Friday, January 20, 2017

Miami-Dade County News Release - Old Cutler Road & SW 136th Street Test Project

Look for this change - and its impact - to begin on Old Cutler at SW 136th Street.  The following information is taken verbatim from the 1/18/2017, Miami-Dade County News Release relating to the Miami-Dade County Transportation test project that will impact Old Cutler Road beginning 1/31/2017, within Palmetto Bay:

The Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works has designed a test project to temporarily restrict northbound left turns at the intersection of Old Cutler Road and SW 136 Street.

The scope of work includes the installation of barricades, pavement markings and signage to prevent vehicular traffic from making a left turn onto SW 136 Street when traveling northbound on Old Cutler Road.

The test project is anticipated to commence on January 31, 2017 and will continue for a period of no more than 90 days

if there are no unforeseen conditions. This test project will provide information regarding conditions that can help ease traffic flow in this vicinity.

For more information on the project, please call 305-375-2030.

POD - Miami-Dade County Marine Patrol - patrolling C100 within Palmetto Bay

Thank you to our Village Manager Ed Silva; who continues to work for solutions and to be responsive.  I want to publically thank manager Silva and Palmetto Bay Village Police Commander Major Serralta for positive action moving forward on the concerns of many residents in regard to police patrols for the C100 canal.

Friday, 1/20/2107 - County Marine Patrol was seen working the C100 canal within Palmetto Bay.  This is good news.  Our village commander has obtained at least some enforcement on our canals.  I see this as excellent progress. 
I thank Major Serralta & Manager Silva for working this out.  Here is a photo of our COUNTY Marine Patrol at work within Palmetto Bay municipal boundaries.  Violators beware.  

Feel free to distribute.   
Very truly yours,
Eugene Flinn, Mayor,
Palmetto Bay

"Human Trafficking & Safety Conference For Tweens, Teens & Adults" workshop held at Southwood Middle

Thank you to Jean Tong, Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, Southwood Administration & Southwood PTSA for the Human Trafficking presentation held on Thursday, January 19, 2017.  This is an important topic.

Southwood's PTSA promoted this "Human Trafficking & Safety Conference For Tweens, Teens & Adults" workshop in order to teach participants how to identify and understand victims of human trafficking while highlighting available resources. A great presentation. 

We need to continue to act like a village, and watching out for all our village children. 

Above: Jean Tong-Noon from Thread of Life International organization,
Tony Sparks, Phantom Rescue, BCC Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava,
Southwood AP Calondria Williams, Mayor Eugene Flinn,
Council Member Larrissa Siegel Lara & Southwood PTSA's Fatima Castillo
Please be sure to participate in at least one of these events when held. Victims of Human Trafficking are stolen from all areas, all economic levels, in many different ways. 

Jean Tong-Noon is available to speak before any groups - please contact her by contacting Thread of Life International via email at

Tony Sparks, Phantom Rescue was a valued participant.  View more information at

See prior post: Important forum - "The What, Where, and Why of Human Trafficking" Forum - Wed., 9/14 - Pinecrest Gardens
More photos from this 1/19/2017 event:

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 or

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

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:

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 ( 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 or Village Manager Ed Silva at 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.