Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Bike 305's “Bike To Work Day” – 2016 is scheduled for Friday, March 4

the 2016 Ride to Work meet up is scheduled for 8 AM at the University Metrorail Station.

Join in on the fun and celebrate Bike to Work Day and Bike305 Month!  Bike305’s Ride to Work Day is a great event – bring your bike, or just come on out and check it out.

Resolution & Ride begin at 8 AM
Arrive early for refreshments

FREE Bike305 performance cycling shirt for every cyclist!

Ride with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez

CLICK HERE to view the official Bike305 website for more information about this and other exciting bike events.

Thank you Members of Bike 305 for your bicycle advocacy.  I am proud that Palmetto Bay is one of your Municipal partners. 

Eugene Flinn, Mayor
Village of Palmetto Bay.

Photos below from the 2015 Bike305 Ride to Work event:
(Pictured above Left - Team PBAY with Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys. Above Right - with School Board Member Susie Castillo)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Feb 20 - Community Day - PLANES, PLANTS, PESTS and PEOPLE are featured at the 2016 USDA‐ARS Community Day at Chapman Field.

Mark your calendars and plan on attending - Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 10:00 AM until 3:0 PM

The USDA has scheduled an outstanding opportunity to see what goes on at the USDA land off Old Cutler. This is a free family/community day. I recommend that you plan to attend.  Official information is posted on the flyer posted here or CLICK HERE to view the official website.
Come on out to the USDA research facility.  See how agricultural research and experiments are done, and learn the fascinating aviation history of this property (info below from USDA).

>This event will feature presentations by Dr. Ray McGuire on the famous aviator Victor Chapman for whom the station was named, Dr. Javier Ortega on David Fairchild plant explorations in the Caribbean, and Dr. David Kuhn on the Plant Genetics Programs at SHRS.
> Plant Sales, Food Vendors, Demonstrations, Children’s Activities, and Educational Displays will all be on site for your education and enjoyment.

> Trolley tours of the over 200-acre experimental groves and extensive plant collections.

> The USDA-ARS station will also be distributing FREE ‘Niu Leka’ (Fiji Dwarf) Coconut Palm seeds as long as supplies last. 
PLEASE NOTE: The USDA advises that they cannot guarantee germination success. 

LOCATION: USDA‐ARS, 13601 Old Cutler Rd, Miami. (entrance off Deering Bay Dr.)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Dunedin to Tarpon Springs 1 30 16 - Riding the Pinellas Trail

Another example of Bicycle Tourism. Alexandra and I toured The Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail on Jan 30, 2016. This is an original "Rails to Trails" project, a linear park and recreation trail from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs. This video is a composite of the section from Downtown Dunedin to Tarpon Springs. Downtown Dunedin is an outstanding small town - historic, patriotic with an outstanding weekend open air market. The town is bike, dog and golf cart friendly.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Miami Pine Rocklands presents - Larry and Penny Thompson Park - Cleanup and Picnic

Help clean up YOUR local parks. 

Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department will provide gloves, trash pickers, trash bags, cups and water. Food and snacks will be provided by the Miami Pine Rocklands.

Where: Larry and Penny Thompson Park 12451 SW 184th St Miami, FL 33177 Shelter 3

Directions: Enter Park off Eureka and SW 127 Avenue – Shelter 3 is the second shelter on the left.

When: Saturday, February 13th, 2016

Time: 8:30 am

Long sleeves, pants, hat and sunscreen is recommended. To speed up the sign up process you may bring signed waiver attached.
www.MiamiPineRocklandsCoalition.org https://www.facebook.com/groups/MiamiRPC/

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Voices for Cerebral Palsy Bows & Ties 5K. Run in the 'Village of Parks' for a great cause

More fun and fitness happening in Palmetto Bay.  

Alex & I have registered for this event. We are running with team "CRE on the RUN" for the Voices for Cerebral Palsy Bows & Ties 5K. Run in the 'Village of Parks' for a great cause.

to view the official web site for VOICES FOR CEREBRAL PALSY (following info taken verbatim from their site):  

VOICES FOR CEREBRAL PALSY a/k/a Samantha’s Purpose is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization.  The mission of Voices for Cerebral Palsy is to increase awareness & understanding of Cerebral Palsy, to bring families, community members & children of all abilities together; while giving back to the Cerebral Palsy community.  The net proceeds of this event will be used to fund grants to individuals or organizations that strengthen, support & nurture individuals with Cerebral Palsy.
CLICK HERE to go to ACTIVE.COM and register for this 5K event.

Look forward to future updates, including a Palmetto Bay News article by Councilwoman Karyn Cunningham.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Village staff takes charge - retrieves, restores and installs previoulsy paid for AIPP chandelier for village hall

Stored away/wasting away no longer.  Now available on public display.

