Sunday, November 30, 2014

Wabasso Tackle set to close on Dec 31, 2014. Closing to allow for widening of 510.

Time is coming to a close for the Wabasso Tackle Shop.  See my Sunday, October 21, 2012, post:
The Wabasso Tackle Shop – a temporary reprieve for a local landmark. Reopening under a former owner, but slated to be taken down for future development.

Future development arrives in 2015.  The tackle shop will forever close on December 31, 2014.

Katherine and Meredith out front of the soon to close Wabasso Tackle shop. Taken 11/30/14

Hello Boys I'm Back - Video of the day - just for fun

I am just having a little fun on this Sunday morning.  I don't know what it means.  

Have a great Sunday.

Friday, November 28, 2014

The fifth Annual Palmetto Bay Canal Association Holiday Boat Parade is scheduled for Sat, Dec 20, 2013

Palmetto Bay’s own festive boat parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 20.  CLICK HERE to view the Facebook event page.  Once again, an annual "thank you!" to Rainer & Noel Schael, as well as all the members and participants of the Palmetto Bay Canal Association Holiday Boat Parade for organizing this event.  Spectators can enjoy the parade from Coral Reef Park, Bill Sadowski Park, or anywhere along the canal parade route. Gather your family and friends in the beautiful Palmetto Bay outdoors while celebrating the spirit of the holidays.

If you wish to enter your boat into the parade, or for additional information, please FB Message or email Rainer Schael at

I have posted photos from the 2013 event on the South Dade Updates Blog (CLICK HERE).

This is a wonderful community event that brings participants, friends and neighbors together in the holiday spirit, collecting canned food for a good cause, and is supported both by members of the residential community as well as a local business.

The Palmetto Bay Canal Association is made up of Palmetto Bay (and Pinecrest) residents that are both users and stewards of our local canal system. The group includes pleasure boaters, fishermen, skiers, canoers and kayakers.

Click the label “Boat Parade” label on the South Dade Updates blog to view posts and photos from prior Palmetto Bay Canal Association Holiday Boat Parades.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving - 2014.

There is much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. Alexandra, Katherine, Meredith and I wish you and your family the happiest of holidays. 

Like millions of others across this great country, we will celebrate Thanksgiving, honoring a tradition older than the nation itself. The Continental Congress proclaimed that the "inhabitants of these states" observe a day of Thanksgiving back in 1782.  Ever since then we set this day aside to give thanks for all our blessings, and this year we have many things for which to be thankful.
Please also take the time to remember and help the less fortunate.  Many families and children are doing with less, Take the time to become involved in a local charity, with time, if not a donation. There are many ongoing charities that are looking for donations and volunteers. The Palmetto Bay Canal Association will be collecting canned foods during its 5th Annual boat Parade scheduled for Saturday, December 20. 
Thanksgiving is the busiest traveling season of the year.  Please be aware and be safe.
One of my personal favorite quotes about a holiday:
On Thanksgiving Day all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment - halftime.
– (author unknown)

THANK YOU PALMETTO BAY! 2014 run off election results

I will have more to say in the near future, but for now I simply want to express my deep and sincere appreciation to my fellow Palmetto Bay residents.

Miami Herald coverage:
Palmetto Bay’s Flinn wins back his mayoral seat in runoff

Read more here:

Palmetto Bay’s founding mayor, Eugene Flinn, has reclaimed his old seat, handily beating incumbent Shelley Stanczyk — his successor — in Tuesday’s runoff election.

And in the race for District 3, which represents the southern part of the village, political newcomer Larissa Siegel Lara beat veteran village activist Henry Clifford by a small margin.

“It's a very emotional night for me,’’ said Flinn, 52. “I'm just so pleased; I just want to look forward at this point.’’

Flinn, who was mayor from 2002 to 2010, took in 2,883 votes to Stanczyk’s 1,498. Siegel Lara garnered 2,278 votes to Clifford’s 2,035.

From the start, Stanczyk, 65, who has been on the dais since 2006 and mayor since 2010, faced a tough bid for reelection. She faced three challengers in the general election, two of whom, including Flinn, made a divided and bickering council during her tenure top campaign issues. Among the most divisive issues: the village’s protracted, expensive and unsuccessful fight against the expansion of Palmer Trinity, a private school in a residential neighborhood.

Outgoing council member Patrick Fiore and retired business executive Peter England, the other mayoral candidates, endorsed Flinn when they failed to make it to the runoff.

As is typical in runoffs, the turnout was low. Of 16,478 registered electors, only 4,415 voted. About half of the votes came in absentee.

