Stories written by Michael Miller
Michael co owns Community Newspapers with his brother Grant and serves as Executive Editor of the group of newspapers. He enjoys writing about local politics and area businesses. Michael can be reached at

The village’s 11th Annual Celebration Picnic is March 2

It’s almost here, folks. Palmetto Bay’s 11th Annual Celebration Picnic will take place on March 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the usual place, the landmark Coral Reef Park, 7895 SW 152nd Street. This popular yearly event allows village residents to get together for an old-fashioned community picnic with complimentary beverages and food, […]

Town Kitchen scores an ‘A’

Town Kitchen scores an ‘A’

Had brunch with my wife last Sunday, over at Town Kitchen and Bar on SW 73 St and 57 Ct.. Gotta tell ya, that the service was great, the food was super and the weather was gorgeous. It was a pretty classy crowd (coming from my prospective) and the beautiful people were there, having a […]

Forget politics, vote for your favorite local business!


Folks, if you have a favorite place to eat, shop or do recreational things in your area, Channel 10 TV is giving you a chance to cast your votes in their “Top Ten” survey now under way. If you go to you may cast up to one vote in each business category during each […]

It’s more of the same at City Hall


Ok, folks, the triumvirate made up of Mayor Stoddard, C o m m i s s i o n e r Harris and the newest clown, Commissioner Bob “ the Bobble Head” Welsh are doing their darndest to get the Chief of Police Orlando de Castro Martinez to resign. Stoddard spent months putting together a […]

Is Mayor MacDougall heading for Washington?

Ed MacDougall, who is also having a birthday on February 8th, will not only be running for re-election as Mayor of Cutler Bay in November of 2014, when his current term runs out, he will also be running for the District 26 seat in the United State Congress. “Currently, I have put a team together […]

Are you ready for your close-up, Fido?

Does your doggie dream of stardom? Well, here’s his or her chance (sort of). The Village of Palmetto Bay is doing screen tests of pooches for a video being produced for the Village’s Government Access TV Station WBAY. It takes place at Perrine Wayside Park (the dog park) at 16425 S. Dixie Highway on Sunday, […]

Many poli-ticks in the city

Many poli-ticks in the city

Story around town is that Eda Harris, a self-anointed NIMBY, (Not in my back yard) soul, was involved in a small, (maybe a scratch or two) not quite a fender bender accident and Oh My Goodness, she reportedly left the scene. And before you know it, the cops were swarming her home. Walter, her husband, […]

Things to make note of for Palmetto Bay residents

There’s a lot going on this month and a number of things are being done through the Economic Development Council (EDC) so mark your calendar if these events interest you. First is the ‘Business Training Program’ which begins on Thursday January 10, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. According to the EDC, the business training […]

Village mayor, councilmembers sworn into office

Village mayor, councilmembers sworn into office

The public swearingin ceremony for the recently elected and reelected Village of Pinecrest officials was held on Dec. 11 at the Pinecrest Municipal Center. Village Clerk Guido Inguanzo administered the oath of office to James McDonald, the newest member of the Village Council. At the same time, Councilmember Bob Ross and Mayor Cindy Lerner began […]

Who’s who at local eateries

Out of my zip code: At Lots of Lox on US1 and SW 149 St, I ran into (at different times) Mel Mann, Eugene Flinn, the former Palmetto Bay mayor, current Palmetto Bay Councilman Patrick Fiore, Gary Rackear, a South Miami attorney, real estate moguls, Chip Black with EWM and Levi Meyer, a real estate […]

A Christmas Wish: ‘Unselffish World’

Ever since receiving a copy of Unselfish World by Richard E. Sasso, we’ve been waiting for the right time to review its contents. A South Florida business executive, Sasso, President/CEO of MSC Cruises, N.A., has a 40-year career in the cruise line business. Now, he’s dedicated himself to restoring unselfishness as an instinctive condition of […]

Believe it or Not!


It seems as though our fair mayor, Phil Stoddard has finally had enough and through his attorney, sent letters to, (from what I have been told) John Edward Smith, Kenneth Harms, Brad Cassel, Commissioner Valerie Newman and everyone’s favorite… Sharon McCain. I’ve been told that the letters essentially said, stop saying bad stuff about the […]

Local meeting has some topics of interest for residents

We hear from Steve Zarzecki that the Concerned Citizens of Cutler Bay will have their next meeting on Wednesday, January 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. As before, it will be at the Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church, located at 20740 Old Cutler Road in Cutler Bay. Normally the meets take place on the first […]

A village holiday tradition yields charitable results

The Annual Holiday Boat Parade & Canned Food Drive took place on December 15, its third year now, and donated a lot of food to the Village’s Holiday Food Drive. Kudos to the Palmetto Bay Canal Association and all the caring folks who gave canned goods and other foodstuffs for the cause. The boat parade […]

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