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OCT. 30 - NOV. 12, 2012 –––––––––––– P ––––––––––––– 305-669-7355 State of Village Address features notable ‘firsts’ BY GARY ALAN RUSE almetto Bay Mayor Shelley Stanczyk gave the State of the Village Address on Wednesday, Oct. 17, the 10th year the annual event has taken place, but with several notable “firsts” that added significance to the Palmetto Bay milestone. For the first time, the address took place at Village Hall instead of Palmetto Bay Village Center as it has in the past. The event also was simulcast via live-streaming video and on WBAY Channel 77. After a reception in the promenade in front of Village Hall at 6:30 p.m. that drew 250 people, the event moved inside to the council chambers for the address. Southwood Middle School Jazz Band provided cocktail hour music, The Children’s Voice sang the National Anthem and the Village council candidates lobby voters for support BY GRANT MILLER T Jim Araiza addresses the audience at the Palmetto Bay Candidate Forum. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY RAQUEL GARCIA Mayor Shelley Stanczyk gives the State of the Village Address. (Photo by All Star Event Photos.) –––––––––––––––––––– See ADDRESS, page 6 Time for village to settle with Palmer he six candidates for the Palmetto Bay Village Council met recently in a community forum sponsored by the Palmetto Bay Village Voice. The well-attended event in the Palms Room of the Village Center ran just over two hours and was moderated by Rhonda Victor Siblia, community outreach coordinator for the Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics and Public Trust. After the candidates introduced themselves, questions were selected from the audience on local issues such as community involvement, campaign financing, environmental concerns, police management, charter amendments, and future growth. Each candidate had two minutes to state his or her position. Beyond the spontaneous outbreak of applause after comments made on some of the more controversial topics like campaign donation origins and the Neighborhood Protection Charter Amendment (NPCA), it was a smoothly run and amicable evening. Four out of the six candidates did not support the NPCA. District 2 candidate Jim Araiza said it would only bring more litigation to the city and there were plenty of lawsuits to deal with already. Vice mayor candidate Karyn Cunningham said although she supports the protection of neighborhoods, she was against the NPCA because it was “too political.” District 2 candidate Tim Schaffer supported it to protect “our way of life” and “give residents an opportunity to decide –––––––––––––– See CANDIDATES, page 6 Publisher Who will step forward to settle the Palmer Trinity issue, Palmetto Bay’s most divisive issue? The tactics of letting the courts make all the decisions have been devastating for Palmetto Bay. Will 2013 be the year where a statesman (or woman) steps forward to show some leadership and bring an end to this black cloud overhanging the village? Mayor Shelley Stanczyk failed to address Palmer at her 2012 State of the Village. It certainly is important. All we know to date is that the litigation before the Third District Court of Appeal ended very badly for Palmetto Bay with a decision that will haunt future councils and residents for many years to come. Now simply known as “the decision” the court published its opinion that the current Palmetto Bay Council (actually –––––––––––––––––––– See PALMER, page 6 ALL TYPES OF COVERAGE FROM OVER 100 TRUSTED, COMPETITIVE, INSURERS 305.238.1000 Savings & Service Since 1950

Palmetto Bay News 10.30.2012

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