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Julian H. Perez joins staff at Village Hall BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Julian H. Perez recently joined the staff of the Village of Palmetto Bay as its new director of Planning and Zoning/Code Compliance, replacing Arleen Weintraub, who held the position from January 2004. Weintraub has taken a job with North Bay Village. Perez, who has lived and worked in South Florida for the past 35 years, recently worked for the City of South Miami in the Planning Department, and is an urban planner and senior program manager. He has extensive experience in managing and implementing projects related to land use and water resources planning, development of regional impacts (Application for Development Approval), environmental planning, aviation planning, and soil and hazardous waste management studies. Perez said that he feels great about joining the village team. “I think it was an excellent opportunity to come here to work with an excellent group of professionals,” Perez said in an exclusive interview last week. “I’m glad to be back where I really belong, working for local government, although I spent many

Officials read environmentally themed stories to students

We all are working toward creating a ‘greener’ village BY MAYOR EUGENE P. FLINN JR.

Following is the conclusion of a two-part report on Palmetto Bay’s Earth Day Celebration, describing some of the substantive changes the village has adopted or is promoting in support of green initiatives within the village. The purpose of Palmetto Bay celebrating Earth Day over a nine-day period is to bring attention to our attempts to “Green our Village.” Our work continues to change the way we live and make everyday Earth Day. Planning is a large part of the “green” initiative. We started with a large public process in developing Palmetto Bay’s Comprehensive Plan (CP) which involved two public charrettes (former Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene Flinn (left) and Councilmember Shelley Stanczyk (second from left) read environmentally themed stories to students of Village Pines School, 15000 SW 92 Ave., during the village’s recent Earth Week Celebration at Coral Reef Library. Also pictured are (l-r) library branch manager Helen McCray, Adult Services librarian Rose Spector, Young Adult librarian Melinda Meyer, assistant branch manager/Children’s librarian Katherine Seaver, and Children’s librarian Amy Peterson.

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years working in the private sector. There are a lot of real good initiatives here and I look forward to being part of the village’s future.” Perez said that he hopes to use his training in government and business to benefit Palmetto Bay. “I would like to bring some of my experience working in other communities as a JULIAN H. PEREZ

director or as a consultant to the village,” Perez said. “The other thing I would like to focus on is the Franjo Triangle and US1 Commercial Island. I think certain parts of that area need help, and we’re going to be working very hard to make sure that vision comes to fruition.”

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Palmetto HS Drama Dept. students earn high ratings

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BY ROBERT HAMILTON Students in the Palmetto Senior High Drama Department attended the Florida State Thespian Festival in Tampa, Apr. 22-26. It is an annual event with some 6,900 statewide attendees. Not only did the Palmetto students’ one act play, Focus, written by David Rosenberg, a senior, win straight “superiors” but all other performances or performers received excellent or superior ratings. Focus already had won locally in district competition and also was chosen to be performed for Superintendent’s Showcase on Apr. 16 at Hialeah Senior High School. Palmetto Senior High Thespians Troupe 1298 accomplishments included:

Focus, written by David Rosenberg, received straight superior ratings; Matthew Janisse, solo musical, superior; David Rosenberg, monologues, superior; Veronica Avanic and Krysta Garcia, duet musical, superior; Elliot Evins, Connor Wells and Kristian Lugo, ensemble mime, superior; Elliot Evins, Matthew Janisse, Adam Epelbaum and David Rosenberg, ensemble acting, superior; Emily Freedman, set design, excellent; Natalie Freedman, costume design, excellent; Jose-Luis Lopez, set design, superior; In addition, Veronica Avanic received the Florida State Thespians Theatre Education Scholarship. Elizabeth Silverio is the Theatre instructor at Miami Palmetto Senior High.

