Following a brief swearing-in ceremony for its two new members – Doug Kraft in Seat 2 and Cheri Ball in Seat 4 – the Pinecrest council got down to business on Monday night, approving plans for a Steven Sotloff memorial at Pinecrest Gardens, discussing a new sidewalk proposal and voting to oppose a waterline extension variance request.
Pinecrest Gardens has nabbed its biggest exhibition yet: For the next six months, visitors to the municipal botanical garden will also get to see a monumental installation by world-famous artist-filmmaker Philip Haas.
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.
Pinecrest Village Council members decided to go ahead with two of four new large-scale capital projects under consideration and tentatively approved slightly bumping up next year’s tax rate to $2.30 per $1,000 in property value at their budget hearing Tuesday night.
Steven Sotloff, the Pinecrest journalist beheaded by Islamic militants last week, was not betrayed by moderate Syrian opposition groups who are seeking military support from the United States, the White House said Tuesday, denying an accusation by a Sotloff family spokesman.
Germaine Butler quietly threw her hat in the race last month, filing her candidacy paperwork for Pinecrest Village Council Seat 4 before the qualifying period closed. Her opponent, Cherilyn Ball, has been on the campaign trail since February.
Increased hours at the Pinecrest Community Center, security cameras at parks, new bike and pedestrian paths along U.S. 1, and beautification projects along the U.S. 1 and Kendall Drive medians are among the projects included in a 2014-15 budget that Village Manager Yocelyn Galiano Gomez has proposed to the Pinecrest Village Council.
Actor Richard Dawson told the story of author Ernest Hemingway by reenacting Hemingway's life for seniors at the Pinecrest Branch Library on Tuesday, August 1, 2014. For more information on more programs at your local library, visit www.mdpls.org
The Butterfly in the Sky program is an all-inclusion class that convenes at 9:30 a.m. every Saturday, through Aug. 2, in Pinecrest Gardens for children to learn about the world of butterflies by exploring the botanical garden.
The Pinecrest Village Council voted earlier this month to raise the maximum millage rate for next fiscal year to $2.4 per $1,000 in assessed property value, up from the $2.2 it has maintained since 2012. The budget year starts Oct. 1.