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A New Convention Center Underway Calling for Public Input BY COMMISSIONER DEEDE WEITHORN

During the January City Commission meeting I reaffirmed my commitment to move forward with the complete overhaul and redevelopment of the Miami Beach Convention Center District. Updating our aging convention center and developing an adjoining hotel with potential mixed uses is of unprecedented importance to our city and county economy as we strive to remain a competing venue for conventions and tourism from around the world. Proceeding with this $500 million to $1 billion development of the 52 acre Convention Center District is an extremely sensitive task that is not to be taken lightly. I am unconditionally committed to ensuring MIAMI BEACH CONVENTION CENTER that this project moves onward but we must do so cautiously and attentive to details to The information that the community pro• The historic Carl Fisher Club House avoid flaws, delays, and breaches of the law. As such, I have strongly advocated for vides at this and future public meetings will be and the 21st Street Community Center the public’s involvement and input as we essential to the success of this project. It is my located at the corner of Dade Boulevard and hope that in anticipation of the Washington Avenue; engage in the design process upcoming public meeting you • The surface parking lot located to the of this project. The redevelopThe redevelopment can come up with helpful ideas, north of City Hall between 18th Street and ment of the Miami Beach suggestions, and solutions. 19th Street; Convention Center, though of the Miami Beach There are many rumors cir• The current City Hall building and the much needed, must not come Convention Center, culating in the community adjoining 1701 Meridian Avenue parcel; at the cost of the quality of life indicating that the current City • The surface parking lot and office of the residents. One of the though much Hall building and that the building located at 555 17th Street; main objectives is to get your needed, must not Jackie Gleason will be demol• The Jackie Gleason/Fillmore Theater; thoughts and ideas relative to ished and made part of the and, massing, traffic, design, come at the cost Convention Center. At this • The 17th Street Parking Garage. façade, public spaces, and juncture, nobody knows of the quality of life The aggregate of the area that could be uses – including those that are whether any of this will occur. considered for development totals 2.27 milwanted and not wanted. of the residents. However, I’d like to share with lion square feet. However, it is highly On January 29th at 6:00 pm you the parcels that could be unlikely that the entire area will be develthe community will have the opportunity to convene at the first of multi- considered for possible development as part oped as part of the new Convention Center. The options being considered include ple public meetings to express their desires of the new Convention Center: • The current Miami Beach Convention keeping the existing Convention Center for the project. The meeting will take place at the Convention Center, rooms A101/105 Center Building located between Convention on the first floor of the Washington Avenue Center Drive & Washington Avenue and –––––––––––––– See CONVENTION CENTER, page 4 between Dade Blvd. & 18th Street; side of the Convention Center.

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Letter from the Chair BY ALAN A. LIPS

The new year is in full swing! Everyone is back to work and school and the Miami Beach community is as energetic and inspiring as ever. Winter is truly a magical time to be in Miami Beach. The humidity has abated, the beach breeze is cool, yet the sun still keeps us warm. Tourists flock to Miami Beach during the winter and so many great events take advantage of the amiable weather. Now more than ever, tourists are coming for more than weather and beaches—they are coming for the Miami Beach art and culture, the shopping, the lifestyle we know and love. The winter in Miami has plenty to offer to locals and visitors alike. Here at the Chamber we have a packed schedule. Our quarterly pillar breakfast took place a couple weeks ago with Former City of Miami Mayor Manny Diaz delivering inspiring words of wisdom. The Chamber is hosting events to acquaint new members to everything it has to offer, and, of course, the extensive programming with council meetings and networking events continues as usual. There is no better time than the present to experience the power of membership! Jump right in with upcoming events such as the Champions of Business Awards Luncheon on Jan. 29 to honor past chairman Jason Loeb, NBA sports agent David Sugarman and The Forge proprietor Shareef Malnik. Take part in the 1st Annual Sports Weekend Feb. 28 to Mar. 2, featuring both a golf and fishing tournament to benefit the Chamber’s Educational Foundation. There are so many great opportunities to build relationships and expand your business. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to stop by the Chamber or give us a call and experience the power of membership! I wish all of you continued success and happiness. At Your Service, Alan A. Lips


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LEADERSHIP SPOTLIGHT CINDY BROWN Cindy Brown, a Florida native, has lived in Miami since the age of two. She received an AA degree in Music Education from Miami-Dade then went on to the Music School at University of Miami. After changing majors, she received Bachelor’s Degrees in both Psychology and Criminology. She received a fellowship for graduate studies in the field of Sociology, also at the University of Miami. In 1993 she was a member of the chorus of the Greater Miami Opera (now Florida Grand Opera) in their production of “Carmen.” In 1992 she joined Health Crisis Network and began working on AIDS WALK Miami and White Party, eventually becoming Assistant Director of Development. She then moved onto Program Director for United Foundation for AIDS. She left UFA to act as president of Cenergy Productions, an event production company, which produced many successful fundraising events for various local & national organizations such as SAVE Dade, DIFFA & GLSEN. She spent 7 years as Managing Director for Miami Light Project. In 1998 she left MLP to re-engage her previous company, Cenergy, LLC, a private fundraising & event production Consultation Company with clients including Miami Beach Gay Pride, Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, MDGLCC, Miami Workers Center and others. She acted as the Director of Miami Beach Gay Pride for its first 3 years, moving into the position of Executive Director of the MDGLCC Foundation which operates the LGBT Visitor Center on Miami Beach for 1 year. In the summer of 2012 she was appointed as the Executive Director of The

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Do you or someone you know have Actinic Keratosis? FXM Research in Miramar is looking for males and females 18 years or older that suffer from Actinic Keratosis “can be caused by prolonged exposure to the sun, result in discrete, rough, dry, scaly bumps on the face and/or the scalp”, to participate in a four [4] studyvisit clinical research study. Medical Insurance is not required for study participation. Qualified participants will receive: • Evaluation by a Board Certified Dermatologist. • Investigational Study Medication or placebo at no cost. • Reimbursement for time and travel up to USD $200.00.

