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Jan 09

Councilwoman Cunningham Recaps Her Second Year

Posted to Councilwoman Karyn Cunningham's News & Announcements by Jackie Calzadilla

Find out what Councilwoman Cunningham has accomplished together with Council and our Manager this past year, her second year in office as the Councilmember representing District 1 -- and the Village as a whole. Click here to read What a Second Year!
Aug 12

Village Manager and Council Launch Task Force

Posted to Downtown Redevelopment Task Force (DRTF) by Shelly Richardson

JULY 17, 2013Project Presentation

If you live in or around Palmetto Bay, there is an exciting development brewing. Village Manager Ron Williams, along with the Village Council, have formed a Downtown Redevelopment Task Force, charged with bringing more business tax revenue to the Village. The working vision statement is: "To create a vibrant and inviting live-work-play downtown community for Palmetto Bay." Beyond taxes, a downtown Palmetto Bay would bring commerce and entertainment to an area that needs such stimulus.

During this general meeting we saw the unveiling of a 3-D model of the long-term (40-50 year) vision of a downtown area. Great care is being taken to not impact existing homeowners in any negative way. In the planning, the group is looking to vastly increase green space, accommodate a public transportation hub (just outside Palmetto Bay), and promote businesses that would make Palmetto Bay a shopping and dining destination.

The overall footprint of the project will eventually run from SW 184th Street to approximately SW 173rd Street. The task force has also pledged to reach out to any resident or business owner to make sure their feelings and needs are heard.

One interesting statistic overheard at the July 17 meeting: SW 184th Street is the longest East-West roadway in Miami-Dade County besides Tamiami Trail. It also is the center of Miami-Dade County. This unique geographic location makes the downtown much more exciting and viable.

This is a fabulous next step in the evolution of the Village of Palmetto Bay and I am proud to be working on the task force. Let me know if you have any thoughts or comments I can bring to the table.
Aug 17

Holiday Shopping Made Easy

Posted to Garage Sale Shopping Tips by Shelly Richardson

This is a great time of year to host your own garage sale – or head out to attend others’. It’s finally cooling off, and so it’s much more comfortable to be outdoors shopping. With the holidays coming, garage sales are a good place to look for gifts for family and friends. There are items for all ages from babies to seniors. I have found the most unique gifts for people that I would never find in a store.

Some are funny and others are useful. I concentrate on what the person likes and might find interesting – whether it is sports, hobbies, or just a surprise gift! "Where did you find that," they ask. Should I tell them, Macy's or I got that at a garage sale? A nice thing about going to garage sales when I travel to other states and countries is the number of amazing gifts I find that I simply wouldn't find anywhere else, and the items are a fraction of the cost compared with tourist gift shops or department stores. Everybody wins! Happy shopping and happy Thanksgiving!