Thalatta Estate expansion planned for special events

By Gary Alan Ruse….

Thalatta Estate has served as the setting for a number of weddings.

Thalatta Estate, the 1925 Mediterranean-Revival estate, carriage house and surrounding bayside property that was acquired by the Village of Palmetto Bay in 2005 to become one of its parks, is expected to receive an additional makeover in the coming months.

The refurbished facility, located at 17301 Old Cutler Rd., already has served as the setting for a number of weddings during non-park hours, and may see larger special events for the village if all goes well, according to Village Mayor Shelley Stanczyk.

“We’re hoping that in the future we’ll have our ‘State of the Village’ at our own Thalatta Park, after the renovation,” Stanczyk said. “That was part of our plan in the final budget, which included a second allocation for renovation. The first renovation was in the original document, and we added some more. There’s an area in the original main building that was never permitted that was like an added-on Florida room with sliding glass doors.”

The plan is to enlarge that space to incorporate the tiled patio that is outside that room so there will be a larger sheltered area for indoor-outdoor use.

“One of the drawbacks to Thalatta is the weather,” Stanczyk said. “So we’re hoping that we’re going to have a business partner from outside the village that will partner with us and help us speed that renovation along.”

Several weddings or other special events already are booked for the facility in November and December as well as January and February of 2012, with the month of March being the most heavily booked.

The area is open for public park usage Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m., and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

It is closed on Fridays and Saturdays, and during all private events and functions.

For more information, call 305-234- 6383 or visit the park’s new website at

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