There is so much going on this time of year for residents

Take note, municipal offices in the Village of Palmetto Bay and the Town of Cutler Bay will be closed on Thursday November 26 and Friday November 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Mark this on your calendar. We hear from Steve Zarzecki of the Concerned Citizens of Cutler Bay that the group will host their annual pot-luck social on Tuesday, December 1, at 7 p.m. Location is the Fellowship Hall of the Cornerstone Church (formerly the Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church until its congregation merged with that of the Perrine-Peters United Methodist Church of Palmetto Bay), which is at 20740 Old Cutler Road in Cutler Bay. Steve says, “All are welcome. Bring your friends. We hope to see you there. Bring a dish, or not.” For information, call Steve Zarzecki at 305-255-4351 or go to their new website at

Meetings… The Village of Palmetto Bay will hold a public meeting prior to the Regular Council Meeting on December 7, at 7:00 p.m., at Village Hall, 9705 E. Hibiscus Street, Palmetto Bay. The purpose of the public meeting is to consider and make recommendations to the Village Council regarding ordinances about “the land use element of the comprehensive plan relating to transfer of development rights.”

Cutler Bay’s Annual State of The Town Address will take place on December 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Cutler Bay Town Center. If you haven’t been there before, that’s located at 10720 Caribbean Blvd Suite 115.

Something new for Palmetto Bay! The village has been sending out an official email newsletter called e-Currents for some time now, but Palmetto Bay’s Communications Director Bill Kress recently began a new weekly email communiqué called Your Village at Work. This one hits the high points of what’s going on that residents need to know regarding events, roadwork and special notices, not loaded with info that will slow anyone down, just the topic headlines that serve as links to more detailed information. That way, residents can skim through the list of topics and follow the ones that interest them. Looks like a great idea. If you’re not already receiving them you can sign up for them at

Cutler Bay’s Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS), created in 1998, is a progress report required by the County to maintain and report the status of the Town’s Floodplain Management Plan credit under the Community Rating System (CRS). Additionally, the LMS is comprised of Town projects which will “mitigate” potential hazards from natural disasters like hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes and others. During the October 21 Regular Town Council Meeting, Public Works Director Alfredo Quintero Jr. provided the Council and Public an annual update on the Town’s Local Mitigation Strategy. Residents are encouraged to visit the Town’s website at to review the specific mitigation projects identified by Town staff to further mitigate potential hazards. For information contact the Town’s Public Works Department at 305-234-4262.

Happy Thanksgiving, folks! Let’s be sure we all take a moment to reflect on the many things we have to be thankful about.

Thought of the Day:
We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
— Cynthia Ozick

Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column.

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