Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Neighborhood Meet & Greet this Sunday, 7/27 - 4 - 6 PM - join us!

Join us this Sunday for what should be a fun event.
A big thank you to event hosts:

Rex and Diane Lehmann
Carol and Juan R. Vega

 Cordially Invite You to a
 Meet and Greet Reception to 

Elect Eugene Flinn  

For Mayor of Palmetto Bay
Share an Evening of Conversation with
Gene and your neighbors
Refreshments will be served

Sunday, July 27, 2014
4:00 to 6:00 PM

At the home of Rex and Diane Lehmann

17300 SW 87 Court
Palmetto Bay, Florida 33157

To RSVP or for more information 
Contact Diane at 786-303-2403 or email Carol at sunmoon53@aol.com

 Any campaign contributions are appreciated.
  Please make your checks to:
Eugene Flinn Campaign Account
    If you are unable to attend and wish to contribute
you may mail your check to:
Eugene Flinn Campaign Account
   8261 SW 162nd Street
    Palmetto Bay, Florida 33157
Or donate online at www.eugeneflinn.com

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

45 years ago: Launch of Apollo 11 -NASA photo of the Day

Launch of Apollo 11

On July 16, 1969, the huge, 363-feet tall Saturn V rocket launches on the Apollo 11 mission from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, at 9:32 a.m. EDT. Onboard the Apollo 11 spacecraft are astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot. Apollo 11 was the United States' first lunar landing mission. While astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin descended in the Lunar Module "Eagle" to explore the Sea of Tranquility region of the moon, astronaut Collins remained with the Command and Service Modules "Columbia" in lunar orbit.> Apollo 11 and NASA's Next Giant Leap Photo Credit: NASA

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Photos of the day - Enjoying 2014 local fourth of July events

It was a festive day in Palmetto Bay for 2014 Fourth of July.  Mangowood was the first of a few stops. Wings over Miami provided another outstanding fly over.
We finished the evening at the Downtown fireworks display with hundreds of our closest friends.  I am pictured here with my brother, his spouse and Alexandra.

The fireworks/4th of July extravaganza was the result of excellent planning and hard work by Village Staff.  Congratulations and thank you for putting this all together.  
I hope everyone is enjoying this Fourth of July weekend in and around Palmetto Bay.

Happy Fourth of July - from Eugene Flinn and family.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Have a Happy and safe July 4th weekend - 2014. Support and enjoy local events. Keep our pets safe!

July 4, 1776, the date we celebrate our independence from Britain and Democracy was born.  There are many great neighborhood and regional events going on so plan ahead, have fun and stay safe!

This is a holiday to celebrate, the day we celebrate the birth of our great nation, the creation of the greatest system of freedom and democracy. All of this occurred due to the great physical and financial sacrifice of the founders of this nation, the brave men and women of yesterday and today who have sacrificed so greatly to ensure the traditions bestowed by our remarkable founders. We owe them vigilance, and the willingness to defend the democracy they have passed on to us.

Independence Day has been celebrated since 1776.  But do you know the year that July 4 officially made a Federal Holiday?  Would you believe 1941? Check out the History.com page regarding July 4, for additional information.

Let us continue to look to a future that belongs to all of us - a future that ‘we, the people’ have the power to create.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday, and hope that the day’s happiness reminds us all of the importance of the Fourth of July.

PLAN FOR YOUR PETS Let's not forget about our pets this holiday weekend. It Will Be a Stressful Evening For Them. Pets and fireworks don't mix. Plan now to keep your pet safe.

Celebrations will occur throughout our community – there are many neighborhood block parties and bike parades and picnics on the beaches and in parks.

FIREWORKS SAFETY Please be smart if you plan on being your own pyrotechnician CLICK HERE and review the "Fireworks Safety" brochure put out by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Fire Prevention Division. Have fun and be safe.

Happy Independence Day – 2014 - from Eugene Flinn

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Independence Day 2014 - Fireworks to parades: Miami Herald listing on where you can spend your holiday

Fireworks to parades: How to spend your Fourth in South Florida - Miami-Dade - Miami Herald.com

The Miami Herald offers up a comprehensive listing of local events (CLICK HERE).


The city’s inaugural Independence Day fair will bring the fun to Franjo Triangle just east of Village Hall, along Franjo Road.
“Residents have always asked for this,” said city spokesman Bill Kress. “We are also trying to get the people accustomed to the emerging downtown Palmetto Bay.”

The day will feature sack races, face-painting and a hot dog eating contest. There will be food vendors and a beer garden for adults. A fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m.

• Free. Begins at 5:30 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m. Call 305-259-1234.


Cutler Bay is home to another longstanding parade. Its 47th annual Fourth of July parade will
begin at Whispering Pines Park on Ridgeland Drive and weave along thelake. Those who wish to participate can show up at 8:15 a.m. to register.

“There are all kinds of floats in the parade, and also just about anything that you can decorate, push or pedal, including go-carts, bicycles, scooters and skates,” said Alan Ricke, parks and recreation director.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. and ends at Whispering Pines Park, where there will be bounce houses, water slides,food and entertainment.

