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I do not have to tell you that the past couple of years have been tough economically for all of us, but I do want to give you a peek inside what we at the city have been doing to protect and serve your interests – on a shrinking budget. Over the last two years, we’ve identified more than $50 million in cuts from the budget, as well as eliminating about 250 full-time positions by streamlining every city department and doing more with less. Right now, we are looking at a gap of about $32 million for next year’s budget, which starts on October 1. That is a lot to cut from a total budget of less than $240 million (especially since pension costs keep rising). Since we have already made all the obvious cuts, we had to put everything on the table to continue to run this city at the level you expect and deserve. Let me tell you, it has been a painful process as we sit together and dissect the budget line by line, deciding whether to reduce or eliminate certain programs, services and jobs – or to raise some fees and possibly the millage. We also had to wrestle with our unions, asking them for nearly $15 million in concessions to help get us to $32 million. In some cases, the debates have been long and loud as we have tried to make sure that the City of Miami Beach continues to provide the best possible service to the most people. We have looked at everything from how many times a month we cut the grass to how many lifeguards are watching the beach, and whether to reduce grants to social service and cultural organizations. Something a lot of people do not realize is that only about 28 percent of the

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City of Miami Beach celebrates 90th Anniversary of Women’s Voting Rights

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n August 26th I led a march on Lincoln Road to commemorate the 90th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the United States, and I specifically use the word “win.” The fight for this simple right lasted over 70 years and involved many amazing and diverse women along the way. The one thing these heroes had in common was that they would not give up until they had won the vote and after that they continued to fight, as we do today, for the full equality for all Americans. Without women such as these; Susan B. Anthony,

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, Carrie Chapman Catt, Lucy Stone, and too many more to name, I know I would not be where I am today, an elected official in the State of Florida, which coincidently did not ratify the 19th Amendment until May 1969. Women’s Equality Day, established in 1971, was born out of Representative Bella Abzug desire to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment and to call attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. As it stands today women are 51% of the population, but less than 17% of the congressional seats in Washington DC, and less than –––––––– See


To Our Community Letter f rom the Chairman The mission of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce is to promote the economic wellbeing of Miami Beach’s citizens, to improve the quality of life for the entire community, and to communicate the view of the business community on major issues of public policy. Working with our publisher, we believe that the Miami Beach News will provide an expanded outlet for us to communicate with our greater community. Miami Beach brings the best of all worlds together. Chamber businesses represent many different industries, cultures and interests. The Miami Beach News will provide the community with perspectives about issues that affect our community, indepth looks at our member organizations, and information about upcoming events. As you will read in this issue, the City of Miami Beach is facing a number of budget cuts that will affect both residents and businesses. The challenging economy concerns all of us, and we must continue to work together on solutions. We have so much to offer — from our beautiful beaches to exciting nightlife to a wide array of artistic expression, Miami Beach is truly a wonderful and unique destination. One innovative program is the Miami Beach IN Card, a joint venture between the Chamber, the City of Miami Beach and Miami Beach Convention and Visitors Authority, helping participating members promote their businesses to both residents and our international tourist community. Working together, Miami Beach will continue to grow and thrive. We look forward to sharing future editions of the Miami Beach News. Aaron Perry Chairman of the Board Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce

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Happy Birthday, Michael Aller Happy Birthday wishes go out to Michael Aller, “Mr. Miami Beach”, Tourism and Convention Director and Chief of Protocol for The City of Miami Beach. As a Miami Beach icon, Michael has touched many lives in the community – send in your most memorable moments with Michael to be printed in the next issue –



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property taxes you pay actually go to the city. The rest goes to the state, county and school district. We have about 85,000 residents, but on any given day our population is twice that and we’re open 24/7. Being the tourism engine of the region has its benefits, but it also puts a great burden on the infrastructure and taxes and fees do not always cover the

true cost of those impacts. On Sept. 15 and Sept. 20, we will have open budget hearings and I hope you will attend and speak your mind about the priorities you see for the city in the year ahead. This is not an easy process and I will take all your concerns to heart as we make the difficult choices that must be made.


had an active statewide suffragette associate which had 800 members by 1917. Dr. Anna Howard Shaw, president of the National American Women’s Suffrage Association visited Miami in 1915 and the Miami Herald referred to her as, “one of the greatest woman America had produced,” and continued to say her speech was “one of the wittiest, wisest, and sanest expressions of the suffrage arguments” ever delivered. My hope is that with organizations such as the White House Project, and the hard work we all do each day, we can inspire, support and create opportunities for each other as we look forward to the day when we do not introduce each other as “the first woman to…”

from front page ––––––––––––––––––––––––– 23% of statewide elected officials. That is why I am proud that Miami Beach recently hosted The White House Project’s first training for women who want to run for public office in Florida. The White House Project is a national non-profit which aims to advance women’s leadership in all communities and sectors, up to the U.S. presidency. On Women’s Equality Day we recognize the fearless women who came before us and I wanted to mention that while Florida was late ratifying the 19th Amendment, we

