Monday, January 16, 2017

Sunshine meeting - Flinn / Singer - Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 5:00 PM

As posted on the official village website - this is additional courtesy notice of a meeting I have set with Council Member David Singer.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 5:00 PM
Municipal Center, 9705 East Hibiscus Street

The Village of Palmetto Bay hereby provides notice that Mayor Eugene Flinn and Council Member David Singer will be meeting to discuss the following topics:
(I) Thalatta Estate;
(II) special events Ordinance;
 (III) commercial parking and towing regulations;
(IV) goal setting;
(V) police service;
(VI) administration.

The Sunshine Meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at Village Hall Municipal Center, 9705 East Hibiscus Street (1st Floor Conference Room), Palmetto Bay, FL 33157. >>>>>> AGENDA.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Palmetto Bay's Transporation Master Plan(s).

The Village of Palmetto Bay has a Transportation Master Plan

See the INTRODUCTION page, page 1 (Page 3 of the .PDF) for a description of the process, including the public meetings, data collection and the methods and the meetings that took place in developing this document.  

The 2004 Transportation Master Plan is 95 pages - CLICK HERE to view and/or download this document.  

Traffic changes, technology and available resources change. No document remains relevant and up to date forever.  It is up to each and every council to keep this Transportation Master Plan current. 

I am pleased to continue to lead the continuing updates that are required for Palmetto Bay's Transportation Master Plan.  

Note that Palmetto Bay also went further in its master planning through the creation of the Palmetto Bay Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan.  This master plan was initially completed and published in August of 2009.  

A comprehensive review of these documents would aid in understanding the ongoing process as well as providing a benchmark for determining Village success on project completion.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Update on the SFWMD canals – two main meetings that I suggest those interested/impacted by the canal attend

There is so much information regarding the past and ongoing efforts relating to the canals that run through Palmetto Bay.  I am working to provide it in a manner that I can present it most effectively.  A project is set to commence later this month in Pinecrest.  This will impact some, but far from all boat traffic in Palmetto Bay.  I am also give a very short recitation of some past efforts that continue.  There is more to come.  I want to get some information out in order to get at least some of you to the meeting set for Saturday, 1/14 and continue from there. 

First of all - I invite you to attend two main meetings that will have the biggest impact on issues relating to the canals:
 
1.  This Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 11:00 AM - Legislative VISIONING SESSION WORKSHOP, at the Edward & Arlene Feller Community Room at Ludovici Park, 17641 Old Cutler Road

2.  Village-wide Canal Workshop on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM. at Palmetto Bay Municipal Center, 9705 East Hibiscus Street.
 
Secondly: ONGOING PROJECT – PINECREST.  The SFWMD has advised us that a bank restoration project will commence in Pinecrest on January17. This restoration is covering C100A – starting in Pinecrest, but because of the nature of the work, a large part of the C100A canal- the part of the canal that crosses over into Palmetto Bay off 136 street (it opens into the lake off 136 street) – extending into Palmetto Bay – will be shut down for all boat traffic.  This shutdown is expected to last several months. 
 
Mobilizing, staffing, materials will affect time of the project and resulting shut down will occur.
 
Efforts continue past and present.  We remain committed to work with the SFWMD to continue the restoration South, to ultimately include all of Palmetto Bay.  This is a long process.  I have been committed from my first terms in office.  I sponsored resolution 2008-119 requesting the State to fund and undertake the restoration.  It’s a funding issue with the State. 
 
We have asked the State Of Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to undertake boating safety enforcement within the Canals located within Palmetto Bay (resolution 2009-19).
 
Canal bank restoration is paid for through the taxes paid to the SWFMD – visible on your tax bill (everyone pays into this taxing district).  I joined in with the mayors of Cutler Bay and Pinecrest last year asking that the SFWMD mileage rate not be reduced - specifically in order to allow for funding of canal bank restoration. 
 
