More voters may come to the polls after the Cutler Bay town council passed an ordinance on first reading that could be made into law on July 15.
The Cutler Bay town council met on Wednesday, June 17.
The main item
The council voted unanimously to move the possible run-off election date from Nov. 22 to Nov. 29, 2016, in an effort to bring more voters to the polls for upcoming elections. The Nov. 8 election will fill the seats of vice mayor and seat 2. Candidates have from July 26 through August 12 to qualify.
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“In the event of a runoff, the council felt Nov. 22 was too close to Thanksgiving,” Mayor Peggy Bell said. “We wanted to obtain a higher voter turnout.”
▪ Booming business: The council unanimously voted, on first reading, to move an ordinance for second reading, making it easier for businesses to do renovations and interior upgrades while not increasing the building’s footprint, based on cost.
▪ Charter requested deferral: The developers for a potential charter school requested a deferral for a resolution permitting the conversion of an office space at 10750 Caribbean Blvd. from business use to a charter school.
▪ Green light for golf carts: After lobbying in Tallahassee, the council announced that the omnibus transportation bill passed, making it possible for golf carts to be driven on county roadways in Cutler Bay.
They said it
“In our recent strategic master plan and transportation master plan meetings the community voiced their desire to operate their golf carts on county roadways. We addressed this with our representatives in Tallahassee. It was added to an omnibus transportation bill, which passed recently. We are most appreciative of the assistance we received on this matter from State Senators [Dwight] Bullard and [Gwen] Margolis, along with State Representatives [Erik] Fresen and [Kionne] McGhee.” — Cutler Bay Mayor Peggy Bell
The next meeting
▪ When: 7 p.m. July 15
▪ Where: Town Hall, council chambers, 10720 Caribbean Boulevard.