Thursday, January 29, 2015

Bailey Jan 29, 2015 - Driveway to front door delivery

It is nice to see such excitement on a Thursday morning in Palmetto Bay. Bailey enjoys starting her day bringing in the paper.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wolf Moon Star Party event in Palmetto Bay Friday, Feb 6, 7-10 PM - Family event hosted by the Southern Cross Astronomical Society

Recommended family celestial events scheduled by the Southern Cross Astronomical Society. Events are often on Saturday evening, so note that the Wolf Moon Star Party is set for a Friday: don’t be a day late to the party!


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6th, 7-10 p.m. It's a Family Fun Night! Southern Cross Astros will show you the blazing winter skies in their hi-tech equipment arranged in the dark outback of the Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187 Ave., Homestead 33031(GPS) Spectacular views of brilliant Venus, Evening Star in the southwest (sets early) telescopic views of blue-green Uranus, Comet Lovejoy, star clusters overhead and bright Jupiter, surrounded by its four closest satellite moons, rising in the east by mid-evening and the past-full Wolf Moon.

Free admission includes tram rides in the Park, a big white Arctic Wolf to pet, refreshments at low cost, and campfire for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows. 305-247-5727. 


Southern Cross Astros invite you to peaceful Bill Sadowski Park & Nature Center, SW 176 /st./SW 79 Ave. 8-10:30 p.m. Saturdays to view Comet Lovejoy, the Great Orion Nebula, brilliant Venus early evening and bright Jupiter rising in the east mid-evening, star clusters and more in SCAS hi-tech equipment. Bring chairs, binoculars, telescopes. NO lights, alcohol, pets allowed in the Nature Preserve.

Note no parking areas: Parking tickets will be issued to cars parked on private property on SW 79 Ave.

Weather updates on SCAS Hotline: 305-661-1375 by 6:45 p.m. Saturdays.

Southern Cross safe solar viewing Saturdays 10:30 -Noon ticket entrance to Zoo Miami 12400 SW 152 St. See the powerful explosions leap off the solar surface 93 million miles distant.  305-661-1375x3.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Preparing to update the Palmetto Bay plans - partial list of materials available online. Some reference materials for following the Palmetto Bay Strategic Plan process

Much of Palmetto Bay's early successes are due to proper planning.  I am posting links to some of these early plans for you, the readers and concerned residents, to follow and monitor the progress of the 2015 Strategic Plan process. There is much more material, and I will update this reference post as material comes to my attention or becomes available online. I will keep these materials indexed under the label of "Strategic Plan."

PALMETTO BAY STORMWATER MASTER PLAN: Soon after Village incorporation in 2002, Palmetto Bay enlisted the expertise of engineers, surveyors, and contractors for the purpose of establishing a “Stormwater Master Plan.”

This plan was developed to identify low-lying areas within our municipal boundaries, in order to systematically pursue appropriate opportunities to protect surface-water quality and to reduce flooding. The Master Plan continues to be used as a blueprint that ensures proper repairs are being made, and that storm drains are being installed and maintained as needed.
Palmetto Bay Stormwater Management (web page and materials)

Traffic Data Collection and Analysis (158 pages) June 2003






PALMETTO BAY RESOLUTION NO. 2013-42, 2013 Village Council expressing support for the design and construction of a traffic circle at the intersection of Howard Drive/SW 136 Street and Old Cutler Road.

The Franjo Triangle Commercial Island Charrette Report - “A Citizens’ Vision Plan” Nov 2004
A partnership with Palmetto Bay and the Miami-Dade County Department of Planning and Zoning, Community Planning Section. 
 (Note that this is an 84 page document and is a slow download)


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Palmetto Bay's Valentine's Day Movie-Night survey - your choice!

Movie night - date night under the stars! I have posted a link to the Palmetto Bay e-currents survey. If you wish to take a closer look at the six movie choices before voting, follow this link to view the Movie Night Selections & Film Summaries.

Vote - and don't worry, there will be no knocks at your door, no mailers or robocalls.

Village staff will announce the top pick by Jan. 29.

Take this survey if you would like to have input on the movie you would like to see.  We value your input. Thank you participating in our survey. ~Village of Palmetto Bay

Please note the change in location for this Valentine's Movie Night - Ludovici Park. 17642 Old Cutler Road.

Friday, January 16, 2015

2013 Polar Bear Plunge at Village of Lake George. A great community regional event.

After reviewing the Groundhog day event on TV Sunday AM, I thought of how a great annual event can ad value to a community. Alex and I may just head up to Punxsutawney, PA, to see Punxsutawney Phil.  Until then. I rely upon my past experience where I once again,  embarrassed my daughters by taking my second Lake George Polar Bear Plunge.  Take the plunge take home the tee shirt.  Jan 1, 20013 was a beautiful day on Lake George in upstate NY.  Weather was 25 degrees at the time of the plunge, water temp reportedly at 35 degrees.   Once again, I was not disappointed in a cold water in my face start to a new year. And yes, I went all they way, rushing and diving in and taking a total immersion of the cold Lake George water.  Click “Read more” at the bottom of this post to view additional personal photos of the day/event.