We are having a vision session this Saturday on our legislative agenda – this Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 11:00 AM at the Edward & Arlene Feller Community Room at Ludovici Park, 17641 Old Cutler Road - I urge those interested/impacted to attend this meeting and express a desire (which I will sponsor - or any member of the council can sponsor) for Palmetto Bay to ask the Florida Legislature to fund canal bank restoration throughout Palmetto Bay, just as we would stormwater or FRDAP requests – only our State Legislators can make this appropriation and your Mayor & village council is committed to working with them to request this funding.  
 
That is being done – I remain working with the SFWMD to identify and obtain the funding to actually complete the much-needed canal bank restoration. This requires the legislative requests, follow up in Tallahassee, personally and through our lobbying team and locally through the SFWD.
 
Canal ownership.  It is important to note that Palmetto Bay has no jurisdiction or ownership of the canals or the canal banks.  The property connects directly to the private property of the individual homeowners.  The canals and banks are controlled by the SFWMD and enforcement is under the Florida Fish and Wildlife. 
 
Again, I strongly encourage those interested in the Canal restoration issue to attend both meetings listed above.  I continue to gather information and will post updates to my blog.
 
Very truly yours,
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eugene Flinn, Mayor
Palmetto Bay
 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Interested in our new website? Here is the link. Take a look. Let us know what you think


We are working on a new web site to better communicate with / serve you.   have attached the link to the new website for your review : 



Take a look.  Let us know what you think.  Please contact me with your comments at eflinn@palmettobay-fl.gov or info@palmettobay-fl.gov.

I would like every resident or business owner in Palmetto Bay to have the opportunity to review this site and give comment, rather than simply council members, staff or a select 'focus' group.  This is your time to review and comment.  My goal is to avoid a last-minute and expensive re-designThis new website should be a significant improvement.  

Traffic Calming update - Link to Marlin Engineering presentation

Interested in the progress of the Palmetto Bay traffic calming program?  CLICK HERE to view the 24 page/slide Marlin Engineering presentation (power point .PDF - 2.95 MB).  This remains a work in progress. Your observations and concerns - your voice matters.  Please continue to keep me up to date on your questions and concerns - call me at (305) 302-3713 or e-mail at eflinn@palmettobay-fl.gov

Mayor's fitness challenge gets off to a running start - there is still time to participate.

Palmetto Bay had to compete with the Dolphins playoff game - but we still had good attendance at our event - many more came out in time for the 5K run, which was after the  Dolphins game (or at least after the outcome was determined) - significant information given out and many registered for the Mayor's Fitness Challenge. 

Thank you to so many, including, but not limited to: Frankie Ruiz, the Old Cutler Run Club, the Pineapple Pacers, Baptist Health South Florida, Race Day Professionals and many others for the 5K (a free event - a timed race).

There is still time to register  for the Get Fit Palmetto Bay Kickoff and participate in the Mayor's Fitness Challenge.  The Mayor's Fitness Challenge is a great way to address the Holiday weight gain.
The Mayor's Fitness Challenge is a 7-week program that requires participants to register by January 14th and follow their progress for the 7-week period.  Program participants will receive an initial health screening administered by Baptist Health, which includes weigh-in and body composition measurements.  Participants will also receive a "goodie bag", a Health Passport to track measurements, two passes to Surf & Turf Zumba-Kayak Workout and discounts and freebies from program partners.
 
Please see the Mayor's Fitness Challenge Rules for more information.
 
CLICK HERE to view additional photos posted my Eugene Flinn, Mayor - Facebook Page
(above - Natures Postings was a sponsor/participant in this family event)
Photos immediately above: With County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava
and reps of Giardino Gourmet Salads, Palmetto Bay
(Photos from registration and with Cathy Parbst-Accurso, In Balance Physical Therapy,
at the Palmetto Bay Get Fit Kick off)
 Immediately above right - Saylin Paez, Events & Programs Coordinator completing the 5K run
 
CLICK HERE to view the Old Cutler Run Club photos posted to Facebook.
 (Note - photo credit for 6 photos immediately above from Old Cutler Run Club)
 
Come on out - join us - have fun and improve your fitness here in the Village of Parks!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Merwitzer family ends 2016 on a solar note. Go GREEN in Palmetto Bay



I am taking this opportunity to publicly congratulate Craig and Roseann Merwitzer - the entire Merwitzer family for taking this bold step in making use of renewable energy. 

