August 31, 2019
Your Village at Work - Special Edition
-Hurricane Dorian-
A Message From Mayor Cunningham

Good Saturday Morning Friends and Neighbors,

Once again we find ourselves at risk of a major storm. Hurricane Dorian is preparing to bear down on our state and by now, your final preparations should be in place. Your safety is of paramount importance to us. Be assured your Village is ready. Our Palmetto Bay Policing Unit is at full staff and ready for any eventuality. Key Village staffers are on-call and ready. Post-storm power supplies for Village Hall have been secured. In cooperation with Miami-Dade County, our Public Services team and vehicles are ready to mitigate any potential road blockages caused by storm damage.

The Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management is in charge of ordering evacuations. I t is essential to know your flood zone. There are four separate zones in Palmetto Bay; A, B, C and D. Please click here to "know your zone." Please monitor local news reports and get the latest notices on closures and potential evacuations at . That same website also provides shelter locations, including those that are pet-friendly. If you or someone you know is physically unable to make it to a shelter, there is still time to register for the County’s Emergency Evacuation Assistance program. Please call 305-513-7700.

You can also sign-up for FREE Miami-Dade Emergency Alerts and receive notifications about public safety issues or tropical storm, hurricane and tornado warnings and more. In the event of an emergency, you will receive a text or email with details regarding the imminent threat and public protective actions. Follow these two simple steps:
  • First, you must register your mobile phone online 
  • Once registered, complete the registration by texting "Join MDSMS" to 34292.
To unsubscribe at any time, text "STOP" to short code 34292. Your phone and e-mail information will remain confidential.

In addition to the online resources I've mentioned, you may also refer to the hurricane preparedness page on our website,, as well as F acebook and T ο»Ώwitter.

To many of us, gathering up storm supplies and securing our homes has unfortunately become all too familiar. Today, I ask that if your plan is in place and your home and family are ready, please take a moment to check on your neighbors. Are there elderly residents nearby? What about folks who are new to the area? There may be those around you who have a preparation question or are in need of assistance but are afraid to ask. We are all in this together and with your help, our community will weather the storm as safely as possible.

As always, you can contact me at
or text 305-799-0695

Karyn Cunningham
Mayor of Palmetto Bay
Important Links, Phone Numbers
Please stay up to date by monitoring local news reports .

Under these circumstances, developments can change quickly. Miami-Dade County will determine whether any evacuations are ordered. Currently no evacuations are underway, but if/when they are ordered, they will be announced by zone. It is essential that you know your zone. Take a moment to check by logging onto:

  • Download the Miami-Dade County Hurricane App at "Ready MDC"

  • Receive free emergency notices on your phone from Miami-Dade County. Text "Join MDSMS" to 34292
Village Prepares for Potential Dorian Impact
Throughout the day on Friday, Village Manager Ed Silva convened with staff and finalized storm preparedness measures:

πŸŒ€ The Palmetto Bay Policing Unit is fully staffed and prepared.

πŸŒ€ Post-storm Damage Mitigation Prep: The Palmetto Bay Public Services Department reports that they are in the final stages of clearing debris from storm drains throughout the Village in anticipation of Dorian. The South Florida Water Management District has lowered water levels in Florida's canal systems. They are asking all homeowners who live near waterways to check and pick up all debris in order to ensure unimpeded flow. 

πŸŒ€ In cooperation with Miami-Dade County,Village Public Services crews and trucks are prepared for post-storm street debris removal.

πŸŒ€ Miami-Dade County's bulky waste scheduling via 311 and online has been suspended as of 12:30 pm Thursday. Residents who scheduled bulky pickups from Tuesday, August 27th and beyond were advised that their pile may not be addressed prior to the suspension of bulky collection services as a result of the arrival of tropical storm force winds. Residents are being encouraged to use their closest Neighborhood Trash and Recycling Centers for do-it-yourself disposal of household trash and tree cuttings needing immediate disposal. Crews will continue collecting previously scheduled piles throughout the weekend, weather permitting. Residents are free to use any of the 13 Centers but the two closest to Palmetto Bay are:

Eureka Drive Trash and Recycling Center
9401 SW 184th St, Palmetto Bay, FL 33157

Chapman Field Trash and Recycling Center
13600 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33158

πŸŒ€ The Village of Palmetto Bay and Miami-Dade County do NOT have a sandbag distribution program. If you feel the need for sandbags, please check home supply stores.

Village Manager Ed Silva and Cutler Bay officials gathered key personnel for a pre-storm readiness meeting
πŸŒ€  All Palmetto Bay Village Parks will be closed starting Sunday. Depending on the trajectory of the hurricane, park facilities may reopen on Wednesday. All events and programs are canceled until next week. In the event of post-storm power loss, our solar benches in Coral Reef Park provide charging stations for cell phones

πŸŒ€The Budget Workshop scheduled for Tuesday, September 3rd is postponed indefinitely.

πŸŒ€Freebee will operate under normal hours today, but will be closed on Saturday.
In an emergency,always dial 9-1-1.
Stay safe!
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