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Village of Palmetto Bay  June 2009
In this edition...
Council Meeting
Special Election
Cat Killings
Historic Places
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Police Reports
The current weekly Crime & Incident Report is now available electronically. Look for an update, courtesy of the Village Policing Unit, every Monday on Palmetto Bay's homepage.


Summer Camp
Register now for Summer Camp, June 8 - Aug. 7. Check out the Parks & Rec flyer for details. Also see recent coverage in The Herald and Palmetto Bay News. For other information, call Village Hall at 305-259-1234.


July Fourth
Spend Fourth of July at Black Point Marina with our neighbors in Cutler Bay. Enjoy music, food, face painting, and other great fun at South Dade's best fireworks event! For sponsorship and/or general info, contact the folks at Black Point Marina by calling 305-258-4092.


Blood Drive
To meet the demand for blood during the upcoming holiday weekend, Palmetto Bay Police are teaming up with Community Blood Center (CBC) to host a blood drive at Village Hall, July 2, 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Donors who RSVP with Ellen Robinson get FREE Shorty's chicken. Or pre-register online.
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Road Closure to Improve New Village Hall Frontage
With the stroke of a pen, a 300-foot portion of Holcomb Ave. in the Franjo Triangle/Island (FT&I) District will be permanently removed from the Village map. This "terrific idea," according to Vice Mayor Brian W. Pariser, will extend the property line of the proposed Village Hall up to the edge of US-1. This action, funded through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (the federal stimulus package), will allow the Village to open up additional space for parking and/or a transit stop at our new Village Hall. Vacating rights-of-way along this lightly-used portion of what is also known as 98th Avenue Road will also provide desirable frontage for the new municipal complex along the northbound lanes of US-1. The Village Council unanimously approved this resolution at its June 1 Meeting. (To get a bird's-eye view of the affected area of Holcomb St., between Guava and Hibiscus Streets, visit Miamidade.gov, hit the "search by" button, and enter the address of our future Village Hall: 9705 E. Hibiscus St., 33157). Also at the meeting, Village Manager Ron E. Williams announced the Building & Permitting department is extending its business hours to better accommodate customers.
ButtonDo Your Civic Duty by Voting in the Upcoming Special-Election
Miami-Dade County Elections Department begins mailing out Special-Election ballots to all registered voters in Palmetto Bay on June 5. If you are a registered voter with the County and do not receive a ballot by June 12 or so, please contact the County Elections, directly. This election is unique in that you do not go to a polling place to vote. Instead, when you get your ballot in the mail, simply mark your answers to the four questions regarding changes to the Village Charter, and return it via U.S. Mail to County Elections. Please note: Post marks do not matter; if your ballot is not received by the County by 7 p.m. on June 25, your vote will not be counted. There are other keys dates and information you need to be aware of, so please visit the Palmetto Bay Elections page -- or contact Village Clerk Meighan Rader at 305-259-1234. Also, a helpful Village brochure was mailed to all households last month.
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Hunt for Cat Killer Continues; Local Reward Fund Swells
At press time, the Village Policing Unit was investigating yet another incident involving the mutilation and killing of a cat in the Palmetto Bay. Total number of incidents to date is 13 in Palmetto Bay and 13 in Culter Bay. Police in both municipalities continue to expend significant resources and energy on the investigation, as the community steps up by sharing information and tips -- and by donating to the Crimestoppers reward fund. This local community-action program is presently coordinating a $7,500 reward for information leading to the arrest/conviction of the perpetrator(s). Please report any suspicious activity to the police by calling 305-4-POLICE. As you may know, the case has drawn extensive TV news and print media attention. A flyer providing helpful tips has been posted around town by concerned citizens who have met twice with Mayor Eugene Flinn and investigators of Palmetto Bay's Policing Unit.
foHistoric Place of the Month...
'Grand Old Lady' Revisited
In our last edition of e-Currents, we featured the Village's "grand old lady," the Flipse-O'Donnell House, one of only five properties in Palmetto Bay to be listed on the County's official historic register. It was a big hit -- literally -- with 20 percent of our readership hitting the link for more on this local gem. So this month, we bring you even more photographs and background. Owners Dina & Lee Elmslie bought the house in 2004 and have since spent countless hours and dollars painstakingly returning this magnificent 1917 estate to its near-original splendor. Located in what is now known as Southwood, the home is a remarkable example of Mediterranean Revival style. In a 2007 profile by The Miami Herald, Mrs. Elmslie noted, "Realtors told us it was best to tear down the house... but I think you need to preserve the architectural ambience of a community, not just throw it all away." Learn more about this home and review the County's "Historic Places" designation report. Also read more about Palmetto Bay's Historic Places program.
Upcoming Meetings & Events*
 
June 08 ............................................................... Attorney Client Session (Deering Estate Visitor Center) - 6 pm
June 08 ............................................................... Zoning (Deering) - 7 pm
June 11 ............................................................... Historic Preservation Advisory (Village Hall) - 9 am
June 17................................................................ Committee of the Whole (Ludovici Park Community Room) - 6 pm
June 18 ............................................................... Art in Public Places (Village Hall) - 6:30 pm
June 24 ............................................................... Budget Workshop (Deering) - 6:30 pm
June 25 ............................................................... Tree Advisory Board (Village Hall) - 6 pm
June 29 ............................................................... Special Council Meeting (Deering) - 7 pm
July  13 ............................................................... Regular Council Meeting (Deering) - 7 pm


*   All Council, Zoning, and Special Master meetings are listed on the Village website.
Thank You...
 The Village of Palmetto Bay appreciates your interest and involvement in your community. We welcome your feedback at all times, whether in person, telephone, e-mail, or through the GovQA-Citizen Action Center.
Contact Info
Public Information Officer Bill Kress
Village of Palmetto Bay
305-259-1234
 
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