Thursday, January 29, 2015

Bailey Jan 29, 2015 - Driveway to front door delivery

It is nice to see such excitement on a Thursday morning in Palmetto Bay. Bailey enjoys starting her day bringing in the paper.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wolf Moon Star Party event in Palmetto Bay Friday, Feb 6, 7-10 PM - Family event hosted by the Southern Cross Astronomical Society

Recommended family celestial events scheduled by the Southern Cross Astronomical Society. Events are often on Saturday evening, so note that the Wolf Moon Star Party is set for a Friday: don’t be a day late to the party!

WOLF MOON STAR PARTY

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6th, 7-10 p.m. It's a Family Fun Night! Southern Cross Astros will show you the blazing winter skies in their hi-tech equipment arranged in the dark outback of the Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187 Ave., Homestead 33031(GPS) Spectacular views of brilliant Venus, Evening Star in the southwest (sets early) telescopic views of blue-green Uranus, Comet Lovejoy, star clusters overhead and bright Jupiter, surrounded by its four closest satellite moons, rising in the east by mid-evening and the past-full Wolf Moon.

Free admission includes tram rides in the Park, a big white Arctic Wolf to pet, refreshments at low cost, and campfire for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows. 305-247-5727. 

COMET WATCH

Southern Cross Astros invite you to peaceful Bill Sadowski Park & Nature Center, SW 176 /st./SW 79 Ave. 8-10:30 p.m. Saturdays to view Comet Lovejoy, the Great Orion Nebula, brilliant Venus early evening and bright Jupiter rising in the east mid-evening, star clusters and more in SCAS hi-tech equipment. Bring chairs, binoculars, telescopes. NO lights, alcohol, pets allowed in the Nature Preserve.

Note no parking areas: Parking tickets will be issued to cars parked on private property on SW 79 Ave.

Weather updates on SCAS Hotline: 305-661-1375 by 6:45 p.m. Saturdays.

Southern Cross safe solar viewing Saturdays 10:30 -Noon ticket entrance to Zoo Miami 12400 SW 152 St. See the powerful explosions leap off the solar surface 93 million miles distant.  305-661-1375x3.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Preparing to update the Palmetto Bay plans - partial list of materials available online. Some reference materials for following the Palmetto Bay Strategic Plan process

Much of Palmetto Bay's early successes are due to proper planning.  I am posting links to some of these early plans for you, the readers and concerned residents, to follow and monitor the progress of the 2015 Strategic Plan process. There is much more material, and I will update this reference post as material comes to my attention or becomes available online. I will keep these materials indexed under the label of "Strategic Plan."

PALMETTO BAY STORMWATER MASTER PLAN: Soon after Village incorporation in 2002, Palmetto Bay enlisted the expertise of engineers, surveyors, and contractors for the purpose of establishing a “Stormwater Master Plan.”

This plan was developed to identify low-lying areas within our municipal boundaries, in order to systematically pursue appropriate opportunities to protect surface-water quality and to reduce flooding. The Master Plan continues to be used as a blueprint that ensures proper repairs are being made, and that storm drains are being installed and maintained as needed.
Palmetto Bay Stormwater Management (web page and materials)

Traffic Data Collection and Analysis (158 pages) June 2003

PALMETTO BAY TRANSPORTATION MASTER PLAN (2004)

PALMETTO BAY TRANSPORTATION MASTER PLAN EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (8 pages)

BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN MASTER PLAN (August 2009)

VILLAGE OF PALMETTO BAY SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAM STUDY (2009) 

VPB - SOUTHWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL TRAFFIC STUDY (Aug. 2004) (29 pages)

PALMETTO BAY RESOLUTION NO. 2013-42, 2013 Village Council expressing support for the design and construction of a traffic circle at the intersection of Howard Drive/SW 136 Street and Old Cutler Road.

The Franjo Triangle Commercial Island Charrette Report - “A Citizens’ Vision Plan” Nov 2004
A partnership with Palmetto Bay and the Miami-Dade County Department of Planning and Zoning, Community Planning Section. 
 (Note that this is an 84 page document and is a slow download)

PALMETTO BAY VILLAGE CENTER CHARRETTE ADVISORY COMMITTEE REPORT (Sept. 2004)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Palmetto Bay's Valentine's Day Movie-Night survey - your choice!

Movie night - date night under the stars! I have posted a link to the Palmetto Bay e-currents survey. If you wish to take a closer look at the six movie choices before voting, follow this link to view the Movie Night Selections & Film Summaries.

Vote - and don't worry, there will be no knocks at your door, no mailers or robocalls.

Village staff will announce the top pick by Jan. 29.