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Q. What do Mary Joe Fernandez, Chris Evert, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Bjorn Borg and our local favorite, Eddie Dibbs, all have in common? A. They all played as teenagers at the Orange Bowl Junior Tennis Tournament on Miami Beach! Many of us have fond memories of the Orange Bowl Junior Tennis Tournament. The tournament was held at Flamingo Park for over 50 years before it was moved to Crandon Park in 1998.Now, we have an opportunity to bring back the Tournament to Miami Beach. The Orange Bowl Junior tournament was founded in 1947 by a Miami Beach resident, Eddie Herr, and has become a “rite of passage” in junior tennis. The tournament is one of the most prestigious junior tennis tournaments in the world. Many tennis greats had their careers launched by winning at the Orange Bowl Tournament. On September 15th the Commission will vote on the configuration of the tennis center at Flamingo Park. At the core of the debate is whether to keep 17 clay courts in Flamingo Park or change to 12 clay and 5 hard courts. The decision will have a direct effect on our youth, residents and businesses. I am compelled to support positive changes to our community and make you aware of issues that may seem small (compared to the immediate challenges that we face), but are significant to our community. I strongly believe that bringing back the Junior Tournament would bring a positive international spotlight to our community and be a benefit to all. Maintaining 17 clay courts at Flamingo Park is important to our community for 3 significant reasons: Less Injuries - Clay courts have a health and training benefit for ALL tennis players. The benefits of playing on clay courts has been documented by the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) top coaches and trainers. Patrick McEnroe, USTA’s Director of Player Development, has stated that clay courts help build better competitors while providing a safer playing surface for all players. In a study conducted in 2009 on injuries to players, one of the main causes for injuries was the hard surfaces the junior

players practiced and played on. Hard courts can be debilitating on a body. The health and safety of our children and residents are compelling reasons to maintain the clay courts at Flamingo Park Training Benefits -The benefits to improving a player’s game is also supported by the USTA, recognizing that training on clay helps all court players. Some in our community have argued for changing the composition of the courts at Flamingo Park to allow for our High School players to continue training on hard courts. It is true that most high schools train on hard courts, but this is due to lower costs associated with hard courts – and no other considerations. Going with the “status quo” should not be our reasoning. We should aim to give our kids an advantage by having them train on a safer surface, which the USTA considers the ideal training surface for the next tennis champion. Our high school players would have an advantage if they were allowed to train on clay courts and would become better overall players. Our High School team presently plays at the four hard courts in Normandy Shores. Economic Development-The Tournament is held during the first week of December, typically a slow period for our hotel businesses and our economy would get a boost - with over 2000 hotel occupants and 6000 spectators. Participants of these types of tournaments spend on average three times the amount of the average tourist. Many of us remember the electricity in the air as the best junior tennis players in the world came to our great City to compete for one of the most coveted titles in junior tennis. The Tournament was an inspiration to our community. In March, I invited key organizers of the event to Miami Beach. They were impressed. I have been encouraged by conversations with USTA decision makers who have expressed an openness to work with our City. Maintaining 17 clay courts is a key component. The tournament venue must provide enough of the same surface courts for the number of players who participate in the tournament, including pre-qualification matches. The 17 clay courts at Flamingo Park along with the 10 clay at North Shore Park would meet their requirements. Let’s seize the moment. Let’s bring international acclaim back to our great City and make more fond memories for generations to come.

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Sudsies Dry Cleaners sets new standard for going Green

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President of Sudsies Dry Cleaners & Laundry The year was 1970, the show was Sesame Street, the crooner was Kermit the Frog and the song was “Bein’ Green” a lament about how ‘it’s not easy being green’. Interestingly enough, it was also the year President Nixon formed the heretofore nonexistent federal Environmental Protection Agency. Fast forward 40 years, and while being green still isn’t easy, it is a desirable goal for anyone who cares about leaving our children a healthy eco-system to live in. Today, being green is no longer an expression of melancholy because it makes you less than others around you; it’s a call to action to make the world a better (greener) place. At Sudsies, we’re yellow (like the sun), we’re blue (like the sky) and yes, we’re green, like the world we want to live in. We practice what we preach and live every working day reducing, reusing and recycling everything imaginable. We use multiple cleaning processes and all of them in an uber-environmentally responsible wayreducing, recycling, purifying and reusing to the point where with one little ounce of cleaning fluid we can clean 15 garments and with one gallon we can clean 2,000! Amazing, isn’t it! And you should take comfort in knowing that our laundry uses

only biodegradable detergents, conditioners and sizings, with bacteriostat additives. But that’s only the start. We’ve reduced our carbon footprint through an in depth vehicle maintenance regimen. We invested in water recirculation systems and installed low water usage equipment throughout our production facility. We overhauled our lighting and office equipment to be energy star rated and mercury free. We even have a motion detector in our storage rooms and bathrooms so the lights go out whenever anyone leaves the room. We use recycled paper, glass and metal in our lunch room, and went so far as to invest tens of thousands of dollars in high quality hangers suitable for recycling. Our plastic covers are biodegradable, we car pool or use public transportation to get to work, and the list goes on and on. We didn’t do it all overnight. It took time. It took thought. It took planning. It took money to invest in new technologies and supplies. For us, being green is a work in progress. Last year, we were accepted as a FOUR leaf member of the Green Cleaners Council, where we are constantly made aware of new things (big and small) we can do to make a difference. We are eager to rise to their ever evolving and intensifying challenges to do more, to be greener! For Sudsies, green isn’t a fashionable fad that businesses are wearing this year, green is who we are – whether it is in or out of fashion. 1-888-770-4733

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Business Leaders Gather at Philippe by Philippe Chow for a Stellar Pillar Reception Hosted by the Pillar Board of Trustees, the monthly reception overflowed with notable business leaders and celebrity guest Chef Philippe Chow.

