Independence Day, thank Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, and Cutler Bay for pitching in a $3,000 donation each. You, too, can be a sponsor.
Palmer Trinity Hearing ... Council approved Palmer Trinity’s application for rezoning; and the school's request to use all 55 acres and provide an increase in student population. See our summary, and coverage in The Herald and Ch-4. See related links in the Calendar at right. Also see: Staff Zoning Analysis (Change of Zoning) ... Third District Court of Appeals - Opinion ... Staff Zoning Analysis (Special Exception Request) ... Proposed Campus Master Plan (May 4, 2010)

APRIL 2010
Water System Improvements ... Residents got a County letter advising work in the area of SW 76 Ave. and SW 172 St. to improve the delivery of drinking water and fire protection. There may be an impact on traffic flow. (April 2010)
Earth Week Epilogue ... Now that Earth Week 2010 is over and the Village is home to 26,000 new ladybugs, it is time to thank all those who sponsored and supported this year's amazing event. Take a look at local coverage and our Facebook page. (April 2010)
Council Urges Co-Designation ... Don't be surprised if you see a street sign reading “Dolphin Crossing.” Council is requesting County approval to co-designate several existing street signs near Coral Reef Elementary, in honor of the school's record for educational excellence. See the full story and coverage in the Miami Herald. (April 2010)
Palmer-Trinity Discussion ... Village hosted a community outreach meeting with reps of Palmer Trinity April 17 to discuss the proposed modifications of Palmer’s previously approved site master plan (from 1999).
Battle of Bands ... The Village Parks & Rec dept. hosted "Battle of the Bands," March 27 at Ludovici Park. Jump over to Facebook for photo coverage -- and look for news coverage in The Herald and Palmetto Bay News. Also, Summer Camp & Skate Adventure is here. Registration via yellow box (below)
Dog Park on Facebook ... The Village's Dog Park is now on Facebook. Hound us with your own photos taken at the park. Also, on occasion, we use this page to post pictures of stray pets we find around the Village, including a small dog rescued Tuesday from the US-1 island at Colonial Drive.
radKIDS Self Defense ... Village Police continue their popular rad/KIDS training with a two groups of students from Coral Reef Elementary School this week. Last month, the Village received extensive news coverage of the self-defense training for kids on Channel 4, in the Palmetto Bay News, and on Channel 6.

MARCH 2010
Library Grand Opening ... Mayor Flinn, Village Council, Miami-Dade officials, and residents officially snipped the ribbon at the County Library last week. We also dedicated the Edward & Arlene Feller Community Room & Amphitheater. See photos on Facebook. (March 2010)
Vintage Photos ... Visit the Village's Historic Preservation page for vintage photos of Palmetto Bay -- including this shot, just one in a series taken at the former Batt Batt Baseball Batting Cages on US-1 near SW 156 St. (March 2010)
Partner with Police ... Palmetto Bay Police attribute recent rise in vehicle burglaries to tough economy -- keep up your guard with common-sense practices. (March 2010)
Jeopardy House ... Palmetto Bay's historic Flipse/O'Donnell home was featured recently on the hit TV game show, "Jeopardy" Very cool! (You may need to download video-player software to view this link.)
"On-the-Go" ... See the March issue of the Village's senior newsletter. In this edition: Dizziness seminar; a fitness class; "share your story." Read all about it. To subscribe, contact us today! (March 2010)
Slam Fest Hits Palmetto Bay ... Palmetto Bay is hosting one of the biggest girls' softball tournaments in all of Florida, as more than 44 teams converge at Palmetto Bay Park, March 18-20. This is the third year Slam Fest organizers have chosen our Village to host this prestigious statewide event at our premier softball complex. (March 2010).
Police Rally for Relay ... Palmetto Bay's Policing Unit has a team in the annual Relay For Life, March 13-14 at Children’s Hospital Palmetto Bay Center. Event Co-Chair and Councilwoman Shelley Stanczyk encourages residents to support -- or form -- a team today. Volunteers also are needed.
South Motors Meeting Slated ... Bldg & Zoning Dept. and South Motors invites residents to discuss plans for proposed park on Village's southwest side.
