We hear from Town Manager Rafael Casals that Cutler Bay has been named one of “America’s 10 Hottest Suburban Neighborhoods” according to Realtor.com, coming in at number seven and among the three suburbs in Florida that made the list. To determine the suburbs growing the fastest, realtor.com analyzed Nielsen population data of every ZIP code in the 50 largest metropolitan areas. Data analysts evaluated the number of households, home listings, list prices of homes, and demand for homes. In some metropolitan areas, the suburbs are growing faster than the city. From the year 2000 to 2017, households in the suburbs grew nearly eight percent, compared to six percent in urban areas. As one of the country’s newest cities, being incorporated as a Town in 2005, Cutler Bay encompasses about 10 square miles and is estimated at around 45,000 residents. The median home price in Cutler Bay is $290,000 and is well under Miami’s median home price of $470,000. This provides Cutler Bay residents savings of nearly 38 percent.
“This report simply confirms what we have known all along,” said Town Manager Rafael Casals. “Cutler Bay offers residents a family friendly community with amenities such as the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a number of parks, Southland Mall, and a bustling US-1 business district. Some residents have said that we are one of this County’s best kept secrets, but now the secret is out. Cutler Bay offers a quality standard of living that is ideal for growing families.”
For information, visit the Town’s website at www.cutlerbay-fl.gov or call Town Hall at 305-234-4262.
Mark this on your calendars… The Town of Cutler Bay in collaboration with the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center is offering a FREE showing of Carnival of the Animals by the Miami City Ballet for Town residents on Friday, March 3 at 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. It’s at the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay.
Carnival of the Animals – The Swansong is a full-length ballet with more than 40 dancers on stage, set to the music of Camille Saint-Saens (including his original Carnival of the Animals and other compositions) and choreographed by MCB faculty members, Rafael Maldonado-Lopez and Geta Costantinescu. You must RSVP to: Janelle Marzouka, Parks & Recreation Programs Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 305-238-4166.
Students and parents, here’s a heads-up on something interesting. Dunkin’ Donuts has announced the launch of its 2017 Dunkin Donuts South/Southwest Florida Scholarship Program. They are awarding a total of $15,000 in college scholarships to high school students in South/Southwest Florida. Dunkin’ Donuts will award $1,000 scholarships to 15 eligible students across Palm Beach Treasure Coast, Greater Miami-Fort Lauderdale and Greater Ft. Myers-Naples areas. Students are selected based on their positive academic record and contributions to both their schools and communities.
Applicants to the Dunkin’ Donuts Scholarship Program must meet the following eligibility criteria:
Applicants must be high school seniors currently attending school in one of the following counties in South/Southwest Florida: Indian River, Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Collier, Glades, Lee, Charlotte, and DeSoto.
Plan to enroll full-time at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire 2017-2018 academic year.
Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent.
The Dunkin’ Donuts scholarship program is managed by Scholarship America — the nation’s largest manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals.
Applications are available at www.scholarsapply.org/ddonuts-fl and will be accepted until April 30.
Thought of the Day:
Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column.
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