Orestes Hernandez and Jessica Wilcox

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Maria Paulsen and Lina Macki

Alex Lacau

Mark Rousso and Corey Narson

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Mike Martinez and Javier Brigas Edlyn Rodriguez and Jehnny Rivera

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Carmen Dumas, Michelle Citrin

Ira Leesfield and Jennifer Leesfield

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Tania Baldelona, Monica Gracia, Vicky Plant Aaron Perry and Tyler Sminkey

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Business Leaders Gather at Philippe by Philippe Chow for a Stellar Pillar Reception

Carl Garofalo and Dino Buenaventura

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Susan Norton and Rita Norton

Rick Garcia and Zahara Mossman

James Longfitt and Edwin Perkins Jason Jolls, Courtnay Carr Russo, Abe Baker, Sherry Roberts

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Business Leaders Gather at Philippe by Philippe Chow for a Stellar Pillar Reception

Jason Davis and Michael Thomas

Susan Cromer Garcia and Kristina Aston

Mykel Tulloch and James Anderson

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Gustavo Hermida and Marc Henderson

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Michael McDonald Chairman Aaron Perry, Executive Chef Philippe Chow, Pillar Chairman Michael Goldberg, President & Ceo of the Miami Beach Chamber Jerry Libbin and Chair-Elect Jason Loeb

Mia Martin Jamie Sokovna and Commissioner Michael Gongora

Sebastien Tribout and Maria Guadamuz

Robert Christoph Jr. Photography by Neox Image Heidi Tandy and Aaron Tandy

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New events at the Miami Beach Convention Center set attendance records Thus far, 2010 has been a record breaking year for Global Spectrum at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The current experience at the Convention Center reflects a rising national trend in attendance at conventions, expos, and trade shows. “We have hosted some of the most important industry associations this year,” said Bob Balsam, Global Spectrum’s General Manager at the MBCC. “Our team has come through with flying colors and received compliment after compliment from our show organizers. We are proud!” The year started off with a bang in January and March with the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), which engulfed the MBCC. Each show utilized nearly 502,000 sq. ft. of space and turned the MBCC into a metropolis of activity. In April, the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA) hosted a

five-day, 24-hour marathon event that helped over 15,000 people receive mortgage modifications. But that’s not all, the MBCC also played home to numerous other successful events, such as the Miami International Boat Show (more than 100,000 attendees), Miami International Art Fair, Franchise Expo South, Original Miami Beach Antique Show, JIS (twice), and IDEA 2010, just to name a few. Upcoming events at the bustling MBCC this year include: South Florida Auto Show, and Art Basel Miami Beach. AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY 19,538 attendees (association record) SOCIETY OF CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE 5,966 attendees (association record) NEIGHBORHOOD ASSISTANCE CORPORATION OF AMERICA 56,123 attendees (show record)


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Miami Beach High School U.S. Navy Cadets Awarded ‘Women Divers Hall of Fame & Women’s SCUBA Association Training Grants’ The City of Miami Beach and The Celebration Of The Sea Foundation announced today that three Miami Beach High School U.S. Navy Cadets were awarded full SCUBA Certification scholarships though the U.S. Navy’s “Women Divers Hall of Fame & Women’s SCUBA Association Training Grants”. Miami Beach High School students and U.S. Navy cadets Sasha Dyroff (Cadet Petty Officer Third Class), Adriana Chait (Cadet Petty Officer Third Class) and Adrea Orduz (Cadet Seaman) were the lucky recipients of the grants. “We are proud of our cadets for receiving The Women Divers Hall of Fame and Women’s SCUBA Association Training Grant.” Said U.S. Naval Science Instructor, Ronald Hunter. “All of our cadets who competed for the grants had to write biographies and essay s in addition to submitting reference letters in order to be chosen.” The SCUBA certification is being conducted as part of Miami Beach High School’s new Academy of Marine & Environmental Sciences (AMES) which launched with over 100 students enrolled. AMES was established through the assistance of The Celebration of the Sea Foundation which helped in the development of the program over the past three years as part of its World Ocean Watch Marine Science and Educational Program which is currently being scheduled to be piloted in the Miami School Systems next year. “Miami Beach Senior High School is delighted to be working closely with The Celebration of the Sea Foundation and the City of Miami Beach to bring innovative

marine science and unique educational programs to children in our community.” said Miami Beach High School Principal Dr. Rosanne Sidener. “These unique opportunities are building extraordinary excitement among our students and teachers to learn about the worlds oceans and our environment.” The AMES SCUBA Club was established to be part of the AMES curriculum and was co-founded by Miami Beach High School and Celebration of the Sea founder and President, Patxi Pastor who is a NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) SCUBA Instructor. “We’re thrilled about the U.S. Navy’s support of our program.” said SCUBA Club co-founder Patxi Pastor “We were also delighted that over 100 other Miami Beach High School students have already submitted applications to be chosen for the SCUBA Club”. The City of Miami Beach has a number of important new environmental initiatives that have been launched recently by public officials and local citizens. “Our high school cadets who won these SCUBA scholarships are great examples of the growing passion among our students to explore and learn about our local ecological diversity”, said Miami Beach Commissioner Jerry Libbin. “I am delighted at the progress the Celebration of the Sea Foundation has made in helping our community develop innovative environmental and educational programs like the SCUBA club. This is one example of the fine work of this Foundation and I’m proud to continue to support their initiatives.” For more information please visit

