Saturday's Merrie Christmas Park picnic ended up being a very fun event. The weather was perfect and a lot of the neighbors came out from Coconut Grove and Coral Gables, across LeJeune Road. After a year and a half, the toxins are gone. I joked and asked if I could lick the dirt, I was assured that I could. But I didn't.
Commission 2 candidate Ken Russell, threw the party and he invited the other seven candidates out to enjoy the picnic. When we arrived, including Ken, there were four candidates enjoying the day. At left is Ken and Seth Sklarey, upper right is Grace Solares and bottom right, Javier Gonzalez. Each one is hoping for your vote. The Sarnoffs had stopped by earlier for a bit.
Grove artist Lisa Remeny and Grove PR man Seth Gordon enjoyed the great food that was brought, all pot luck-style. There were two cakes, this one large one to celebrate the clean-up of the park and a smaller one for Eva, Ken's daughter, who was one year old on Saturday.
This is only a fraction of the people present, all lined up for a group shot.
I asked the four candidates present the same questions - if they didn't think that eight people would be dividing the vote too much. They all felt that it will bring more voters out, with each one bringing their own fans to vote. But every one of them did lament the fact that in the last election, only a small group of people actually went out and voted, so that could be a problem.
The candidates I spoke with, are for slow growth in Coconut Grove, and they don't like what they are seeing. They don't feel that the non-stop building is good for the neighborhood. There will be more of these events I'm sure and we'll bring them to you when they happen.
When we left, Ken was with his family celebrating Eva's birthday, Seth was on his bike, Javier was throwing the football around with the neighborhood kids and Grace was chatting at a picnic table. It was a nice event and these are all decent, likable people.
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