When it’s time to party, no one does it quite like Palmetto Bay. On March 5, Palmetto Bay held its annual Celebration Picnic in Coral Reef Park to recognize their Village incorporation in 2002. An estimated 5000 people took it all in.
With tons of bounce houses, carnival rides and games, the Village Police Department, a Miami-Dade helicopter, a fire ladder truck, the Mayor’s Cup Baseball Game, a full-fledged auto show, performances from local schools and good weather, this picnic had it all.
Village Parks Director Fanny Carmona exclaimed, “We served 3000 ears of roasted corn, 3000 hot dogs, pizza, cotton candy, popcorn, Italian ice, doughnuts, potato chips and tons of cold beverages. This was a great effort by the entire Village staff and you can’t have it any better than this.”
Brett and Lindsey Trembly, Palmetto Bay parents to two, remarked, “A free picnic on a beautiful Saturday? Palmetto Bay continues to exceed our expectations. To have our kids come and play with friends is really amazing.”
Mayor Eugene Flinn reflected, “In 2002 when we got started, people said we couldn’t do it. Look at us now. The sense of community keeps building and our future is bright here in the Village of Parks.”
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Leighton added, “It’s a beautiful day for a beautiful picnic with beautiful people! We love coming to the parks in the Village of Palmetto Bay and enjoying it with our family.”
Coral Reef Park continues to improve as well. The walking path that weaves throughout the park is getting resurfaced with a special soft-impact material and lighting will allow people to take late evening and early morning strolls. In addition, the main baseball diamond just received a state-of-the-art scoreboard.
The Village is also taking its next steps to encourage development of a new Downtown District in and around the Franjo Triangle. A grant of $7.5M is on its way to allow for infrastructure improvements and an innovative broad street design that will lead to development of a new live-work-play environment.