New Twin Cities, Cognac and Pinecrest forge first educational exchange
The city of Cognac well known for its liquor is also a "City of Art and History", a label awarded by the Ministry of Culture and Communication in 2012.
Having come to South Florida last year at the invitation of the "Dames d’Escoffier," Mr. Michel Gourinchas, Mayor of Cognac, was ready to praise the gastronomy and the way of life of his city. However, he wanted also to highlight its cultural, historical, and economic dimensions, features that appealed to the city of Pinecrest.
Indeed, right at their first meeting Ms. Cindy Lerner, Mayor of Pinecrest, wished to declare February 15th as "Cognac Day" and she did.
On the subject of gastronomy, of course, but also on culture and education, the two cities with roughly the same sized population, (about 20,000) have quickly found a "mutual interest," stated Ms. Lerner after the celebration of the second "Cognac Day".
The first pillar of this twinning began in Cognac in October 2012 during Ms. Lerner’s trip to French South-West region.
On February 15, 2013, in the presence of Patrick Sedlaceck, First deputy to the Mayor, Marie-Line Reynaud, Representative of Cognac-Barbezieux, Marianne Reynaud, Parliamentary secretary and Deputy Mayor of Cognac, and the Consul General of France in Miami, Cindy Lerner and Michel Gourinchas signed the "Sister cities" agreement.
For the Mayor of Pinecrest, this link will encourage residents of the city, of which the large majority appreciate culture and travel, to discover the history as well as the rich artistic and gastronomic of Cognac’s region.
Since October 2012, on the occasion of Ms. Lerner’s visit to the city where she also met with economic partners, Michel Gourinchas also envisaged an "economic and tourist friendly" twinning with Pinecrest.
In addition to the implementation in Pinecrest of a program of cooking lessons highlighting the various possible uses of Cognac and the discovery of the liquor as such, the first planned exchanges are primarily educational.
In an email from last February 21st, Cindy Lerner says she has already received inquiries from a High school student about the exchange programs being developed. According to her, it is a sign foreshadowing the "wonderful relationship between the two cities".
Article published on February 21, 2013.