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GREENER, from page 1 –––––– Burger King site and US1/Franjo Road) and more than 40 public meetings. We added optional elements including a Coastal Element and a Water Supply Facilities Element. The goals in the CP reflect the commitment of the village council and residents to smart growth principles, as well as protecting our present quality of life. Special zoning districts were created as a result of the two charrettes. The goal is smart growth, transit-oriented developments to co-exist with, not replace, existing single-family districts, including creation of pedestrian and bicycle friendly locations. We have completed an award-winning transportation master plan, which is currently being updated to add additional pedestrian/bicycle friendly features. We are encouraging use of mass transit by being one of the few municipalities in Miami-Dade County to spend portions of the Citizens Independent Transportation Trust (CITT) moneys for correcting and/or upgrading route connections with the busway — green, though it has been a slow implementation process. Recognizing opportunities and acting on them, I, along with the village council and staff, immediately stepped forward to identify, purchase, and develop significant green spaces to create an outstanding Parks and Recreation system in Palmetto Bay. I have often stated that we have one chance to preserve our valuable green space and we have been aggressive in establishing a solid future for our children and residents to enjoy all the natural amenities Palmetto Bay has to offer. Our parks and general government areas are about to start an ambitious recycling program. Soon, recycling bins will be available for use at every village facility. Even village “giveaways” over the many years have been promoting going green, from promoting the use of refill-

able sport water bottles to distribution of the popular Palmetto Bay “blue is green” reusable tote bags. Advocating a solid action plan, the village council has continued to work on an aggressive legislative plan. We support: • Holding the Urban Development Boundary (UDB) line (but not unfettered growth within the UDB, especially without proper concurrent infrastructure to support it); • The Everglades Restoration projects (including the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan “CERP” projects within and near the village); • Smart growth legislation, preserving our unique natural environmental lands, including working with the county’s Environmentally Endangered Lands (EELs) program, and • Taking a strong stand against any development in wetland areas through zoning decisions. Public Works continues to implement our street side tree/landscaping master plan, which is one element of the Comprehensive Plan. This plan was developed in conjunction with our local residents through a series of public meetings. The Public Works department is responsible for our 2008 “Tree City USA” award, which reflects the leadership that the village has shown in planting and properly maintaining its tree canopy. This department also has implemented our drainage and storm water master plans. We have a duty to ensure that our storm water is handled in an environmentally friendly matter in order to minimize the potential negative impacts to Biscayne National Park and other environmentally sensitive areas located within the village. Our village’s Planning and Zoning and Building and Permitting departments provided greening updates at the Earth Week Committee of the Whole meeting. Our building official announced the potential of real incentives for building green in our village.

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Please participate in the public hearings on enactment of this important code in June and July. Our village attorneys, Zoning and Building staffs are working on finishing our Land Development Code to include the greening options. At the Committee of the Whole meeting, the launching of a green page on our village website also was announced. The intent of this effort is to provide our residents and general public with information regarding the guiding principles for sustainable living. We want to provide priority and economic incentives for building green certified buildings in Palmetto Bay. The Coral Reef Park restroom/concession stand building will be one of the latest additions of green certified government buildings constructed in south Miami-Dade County. Our Village Clerk and Finance departments have continued work on paperless systems and placing important information including budgets, meeting notices, minutes, agendas, etc. on the village’s website. The Finance Department uses the Internet for collecting fees and registrations. Our village clerk, public information officer, and village manager have dropped the former glossy mailed newsletter in favor of the electronic green “e-Currents” electronic newsletter. There’s exciting stuff that will lead to

PEREZ, from page 1 ––––––––– Perez stated that the county water project there and the planned Village Hall site on the old Neighbors Supermarket property will serve as the catalyst for the rest of the redevelopment of the area. “It’s a very interesting project and I’m very enthusiastic about it because it’s going to create a place not only for the civic center but also for other businesses to come into the area — restaurants and retail, and so forth, and become the urban center for this community,” Perez said. “It’s been a bedroom community thus far with people living here and working and playing elsewhere, and we want to assure that as we develop, people can not only live here, they can also work in their community, play in their community and have all the amenities around them.” Perez earned bachelor of science degrees in Economics and Policy Science in 1980 from Florida State University, a master’s in International Affairs/ Economic Development from that school in 1983 and a MPS in Urban and Regional Planning at FSU in 1985. Perez said that one of his other main

