Saturday, May 26, 2018

Memorial Day - 2018. All patriotic members of our community are cordially invited to attend the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony honoring our departed sister and brother veterans on May 28 at Marlin Moore Post #133, 16401 SW 90th Avenue

Monday, May 28, 2018 - the day we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom.

We owe our peace and democracy to them. Please observe a minute of silence at 3:00pm local time to pay tribute to Americans who've died in military service.

YOU ARE INVITED - to remember Memorial Day Monday, May 28, at the American Legion Marlin Moore Post #133, Village of Palmetto Bay. All patriotic members of our community are cordially invited to attend the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony  honoring our departed sister and brother veterans on May 28 at Marlin Moore Post #133, 16401 SW 90th Avenue. 

Coffee and donuts will be served from 10:00 am.  The Ceremony will begin at 11:00 am. After the service there will be a complementary cookout. 

Please feel free to stop by and thank a veteran.
Visit's Memorial Day page to learn about the origins of this federal holiday; read veterans' stories; find patriotic songs; get tips on barbecue, boating, and swimming safety; and more!Brief History:  

BRIEF HISTORY:  The first Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868, by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. 

Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery each year with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. Traditionally, the President or Vice President lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The occasion is also marked in almost every State on the last Monday in May. 
Congress established the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m., local time, on Memorial Day, asking Americans wherever they are to pause in an act of national unity. The Moment does not replace traditional Memorial Day events; rather it is an act of national unity in which all Americans, alone or with family and friends, honor those who died for our freedom.  

The flag should be flown at half staff until noon on this Memorial Day on all buildings, grounds and naval vessels throughout the United States, and in all areas under its jurisdiction and control. All people of the United States are requested to display the flag at half-staff from their homes for the customary period.

The Remembrance Poppy and the Poem, "In Flanders Field"

“In Flanders Fields" was written on May 3, 1915 by Lt. Col. John McCrae who was a physician, poet, author, artist and soldier serving in World I. Flanders is a region of Europe that comprises parts of Belgium and France. This poem resulted in the remembrancepoppy becoming one of the world's most recognized memorial symbols for soldiers who have died in conflict.
This poem can be found online at

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Questions about how and when to properly display the US Flag? One of many online resources:

Friday, May 25, 2018

1,000 fewer pythons in the Everglades. Miami Herald Reports. I was part of one out of the 1,000.

There are snakes, pythons no less, here in Palmetto Bay.  CLICK HERE to view past posts, with photos, of past python encounters in our Village).  

These encounters and captures unfortunately did not count toward the python eradication stats kept by the FWC (CLICK HERE for other posts involving FWC, including our Coyote situation).

The python control has now broken 1,000 pythons.  See the Wednesday, May 23, 2018, article in the Miami Herald  (or online 5/22/2018) Florida's Everglades now have 1,000 fewer pythons, by Jenny Staletovich. 

Pythons are invasive and are devastating our local animal population. I'd like to think that I have been doing my small part, both in education through this blog as well as actually participating in a python "hunt" - I was on a python hunt on Feb 19, 2018 (with a licensed FWC guide/hunter) where we bagged this lil guy - 7 feet, 4 inch python. 
In the interest of full disclosure, this python capture took place on February 18, 2018.  The snake was not harmed as part of the capture. The licensed python hunter took the snake the next day to the FWC location where it was measured, logged and then harvested.  

Dead Serious: Miami-Dade District 8 Bicycle Safety Meeting | BikeSafe

I am committed to working within our communities to improve safety for every user. 

Bike lanes are just one example.  Bike lanes provide additional space for cars to maneuver safely and not get caught behind bikes.  Bicycles are less exposed to distracted drivers.

The law is clear: With the exception of a few types of high-speed, limited-access roadways (for example an Interstate Highway or the Turnpike), every FDOT travel lane is also a bikeway - no special signs or markings needed. In the state of Florida, the bicycle is considered a legal vehicle and may be operated on the street, unless there is some guidance otherwise, such as marked bicycle lane. The exception is the Mandatory Bike Lane Law: Since 2010, Florida law specifies that if there is a lane marked for bicycle use, then cyclists must ride in that lane except for defined exceptions. 

Bike lanes are therefore win/win. Safer place to ride, and re-opens the road to motorists.