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September 8 - 21, 2010

Port of Miami billion dollar tunnel project underway

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Chairman of the Miami Beach Parking and Transportation Committee June 11th marked the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a tunnel from the MacArthur Causeway to the Port of Miami. This is in partnership with Miami Access Tunnel LLC (MAT), The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Miami-Dade County, and The City of Miami. This project which is expected to take 5-years is looking to remove trucks from having to use the downtown Miami streets as their only access to and from the port. Also with the widening of the Panama Canal, state planners are preparing for an increase in shipping into the Port of Miami which is already the second busiest port. Trucks will enter the tunnel from Watson Island a few hundred yards East of the intra-coastal bridge. There will be four lanes in the center of the highway; two eastbound lanes for entering the tunnel, and two westbound lanes for exiting. The length will be approximately 3,700 feet. FDOT is first building three new eastbound travel lanes on Watson Island along with a new service road for access to the

Children’s Museum and Jungle Island. These roads should be ready in the early fall of 2010, and once completed the eastbound traffic will be diverted to these lanes. FDOT will use the older eastbound road as the staging area for the tunnel. In preparation for the digging, Herrenknecht of Germany is manufacturing the tunnel-boring machine. At a cost of $45 million, this round machine has a 42foot diameter and is 380 feet long. It should arrive in September 2011 and will be assembled on site. The plan is to dig a road 100 feet under the bedrock floor of the port channel. FDOT and the City of Miami Beach are presently working together to insure that the project moves smoothly and safely. Miami Beach leaders are presently in negotiations with FDOT to look at widening SR 395 between Biscayne Boulevard and I-95. Presently it is 2 lanes in each direction. This will create a bottleneck effect for westbound traffic. FDOT is also studying the SR 395 Bridge over Biscayne Boulevard to ensure that it can handle the increased weight brought on by the increased volume of trucks. You can view full details of the tunnel plans at

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Local organizations merge to create largest realtor association in U.S. Landmark Merger Benefits South Florida The Realtor Association of Greater Miami and the Beaches and the Realtor Association of MiamiDade County are proud to announce their merger into one association. Once approved by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the name of the new association will be the MIAMI Association of REALTORS. The merger, which became effective on August 2, 2010, is the largest in the history of NAR and brings together 23,000 Realtors in South Florida. The new association is now the largest in the nation and represents 98 percent of the Realtors in Miami-Dade County. Together We Are Better! In a marketplace like Miami, where on average 80 percent of buyers and sellers use an agent or broker during the real estate transaction, the new association is theorganization for Realtors in South Florida and the extensive buying and selling publics they serve. It is uniquely positioned to provide South Florida Realtors and their clients with the most comprehensive and leading-edge real estate marketing tools and services available. Enhanced Marketing Tools & Services to Better Serve Buyers and Sellers There are more resources free and available to South Florida residents online ( than to consumers almost anywhere else in the entire country: Neighborhood Information - Find out what is going on in your neighborhood or find your next home by searching one of the many sites available. Property Search Go to

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Ground breaking progress for the Miami International Airport BY MARC T. HENDERSON

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Blue skies to you! If you traveled by air recently to see loved ones, friends or for business, you may have used Miami International Airport. Whether you are a frequent flier or haven’t been here in awhile, hopefully you were impressed with the enhancements and renovations being made. There are new and improved terminal and check-in areas, more restaurants and shops than Miami International Airport has ever had, and breathtaking architecture and artwork on which to feast your eyes. A massive new rental car center that consolidates 16 rental car companies into one easy-to-find facility opened in July and coming in September is a people mover system that can whisk you from one end of North Terminal to the other in a few minutes. Let me take you on a little tour. First the North Terminal. North Terminal is 91 percent complete and nearing completion in 2011. Comprising 3.5 million square feet of new and renovated space, North Terminal, which includes Concourse D, has been converted to a linear design that doubles its efficiency and capacity. A new “front door” of check-in counters, baggage claim areas and checkpoints opened in November 2009 for direct access to newly opened gates. Another new checkpoint with easy access to 18 new gates opened in July, and a rooftop automated people mover system capable of transporting 9,000 passengers per hour between four stations is scheduled to begin running in September. For those who have time before their flight, there are a myriad of new restaurants and stores. Some of these include: Au Bon Pain; Bijoux Terner; Boca Bons; Books and Books; The Britto Store, which includes art

and merchandise by world-renowned artist Romero Britto; Coffee Beanery; Corona Beach House; Dunkin Donuts; two Duty Free Americas locations; Hudson News; Indulgence (bath and beauty products); Johnston & Murphy; La Carreta; Pizza Hut Express; Newslink; Sound Balance; Starbucks; Starfire Design; Sunglass Hut; Sushi Maki; Taxco Sterling; Jose Cuervo Tequileria and Tradewinds Bar. Lastly, scheduled for completion next fall is a new Federal Inspection Services area for international arrivals. This area will contain 72 U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing lanes capable of assisting 3,600 passengers per hour. Across the street from the airport on Le Jeune Road, the Miami Intermodal Center is fast on its way to becoming one of the largest multi-modal facilities in the nation. The first phase of this facility is the recently opened MIA Rental Car Center. The RCC is the second-largest facility of its kind in the United States behind Atlanta and boasts a capacity for 6,500 vehicles from 16 rental car companies. The facility’s four levels are each 20 acres - about the size of eight square city blocks. On three of those levels is a quick turnaround area for refueling and washing some 300 vehicles per hour, or 7,200 per day. A fleet of 60 shuttle buses transports passengers between the RCC and the airport around the clock. The number of rental car buses has been shaved in half, reducing MIA roadway congestion by 15 percent. In the fall of 2011, the shuttle bus service will be completely replaced by the MIA Mover, a 1.1-mile, elevated, automated people mover system. As you can see, a lot has happened at Miami International Airport in the past couple of years and there is still more to come! (Marc T. Henderson is a Media Relations Manager for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, operator of MIA and a system of general aviation airports)