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real changes. Much has been accomplished, but we still have more to go. These events will continue with final implementation of our Land Development Code, currently in final draft, working to include green elements into our village code. Stay tuned and participate. The ultimate goal is to eventually be certified as a “Green City” from the Florida Green Building Coalition. I am proud that Palmetto Bay recognizes not just one Earth Day, but many events over the nine days of Earth Day celebration. By appreciating the earth and knowing how it is changing, we can make responsible life decisions — and enlighten our children to do the same. As we move forward, we can all continue to work to make every day Earth Day. I thank you all for such exciting and progressive times in this positive and progressive village. Are you receiving the periodic e-newsletter featuring Mayor Flinn’s South Dade Community Updates? These e-newsletters provide updates on activities, events and issues affecting our community. Visit Mayor Flinn’s personal website at <www.eugeneflinn.com> or send email to him at <EugeneFlinn@aol.com>. You also can find him on Twitter (eugeneflinn) and facebook.

goals is to protect local property values in areas with foreclosed homes, not only as a matter of good business but also so that the mortgage holders show proper respect for the homeowners in the area. “We need to pay special attention to our neighborhoods,” Perez said. “We want to be sure they’re well-kept and that’s one of the things I’m going to be emphasizing through code enforcement. We don’t want the unfortunate situation that’s going on through many foreclosures with all its negative impacts to flourish. That’s why we’re going to be very vigilant and keep an eye on those properties and make sure they don’t deteriorate.” Perez said that he looks forward to meeting with local organizations within the village as well as individual residents, and that he’s accessible and flexible. “I just would like to say that my office is open,” Perez said. “I believe in three important things. One is communication. Second is an open door policy. Third is that we’re going to be doing our best to make sure the Comprehensive Plan is adhered to, as well as the Plan Developing Code and our zoning requirements, our responsibility with code compliance and so forth. If we ever make a mistake — we’re human — we’ll correct ourselves.


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We all scream for ice cream... Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN Mayor Flinn sure is getting out and around these days, and showing up at the most interesting places, meeting with the movers and shakers of other communities and representing the village. Of course, visiting the restaurants and ice cream parlors isn’t a bad gig, either. We hear that actor Alex Pettyfer has been signed for the title (?) role in the movie version of “Beastly,” which is based on the young adult novel by Alex Flinn, the mayor’s wife, who, when her massive reading audience turns voting age could probably give hubby a run for his money in any future political race he might consider. VOTE “Yes”... The village is mailing out, even as this goes to press, a flyer explaning to residents how they can get rid of the mitigation tax payments to the county once and for all and keep those millions home where they belong. Read it, and in the special election mailout, VOTE “YES.” It’s your money...if you want to keep it! New Turnpike construction projects in southwest Dade from US 1 to Allapattah Road; SW 216 Street to Southwest 152 Street and Kendall Drive to SW 56 Street are designed to widen shoulders on ramps at Campbell Drive, Biscayne Drive, Tallahassee Road and Allapattah Road interchanges. One project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2009 but the rest will take until summer 2010 at a combined cost of $14.4 million, so watch your corner-

ing, folks. It’s downright costly. Among blooming programs at area high schools: a Veterinarian Academy at Felix Varela Senior High School in West Kendall is becoming a full magnet school-within-a-school program and is scheduled to serve 125 students when the fall term opens. The far western high school also is planning to open a global studies magnet for an additional 75 students who will enroll in August. Finally, Eddie Guzman of the faculty was named 2009 Mathematics Teacher of the Year, and Daniel Vinot Social Studies Teacher of the Year, all part of “good news” from Schools Supt. Alberto M. Carvalho who comments that positives often are lost in press coverage of schools during recent KFHA appearance. And here’s what’s going on right now in the City of South Miami—the newest commissioner up there is rumored to want to get rid of the city manager, the chief of police, the city attorney and another one or two department heads. It’s the same commissioner that is being investigated by the big boys downtown, who are sure to want to talk to her and her attorney once again, especially after the newest allegations make their way to the Miami Dade ethics commission. Went for a walk the other day on Sunset Drive and ran into Mark Richman, John Edward Smith and Wayne Brackin and no, they weren’t all together, but if they were I’d love to hear what they all have to say about the First National Bank of South Miami’s new project. Shop Locally! We’ve been saying and writing it and doing it a lot. Have you? If you want to make a difference, spend some of your money in Palmetto Bay.

