Palmetto Bay e-Currents

Village of Palmetto Bay  October 2009
In this Edition...
Mayor Flinn Honored
State of the Village
Halloween Movie Night
State of the Village
Please join Mayor Flinn at his Seventh Annual State of the Village address, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.
Crime & Incidents
View our Crime & Incident Report for the period ending Oct. 4.
Flu Season Forum
A public forum to address concerns about the H1N1 virus is coming to a Village near you, Oct. 28.
Take the Challenge
Take the "Mayor's Challenge" to prove we are one of the greenest cities in So. Florida -- and win a prize.
Stimulus Hits Home
Look for an article in Sunday's Miami Herald on how Public Works is using more than a $570,000 in Stimulus Dollars.
Drug Discounts
Learn about a prescription discount plan available to residents through our affiliation with the National League of Cities.

Thalatta in 'Neighbors'
Check out Thursday's Miami Herald for a Section-cover story on historic homes.

Missing Pet?
Mayor Flinn suggested Palmetto Bay provide a web link to County Animal Services in case your pet wanders off.
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phoneVillage Encourages State Texting Ban
Drainage Project also approved
The Village Council took an important step toward making our streets safer, particularly for children, by encouraging a proposed Florida State ban on texting while operating a motor vehicle. The measure, sponsored by Mayor Eugene Flinn and co-sponsored by the entire Council, clearly would help minimize the grave threat to the well-being of motor vehicle operators, passengers, and other persons, including pedestrians and cyclists. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in 2002 -- before text messaging was widespread as it is today -- there were 955 deaths and 240,000 crashes attributable to drivers using cell phones, either through the use of text messaging or talking on a cell phone. As many as 14 states and the District of Columbia have recognized the danger in this practice and have banned text messaging while driving.This Village Council Resolution urges State lawmakers to either ban the practice of text messaging while driving, or in the alternative, to allow local communities to enact their own ban. Also at the meeting, the Council approved selection of a vendor to provide construction services for ongoing drainage improvements managed by the Public Works department. Work on the $500,000 project will take place in the area generally bound by SW 144 St. to the north, SW 148 Dr. to the south, SW 87 Ave. to the west, and SW 83 Ave. to the east. Additionally, the Council moved to: reduce citation fees for water restriction offenses; extend a moratorium on issuance of building permits by three months so the Village may complete its Land Development Code; continue sidewalk improvements to further enhance public safety; and they wisely extended the Manager's employment contract in a fiscally conservative manner.
IGORMayor Flinn Receives Prestigious Professional Public Service Award
Mayor Eugene Flinn has been honored as the 2009 recipient of the Steven J. Cranman Professional Public Service Award for exemplifying a superior level of commitment to the community. The award, provided annually by Chamber South, is presented in honor of Steven Cranman, former executive director of the Perrine-Cutler Ridge Council who has been described as "one of those leaders who never create a distinction between dedication to career and personal commitment to a volunteer organization... who bore the weight of his position as executive director with effectiveness and dignity." Chamber South selected Mayor Flinn for his accomplishments that demonstrate superior ability to use his position to find innovative solutions that benefit the greater South Miami-Dade, Kendall, and South Miami community. The award was presented at the Oct. 3 Annual Chairman Gala & Silent Auction.
VHallState of the Village Focuses on "The Year of Transition"
2010 will be most remembered as the year Palmetto Bay residents welcomed their new Village Hall located in our emerging downtown district. This and numerous other accomplishments -- both past and planned -- will be addressed by Mayor Eugene Flinn in the Seventh Annual State of the Village event, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. The theme for the evening, "The Year of Transition," will not only feature the Mayor's speech but residents will be treated to a video spotlighting high points of the previous year and new programs and services to come. Also, this year we see the return of hot appetizers as well as wine and other beverages for residents to enjoy. Expect wonderful performances by local student musicians and a great night out with all your friends and neighbors. See you at Palmetto Bay Village Center on Wednesday night, Oct. 21. Please call Village Hall now to RSVP (305-259-1234).
IGOR"IGOR" Comes to Life Oct. 30 at Coral Reef Park Movie Night
"IGOR" will be featured at Halloween Movie Night at Coral Reef Park, Friday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. Palmetto Bay commends Gus Machado Ford of Kendall for its generous sponsorship of this event. A set of brand new Fords will be in the limelight at the park, too! The dealership also is covering the cost of popcorn that you can pop prior to heading out to the park. But you have to attend the State of the Village, Oct. 21, to get your free bag... See you at both events!

Meetings & Events*  

Oct 14            Zoning Hearing (Deering) - 7:00 pm
Oct 21            State of the Village (Palmetto Bay Village Center) - 7:00 pm 
Oct 30            Halloween Movie Night (Coral Reef Park) - 7:00 pm
Nov 02           Regular Council Meeting (Deering) - 7:00 pm
Nov 09           Zoning Hearing (Deering) - 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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