Celebration Picnic a Huge Success ... Thanks for attending the ribbon cutting at Parkview Cafe and the Picnic, March 6. Said one resident, "The Village sure knows how to put on a party..." Visit the Village's Facebook page for photo coverage. Special thanks again to our generous supporters!
Village Map Project ... The premier edition of a Village map is in production, as advertisers line up for limited display-ad slots. About 75,000 maps will be produced annually. See a Village announcement and Miami Maps for more direction.
Safe Routes to Schools ... The Village has received County grant to develop a Safe Route to School study, as part of a national program that encourages kids to walk and bicycle to school. The areas around and leading up the Village's four public schools will benefit. Read the Village press release and subsequent coverage in The Miami Herald. (Feb. 2010)
Fire Alarm Batteries ... On March 14 at 2 a.m. groggy Americans will turn their clocks forward one hour, marking the beginning of Daylight Savings Time (DST). As is customary, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is asking residents to change their smoke alarms’ batteries when they set their clocks ahead. (March 2010)

FEBRUARY 2010
Seniors "On-the-Go" ... See the latest edition of the Village's new e-news for senior residents in our community -- and subscribe today if you wish! (Feb. 2010)
Officer friendly Visits Howard ... Fingerprinting/photo services are provided to more than 75 kids at Howard Elementary's recent Fun Fair. (Feb. 2010)
Who ya Gonna Call ... Village Hall phone numbers, posted right here on our homepage (at right ), are available in the event you have questions re municipal services, after-hours issues, or a police non-emergency. Also, remember to visit Gov QA. (Feb. 2010)
Haiti Relief Effort ... The effort to aid the people of Haiti continues weeks after the devastating quake wiped out most of Port-au-Prince. Please review this compilation of intergovernmental and cross-agency programs, as compiled by the Office of the Mayor of Miami-Dade County.
Swift Emergency Response ... A fire forced evacuation of all residents of Villagio Condos, Feb. 8. MDFR contained the blaze, Red Cross placed families, and our Bldg Dept. is ensuring the property can be safe again. See fire coverage and recognition of Publix at March Council meeting. Special thanks to Troy Fauerbach, Mgr of Publix at 146 St., for donating food on site for displaced residents. (Feb 8, 2010)
Comcast "Newsmakers" ... If you're a Comcast Cable subscriber, tune in to view Mayor Flinn's five-minute interview at :25 and :55 after the hour on CNN Headline News this week (2/7-13) and again 2/21-28. Hosted by Spero Canton Newsmakers features topics that have a direct impact on our community.
Living Heart Healthy ... Amedisys Home Health is offering a free heart health seminar for seniors, Feb. 17. Separately, Baptist Health added a new “Trim-n-Fit” segment. This new noon-hour class follows the existing 11-noon class, Tues. & Thurs. Also see the January Senior e-News.
Haiti Relief Drop-Off Points ... Village Hall/Policing Unit and the Library are drop-off points for essential items in the County's relief effort. Visit update #3 and the Red Cross for info. Village Hall hours: M-F, 8:30-5. Also, see a scam warning on our Police page.

JANUARY 2010
Hearts and Prayers ...
The Village expresses its deepest concern for the people of Haiti. Mayor Flinn encourages residents to follow the lead set forth by Miami-Dade County during this initial stage of relief and recovery. Also see the American Red Cross website. (Jan. 13, 2009)
Bldg Dept Survey ... The Building department must be doing something right -- ranking at the top of the scale in all customer service categories measured by a recent survey. Kudos!
Everglades Restoration ... Mayor Flinn and Councilman Tendrich attended groundbreaking of SFWMD's C-111 Spreader Canal project, part of a plan to restore freshwater flows to Florida Bay, preserve clean water for Everglades Nat”l Park, and maintain flood control. Read more.
2009 Moments & Milestones ... From the Annual Celebration Picnic (left) to the end of Mitigation to the Village Hall ground breaking, take a look back with us at the previous year's moments and milestones in our "2009 Year-in-Review." Also see the Mayor's New Year's message.
