A picture-perfect sunset over glassy waters greeted partygoers at Monroe County’s 200th anniversary celebration on May 19 at the restored Old Seven Mile Bridge.
Marathon High School’s culinary arts students served up a bevy of appetizers while drinks from Big Pine Key’s Grimal Grove and the Marathon Rotary Club wet attendees’ whistles. Crowds packed the northern side of Old Seven and toasted the sunset as they looked for a green flash with a musical backdrop from Marathon’s 79th Street Band.
The event was the latest in a series to celebrate Monroe County’s bicentennial anniversary since its July 3 founding by the Florida Territorial Legislature in 1823. Formerly spanning from Lake Okeechobee to Key West when it was the sixth county admitted into the Florida territory, the county’s current boundaries include the Florida Keys island chain and a mostly uninhabited area of Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve.
The next event in the county’s anniversary series is a Sea-to-Table event at Islamorada’s Bud N’ Mary’s Marina on Saturday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. More information is at islamoradachamber.com.
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