One of Miami’s Community Newspapers Phone: 305-669-7355 NEWS Cutler Bay SERVING SOUTH DADE DECEMBER 22, 2009 CITT executive addresses EDC on future of transit CBBA party gathers toys for F needy kids in the community C BY GARY ALAN RUSE ormer Palmetto Bay village manager Charles Scurr, who has for the past year been the executive director of the Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust (CITT), addressed members of the Economic Development Council of South Dade (EDC) at the group’s regular monthly meeting on Dec. 8. Scurr spoke informally on the topic of transit service to the more than two dozen people attending the meeting at the EDC headquarters at 900 Perrine Ave. Included among the attendees were Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene P. Flinn Jr.; village council members Shelley Stanczyk and Howard Tendrich; Cutler Bay Vice Mayor Ed MacDougall; Pinecrest Council member Joseph M. Corradino; County Commissioner Katy Sorensen, as well as business men and women, and others from the community. “I want to talk about where we’ve been, where we are now and where we’re going,” Scurr told the group. “The Transportation Trust is the half penny sales tax that was very soundly approved by the voters. We Fruit and Spice Park set to host Redland Festival BY EDITH TORRES M Pictured (l-r) are Officer Debbie Fleites, Officer MaryAnn Stahl, CBBA president Darryl Boyette, Officer (Photo by Bill Meiklejohn) John McLaughlin and Sgt. Chad Murphy. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY GARY ALAN RUSE CITT executive director Charles Scurr at EDC meeting on Dec. 8. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– See EDC, page 4 embers of the Cutler Bay Business Association (CBBA) had their fourth annual holiday party on Thursday, Dec. 10, meeting not only for a fun get-together but also to support a good cause. More than 400 people gathered at the Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay dealership, located at 10701 SW 211 St., which provided space for the event as well as free valet parking. Each member or guest attending was asked to bring an unwrapped gift for a child. As a result, the CBBA collected enough new, unwrapped toys to fill a Mercedes-Benz SUV. The toys were to be distributed to local children by the Cutler Bay Policing Unit. Food for the party was provided by area restaurants and stores, including Buffalo Wild Wings, Cutler Bay Sports Bar, Sonny’s Barbecue, Black Point Ocean Grill, Honey Baked Hams, Royal Palm Grill, Sal’s Italian Ristorante, Takee Outee Chinese Restaurant, Rodbenders, Wendy’s Chocolates, LA Sweets, Costco, and Publix Supermarkets. Palmetto Bay Village Center provided the tables and chairs for the event. Musical entertainment was presented by Breaktime, Sheryl Latty and the carolers, and Shayna Rogg. Justo Rico was Santa for the night. ––––––––––––––––––––––––– See CBBA, page 4 elebrate the new year at the 33rd annual Redland Festival, Jan. 9-10, at the Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 SW 187 Ave. in Homestead. The Redland Festival, a Fruit and Spice Park staple event that draws crowds in the thousands, will have its traditional natural arts and crafts, more than 20 nurseries selling native plants and fruit trees, a children’s area, as well as a variety of entertainment for the young and old. Featured entertainers performing both on stage and impromptu throughout the park include Merlina, the magician and bilingual story teller, bringing her stories to life with audience participation and interaction; Redland Festival returning favorites Ed and Geraldine Berbaum performing old-time musicals and inviting children to join them in playing musical rhythm instruments; David Ballard performing comedy variety entertainment using puppets and clowns, and renowned guitarist James Kelly performing traditional Irish music. The Natural Selections of South Florida, with host and owner Joseph Wasilewski, will conduct live animal shows prompting educational discussion and teaching the audience about the environmental purpose of native Florida animals. Animals featured include alligators, crocodiles, snakes, turtles and other interesting creatures. Admission is $8 per person and children under age 12 are admitted free. Doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. For more information, call the Fruit and Spice Park at 305-247-5727. The Fruit and Spice Park, operated by MiamiDade Park and Recreation Department, grows more than 500 varieties of sub-tropical fruits, herbs, spices, vegetables and nuts from around the world on 39 lush acres in the agricultural Redland. The park offers daily botanical tours, fruit tasting and naturalist-led workshops.