Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Public Awareness Sign for Shoreline Property Owners - SaveTheManatee.org

Thank you Mr. Chen - the following information is posted as suggested:

Public Awareness Signs are available for Shoreline Property Owners through SaveTheManatee.org

The sign, which is aluminum and 24″ x 18″ in size, reads, “Slow Please — Report Manatee Injuries: 1-888-404-FWCC.” It is designed to alert boaters to the presence of manatees in the waterways. Florida shoreline property owners can post one on their dock to let boaters know that manatees might be in the area. When contacting Save the Manatee Club to request a sign, please give us the address where the sign will be posted and your mailing address (if different).

Just for fun - SafeWise released their fifth annual Safest Cities report. See where Palmetto Bay and Pinecrest are ranked.

There are always ranked lists distributed. SafeWise is one such group.  Follow this link for more information about SafeWise, as stated by SafeWise: https://www.safewise.com/about/

Taken verbatim from the social media post: 
SafeWise is happy to release our fifth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 50 Safest Cities in Florida for 2019. See if your city made the list.
This year we expanded our Florida list from 20 safe cities to 50, and every city that made our list last year is included again. But four did fall out of the top 20—Edgewater, Cape Coral, North Palm Beach, and Coconut Creek. Even so, all 50 cities limited violent crime to fewer than 2.5 incidents per 1,000 people, which is nearly half the national violent crime rate of 4.49. And these cities can be extra proud because Florida overall is a bit over the national rate, coming in at 4.81 incidents per 1,000 people.
CLICK HERE to view the actual link. Enjoy. - 

Oh, and SPOILER ALERT - Pinecrest is ranked #10, Palmetto Bay is #49.

Miami-Dade County fared well on the list of top 50. The Miami-Dade County municipalities are excerpted, posted below in order of ranking (click on the photo to view enlarged):

Monday, March 18, 2019

SFWMD Prepares Flood Control System to Handle Expected Rainfall - see link provided for official update from the SFWMD

Keeping you up to date. Please note - those living along the canal may see water movement increase.  This post updates you on what the SFWMD is doing to manage an expected rainfall totals as high as 4-6 inches expected in some areas. The SFWMD is preparing system by lowering water levels in the canals to handle expected stormwater.

Release: SFWMD Prepares Regional Flood Control System to Handle Expected Rainfall

Rainfall totals as high as 4-6 inches expected in some areas, SFWMD preparing system by lowering canals to handle stormwater

In preparation,  The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is working to prepare its regional flood control system to ensure flood protection as an upper level weather disturbance is expected to drop heavy rainfall across the region on Tuesday.

The weather disturbance moving in from Mexico is expected to interact with a cold front and drop an average of 1 inch of rainfall on the basins from Lake Okeechobee south, starting early Tuesday morning and diminishing by Tuesday evening. Some areas are expected to receive local maximums of 4-6 inches of rainfall on Tuesday.
Much of the region is dry due to drier conditions over the recent weeks. SFWMD is preparing the regional flood control system by drawing down canals along the east coast from Palm Beach County south to Miami-Dade County to ensure they have capacity to move stormwater runoff from local drainage districts and municipalities.
The District also held a conference call on Monday afternoon with local drainage districts that are responsible for local flood protection to share information and coordinate storm preparations. 
Flood control in South Florida is a shared responsibility between the District, which operates the regional flood control system, and local drainage districts, municipalities and homeowners associations that operate the secondary and tertiary drainage systems that move flood waters away from homes and neighborhoods. Residents throughout South Florida can report neighborhood flooding concerns by visiting the website, www.sfwmd.gov/floodcontrol and entering an address to locate their local drainage district.

Native Plant Day - to be held in Palmetto Bay, Miami-Dade's Bill Sadowski Park, Saturday, March 23 - 9 AM to 4 PM

Readers and fellow residents know how I enjoy our unique Palmetto Bay / South Miami-Dade environment.  Keep it native as planting natives mean no fertilizer or irrigation as our local plants are appropriate to our South Florida environment.  Here is a family friendly, yard friendly event will take place at Bill Sadowski Park in Palmetto Bay - come on out. CLICK HERE to view the official Native Plant Society e-blast with official details.