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Look first in your hometown, support these folks that help make the area so nice. Restaurants, scores of retail stores, movies, bowling, our own hardware store, places to buy dress shoes, for women and men and kids, shoes and clothes for athletes of all ages and sizes and of course jewelry, fine clothes and a smoothie that will invigorate you. Support these folks, and just because you hear and read that this recession is coming to an end doesn’t release you from caring and buying from our locally owned businesses. Folks, we got a whole lot of stuff going on right here, so spend some of your money here and keep Palmetto

Bay healthy. Kudos to our son, Jeff, who started graduate school. He’s pretty excited about starting his Masters in International Business and very, very happy that his mother and I have finally stopped saying: “ You have got to graduate school” Thought of the Day: We must travel in the direction of our fear. — John Berryman Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column. Got any tips? Contact me at 305-6697355, ext. 249, or send e-mail to <Michael@communitynewspapers.com>.

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Legislature let us down in our time of need R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY The frontpage headline in the Miami Herald read: “Tallahassee scorecard: 1 new tax, little reform.” It is just another confirmation that our elected officials are neglecting their responsibilities to the people of Florida. Sales tax and real estate tax revenues are down. Tourism, and its related income, is down. Yet, our educational system needs greater support. Sick children are waiting for assistance. Where to find the money is the question. Our legislators headed to Tallahassee at the beginning of the recently ended session all fired up to find ways to shore up the state’s sagging revenues. Our hopes were soon shattered when we realized that it was back to the same old ways of running our state. The legislature’s concept is to spend little time looking for revenues to cover expenses and concentrate on looking for

excuses to justify cutting back on spending. The heck with our kids; just forget public transportation needs, and let parents find the money to send their kids to college. For years we have been trying to take cars off the road. South Florida’s commuter rail line, Tri-Rail, has grown in ridership every year. Tens of thousands of drivers have parked their cars and taken the train connecting Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Yet, our legislators have denied them the needed revenue to continue running. Cutbacks in scheduling are imminent. Condo owners are waking up in the morning to no electricity, no cable, and sometimes no telephone service, because their condo associations are out of money. Banks, owning foreclosed properties, are not required to pay maintenance fees, so there is no money to pay the condo’s bills. We need a law requiring banks to pay maintenance fees as long as they own the property. The proposed bill died in committee. School systems across the state do not have the funds to maintain and build needed schools. Rather than develop the needed funds, our legislature is giving county school boards the “authority” to increase their millage, collecting money

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More than 700 celebrate at CCHS Anniversary Gala

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PARK AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT WINS GOVERNOR’S STERLING AWARD The Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department has received the 2009 Governor’s Sterling Award. The MDPRD is the first park and recreation agency in the state to receive this distinction. Presented by Governor Charlie Crist and the Florida Sterling Council, the award recognizes organizations and businesses in Florida that successfully have achieved performance excellence within their management and operations. CORAL REEF HIGH SENIOR AWARDED WRITING COMPETITION SCHOLARSHIP The American Civil Liberties Union

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Wine event raises funds for the Family Resource Center

Pictured at the Wine and Food Tasting are (l-r) Tony Bayona, Marianne Perkins, Drew Kern and Matthew Ladd. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY BETH COHEN In honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month, Crown Wine & Spirits near The Falls recently hosted a Wine and Food Tasting event to raise funds and friends for the Family Resource Center of South Florida, a leading child welfare agency in Miami. The event raised awareness about child abuse and neglect, and encouraged the support of children and families in need. More than 40 people attended the tasting that included approximately 20 different wines, four tables featuring a spirit with appropriate “mixers,” artisan cheeses, meats and the like. Ernie Dalvisio, a Crown Wine & Spirits chef, gave a cooking demonstration and a wine connoisseur was at each table to educate attendees about each featured wine. One of the highlights of the night was

