Sunday, April 30, 2017

May is National Bike Month. Register and participate in the 2017 National Bike Challenge

Its that time of year again! You have this weekend to get your bikes ready and join me in the 2017 National Bike Challenge. 

CLICK HERE to view the intro materials where you can decide if you want to sign up and participate.  I encourage you to do so.  It is all at your own pace, at your own level or type of riding.

I ask Palmetto Bay to get involved in the National Bike Challenge. Click the link to sign up.  The event runs from May 1, 2017, through September 30, 2017.
Our Village of Palmetto Bay is one of many municipalities partnered with Bike 305

Palmetto Bay is has an outstanding biking community with an abundance of biking trails.  Our South Florida location offers some of the most beautiful biking views.  I want to encourage even more local residents to take advantage of the benefits of cycling. Getting on a bike promotes good health and you can avoid traffic congestion on trips where you take the bike rather than the car. CLICK HERE to view the Miami-Dade County online resource for biking trails.   


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Community Alert - hit and run accident in Palmetto Bay causing non-life threatening injuries to 3 cyclists.. Seeking information.

A hit and run accident occurred the morning of Saturday, April 29, 2017.  Three cyclists suffered non-life threatening injuries, transported to Jackson South.  We need your help. 
From MDPD/Village of Palmetto Bay Policing Unit:
We need your help. During morning hours of Saturday, April 29, 2017, three (3) cyclists were struck during their morning ride, causing injuries. The accident occurred at 82nd Avenue SW 161st Street in Palmetto Bay. The hit & run vehicle is described as a black, newer model Honda Civic missing its driver's side-view mirror. The driver of the vehicle is described as a young, white male, wearing a black top. If you have any information, we kindly ask that you contact Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477). Thank you.
My personal note: This is a serious matter. The driver may be prosecuted under the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act for leaving the scene of an accident involving injuries.

A sad day in Palmetto Bay - Romanza has closed - last day was Friday, April 28, 2017

Palmetto Bay is blessed with some great restaurants.  I am sad to report that one of ours, Romanza ceased operation at the end of Friday, April 28, 2017.  Romanza had been operating in Palmetto was packed last night with friends and well-wishers.  

For those who never had the opportunity to dine there, Romanza was operating at 14501 South Dixie Highway in the Quality Inn since August 2009.

Thank you to Owner Cortez family for the good times. May they reopen in Palmetto Bay soon. I spoke with many and we all are thinking about alternative locations.  Is there a suitable location for Romanza in Palmetto Bay? Please let me know your thoughts.
Please view MiamiHal's Blog post of September 2, 2014, Abbondanza Romanza! for addition background information regarding Romanza.
We will miss you, Fernando, Ana and staff - but we are looking/hopeful for a new landing somewhere in Palmetto Bay.


And a very nice parting (for now) message from Fernando & Ana Cortez (a keeper):

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Palmetto Bay Earth Day events - Family Bike Ride - April 22, 2017 - video & photos

A great Family Bike Ride - part of Palmetto Bay's Earth Week 2017.  (yes, I was late - coming from troop 457's Eagle Scout Court of Honor, but I did my best to race and catch up with the ride in progress.)  I took the embedded video and 29 of the 30 photographs posted below. Can you find yourself, family or friends in any of the pics?  If not, I hope to see you at our next ride. (Please take the time to view prior blog posts, photos and videos by clicking the "Bicycling" Label - labels posted in the right side column)  
A big thank you to Green Mobility Network and Palmetto Bay resident, Green Mobility Member, Eric Tullberg for designing and leading this ride.  

This bike ride included traffic and ride support from our MDPD, Village of Palmetto Bay Policing Unit, both regular and bike patrol.  Safety is a number one concern!

A great time was had by all who participated.Please take the time to view the 30 phots below, click on any photo below to view a larger photo slide show.
(above - Route along 67th Avenue)
(Above, heading west on 152) 
(below Village Police support - traffic control at 152 & Old Cutler Road)


Our Palmetto Bay Police Bike patrol - bike, car, motorcycle patrol - 
always ready to serve the Palmetto Bay ready with the proper tools for the occasion. 
Thank you to all the families who participated in this event
Thank you Team Palmetto Bay - #ItTakesAVillage including our Manager Ed Silva and staff including Parks & Recreation Department, Director Fanny Carmona, Saylin Paez, Events & Programs Coordinator and Village Policing Unit - Major Serralta - Palmetto Bay Police Commander

See you next ride!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day in Palmetto Bay - Tree Give Away, 4-22-2017

"Great things may come from small beginnings"

A "TREE-mendously" successful morning at Palmetto Bay's Earth Day tree giveaway. The greening / shading of Palmetto Bay continues for another year through the tree give away, free to Palmetto Bay residents. Even the pup had excitedly pick out a tree. Now comes the digging and planting.
Thank you Team Palmetto Bay, our Public Services Director Corrice Patterson and her team along with Parks and Code Compliance who have once again worked to 'Green Up" Palmetto Bay for another year.
(Okay, this photo was staged, she did not really take the tree home via bike,
attached to her bike rack, but we did have some fun.)
And for those who use Facebook - I encourage you to review many more photos posted to my Facebook site: