Cutler Bay Town Manager Ralph Casals has heard residents’ concerns. On Wednesday, he made it official when they would find out more about the property at 18551 Old Cutler Rd. Cutler Properties has requested a zoning change on the land. Current zoning allows 30 to 40 single-family homes, but the owner filed to change the zoning to a mixed-use development, allowing buildings of up to four stories.
“Regarding the site plan, rezoning application for Cutler Properties, as we refer to as the nine acres adjacent to 184 and Old Cutler Road,” town manager Ralph Casals said. “I can tell you, we’ve met internally. This application will be before the town council during the March 16 meeting. Again, I think it was important for me to make the announcement because I know we have a lot of residents that are concerned … that either email or call me on a weekly basis, but that’s going to be March 16. The zoning department, we will go through our proper protocol of posting the property, the courtesy notices we spoke about, as well as advertising in the newspaper.”
▪ Bear hunting: In opposition to the Florida Fish and Wildlife commission’s act to permit bear hunting, the council consented on a resolution urging the commission to reconsider the resumption of bear hunting in Florida. In October, the FWC opened four of seven bear-management units in Florida to allow black bear hunting, with a plan to “stabilize Florida’s large, resilient and growing bear populations.”
▪ Youth fair: The council unanimously consented on a resolution to support the city of Homestead’s resolution urging Miami-Dade County to move forward with the relocation of the Dade County Youth Fair to South Dade. In December, Homestead unanimously passed a resolution to relocate the fair to a location in South Dade. The movement to relocate the fair to property owned by the county, located adjacent to the Homestead Air Reserve Base Park, has been endorsed by congressional and state legislative representatives.
▪ Tiger Shark Way: Southwest 212th Street, between Southwest 85th and 87th avenues could be renamed Tiger Shark Way after the council unanimously consented to approve a resolution formally requesting approval from the Miami-Dade County commission. Cutler Bay Senior High School’s student government association requested the renaming during an Oct. 28 council meeting. The street is in front of the high school.
They said it
“I have been researching doing a Green Master Plan. I’ve been talking with the manager, and I’ve also gotten a copy from our good friends at Doral … Basically, the green master plan is sort of like the strategic master plan. It’s all the things that we do that are going green. We have so many already. We have: community gardens, we have the green LDR (Land Development Regulations) … the solar certificate. We are the leader in PACE. With complete streets, where we encourage people to walk and bike and save energy, and I was thinking even possible golf cart usage would be part of the green. It would just all be one report and that could lead us into getting more grants for green initiatives, as well. I just wanted to make you aware that I was working on that, and I will bring it forward at a future council meeting.” Council member Mary Ann Mixon
The next meeting
▪ When: 7 p.m. Feb. 17
▪ Where: Town Hall, 10720 Caribbean Blvd.