Village announces something scary, something reassuring


Spooky but safe… We hear from Saylin Paez, Events & Programs Coordinator for the Village of Palmetto Bay, that the Village will be celebrating Halloween this year with a safe and fun alternative to trick-or-treating in the streets by offering a frighteningly unique and fabulous Halloween Trunk-or-Treat & Movie Night, Tuesday October 31 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Coral Reef Park, 7895 SW 152nd Street. “So get your scary costume and crazy wig on, as community partners, along with Village sports and recreation providers and Benefit Car Show participants, hand out tons of candy and other goodies for trick-or-treaters. There will also be a campfire pit so, don’t forget to bring your s’mores and remember to wear your best costume to enter a raffle to win movie tickets!”  The movie starts at 7 p.m. If you’re reading this online there’s still time to vote for your favorite Halloween movie to be shown that night. Just visit the village website at to cast your vote. Please note: If you wish to participate in the “Trunk-or-Treat” Car Show contest, please register at The only requirements to participate in the car show contest are that you provide at least 6-8 sealed bags of candy at the event and have your trunk decorated. Prizes will be given to the best decorated cars. Space is limited so register early. For more info visit the village website or call 305-259-1234.

Some good news about the storm… the village announced that permit fees for repair work related to Hurricane Irma in residential properties will be waived for a period of 60 calendar days.  You should bring photos of your damage, your homeowner’s insurance claim report or other document to verify the hurricane damage and take advantage of the waiver before it expires at 4:30 p.m. on November 16th. “To qualify for the fee waiver, the proposed work must be for residential properties, must be related to Hurricane Irma and the permit application must be submitted to the village by the expiration date and time. By Florida law and statutes, the actual building permit and/or required inspections cannot be waived.”

Meeting! The Village of Palmetto Bay Parks & Recreation Community Outreach Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 17, at 6:00 p.m. at Village Hall Municipal Center, 9705 E. Hibiscus Street, Palmetto Bay, FL 33157. Village of Palmetto Bay Council members may be present at the meeting and speak on matters that may be considered at this or future meetings.

It’s that time again! We hear that the GFWC Cutler Ridge Woman’s Club is having their Fall Bunco Bazaar on Saturday October 14 at Cutler Ridge Park, 10100 S.W. 200 Street in Cutler Bay. Bunco: 10:00 a.m., with a buffet lunch at noon. There will be door prizes, an auction table and a bake sale. Cost is $20 each. All proceeds go to various charitable organizations supported by the group. GFWC stands for the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. And in case you haven’t played before, Wikipedia defines Bunco in this way: “As it is played today, Bunco is a social dice game involving 100 percent luck and no skill (there are no decisions to be made), scoring and a simple set of rules.” If you’d like to participate, please RSVP to Stephanie Caravetta at 305-302-7670.

Thought of the Day:

Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom. – John Adams

Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column.

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