Monday, August 31, 2015

Deering Estate Foundation's Wine On Harvest Moon - set for Saturday, October 24, 2015

First Call - Wine On Harvest Moon - 2015 event is set for Saturday, October 24, but beware, and purchase your tickets early as tickets are limited to the "A" List event held by the Deering Estate Foundation.  CLICK HERE to view the Deering Estate Foundation's Wine On Harvest Moon page for official and detailed information.

Alexandra and I will be there.  Will you?  Join us for the Foundation’s signature annual fundraising event under the enchanting glow of the Harvest Moon to celebrate America’s fine wines and savor exceptional cuisine prepared by top local chefs.

Capacity is limited and tickets are:
$175 General admission
$150 for Deering Estate Foundation Members

Purchase tickets now!
Proceeds from the event are dedicated to environmental conservation and historic preservation of the Deering Estate.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Palmetto Bay Village Manager Edward Silva releases 2015-16 Proposed Operating and Capital Budget for your review

Please take the time to read more than just a budget summary posted in an advertisement.  You can (and should) take the time to read through the entire Palmetto Bay budget,  proposed for 2015-16 (be patient when downloading as this is a 161 page .PDF document). CLICK HERE TO VIEW the proposed budget.
 
This is the budget to be considered and approved or modified prior to approval at the two budget hearings set for September.  These budget hearings will be held at the Village Hall Chambers, 9705 E. Hibiscus Street, Palmetto Bay, FL 33157, and are set as follows:

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 7 pm  -- FIRST BUDGET HEARING

Monday, September 21, 2015 - 7 pm --
SECOND BUDGET HEARING
 
CLICK HERE to view the official meetings notification page for complete information.


As always, I am available to address your questions or concerns.  Please feel free to contact me or any other /all members of your village council.  

CLICK HERE to e-mail Mayor Eugene Flinn (single e-mail address)
CLICK HERE to e-mail the entire mayor and village council (all 5 with a single e-mail)

Thank you, as always, for your interest and participation.

Very truly yours,

Eugene Flinn,
Mayor, Village of Palmetto Bay

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Photo of the day - morning bike ride. The things you will see (& the people you will meet)

A great day riding, Saturday morning, 8/29/15. The concern of T.S. Erika was lifted and the streets were filled with bicyclists, joggers and walkers (with and without their 4 legged best friends).
Alexandra, Eugene pictured with Ana Rivas Logan and Sue Kawalerski
You never know who you will come across on a ride. We crossed a couple bike riding with their two small dogs in a bike trailer when crossing the Chinese Bridge in Deering.  We then stopped to chat with the Hon. Ana Rivas Logan and Bike305's Sue Kawalerski as we turned to head north on Ludlum Road on our way to South Miami.

Erika no more - NOAA: ...ERIKA DEGENERATES TO A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE...

Its over.  Enjoy the remainder of your weekend and, kids; there WILL BE SCHOOL on Monday!

Tropical Storm Erika charged into the teeth of Hispaniola's high mountains on Friday night, and emerged from the encounter shattered, without a closed circulation, and is no longer a tropical storm.

Per NOAA:  BULLETIN
REMNANTS OF ERIKA SPECIAL ADVISORY NUMBER  19
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL052015
930 AM EDT SAT AUG 29 2015
...ERIKA DEGENERATES TO A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE...

We are pleased that we did not have the opportunity to meet you TS Erika. 

What did we learn from this?  I look at it as an opportunity to make sure the updated Palmetto Bay emergency operation plan was ready and could be implemented if needed. It is ready. It was implemented professionally and smoothly. Now we can improve on it and be ready for what will hopefully be the next close call.

There will be no further advisories issued regarding Erika - See The official NOAA website: Remnants of ERIKA Public Advisory

Saturday, 8/29 TS Erika update. The news/forecast is much improved for our area.

Here is the Saturday morning update:
I have now posted the official photograph for the Saturday, 8/29/2015 5 AM advisory for Tropical Storm Erika (soon, hopefully, to become a depression or even a tropical wave).
This information is from the www.weatherunderground.com storm track. CLICK HERE to track TS Erika. See Channel 7 report for some coverage of the Palmetto Bay storm groundwork (prior post of Sat 8/29 includes the link to the story and video): Crews inspect Palmetto Bay drains to avoid flooding.

I had the opportunity to participate yesterday, Friday, in the County Mayor’s storm briefing at the County Emergency Operations Center.

