Let them eat cake to mark City Beautiful’s 85 years


Coral Gables residents celebrated their city’s 85th birthday with cake, music and a historical exhibition.

The event was held fittingly at city founder George Merrick’s family home, 907 Coral Way. The Merrick House was the first structure to be built on Merrick’s family homestead.

Gables Mayor Don Slesnick and Commissioner Maria Anderson were among the city leaders and attendees who sang Happy Birthday to Coral Gables. For most of the afternoon, residents visited the house, participating in self-guided tours and looking at historical photographs that depicted the City in the 1920s. The photos were on loan from the Coral Gables Museum.

Live music by flamenco guitarist Carlos Valdes and cake rounded off the pleasant evening.

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