Drive safely, and get ready for the 4th of July!

Now underway, so take note! The SW 212 Street Drainage Improvement Project is being constructed in front of Cutler Bay High School along SW 212 Street between SW 87 Avenue and SW 85 Avenue during the summer break. It will include drainage improvements, an exfiltration trench for water quality treatment, a new outfall pipe connection, roadway resurfacing, pavement markings, and site restoration in that single family residential and multifamily area. Drainage from this project flows into the South Florida Water Management Districts L-31 Canal and ultimately to the Biscayne Canal (C-1). Part of the project will include the installation of a manatee grate, which will help protect the critters and the system, too. We’re told that the work will be “substantially complete by the second week of August.” You can expect some road closures and detours, but access for local residents, Miami-Dade Solid Waste, United States Postal Service, emergency vehicles and school buses will be maintained in the work zone during temporary road closures. All other commuters and Miami- Dade Transit must follow any planned detours. Plan your trips through that area accordingly, folks! For more info contact Alfredo Quintero Jr. at 305-234-4262 or by email at

Here’s an early heads-up! The 45th Annual Cutler Bay-Whispering Pines 4th of July celebration will take place on Saturday, July 4th (naturally!) at Whispering Pines Park. That’s located on Ridgeland Drive, one block west of SW 87th Avenue. There’ll be the usual parade with floats and decorated bikes, costumes and local groups, lots of hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks, popcorn and the like, and fun things for the kids. Live music, too! This is a great yearly event that truly captures the old-fashioned small town feel of this truly American holiday and brings the community together in a special way. It’s sponsored by the Town of Cutler Bay, the Whispering Pines Civic Association and the Whispering Pines Woman’s Club. Check the town’s website, for updates.

And parents, don’t forget that the Town of Cutler Bay’s Summer Camp for ages 6 to 12 just began at Cutler Ridge Park, located at 10100 SW 200 Street. “No books, no school, just lots of fun” is their slogan. Camp sessions run Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with early drop-off at 7:30 a.m. and late pick-up until 6 p.m. Activities include arts & crafts, field trips, indoor activities, outdoor games, swim lessons and swimming. Those field trips include Gametime, Grapeland Water Park, a Miami Marlin Game, the Miami Seaquarium, movies, Paradise Cove and ZooMiami. Session 1 goes from June 8 to 19, Session 2 from June 22 to July 2, Session 3 from July 6 to July 17, and Session 4 from July 20 to July 31. Space is limited! Fees per session are $200 per child with $180 for siblings. The fee includes the field trips. For info call 305-238-4166 or send an email to

Speaking of summer camp…there’s the choral camp hosted by The Children’s Voice Chorus at Old Cutler Presbyterian Church, 14401 Old Cutler Rd. in Palmetto Bay, which runs from June 15 through July 3. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, but extended hours are available (7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.). For information call 786- 216-7003 or email them at

Thought of the Day:
We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it.
— Lyndon B. Johnson

Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column.

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