Saturday, April 25, 2015

Photos of the Day - Welcome to the neighborhood - Giardino Gourmet Salads - Palmetto Bay

Our current village council has an open door/welcome policy to quality businesses in Palmetto Bay.

It was our privilege to welcome another yet another new business to our Village.
The Giardino extended corporate family is welcomed to Palmetto Bay by County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, Mayor Eugene Flinn, Vice Mayor John DuBois, and council members Karyn Cunningham, Tim Schaffer (not pictured, but present) and Larissa Siegel Lara 
Giardino Gourmet Salads - Palmetto Bay- opened for business December 14th, but officially "Cut the Ribbon" on Saturday, April 25, 2015.  County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa was also present to celebrate this grand opening.

Giardino Gourmet Salads - Palmetto Bay- is located at 14455 S. Dixie Highway in the Kings Bay Shopping Center.  You can also find Giardino Gourmet Salads on Facebook or visit their website: 

The start of Giardino Gourmet Salads (info from their website): Husband & wife, Kenny & Ody Lugo, wanted to cultivate a new approach to salads by opening a fast casual restaurant that combined unique salads and homemade fare, with a “feels like home” ambience. In 2004, Giardino Gourmet Salads sprouted. Today, it is a multi-unit operation and the premiere salad concept in South Florida.

Welcome to the neighborhood.

Thank you Kenny & Ody Lugo and the entire Giardino Gourmet Salads team for bringing their business to Palmetto Bay

Home selling seminar - April 28 - 6:30 PM

If you’re even thinking about putting your home up for sale, don’t miss Miami’s Community Newspaperscomplimentary seminar “Learn the Secrets of Selling Your Home”. A panel of local experts, led by Palmetto Bay's own Hal "MiamiHal" Feldman, will educate you about the many facets of selling a home, how to avoid pitfalls and maximize your profit.

Don’t leave the sale of your most valuable asset to chance. During this free evening event, you’ll hear from professionals with nearly 125 years of combined real estate experience about what to expect and how to make the smart move at every turn. The esteemed panel will consist of agents, appraisers, inspectors, attorneys and title agents. Learn the facts about each step of a real estate transaction so you’re 100% ready and in the know.

Your expert panel includes: Hal “MiamiHal” Feldman (RE/MAX Advance Realty), Elena Kemper (EWM), Joe Hernandez (AKG Home Inspections), Philip Spool (Certified Real Estate Appraiser), Barry Simons (Real Estate Attorney) and Title Agent Steve Medina (HBG Title).

To expedite the RSVP process, you are highly encouraged to go to RIGHT NOW! Seating is limited.

Public Protest Against Over-Development on Old Cutler Road

Saturday, April 25th starting at 10:30am.

A community protest against over-development is taking place at the corner of Old Cutler Rd. and 184th Street. 

The Cutler Bay town council will soon be asked by this property owner to up-zone the property to allow for a 4-story mixed use development. To find out more about the event and to join the growing number of residents and HOAs opposed to this project, visit

Information provided by Tom and Barbara Condon, is an independent community website serving the Cutler Bay area.

April 25th - Just for fun - The Perfect Date

Did you realize the significance of April 25?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Paws 4 you 5K - This Sunday, April 26

Don't forget the 5K. Paws 4 You - SUNDAY'S SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

This is the final stretch! If you still haven't registered, sign up now to walk or run for homeless pets this Sunday at 4pm. Each participant will receive a t-shirt, bandana, backpack, and medal. Register now at 
I am told there is much more fun; that there will be a full bar this year with 100% of its proceeds going to the dogs thanks to World of Beer - Dadeland and BarĂº Urbano. Food vendors and others will also donate a portion of their proceeds to rescue pups, so make sure to visit everyone! See the list of sponsors at 
Some important information about the day:
 2:00 - Registration begins
 2:15 - Rent-A-Dog Booth opens
 3:30 - 5 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe while Running by Equipaws Pet Services, LLC
 3:40 - Warm-up by Orangetheory Fitness Pinecrest
 3:55 - Opening Ceremony by Dave Barry and Eugene Flinn, Mayor of Palmetto Bay, Florida
 4:00 - 5K Timed Race begins
 4:10 - 1-Mile Fun Walk/Run begins
 5:30 - Awards Ceremony
 6:30 - Raffle Drawing

 Get your shirt, bandana, backpack, and goodies before the big day:

 FRIDAY April 24th (12-7pm):
 SoleRUNNERS Running Store 11650 N Kendall DR, Miami, FL 33176

 SATURDAY April 25th (12-5pm):
 Your Pets Best 8425 SW 132 ST, Miami, FL 33156

I am looking forward to seeing you there.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day - 2015

Today is the 45th Earth Day Celebration.  What, if anything, are you doing to mark this event?  Please feel free to CLICK HERE for past updates on Earth Day. I recommend that you also take the time to review the Official Green Page of Palmetto Bay: "Palmetto Bay Village Green" which has both information of all the events of the week as well as the ongoing green efforts of our village.

Palmetto Bay is committed to Earth Day in such a big way, we take a full week to celebrate. Villagers of all ages are invited to take part in a wide range of way green activities, all free to the public, April 19-26.

The activities for this official Earth Day portion of the week include: 
April 22: Poster Contest  Local 5th graders are capturing the theme “It's Our Turn to Lead" in our Annual Poster Contest. The winning school gets an official visit by the Village Council for an exclusive tree planting ceremony, as well as the ever popular Lady Bug Releases, today at Westminster, Howard Drive, Coral Reef and Dr. Henry Perrine Academy of the Arts.  
Of course, no special day is complete without viewing Google's special Earth Day animated doodle on the Google site. 
A brief history of Earth Day: The April 22 Earth Day, was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson, and was first organized in 1970 to promote ecology and respect for life on the planet as well as to encourage awareness of the growing problems of air, water and soil pollution.
Some relevant posts on my personal blog include Invasive Species, creating a backyard oasis, Celestial Events: there have been many posts throughout this blog covering these topics and how they are relevant to our South Miami-Dade Communities. Please take the time to check a few out.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A regular on the Sunday bicycle ride - man's best friend loves to ride.

