Sunday, April 23, 2017

Palmetto Bay Earth Day events - Family Bike Ride - April 22, 2017 - video & photos

A great Family Bike Ride - part of Palmetto Bay's Earth Week 2017.  (yes, I was late - coming from troop 457's Eagle Scout Court of Honor, but I did my best to race and catch up with the ride in progress.)  I took the embedded video and 29 of the 30 photographs posted below. Can you find yourself, family or friends in any of the pics?  If not, I hope to see you at our next ride. (Please take the time to view prior blog posts, photos and videos by clicking the "Bicycling" Label - labels posted in the right side column)  
A big thank you to Green Mobility Network and Palmetto Bay resident, Green Mobility Member, Eric Tullberg for designing and leading this ride.  

This bike ride included traffic and ride support from our MDPD, Village of Palmetto Bay Policing Unit, both regular and bike patrol.  Safety is a number one concern!

A great time was had by all who participated.Please take the time to view the 30 phots below, click on any photo below to view a larger photo slide show.
(above - Route along 67th Avenue)
(Above, heading west on 152) 
(below Village Police support - traffic control at 152 & Old Cutler Road)


Our Palmetto Bay Police Bike patrol - bike, car, motorcycle patrol - 
always ready to serve the Palmetto Bay ready with the proper tools for the occasion. 
Thank you to all the families who participated in this event
Thank you Team Palmetto Bay - #ItTakesAVillage including our Manager Ed Silva and staff including Parks & Recreation Department, Director Fanny Carmona, Saylin Paez, Events & Programs Coordinator and Village Policing Unit - Major Serralta - Palmetto Bay Police Commander

See you next ride!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day in Palmetto Bay - Tree Give Away, 4-22-2017

"Great things may come from small beginnings"

A "TREE-mendously" successful morning at Palmetto Bay's Earth Day tree giveaway. The greening / shading of Palmetto Bay continues for another year through the tree give away, free to Palmetto Bay residents. Even the pup had excitedly pick out a tree. Now comes the digging and planting.
Thank you Team Palmetto Bay, our Public Services Director Corrice Patterson and her team along with Parks and Code Compliance who have once again worked to 'Green Up" Palmetto Bay for another year.
(Okay, this photo was staged, she did not really take the tree home via bike,
attached to her bike rack, but we did have some fun.)
And for those who use Facebook - I encourage you to review many more photos posted to my Facebook site:


Friday, April 21, 2017

Update: First set of digitally signed documents uploaded to village website.

Update from the April 20th post regarding Village Clerk Missy Arocha.

Additional evidence of great work by our Village Clerk, Missy Arocha: Our first digitally signed minutes were just uploaded to the Village Website:

Click the link above to view the form and substance of the new minutes.  Documents executed in the same manner as these minutes should be searchable, more easily read, more professional and up to the standards that our residents should expect and deserve.  Note, we are NOT using digital signatures for any financial documents. 

Why is this important?  Transparency and the ability to let your computer search for and find what you are looking for.  Please CLICK HERE to review the archived minutes from the April 2016 Village council meeting.  Compare the quality, the readability - and most importantly, the ability to serve for what you are looking for in the document.  This was not a difficult or expensive change to make.  To the contrary, it is easy and efficient to make this change, long overdue.   

Our #PalmettoBay Village Clerk Missy Arocha is working hard to bring our village up to date in our use of technology in order to increase transparency, increase ease of requesting/obtaining public records and generally improve the efficiency of the Clerk's office. See prior post of April 20, 2017, Village Clerk Missy Arocha is hard at work to update the Palmetto Bay Clerk's Office. 

Once again, congratulations Village Clerk Missy Arocha for your hard work, your drive to improve our village. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Village Clerk Missy Arocha is hard at work to update the Palmetto Bay Clerk's Office.

Additional evidence of great work by our Village Clerk, Missy Arocha.

Our #PalmettoBay Village Clerk Missy Arocha is working hard to bring our village up to date in our use of technology in order to increase transparency, increase ease of requesting/obtaining public records and generally improve the efficiency of the Clerk's office. 
The photo was taken Wednesday, April 19, 2017, of Clerk Arocha demonstrating our use of DocuSign to Council Member David Singer. 

I look forward to continued technology updates from Clerk Arocha. Congratulations to her as well for the unanimous approval of her contract, accomplished at the special Council Meeting held Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Photos of the Day - Village History photos

In the spirit of the Palmetto Bay 15 year celebration - Palmetto Bay Village History. Remember the days through our youth.
Time flies - Eliza Rose Berse & Dhilini Amelung at our 2003 village picnic
 Recognizing Cub Scouts on February 7, 2005 - 
several of these scouts earned their Eagle Scout in 2016

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Transparancy and communication - the Palmetto Bay Educational Advisory Committee Facebook page is live

Please "LIKE" our new Facebook Page created specially for our Palmetto Bay Educational Advisory Committee.  You can receive updates on all things education related to our area Public Schools. 
CLICK HERE to be taken to this Facebook site.  Become a member of this page and kept up to date on important information and events occurring at or concerning the Miami-Dade County Public Schools located in Palmetto Bay and/or serving our students.