“July Fourth is one of the few opportunities that everyone has to get together at the same place and the same time,” Ricke said.

• Free. Call 305-234-4262

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/01/4212372/a-star-spangled-fourth.html#storylink=cpy

Thousands gather on the lawn of The Biltmore for the annual Coral Gables’ Fourth of July celebration.

With an expected 30,000 guests, “The community comes out in full force,” said Michelle Cash, city marketing manager.

The free extravaganza, which begins at 5 p.m., includes a performance by the Greater Miami Symphonic Band followed by fireworks. People bring their own food, drink, blankets and chairs.

“It is incredible that the celebration has such a draw and has been so longstanding,” Cash said.

• Free.

Biltmore Golf Course, 1210 Anastasia Ave. Begins at 5 p.m., concert at 7 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m. Visit coralgables.com/july4.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/01/4212372/a-star-spangled-fourth.html#storylink=cpy

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

2014 certified tax roll released July 1st. What it means for Palmetto Bay and surrounding areas.

The Miami-Dade Property Appraiser released the July 1, 2014, Certification of Taxable Value - to the County’s taxing authorities which include county government, the 35 municipal governments, School Board, Children’s Trust and the State regional districts. The County-wide average increase was 6.0% existing, 6.8% inclusive of new construction.

The July 1, 2014, certification is the information used by the County, municipalities and various other taxing authorities in their various budget preparations for the 2014-2015 budgets.

The South Dade Municipalities are ranked below.  Palmetto Bay came out 5 0ut of 6 of what I have included in the list, below South Miami, but thankfully above Florida City.

Homestead led the South Dade rebound for this year with an increase of 5.0/8.00%, just edging out Cutler Bay’s 4.9/8.10.

The % of change from 2013 first number is the Percent change on the existing and second is Percentage of change including new construction.

% Existing    W/New const.                                                                     Total New Const.
4.90&             8.10%             Cutler Bay                                                     $  55,904,952
5.00%             8.00%            Homestead                                                   $  54,069,972
4.40%             5.50%            Unincorporated Miami-Dade                   $592,896,543
3.80%             4.70%            Pinecrest                                                       $  34,922,892
3.00%             3.30%            South Miami                                                $    4,169,483
2.40%             2.60%            Palmetto Bay                                                $    3,587.147
-1.4%              -1.0%              Florida City                                                  $    1,345,916

 6.00%             6.80%             Miami-Dade County (Countywide) (affects all property taxpayer in Miami-Dade County regardless of which municipality or unincorporated area the property is located)

It is important to note what new construction generates.  Palmetto Bay collects 2.447 mills on the taxable value.  The $3,587,147 results in a realization of new tax revenue that totals $8,777.75.  That is revenue; it does not take into account any additional costs for service that the property generates. Remember that number when increased service costs are considered when building the downtown.  Palmetto Bay officials should be careful not to spend what the downtown has not generated.  For example, if Palmetto Bay moved into the Pinecrest range of new construction growth ($35 million for this year), the increase in tax revenue would be $85,456.32.  That would just barely cover the $60,000.00 Palmetto Bay officials have budgeted for the 4th of July downtown celebration / fireworks, leaving just under $25,500.00 to cover any additional costs of service such as police, administrative, etc. 

CLICK HERE to download and review the full comparison chart for each taxing district. This provides much more detailed information from the partial listing above.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Lil Timmy's Gotcha today - June 29, 2014 - Photo of the Day

It’s Lil Timmy's very first Gotcha Day! He is Meredith's loyal canine companion, adopted from the Miami-Dade County Animal Services.  
 Support your local pet rescue group. There are many more animals looking for a home where they help improve your own life. Don't take it from me, check out WebMD - 5 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Another unwanted visitor making its home in Miami-Dade County: Invasive tegu lizards could affect Florida’s environment

Invasive tegu lizards could affect Florida’s environment - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com

It's here and its not playing nice with our local wildlife. As reported in the Miami Herald, 6/27/14: Invasive tegu lizards could affect Florida’s environment, by Janey Fugate,  The exotic animal trade has once again brought a potential threat to Florida’s native species. Large, scaly and voracious, the black and white tegu lizards endanger the population of alligators, crocodiles and turtles with their hunger for eggs.

This evidence of their harmful activity was published as part of a new research study performed by a team of scientists from the University of Florida, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, published this month.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/06/27/4205438/invasive-tegu-lizards-could-affect.html#storylink=cpy

FWC officials have asked Florida residents to report sightings of tegus to the exotic species hotline at 888-483-4861 and, if possible, to take a photo.

What can you do?  Are you interested in assisting the FWC in locating these pests?  No one is suggesting that you should go out on a hunt (I have set a new goal – Certified Python Hunter. Let’s join in the Hunt! Palmetto Bay has recently offered up fertile ground for such a hunt), but here is how you can pass on what you observe if you happen to run into any (information taken from the official FWC web site). You never know as I ran into a non-native recently in City Place in West Palm Beach.

