But as in any municipality, Palmetto Bay has its share of issues.
Stanczyk took the time to recognize that, acknowledging that Palmetto Bay was one of the few incorporated local governments in Miami-Dade County where property values decreased this year.
The county property appraiser reported a 0.62 percent drop in the village’s property values. Stanczyk said that is “due to a lack of private investment in the commercial sector of the village.”
As for its residential sector?
“We have a very stable community. That means people have lived here a long time,” Stanczyk said after the speech, adding that recently she has seen more homes go up for sale.
Another rough patch in Palmetto Bay’s history: Ongoing litigation with the private Palmer Trinity School over expansion that has went on for the last five of the village’s 11 years since incorporation.
“Palmetto Bay has recently taken steps to attempt to positively and peacefully resolve lingering legal issues,” said Stanczyk.
The Village Council has approved a settlement with Palmer to end all lawsuits, which were filed by the school against the village. The terms of the settlement, however, will be reworked to reach a medium between what the school wants and what residents want in order to protect their quality of life. The document, along with a site plan for the school’s expansion, will eventually come back to the council for a vote.
Before she embarked on her speech, Stanczyk recognized village department heads and held back tears when it came time to name Village Attorney Eve Boutsis.
“Eve, your intelligence, strength of spirit, and wisdom will be sorely missed,” said Stanczyk. “I can predict that regardless of where your future leads you, happiness will be part of it.”
Last week, a divided council decided to dismiss Boutsis, of Figueredo and Boutsis, from her post as village attorney. Stanczyk and Councilwoman Joan Lindsay dissented.
“Our decisions are not always easy to make,” said Stanczyk when she recognized her fellow council members during her address. “While we may not always agree, there is no doubt that we all serve with great conviction.”