Area Schools Rank High ... Newsweek just released the top high schools in the nation. Coral Reef (ranked #26) and Palmetto (#208) Sr High Schools are on the list. Congrats to students, teachers, parents, administrators. (Jan. 22, 2010)
H1N1 Virus Vaccines ... It is not too late to vaccinate against H1N1 Influenza – and for free! Take everyday precautions to avoid the flu, including visiting the County's revised vaccine schedule. Call 305-324-2400 and see the County website for information. (Jan. 22, 2010)
Christmas Tree Mulch ... In late January, County Solid Waste Dept. service area residents can collect Christmas-tree mulch free of charge (Jan. 2010)
Arbor Day Celebration ... Local pre-schoolers helped us celebrate Arbor Day, Jan. 15, by planting several trees in our new butterfly garden. Local artist Xavier Cortado also introduced his eco-art project to the community. See the Photo Gallery. Also see The Miami Herald. (Jan. 15, 2010)
Drug Discounts Still Available ... Check out this prescription discount program for Palmetto Bay residents who either lack insurance or have limited coverage -- thanks to the NLC and Councilman Ed Feller (left). All you need is to download a card and visit a participating pharmacy today.
Community Meeting Slated ... Planning & Zoning Director Perez announces his team is joining with Parks & Rec to host a meeting Jan. 16, at 10:30 a.m. at Village Hall to discuss future park development in the area of South Motors. Questions? contact Village Hall via email or call 305-259-1260. (Jan. 2010).
Storm Water Project ... A major stormwater drainage project starts this week, Jan. 11. Flyers were delivered to affected residents. Questions? Concerns? Contact Village Hall or call 305-969-5011. Also see Sunday's (1/10/10) Miami Herald for a related article.
Help Improve Communications ... E-Currents subscribers have received a survey re: the Village's e-news. Village staff is considering ways to improve the design, content, and distribution of this popular communication tool. Thanks for your assistance. Not a subscriber yet?
Comp Plan Amendments ... Planning & Zoning Director Perez announces that, after years of work in creating our Comprehensive Plan, involving countless meetings and hours of planning, the process of formally adopting several key amendments is nearly completed. See local coverage. (Jan. 2010)
Christmas Tree Disposal ... Miami-Dade Department of Solid Waste Management is offering various options to service area residents for the collection, recycling, and disposal of Christmas trees. Questions? Contact the Village's Public Works staff via e-mail or call 305-969-5011. (Jan 2010)

DECEMBER 2009
Images in Village Video ...
View a video highlighting Palmetto Bay's remarkable programs and services, featuring several employees of the Village.
Alarm Registration ... More than 2,000 Village residents have received their annual alarm registration/renewals. Please be sure to read your customized form -- and feel free to contact Village Hall with any questions/concerns -- or call 305-259-1234. (Dec. 21, 2009)
A Welcome Sight ... New signs have been installed in four locations, welcoming residents/visitors to Palmetto Bay. You may also notice nearby solar panels that power each sign's night-time (LED) illumination system. Visit the Photo Gallery for more. (Dec. 2009)
Food Drive Success ... Thanks for your phenomenal response to the Village Food Drive, as more than a dozen boxes were packaged up last week for delivery to community based organizations which shared the goods with local families in need. (Dec. 22, 2009)
Happy Holidays from MDFR ... Miami-Dade Fire Rescue reminds you that fires during and immediately after the holiday season claim more than 400 lives, injure 1,650, and cause $990 million in damage across the nation. Considering these life-saving steps to ensure a safe and happy holiday. (Dec. 24, 2009)
Free Senior Programming ... Enjoy any or all of the Village's new senior fitness classes: All-Around Fitness, Strength & Endurance, and Trim & Fit After 55, starting Jan. 18.. Also, enjoy "Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction" class with a local Dance/Movement. (Dec. 15, 2009).
