Friday, November 30, 2012

A holiday wish list for the new Palmetto Bay council | Palmetto Bay. The 2013 Palmetto Bay council has a chance to go positive this upcoming year.

A holiday wish list for the new Palmetto Bay council | Palmetto Bay
Click the headline above to read the entire holiday wish list for the new Palmetto Bay council posted online, Palmetto Bay News

There is an opportunity for new and positive beginning in Palmetto Bay. There are two new members and three current members who saw voters turn out both incumbents. It is time to return to public inclusion and most importantly, time to move forward in a positive manner in 2013.

I laid out my positive suggestions for the two new council members as well as suggestions for the entire 2013 council.  I remind them that this is a 5 member council. Each member has the same right to make or second motions, to agenda and sponsor or co-sponsors resolutions and/or ordinances. There are 5 votes – one per member, each equal to all other votes.

Most important to set the council up for success in 2013 is that it is time for a comprehensive discussion on current projects. My concerns  (a partial list) that I would like to see finally addressed include:

1.The status of two fire stations that the original Palmetto Bay village council worked with Federal, State and Local (County Commission and Fire Department) officials.
2.The status of the implementation of the new permit fee schedule and other recommendations of the Palmetto Bay Building and Permitting Advisory Committee Final Committee Report.
3.Should Palmetto Bay purchase bayfront land that is currently available?
4.It is time again for a village-wide strategy session. Goals need to be set. ... Pinecrest recently completed a major update to its strategic plan. It is time for Palmetto Bay to do the same.
5.A public meeting needs to be held on the Franjo Triangle and US1 Island zoning district area.
6.The future of committees needs to be discussed.
7.Greater transparency on appointment to village boards and committees.

Happy Holidays to all and lets all work together for a positive Palmetto Bay in 2013.

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