prominent Miami attorney Mark Tobin, who introduced his own line of fine wines from Mattebella Vineyards. The wine label currently produces three wines, two red and one white. A fourth wine, a French provencial style rosé, will be introduced in the summer of 2009. The Family Resource Center is driven by the principle that nothing is more fundamental to a community than the safety and well being of its children. Its goal is to prevent and change dysfunctional parent/ child interaction patterns, promote positive self-concepts, and build healthy relationships to prevent child abuse and neglect through family support, crisis intervention, housing location, family preservation, parent education and counseling. For more information about the Family Resource Center, visit online at <www.frcflorida.org>.

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Jimmy Johnson finds second home in Florida Keys BY ROBERT HAMILTON The Big Chill (now aptly called Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill at Fisherman’s Cove) is sporting an inviting new theme to entice both residents and tourists alike: “Come Chill Out with JJ.” “The convenience of having a place to play just a few miles or so from where I sleep was a perfect find,” Johnson said. “And not only that, they’re allowing me to make it even more perfect.” With the championship coach’s astute input, The Big Chill is now undergoing big improvements. The new Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill is emerging with enhanced indoor/outdoor waterfront dining, JJ’s Sports Bar, Raw Bar, Tiki Bar and a Pool and Cabana Club. This open-to-the-public waterfront dining and entertainment facility is having its grand opening party on Memorial Day weekend starting on Friday, May 22, through Monday, May 25, with JJ and friends in attendance, of course. On Friday night, Jimmy will be hosting a poolside VIP party event with his friends. During the off-season when Johnson is not chatting it up on Sundays for Fox Sports, he’ll be putting on his flip flops, berthing his boat, and entertaining his friends somewhere within the confines of the Big Chill at Fisherman’s Cove. In addition to the Big Chill, Jimmy Johnson’s Fisherman’s Cove is an exclusive Private Residence Club located on the property. The club is offering exclusive deeded ownership in six luxurious $2-plus-million threebedroom residences to a total of only 48 fortunate own-

Championship coach Jimmy Johnson invites visitors to head south and “Come Chill Out with JJ.” ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

ers — complete with waterfront resort amenities, including The Big Chill — for a fraction of the price, approximately $299,000. Jimmy Johnson’s Fisherman’s Cove is

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VW Routan is derived from Chrysler Town & Country Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS Volkswagen’s new 2009 Routan is a chip off the old Chrysler block. It’s VW’s first minivan since the ill-fated EuroVan six years ago and is derived from Chrysler’s Town & Country vehicle, with some notable adaptations — it has a different interior, a Volkswagen exterior and a stiffer suspension. The seven-passenger Routan should appeal to American families, even though it lacks some of the features offered in the Town & Country. For example, the popular Stow ’n Go and Swivel ’n Go seating have been eliminated in the Routan because VW designers opted to make them plusher and more comfortable; thus they don’t fit into the floorboard storage areas. However, the third-row seats do fold into the floor, and the second-row seats can be

removed to create a flat load floor and good hauling space. The Routan is offered in three models — S starting at $24,700, SE at $29,600 and SEL at $33,200 — with two engine choices, both from Chrysler: a 197 hp, 3.8-liter V-6 and a 253 hp, 4.0liter V-6. The 3.8 engine (16/23 mpg) provides a nice urban driving experience, while the 4.0 engine (17/25 mpg) has a bit more power and is better suited for highway driving. Both engines are mated to a standard six-speed automatic transmission. The Routan is easily identified as a Volkswagen by the stylized front grille and large VW logo, and other exterior treatments. The interior is comfortable and detailed, with quality materials, beautiful textures and rich colors. And there are many functional features, including a conversation mirror, rear seat entertainment system with two nine-inch screens for second and third row passengers, touch screen navigation with 30 GB JoyBox Multi-Media Entertainment system, dual power sliding doors with power windows, power fold third-row seating and 13 cup hold-

Routan is easily identified as a Volkswagen by the front grille with a large VW logo in the center. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <LetsTalkCars@aol.com>.

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