Related posts - CLICK HERE to view prior posts relating to gardening in Palmetto Bay including our local Palmetto Bay Garden Club. I invite you to view one of my favorite local posts of January 14, 2013, We can help rebuild our ecosystems with proper gardening - Home & Garden

Please shop local and support the Native Plant Society, just as I ask that you support our Palmetto Bay Garden Club. This is always a great event which is co-sponsored by the Dade Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society and Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces

Native Plant Day
Saturday, March 23, 2019 * 9 a.m.  4 p.m.

Bill Sadowski Park at Old Cutler Hammock

17555 SW 79th Avenue, Palmetto Bay, FL 33157

(One half mile west of Old Cutler Road)

Programs & nature walks

Hands-on activities

Plant sales and raffles

Books & other merchandise

  Learn about attracting birds and butterflies to your yard and ask experts questions about plants, cuttings, insects, wildlife, the environment, and landscaping.  Kids activities, too!

This and much, much moreall FREE!

Rain or Shine!

Also: Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Rain Barrel Workshop!

Workshop free.  Barrel Cost: $40. Register:https://tinyurl.com/NPD2019RainBarrel

M-D Water & Sewer is generously offering lightbulb (3) and showerhead (2) exchange!

8 a.m.: Early Birding Walk  bring binoculars!

Drinks and food will be available for purchase on site.

Full Schedule - Available at http://dade.fnpschapters.org

  talks  include topics such as: attracting birds, growing orchids, attracting butterflies to your yard, and urban beekeeping. 
        walks include: fern identification, natives behaving badly,  proper planting techniques, & free canoe trips all day

Co-Sponsored by: The Dade Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society and Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces

CLICK HERE to view prior blog posts related to local native plant sales and activities.

Friday, March 15, 2019

DUV update - materials available to Attorneys’ DUV analysis

The attorney's opinions to the Village Council have been received regarding the DUV.  Note that the analysis centers based upon facts as presented. I have posted links for everyone to view and download in order for interested persons to be able to read and interpret the opinions on their own. These opinions may eventually be posted to the Village website, but have not as of noon today, Friday, March 15, 2019.

(CLICK HERE) for Memorandum of LEHTINEN SCHULTZ, PLLC, Village Attorneys, dated March 6, 2019, consisting of 44 pages

(CLICK HERE) for Memorandum of John R. Herin, Jr., Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP, dated March 4, 2019, consisting of 9 pages

(CLICK HERE) for Memorandum of John Quick, Esq., Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, dated March 6, 2019, consisting of 34 pages

These attorney opinions will be important tools for the revisions to the DUV Code.

IMPORTANT NOTE (DISCLAIMER): As stated in one footnote (a legal disclaimer): (The attorneys) cannot and do not make any representations or warranties concerning the likelihood of any particular property owner initiating and prevailing on a Bert Harris Act claim against the Village, or the outcome of such claim. We do believe, however, the analysis contained in this Memorandum represents the current state of the law in Florida on the matters set forth herein.

Possible meanings to the term "Monitor" as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary

What is monitoring? Consulting Merriam-Webster Dictionary for its meaning and uses:



mon·​i·​tor | \ ˈmä-nə-tər  \

Definition of monitor

 (Entry 1 of 2)
1aa student appointed to assist a teacher
bone that warns or instructsmonitors and instructors for troops green in the art of war— New York Times
cone that monitors or is used in monitoring: such as
(1)an electronic device with a screen used for display (as of television pictures or computer information)
(2)a device for observing a biological condition or functiona heart monitor
3Monitor, first ship of the type ]
aa heavily armored warship formerly used in coastal operations having a very low freeboard and one or more revolving gun turrets
ba small modern warship with shallow draft (see DRAFT entry 1 sense 8) for coastal bombardment
4a raised central portion of a roof having low windows or louvers for providing light and air

monitoredmonitoring\ ˈmä-​nə-​t(ə-​)riŋ  \
Definition of monitor (Entry 2 of 2)
to watch, keep track of, or check usually for a special purposeNurses monitored the patient's heart rate.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Palmetto Bay’s home grown game of “Where’s the Big Red MEGA Shed?” Palmetto Bay’s own live version of "Where's Waldo?”

