Things to mark on your calendar this year


Things to mark on your calendar this yearThere’s lots of intrigue going on these days, but let’s focus on the fun events in this new year.

Enjoy camping? Well, Palmetto Bay’s popular annual event, Camping in the Park and Movie Night, will be back on February 8th and 9th at Coral Reef Park, and registration is now open. As before, guests will enjoy kayaking, fishing, animal exhibits and many other daytime activities. This year the movie, shown on the big screen when the sun goes down, will be “Toy Story 4.” The cost is $15 per tent. Pre-registration is a must, space is limited.

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How about music? This month there’s the first ever BayCrest Music & Food Fest on Sunday, January 26, at 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Palmetto Bay Park, 17535 SW 95 Avenue. Gates open at 9 a.m. Music begins at 10:30 a.m. and there will be live bands all day, vendors and more. “Please join us and enjoy a day of family fun, music, food and drinks.” Get tickets at

The last straw…? We heard that the use, sale or distribution of plastic straws in commercial establishments, mobile vendors, by special event permit holders, and on town facilities/property was prohibited in Cutler Bay last year. Why? According to Ocean Conservancy, plastic straws are in the top 10 trash items collected during coastal cleanups. It’s estimated that 500 million straws are used every day in our country—and many of those end up in our oceans, polluting the water and killing marine life. “Although there is still much more work to be done to reduce the global problem of plastic pollution, we must start somewhere. We encourage your support to reduce plastic consumption wherever you can.” Effective January 1, 2020, Code Compliance will begin enforcing this ordinance with written warning notices. Beginning March 1, Code Compliance will enforce civil penalties for violations. Distributing, selling or using plastic straws may result in a civil penalty of $25.

The prohibition of plastic straws will not apply to pre-packaged drinks sold at commercial establishments; at medical and dental facilities; in school district, county, state or federal governmental entities; and where a reasonable accommodation is needed by an individual due to a medical or physical condition.

Town Council Workshop… This may be of interest to you in Cutler Bay–the purpose of this Town Council Workshop will be to discuss the building moratorium. It’s on January 22 at 5:30 p.m., in the Town of Cutler Bay Council Chambers, 10720 Caribbean Blvd.

NOTE: Village Hall Offices will be closed on Monday, January 20, in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

Thought of the Day:
It always seems impossible until it is done. – Nelson Mandella

Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column.

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