The news was good – but continue to prepare. This was part of Federal, State, Regional, County and local agencies coordinating their efforts.

Side meetings/updates were held with the County, as well as our sister cities and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). Storms are unpredictable, and most of the time things move in our favor. Erika’s track and strength is looking much better today. Staging/prep work has gone well. AND – as a bonus, TS Erika as both weakened and tracked away from a direct impact on our South Miami-Dade County communities.

Good news, but for the event cancellations. Unfortunately for events, but more important for us all, Palmetto Bay is a community where our team members are cross trained. Parks and other personnel were/are needed for storm preparations.

I recommend that you bookmark the prior post: Online resources to assist any storm preparations - Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, Pinecrest & Miami-Dade County.

Please also view the Miami Herald - Even with a weaker Erika, Florida braces for rain, by Jenny Staletovich - where it was reported that:
On Friday, forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said a pass over the Dominican Republic and Haiti could weaken Erika to a tropical depression overnight. The struggling storm could even dissipate into a tropical wave, they said. While they warned the storm could regain strength as it slows over warm waters in the Bahamas, they no longer expect it to make landfall in Florida as a hurricane.
Be prepared for a rain event. Thank you all for your preparations and team work!

Crews inspect Palmetto Bay drains to avoid flooding - WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco

Crews inspect Palmetto Bay drains to avoid flooding - WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco
Click the link above to view the Friday, 8/28 Channel 7 report - coverage of the Palmetto Bay storm groundwork, which included:
In Palmetto Bay, Friday, approximately 20 village employees cleared out storm drains and raked the leaves away. "Debris that are out there in the roadways, cleaning drains, make sure water is flowing in a good area, the storm water, make sure everything is up to date as far as making sure the trash piles are picked up," said ground maintenance worker Jimmy Pruneda.
By the way, Jimmy is an original with Palmetto Bay, one of our first hires.  I believe he is employee #3.  Great work Jimmy!

WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco

Friday, August 28, 2015

Online resources to assist any storm preparations - Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, Pinecrest & Miami-Dade County

The photograph is the 5 AM (Friday, 8/28/15) advisory for Tropical Storm Erika.  I often use www.weatherunderground.com to storm track.  CLICK HERE to track TS Erika.

Federal, State, County and local officials continue to monitor and prepare for any weather event.  

I have posted several important links below for hurricane / Disaster Preparedness information from FEMA, Miami-Dade County, Cutler Bay, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay in one location for you.  There is also information on how to register with Miami-Dade Alerts, a wireless emergency alerting system.  Register for this free service and receive local weather and hurricane alerts to your computer or cell phone.  

Town of Cutler Bay Hurricane Preparedness Page
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS Page - important links

http://www.cutlerbay-fl.gov/hurricane.php 

Please take the time to review Palmetto Bay on-line –
the Village of Palmetto Bay Disaster Preparedness Guide:
http://www.palmettobay-fl.gov/content/disaster-preparedness 

Village of Pinecrest Hurricane Preparedness Page
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS Page - important links
http://www.pinecrest-fl.gov/index.aspx?page=344
Listen to Pinecrest Radio on your car radio at 1590 AM. The station regularly broadcasts announcements and, during an emergency, will provide important information to Pinecrest residents. 

Miami-Dade County’s Emergency pages – Hurricane preparedness:
http://www.miamidade.gov/hurricane/

What about your pets?  Pet Disaster Preparedness 
Miami-Dade County has resources available online for Emergency planning for your pets:
 http://www.miamidade.gov/animals/library/disaster_tip_sheet_eng.pdf

Download the tip sheet from Miami-Dade Animal Services, Disaster Preparedness - Animal Supplies Checklist:
http://www.miamidade.gov/animals/library/disaster_tip_sheet_eng.pdf

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency. U.S. Department of Homeland Security: Plan and prepare for a disaster: http://www.fema.gov/plan/index.shtm   
 
Miami-Dade Alerts 
Miami-Dade County has some important resources to help keep you informed and prepared, like the free Hurricane Guide and Miami-Dade Alerts, a wireless emergency alerting system.  Internet users can register for this free service and receive local weather and hurricane alerts.  I encourage everyone to register online at http://www.inspironlogistics.com/wens/miami_dade/wens.cfm?wens_id=miami_dade

Thursday, August 20, 2015

ALDI USA - Palmetto Bay area residents provide a big 'welcome to the neighborhood.' Thursday, 8/20/15

Our current Village Council has an open door/welcome policy to quality businesses in Palmetto Bay.


