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What’s on track in Palmetto Bay this October?

Mark these on your calendar… the next Regular Council Meeting is on October 7 at 7 p.m. in Village Hall, which is located at 9705 E. Hibiscus Street. You can attend in person, or watch it on cable or streaming video on the village website. The next Zoning Hearing is on October 21. The next Committee of the Whole Workshop will take place on October 16, and there’s a Special Master Hearing on October 15, at 2 p.m. There’s a meeting of the Historic Preservation Committee on October 17. Please call Village Hall at 305-259-1234 for more information.

Other meetings of interest… The Palmetto Bay Business Association will meet on October 3rd at Christ Fellowship Church, 8900 SW 168 Street, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Rotary Club of Perrine- Cutler Bay/Palmetto Bay holds their general meetings every Tuesday at noon (for lunch) at the Palmetto Bay Village Center, Palm Room (3rd floor), 18400 Old Cutler Road. For info visit www.rotaryonthebay.org.

Map this out… Opinions may differ on some issues in the “Village of Parks” (or is that “Sparks” if you go by some recent clashes), but one thing that should be useful to everyone is this page on the official village website:

www.palmettobayfl.gov/content/village-maps, which has a list of helpful maps for residents. There’s even an interactive map online showing points of interest in the area.

On the right track for Halloween fun… the Gold Coast Railroad museum is presenting “Spooky Adventures” for a safe and fun time for the entire family. It takes place on October 18th to the 20th, then on the 25th to the 27th, and on the 30th and 31st from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. The price for admission is $10, which includes link train rides, a fire pit with ghost stories, classic Halloween movies, Trick or Treat stations, and a small children’s not-so-scary Haunted train. For an extra $10, teenagers and adults can enjoy the Haunted Ghost Train (children under 13 must be accompanied by a paid adult). “Experience our classic Pullman and Budd cars as you step back in time and walk through an absolutely terrifying train full of zombies, ghosts and other creatures.”

Besides all those great exhibits they say they will have fantastic food and beverages, a bounce house, grave yard dig, costume contests nightly, a monster mural coloring station and unique photograph opportunities. Gold Coast Railroad Museum is at 12450 S.W. 152nd Street, next to ZooMiami. For info call 305-253- 0063.

Also scary… at least to some drivers, are Roundabouts. From the Public Works Department of the Town of Cutler Bay are these guidelines. As you enter a roundabout, remember two key points: 1. Never merge. The right of way is observed at the yield sign. Motorists already in the roundabout have the right of way. You must slow down or stop to yield to traffic approaching from the left. Wait for a gap in traffic, and then carefully proceed into the roundabout. 2. Go SLOW: Slow down to 15-25 mph when entering. Let vehicles already circulating go ahead. Obey all one-way signs. Watch for pedestrians, bicyclists, emergency vehicles and large vehicles. Multiple lanes? Follow these guidelines depending on traffic patterns: For right-hand turns, travel in the right-hand lane and use your turn signal. For left-hand turns, travel in the left-hand lane and use your turn signal. For continuing forward, remain in the same lane you entered. For missed exits, circle around the roundabout again.

Thought of the Day:

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.

— Dale Carnegie

Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column.

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