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Town of Cutler Bay, Florida News and Events

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HEADLINES

  • June 27th: Clean-up / Rally For The Rocklands
  • July 4th: July 4th Celebration at Whispering Pines Park
  • July 4th: Independence Day Fire Works at Black Point

  • 2015 Preliminary Taxable Values
  • Community Protests Potential Development

LOCAL EVENTS

Clean-up / Rally For The Rocklands

June 27th starting at 9am. Larry & Penny Thompson Park has been the target of arsonist attacks recently which have destroyed dozens of acres of Pine Rocklands. This rally will begin at 9 am with a clean-up followed by a Picnic & Rally at 1pm. For more information, visit their facebook page. The park is located at 12451 SW 184th Street.

July 4th Celebration at Whispering Pines Park

The Whispering Pines Civic Association and the Whispering Pines Woman's Club, along with the Town of Cutler Bay will sponsor the 47th annual Fourth of July Celebration at Whispering Pines Park, located at SW 88th Court and Ridgeland Drive (map). A parade featuring decorated floats and bicycles begins at 9:00 am. This event is free and open to all residents of Cutler Bay. For more information, call 305- 238-4166 or see the flyer for more information.

Independence Day Fire Works at Black Point

July 4th, after dark. Celebrate our independence with a free fireworks show at Black Point Marina. Bring your lawn chairs, and picnic baskets or visit the Ocean Grill Restaurant on site. Don't forget the mosquito repellent. Come early as there will be no entering or exiting during the show and there is sure to be a crowd. The Marina is located at 24775 SW 87th Ave. See the press release for more information. For a map of the location and more information about the marina, visit our parks page.

America's Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park

Saturday, July 4th. Celebrate America's Birthday at Bayfront Park. This event features a beer garden, kids' zone and of course fireworks at 9pm. Visit the parks website for more information.

Race to the 4th – Homestead

July 4th from 6pm to 10pm. Visit Homestead-Miami Speedway for live music, food trucks, kids' activities and of course fireworks. The event is free, however VIP seats are available for a fee. See their website for more information.

Hurricane Preparation

July 21st, 1pm - 3pm. Join your District 8 Commissioner Danella Levine Cava and Cutler Bay town staff for an important meeting on hurricane preparedness. The event takes place at Cutler Bay Town Hall located at 10720 Caribbean Blvd. See the flyer for more information. RSVP requested by July 7th.

Free Summer Meals For Children

June 8th through August 21st. Kids and teens 18 years old or younger can receive a free meal this summer at participating locations throughout South Florida. For information about the program, visit summerfoodflorida.org. Be sure to click on the “Find a site near you” for an interactive map where you can locate and click on the link for the nearest site to get information about start dates, meal(s) served, times and address.

Local Libraries Offers Free Summer Meals For Children

Beginning June 8th through August 21st, children ages 18 and under can receive a free lunch at their local library on select days. Meals are served on a first come, first served basis. For more information including participating locations, and lunch schedules, visit their website. While viewing the free lunch schedule, click on the name of your local library branch to discover a list of fun and educational events taking place for both kids and adults.



COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

2015 Preliminary Taxable Values

On June 1st of each year, the property appraisers office releases an estimate of how property values have increased or decreased from the previous year. This allows local governments the ability to estimate the amount of revenue they will have in the upcoming year so they can begin creating their budgets. It allows residents the opportunity to see if the value of their homes are increasing or decreasing and how we compare to our nearby neighbors. The first column takes into account the change in value of existing properties. The second column shows how new construction will add additional revenue. You can also view the complete list.

 PRELIMINARY PROPERTY TAX INCREASES FROM LAST YEAR
Name % of Change
From Last Year
% of Change
w/ New Construction
Cutler Bay 7.2% 8.3%
Homestead 6.9% 9.3%
Unincorporated 5.0% 6.1%
Pinecrest 4.5% 4.9%
South Miami 5.0% 5.6%
Palmetto Bay 3.3% 3.3%
Florida City 2.9% 4.1%

Council To Vote On 902 Student, K-10 Charter School On Caribbean Blvd.

