The long-time stop signs on 82, at 148, were removed by the County on Friday, September 9, in the late afternoon. This was done by the County, based upon their ongoing analysis and without input or request from Palmetto Bay (see e-mails posted below). The County has advised that this is not specific to Palmetto Bay, but is an ongoing effort to remove signage that the County (not the municipality) deems "unwarranted". Further - this same action has occurred in other municipalities including Pinecrest, Hialeah and North Miami. To assist in your review, I am posting my e-mail statement and two e-mails from the County Public Works department below.
We are and should always remain a tight knit "Small Town USA" community; an oasis within greater Miami-Dade County. Let's work together to solve issues.
Please call me to personally discuss any rumors or campaign rhetoric you would care to discuss - at (305) 302-3713 (as many of you have - and I thank each and every one of you). This is the same number I've used since I was first elected mayor of this wonderful village.
I may not be able to get the stop signs replaced, but I immediately began work on enhancing safety through championing the appropriate safety crosswalk for our community. I ask my fellow council members to join in with me on this important effort.
I also ask that my fellow council members make their comments public where all can see and be fully apprised of their respective comments. Backroom discussions only lead to miscommunications and rumors. I sign my comments and I remain very public about my statements - for all, not just a select few to see.
Again, here are the facts, directly from the County, in their full, unedited original e-mail as to the Village of Palmetto Bay and/or their representatives: Lack of involvement of PBay in the stop sign issue at hand. Click "Read more" below for more information and the posting of my complete public statement
To all Village residents-
We have received notification from Miami-Dade County concerning the removal of stop signs at the intersection of SW 148th Street and 82nd Avenue. According to the Assistant Director of Traffic Services at the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works, the County made the decision to remove the signs because the signs are not warranted and county policy is to “not have unwarranted signs, pavement marking, traffic calming devices, etc… throughout the county.” The Village has been advised that this is a countywide effort and other cities including the City of Hialeah, City of North Miami, and the Village of Pinecrest have also had signs removed. It is important for you to know that this was not a decision made by the Village of Palmetto Bay and without the awareness of our County Commissioner.
Our concern with removing the stop signs is the safety of our kids who cross that intersection on their way to school. County staff has indicated that they will look into the possibility of adding pedestrian signs or a crosswalk. Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava and I want you to know that we are working together to reach a practical solution to this issue and ensure that something is done to preserve the safety of our pedestrians, particularly our children. We are meeting next week to come up with options that can be implemented without delay.Thank you for taking the time to read my comments and allowing me to bring you up to date on the situation as well as efforts to resolve this matter.
Very truly yours,
Eugene Flinn, Mayor