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A Green Come True: ECOMB’s Center for the Environment BY PETER PEREZ

Reduce, reuse, and recycle. So simple yet so meaningful in today’s world as the push for environmental sustainability gains more and more momentum. How much do we live our lives by these three elementary words? How much do we even know about these words? In 1994, the Environmental Coalition of Miami and the Beaches (ECOMB) was founded to address just these questions. These principles are so fundamental to the organization’s essence that their value statement even says, ‘ECOMB believes that, by educating and encouraging people to get involved and to act responsibly towards their environment, together, we will improve our quality of life, save resources, and live more sustainably.’ However, until recently, ECOMB did not even have enough funds to pay its Executive Director. In 2001, Luiz Rodrigues became the second Executive Director of ECOMB and quickly took ECOMB to new shades of green. Former Miami Beach Commissioner Saul Gross, who Chaired the Commission’s Sustainability Committee said, “Luiz is remarkable. He moves a thousand miles an hour, with ideas and initiatives and information. His passion is infectious.” Commissioner Gross was right. Now, ECOMB has developed programs to reduce the amount of litter on the Miami-Dade County beaches, waterways, islands and Biscayne Bay, increase both business and residential recycling rates, as well as preserve and restore habitats. Due to this incredible growth, ECOMB now has friends in the proverbial high places. Perhaps the most noteworthy is Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Gongora, who was Chairman of ECOMB’s Board of Trustees in between stints as a Miami Beach City Commissioner. With his help, ECOMB was able to lease its own building in 2009 from the City of Miami

Beach at a very affordable rate. For the reduction, improved indoor environfirst time since it’s founding in 1994, mental quality, and stewardship of ECOMB now has a freestanding headresources and sensitivity to their quarters. “I’ve been trying to lease a impacts.” LEED certification has four building for some years now.” levels: certified, silver, gold, and platRodrigues says. “Initially, it was an inum. The MBCE will be restored and office space; then we realized we actuexpanded in a way to achieve either a ally needed a building, so we could silver or gold certification. cultivate a great environmental center. Exceptional enthusiasm for this projWe’re calling it the Miami Beach ect has already been generated. For Center for the Environment.” Luiz example, Ken Fields, the Director of immediately mapped out an ambitious Marketing and PR for Electron Solar expansion plan. Energy, says “It is our sincerest wish In addition, ECOMB has attracted a for the success of your project and number of volunteers. One volunteer in Electron Solar Energy would like to particular stands out. Gabriole Van participate, in any way possible, to help Bryce, Treasurer of ECOMB’s Board you in your endeavors… Electron Solar of Trustees, is Luiz’s right hand Energy will provide, build and install, woman. Not only is Gabriole an experiat Electron’s cost, a Solar/Renewable enced LEED AP, she is partner at energy demonstration and display.” In greening consulting firm Eco-Logical addition, a high-profile architectural Solution, Chair of the Miami Beach firm has offered to work with the Chamber of Commerce’s Sustainable MBCE to help make it LEED accreditBusiness Council, and chair of the ed. The firm believes that by introducGreen Hospitality Council for the ing local residents to the latest strateGreater Miami & the Beaches Hotel gies and benefits of sustainable living, Association. Luiz asserts, “ She is the residents will apply these important Luis Rodriguez and Gabriole Van Bryce most dedicated Board Member principles to their everyday lives. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ECOMB has ever had and works tire“ECOMB really needs the funds,” lessly to promote ECOMB’s mission and and native landscaping showcase, a com- says Rodrigues. “I have been a one-man goals. [ECOMB] could not have achieved posting demonstration area, rain barrel, as operation for many years. Our goal for 2010 many of the organization’s accomplishments well as a recycling drop-off center for small is to raise enough funds through grants, corwithout her support and that of its volunteers electronics, batteries, and CFLs.’ The main porate sponsorship or partnerships, donaand interns. She is a jewel of a human being.” goals of the MBCE is to inform, teach, and tions and fundraising events, so that we have According to ECOMB, ‘The explain the concept of reduce, reuse, and a professional team working with us and we Environmental Coalition of Miami & the recycle, as well as that of many other sus- can actually pay them for their services.” So Beaches’ (ECOMB) looks forward to fur- tainable living strategies. all you ambitious grant writers and altruistic Luiz wants the MBCE to be LEED businesses looking for a good way to donate thering its partnership with the City of Miami Beach as well as with other local accredited. The US Green Building your services, products, and/or money, look “green businesses” to fully implement the Council’s website ( explains no further. ECOMB is a bona fide organizaMiami Beach Center for the Environment LEED as, “An internationally recognized tion that could use your help. Considering at 210 Second Street. The Center’s goal will green building certification system, provid- all ECOMB has done for us over the last 16 be to provide environmental programs and ing third-party verification that a building or years, it is the least we can do. services to residents, visitors, and City community was designed and built using If you would like to contact ECOMB you employees. The Center will provide local strategies aimed at improving performance can email either Luiz Rodrigues at nature interpretive displays, environmental across all the metrics that matter most: ener-, or Michael Laas at programming and events, a green building gy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions

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Miami Beach Business Mission to the Expo 2010 Shanghai, China facts and figures BY VERONIKA POZMENTIER

