72nd Avenue Block Party

Just north of SW 144th Street is a short section of 72nd Avenue with some friendly neighbors. On February 12th, everyone met outside their homes to enjoy a good, old-fashioned block party. This is now an annual tradition; this being the second.

Dozens of families talked, walk around and ate amazing potluck food, including that of Les Oppenheim (Catering By Les). I can tell you his Philly Cheesesteaks were out of this world, and I’m from Philadelphia.

Residents were quick to point out that they had invited people from the surrounding area to enjoy their special day.

Several dignitaries were on hand, including [L-R] Palmetto Bay Councilwoman Karyn Cunningham, Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, Fire Chief Dave Downey, Palmetto Bay Police Commander Gady Serralta, Palmetto Bay Councilman David Singer and former Palmetto Bay Mayor Shelley Stanczyk.

Fire-Rescue personnel showed off their engines and jumped in on the block party too. Anthony Gorman was especially happy the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Station 62 was nearby, “They have visited and treated me twice since they moved into the neighborhood. I would likely not be standing here enjoying this day if they weren’t here!”

Fire Chief Downey iterated, “Our response time is what allows us to save lives. We now have coverage of northeast Palmetto Bay and SE Pinecrest. We’ll always look for new locations that will improve our response to the greatest number of citizens. Our personnel understand and respect the communities we’re in and we believe in being great neighbors.”