Palmetto Bay e-Currents

Village of Palmetto Bay  September 2009
In this Edition...
Discount Drug Plan
Fire Station Land
DARE Program
Historic Places
Crime & Incidents
View our Crime & Incident Report for the period ending Sept. 13.

Flu Season Forum
Councilwoman Stanczyk hosts a public forum to address concerns about H1N1 and the upcoming flu season. Stay tuned for more information.

Take the Challenge
Take the "Mayor's Challenge" to show Palmetto Bay is one of the greenest communities in South Florida -- and win a fun family prize.

State of the Village
Mayor Flinn cordially invites you to attend the 7th Annual State of the Village, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., at the Palmetto Bay Village Center.

Hispanic Heritage
The Village wishes you a Happy Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15) -- Felicidades!

In the Limelight
We've been selected as the "Featured Location" on the website of the Miami-Dade Office of Film & Entertainment.

Relay for Life
Councilwoman Stanczyk is Co-Chair of the American
Cancer Society's Relay for Life, March 13, 2010. She invites you to start forming your team now!

Parking 101
School's in session... Avoid getting a ticket by taking a parking lesson on how NOT to park around our local schools.
Quick Links...
BikerCouncil meeting in review
Bike & Ped Plan OK'd; Millage Rate Accepted
It was standing room only at the Deering Visitor Center Monday night as the Village hosted its regular Council Meeting and a Budget Hearing. During the Council Meeting: the Council accepted an amended Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan to meet the future transportation needs of residents who prefer to walk or bike in the Village; they passed a resolution related to a new five-year police services agreement with Miami-Dade County; and approved the continuation of Village-wide drainage improvement projects. During the Budget Hearing, an ordinance to adopt a millage rate of $2.447 was passed, as was a separate ordinance related to the Proposed Budget for FY2009-10 -- both on first reading. These ordinances will be revisited for a final vote at the Budget Hearing of Sept. 23 (see Calendar below). Monday's meeting started on a festive note, as the Mayor and Council honored students and administrators from Perrine Elementary and Howard Drive Schools for their participation in a Village-wide Recycling Initiative.
PillsVillage Partners with NLC to Offer Drug Discount Plan
Village residents may credit District-1 Councilman Ed Feller, MD, for bringing a unique new prescription discount program to Palmetto Bay. Free to residents, the program offers savings to those who are without health insurance, a traditional benefits plan, or have prescriptions that are not covered by insurance. The Prescription Discount Card is made available to residents in collaboration with the National League of Cities (NLC) and is made possible through Palmetto Bay's membership in NLC. "There are multiple ways this program is useful," says Councilmember Feller. "Everyone should get the card, consider their own situation, and use it when applicable." The card is free to all Palmetto Bay residents, regardless of age, income, or existing health insurance. By using this card, you may save an average of 20 percent off the regular retail price of prescription drugs at participating pharmacies. Discover the savings and learn more about the program online, where you may also print out a card and verify drug prices. Residents may also pick up a card at Palmetto Bay Village Hall and all Parks & Recreation facilities. For more information, visit our Q&A document and/or call toll free: 888-620-1749.
truckDiaz-Balart Passes Legislation to Provide Land for Fire Station
The U.S. House of Representatives has announced passage of a bill sponsored by Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL) that brings construction of a new fire station in Palmetto Bay closer to fruition. The bill authorizes the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to sell two acres located on the east side of SW 67th Ave. between SW 136 St. and SW 144 St., to Miami-Dade County for the purpose of building a fire station. Special thanks to Palmetto Bay Building Official Edward Silva and Olga Cadaval, Assistant to the Manager, who visited D.C. this week to underscore the importance of this much-needed addition to our community infrastructure, as noted in the Congressman's remarks on the floor. The County has agreed to purchase the land and construct a fire station. Response times for residents of Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, and the southern portions of Coral Gables have fallen below the fire district-wide average. As a result, Congressman Diaz-Balart called for immediate resolution. Miami-Dade County had indicated it will build a 7,000 square foot fire station that will house eight full-time firefighters and will conduct 24/7 operations.
Mayor Flinn Vows to Continue Support of D.A.R.E. Program with Village Funds
Despite deep cuts in funding for County programs, the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, better known as DARE, will continue in Palmetto Bay, says Mayor Eugene Flinn. Soon after receiving a recent notice to parents of Southwood Middle School that DARE funding was facing the County chopping block, Mayor Flinn immediately issued notice that the Village would remain committed to continuing the program by funding it locally, "using DARE-trained Palmetto Bay Policing Unit officers." See his recent letter to parents and administrators.
AirfieldOur Historic Past...
Evolution of an Airdrome
Located in the Village's northeast corner, the original Chapman Field encompassed more than 850 acres of pineland, scrub, marsh, and seashore. This former army airfield was named after the first U.S. flier killed in France during WWI. Thereafter, local horticulturists and aviation interests vied for control of the property as development crept around its perimeter. With much of the site remaining parkland or agricultural through the end of the 20th Century, Chapman Field has remained a popular entity with a locally recognized name long after its airstrips vanished. See the entire story, written by Raymond G. McGuire, formerly with the USDA.

Meetings & Events*  

Sep 17           Art-in-Public Places Advisory Committee (Village Hall) - 6:30 pm
Sep 23           Budget Hearing - Final (Deering) - 7:00 pm
Sep 23           Local Planning Agency Meeting & Special Council Meeting - 7:00 pm
                                (To immediately following Budget Hearing - Deering)
Sep 24           Special Council Meeting (Deering) - 7:00 pm
Oct 05            Regular Council Meeting (Deering) - 7:00 pm
Oct 14            Zoning Hearing (Deering) - 7:00 pm
Oct 30            Halloween Movie Night (Coral Reef Park) - 7:00 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
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