Cutler Bay Council members answered the call from residents who say they want more businesses in the town by appointing members to the economic growth committee.
The Cutler Bay town council met Wednesday, July 15.
The main item
Town residents Nadia Bajuelo, Milenka Bedwell, Heather Fraser, Marshall Steingold, and Alex Villasuso were each appointed by respective council members to serve on the first economic growth committee in Cutler Bay. The committee, with expertise in sales and advertising, will be tasked with bringing in new business to Cutler Bay through marketing. Council members approved the creation of the group at its May 20 meeting.
“When I ran for office, residents told me they wanted more dining and shopping opportunities,” Mayor Peggy Bell said. “I am working toward fulfilling the commitment I made to bring more businesses to our town and to support existing businesses. I sponsored this citizen advisory committee, with the requirement that members have expertise in marketing, as this committee is tasked with a specific job, to market Cutler Bay.”
▪ Fresh fields: The town council consented to purchase and install sod at Bel Aire park and Cutler Ridge park
▪ Afterschool program: The council consented on an item to approve the contract for the Children’s Trust afterschool program at Cutler Ridge Park. In April, the town had a grant approved by the board of directors of the Children’s Trust in the amount of $143,190.
▪ Tax Season: While the town won’t host its two budget hearings until September, the council approved a resolution to propose the adoption of a proposed tax rate of $2.53 per $1,000 of taxable property value.
You said it
“I saw the posting on the website for the committee,” said Nadia Bajuelo, a new member of the Economic Growth Committee. “As a new and excited resident here, as well as my expertise and experience in marketing with General Mills. … I thought I could bring something to the table.”
They said it
“From my standpoint, I look forward to working with all of the appointments who come from various backgrounds,” Town Manager Ralph Casals said. “They are very well qualified. Any insight and expertise residents can provide to better the town, I’m all for it. We are all looking forward to looking forward to working with this group of residents who come from different backgrounds.”
The next meeting
▪ When: 7 p.m. Aug. 19
▪ Where: Cutler Bay Town Hall, 10720 Caribbean Blvd.