This bike riding family was first posted April 6, 2015 - as the Photo of the day (CLICK HERE). The pup who appears to enjoy bicycling, is seen again riding Palmetto Bay. 
Again, I wonder if Lil Timmy would join the ride?

Earth Week - the events have begun in Palmetto Bay! Join us. Photos of the day - Bird Watching Workshop

I am posting some photos from the Sunday morning, April 19, ”Bird Watching Workshop” held at Thalatta Estate. Participants learned about birds that inhabit the shoreline of Thalatta Estate and Ludovici Park. A great event and great use of Thalatta Estate.

Council woman Karyn Cunningham joined me to observe. It was a beautiful day on our backyard on the bay. A great time was had by the participants.  Check the website/e-news blast (CLICK HERE) for more events.

Sifting through their 'Bird Pellet'

Guess what I found! A mouse skull.

Enjoying a beautiful day on the bay!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Earth Week Special - Shopping for a cause - April 22, 2015 - Whole Foods


Citizens is excited to announce that they are the recipients of the Whole Foods 5% Day Grant!!!!

Join Citizens on Earth Day, April 22, 2015, at 4 different Whole Foods locations! The Whole Foods Pinecrest, Coral Gables, Downtown, and South Beach stores will be donating 5% of their net sales for the day to Citizens to further our environmental programming in south Florida! 

Come visit their information booths, do your shopping, and celebrate Earth Day by supporting environmental education! 

(CLICK HERE to view more information from their e-blast)

The mission of Citizens for a Better South Florida is to provide environmental education, particularly to the diverse underserved community, that inspires active stewardship and preservation of the south Florida environment.
Citizens for a Better South Florida envisions a south Florida where people preserve and protect the environment because they understand the connections between their actions and the resultant impacts on their neighborhood, the local community, and ultimately the global community. 
Citizens for a Better South Florida's purpose is community-based conservation of natural resources through environmental education and outreach.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Return of the Bike-B-Que to wrap up Earth Week events - Pametto Bay - Cutler Bay joint event

Return of the Bike-B-Que to wrap Earth Week events

"Let's ride!" Who is up for a nice family bike ride along historic Old Cutler? I have blogged and posted on Facebook about it, now join us.  Read the Palmetto Bay News article by Gary Alan Ruse (link above or-) "Return of the 'Bike-B-Que' to wrap up Earth Week Events."

Earth Week’s activities will conclude with a special event conducted jointly by the Village of Palmetto Bay and the Town of Cutler Bay. The “Bike- B-Que” returns on Saturday, Apr. 25, with free food, music and fun activities.
A police escorted 5.5-mile bike ride along a scenic route will begin at Lakes by the Bay Park, 8551 SW 216 St. in Cutler Bay. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.

This will be a fun, family event as, according to Palmetto Bay Parks and Recreation director Fanny Carmona- Gonzalez: “We’re going to have different raffles with prizes throughout the event,” Carmona- Gonzalez said. “We’re going to have music. It’s just a fun family day; it’s open to anybody.”

Thank you sponsors, who include Bike 305, StateFarm Insurance, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids.

Pre-registration forms are available at or at Forms will be accepted until Thursday, Apr. 23, 4 p.m., via fax to 305-259- 1290 or email to

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Local High School performances - the Musical Comedy "Curtains" at Palmetto Senior High

Last two performances of Curtains at Palmetto Senior High -- tonight (Wednesday, April 15) and Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.  Only $10.00.

Your Palmetto students might be able to get extra credit for attending. 

Meredith has her big role tonight, chorus Thursday. 

It's a very professional show!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Earth Week is coming - beginning April 19 and running through April 26. Link to official Palmetto Bay information.

Palmetto Bay is committed to Earth Day in such a big way, we take a full week to celebrate. Villagers of all ages are invited to take part in a wide range of way green activities, all free to the public, April 19-26. Here's what we have planned for Earth Week 2015:
The Kayak trips have been very popular - I had to wait for a cancellation to get my family into a trip - and it was worth the wait and effort! Don't miss out! 

See below for a schedule of events and CLICK HERE to view the Palmetto Bay "Village Green" Page for more information and updates as they occur.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Photo of the day - Woodpeckers getting the nest ready to move in

I took these photos today (Monday, 4/13/15) using my cell phone. These photo are of a Woodpecker carving out a nest into a dead palm out front of the house.

Welcome to the neighborhood.

2015 Palmetto Bay Food and Country Music Festival - the Hal Feldman wrap up

A great time was had by all who attended the 2015 Florida Rock Stars "Food & Country Music Festival"

- see Hal Feldman's report - links below.

Florida Rock Stars will return in November for their 4th annual Palmetto Bay Food & Rock Festival. You can check for advance tickets here.

Held April 4, 2015, the Palmetto Bay Food & Country Music Festival featured Jade Sanders, Cutler Stew, Rough Shot, Grayson Rogers and County Line Road. There was great local food and vendors showing their wares...

Read the complete story at:

Hal Feldman, Realtor®
Video report posted below.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Photos of the Day - Welcome to the neighborhood - Cross Fit Demand - Palmetto Bay

Our current village council has an open door/welcome policy to quality businesses in Palmetto Bay. 

It was my privilege to welcome another new business to our Village. My first in gym clothes! 

Cross Fit Demand officially "Cut the Ribbon" on Saturday, April 11, 2015.  

Welcome to the neighborhood.