Please see coverage in the Miami Herald: Her husband was hit by a car. Now she's pushing to make streets safer for bicyclists, by Linda Robertson

CLICK HERE to review the Village of Palmetto Bay Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan.

Subtropical Storm Alberto becomes the first named storm of the 2018 storm season.

Subtropical Storm Alberto - The first named storm of the season. You can monitor this and other storms on various weather sites including Weather Underground:

Your Mayor,

Eugene Flinn

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Getting Ready for the 2018 Storm Season. South Florida Water Management District - May 24, 2018 press release on preparing for Memorial Day weekend rain event

May 24, 2018

SFWMD Prepared for Heavy Rainfall Expected from Tropical System; Urging Residents to Know Appropriate Drainage Authority to Contact when Reporting Problems 
District has already lowered canals with forecast predictions as high as four inches in some areas and after near record rainfall for the month

West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has prepared the region's massive flood control system to move water and protect residents from flooding as a result of the heavy rainfall forecast over the next five to seven days.

"Much of South Florida, including the regions that will see the heaviest rainfall over the Memorial Day weekend, have already experienced an above average amount of rainfall for the past few weeks," said SFWMD Chief Engineer John Mitnik. "Our staff and our flood control system have been hard at work moving flood waters away from communities. The District will continue this work as the storm approaches and passes over South Florida."

CLICK HERE to read the full SFWMD press release of May 24, 2018.

Flood control in South Florida is a shared responsibility between the District, county and city governments, local drainage districts, homeowners associations and residents.

Rainy Season Readiness.
South Florida's annual rainy season typically lasts from June through October, a five-month period that brings 70 percent of our regional rainfall in an average year. The rainy season can also bring flooding, which may occur when large amounts of rain fall over a short period of time or from a single heavy storm, tropical system or hurricane.

During heavy rainfall, it's important to make the right call. Watch this video to learn more about South Florida's three-tiered flood control system and who to contact first in case of flooding.

Homeowners Association (HOA)
Local Drainage Authority
South Florida Water Management District

CLICK HERE to view the SFWMD Flood Control Page. The Animation Information video is embedded below.

Palmetto Bay is working with the SFWMD to ensure proper timing and operation of the Flood Control barriers.

Please CLICK HERE to view prior posts relating to Palmetto Bay's collaboration with the SFWMD

Your Mayor,

Eugene Flinn

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Update on the Parks Master Plan process. Next visioning session is set for Sat. June 2, at 9:00 AM at OCPC

Here is an update on the Parks Master Plan process. I am providing photos below of proposed renderings for your review. (Click on the individual photos to review in a slightly larger format.) How do they look to you?  The village will be holding this special meeting as follows :

WHAT:         Parks Master Plan Workshop
DATE:           Saturday, June 2, 2018
TIME:           9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WHERE:      Old Cutler Presbyterian Church - Zeigler Hall
                       14401 Old Cutler Road
                       Palmetto Bay , FL 33158

NOTE:  NO DECISIONS have been made to date by the village council. This remains an ongoing work in progress.  The meeting on Saturday, June 2, will be another visioning session, an open discussion, and participation meeting/workshop to review any proposals and take comments. 

Park expansion will have impact on neighborhoods and expense and should / will be discussed.  There is an option of keeping everything "as is".  Do we, as a village, update, maintain, reduce or add? Do we have enough parking for new or expanded activities. Will the revised locations for new or expanded events result in parking occurring in the neighborhoods? Have we properly provided for additional parking?  What are the funding sources?  All this should be discussed.

I have requested that the full set of renderings be posted for view/download on the Village website.  You can e-mail me at if you would like the documents provided via e-mail.  Note that the documents are 8 MB.  

I have previously updated our community on the Parks Master Plan and will continue to do so.  

For the record, I have not taken any positions on any of the proposed changes to our parks master plan.  I am a huge fan/proponent of our Veterans Park and look forward to the completion of this new park.  I am also looking forward to the passive/native park at 168, but will it be truly restored to a native habitat or become another playground? Feel free to comments and provide them to me via e-mail at 

I personally do not think we need changes for the sake of change.  We have one of the best parks systems to be found anywhere.  We do want to be responsive to the desires and concerns of our residents.

This is another opportunity to come on out and advise the Village Council what, if any, changes are needed. #YourVoiceMatters. 

