Caribbean Blvd. roadway improvements groundbreaking ceremony

Caribbean Blvd. roadway improvements groundbreaking ceremony
Pictured are members of the Bell family annual reunion at Clearwater Beach,Florida, with the Cutler Bay News. Peggy Bell is in the center, holding the newspaper.

We hear from the office of Town Manager Rafael Casals that the groundbreaking ceremony for the big new Caribbean Boulevard Roadway Improvements Project is on Thursday, August 22 at 10:00 a.m., at 9120 Caribbean Boulevard. The project covers from Coral Sea Road to SW 87 Avenue and involves the construction of two traffic calming circles at the intersections of Gulfstream Road and Caribbean and SW 192 Drive and Caribbean. There’ll be lots of new features and enhancements that will really give the area a boost. For information please contact the Town’s Public Works Department at 305-234-4262 or email <>.

Now hear this… The Concerned Citizens of Cutler Bay are hosting an open discussion about lobbyists and Town government at their September meeting on September 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church, 20740 Old Cutler Road. “Lobbyists, and their role in local government here in Cutler Bay have been in the news recently,” says Steve Zarzecki. “All lobbyists registered in Cutler Bay are invited to attend, along with the Cutler Bay Town Council members. Interested citizens are encouraged to attend, listen and participate in the discussion.” All are welcome. For information, call Steve at 305-255-4351.

Golfers alert! The Fifth Annual Cutler Bay Open Gold Tournament is on Saturday September 21 at the Redland Golf & Country Club, 24451 SW 177 Avenue, Homestead. Tournament fee is $65 per person, which includes 18-hole four-man scramble golf tournament, range balls, oncourse beverages, awards and post-tournament barbecue with cash bar. Limited to the first 72 players to submit payment. For info call the Parks & Recreation Department at 305-238-4166.

A smokin’ new business… We hear from Dr. James Thomas, Economic Development Council Chair, that he persuaded Origins Cigars to move to the Cutler Bay area, where they have expanded and are now open for business. Origins Cigars is located at 18932 South Dixie Hwy. (across from Best Buy), and the owner is Karel Martinez. Check ‘em out, or call Karel at 305-252-1314 for more info.

Wedding Bells… (sorry for the pun.) We hear from Peggy Bell, Town Council Member Seat 3, that she just attended the Bell family annual reunion at Clearwater Beach, Florida, where they celebrated her niece, Katie’s, wedding. “We brought Cutler Bay News, of course!” says Peggy, which we appreciate. Congratulations and best wishes!

Artists, take note! We know there are a lot of artists here in the area so we are relaying this bit of news involving a call to artists for Sculpture Key West’s 2013- 2014 Season. “Sculpture Key West offers a unique opportunity for artists to create outdoor works that respond to and interact with the tropical environment. Each year the exhibition takes place in Key West’s historic fort, gardens, beaches, forests and grass areas. Artists are encouraged to apply for the 2013-2014 season. Please write to for further information if you are interested in submitting to either the Sculpture Key West main exhibit and/or the AIDS Memorial categories. Applications are taken on their website,

Thought of the Day:

It’s never too late to become what you might have been.

— George Elliot

Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column.

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