The Merwitzer family ended 2016 on a green note; going live with their solar panels. I was there to witness the switches being thrown as they put the solar energy to work on powering their Palmetto Bay home.  (Note that the Merwitzers also own and operate an electric automobile).

Also note that son Mark is a founding member of our Palmetto Bay Youth Community Involvement Board

CLICK HERE to view a drone video of the Solar Panels installed on the Merwitzer home. 

Note that the Solar panels were installed through Raul Vergara, CEO of Cutler Bay Solar Solutions, a member of Ygrene.  Please note that Palmetto Bay is a Charter Member of the Green Corridor P.A.C.E. District.  It was my honor to work with Paul Vrooman, then Mayor of Cutler Bay who worked hard to bring the green energy PACE district to Florida.

See: Ygrene works - Home Improvement Financing For Energy Efficiency Upgrades.

See a prior post on Palmetto Bay's participation in alternative energy: Update on how voting No on Amendment 1 is actually PRO SOLAR - involving Palmetto Bay resident/ Eco-artist, Xavier Cortada and Raul Vergara, CEO of Cutler Bay Solar Solutions - This event was held in collaboration of three sister cities - Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay - all members of the Green Corridor P.A.C.E. District - event at Pinecrest Gardens on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.

I remain committed sustainability and in assisting our residents who want to go green. Thank you Merwitzer family for stepping forward and setting such a great example for our community. 

Very truly yours,

Eugene Flinn, Mayor 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2017 is here - resolve to participate with your friends and neighbors to “Get Fit Palmetto Bay”

(CLICK HERE) to read my entire article posted online, Community Newspapers: Participate with your friends and neighbors to “Get Fit Palmetto Bay”

Happy New Year! Many of us took part in holiday parties and family feasts this December. For some, the holidays don’t end until the last of the College Bowl and professional Football playoff games conclude.  Then, talk turns from the point spreads to the holiday spread that is more personal to us – and time for the ‘New Year’s Resolutions to reduce. 

Are you ready?  Our Palmetto Bay 2017 “Get Fit Palmetto Bay” is ready with a series of events, programs, and seminars focused on wellness, nutrition, and fitness. All information can be found on the official village website: Palmettobay-fl.gov

The Village has activities planned for all ages – walking, fitness groups, biking, and running – to name a few.  There is plenty to do as part of the Get Fit Palmetto Bay and Mayor’s Challenge campaigns – it all kicks off on January 8, 2017, at 2:30 – 5:30 PM at Ludovici Park.

I started the Mayor’s Challenge in 2016, and it is back for a second year. The 7-week program, starts January 8.  To track progress and be eligible for prizes, participants must register by January 14. For a low $25.00 fee, participants will receive an initial health screening administered by Baptist Health, which included weigh-in and body composition measurements as well as a “goodie bag”, containing a Health Passport to track measurements, two passes to Surf & Turf Zumba-Kayak Workout and discounts and freebies from program partners.

Please see the Mayor’s Fitness Challenge Rules posted online for more information (CLICK HERE). 

I look forward to participating in "Get Fit Palmetto Bay" in 2017 - please join us and take advantage of your "Village of Parks".

Happy New Year!

Eugene Flinn, Mayor
Village of Palmetto Bay

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Important update to those living near Palmer Trinity School (PTS) – impacting area traffic

I am providing important updates regarding the ongoing construction at the Palmer Trinity School (PTS) and the proposed impact on traffic and Palmetto Bay traffic calming initiatives.