I have included a link to the local news article regarding this event: “Lake George's Polar Plunge lives up to its frigid name” in the online Post Star. A video and photo gallery is included with the article online.  Over 1,200 people registered and took the plunge from the snow covered Million Dollar Beach.

It is funny that I have now plunged twice (2007 and 2013) but have yet to step foot into Lake George during the summer. Shepard’s Park is the site of the Lake George Summer Festival hosting many family-friendly fun filled events. 

Event registration is held at Duffy’s Tavern, once of the primary sponsors of the event. The polar Bear plunge kicks off the Lake George Winter Carnival. The event is usually held at Shepard’s Park, located on the main street of Lake George Village, but the side story this year is that the Shepard’s Park beach was closed due to ongoing operations to eradicate the invasive Asian Claim (CLICK HERE to view the blog site “Lake George Asian Clam Eradication Project“ on the purpose for and progress of the eradication effort).

A great family vacation with an active outdoor start of this New Year.  We all wish everyone a very Happy and prosperous 2013!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Palmetto Bay Town Hall meetings in January - please save the dates and participate

There are two Town Hall Meetings scheduled in January, 2014.

These meetings are always posted on the PUBLIC MEETINGS page of the official Palmetto Bay government website.

Town Hall Meetings

January 21, 2015 - 6 pm
Special Events, Communication, and Participation

Mayor Eugene Flinn will be conducting a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at 6 pm at Village Hall, 9705 E. Hibiscus Street.  If there are items to be discussed at a Committee of the Whole Meeting, that meeting will follow (at 7 pm).  The topics are:  Special Events, Communication, and Participation.  All are invited.

January 27, 2015 - 6 pm
Safety Initiatives and Crime Watch

Councilwoman Karyn Cunningham will be conducting a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at 6 pm at Village Hall, 9705 E. Hibiscus Street.  The topics are:  Safety Initiatives and Crime Watch.  All are invited.

Your participation is requested!

You can e-mail me at with any questions.  

Councilwoman Karyn Cunningham can be reached at

And, the entire council can be reached via a single e-mail:

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Photo with the leaders of the Palmetto Bay Canal Association.

Thank you Rainer and Noel Schael and members of the Palmetto Bay Canal Association for the fun of the Holiday Boat Parade and the service of collecting over 1,000 pounds of food for the needy.  Outstanding work!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

One-Minute Play Festival at the Deering Estate - this Saturday and Sunday

Alexandra and I will be there Sunday evening.  Will we see you there?  CLICK HERE to view the official web site for full information and to order tickets (info below taken directly from the site).


The Deering Estate at Cutler presents the Third South Florida One-Minute Play Festival on Saturday and Sunday, January 17 & 18, 2015. The One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF), is America’s largest and longest running short form theatre company founded by Producing Artist Director, Dominic D’Andrea, and features one-minute plays by more than 30 established and emerging South Florida playwrights commissioned for this event. The work attempts to reflect the theatrical landscape of local artistic communities by creating a dialogue between the collective conscious and the individual voice through a performance of many moments and includes responses to local topics such as immigration, government and culture. Please note that the performances contain mature content.

Tickets are $20 per show and can be purchased online or by calling 305-235-1668 ext. 233. The Third South Florida One-Minute Play Festival donates part of the proceeds to benefit The Deering Estate’s Artist in Residence and educational program initiatives.

Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 8:00 pm - PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE
Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm - PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE
Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm - PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

Saturday, January 3, 2015

EEL volunteer cleanup - north end of Deering, set for Jan 24, 9 AM to noon.

(Info taken from the MDC weekly e-blast):

You can get involved by participating in one of the workdays organized by the Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program and helping to protect and restore natural areas in Miami-Dade County. The workdays are fun, hands-on activities throughout all kinds of interesting natural areas. Community hours are available through this volunteer program.

The 2014-15 season is underway. See the Volunteer Workdays scheduleAdobe Reader for all dates.

Upcoming EEL volunteer schedule (South Dade area only is listed below, go to the complete e-blast for countywide opportunities):

Workdays take place from 9 a.m. to noon unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, Jan. 24
Deering Estate at Cutler - North Addition Preserve
16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Miami
Work: Clean up

For more information, email or call 305-372-6611.

Volunteers are required to fill out the Liability Waiver FormAdobe Reader prior to participating.