Palmetto Bay marks Earth Week with celebrations

Palmetto Bay marks Earth Week with celebrations

ABOVE: Residents enjoy ‘The Lorax’ on Earth Week Movie Night.

Each year Palmetto Bay seems to up its Earth Week celebrations a little more. This year was filled with kid and family-friendly activities throughout the Village.

It all started on Sunday morning with the joint Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay Bike Ride and Rodeo. Around 100 bikes rolled from Lake-by-the-Bay to Ludovici Park to underscore how healthy and earth-friendly biking can be. At the park, Village police gave away bike helmets and provided bike safety tips. There was also a 45-minute nature walk through the Palmetto Bay Business Center grounds.

Throughout the week, the Village sponsored a poster creation contest among fifth graders. The kids submitted their works of art matching the theme of The Face of Climate Change. Judged by the Village tree board, the grand prize winner was Alex Bae of Westminster Christian School; second place went to Gitanjali Deen of Howard Drive Elementary School and third place honors went to Viviana Tinoco from Perrine Elementary School.

Palmetto Bay marks Earth Week with celebrations

Yeary family selects a free tree.

The Village Council also made trips to all the Village schools Monday through Wednesday to hand out 75,000 ladybugs to students who then released them. Mayor Shelley Stanczyk reminded us all,

“Ladybugs are nature’s pesticide. They take care of eating the pesky aphids so we don’t have to use chemical sprays.”

Friday night’s showing of The Lorax at Coral Reef Park was a rousing success.

Around 350 people showed for the movie and the final ladybug release. Before the movie, the Mayor, councilman Patrick Fiore and councilwoman Joan Lindsay asked the kids to join them in the Meditation Garden to spread the final batch of ladybugs in the park.

As dusk set in, everyone settled back into their lawn chairs and blankets to see The Lorax play on the inflatable big screen, while enjoying picnic dinners, popcorn and their favorite drinks. It was a real family affair.

As the capper to Palmetto Bay’s Earth Week celebrations, the Village organized a tree giveaway. As in years past, Ludovici Park served as the location where residents could select one of around 250 trees made available free by area nurseries and tree farms.

Palmetto Bay marks Earth Week with celebrations

Amongst others, Andrew Feldman watches ‘The Lorax’

Camera-shy Sky and brother Colt Yeary brought their parents, Amy and Doak, to find the perfect tree. It was the first time the family participated and they were thrilled at the notion of adding another tree to their property.


Many would expect a book signing at the Deering Estate to be stuffy event, especially a book about Charles Deering’s relationship with an artist. They would be wrong.

On a near perfect evening, the Deering Estate Foundation saw about 100 people turn out to meet the author of Charles Deering and Ramon Casas: A Friendship in Art, Isabel Coll Mirabent. The author is a charming woman who has some interesting genealogy, including a relationship with the Bacardi family. A tenured professor at the University of Barcelona, she knew just how to introduce her book and make the evening light and fun.

Palmetto Bay marks Earth Week with celebrations

Author Isabel Coll Mirabent (left)
with Todd and Blair Maus

Also on hand were Todd and Blair Maus of Deering Wines. Blair is the great great granddaughter of Charles Deering and together they poured their Sonoma vintages for tasting. The wines were wonderful, especially since they were enjoyed on the historic Deering Estate.

“We named the vineyard Deering to honor the agricultural heritage of the family,” explained Maus.


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Palmetto Bay marks Earth Week with celebrations

Winning Palmetto Bay EarthWeek Poster by Alex Bae.

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