At Pinecrest, "Cognac goes tropical" [fr]

In Pinecrest the 15th of February is dedicated to Cognac.

Pinecrest and Cognac’s friendship stemmed from a meeting between Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner and Cognac Mayor Michel Gourinchas and his delegation at a luncheon in Miami in February 2012.

A week after the meeting, Mayor Lerner invited Mayor Gourinchas and his delegation to Pinecrest. That day the Village welcomed Cognac’s Mayor with a proclamation designating February 15, 2012 as Cognac Day.


Pinecrest’s sister city status with Cognac was formalized in 2013 (picture) when Mayor Gourinchas visited Pinecrest for the second Cognac Day and signed a formal agreement along with Mayor Lerner.

Pinecrest and Cognac are comparable cities with around 20,000 residents each.
The benefits of being a sister city with Cognac include student exchange programs, tourism and business promotions. The first Pinecrest-Cognac exchange students are expected to travel abroad early next year.

Pinecrest also acts as an educational point-city for knowledge about Cognac. The village held an educational Cognac presentation for 40 visiting U.S. mayors and councilmembers during a National League of Cities conference held in Pinecrest in September 2013.


Pinecrest and Cognac celebrate their third annual Cognac Day on February 15th, 2014.

On the occasion, Pinecrest Gardens, a venue for the arts, education and environmental conservation and preservation securing 14 acres of native forested wetland, tropical hardwood and native cypress hammock, will be hosting all things French from noon to 4 PM on Saturday with Cognac tastings, a Musée des Arts du Cognac poster exhibit, French cuisine and French music by the Miami youth Symphony.

At noon from the Hibiscus Room in Pinecrest Gardens, Palmetto Middle School French Club students and Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner are set to Skype with Cognac, France students and Cognac Mayor Michel Gourinchas.

The Skype session will kick-off a student exchange program between the sister cities and Pinecrest’s official Cognac Day. The first Pinecrest-Cognac exchange students are expected to travel abroad early next year.

Admission to the Gardens will be free in honor of the event.

Pinecrest Gardens is at 11000 Red Road.
Media Contact: Michelle Hammontree Garcia

Article published February 10, 2014.

Last modified on 11/02/2014

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