First Day of School Year 2016

Well, August 22 is in the rear view mirror, which means school is back in session. It also means our traffic holiday is over. Palmetto Bay experienced both the joy and pain of the first day back.

At Coral Reef Elementary, both the fire and police departments helped parents drop off their kids. Lt. Gary Windsor from Engine Company 4 even high-fived kids as they made it onto school grounds.

Some lucky kids spent time on daddy’s lap before the bell rang.

And although the crossing guard deemed the day successful...

The view from above painted a different picture. Despite new efforts and procedures, traffic still was quite congested.

Mayor Eugene Flinn was positive. “We’re working with the schools and County officials to make smart changes. Traffic planning is a number one priority for us. We’ve made some changes and more are on the way.”

At Southwood Middle School, there were far less parents, but traffic still was inflated from the norm. “It’s our hope to see marked improvements as we affect new processes and procedures,” remarked one of the Miami-Dade police officers on the scene.

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North Palmetto Bay Fire Rescue Station Update

Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue Station 62 is ever closer to going active at the southeast corner of Old Cutler Road and SW 142 Terrace. As you may have seen, the trailers are now in place and backhoes and diggers are active on the site.

Scott Mendelsberg, Assistant Director Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, told me today that they are waiting for sewer and communication hook-ups to occur and within 30 days the temporary station will go into service.

At that time, Engine 62 will permanently move to the station and with it come three paramedics and one officer (also a paramedic) who will be stationed there 24/7/365.

Yes, the timeline is a bit delayed, but faster response times are on their way for residents in the area.