It was our privilege to welcome another yet another new business to our Village.

It was a very Grand Opening today, Thursday, August 20, 2015, for ALDI USA’s 9th store in Miami-Dade County – our first here in Palmetto Bay.  Please review prior posts for background, including yesterday's: "ALDI - Soft opening today - Grand opening Thursday, 8/20/15":  The ALDI Official HOME PAGE. As well as (2/1/15) about ALDI: "Aldi - the new tenant where Office Depot once stood - Coming soon to Palmetto Bay"

 





















ALDI put on an outstanding Grand Opening attended by hundreds of customers.  There were coupons and giveaways throughout the day.  I, along with Vice Mayor, John DuBois, and Councilwoman, Karyn Cunningham were there to celebrate.  Our County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava participated along with us.  Another great team effort.

It was great to see so many friends and neighbors in attendance to provide such an outstanding Palmetto Bay ‘welcome to the neighborhood.’
 
Thank you ALDI USA for bringing your business to Palmetto Bay.





Wednesday, August 19, 2015

ALDI - Soft opening today - Grand opening Thursday, 8/20/15

ALDI USA is ready to open.  I was honored with a preview today, touring the store during the soft opening with our District 8 Commissioner, Daniella Levine Cava.


ALDI USA- Palmetto Bay appears ready for the full grand opening tomorrow, Thursday, 8/20/15.  Come on out and let’s give a big Palmetto Bay welcome to a new business opening in Palmetto Bay.


Miami Hal has a preview/teaser for the upcoming opening:




Aldi's Palmetto Bay Grand Opening Tomorrow
Posted by MiamiHal Real Estate on Wednesday, August 19, 2015
 

The ALDI Official HOME PAGE. For some local background, take the time to review my prior post in the South Dade Updates blog (2/1/15) about ALDI: "Aldi - the new tenant where Office Depot once stood - Coming soon to Palmetto Bay"

And lastly, don't forget your quarter to rent the shopping cart. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Get to Know Your County Commissioner - Daniella Levine Cava, District 8. Biking #TheBikeDistrict



I was honored to appear on "Get to Know Your Commissioner" with Jeanette Perez with our District 8 Commissioner, Daniella Levine Cava, to discuss bicycling in our community.  CLICK HERE to view some of my past blog posts relating to bicycling/bike commuting.

I look forward to promoting future discussions about realizing "bicycle tourism" for our area (there will be more to follow in later posts).

Bicycling is many things to many people, but it is often described as the 'new golf' in hobby popularity* as well as the main means of transportation for others (just look at how many County buses have bikes on their front bike racks)- biking is green and healthy transportation; competitive and recreational exercise and is just a plain and healthy way to spend time with friends and/or family and view Palmetto Bay and surrounding areas - our Palmetto Bay as well as what is becoming known, under Commissioner Levine Cava's leadership, as "#TheBikeDistrict."

Palmetto Bay is a municipal partner of Miami-Dade County Bike305, and this will continue under my leadership. I will continue to support and work with groups such as the Green Mobility Network. Thank you again for the wonderful bike valets that the volunteers of the Green Mobility Network staff at events too numerous to list fully, but include Palmetto Bay's picnic, Deering Seafood and many events at Fairchild.

Let's all continue to work together and make biking even more accessible, more fun and most of all, safer for all involved. There are many exciting bicycling events and future plans that will be unfolding in the near future (later in 2015 and well into 2016). Keep an eye out.

I am a big supporter of biking.  So look to future posts regarding a great Wheels Events slated for November 11 - 15 as well as discussion of the exciting Underline project - an idea discussed and a route taken in part during our last Miami-Dade County "Bike To Work Day." Oh and yes, and Palmetto Bay will have a "Bike to School" event as part of National Bike Month in 2016.

All because, are you ready for it? ... this is how we roll!

Thank you again commissioner!

* See Business Insider, Feb 20, 2015, "Millionaire entrepreneur explains why cycling — and not golf — is the new sport of choice for young professionals" by Daniel McMahon

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

New solar powered/LED road lighting coming to Palmetto Bay soon - very soon

There are some great new ideas being proposed for Palmetto Bay, both in general solar/LED lighting for our traffic circles as well as upcoming safety additions for bicycle use of our roadways.

The lights may appear a bright white, but they are quite green as they are charged using the sun, self contained and are LED efficient lights. New technology fit for our green village.

