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Palmetto Bay is turning 20, and what a fulfilling time it has been!

Palmetto Bay is turning the BIG 20! Can you believe it, two decades of history!

We’ve come a long way since incorporation, from mobile apps to electric vehicles, from newly improved parks to newly improved roads, from televised meetings to virtual programs, and so much more!

Over the past 20 years, the Village of Palmetto Bay has positioned itself to be one of the most successful cities in South Florida and much has to do with the work that Village officials and residents have put in for two decades to make it an exceptional community to live, work, play and learn!

The Village of Palmetto Bay is truly an inviting village of lushly landscaped streets and beautiful homes. It is not uncommon to see folks taking advantage of the beautiful sites by strolling around, exercising, or simply walking their canine friends. Neighbors know one another and happily gather at the many Village events to share time together. Aside from its natural beauty, Palmetto Bay is known for the warmth and care of its people, and it is often described as a close-knit, family-friendly community. This assessment is quite appropriate of a village that thrives on putting its residents first. We exist because of our residents, and we work for our residents!

Back in 1995, Palmetto Bay was just an idea, when a group of residents gathered in their living room to begin the discussion on incorporation. It was then that Palmetto Bay was conceived by the Alliance of Palmetto South Homeowners Association. The group formally petitioned Miami-Dade County to incorporate the area now known as Palmetto Bay, and a steering committee was formed. Almost 10 years later, amidst many legal and political challenges, the Village of Palmetto Bay was officially incorporated on September 10, 2002. Palmetto Bay was incorporated based on the goals and values identified by the steering committee, which still hold true to this day, including:

  1. improve safety
  2. better parks and recreation services
  3. improve public areas
  4. improve other basic services
  5. easier process to develop regulations
  6. enhanced public participation in local government

Community safety continues to be our number 1 priority as evidenced in our crime rate, which continues to be among the lowest in the entire county. Palmetto Bay has outsourced its policing services to Miami-Dade County. From the onset, the Village has maintained a collaborative agreement with the Miami-Dade County Police Department whereby Miami-Dade officers are specifically assigned to Palmetto Bay and the Village reimburses the county for accrued expenses. As a result, the Village has access to other specialized law enforcement services provided by the county, which would otherwise not be available to the Village, such as special crime units.

Our parks and public areas are probably the ones with the most notable changes since Palmetto Bay’s incorporation. We expanded our initial three-park system to include two additional facilities and are currently working on another. Starting with the transformation of Coral Reef Park, Palmetto Bay Park and Perrine Wayside Park, followed by the addition and complete renovation of Thalatta Estate Park and Ludovici Park. Not to mention the addition of a public library and now a new passive park to commemorate our

 Veterans. Our uniquely designed street signs and our beautifully landscaped traffic circles and other traffic calming features add beauty and serenity to our public spaces while slowing down neighborhood traffic. We still hold the title of “Tree City USA,” a designation that is bestowed upon cities with extensive tree canopies and a strong commitment to planting new trees in the public right-of-way. We are also known as “Play City USA.” Another designation in recognition of the great work we do in Parks and Recreation.

Palmetto Bay has also come a long way with respect to regulations. Incorporation gave Palmetto Bay’s elected officials the ability to set policy, establish user fees, identify priorities, and approve zoning regulations. Decisions affecting Palmetto Bay that were previously made at the county level in a building in Downtown Miami, are now locally decided by Palmetto Bay-elected Councilmembers. In 2002, Palmetto Bay embarked on creating its own Building & Planning Department, which was initially outsourced but was fully brought in-house in 2007 as the Village sought for full flexibility in staffing requirements and control over departmental regulations. Our Building Department today has become one of the top county-wide as rated by the International Organization for Standardization. The Planning Division has also been recognized in the past for its work on the Downtown Palmetto Bay Code.

As elected officials, the Village Council is charged with the responsibility to identify

strategies that benefit the community. The Resident-Council communication flows in both directions. The Council looks for feedback from the residents through outreach and through resident-focused advisory committees that provide meaningful recommendations to the Council. Residents receive information through various methods that include regular electronic communications, updated postings on the Village website, social media, and our own television station. Additionally, we recently leaped into the 21st century with the addition of our two latest apps, “Palmetto Bay Connect” and “Street by Street.” The “Palmetto Bay Connect” app allows the Village to communicate important information to the registered residents. Announcements and alerts, such as road closures and police activity go directly to the registered user’s mobile device by text or email depending on the user’s preferred method. The “Street by Street” app allows any resident to report any issue of concern to the Village using their cell phone. Initially, they can report the concern and take pictures to show conditions. Once the concern has been received, the resident can track its progress through the app and can remain in constant communication with a member of the Village team. These two innovative forms of communication allows for the village to communicate with residents in real time and vice versa and speaks to our commitment for transparency and resident engagement.

Speaking of engagement, Palmetto Bay also recently launched its very first community-wide survey to gauge how we are performing in the eyes of our residents. The survey also serves as a planning document as the Village updates its Parks Master Plan and Comprehensive Plan. In addition, Palmetto Bay has also developed a secure way to implement a hybrid meeting system which allows for residents to participate in Council meetings in person at Village Hall, or right from the comfort of their home or office. As a

result, more folks are able to participate in the governmental process.

