There is an exciting multi-governmental project pending, one that everyone in Palmetto Bay needs to be aware of and understand the profound and long-term implications. Pinecrest passed the following resolution at the Tuesday, January 15, 2013, Pinecrest Regular Council Meeting. It was surprising that there were no elected officials, not the mayor nor any of the council members, from Palmetto Bay present before the Pinecrest Council to speak in support of this resolution/project. This joint project will involve Miami-Dade County, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay. It deserves a serious public discussion.
CLICK HERE to view the January 9, 2013, Pinecrest Manager Report, the Pinecrest Resolution of support and the proposed Interlocal agreement, all total six (6) pages. Obviously, the Palmetto Bay capital plan and operating budget will need to be amended to reflect the proposed direct and ancillary costs. Thre are many details contained in these documents that will provide greater understanding of the scope and costs of this project.
Pinecrest has been very active in involving its residents on public works projects. The proposed traffic circle at SW 136 Street and Old Cutler in no exception. This project has been in discussion for many years and was originally brought up while I was mayor along with Mayor Vrooman of Cutler Bay and County Commissioner Katy Sorenson when the Cutler Bay traffic circles were originally proposed. Now those Culter Bay traffic circles are moving forward to completion so new areas can begin to move forward.
Pinecrest discussed this project at both their December, 2012 and January, 2013, regular council meetings, yet we have yet to hear anything officially presented at the Palmetto Bay council meetings. Pinecrest neighbors have been engaged. In fact, information is that some neighborhoods have signed off on the project already, that their street will be protected during the construction.
This is an exciting project, but it will have profound short term impact on the Old Cutler Road commuters for the period of time that it creates an intense bottle neck right at Old Cutler at the entry point into Palmetto Bay. Residents should be engaged so that they can have their input early rather than springing this one them and needlessly raising the ire of area residents who will have temporary cut throughs and detours directed through their area.
I hope that this current Palmetto Bay Mayor and Council do not let this project drop. The public should be engaged and this project should be made public at the Committee of the Whole meeting held (tonight) on Wednesday, 2/20/2013.