The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce is preparing for its Mission to Shanghai China from October 9-16, 2010, to experience the inspiring culture, business opportunities, and distinguished cuisine that China has to offer along with visits to 2010 World Expo and to the port in Shanghai. Held from May 1 to October 31, 2010 in the megapolis of Shanghai the World Expo 2010 expect in those 6 months more than 70 to 100 millions visitors from all over the world and will be the most visited international fair in history with already 47,134,800 visitors on day 122! The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Mission to China will only add to those numbers of visitors. It will be also the largest international fair ever with more than 190 countries and 50 international organisations under the theme “Better City – Better Life” representing the common wish of the whole humankind for a better living in future urban environments, displayed around the 5 central theme pavilions exploring aspects of urban development and called Urban Footprints, Urban Planet, Urban

Dwellers, Urban Beings, and Urban Dream. The site of the Expo, along both sides of the Hangpu River, is also the most expensive and largest world’s fair site with 53,819,552 square feet. Shanghai spent more than 48 billion dollars just to prepare the site for the Expo 2010, 6 new subway lines were opened between 2008 and 2010 and 4,000 new taxis were added in the city the month before the opening. More than 1.7 millions volunteers have been trained to help visitors on site to find their way around the national pavilions, sculpture gardens, shops, sports arena and a performing arts centre shaped like a flying saucer. Some of those figures looks incredible, the importance of Expo 2010 Shanghai is not only because of the fast growing chinese economy but it is also beyond that meant to define Shanghai‘s new status in the 21th century as a next great world city on the international map and as a symbol of the new China. Shanghai is the second biggest city in China with a population of over 20 million inhabitants and is the most influential economic, financial, international trade, cultural, science and technology center in East China, no wonder Shanghai was designated

for this year World Expo. Some of the national pavilion in the World Expo 2010 are exceptional pieces of architecture and innovation and the China pavillion is one of the most remarkable. “The Crown of the East” can be and looking like an ancient Chinese crown, it is the largest at the Expo and the most expensive, costing an estimated $220 million. This unique structural component of interlocking wooden brackets or dougong style is one of the most important elements in traditional Chinese architecture and dates back more than 2,000 years. It will remain on site once the fair is over. After her visit in May 2010 to the China pavilion State Secretary Hillary Clinton, said that it had been “a wonderful experience”, she will keep “a great souvenir of the Expo” to conclude “the relationship between the United States and China is critical to both our countries and to the future of our world”. CHINA PAVILION Everywhere in Shanghai architecture is phenomenal, with hundreds of buildings from every style from the skyscrapers of

Pudong and Jing’an in the modern city of Shanghai to the low rise buildings of the former French concession with villas or the Bund with 52 amazing buildings of different architectural styles and an incredible collection of Art Deco buildings. Like in Miami Beach Shanghai is known worldwide for its high concentration of Art Deco buildings as nowhere else in the world! Also like Miami Beach, Shanghai shares a close relationship with the city of Basel, Switzerland, which has brought Art Basel to Miami Beach, Shanghai and Basel have been bound by a partnership agreement since 2007. On August 29, 2010 by 7 pm more that 520,000 visitors had visited the Expo! Almost 6 times the population of Miami Beach: 89,000 in one day! Some 7,324 volunteers worked on the site to make it happenned. To learn more about the 2010 World Expo please visit or call the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce to learn more of the Mission to Shanghai in October 2010.

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Coming Soon... The Daisy Column The Miami Beach News is happy to classical music station WTMI 93.1 FM introduce Daisy Olivera as the new socie- radio. She has an equally illustrious ty columnist. Most recently you’ll remem- print writing background, as a columber her as the Miami Herald’s nist for magazines and society columnist, writing newspapers in both English the must-read, “Tropical and Spanish — including Nights” column and profiles Selecta Magazine, on interior design. Channels, Ocean Drive, Daisy, who was born in Avenue Magazine in New Cuba, came to Miami when York and the Providence she was four years old. She Journal-Bulletin. began her 28-year journalTwo and half years ago, ism career as a television Daisy founded her own comnews reporter and anchor pany, – in Miami at the height of an internationally-read webDAISY OLIVERA the 80s drug wars, coversite where she chronicles ing breaking news which Miami society and interviews often made national headlines. the power players who make Miami She went on to New England television unique. as a news anchor in Providence, Rhode We look forward to Daisy’s signature Island then produced and hosted her own witty style as she gives us a peek into talk show on the NBC station, WHDH- CH Miami Beach’s most glamorous society 7 in Boston, Massachusetts. parties. Daisy returned to Miami in 1995 to You can reach Daisy Olivera at host the popular “Morning Show”, on

THE NEW NOW-MAKING BUSINESS HAPPEN IN SOUTH FLORIDA Real Estate Industry Gathers for Landmark Event Join Industry Leaders, Peter Zalewski Founder of Condo Vultures, David Edelstein of Tri Star Capital W South Beach, Melissa Rubin, Vice President of Platinum Properties International, Teresa King Kinney President of Miami Association of Realtors, Steven D Hayworth Founding President, Chairman and CEO of Gibraltar Private Bank and Trust and David Edelstein of Tri Star Capital W South Beach on September 21st for an insider’s perspective on “The New Now – Making Business Happen in South Florida” Real Estate Luncheon September 21st, 2010 at 11.00 am at the W Hotel South Beach. This is one of the most exciting times to be involved in any aspect of real estate in South Florida. Miami Beach is once again is the city that people are flocking to for our culture, night life and properties. In partnership with the Miami Association of Realtors, the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce is