Our Art In Public investment is now complete.  Palmetto Bay staff completed installation on Thursday, January 21, 2016. 

I am photographed with Councilman Schaffer admiring the new chandelier in Village Hall. And yes, that is me who smiled up at the chandelier and stating; "It really ties the room together."

This is not a new purchase. It was pulled from storage -- and installed where it was purchased and intended to hang.

CLICK HERE to view the village official Facebook photos regarding this chandelier (posted 1/22/16)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Dr. Henry E. Perrine Academy of the Arts - Kicking off career day

Career Day - Miami-Dade County School event held within and involving students and residents of Palmetto Bay.

Dr. Henry E. Perrine Academy of the Arts held its career day on Thursday, January 21, 2016.  I was honored to take part in the effort .  Carla Rivas, Principal, Sonia Cruz, Vice Principal and Alma Dean, Guidance Counselor.
The Dr. Henry E. Perrine Academy of the Arts mission statement (below, taken from the website):

Dr. Henry E. Perrine Academy of the Arts is committed to providing a safe haven for young people's imagination in a professional learning environment.
Dedicated to the arts in education, all students are inspired to strive for excellence and overcome barriers in order to ultimately achieve their potential as responsible adults.

The nurturing of students into lifelong learners will enable them to collaborate in global society through technology and a cooperative network of the community, parents, and school personnel for the next millennium.

We are proud to have Dr. Henry E. Perrine Academy of the Arts as one of our three Miami-Dade Public Schools located in and serving Palmetto Bay. 

Career Days can be fun.  It engages both our children as well as parents and local business leaders.  Students are provided with an up-close and personal view of a wide variety of jobs. It provides an opportunity for parents to get involved.

Students are made aware of the opportunities, as well as the responsibilities, for life beyond their school years.

A fun day.  Thank you for including me in Dr. Henry E. Perrine Academy of the Arts family.  Thank you to the School Board, School based Administration, Students, Parents and all the volunteers and participants for the collaboration on raising our next generation! 
CLICK HERE to view the village official Facebook photos regarding Career Day at Perrine Elementary (posted 1/21/16)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Update - "Get Fit Palmetto Bay" Join us. There are many activities to get involved with.

Get Fit Palmetto Bay - 

CLICK HERE to view the official village website coverage of the Village 'Get Fit' program.

“Get Fit Palmetto Bay,” is a year-long series of events, programs, and seminars focused on wellness, nutrition, and fitness. Thanks for joining us at the first in a series of Sunday Bike Rides with the Mayor on Jan. 17. Please also get in on one or all of the many upcoming health & wellness seminars at Baptist Health.

Read coverage in the Community Newspaper's Palmetto Bay News: Get Fit Palmetto Bay effort steps off with a good start, by Gary Alan Ruse
An estimated 200 people turned out for the official launch of the yearlong program emphasizing wellness, nutrition and fitness. There were sponsor tents featuring fitness-program demos, health screenings, chair massages, vitamins, health food samplings, skin care, fitness shoes and apparel and more than 40 residents registered for the seven-week Mayor’s Fitness Challenge.

Join us - fun programs to improve our health.

Eugene Flinn, Mayor
Village of Palmetto Bay


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Send me your python experiences - I am looking to uncover the extent of the population - and REPORT any sightings

This is in follow up to my Saturday, December 26, 2015. post - No denying it - there is a problem in Palmetto Bay. An 8 - 10 foot Python in Palmetto Bay struck on Old Cutler Road led to the following photo being sent to me:

J. May of Paradise Point provided me with the photo posted above, taken 11/22/15: a Boa seen slithering in a tree near a third floor bedroom window.

The full photo (posted left) of the tree-dwelling snake demonstrates how well these non-native snakes can camouflage themselves in our native flora. 

This was not the first recorded incident.  October 9 - 2015 - local residents were warned of another non-native snake being seen.  The following was circulated the following day:
(referring to October 9) Last night, one of your neighbors found a snake in the middle of the street in the community.  The snake is 5 - 6 feet in length and is either a Boa Constrictor or a Reticulated Python.  Regardless, the snake has the potential to hurt small dogs and cats.  PLEASE keep your pets on a leash at ALL TIMES and keep your cats indoors, if at all possible.

If anyone sees the snake again, I have been advised by FWC to call the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Venom Unit immediately, who is supposed to be able to assist us with getting rid of it.  The telephone # I was given is 786-331-4443.

The telephone # for the FWC Regional Office is 561-625-5122.  For more information, visit: http://myfwc.com/contact/nuisance-wildlife/
Here is the photo of that snake:
Please bring any further sightings to the attention of myself as well as proper authorities that I have listed on this blog.

Thank you,

Eugene Flinn, Mayor