PB: Do we need our own fireworks display?

by SDM

Apparently the leadership (perhaps stretching such a word in this context) at Palmetto Bay seem to think so.

They also think spending $60,000 (!!!) on a fireworks display is a good idea.

Next Monday night’s village council agenda contains the following item:

A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND VILLAGE COUNCIL OF THE
VILLAGE OF PALMETTO BAY, FLORIDA, RELATING TO SPECIAL
EVENTS; APPROVING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE “PALMETTO
BAY INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION” ON JULY 4TH, 2014;
AUTHORIZING THE VILLAGE MANAGER TO ALLOCATE AND
EXPEND UP TO $60,000 FOR EXPENSES RELATED TO THE
INAUGURAL EVENT; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

(Note the term “inaugural event,” which apparently means “during election years” in Palmetto-Bay-Mayor-Speak.)

Don’t spend too much time looking for a culprit for this idea, however, because no sponsor is identified. SDM would bet a couple bucks that this little ditty comes from her honor, Mayor Spend-A-Thalatta. She just loves a party – when someone else is picking up the tab. [SDM Aside: Don't we all? Geez, we are hypocrites.]

Now, far be it from us to suggest political motives here, but let’s examine a couple of relevant factoids.

  1. Never before has Palmetto Bay held an Independence Day celebration. Which begs the question, why not?
  2. As long time local residents, we know we can find fireworks displays all over town. Which begs the next question, why now?
  3. Palmetto Bay’s general election is November 4th. Hmmm…could someone want to hold a big village party (on our dime) so he or she – really she – can stand before the throng and give them some free fireworks? Maybe she can wear a Re-Elect Shelley t-shirt and hand out $2 bills, too!

SDM Says: We recall just a short while ago the Mayor telling taxpayers that we will be in dire fiscal straits in just a few short years unless we immediately spend a boatload of our reserves on the Franjo Triangle/Downtown Palmetto Bay project. If we didn’t agree to her plan, she assured us she would have to raise our taxes. So, it makes perfect sense that the village would figuratively burn up 600 Benjamins.

SDM Note to our fellow codgers: “Benjamins” are what the younguns call $100 dollar bills! Seriously, you need to get out of the house more. :)

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