Our past has been bright, but our future will be brighter. We look to the next chapter with great enthusiasm and a new set of priorities coming from your elected leaders. While incorporating was no easy task and in fact took a lot of time and effort from many exemplary volunteers, we have become a premier community in South Florida as a result.

Looking back, it is hard to imagine that it has now been two decades since Palmetto Bay voters agreed to create the Village of Palmetto Bay, making it possible for the once-unincorporated area to become the 33rd incorporated municipality in Miami-Dade County.

As we celebrate our 20 years, we reminisce on the process that brought

us to where we are today; a vibrant residential community with even better times to come. And, without sounding pretentious, we also bask in the glory of our successes so far.


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Miami’s Community Newspapers services the areas of: Aventura, Biscayne Bay, Coral Gables, Cutler Bay, Doral, Homestead, Horse Country, Kendall, Miami Beach, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, South Miami, Sunny Isles, and West Park.

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How to pay less property tax on your home
Miami-Dade Property Appraiser Pedro Garcia (left) with Hal Feldman.

It’s 2022 and still before the due date of March 1st. You owe it to yourself to make sure you are taking advantage of every property tax exemption possible. Over the years, you can save tens of thousands of dollars. I’ll start with the easiest exemption.

Homestead Exemption


Each year, January 1 through March 1, the Miami-Dade Property Appraiser’s office allows homeowners to file for Homestead Exemption. This valuable deduction is only for a homeowner’s primary residence and once you file, it automatically renews each year. The exemption provides a $25,000 in assessed value for all taxing authorities and another $25,000 to all tax authorities (except the School Board).

Homestead Exemption also provides an additional valuable benefit of capping the annual increase of an assessed value to 3 percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is lower. Over a few years, this can save a homeowner a ton of money. Just looking at 2021 where some property values increased by more than 20 percent, those Homestead Exempt properties will only see an increase in their property taxes of 1.7 percent (the 2021 CPI rate). And, just like bank interest, capping each year can have a compounding and impressive effect on your tax saving over the years.

So, for brand new homeowners or those who moved to Florida from other areas, it is critical that you file for Homestead Exemption to start your years of tax savings! You can file online at: miamidade.gov/PaPortal/AutoOnlineFile/ExemptionOnlineMainMenu.aspx

Other Exemptions


If you are already a Florida homeowner, you might have turned 65 during 2021. If so, don’t forget to take advantage of the Senior Citizen Exemption! Savings vary based on your personal situation, but they can be significant. Further, if you are 65+ and lived in the same home for more than 25 years, you would be eligible for a Long-Term Resident Senior Citizen Exemption.

If you are deployed military, have a disability, are a disabled first responder, are a widow/widower, you have some property tax exemptions you can file for as well.

The Miami-Dade Property Appraiser, Pedro Garcia, sat down with me on January 6 on “The MiamiHal Real Estate Show” at the Miami’s Community Newspaper Studios to explain all of this and more in detail. You can watch this show at: miamihal.com/the-miamihal-real-estate-show/2022/1/6/episode-47

Beyond Exemptions


There are even more savings for homeowners in Florida who want to upsize, downsize or just move within the State. Known as portability, property owners with Homestead Exemption and an accumulated SOH Cap can apply to transfer (or “Port”) the SOH Cap value (up to $500,000) to a new homestead property. This application is known as the “Transfer of Homestead Assessment Difference”, and the annual deadline to file for this benefit and any other property tax exemption is March 1st.

Portability allows you to bring the years of accumulated property tax savings along with you (at least a percentage thereof) and it is meant to provide Floridians the freedom to choose the best housing for their situation without losing the tax standing they have earned over the years of being in Florida.

The detailed explanation is longer than this article space allows, so I point you to this article on my website: miamihal.com/hals-blog/2009/10/13/property-tax-saving-mechanisms-for-floridians.html

The Miami-Dade Property Appraiser’s Office is run more like a business than a governmental office. It allows Pedro Garcia to promise true customer service. During my show, he promised any Miami-Dade County resident that his office will answer your questions via phone on that call or get you a response within one business day. The Miami-Dade Property Appraiser’s Office phone number is 305-375-4712 and the very helpful website is at miamidade.gov/pa/home.asp

One word of warning to heed. Garcia mentioned that the County is looking for people who are looking to defraud the State of due taxes. Penalties are stiff and his office has powerful automated tools to detect violators. “Some people make honest mistakes when initially filing or they fail to report a change that effects their eligibility,” said Pedro Garcia. “We’ll work with those people. But outright purposeful fraud will not be tolerated.”

When used right, the property tax exemptions are an incredible benefit to homeowners. Make sure you take advantage!

Real Estate Update


As of 1/7/22, there were only 64 properties for sale in Pinecrest, 27 homes pending sale and 4.2 months of inventory. This is still a Seller’s market, but not forever! If you’re ready to move, get the best local expertise, truthful guidance and realistic expectations. It’s easy to get started at miamihal.com/getstarted. I invite you to view past episodes of my The MiamiHal Real Estate Show at miamihal.com/the-miamihal-real-estate-show to hear from experts and get the latest real estate news.

Hal Feldman (MiamiHal) is a Realtor with RE/MAX Advance Realty. You can contact him with your story ideas or real estate questions at www.MiamiHal.com, Hal@MiamiHal.com or www.facebook.com/MiamiHal


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