Season's Greetings from Palmetto Bay

Village Celebrates Holiday Season 2013

PALMETTO BAY, FL, DEC 9, 2013 -- Our little Village is home to a big assortment of holiday events this time of year. From food drives and menorah lightings, to a boat parade and the highly anticipated "Holiday by the Bay" celebration, Palmetto Bay offers a very merry mix of seasonal happenings you won't want to miss.

We are so pleased to report, due in great part to the generous support of Holiday-by-the-Bay by presenting sponsor BMW South Motors with a donation of $5,000; and to Kimley-Horn & Associates for their $1,000 donation, the annual event was an unprecedented success. For information about sponsorship of future Village events,  contact Parks Administration at 305-234-6383 or 305-259-1234 or via e-mail.

Please also be sure to review the holiday shopping safety tips below and credit-card fraud awareness information provided by Palmetto Bay's Village Policing Unit, as you head out to the malls and plazas. Palmetto Bay is doing its part to keep your season cheery and incident.

'Snow' Flurries are a Screaming Hit at Holiday Event

PALMETTO BAY, FL, Dec. 9, 2013 --  The Village's 4th Annual "Holiday by the Bay" was a huge hit as nearly a thousand guests joined us at Ludovici Park, Dec. 7 for a cheery blend of student performances, carnival foods, and arts & crafts, and a mini-midway of kiddie rides and games. And this year for the first time -- really cool faux flurries that set the crowd into a near frenzy to see and feel what this "snow" event was all about! A big Santa-sized thank you to the Palmetto Bay Village Center for providing their parking facilities. Palmetto Bay Parks & Recreation staff managed the hugely successul event that included:

  • Library staff's on-stage story-telling;
  • Howard Drive Elementary School's dance troupe;
  • The "Ballet-in-the-Park" program's performance of "The Nutcracker" and other holiday selections;
  • Special appearance by Palmetto Bay's own Miss Teen Rodeo Florida McKenna Andris.
  • Southwood Middle School and Christ Fellowship (CF) performances;
  • CF's arts & crafts bazaar;
  • South Motors's selection of new model BMWs;
  • Free Santa photos;
  • Mini-midway rides;
  • Simulated snow flurries... 

If you are interested in sponsorship information for a future event, contact Parks Administration. Also see photos on Facebook.              

Event Flyers

BMW gets its company name on Palmetto Bay's gov't access TV station, WBAY, by sponsoring "Holiday by the Bay" at the Presenting-Sponsor level. Your name can be the limelight, too. Contact us today.

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Holiday Boat Parade & Canned Food Drive

PALMETTOBAY, FL, DEC 21, 2013 -- Get ready boaters! The 4th Annual Holiday Boat Parade & Canned Food Drive is coming to Palmetto Bay on December 21 -- thanks to the Palmetto Bay Canal Association and caring residents. The boats meet at dusk at Coral Reef Park (C100 canal), travel south through Palmetto Bay, pass Bill Sadowski Park, and conclude near 184 St. and 90 Ave. Along the way, the boaters spread holiday cheer and pick up non-perishable food items handed to them by parade observers along the banks.

Village Hall is pleased to assist event-organizers Rainer and Noel Schael by collecting canned food items at Village Hall through Dec. 20. All items collected will be delivered by the Schael’s and their helpers to the Chapman Partnership, and outstanding organization that helps empower the homeless by providing a comprehensive support program that includes emergency housing, meals, job placement and assistance, among other services.

Village Hall is proud to assist the boating community of Palmetto Bay! Please join all of us and clean out your cupboards for a worthwhile cause! Remember – deadline to drop off donations at Village Hall is Dec. 20. The boat parade will see you on the banks on Dec. 21. See 2012 event photos on Village Facebook.

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Menorah Lighting Ceremony

PALMETTO BAY, FL, DEC 1, 2013 -- The Palmetto Bay Community Chanukah Celebration took place at Coral Reef Park, Dec. 1. The free event, hosted by the Chabad Jewish Center of Palmetto Bay was centered at the gazebo/bandshell off SW 77th Ave.

Residents and guests enjoyed activities for children including a bounce house and games. For all ages there was music, dancing and raffles. Traditional holiday delicacies of latkes (potato pancakes), donuts and Chanukah gelt (chocolate coins) also were served. Mayor Shelley Stanczyk and members of the Palmetto Bay Village Council joined with Rabbi Zalman Gansburg for The Grand Lighting of a candy menorah. Visit the Chabad website.

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Safety Tips for Holiday Shoppers

Every holiday season our Palmetto Bay Policing Unit brings you the Three A’s of Crime Prevention:

  1.     Be Aware of Your Surroundings.
  2.     Be Alert to Suspicious People and Vehicles.    
  3.     Avoid Dangerous Situations.

There is nothing in your purse or wallet worth serious injury or death!

  • Is it absolutely necessary to carry a purse at all times? A wallet or credit card in a pocket would be less tempting.
  • Carry only the amount of cash or credit cards that you need.
  • Zip or close purse securely to avoid pickpocketers. Carry purse or shoulder-bag in front of you and close to your body. Do not carry spare keys in your purse.
  • Keep your purse on your lap when dining or at meetings.
  • Avoid carrying a lot of packages; it can make you look defenseless. Place all packages and gifts in the locked trunk of your vehicle. Never leave purses, briefcases, I Pods, cell phones, GPS systems or shopping bags visible in the passenger compartment of your car.
  • In the supermarket, do not leave your purse in the shopping cart. REMEMBER: Out-of-sight, out-of-mind, out-of-purse!
  • Avoid displaying valuables such as jewelry or large sums of money. Also, dress so you can walk or run easily to avoid an attack.
  • Throughout Florida, citizens are facing follow-home strong-arm robberies. As you drive home day or night, look for potential danger before entering your driveway. Walkways, doorways, and driveways should be well-lit around your home.      
  • Do not enter your driveway if a suspicious vehicle has followed you. Go to the nearest safe location, or an area where there are people and call the police. If you are confronted in your driveway, remain in your locked car with your windows up and blow your horn. The distance from your car to your front door is no man's land.
  • If attacked outside, just give up the property and when attacked, if you are going to be knocked down, sit down.
  • When using the ATM, make sure that it is not in a secluded location and is well lighted. Also, use the “buddy system”. Go directly to your car and count the cash in your vehicle, not at the ATM.
  • At home, do not display all your gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway.
  • Going on vacation for the Holidays – have a friend or family member check on your home and leave emergency contact information with them.
  • Beware of con-games and fraud schemes; only give to charities that you have dealt with before.
  • Be aware of where you are and where you are going at all times. Stay away from a potentially dangerous area or situation.
  • Trust your instincts. If you suspect something is wrong, or if a situation seems dangerous, you may by right! Don’t dismiss suspicious people, cars, or situations. Report them immediately.

Call 9-1-1  for  EMERGENCY    /    305-4-POLICE  (476-5423)  for  NON-EMERGENCY

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Holiday Pet Tips

We recently posted this quick tip on the Village's Dog Park Facebook: Remember to dog- and cat-proof your home during the Christmas Season. All those shinny ornaments, Christmas Trees, wreaths, and delicious food can be a real danger to your pets and cost you a bundle if you have to make an emergency trip to your veterinarian. Pay attention to what your animals are up to and you’ll head off a problem before it happens!

The ASPCA also offers a comprehensive checklist to ensure the happiest holiday for you and your pets. It provides a whole host of really smart tips on how to steer pets clear of the unhealthy treats, toxic plants and dangerous decorations. Read more.

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