Town manager Rafael Casals briefs CBBA on new plans

Town manager Rafael Casals briefs CBBA on new plans

Town manager Rafael Casals addresses members of the CBBA.

Cutler Bay town manager Rafael Casals addressed members of the Cutler Bay Business Association at their monthly meeting on Aug. 13 about current issues and new plans that will affect the town’s residents.

The main speaker at the meeting, Casals began by saying the previous Open Mic Night was successful, bringing out many residents who participated in the Q&A, and that the next one was scheduled at East Ridge Retirement Village for Aug. 26. He also talked about the completion of work on Caribbean Boulevard, and a significant change in the town.

“We had a growth rate of 8 percent,” Casals said. “That means your property values went up 8 percent.”

Casals announced plans to convert the fifth floor of the Cutler Bay Town Center into a community center where senior activities, pottery classes, Zumba classes and other activities can be conducted without the need for building a special facility or purchasing more property. He also said that a better air conditioning system and impact resistant windows were planned for the building to lessen the effects of hurricanes and the down time that follows them.

When asked about the proposed new Publix Shopping Center on Old Cutler Road in the “potato field” area, he said that the various sides involved were still in court and conclusion of that was likely a year away.

When mentioning the new improvements to the town’s official website, which has undergone a complete overhaul, he said that he hopes to have more services available online, including records and payments, to make things more convenient for residents. The town’s website is at

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