Holiday Garage Sales ... Oh, the joy of re-gifting -- other people's stuff! This weekend there are about 20 garage sales scheduled in Palmetto Bay. Plot out your shopping trip around town by visiting our Garage Sale page. (Dec. 2009)
Bldg Dept New Hours ... Effective immediately, hours of operation in the Building & Capital Projects Department have been changed; Tuesdays and Thursdays the office will now close at 3 p.m., to allow a transition to a new software system that will improve customer service. (Dec. 1, 2009)
Shopping Safety Tips ... People can get careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime, so... "Don't put your life at risk over material items" That's just one of many preventive tips to consider during these remaining shopping period. (Dec. 2009)
Council Honors Swimmers ... The Village Council expressed its appreciation for the Palmetto Senior High School ’s boys' swim team in a proclamation honoring them for taking home the state title from the 2009 FHSAA Class 3A swimming finals last month. See the Photo Gallery. (Dec. 8, 2009)
Visit Village Green ... Check out Palmetto Bay's new web page showcasing helpful resources and information on the Village's green initiatives. (Fall 2009)
Community Meeting ... Members of Village Hall staff hosted a public meeting today to discuss with residents plans for the proposed development by Donald Van Orsdel of a four-story office complex at 16475 S. Dixie Highway. (Dec. 8, 2009)

NOVEMBER 2009
'Tis Still Flu Season …
‘Tis the season – not just for gift giving – but for catching the flu. Please note these clinic schedules for the H1N1 vaccination sites, in Creole, in Spanish, and in English. For more information, contact the Miami-Dade County Health Department at 305-324-2400. (Dec. 3, 2009)
"Heralding" Green Buildings ... "Green is the new gold in South Florida..." so says the Miami Herald in an article featuring our new Village Hall and other nearby sustainable-construction projects. Read all about it. And see coverage of last month's ground-breaking. (Nov. 29, 2009)
Palmetto Bay Business Association ... Starting the season right, the Palmetto Bay Business Association's (PBBA) hosted its Holiday Social, Dec. 3, at Palmetto Bay Village Center. Not a member? Get connected now with other professionals -- and your civic leaders -- in your community. (Dec. 3, 2009)
Mayor Gives Thanks ... Mayor Flinn's annual Thanksgiving message appeared in The Herald, Nov. 22, calling for gratitude for family, first responders, teachers, and parents. A special call-out also went to residents who volunteer, Village staff, and military men and women. (Nov. 2, 2009)
Senior Survey ... Responses to our recent Senior Program Survey have been extremely useful. Whether you are a senior, believe you're a senior, answering on behalf of a senior, or will be a senior someday soon, take the survey now! (Nov. 2009)
Ground Breaking ... A Nov. 12 ceremony at the site of our new Village Hall drew well over 120 people, including members of Congress and County Commissioners. View the Photo Gallery for a selection of "PBV Ground Breaking" photographs taken at the event or watch the video. (Nov. 12, 2009)
Water & Sewer Open House ... Miami-Dade Water & Sewer Dept. is hosting an Open House, Dec. 9, to address issues related to construction of infrastructure in the Village's "Basin B," and the impact the project will have on US-1 traffic and nearby residences and businesses.
Warrior Way on the Map ... In recognition of Westminster Christian School 's legacy of outstanding athletics and academics, a stretch of 152 St. was renamed "Warrior Way" Nov. 12. See e-Currents, coverage in Palmetto Bay News, and pictures in the Photo Gallery.
New Hours for Bldg & Permitting ... The hours for this popular Village service have been adjusted to best meet the needs of our customers. The new hours are: Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please visit the Building and Capital Projects web page for more information.
Mayor's Challenge Winners ... In congratulating Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner on her third-place showing in the recent 'Living Green Mayors Challenge," Mayor Flinn noted that “competition can be healthy, especially when water conservation is the goal…" Four out of the top five winners are from Miami-Dade County, which Flinn said is encouraging. Lerner noted, "We all win by raising constituent awareness about the importance of conservation."
Community Room Dedicated ... In honor of Edward and Arlene Feller's dedication to the development of our new library, the Council agreed to name the Community Room & Amphitheater after the Councilman and his wife. Also, see Herald coverage of the meeting (Dr. Feller, left, at the May opening of Ludovici Park.
MDFR's Newsletter ... See Hotlines, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's latest installment of our department's e-news that promotes department services, initiatives, and accomplishments.

OCTOBER 2009
Blockbuster of a Movie Night!
More than 600 people gathered for Movie Night in the Park -- an enormous success. Friday's screening of IGOR was sponsored by Gus Machado Ford. Free ice cream was a big hit too -- thanks, Farm Stores. And thanks to all the residents who came out to support this great event.
