Heritage Committee

Member Appointed By
Lauren Sondon Mayor Karyn Cunningham
Laurel Ann Vice Mayor Leanne Tellam
Edward Feller Councilman Patrick Fiore
Mash Zahid Councilman Steve Cody
George Cadmann III Councilwoman Marsha Matson

Membership approved via Resolution No. 2021-120


To bring awareness about the history and heritage of the Village of Palmetto Bay through Village events in celebration of the Village's 20th anniversary. The Village was inaugurated in 2002, and as we celebrate the Village’s 20th anniversary, we continue to reminisce on the process that brought us to where we are today; a vibrant residential community. To learn more about “how we became a Village,” including the Village’s historical markers, please click HERE to explore the Village of Palmetto Bay through the years.

The Heritage Committee was established by Ordinance 2021-11, which was adopted on July 12, 2021.


To explore the heritage and history of the Village and advise on how to best incorporate this history and heritage into Village events. The Heritage Committee shall report its’ final recommendations to the Village Council no later than July 2022, on how the Village should incorporate the history and heritage of the Village into the Village’s twentieth (20th) year anniversary.


The Heritage Committee shall consist of five (5) Village members, one appointed by each member of the Village Council. Members may be: (a) a resident of the Village; or (b) be employed within the Village; or (c) own a property or business located in the Village.

The Chairperson and Secretary of the Heritage Committee shall be elected by the Committee Members. Committee Members cannot be current members of any Advisory Board, Committee, or Task Force in the Village. The Committee shall cease to exist immediately following their post celebration assessment meeting following the anniversary celebration to make observations and assess outcomes for the permanence of the event.


Pursuant to Section 2-63 of the Code of Ordinances, the Heritage Committee shall meet on the call of the Committee Chair, but in any event shall by a majority vote, set a meeting schedule for meetings throughout the year.

All meetings of the Heritage Committee shall comply with the requirements of F.S. Chapter 119 (Public Records) and 286 (Sunshine) and shall be open to the public at all times, including conducting in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.  

For additional information and/or inquiries, please contact Missy Arocha, Village Clerk at (305) 259-1234, or via email to: clerk@palmettobay-fl.gov.

Please refer to the Public Meeting Calendar listed below.