Tuesday, July 7, 2015

November 7, 2015 - the first annual Miami Palmetto Senior HS - 5K Color Run, food and music - Palmetto Bay Park

It is not too early to start planning for the first annual Miami Palmetto Senior HS - 5K Color Run, food and music. Save the date - it will be held on Saturday, November 7, race at 4 PM, concert afterwards, beginning at 5 PM.  Run at dusk and spend the evening at the concert afterwards!  This event will be held at beautiful Palmetto Bay Park. 

It is not too early to get started, yet there is still time if you are enjoying your summer.  There are runner websites available as well as iPhone/Android APPS to help train the first timers and many simply walk and enjoy the event.

This is a fundraiser for Miami Palmetto Senior High PTSA in partnership with Palmetto Bay.



Are you on Facebook?  An events page has been set up for this event which is periodically updated with additional information such as bands, food and sponsors: "1st Annual Palmetto Twilight Color Run and Concert"

Registration will be available soon at http://www.splitsecondtiming.com/

More information is available both as to the event as well as SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES -Call (305) 249-1234 or e-mail events@palmettobay-fl.gov

Monday, July 6, 2015

Photos from the Mangowood Independence Day celebration

The Mangowood Estates Citizens Association held its annual Independence Day event on Saturday, July 4, 2015.  Thank you residents and board members of MECA for yet another great community event by/located within the Mangowood community.  I am posting some photos from this event.  (Captions and photo credits coming soon).

Photos of the Day - more from July 4 - F16 Falcons taken by Len Sandow, Mangowood

I am posting several photos of the F16 Falcon jets that provided the flyover at the Saturday, July 4, Independence Day celebration at Mangowood.  Note that all photos are courtesy of Len Sandow, Mangowood, Mangowood Estates Citizens Association (MECA). The pilots are Lt. Col Robert Lytle and Lt. Col. David Smith.  Thank you all.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Have a Happy and safe July 4th weekend - 2015. 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!

CLICK HERE to update yourself on the events planned within the Village of Palmetto Bay, The 4th rings with patriotic spirit and pride in a day filled with wholesome, All-American fun for the entire family! This event is free to the public. The events start at 5:00 PM.  Fireworks start at 9:00 PM!

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.

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.

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

HISTORY OF THIS HOLIDAY: 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'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. CLICK HERE to view Miami-Dade County July 4th Pet Safety tips.

Celebrations will occur throughout our community – there are many neighborhood block parties and bike parades and picnics on the beaches and in parks.  More complete information is contained online: See & Do, Miami Herald: Fourth of July guide: Where to watch fireworks in South Florida on July 4

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 – 2015 - from Eugene Flinn

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A new threat to our local environment. Be on the lookout and help stamp out the Pacific island flatworm

It has been almost a year since my last posting on invasive species (August 4, 2014).  The last two posts covered invasive/local snails.  This current post concerns a new threat to our local environment; a creature described a ‘vile’, a ‘revolting’ pernicious predator to our local snail.  Be on the lookout and help stamp out this threat: the Pacific island flatworm.

See the Miami Herald: Goo-spewing worm latest threat to South Florida, By Jenny Staletovich:
Researchers last month confirmed for the first time that the Pacific island flatworm has been found on the U.S. mainland in four locations around Miami-Dade County. Even tony Coral Gables. The nocturnal creeper clocks in at just two inches, looking more like a smudge of snot than an agile predator. But don’t be fooled by its sluggish demeanor. At mealtime, the worm goes full-on Alien, posing a potentially serious threat to South Florida’s already fragile native snail population.

“It is really vile,” said David Robinson, the nation’s chief snail scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “As a biologist I can handle most things, but I find this really revolting.”

Scientists worry the worm — which is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as one of the planet’s 100 most invasive species — could spread by being transported in garden soil or on plants.
Another threat to look out for. And certainly something you do not want to spread. What can it do?  The effect in South Florida is unknown for now, as discussed in the article:
“In the case of Florida, we don’t really have a handle on what it could do,” he said, but pointed out that even after several years it does not appear to have had a significant impact.

“We can hope that Miami is not the best place for it to survive,” he said.

But should they spread, South Florida’s native snail population, already imperiled by shrinking habitat and threatened by climate change, collectors and invasive fire ants, could be in trouble.

“They are no where else to be found,” Sei said. “So once they are gone from South Florida, they are gone from the whole world.”

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Upcoming presentation - Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) July 13 Village Council meeting

Esther Monzon-Aguirre, Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department, will attend the July 13, 2015 Village Council meeting and provide a complete briefing to interested residents, staff and members of the Village Council regarding upcoming WASD investments affecting Palmetto Bay, its residents and surrounding areas. 