I am in full support of the efforts of our Village Manager Edward Silva and our Public Works team, lead by Director Corrice Patterson, who are working hard to continue to maintain and actual upgrade our village infrastructure.
Additional solar powered, LED lighting may be coming soon!
Budgeting is key and we need to ensure that our village budget is lean and controls 'leakage' - allowing us to make investments/improvements without adding to our tax burden.
I hope I am not giving too much away with this photo
 There are many new projects on the market that will allow improvements without large retrofitting or ongoing operational costs. I am working to make sure our village manager and directors have the tools they need to maintain and improve our quality of life here in Palmetto Bay.
Some of the new products being reviewed and may be tested soon.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

New Date Night Event - Sushi Rolling Date Night, Aug. 7 at Thalatta Estate, connects couples with a romantic culinary experience.

Another great event in the "Date Night" series. For a fee of $90, each couple gets hands-on instruction on preparing unique sushi rolls of their own, while overlooking beautiful Biscayne Bay (underneath our covered patio area). Join us.

CLICK HERE for complete information and to RSVP - Deadline to purchase tickets: August 6th. Tickets may be purchased at http://www.shushicuisine.com/date-night/


Thalatta Estate Park
17301 Old Cutler Road
Palmetto Bay

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

GP030002 - final video that I am posting - part of the Warren County Bikeway


GP030002
 00:49 crossing at grade
 1:14 Under power lines
 1:48 crossing at grade
 2:07 protected bike overpass
 2:50 passing rear of grocery/shopping center
 3:26 passing directly through unknown commercial campus
 4:00 Pedestrian walking hope with shopping bag
 4:24 at grade crossing into neighborhood
 5:28 passing through neighborhood
 7:58 passing through neighborhood
 8:42 more groceries
 9:05 end of route (path continues on) ends at a bike friendly restaurant/Ice cream shop.

The Warren County Bike Trail - I contend that this is a model for the Ludlum Trail

Bicycle tourism is booming and Miami-Dade County needs to continue to add to and improve our bike trails in order to capture this market.

Personally,  Alexandra and I ride locally and enjoy biking the Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, Pinecrest, South Miami and Coral Gable areas on a regular basis.  We have also ridden parts of the Florida Keys, the Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast areas.  Last week (July 22-26) Alexandra and I spent part of my brief time off enjoying The Warren County bikeway it was a definite highlight and it struck me that this is what the Ludlum Trail could be if properly developed. The Ludlum Trail could offer the same opportunities (excluding, of course, the mountain views). We traveled the Warren County Bikeway from the northern start in Lake George Village to its southern end in downtown Glens Falls (though the bike trails continue at each end). The vast majority of the Warren County Bikeway is paved and for non-motor vehicle traffic.

It is interesting to note that it does intermingle with existing roads - it runs through nature preserves, along side commercial, municipal, golf courses and yes, through and part of existing affluent residential (single family home) neighborhoods.  I saw this trail to be well used by joggers, walkers and bikers. as the web site points out, where a separate trail was not possible, the trail intersects with local roads and shares the shoulder.

This trail offers both at ground level crossing with cross-secting streets as well as special over passes that allow users to cross well above and safely away from heavy traffic streets.

Commercial signage is also provided along this route, recognizing that users of this trail use it more more than recreation.  It is a safe route to travel to area businesses.  We observed users traveling to area grocery stores, restaurants and even the area municipal center.

Area shops cater to the business opportunities of the bikeway, including (obviously) the stores that rent the bikes for those who travel to the area to bike the Adirondacks - see: http://www.bikeadirondacks.org/ 

There is signage for schools, the library and other parks,

The bikeway is also used for travel to the jobs connected to these locations as well as to at least one school that we located.

The Warren County Bikeway offers an outstanding run - for work, play and sightseeing.  I highly recommend a trip on the Warren County Bikeway.







I also received a new toy for my birthday - the family gave me a GoPro - so it was appropriate that my first attempt in using this GoPro was filming our travels along the bike way.  Here is the initial start (both of the trail as well as my first attempt, so forgive the primitive first attempt). This video will provide a better feel of what it is like to travel the Warren County Bikeway.

Photos below are of just one of the businesses Alex and I patronized.  Proper bike trails add significant quality of life to the surrounding area.  I look forward to the Ludlum Trail becoming such a centerpiece.


Part II

Warren County Bikeway is what the Ludlam Trail could be - Video 1

Part one - also embedded in the article on the Warren County Bike Trail