Read more

Monday, November 24, 2014

Run-Off Election Day - Tuesday, Nov. 25. List of polling locations in Palmetto Bay

Vote at your assigned precinct on Tuesday, November 25.  Polls are open from 7 AM to 7 PM.

CLICK HERE to view the official Palmetto Bay web page regarding this run-off election.

Polling Locations

Precinct: Location: Address:
806 Coral Reef Park 7895 SW 152 Street
807 Howard Drive Elementary 7750 SW 136 Street
808 St. Andrews Episcopal Church 14260 Old Cutler Road
809 Christ Congregational Church 14920 SW 67 Avenue
810 St. Richard Church - Parish Center 7500 SW 152 Street
811 Marlin Moore - Post #133 16401 SW 90 Avenue
819 Perrine Peters UTD Methodist Church (Temp) 18301 S. Dixie Highway
820 Edward & Arlene Feller Community Room (Temp) 17641 Old Cutler Road
837 Southwood Middle School 16301 SW 80 Avenue
844 Southwood Middle School 16301 SW 80 Avenue

Saturday, November 22, 2014

PB Checks the record - a true comparison. I am running on my positive record, not misleading attacks.

Be careful what you print and distribute in those nasty attack ads. They may come back to bite you.  Comparing records is one thing, but distortion or falsely claiming credit is quite another.  It is fact check time courtesy of Lola Duffort of the Miami Herald:

Former friends — now foes — Stanczyk and Flinn seek to be elected Palmetto Bay mayor,

Stanczyk’s mailer says it’s his 2008 decision to deny rezoning that lead to the lawsuits – but Flinn points out that she voted “no” along with him then, and continued to do so after he left.

“It’s really funny — you’d think she would be giving me credit for voting with her on that. Instead she wants to blame me, even though she voted the same way,” he said.

The Stanczyk mailer told voters that Flinn left office without getting the village rated – that’s not true, ratings were released in his last year in office. (Emphasis added)

Read more here:

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Franjo Triangle Commercial Island Charrette Report – posted online and Sec. 30-50.18 of the Village Code

The Franjo Triangle Commercial Island Charrette Report – posted online (not available on the official Palmetto Bay website) at Note that this is an 84 page document and is a slow download.  This is “A Citizens’ Vision Plan” November 2004 and was a partnership with Palmetto Bay and the Miami-Dade County Department of Planning and Zoning, Community Planning Section. 

I have also posted links to the November 8, 2004, resolution accepting the Charrette report.(Resolution 04-89).  This resolution details part of the public processes employed in this Charrette.    Also see numbered pages 19 - 26 of the actual Charrette report.

The Village Code was created by ordinance known as the “Franjo Triangle & US1 Island Zoning District" (FT&I) was eventually adopted as of May 1, 2006.  First reading was held February 6, 2006, second reading was held April 3, 2006 and a third reading was held on May 1, 2006.  See:

This code section can be found on Municode and is codified under Sec. 30-50.18. - FT&I,Franjo Triangle and U.S. 1 Island District.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Veterans Day - 2014 - Thank you for your service to our country

Veterans Day is a holiday honoring living military veterans. It is a Federal and State holiday observed by all 50 states.

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank all US Military veterans for their service to our country.  Everyone should take a moment to honor those who have preserved our freedom and protected all of our rights, including the right to vote. 

Online article on 8 Ways to Express Appreciation on Veterans Day

President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day on November 11, 1919. Other countries today also still recognize November 11th as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in honor of the Armistice treaty which ended WWI. The U.S Congress amended this act on November 8, 1954, making this holiday Veterans Day as we know it today.

Military dot com list ways that you can celebrate and educate your children about Veterans Day:

History dot com offers a wealth of information about Veteran’s Day:

Thank you to every man and women who has served our county as a member of our armed forces

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Please join us this Wednesday, November 12, from 6 to 8 PM at the PBVC - Palm Room

There is a run-off election on Tuesday, November 25, to decide the Mayor and Council District 3 positions.

I humbly ask for your vote.

I also invite you to join your friends and neighbors for what should be a fun event  this Wednesday, November 12, from 6 to 8 PM at the Palmetto Bay Village Center - Palm Room (3rd Floor).

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Palmetto Bay mayoral, council races headed to Nov. 25 runoff - Miami

An important read on the Miami site:

Palmetto Bay mayoral, council races headed to Nov. 25 runoff, by Lola Duffort, 11/07/2014.

And yes, I am focused.  I am tuning out any distractions: “I’m focused on my record, and that’s what I’m campaigning on,”

But it is more than mere promises.  We will see a return to realization of village goals, including ... more traffic calming initiatives, expanded park programming, a village personnel audit, and a clearer timeline and goals for the village’s redevelopment efforts to create a commercial district in the southern area known as the Franjo Triangle.