Take this survey if you would like to have input on the movie you would like to see.  We value your input. Thank you participating in our survey. ~Village of Palmetto Bay

Please note the change in location for this Valentine's Movie Night - Ludovici Park. 17642 Old Cutler Road.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Palmetto Bay Town Hall meetings in January - please save the dates and participate

There are two Town Hall Meetings scheduled in January, 2014.

These meetings are always posted on the PUBLIC MEETINGS page of the official Palmetto Bay government website.

Town Hall Meetings

January 21, 2015 - 6 pm
Special Events, Communication, and Participation


Mayor Eugene Flinn will be conducting a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at 6 pm at Village Hall, 9705 E. Hibiscus Street.  If there are items to be discussed at a Committee of the Whole Meeting, that meeting will follow (at 7 pm).  The topics are:  Special Events, Communication, and Participation.  All are invited.

January 27, 2015 - 6 pm
Safety Initiatives and Crime Watch


Councilwoman Karyn Cunningham will be conducting a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at 6 pm at Village Hall, 9705 E. Hibiscus Street.  The topics are:  Safety Initiatives and Crime Watch.  All are invited.
 

Your participation is requested!

You can e-mail me at eflinn@palmettobay-fl.gov with any questions.  

Councilwoman Karyn Cunningham can be reached at  kcunningham@palmettobay-fl.gov

And, the entire council can be reached via a single e-mail: council@palmettobay-fl.gov

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Photo with the leaders of the Palmetto Bay Canal Association.

Thank you Rainer and Noel Schael and members of the Palmetto Bay Canal Association for the fun of the Holiday Boat Parade and the service of collecting over 1,000 pounds of food for the needy.  Outstanding work!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

One-Minute Play Festival at the Deering Estate - this Saturday and Sunday

Alexandra and I will be there Sunday evening.  Will we see you there?  CLICK HERE to view the official web site for full information and to order tickets (info below taken directly from the site).

ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL

The Deering Estate at Cutler presents the Third South Florida One-Minute Play Festival on Saturday and Sunday, January 17 & 18, 2015. The One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF), is America’s largest and longest running short form theatre company founded by Producing Artist Director, Dominic D’Andrea, and features one-minute plays by more than 30 established and emerging South Florida playwrights commissioned for this event. The work attempts to reflect the theatrical landscape of local artistic communities by creating a dialogue between the collective conscious and the individual voice through a performance of many moments and includes responses to local topics such as immigration, government and culture. Please note that the performances contain mature content.

Tickets are $20 per show and can be purchased online or by calling 305-235-1668 ext. 233. The Third South Florida One-Minute Play Festival donates part of the proceeds to benefit The Deering Estate’s Artist in Residence and educational program initiatives.

Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 8:00 pm - PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE
Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm - PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE
Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm - PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

Saturday, January 3, 2015

EEL volunteer cleanup - north end of Deering, set for Jan 24, 9 AM to noon.

(Info taken from the MDC weekly e-blast):

You can get involved by participating in one of the workdays organized by the Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program and helping to protect and restore natural areas in Miami-Dade County. The workdays are fun, hands-on activities throughout all kinds of interesting natural areas. Community hours are available through this volunteer program.

The 2014-15 season is underway. See the Volunteer Workdays scheduleAdobe Reader for all dates.

Upcoming EEL volunteer schedule (South Dade area only is listed below, go to the complete e-blast for countywide opportunities):

Workdays take place from 9 a.m. to noon unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, Jan. 24
Deering Estate at Cutler - North Addition Preserve
16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Miami
Work: Clean up

For more information, email eel@miamidade.gov or call 305-372-6611.

Note:
Volunteers are required to fill out the Liability Waiver FormAdobe Reader prior to participating.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Meeting up with Brian Tannebaum - author of "The Practice"

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I picked up my copy of The Practice at a Friday evening Holiday party directly from the source - Palmetto Bay resident and well-respected attorney Brian Tannebaum.

It is a highly recommended read (info from the official web site):

As its title suggests, The Practice delivers brutal truths about lawyers and lawyering in Tannebaum’s slightly snarky—but always honest—signature style. Whether the reader agrees with him or not, they can’t deny his opinions are provocative and provide plenty of food for thought and maybe a laugh or two along the way.   Reading this book, you can’t deny Brian Tannebaum tells it like it is. There is never a question about where he stands on any issues relating to the legal profession. In The Practice,Tannebaum riffs on everything from asking yourself what type of lawyer you want to be, to the most effective way to network and market yourself in an industry where lawyers increasingly over-rely on social media to prove their relevance.

Get your copy today!  Good luck Brian with all you do.