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Wells Fargo Advisors offers 2010 Economic and Market Outlook About 200 guests attended a lunch presentation at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort and Club to listen to Bryan Piskorowski, Managing Director, Director of Market Analysis and Business Development Strategy and well known media consultant. Bryan Piskorowski has worked with Wells Fargo Advisors and predecessor firms for more than 15 years. He makes frequent appearances on CNBC and Bloomberg television and is often quoted by all major financial publications. Piskorowski’s presentation gave clients an outlook on the economic and market perspectives for 2010. Also

attending were financial advisors, branch managers and regional managers from Wells Fargo Advisors. The Wells Fargo stagecoach, an American icon, and an immediately recognized corporate symbol, was also present at the event. “We wanted to give clients an overview on the economy, inflation, international markets both equity and fixed income markets and investment strategy for the remainder of 2010”, said Ramon J. Pacios, Senior Vice President and Miami Complex Manager. “Turnberry did an incredible job with this event, from the food to the setting, it was fantastic”

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Fatal February, Justice in June 2010 Elevator Pitch Contest — by retired Judge Levenson comes to Miami Beach BY BOB LEVY

I have managed judicial campaigns in Miami-Dade County for over 30 years. There are many judges that we helped in their campaigns 30 years ago who are retiring this term, and even more in two years. Time flies when you’re having fun and winning is fun. Losing? Well, there can only be one winner in each election. Because of the intense nature of campaigns, we often become friendly on a personal level with the candidate (and subsequently with the judge) and sometimes with the spouse. And so it has been with Bob and Judge Barbara Levenson. We have maintained contact even after Barbara retired. And so when she told me she was writing a book, I reminded her that it’s even more difficult than writing a legal opinion. She told me the real challenge was in getting more people to read your book than those that read your legal opinion. I told her there were those who had to read the legal opinion, but no one had to read the book. Having now written two books, I can tell you if you are from Miami-Dade and love fiction that is so real it jumps off the page at you, then you want to read her two books. Her first book is Fatal February, released in 2009, and her newest contribution is Justice in June. Let me urge you to read them in order, as the characters will develop for you in clearer detail (I think; of course I haven’t written a book review since college when I used my Cliff Notes to develop my report). The thing that makes these books so exciting to me personally is that if you’re involved in the justice system, every single person in the book comes alive for you and you can picture that person as someone you literally know. When in Justice in June Barbara talked about the Clerk of the Courts, that person was Harvey Ruvin for me; didn’t matter what his name was in the book. When Barbara talked about the chief judge, I saw Gerald Wetherington, Joe Farina and Joel Brown, who have spanned 30 years as chief judges. And when the story developed — and I don’t want to give away too much of the plot here — I knew the good guys and the bad guys in the book, but the lines were crossed and it’s only as the story develops that you learn who really “did it.” The stories about Guantanamo and how the system works today are as scary in the book as they are in real life. All one has to do is go to a Florida Association of Women Lawyer’s meeting


and you’ll meet a dozen women like Mary Magruder Katz, the main character in the book. And when in Fatal February she meets a Hispanic male, well, it’s so Miami. And when they want to go for dinner and it’s off to the Forge or when she talks about the excitement the first time she walked up the stairs of the Justice Building (73 W. Flagler Street or l35l NW l2th Street, doesn’t matter which), one feels the book developing around you with familiar scenes. Carlos Martin, the boyfriend, is someone you’ll meet and feel like you already know, because we all know Carlos and many like him. This is a duo of wonderful books that anyone living anywhere can enjoy, but if you are a Miami-Dade resident, it is must reading. I literally could not put either book down, anxiously awaiting further exciting developments in the daily life of Mary Magruder Katz. The scene where the two families meet for dinner is just hysterical and all of us have had similar experiences. That’s what makes these books great, you will feel like you are reading something you have experienced yourself; because most of us have.

Bob Levy is president of Robert M. Levy and Associates, a lobbying and campaign consulting firm with over 30 years of history in Miami Dade County and Tallahassee.

The Launch Pad at the University of Miami is partnering with the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce for the 2nd Annual Elevator Pitch Contest presented by the Miami Herald. Last year, the Launch Pad awarded four finalists over $85,000 in cash and prizes designed to boost their companies right here in South Florida. The Launch Pad opened in August 2008 with two goals. The first is to represent entrepreneurship as a viable career option, and the second goal is to encourage and help members of the University community to establish ventures in South Florida, furthering economic and social growth. In less than 2 years, Launch Pad members have created 45 new companies and over 100 new jobs. An elevator pitch is a brief overview of a company, product, project or service, delivered in the time span of an elevator ride (less than 90 seconds). The 2010 contest series will kick-off with three handson workshops starting in late September

and will be led by Senior Entrepreneurial Fellow, Melissa Krinzman of Venture Architects. This will be followed by five regional preliminary rounds in South Florida in Mid-October, and the finale will take place in November during the celebration of Global Entrepreneurial Week at the University of Miami. Aaron Perry, Chairman of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, who has an extensive background in advertising and marketing will serve as a judge for this region. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the student and community categories. All South Florida entrepreneurs with existing businesses are invited to compete and entry is free. The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the Miami Beach Workshop on Friday, October 1st, for the Launch Pad. This contest is open to anyone in South Florida with an existing for-profit. The Chamber is eager to hear from all of the entrepreneurs that would like to participate in this contest.

