Palmetto Bay e-Currents

Village of Palmetto Bay  August 2009
In this Edition...
New Village Hall
Fire Rescue Station
Proposed Budget
Historic Places
Crime & Incidents
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reports, from our homepage.


Review Village recommendations and resources to help ensure survival of local birds.

State of the Village
A tentative date of Oct. 21 has been set for the Mayor's Annual State of the Village presentation -- stay tuned.

Prepared for a Hurricane?
Public Works offers tips and strategies in a new brochure on how to prepare your yard and home during the current hurricane season.
Quick Links...
Village HallCouncil meeting in review...
Village Hall Design-Build Team Selected  
The Mayor and Council gave the Village Manager a thumbs up to proceed with negotiations to design/build Palmetto Bay's future municipal center in the Village's emerging downtown district. Expected completion date is just over one year from now. "This building represents a 50- to 75-year commitment for the Village," said Mayor Eugene Flinn at the Aug. 6 Special Council Meeting. "The project is much more than bricks and mortar -- it is our vision, the center of the community, a tangible representation of our commitment in public investment that will drive private investment in this important area of our Village." Presentations were offered at the Council meeting by the three highest-ranked firms; ultimately Master Builders of South Florida and JMWA Architects were selected as the design/build team. The future village hall will be built at the site of the former Neighbors Market in the Franjo Triangle Island mixed-use district, at 9705 E. Hibiscus St., along US-1 between E. Hibiscus and E. Guava Streets. Also see a press release issued by the Village when the site selection was announced on March 19, 2009.
truckFeds Offer Land at USDA Site for New Fire Rescue Station
A bill that would facilitate the sale of land at the USDA Agricultural Research Service's Subtropical Horticulture Research Station to Miami-Dade County was among several Federal bills approved by the House Agriculture Committee, July 29. Sponsored by Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart of Florida, H.R. 3175 passed Committee by voice vote and was ordered to be reported favorably to the House with the recommendation that it pass. Once the proposed sale is complete, two acres of the 100-acre Federal Reserve would be used for the purpose of having an additional Fire Rescue Station. One station already is approved for construction by Miami-Dade County in the Village's southeastern end (announced in April 2009). This USDA site has long been considered a prime location for such a facility due to its proximity to the residential neighborhoods of northeast Palmetto Bay, as well as mid- to south-Pinecrest and Coral Gables' coastal community of King's Bay. "Since this a government-to-government sale, we believe it will be an advantageous transaction upon which the County should move swiftly," said Mayor Eugene Flinn. He noted that this Fire Rescue Station and the proposed southeastern station are part of recommendations set forth by the Village's Fire Rescue Committee in 2004. "We applaud this exciting development, as it will make Palmetto Bay and the surrounding South-Dade communities much safer."
BudgetBookNew to the Website: Proposed Budget; Video 'TourBook'
Two new items have joined the homepage of the Palmetto Bay website. Topping the list is the Village's Proposed Operating and Capital Budget, posted last week, with an inside look at how your tax dollars and other revenue sources are transformed into better services, safer streets, and more program-oriented parks. The "Budget Message" section provides a detailed overview of activities and achievements accomplished in the previous budget year, and a comprehensive review of municipal plans and projects proposed for 2009-2010. Also new to the website is a brand new feature designed to attract prospective residents and businesses to our Village. Our exciting new "TourBook" features six one-minute videos ranging from Mayor Flinn's Welcome Message to segments covering Real Estate & Relocation, Parks & Recreation, Public Works, Police, and Education. Pay us a visit today at
IndiansOur Historic Past...
Travel Back 10,000 Years
The history of human housing in the Palmetto Bay's area dates back 10,000 years. American Indians, Afro-Bahamians, and Anglo-Americans have all lived here at different times. The evidence left behind recounts the evolution of human housing along the Miami Rock Ridge, from stone cave dwellings to 20th century Mediterranean Revival mansions. Join us as we explore Palmetto Bay's rich historic and archeological past.
                 Meetings & Events*  
     Aug 10            Special Council Meeting (Deering) - 7:00 pm
     Aug 13            Historic Preservation Advisory Board Meeting (Village Hall) - 7:00 pm
     Aug 20            Attorney-Client Session (Deering) - 6:00 pm
     Aug 20            Art-in-Public-Places Advisory Board (Village Hall) - 6:30 pm
     Aug 20            Special Council Meeting (Deering) - 7:00 pm
     Aug 26            Tree Advisory Board Meeting (Village Hall) - 7:00 pm
     Sep 14            Regular Council Meeting (Deering) - 7:00 pm
     Sep 14            Budget Hearing (Deering) - 7:00 pm
     Sep 23            Budget Hearing - Final (Deering) - 7:00 pm  

*   All Council, Zoning, and Special Master meetings are listed on the Village
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
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