PURPOSE: This advisory committee serves the Village by reviewing and supporting the terms of the Education Compact that was entered into between the Village and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Current Members:

Diane Quick, Chair
Erica Watts, Secretary
Greg Zawyer
Tania Marrero
Valorie Erin Baker

Council Liaison: Mayor Eugene Flinn

Please "Like" and watch this page for ongoing information.

April 11 is National Pet Day

Its #NationalPetDay
To err is human—to forgive, canine.

April 11 is National Pet Day.  While loving our pets is something we do every day, National Pet Day encourages us to pay special attention to pets who may not get that extra attention.  Helping out orphaned pet companions will improve their health and improve their opportunities for adoption.

Sometimes their human companions aren’t well.  Making sure their forever furry friends are receiving the best of care will help relieve stress and worry.


Take supplies to those pets in shelters.  Help a friend with pets who is recovering from an illness.  Adopt a pet.Use #NationalPetDay on social media.

Above left - Bailey Hanging with celeb dog at 2016 Paw's for U Howl O Ween. 
Right - the late Ginger hanging on the patio with Lil Timmy
Also see other relevant posts: June 29, 2014, Lil Timmy's Gotcha today - June 29, 2014 - Photo of the Day regarding Lil Timmy's very first Gotcha Day! He is Meredith's loyal canine companion, adopted from the Miami-Dade County Animal Services.  
Above left - the infamous "lil TImmy".  Right - Bailey at PTS Dog Wash fundraiser October 15, 2016

Happiness is a warm puppy.
—Charles M. Schulz
 Above - Cutler Bay Mayor Peggy Bell
Acquiring a dog may be the only time a person gets
to choose a relative.
—Mordecai Siegal
 Also see August 2, 2016, Dogs of Summer - a doggone good time - there were adoptions and microchipping - and fun! as this was a great event I was proud to Co-Sponsor - part of the District 8 and tri-city collaboration - as the psot states (and pictures show - It was a big dog party and a great dog party! Again, for this event (and others) I want to officially thank Miami-Dade County Animal Services and our County Commissioner, Daniella Levine Cava, for a wonderful event - the Dogs of Summer:

This event resulted in
ASD: 4 adoptions
Dogs in Crisis: 4 puppies, 1 adult dog and 1 cat
25 pets micro chipped
2 spay/neuter appointments made at the Humane Society
2 applications to foster dogs at This is the Dog organization 

Enjoy your pets - adopt, don't shop and please attend our next adoption event scheduled as part of Palmetto Bay's Earth Week (2017) events.

The friendship of a dog is precious. It becomes even more
so when one is so far removed from home….I have a 
Scottie. In him I find consolation and diversion…he is 
the one person to whom I can talk without the 
conversation coming back to war.
—Dwight D. Eisenhower

and, finally, one of the all time classics quotes:

I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons.
Will Rogers

Friday, April 7, 2017

POD Passing of the Duty Phone - 305-506-7965 - for this weekend. 24/7 communication with Palmetto Bay

Just for fun.  Look who has the Palmetto Bay Duty Phone - 305-506-7965 - for this weekend.  It looks like a political passing of the torch or hot potato (whichever you prefer) as our Village Clerk Missy Arocha takes possession of the Palmetto Bay Duty Phone for this weekend.
One would think she is being handed the US President's nuclear football.

On a serious note - Palmetto Bay has a "Duty Phone" which is used in order to allow residents to reach a member of village staff 24/7 - its our 'after hours hot line' and has been used to report non-emergency events such as Code Compliance, Public Works issues such as debris or storm damage and/or anything relating to Palmetto Bay Parks after hours. I am proud that this phone service was created in my first terms as mayor and continues to this day.

Palmetto Bay - we take our responsibilities seriously.  

Visioning sessions - important input/fun times. Join us and positively impact our "Village of Parks"

A great visioning session was held on Thursday, April 6 - regarding Thalatta Estate, Ludovici Park and Perrine Wayside Park.  I have posted some photos.  (Additional photos are also posted on my Facebook site - feel free to follow the link embedded below) Please make plans to attend and participate in any or all of the meetings that remain.  This is your best chance to influence the future of the "Village of Parks".  

These master plan visioning sessions are similar to our original meetings held during the formulation years of the Village (2002-2007) where we sat together at tables; dreaming, discussing, drawing and yes, debating!  This is all part of the 'Palmetto Bay "Ps"' and opportunities to participate in the Planning, Parks & People.
Here is a list of the Public Meetings remaining for the Parks Master Plan:
* Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM - The meeting will be held concerning Palmetto Bay Park and will take place at the Palmetto Bay Park Community Room, located at 17535 SW 95th Avenue, Palmetto Bay, FL 33157.  

* Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 7:00 PM - The meeting will be held concerning Coral Reef Park and will take place at the Coral Reef Park Community Room, located 7895 SW 152nd Street, Palmetto Bay, FL 33157.  

* Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7:00 PM - The meeting will be held concerning future parks such as the Veteran's park, the woods on SW 168th, and others and will take place at Village of Palmetto Bay Municipal Center, Council Chambers located 9705 East Hibiscus Street, Palmetto Bay, FL 33157.  

Although these are not meetings of the Village Council, Council Members may attend at their option.  No official action will be taken.

Please watch the official village website - meetings page for updates concerning these meetings: Palmetto Bay Public Meeting Schedule


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