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PANDEMONIUM: The Lost and Found Orchestra at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County proudly announces the kick-off to its 5th Anniversary Season with the U.S. premiere of PANDEMONIUM:: Thee Lost andd Foundd Orchestra. From the creators of the blockbuster hit STOMP, this modern, urban symphonic adventure features a cast of 25 performers plus a 30-member choir of local Miami singers. Fresh from sold-out performances in London, Sydney, and Amsterdam, PANDEMONIUM is poised to take Miami by storm, September 16-26, 2010 in the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House. Where Stomp creates rhythm with everyday objects, the Lost and Found Orchestra’s Pandemonium transforms everyday objects into orchestral instruments, representing every section of a symphony orchestra, with strings, woodwind and brass replaced by musical saws, bottles, whirly toys, and traffic cones. Culminating with the human voice being added to the mix, what begins with simple melodies plucked, blown, thumped and

brushed into life, ends in a complex symphonic and choral celebration. Tickets are $55, with group discounts available for all performances for groups of 15 or more. On Thursday, September 23, the Arsht Center hosts Pandemonium’s Young Professional Night - an exciting evening of networking and world-class entertainment. Save on tickets to see Pandemonium on September 23 at 7:30pm plus, starting at 6 pm, arrive early to be among the first in Miami to experience the Center’s new Bombay Sapphire Lounge and enjoy complimentary signature cocktails while networking with Miami’s top young professionals! Visit <> for tickets, show clips and more information. To purchase discounted tickets to the Pandemonium Young Professional Night Event on September 23, use the online promo code: YOUNGPROF or call Group Sales at 786-468-2358.

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Ingenuity & Tough Choices: Valuesbased budget positions Miami Dade School for strong year in hard times BY ALBERTO M. CARVALHO

Miami-Dade County Public School Superintendent It will take more than magic to make the Miami-Dade school district’s budget crisis disappear, with both state revenue and local property value down. With ingenuity and tough choices, however, we have crafted a budget that follows the District’s guiding principles—no teacher cuts, protection of the most vulnerable members of the District’s workforce, no reduction to art and music classes—while shrinking class size, improving the District’s bond rating, holding the line on local taxes, and maintaining fiscal viability. Created more with a surgeon’s needle than a magician’s wand, the proposed budget reflects an unprecedented level of transparency, with input from top business executives, chambers of commerce, school administrators, parents and others. When Miami-Dade School Board members officially consider the proposal next month, they will find a budget that balances the protection of our workforce with the protection of the classroom and respect for the taxpayers of Miami-Dade County. They will find a budget that reflects our unshakable commitment to our core values yet also includes more than $80 million in savings initiatives. Holding fast to what we value can be a challenge, especially as plunging revenues, rising costs, and state mandates have forced us to cut more than $400 million from our budget since 20072008. Through this budget, however, we hold firm, boosting reserves by $21 million to bring total reserves to more than $100 million. A level we have not reached in more than a decade. It is this type of fiscal responsibility that has strengthened Wall Street’s confidence in Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) with Moody’s recently affirming the district’s A1 rating and lifting a negative outlook. As a result of significant fiscal improvements in district management over the last two years, the outlook is now “Stable.” To maintain such stability without raising taxes requires improved effi-

ciencies and strategic cuts. These include a recommended $8 million from the central office that brings total central-office cuts over the last two years to more than 33 percent. As a result, we will recoup $26 million in savings, for example, by having staff complete maintenance programs previously outsourced to contractors. Unlike many other school districts across the country and state, Miami-Dade has managed to balance its budget even as its total budget has shrunk by more than $1.5 billion. This has been done without resorting to layoffs or compromising the District’s academic or fiscal integrity. In fact, despite the economy, Miami-Dade’s schools and students have made notable academic strides in the last three years, with M-DCPS third-graders outperforming or matching their counterparts in every large Florida district in FCAT reading and mathematics gains this year. In addition, M-DCPS students scored higher than their counterparts in such major U.S. cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago in mathematics on the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress Trial Urban District Assessment. These students achieved this despite overcoming such hurdles as a high rate of poverty, language differences and disabilities in the process. The recommended budget for 20102011 positions the District to build on this trend of success, poised to start the new school year this month in a position of strength. Still, worse days may be yet to come. Federal stimulus dollars through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are set to run out in 2011. Unless Washington and Tallahassee act now to plug that hole, M-DCPS and other districts across the state face a funding catastrophe that could well force us to cut the programs we hold most dear. For now, however, we can take hope in knowing that, whether through sorcery or surgery, a sound, solid M-DCPS will live on for another year of service to our students and community, using its given resources to reach ever-higher levels of student achievement and continue giving our students the world.

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Nissan 370Z Roadster is a sleek, fast convertible Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster is quite a nice piece of work, seductively styled and with all the technology and sophistication of the hardtop. It’s available in two models — Roadster and Touring Roadster. Certainly, the most obvious difference from the Coupe is the convertible top. The soft-top roof was designed to give the car a sleek silhouette, offer an easy single-action open-close operation and deliver a top-down ride with reduced wind turbulence. The Nissan design team succeeded on all points. With the top up, the Z Roadster has a sophisticated sloped-back look that balances nicely with the overall body design. The shortened windshield and aerodynamically rounded rear deck blend nicely with the car’s character lines. In the down position, the top is hidden beneath a body-color hard tonneau cover that extends forward to create a “double cockpit” interior. The cloth convertible top has a fabric inner

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