New H1N1 Pamphlets ... View these informative pamphlets re: H1N1 -- in Spanish and English. Or order a supply by contacting Cathy Berkowitz. Also find a County Health Dept vaccination Site near you and/or a Federally Qualified Health Center. American Lung Association also has important flu information on its website (Oct. 26, 2009)
Police Planning Pumpkin Patrol ... Be on the look out for Palmetto Bay Police cruising the streets on Halloween to promote safety and distribute candy and glow-sticks. The Mayor and Council will join Police on this important annual mission -- don't scare them too much, kids! (Oct. 30, 2009)
Mayor Draws Huge Audience ... The State of the Village address drew 450 residents, guests, and VIPs -- focusing on our shift from capital projects to services. See photos, Herald news coverage, Palmetto Bay News coverage, and a press release summary. (Oct. 21, 2009)
Library Soft Opening ... A new chapter in Village history began Oct. 19, when Miami-Dade County opened the doors of our new Palmetto Bay Branch Library at Ludovici Park. About 50 resident book lovers were there within the first hour, to be part of Village history! (Oct. 19, 2009)
Flinn Gets Prestigious Award ... Our Mayor is the 2009 recipient of the Steven J. Cranman Professional Public Service Award. The award is provided annually by Chamber South. (Oct. 2009)
Discount Drug Plan ... Check out this prescription discount program for residents who either lack insurance or have limited coverage -- thanks to the NLC and Councilman Ed Feller (left). Get Card today or pick one up at select Palmetto Bay business locations.
Ban on Texting ... The Council is encouraging a proposed State ban on texting while driving to minimize the threat to motor vehicle operators, pedestrians, and cyclists -- particularly children. Get the full story in the October e-Currents.
Reducing Panther Footprints ... The Mayor and Council members attended an program at Perrine Elementary called “Reducing the Panther’s Footprint,” geared toward acknowledging student efforts at learning everyday ways to reduce their carbon footprint. See the Photo Gallery for more. (Oct. 13)
First Check with Animal Services ... As announced at last night's Council Workshop, Mayor Flinn wishes to remind everyone that, if you ever lose your pet, one of the best and up-to-date sources in town is the Lost & Found page on the Miami-Dade County website. (Oct. 8, 2009) (Oct. 2009)
Roll out the Barrel ... The next County Rain Barrel Workshop is Oct. 17 at the Deering Visitor Center, 10 a.m. to noon. Use a rain barrel to catch and use rainwater. To register, call Lize at 305-248-3311 (x242). Read all about it. (Oct. 2009)
Public Works Uses Stimulus ... Public Works has issued a Procurement Notice for several projects funded by the Federal stimulus program, including construction of a new traffic circle at SW 168 St. & 87 Ave., and installation of crosswalks at SW 152 St. & Old Cutler. (Oct. 2009)

SEPTEMBER 2009
Construction Contract Approved ...
The Village Council approved the contract with Master Builders of South Florida -- the same firm that recently joined Village officials in DC to pursue grant opportunities for this LEED-certified project, slated for completion in Fall 2010. (Sept. 2009)
Flu Guide Also Available ... Also, the Obama Administration has issued a guide for community leaders and faith-based organizations that communicates important health information in an effective and motivating manner.
FY2009-10 Budget Approved ... Village Council is pleased to announce it has approved the Operating & Capital Budget for the new fiscal year, starting Oct. 1. Until the final document is prepared, free to review the proposed budget online. Thanks for your input!
Take the Mayor's Challenge ... Take the "Mayor's Challenge" to show Palmetto Bay is among South Florida's greenest communities by taking a few minutes to review easy and helpful tips for preserving our water resources -- and win an eco-friendly scooter. (Sept 15, 2009)
Garden Club is Growing ... Residents interested in gardening can find a new club that will fit their “green thumbs” like a glove, says the Palmetto Bay News — and the group is growing fast. (Sept. 2009)
Evolution of an Aerodrome ... Long after its airstrips have vanished, Chapman Field (former gate, left) remains an identifiable entity at the Village's northeastern corner. Read all about it in the September edition of e-Currents. Are you a subscriber? (Sept. 16, 2009)
Fire Station Legislation ... The U.S. House of Representatives today announced passage of a bill sponsored by Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL) to make possible the construction of a new fire station in Palmetto Bay. Special thanks to Village staff (Building Official Edward Silva and Olga Cadaval, Assistant to the Manager) who were in DC today to underscore the importance of -this much-needed -addition to our community infrastructure, as noted in the Congressman's remarks on the floor. (Sept. 15, 2009).