Our District 8 County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava will also be present.

The WASD Team is looking forward to discussing these important issues and WASD and Palmetto Bay will work together.

Information will be similar to the Cutler Bay meeting - see the Miami Herald article online, June 16, 2015, Miami-Dade Water and Sewer department meets with Cutler Bay council, community members, by Alex Butler, Special to the Miami Herald

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Community project: Clean-Up and Preserve the Biggest Pine Rocklands Habitat outside of Everglades National Park - Saturday June 27th: Miami-Dade’s “Larry & Penny Thompson Park”

It was my honor to participate in the Clean-up project at one of Miami-Dade County’s natural parks - Larry & Penny Thompson Park.  It was made even better by the fact that this was a family event. Alexandra and Katherine participated alongside me and over 100 other people to make this event successful.

I am posting some photos from this very successful event – Thank you to the organizers and participants.

More photos from this event are available on Facebook.

CLICK HERE to view the official Miami Pine Rocklands Coalition page.  Please like/join this page to keep up with the issues regarding the imperiled Pine Rocklands in Miami-Dade County

CLICK HERE to view my Facebook page 

CLICK HERE to view my official page -
Eugene Flinn, Mayor of Palmetto Bay - (and please click to "like" this page in order to follow official Mayor updates regarding Palmetto Bay and surrounding areas.  

What is/who makes up the board for the Miami Pine Rocklands Coalition? 
(Info below taken verbatim from their official website: http://miamipinerocklandscoalition.org/)

The Miami Pine Rocklands Coalition, a broad coalition of scientists, elected officials, business leaders, and environmentalists, met this week and elected a Board of Directors in their continuing efforts to protect the environmentally sensitive Richmond Pine Rocklands, from out of town developers hoping to bulldoze and pave it over for proposed Commercial, Residential and Theme Park Developments. The new Board of Directors is as follows: President Al Sunshine : Retired Investigative Reporter and Digital Journalist who celebrated 40 years in local and network broadcasting based out of South Florida.  Vice President Maria Belen Valladares : Former legislative aide to the Florida House of Representatives, co-founder and vice-president of Floridians in Action, public insurance adjuster and realtor with Realty World South Florida. Treasurer Carla Bernabei-Talarico CPA: Retired Miami Beach city manager and owns her own accounting and tax preparation business.  Secretary Zac Cosner: UM student, former Eagle Scout and Volunteer with the Tropical Audubon Society, who has made notable contributions to the Coalition.  Member-at-Large William “Cully” Waggoner:  The Coalition’s researcher, a customer-relations professional and Social Media/ Marketing Expert.

Stay tuned and participate in upcoming events.

WOW, over a week without blogging - my bad

This was such a busy week.  Working, biking riding, training, and I participated in some very interesting events over the last 8 days.  Updates are coming for those interested in what is going on.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Photos of the Day - Mainland Marsh Rabbit

Natural Palmetto Bay.  I came across this little guy while out on the Saturday morning ride.  These photos were the best I could do with an iPhone.
Research, A/K/A answer from a friend, indicates that this is a marsh rabbit (Sylvilagus palustris) which is a small cottontail rabbit that can be found in marshes and swamps of coastal regions of the Eastern and Southern United States. 

CLICK HERE to view the Wikipedia description.  
Located Saturday AM, June 20, 2015, in Palmetto Bay, Florida.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Traffic Calming Initiatives - Palmetto Bay efforts at preserving our quality of life

Missed the traffic calming meeting? CLICK HERE to view the Traffic Calming Initiatives prepared by the Village. 

Please review and advise as to your comments and concerns. 

You can use a single e-mail to reach the entire village council: council@palmettobay-fl.gov. A single click to reach us all - one and done!

Your input is always appreciated.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

June 14th - Flag Day. Fly it with pride. Happy Flag Day 2015.

Why is June 14 designated as "Flag Day"?  Well, because June 14, 1777, is the date that the US Congress officially adopted our nation's flag.

The U.S. flag has been modified 26 times since its adoption in 1777. Today's 50-star flag, created in 1960, has been in use the longest. Check out: Flag Day 2013: 9 things you never knew about the American Flag for interesting reading/facts about this day and the American Flag.

Also see Time and date .com - Flag Day in United States

An updated article is also online - the International Business Times, Flag Day 2015 USA: 10 Facts To Know About The Star-Spangled Banner by Julia Glum.  Two of may favorites are numbers 9 & 10:

9. The current design of the U.S. flag was created by Robert G. Heft, who made the pattern for a high school project. He earned a B- at first, but when the government chose it, his teacher raised the grade to an A.
10. There are six American flags on the moon. Five are standing, but Neil Armstrong's fell over.
 Nothing like winning a national competition to raise your grade.