Dedication of Time Capsule and Unveiling of Miami Serpentarium Marker
Pinecrest officials dedicated a time capsule on Feb. 22 as part of the village’s 20th anniversary celebration. The capsule contains an array of items, including a 2016 coin set, a Pinecrest Police Department patch, submissions from local schools, a replica of a Pinecrest street sign, mementos with the 20th anniversary logo and copies of various publications of the village. The capsule will be opened on the village’s 50th anniversary in 2046.
Following the dedication ceremony, village officials unveiled a historical marker commemorating the former site of the Miami Serpentarium at Pinecrest Town Center. Miami Serpentarium was one of Florida’s first tourist attractions. It was founded by Bill Haast, whose intuitive foresight, determination, pioneering efforts and sacrifice are credited with advancing the use of venoms in science and medicine.
“We are past due in honoring the memory of this important local institution and its colorful founder, whose mission in life was to gain recognition for the curative powers of snake venom,” says councilman Bob Ross, who sponsored the resolution to place a marker at the Serpentarium’s former location.