I will continue to provide updates. Photos of the proposed modifications are posted below. 
Remember, no votes have been taken by the village council approving or denying any proposals. Nothing contained in these renderings are guaranteed to occur.  No funding numbers have been attached to proposed modifications.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Florida Department of Agriculture will be inspecting trees in the Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest and Coral Gables communities for a new insect pest

BE ALERT and advised - Florida Department of Agriculture will be inspecting trees in the Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest and Coral Gables communities for a new insect pest beginning today, May 22 and expected to last through May 24.

2:00 PM update posted below.

Note that the purpose of this alert is due to the fact that teams will be approaching homes and looking into yards (with homeowner notification)

Dear Fellow Palmetto Bay resident,

I received notification late yesterday that Florida Department of Agriculture will be inspecting trees in the Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest and Coral Gables communities for a new insect pest.  Our Palmetto Bay Police advise us that these area inspections will begin today, Tuesday, May 22 and are scheduled to run through Thursday May 24th.  

These are official survey crews led by the Florida Department of Agriculture who will knock at your door and identify themselves to you should these teams need to inspect any trees on your property.

I do not have full details of the pest survey, but I was advised separately and unofficially that it is a pest that affects palm trees. 

Please contact our Village Police if you see anything suspicious. Our police will check in and assist.  The non emergency number is 305-476-5423 (305-4-Police)

Let's continue to work together through positive efforts and dialogue. 

CLICK HERE to view the short civic alert posted on the official Palmetto Bay web site.

CLICK HERE to view the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Plant Inspection page - note - general information only, not specific to this survey.

Thank you.
Your Mayor, 
Eugene Flinn


2:00 PM Update: Pest Identified: Phantasma Scale Pest Alert.

Thank you to Palmetto Bay Tree Board Member Don Pybas for tracking this down - info:


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Thank you Members of The Rotary Club of Perrine-Cutler Ridge/Palmetto Bay. Tree Planting ceremony held at West Perrine Park

The Rotary Club of Perrine-Cutler Ridge/Palmetto Bay continues its work to make a difference.  Here is another update on their service.

I am very proud of the community service provided through the members of The Rotary Club of Perrine-Cutler Ridge/Palmetto Bay. I was honored to participate in the tree dedication ceremony held on Saturday, May 19, 2018, along with County Commissioner Dennis Moss. This project dovetails with the Miami County Million Trees effort.
The Rotary Club of Perrine-Cutler Ridge/Palmetto Bay has donated over $10,000 to programs at West Perrine Park as well as making it one of the locations for the Rotary International Tree Planting Challenge.  Rotary International President Ian Riseley challenged all 1.2 million Rotarians to plant trees, one for all 1.2 million members of Rotary International. 

35 trees were donated/planted by the Rotary Club of Perrine-Cutler Ridge/Palmetto Bay in West Perrine Park.
Thank you Members of The Rotary Club of Perrine-Cutler Ridge/Palmetto Bay.

Thank you blood donors. I met some great, generous people on Friday May 18

Giving the gift of life! Thank you to those who where able to donate.

I met some great people at the Palmetto Bay blood drive held on Friday, May 18, 2018. Thank you to all of those who took the time to stop by and give the gift of life. This is so meaningful to people who require transfusions, undergo surgery or suffer an accident.

Again, thank you to those who rolled up their sleeves and donated.

Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety. Participating in the "Dead Serious" campaign.

On Friday, May 18, it was my privilege to represent Palmetto Bay in the first meeting of County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava's "Dead Serious" campaign.

Pinecrest, Cutler Bay and Palmetto Bay were present through elected officials and concerned residents who participated with Miami-Dade County, district 8. Miami-Dade County Parks, TPO, Bike 305, Everglades Bike Club, FDOT, Police and UM. Everyone working together.
Great collaboration & commitment to pedestrian and cycling safety. We’re creating an action plan for more education, infrastructure, enforcement and uniformity. #DeadSerious #VisionZero #completestreets #community

Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization
Miami-Dade Parks Miami-Dade County Government Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works Miami-Dade Police Department FDOT South - Miami Area Bike305 University of Miami Cutler Bay, Florida Palmetto Bay, Florida Village of Pinecrest Peggy Bell Eugene Flinn WIOD Miami's Community Newspapers

Friday, May 18, 2018

Palmetto Bay Update - e-mail released Thursday, May 17, 2018

Another Village Update was released on Thursday, May 17.  CLICK HERE to view the entire update.

