Saturday, October 1, 2022

Dirty tricks - stealing a lawfully placed campaign sign located on private property

Politics run amok. Resorting to stealing signs to influence a campaign.  Does anyone recognize the truck? It appears to be a black Jeep Pickup. Witnesses advise that the driver had a white dog with him.

Not much to go on, but perhaps it is enough to identify the thief.

Monday, September 26, 2022

ELECT EUGENE FLINN - Palmetto Bay's Thalatta Estate - teamwork to put the "Bay" in Palmetto Bay.

Thalatta Estate has a unique and storied history including the famous image of Capt. Peter Skipp’s 210-ton ship being deposited right here during Hurricane Andrew.

I am proud to have spearheaded an amazing team effort to obtain this historic property for the citizens of Palmetto Bay. We avoided development and made it a wonderful destination. Impressively, this park was purchased entirely through grant money.  

Soon after the purchase, we restored and repurposed the estate into a bayside paradise, with this wonderful path, beautiful water feature and more.

But we can’t rest on our laurels and I never stop looking for better. Too few people know that we obtained a grant AND PERMISSION – to add another amenity here – a beautiful boardwalk where we could walk out and look out into the water.

Sadly, that plan has been rejected, passed and then ignored by the current mayor. The result is that the grant and opportunity may have been lost under the current administration. Significant effort gone to waste.

When elected, you can count on me to properly maintain this treasured property and keep moving forward to improve our park amenities. And do it going back to aggressively seeking grant dollars – and properly spending those grant dollars.

#wecandobetter #flinnformayor #palmettobay #community #environment #trees #itstartsinparks #WeLovePB #TeamPB #PalmettoBayProud #PBturns20


Saturday, September 24, 2022

ELECT EUGENE FLINN - SW 136th Street multi-path

Taking a critical look at the SW 136th Street multi-use path. It’s a mess in many areas. The SW 136th Street shared path is essentially an inharmonious collection of varying sidewalk sections cobbled together claiming to be a park amenity. It’s not a cycling amenity as even a few of the current’s mayor’s informal project advisers have been honest that the cycling groups will continue to ‘take the lane’.


Thursday, September 22, 2022

BREAKING NEWS - Judge DENIES Miami-Dade County's Motion to Dismiss complaint - bridge litigation moves forward.

I just received this order denying the County's Motion to Dismiss - on all counts. The order was rendered at 6:19 PM on Thursday, September 22, 2022.

I will review this three page order and opine on it at a later date, but for now you can read the full three page order (CLICK HERE).

Sunday, September 4, 2022

To those who work hard to make America truly great: I hope you are enjoying your Labor Day Weekend 2022

Happy Labor Day 2022!

I hope everyone who works hard to make America great is enjoying a happy and safe Labor Day weekend.  Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

Read more about Labor Day on History.Com - Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers, and Labor Day 2018 occurs on Monday, September 3 (it’s traditionally observed on the first Monday in September). It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events. (READ MORE)
Enjoy your special day.

Friday, August 26, 2022

National Dog Day - August 26, 2022 - Photos of some of our loyal family members

A furry friend is a life long commitment (for them as well as you). They are not a short term fancy or a photo op. 

Here are some photos of our current family guards - Lil Timmy and Bailey.  Enjoy.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Link to my campaign website.

I have enjoyed tremendous readership of my blog, South Dade Updates. I am continuing to provide updates and post information, the facts, about our community.  But this is not my campaign website.  

CLICK HERE to go to my campaign website for all things Palmetto Bay election related!
Disclaimer: just to be safe:

Sunday, August 7, 2022

August 7 - Purple Heart Day. Remembering America's Veterans - special recognition for Purple Heart recipients

Palmetto Bay became the first South Florida "Purple Heart City" in 2016 - as per resolution 2016-40 that I was proud to sponsor as Mayor of Palmetto Bay.  It remains important to continue this recognition.

This is a national day of recognition. Purple Heart Day is observed on August 7 each year and is a time for Americans to pause to remember and honor the brave men and women who were either wounded on the battlefield or paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.

See Channel 10 News online: Palmetto Bay becomes first Purple Heart city in South Florida - Flag-raising ceremony held to commemorate honor, By Peter Burke - Local Managing Editor, posted: 1:22 PM, August 10, 2016.

See prior related post of August 12, 2016, Recognizing our Purple Heart Awardees. Palmetto Bay is now a Purple Heart City! where there are additional photos from this 2016 event

CLICK HERE to view other related posts recognizing our Veterans for their service.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Update on the Palmetto Bay Village Center litigation – Petitioner’s request for Oral Argument Granted – to be set

I am working to truly keep interested readers in the loop.  The Petitioner/Appellant, 1777 Old Cutler Road, LLC (aka the Palmetto Bay Village Center) filed a request for Oral Argument in the case styled as 17777 OLD CUTLER ROAD, LLC VS VILLAGE OF PALMETTO BAY, FLORIDA ET AL, case number: 2022-000012-AP-01 . The court granted this request by order filed July 18, 2022. 

Oral argument is not required to dispose of a case. The Court reviewed the request and the briefs filed in determining whether Oral Argument would be granted.  CLICK HERE to view a prior post where I inserted links to view all the legal briefs filed in this proceeding.

The court could have denied the request and followed up with an order affirming the action of the Palmetto Bay Mayor and Village Council, denying the petition/appeal.  Obviously the court did not take this action, but instead granted the request for oral argument.  The scheduling of Oral Argument does not foreshadow any future decision. The Oral Argument is not currently set, but will be in the near future.

Background, See Prior related post of July 1, 2022: Palmetto Bay Village Center Litigation Update – Petition for Cert (a form of appellate review). All the briefs have been filed. You can download and read them here.

Stay tuned and I will continue to keep you in the loop.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

The guard gates are being installed along the US1 busway - photos providing first look.

As seen on my public transit ride home from downtown today:

I took a few pictures of the gate arms being installed at the intersections along the US1 busway. The gate arms will go into operation with the start of the BRT service (which will most likely signal the end of the Palmetto Bay Express Bus service to the Datran South Metrorail station).

Above - boarded at Datran south for the return trip, road is clear ahead

Below: a few pictures of the safety gate arms - they appear to be the classic railroad crossing arms that existed back when the rail road trains traveled that rail easement 40-50 years ago (and much, much earlier).

SW 104th Street

SW 132 Street (by Tire Kingdom)

Above - bus way intersections at SW 124th and 144th Streets