We have been barraged by mailers and phone calls saying “Vote for me.” My inner voice always replies, “Don’t tell me what you promise to do; show me what you have done.” Fortunately, there is a candidate for Palmetto Bay Village Council whose accomplishments and qualifications are indisputable. Henry Clifford has been my Palmetto Bay neighbor for over 35 years and I have seen him repeatedly stand shoulder to shoulder with our neighbors fighting for low-density residential zoning, traffic control, responsible business development and all of the other issues that make our community a desirable place to live.
Regarding the Oct. 5 Soapbox letter Candidate forum won’t be fair, it is disappointing to read that mayoral candidate Peggy Bell did not want to participate in a candidate forum in front of everyday Cutler Bay residents like you and me. It is disappointing that, instead of just saying, “I don’t want to debate my opponent,” she would resort to slanderous accusations about the integrity of a respected civic organization as an excuse.
Community organizations that host candidates for public office have always prided themselves in being impartial in their proceedings, allowing their political guests to make their respective arguments knowing full-well that the questions put before them are not biased in favor or against either candidate.
What’s an environmentally conscious philanthropist to do with her pristine seven acres of tropical hardwood hammock and 10,500-square-foot energy efficient home when she decides to move away? She donates it to a historic and environmental preserve dedicated to hands-on ecological education that’s conveniently located right across the street.
Palmetto Bay Vice-Mayor John DuBois continues to fight a county lawsuit against him, ongoing since September 2012, which alleges he illegally trimmed mangroves and filled wetlands on his 8-acre bay-front property.
Palmetto Bay will begin landscaping, curb, and street light improvements in the triangle between Southwest 184th Street, U.S.1 and Franjo Road next year, build two new batting cages at Palmetto Bay Park, plant more trees, and improve several safe routes to school.
Miami native Benjamin Bistrong, a descendant on his mother’s side to a pioneering group of home-builders who emigrated from the Bahamas to Key West in the 1830s, worked to bring South Florida into a modern Stone Age.
Hasty amendments led Palmetto Bay council members to ultimately defer or settle in part the two blockbuster items from their Monday night hearing regarding development on the old Burger King property and private school Palmer Trinity’s expansion.
I think if I read one more apple pie Soapbox letter containing the words Palmer Trinity I’m going to go nuts. I haven’t written a Soapbox letter for awhile but I find myself compelled. I truly wish this school would just build their humongous addition. Let’s go, no more delays, get it done.
The Palmetto Bay council voted earlier this month to advertise the same tax rate it has had since 2009 for the upcoming fiscal year: $2.447 per $1,000 in assessed property value. The budget year starts Oct. 1.