NEW - this e-blast
  • Summer Camp - registration is now open for Camp Palmetto Bay - June 11th - August 3rd from 8 AM - 6 PM at Coral Reef Park. 
  • Traffic / Safety Town Hall Meeting - Wed., May 30, 2018 - beginning at 7:00 PM
  • Lt. Gary King continues to improve. Our Village Police recognized by Doral Mayor and Council. 
  • May is Military Appreciation Month. Recognitions presented.
  • What is your vision for our Village parks? Update, maintain, reduce or add? REVISED Save the date - Parks Master Plan meeting date confirmed for June 2nd - 9 AM proposed start time until noon, location to be determined. Updates will be provided - it takes a village. 
  • Community Yard Sale - Sunday, 20th, Coral Reef Park, 9 AM to 2 PM. 77th Avenue Parking Lot.
  • Blood Drive - Friday, May 18th, Village Hall - 12:30 to 2:30 PM
  • Link provided to download the 2018 Miami-Dade County Hurricane Preparedness Guide. Your friends at the Village of Palmetto Bay want you to be prepared for the 2018 Hurricane Season.You can download the 2018 Miami-Dade County Hurricane Guide 
  • Important links for hurricane preparedness.
  • Save the date - What is your vision for our Village parks? Update, maintain, reduce or add? Save the date - Parks Master Plan meeting tentatively set for Saturday, June 2nd - 9 AM proposed start time, location to be announced. Updates will be provided.
  • May is National Military Appreciation Month - The 6 National Observances during National Military Appreciation Month.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Next Traffic/Safety Town Hall Meeting rescheduled to Wednesday, May 30 - join us

You are invited!  Please make plans on attending and participating on Wed., May 30.  Note this date was moved back a week, in part, to allow for the Miami-Dade School Board to send representatives (if available) in order to discuss traffic issues surrounding area schools.

Council Member David Singer and I will be holding our next Traffic/Safety Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.  Our Town Hall Meetings have been well attended and robust.  We do not shy away from working to find and engage new strategies to deal with issues throughout the village.  Our Town Hall meetings have brought multiple neighborhoods and individuals together which resulted in the CITE program.  So now we have it, what are its prospects and how can you bring it to your neighborhood?

We want to thank the participants of our Traffic Safety Town Hall meeting held last March 12, 2018. The council chambers was filled with fellow residents who brought forward their concerns for their neighborhoods.  Our Village Police were on hand taking notes and preparing "pink sheets" which will be used to set up special enforcement details throughout Palmetto Bay.  Your voices were heard loud and clear.  Council Member Singer and are fully supportive of life-safety and traffic enforcement measures.  The CITE program came about because of you, our residents, and your support. Please see my May 1, 2018, blog post regarding CITE: Palmetto Bay Cracks Down on Speeders and Stop Sign violators - its about safety. "CITE": Comprehensive Improvised Traffic Enforcement Initiative

Our Town Hall Meetings have been well attended and robust.  We do not shy away from working to find and engage new strategies to deal with issues throughout the village.  Our Town Hall meetings have brought multiple neighborhoods and individuals together which resulted in the CITE program.

There is more to come on safety initiatives.

Attend, participate.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Public Services Team hard at work on next step forward - safety lighting at the Mangowood crosswalk

1:30  PM Update:  Detour had ended by 1:00 PM.  It doesn't look like much.  I am going to wait to see how these first-step crosswalk lights look in the evening.  
11:00 AM original post: Detours going on mid day on Tuesday, May, 15, 2018, in Mangowood - at 82nd Avenue and 148th Street.  Work is going on - permanent solar powered LED lighting is being placed in the road to illuminate the crosswalk in the evenings.

See a prior post of Oct. 25, Mangowood Crosswalk - updates - potential modifications presented to area stakeholders 

I am committed to introducing the same successful improvements made to this crosswalk to other crosswalks within our Village.  Consider this the "pilot" program.

We are waiting upon final approval for the complete plans.  There are additional items, including additional yellow flashers, signage and other cross alert flashers that are being prepared for placement into this crosswalk.  

I will continue to keep everyone advised.  

Your Mayor,

Eugene Flinn

(photos credit - Eugene Flinn, 2018)