Elementary Schools Honored ... At Monday night's Council meeting, two local schools were awarded cash prizes to proceed with recycling initiatives at their respective campuses, as part of a plan to utilize a state grant for community recycling programs and services. Visit the Photo Gallery for more. (Sept. 15, 2009)
Verizon Grand Opening ... Mayor Flinn and Councilmembers Stanczyk, Feller, and Tendrich celebrated the grand opening of Verizon Wireless Evolution Store, one of only three such store in Miami-Dade. The event included music, face-painting, and free hot dogs at the store's new Colonial Palms plaza location. Thanks for choosing Palmetto Bay, Verizon! (Sept.12, 2009)
School's in Session - Take a parking Lesson ... View these slides, as part of a multi-pronged effort by our police to ensure a smooth and safe flow of traffic around schools. (Sept. 2009)
Happy Birthday, Palmetto Bay... Our Village was founded seven years ago today, as voters overwhelmingly approved incorporation of this wonderful municipality on Sept. 10, 2002. Few would argue we accomplished exactly what we set out to do. Congratulations to all! (Sept. 10, 2009)
Peak Period for Hurricanes ... In the midst of peak season, NOAA lowers its hurricane outlook but cautions us to stay vigil. Are you prepared? Meanwhile, all that remains of "Fred" are distant thunderstorms and showers half-way across the Atlantic. (Sept. 12, 2009)
Mosquitoes Beware ... The County revised its mosquito-control plan to include Palmetto Bay last Thursday (9/3). However, the short notice issued by the County along with reports of low flying aircraft had some residents concerned. Thousand of mosquitoes were upset, too.(Sept. 2009)

AUGUST 2009
DARE will Continue ...
After receiving a notice to parents from Southwood that DARE funding will be cut by the County, Mayor Eugene Flinn confirms Village commitment to continue the program by funding it locally, "using DARE-trained Palmetto Bay Policing Unit officers." See his recent letter to parents and administrators. (Aug. 31, 2009)
School's in Session ... For local school kids, summer ended with the start of the new school year, Aug. 24. Village VIPs and Police were on hand to greet students -- and to show parents where to safely park!
Protect Our Migratory Birds ... Thanks to an effort sponsored by Councilwoman Shelley Stanczyk, the Village has established guidelines to help ensure survival of migratory birds in the Village. What are you doing to help? (August 2009)
Learn About Rain Collection ... Drop by Village Hall to view a special rain barrel before registering for the October 17 workshop. (August 2009)
Reserve Plane May Spray Palmetto Bay ... The Air Force Reserve could spray Palmetto Bay -- from an altitude of just 150 feet -- as early as 9/1, in coordination with County Public Works. See proposed areas. Questions? Call 311. (Aug. 28, 2009)
Village Hall Project Moves Ahead ... The Village is proceeding with development of its new municipal center in our FT&I District. See the current e-Currents for details, and some early renderings of the complex.
Fingerprinting for Kids … Police provided fingerprinting for kids at The Falls on Saturday, Aug. 22, in a program that would provide a valuable tool to aid authorities in their efforts to locate missing children. View our Photo Gallery for more information, including what the “take-home” ID cards look like. (Aug. 26, 2009)
Our Commercial Corridor ... Palmetto Bay has launched a landscaping-beautification program along our US-1 commercial corridor. Staff has obtained required permits from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDoT) and is now lining up contractors to provide a mixture of palms and hedging to run along the highway. See recent coverage in The Miami Herald. (Aug. 25, 2009)
Village Video Showcase ... Special thanks to the business sponsors of our new streaming-video program showcasing Palmetto Bay (see below). Wish to become an advertiser? Reach out for details today. (August 2009)
In Related News ... FDoT hosts a workshop Sept. 10 to gain public input on its Strategic Intermodal System Plan, which focuses on major roadway connectors (i.e., US-1), airports, seaports, etc. (Aug. 25, 2009)
2009-10 Proposed Budget ... The Village's proposed budget is here! See the "Budget Message" for an inside look at how tax dollars and other revenue sources translate into better services, safer streets, and more program-oriented parks. (Aug. 7, 2009)

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