Many continue to observe the construction and ask when the PTS traffic will move off 176 Street and onto 184th.  The initial news, is that PTS has indicated that the new entrance/exit road from SW 184th to the existing school will be operational for staff, students will begin using this entrance by mid-February.

Please note that PTS has indicated that all school buses, staff, delivery trucks and student drivers will be restricted to this entrance only.  Please also take note that some PTS traffic will remain on 176th.  The PTS 6-9th grade drop off and pick up (only) will remain on 176 - all other PTS traffic will be moved over to 184. 

As your Mayor, I will work through the manager to ensure that the traffic plan is posted online (palmettobay-fl.gov) once it is made available.

Other updates: 

1.The potential for traffic circles at SW 77 Ave. and 82nd Ave.
 
UPDATE: Your Palmetto Bay government continues to work on the traffic plan that includes traffic circles at SW 77 Ave. and 82nd Ave. Palmetto Bay’s traffic engineer remains hard at work, reviewing staff findings, and is working with the County to justify all future traffic calming initiatives.
 
Update on constructing a series of traffic chicanes along 176 Street:
 
UPDATE: Please note that the County has indicated they are not in favor of chicanes and would prefer other alternatives
 
Update on installing special curbing to prevent left turns SW 77 Ave. and 74 Court:

UPDATE: Boulevard design for this area will also be a consideration that will be addressed by the traffic engineer and a follow up meeting has been scheduled with the County on this issue

1.Building a thin median strip between SW 78th and 79th Avenues.
2.Slight widening and restriping to create designated left- and right-turn lanes at Old Cutler and SW 176th Street.

UPDATE: This proposal has been finalized and we are awaiting County commitment as Old Cutler Road is there road, additionally some other options to further improve mobility at this intersection have been discussed and will be provided at the meeting on December 12. The meeting will also discuss the potential for a turbo-lane intersection for this intersection as the recommendation of the County.

There are also fixes that I, as your Mayor, along with the Council and Village Staff continue to work with Miami-Dade County on to address the traffic issues.  Our manager had specifically proposed three suggestions for more immediate relief:

     1. Reprogram the traffic light at SW 176 Street and Old Cutler Road for hours between 7:15 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. To provide more time for eastbound traffic.

UPDATE: This ask, if warranted by the traffic engineering will be made after the initial assessment by this firm, this is still pending

     2. An additional officer for the 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.

UPDATE: Note that this ask has not been accepted by Palmer and they have indicated they would wish to wait until the new entrance is completed to re-evaluate traffic on SW 176 but we have placed an officer at this intersection and will continue to do so when school is in session until the South entry is completed.

     3. Install no-left-turn signs school days (7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m./and maybe even school afternoons) along SW 176 Street at 78th Ave., 77th Ave. and 74 court.
 
UPDATE: It is important to note that Miami-Dade County has indicated they are not willing to curtail mobility in the Village.
 
In closing on this interim update, I hope this allows you to see some progress albeit slower than what we all would prefer. In addition to the above, a new right turn lane from Old Cutler Road to SW 184th. Street has been completed.

Your voice matters! Please do not hesitate to contact me at eflinn@palmettobay-fl.gov or Village Manager Ed Silva at esilva@palmettobay-fl.gov for additional updates as well as to provide any additional input at the changes go into action. 

Thank you for your patience and participation in this matters.  I will continue to advocate for lasting changes to improve our traffic within the Village of Palmetto Bay.

Very truly yours,







Eugene Flinn, Mayor

Monday, January 2, 2017

Chabad of Palmetto Bay - annual Chanukah event at Coral Reef Park.

This is a great family event.  I remember participating in the event when it was initially held in the parking lot of the Starbucks off 168th and Old Cutler Road.  We are fortunate that the Chabad of Cutler Bay now holds their annual event at Coral Reef Park.   

Photos from the Chanukah celebration held on Sunday, January 1st, 2017 - New Years Day.  