Just like the book series,  "Where's Waldo?” the rules of Palmetto Bay’s home grown game of “Where’s the Big Red MEGA Shed?” are simple enough: comb through the acres and acres of Village property  to find Palmetto Bay’s Big Red MEGA Shed, with its its Waldo-esque red and white decor.

The MEGA shed was first spotted at Village Hall in December 2018. (CLICK HERE to view an updated post of March 8, 2019, Update on the wild MEGA red shed placed at Village Hall.) Then once enough people found it, it moved on to its new location in early March, 2019 (WARNING – spoiler alert – do not read on from here if you have yet to located it yourself) to . . .

Palmetto Bay Park!
Photo credit - FOSDU 3-12-2019

Where it will move next? And has this location been permitted and inspected?

Palmetto Bay’s Manager has upped this game as the shed has now been outfitted with wheels (see Pic #2 below) to up this game into a real moving “whack a shed” game. It could get as frustrating as the old PC game, Minesweeper. I’ve heard rumor of side bets going on between evening park goers, betting on whether this shed used its landing gear to roll the shed from out from Village Hall to Palmetto Bay Park, down US1 under the cover of darkness. (Oh, please, someone must have pictures to send to me!)

This game is not the first of its kind. Some may remember the North Dade “outhouse gang” – and the City of Hallandale in Broward once had its own version, see: South Florida Sun Sentinel online, archives from November 18, 2011: Outhouse Gang gets away with Hallandale Halloween prank — again by Sergy Odiduro, Forum Publishing Group

Pic #2 note the fold up wheels that can be deployed for a quick getaway!
Hallandale’s game may have been the work of insiders, much like Palmetto Bay’s. It was reported in this 2011 article that “The Outhouse Gang got away with their Halloween shenanigans — again.” 2011 marked the 82nd consecutive year where a masked crew known for potty-related antics eluded the Hallandale Beach Police Department despite its best "efforts."

1929 marked the start of Hallandale’s annual game of cat and mouse with police. Palmetto Bay's game has started 89 years later.

Hallandale's perennial prank led to the annual Outhouse Festival, which caters to children with costume contests, bounce houses and more.

Could the recent antics in Palmetto Bay be foreshadowing the start of an annual Palmetto Bay Big Red MEGA Shed Festival catering to our children with costume contests, bounce houses and more? Time will tell, but for now, the Manager is not giving away any secrets!  

I will say, Palmetto Bay’s game of Where’s the Big Red MEGA Shed is a new twist and provides residents with distractions from the mundane as well as the controversial. This is a family-friendly game. We have yet to hear the prize, but perhaps that will be revealed at the next State of the Village Address.

Until then, Play On! Keep me apprised of the location of the Palmetto Bay Big Red MEGA Shed, an item of Palmetto Bay folklore as mythical as the Palmetto Bay Freebee, only there are those who have actually seen the Palmetto Bay Big Red MEGA Shed within the municipal boundaries of the Village of Palmetto Bay.
                                    (Above Left) Palmetto Bay's Red MEGA Shed as previously seen at village hall, 
                                    then *poof* only some slight discoloration remains (above right) as it has left the
                                     building during the evening of March 12, 2019.

Update: FPL is working with Miami-Dade County DERM and has pulled a NFC Permit (photos and copy of permit provided)

Work is ongoing as of Wednesday, March 13, 2019.  FPL sought and received a NFC Removal Permit issued 2-05-2019 (CLICK HERE to download and view).

Why is this important to me? See a guest post of October 18, 2018, What’s So Special about a 22 Acre Forest on Old Cutler Road, by Eduardo Varona.

This strand of Pine Rockland is part of the less than 2% of Pine Rockland habitat remaining in Miami-Dade County. It is of the utmost importance that we should be working to preserve and protect what little is left of it. We need everyone to join the fight to protect the remaining Pine Rocklands. 

I am providing some photos of the FPL work.  My understanding is that these new poles will reduce the foot print of the power poles within the Ludlum Pineland Preserve (actually part of FPL property as indicated on some of the signs that are posted throughout this area).

The Ludlum Pineland Preserved is a usual stop for the annual Palmetto Bay Earth Week family bike ride (3 photos from 2 past events posted below) where the ride group stops to gather, catch up and reflect upon the beauty / need to protect the few remaining strands of Pine Rocklands.