Palmetto Bay e-Currents

Village of Palmetto Bay  December 2009
In this Edition...
Garden Club Does Deering
Holiday Shopping Safety
Village Food Drive
Community Meeting
Home for the Holiday
Residents forced from their homes at Thanksgiving are back home, safe and sound, says The Herald.

'Tis the Flu Season
'Tis the season -- if you would like a H1N1 Flu vaccine: View a schedule in Creole, Spanish, or English.

Survey Says!
Look for a readership survey over the next few weeks -- that will help us plan for a better e-Currents in the new year.

Crime & Incidents
View our Crime & Incident Report for the period ending Dec. 7.
Joy of Re-Gifting
Find holiday gift bargains right down the street -- at a garage sale near you.

Alarm Renewals
More than 2,000 residents will soon receive their annual  Alarm Registration Renewals via US Mail. For info, see our False Alarm Reduction page.

"I'mmm Dreaming..."
... of a GREEN Christmas? Put your dreams into action this holiday season by visiting Environment News Network's Holiday Tips web page.
"Green is Our Color"
Mayor Flinn shares his excitement about our new LEED certified Village Hall on pg 34 of the December edition of Natural Awakenings magazine.
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Council Honors Local Swim Team
Council meeting in review...
The Village Council expressed its appreciation for Palmetto Senior High School swimmers at Monday night's Council meeting. In a proclamation read by Mayor Eugene Flinn, he and the Council honored the team for taking home the state title from the 2009 FHSAA Class 3A boys swimming finals last month. They also acknowledged the sacrifices parents make to help their kids succeed. See our Photo Gallery for more. Other actions at the meeting included:
  • A five-year employment contract was set with Village Clerk Meighan Rader, who is the Village's longest-serving employee;
  • The existing moratorium on issuing building permits for developments of more than five contiguous acres was extended for two-months;
  • Approval of a mandate requiring swimming-pool gates and fences on residential properties; and
  • Village Policing Unit Commander Gregory Truitt also reported that crime fell 13 percent this year to date, including an 11 percent drop in vehicular burglaries.
Garden Club Creativity Blooms at Deering's Holiday Wonderland
The Palmetto Bay Garden Club played a prominent role in the annual holiday decorating tradition at the Deering Estate at Cutler. The newly-formed group of volunteers joined several other green-thumbed groups this year to provide holiday accents and decorations throughout the Stone House and Richmond Cottage. The Village group helped adorn Mr. Deering's study on the second floor of the Stone House. For information on the Palmetto Bay Garden Club, please contact Ines Mander at 305-234-7785. Check out all the activities at the Deering Holiday Wonderland.
packageMayor Flinn, Police Commander Truitt Share Holiday Safety Tips
Busy people can get careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime this time of year, so... "Don't put your life at risk over material items." That's just one of dozens of preventive tips residents should consider during these busy next few weeks of shopping. Help halt scrooges from ruining your holiday!
DriveDonating to Village Food Drive will Benefit Local Families in Need
The simple act of giving brings joy to all -- especially this time of year. Please bring any non-perishable food items for donation to Village Hall, weekdays from 9 to 5, through Dec. 21. Food Drive items such as dry goods, canned foods, rice, nuts, etc., will be distributed to community based groups in the South-Dade area to ensure the goods go to our neighbors in need. For info, call Village Hall at 305-259-1234. Please donate generously -- we have only received about a dozen items thus far! (At left: Village Clerk Meighan Rader pitches in with items from her home pantry.)
ShovelPlanning & Zoning Seeks Input in Commercial Development
Director-Planning & Zoning Julian Perez invited residents to meet with a local developer Dec. 8 to discuss plans for a proposed three-story office complex at 16475 So. Dixie Hwy. Developer Donald Van Orsdel and his architect welcomed input as residents reviewed a Village zoning analysis, final site plan, and the zoning-hearing process. Perez was also invited Village staff representing Public Safety, Public Works, Code Compliance, and Public Information. "The intent of the meeting," said Perez, "was to begin a two-way communication forum to address any issues associated with the site plan, prior to Council review and approval." A public hearing on this site is set for Monday (see Calendar below); also, visit our Photo Gallery. for additional coverage.

Meetings & Events*  

Dec 14           Zoning Hearing & Special Council Mtg - 7 p.m.
                             Deering Estate Visitors Center
Dec 16           Committee of the Whole - 7 p.m.
                             Edward and Arlene Feller Community Room at Ludovici Park
Dec 21           Local Planning Agency & Special Council Mtg - 7 p.m.
                             Deering Estate Visitor Center
Jan 11           Regular Council Meeting - 7 p.m.
                             Deering Estate Visitor Center

December Parks Calendar 
*   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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