The Chabad of Palmetto Bay Chanukah event included the Olive Oil Press Workshop.  This event was open to the public and a great family event.

Friends, family, traditional Chanukah celebration foods!

Thank you Rabbi Zalman and Chani Gansburg: the entire Chabad of Palmetto Bay members/family. Another wonderful community event at our Park. 

Happy New Year. Happy Chanukah.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Palmetto Bay mourns the passing of Rosemary Fuller. Educator, mentor. Retired Principal of Perrine Elementary

Palmetto Bay mourns the passing of Rosemary Fuller.

Today, the Palmetto Bay community mourns the loss of longtime Perrine Elementary School (Dr. Henry E. Perrine Academy of the Arts) Principal and a dear friend to the Village, Ms. Rosemary Fuller.

Principal Fuller was an outstanding person who served Palmetto Bay as a member of one of our original advisory committees and played an essential role in solidifying the great relationships we have with our local schools. She helped me start up what is now an annual tradition, our Palmetto Bay Principals’ Breakfast – establishing a bridge between Palmetto Bay and our local schools. She remained active in the community well after her retirement from the Miami-Dade County Public Schools and we would occasionally cross paths at the Palmetto Bay Business Association and other events held in South Miami-Dade County.

On behalf of the Village, I’d like to extend my condolences not only to Principal Fuller’s family, but also to all of her students and her fellow educators whose lives she impacted through her passion and dedication to education.

Eugene Flinn, Mayor
Palmetto Bay

Chabad of Palmetto Bay invites you (and your family / friends) to Celebrate Chanukah with a Balloon Menorah!

Sunday, January 1, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 PM at Coral Reef Park

Chabad of Palmetto Bay invites you (and your family/friends) to Celebrate Chanukah with a Balloon Menorah! 
This is a free of charge event.  
Go to www.jewishpalmettobay.org or call (786) 262-043 for more information.

Invasives continue to turn up in strange places - please report them if and when you spot them

Pythons swimming in Florida Bay?!  There appears to be no place safe if South Florida environment to encroachment from invasive species. 

I recently received a report of a 5 foot alligator approaching kayakers in the canal that runs along 84th Street here in Palmetto Bay (a NATIVE Florida species).  They were referred to the South Florida Water Management District where they made the report.  At least that is a native species that we need find a way to live with in peace.  For local gator issues - information on how to live with/report them - see my 6/16/16 posting: "Local Gator? Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program - SNAP. FWC Alligator Management Program".

This post is about the continuing travels of invasive species and how I continue to run into more and more of them in and near Palmetto Bay.  This is my 24th posting under the “Invasive Species” label.

Christmas 2015 involved two python sightings (both dead).  No such sightings in 2016. No reports of python road kill or being pulled from swimming pools in Palmetto Bay. 

I am posting an article posted online on December 27, 2016 – Miami Herald  - Think sharks are scary? There’s a new critter swimming in Biscayne Bay, By Jenny Staletovich.

We cannot ignore the fact that we have our shares of Python captures in Palmetto Bay.  A prior post from three years earlier (Dec 12, 2012), noted that two large pythons had been removed from Palmetto Bay in 2012.  CBS 4 reported on November 26, 2012, that a “very large” python who made its home on a Palmetto Bay lawn was removed by the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Venom Unit near 180 Street and SW 77 avenue.

But I have not yet received a report of a python swimming in the canal.

The invasive were smaller in 2016.  I posted on my personal Facebook page: "Happy Holidays from the non-native invasive basilisk lizard now making its home in Palmetto Bay" - a Brown Basilisk lizard.  This sighting was at my mother-in-law's near Sadowski.  I had first noticed them at Perrine Wayside back when we were first developing that park into our Dog Park. 

Please report what you see – download the app from the FWC – “IVeGot1” Go to - Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and link over to "Wildlife & Habitats"

See something?  Report it – and please keep me up to date on what you see and report.