Reporting by phone : You can call the FWC’s Exotic Species Hotline at 888-IVE-GOT1 (888- 483-4681). The hotline is answered part-time by a live operator and has a voicemail system that will prompt you for information about your sighting and your contact information if the operator is unable to answer the call.

Reporting with a smart phone : The University of Georgia’s Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health has developed free smart phone apps for both iPhone and Android phones. These are available at the appropriate app store by searching for ivegot1.

Reporting online : You can use the web form at IveGot1.org External Website to report. The form will prompt you for the information and has a map where you can select the location if you do not have the GPS coordinates.  You will need to create a free account the first time you report a sighting online.

Sending photographs : If you have trouble attaching photos to the IveGot1 online form or smart phone apps, you can send them to ExoticReports@myfwc.com.

CLICK HERE to view the complete information regarding downloading the app or how to otherwise assist in the effort posted on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) website.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/06/27/4205438/invasive-tegu-lizards-could-affect.html#storylink=cpy

Friday, June 27, 2014

Are Palmetto Bay officials serious? No one can give out free food at the 4th of July event? Another textbook example of bad leadership

Not again.  Say it ain’t so! Have current village finances sunk to the point to where everything forward will be on a pay to attend set up? Let’s hope not.  This is not a good way to run event sponsorships or encourage participation. Apparently no one or business can supply free food at the upcoming village celebration. This is bad policy. Someone needs to issue an appropriate clarification regarding this developing situation.
The situation is contained in the following e-mail that I was copied on. This is not the first time that there has been an active dispute regarding sponsorship and participation in village events.  Now it appears that certain government officials want to pick and choose, or worse, control who participates in village events.  How do I sign up to get on this “approved list.” 
Here is the apparent dispute summarized in the e-mail (note that I have also attached the actual e-mail in the embedded .JPEGs, page one and two - click "Read more" below to view the actual e-mail in .JPEG format):


Confirming our conversation


dmsinger@bellsouth.net (dmsinger@bellsouth.net)




pfiore@palmettobay-fl.gov; jdubois@palmettobay-fl.gov; sstanczyk@palmettobay-fl.gov; tschaffer@palmettobay-fl.gov; jlindsay@palmettobay-fl.gov; dmsinger@bellsouth.com; EVE9621@aol.com; eugeneflinn@bellsouth.net; mark.auerbacher@bipc.com; malexander@palmettobay-fl.gov; jim@eyeonpalmettobay.com; esilva@palmettobay-fl.gov; AUSBLA@aol.com; ddelsalle@palmettobay-fl.gov;


Friday, June 27, 2014 12:27 PM
To memorialize our conversations over that last couple of days, I would like to confirm the following information with you. If no response is received I will assume you are in agreement with my assessment and recollection of the events.

 As an partner in a restaurant I would like to give away free food at the Village’s 4th of July celebration.

 You have made it perfectly clear that giving away food will be and is not acceptable to the Village of Palmetto Bay.

 You have refused to give me access to public land to give way free food to the residents of Palmetto Bay.

 You have refused to let me use third party land to set up a 10 by 10 foot tent and give out free food to residents.

 You have advised another resident who is running for district one that it is not acceptable to give out free bottled water during the 4th of July celebration.

 You have required that I fill out a special event permit to have access to 3rd party land, which you could not confirm any other vendors are being required to fill out for this event.

 You have asked and accepted free food from my restaurant for the Downtown Development Task Force without me filling out a special event permit form.

 You can not verify if the Village of Palmetto Bay has filled out a special event permit form for the 4th of July celebration.

 You have threatened to have me fined, removed or arrested if I attempt to give out free food at the 4th of July celebration.

 There will be no other vendors or residents giving away any free items.

 You have informed me you have gone out of your way to contact a 3rd party landowner to restrict my assess to his property.

As such you have made it impossible for me to celebrate the 4th of July by restricting my rights to free speech and assembly within the Village of Palmetto Bay on the anniversary of the Independence of our County.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Seen at City Place - West Palm Beach - Photo of the Day

Even progress won't stop invasives. They adapt. I was at City Place in West Palm Beach yesterday (nearby for business), but I did drop my daughter off to shop and then we had lunch together after I completed by mediation.  An interesting sight: a Florida Non-Native - We spied what we believe to be a Green-Legged Curlytail at City Place sunning himself at noontime. It is interesting that we found this little guy as we failed to find was the 150 foot tall buildings, but more on that in a future post.
I will be making a serious report at a later date regarding City Place. This is one of the locations we toured at part of a sustainability tour I participated in during my service as Mayor.  This is one of the visions that the original council and all the members/participants of the original PBay downtown charrette. 

Everyone should look at what City Place has to offer. And please, show me 150 foot tall buildings anywhere in the actual City Place, because I'm not seeing them and don't know why that level of upzoning has ever been considered by the current DRTF (and now in serious denial/retreat by certain current elected officials).