July 15th, 7pm. The town council will decide whether to allow a new charter school to occupy the 4 story South-Dade Tower located at 10750 Caribbean Blvd by Southland Mall. The school would have up to 902 students, approximately 55 staff members and hold classes for K through 10th grade. Because the item is a resolution, residents wanting to speak in support or opposition of the proposed school will need to attend the July 15th meeting and speak during the “public comments” portion of the agenda or send an email to the Council prior to the meeting. Email addresses can be found at cutlerbay.net/government.

Note: Mr. Tom David, chairman of the board of directors of Virtus Academy, gave Vice-Mayor Sochin a $100.00 donation to his 2012 campaign (donation #15).

Setting the record straight: All 5 members of the council voted in 2013 to change the regulations and allow educational facilities in the mall area. The August 2013 minutes of the vote can be found here (See tab 1 or Page 10 of the document).


Community Protests Potential Development - facebook.com/livablecutler

The owner of property abutting Old Cutler Road between 184th Street and Cutler Cay has requested a change in zoning that would allow for a mixed use development up to 4 stories high on approximately 9 acres now zoned for low density residential/conservation. They have submitted both a traffic study and an environmental study to the town.

It should be noted that registered lobbyist Jose Castillo (Greenpoint Group) worked on the campaigns of Peggy Bell (2014) and Sue Ellen Loyzelle (2011) and Bell accepted campaign contributions from lobbyists Hugo Araza (Araza Consulting & Mgmt Inc),($250) and Juan Mayol ($1000).


Who Is Lobbying In Our Town

The Town of Cutler Bay has published the names of lobbyists registered with the town. See the list of registered lobbyists and the projects they are lobbying for.

Cutler Bay Summer Pool Schedule

Cool off with a swim at Cutler Ridge Park. For pool hours and classes that are being offered, read the flyer.

Information on Crime In Our Community

How safe is your community or street? Find out where crimes are taking place by visiting crimemapping.com. Is a sexual offender or predator living near you? Visit this miamidade.gov website to find out. Visit this link for Cutler Bay monthly crime report statistics.

Book Drive

Do you have any new or gently used children's books that are collecting dust? Drop them off at select Miami-Dade Police locations and put them back into circulation. See the flyer for the closest drop-off locations.

Free Online Courses Available

Miami-Dade library card holders can now access free technology training taught by experts. To find out more, visit mdpls.org.



CUTLER BAY GOVERNMENT

Cutler Bay Government Information

For more information about the town's charter, agendas, ordinances, how to contact town officials, the town's website, and more, visit our Cutler Bay Government page.

Town Council Meeting and Agenda

Wednesday, July 15th, 7pm. The meetings take place at Cutler Bay Town Hall, located at 10720 Caribbean Boulevard. You can read the agenda when available at cutlerbay.legistar.com.

Cutler Bay Strategic Master Plan: 2014-2019

See the Town of Cutler Bay's Strategic Plan for the years 2014 through 2019.



MISCELLANEOUS LINKS OF INTEREST

Cutler Bay Mini-Bus Information

The Cutler Bay Mini-Bus is in service Monday through Saturday from 8:30 am until 5:35 pm. The fare is 25 cents. See the brochure for general route information, approximate arrival times, and a detailed map of individual bus stops. The Cutler Bay local (#200) is also tracked on the County Transit page. Get information on your smartphone at miamidade.gov/transit/mobile/ or download the Miami Dade Transit Tracker app at miamidade.gov/transit/transit-tracker-app.

Garage Sale locations

One man's trash is another man's treasure. Find out where local garage sales are taking place by visiting these websites. Miami on the Cheap and the websites for The Village of Palmetto Bay and the Village of Pinecrest.

Watering Schedule

Watering is not allowed between 10am and 4pm. Odd-numbered street address may water on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays, even numbered addresses Thursdays and/or Sundays. For more information, visit miamidade.gov/waterconservation.

Events At The South Dade Cultural Arts Center

For Ticket / Event information for the South Dade Cultural Arts Center, visit smdcac.org/events.

Find The Cheapest Local Gas Prices

Visit this website to compare local gas prices GasBuddy.com.

Cutler Bay 2010 Census Information

Find Traffic Hot Spots

Movies At Southland Mall Regal Cinemas



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