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Town of Cutler Bay, Florida News and Events

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Local Events · Community Announcements · Cutler Bay Government · Miscellaneous



HEADLINES

  • July 20th: The Deering Estate Annual Fee-Free-P.L.A.Y. Day
  • July 26: Volunteers needed for Local Restoration Project
  • July 26th: Adopt-A-Tree Event At Harris Field
  • July 27th: Huntington's Disease Triathlon at Thompson Park
  • July 28-August 8th: Cutler Bay Election Qualifying Period
  • August 2nd: Volunteers needed for Local Restoration Project

  • Cutler Bay Mayor and Three Councilmembers Help Expose Mismanaged County Funds
  • Metrobus Service Adjustments
  • Cutler Bay Ranked #7 of "Cities on the Rise in Florida"
  • Election 2014: Candidates Running For Office

LOCAL EVENTS

The Deering Estate Annual Fee-Free-P.L.A.Y. Day

Sunday, July 20th, from 10am to 4pm. Visit the Dearing Estate during their Fee-Free “P.L.A.Y” Days and enjoy free admission. Hands-on science activities and historic house tours are also free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information visit their website at deeringestate.org.

Southland Mall Celebrates Kids Week

July 21st – July 26th. Southland Mall celebrates kids week with a variety of kid friendly events. For specific times, locations and additional information, visit their website at mysouthlandmall.com.

Volunteers needed for Local Restoration Project

Saturday July 26th and August 2nd, 9am – 3pm. Volunteers are needed to help with a joint Palmetto Bay / Cutler Bay coastal habitat restoration project. Participants will meet at the Palmetto Bay Village Center where they will help plant native grasses and seedlings. To find out more about the project or to find out how to sign up as a volunteer, visit regionalconservation.org.

Summer Cabaret Concert at Deering

Saturday, July 26th, 8pm – 10pm (gate opens at 7pm). Visit the Deering estate for a concert featuring Davis & Dow. The event takes place in the historic Stone House Ballroom. Tickets are $20. Advanced tickets are recommended. To more information, visit their website.

Adopt-A-Tree Event At Harris Field

Saturday, July 26th from 9am to noon. The Miami-Dade Adopt-A-Tree program will be having a tree give-a-way at the Harris Field Pavillion in Homestead. Participants with a valid picture ID may adopt 2 free trees per year. Tree species available are: Mango, Black Mulberry, Jackfruit, Starfruit, Orange Geiger, and Inkwood. For more information about the event, the trees or a map to Harris Field, visit miamidade.gov/environment/adopt-a-tree.

23rd Annual Huntington's Disease Triathlon

Sunday, July 27th. Young and old are invited to participate in an event where 100% of the proceeds help find a cure for Huntington Disease. This early morning event takes place at Larry & Penny Thompson Park. Visit huntingtonsdiseasefl.org for more information.

Local Libraries Offers Free Summer Meals For Children

Beginning June 9th through August 15th, 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.

$1.00 Movies at Southland Mall

Beginning June 10th, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am. Regal Cinema at Southland Mall presents their Regal Summer Movie Express. Enjoy 9 weeks of PG movies for only $1.00. Upcoming movie in July are:

  • July 22nd and 23rd – The Croods, and Epic
  • July 29th and 30th – Turbo, and Walking with Dinosaurs

To find other participating theaters and a full listing of moves throughout the summer months, visit regmovies.com.



COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Metrobus Service Adjustments

Effective Sunday, August 17th, Miami Dade Transit will be making adjustments to several bus routes including the Cutler Bay Local, Route 70, and other routes that may affect your commute. Please visit miamidade.gov/transit for information about which route will be effected and what changes will be taking place.

Cutler Bay Ranked #7 of "Cities on the Rise in Florida"

Consumer advocacy site NerdWallet, has ranked Cutler Bay #7 of "Cities on the Rise in Florida". The study crunched population, employment and income growth data. Read the article for more information.

2014 Preliminary Taxable Values

Cutler Bay properties values increased this year at a higher rate then nearby communities. New construction is up this year and will provide additional revenue for the town. See the summary below or see the preliminary certified tax roll released by the property appraisers office on July 1st.

 PRELIMINARY PROPERTY TAX INCREASES FROM LAST YEAR
Name % of Change
From Last Year
% of Change
w/ New Construction
Cutler Bay 4.9% 8.1%
Homestead 5.0% 8.0%
Unincorporated 4.4% 5.5%
Pinecrest 3.8% 4.7%
South Miami 3.0% 3.3%
Palmetto Bay 2.4% 2.6%
Florida City -1.4% -1.0%

Invasion of the Land Crabs

It's that time of year when the blue land crabs can be seen crossing streets, hanging out at Blackpoint and enjoying the summer heat. We are happy to see that their population appears to have increased this year. Want to know more about the crabs, watch this short video sent to us by one of our readers (Thanks Jose).Giant Blue Land Crabs

FCAT Scores – Cutler Bay Academy Scores Higher Than Most Local High Schools

The FCAT scores have been released. In the graph below, you can see how Cutler Bay Academy 10th grade students scored compared to other area high schools. For information on other schools. visit the Florida Department of Education website.

 LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL FCAT SCORES- 2014, 10TH GRADE ONLY
School Mean
Reading
%
Passed
Mean
Writing
%
Passed
Coral Reef 263 89% 4.0 89%
Cutler Bay Academy 258 77% 3.7 81%
Killian 243 52% 3.6 71%
Palmetto 251 67% 3.7 72%
Robert Morgan 248 61% 3.3 65%
Southridge 236 35% 3.2 54%
South Dade 237 38% 3.3 55%

* Only 10th grade scores were used for comparison. Scores were not available for math or science for any of the high schools listed


Free Summer Meals For Children

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.

El Dorado Plaza Coming To Cutler Bay

The town council approved the application for a new El Dorado Plaza in Cutler Bay, opening in Spring 2015. The furniture store and shopping plaza will be located at 19250 South Dixie Highway. See the flyer showing the project and additional information.

Maps And More

The Town of Cutler Bay provides a portal to zoning information, maps and other useful information at tcbgis.cutlerbay-fl.gov.

Everglades Restoration – Must See Video

Watch a short, easy to comprehend, video by UM students explaining why Everglades Restoration is important



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.

Cutler Bay Mayor and Three Councilmembers Help Expose Mismanaged County Funds

At the March 14th council meeting, Mayor Ed MacDougall sponsored a resolution which has resulted in exposing mismanaged County GOB funds. The resolution, which passed 4 to 1, requested that the County review GOB funding for a building that was constructed on the former Bay Point School property, located at 22025 SW 87th Ave. (Councilmember Peggy Bell was the lone dissenting vote against the resolution). The result of that resolution was a County audit exposing that the majority of the taxpayer funds were distributed after the school was shut down in 2009. The unused building is currently vacant. For more information, read the Miami Herald article, the town resolution, and the audit report.

Cutler Bay Qualifying Period - July 28th through August 8th

The qualifying period for residents interested in running for a seat on the Town Council will open on Friday, July 25th at noon and end on Friday, August 8th at noon. If you are interested in running for the position of either Mayor, District 1 or District 3, you are urged to contact the Town Clerk's Office for information on how to run. General information can be found on the town's elections page. See the map of council districts and a breakdown of salary and benefits that the council receives.

Funding Approved For Additional Caribbean Blvd. Improvements

Funding has been approved by the Board of County Commissioners, for improvements on Caribbean Blvd. from Coral Sea Road to the C-100 canal bridge. These improvements are expected to cost $2,663,805 with the majority of the funds coming from the County, along with $726,451 from town funds. These improvements, along with plans to widen the C-100 canal and improve the bridge, will complete the roadway improvements along Caribbean. For more information, read the county resolution. You can also view a presentation of the upcoming C-100 Canal bridge improvements and the ongoing Caribbean Blvd improvement project.

Town Council Meeting and Agenda

Wednesday, July 16th, 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.

Audio Recordings of Town Council Meetings - Now Available On-Line.

Residents can now listen to the audio recording of Cutler Bay town council meetings and workshops. You can listen to the full recording or click on subjects of interest such as a specific ordinance being considered, town manager's reports, public comments, etc.. Audio recordings are not live but are available a few days after the meeting at cutlerbay.legistar.com/calendar.



MISCELLANEOUS LINKS OF INTEREST

Cutler Bay Mini-Bus Information- Now Operating 5 Days a Week

The Cutler Bay Mini-Bus is in service weekdays from 8:30 am until 5:35 pm. The fare to ride is just 25 cents. See the brochure for information about this bus service including 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 where you can get information when the bus will arrive at a particular stop. You can also 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.

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 these websites to compare local gas prices GasBuddy.com autos.msn.com.

Cutler Bay 2010 Census Information

Find Traffic Hot Spots

Movies At Southland Mall Regal Cinemas



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