¿Tiene usted o alguien que usted conozca Keratosis Actínica? FXM Research en Miramar está buscando hombres y mujeres de 18 años o más que sufran de Keratosis Actínica “pueden ser causadas por la exposición prolongada al sol, resultan en discretas lesiones abultadas, ásperas, secas, y escamosas en su cara y/o cuero cabelludo”, para participar en un estudio clínico de investigación que requiere cuatro [4] visitas. No se requiere seguro médico para su participación en el estudio. Los participantes que califiquen recibirán: • Evaluaciones por un Dermatólogo Certificado. • Los medicamentos bajo investigación o placebo sin costo alguno. • Compensación por tiempo y transporte hasta $200.00.

Forr moree information n pleasee calll / Paraa máss información n porr favorr llame: CINDY BROWN Miami Beach Botanical Garden, a position she currently holds. She has held board positions for SAVE, SAVE Dade, The Dade Human Rights Foundation, The Gay & Lesbian Foundation of South Florida and the Advisory Committee for the Women’s Community Fund (Now The Aqua Foundation for Women). She currently sits on the board of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and the MDGLCC Foundation and was appointed by Commissioner Jonah Wolfson to the LGBT Business Enhancement Committee for the City of Miami Beach. She is also on the organizing committee to bring the World OutGames to Miami Beach in 2017.

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¿Tiene e usted d o alguien n que e usted d conozca Acné é Facial? FXM Research en Miramar está buscando hombres y mujeres de 12 a 35 años de edad que sufran de Acné Facial, para participar en un estudio clínico de investigación que requiere ocho [8] visitas. No se requiere seguro médico para su participación en el estudio Los participantes que califiquen recibirán: • Evaluaciones por un Dermatólogo Certificado. • Los medicamentos bajo investigación sin costo alguno. • Reembolso por tiempo y transporte hasta $800.00.

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Speakers chosen for 5th Annual Miami Beach Women’s Conference BY CHARLOTTE LIBOV

“We Are the Women,” a program showcasing the progress of women’s rights, will be the theme of the 5th Annual Miami Beach Women’s Conference on March 22. “This is our fifth year. It’s incredible. We are not only alive and kicking, but we are also flourishing, and I am so excited about our theme, “Where We Were, Where We Are, and Where We are Going,” said Dona Zemo, the co-founder of the event. The conference was founded by Miami Mayor Matti Herrera Bower and is always held during Women’s History Month. Now in its fifth year, the conference draws several hundred women to the event. The all-day event is held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, and includes a free breakfast followed by the famous “Lunch in the Garden,” which showcases an array of the best chefs and caterers, as well as a silent auction. State Sen. Gwen Margolis will also be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The morning program will include the Speaker’s Panel, led off by nationally

known feminist and former head of the National Organization of Women (NOW) Patricia Ireland, human rights leader Elizabeth Schwartz and health specialist Jersey Garcia. “I am also very excited about our speakers, because they will tell us what the movement was like, where we are now, and our future, when it comes to issues like economy, health, and equality for everyone,” said Zemo. Ireland served as the longest tenured president of NOW from 1992-2001. During this time, Ireland helped move the organization to the forefront of the political scene and build a strong and effective women’s moveWomen’s Exhibit ment. She played a pivotal role in ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– making 1992 the “Year of the Woman,” a campaign that provided feminist polls. She continues her work today as a served as a Peace Corps volunteer and in candidates with organizers and trained vol- labor lawyer in Miami, representing unions collaboration with the Honduran Ministry of Health, organized and implemented various unteer campaign workers to canvass by tele- and employees. Representing current day leadership is health campaigns. She has contributed in phone and door-to-door to get voters to the Elizabeth Schwartz, who has led the way by building the sustainability of health service helping women achieve goals in areas in delivery in Guyana Ecuador, Dominican which women were once not welcome. She Republic, Peru, Guatemala and Trinidad. currently is the president of the Miami Beach Currently she is senior Community Health Bar Association and is the Chair of the City of Specialist of the Health Council of South Miami Beach’s Human Rights Committee. Florida and is responsible for strategic planIn addition, she also chairs the Gay and ning and resource development. Lesbian Lawyers Association of South The conference is free. The cost of the Florida and a member of the National luncheon is $30 prepaid or $35 at the door. Family Law Advisory Council of the Checks should be made out to Women’s National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Exhibit and mailed to Women’s Exhibit, she serves as the parliamentarian of the 3101 Indian Creek Drive, Suite 104, Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s Miami Beach, 33140. Women’s Philanthropy, and is on the adviSponsors are currently being sought for sory board of “Next@19th: Moving the conference, and those interested should Jewish Culture Forward.” email Roberta@womensexhibit.org or call The third speaker, Jersey Garcia, repre- 305-209-6226. More information is availsents the future of women’s rights. She has able at www.womensexhibit.org.

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Miami (Beach) Transformed – Former Mayor Manny Diaz Addresses the Business Community BY ANGELICA GALAN

On January 11th, 2013 the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Quarterly Pillar Breakfast took place at The Alexander Hotel featuring Former City of Miami Mayor Manny Diaz as the keynote speaker. Pillar Trustee Board Chairman David Sacks introduced the former mayor, who began his speech by addressing why American politics have to change, which is the inspiration for his book, Miami Transformed. Diaz said, “No matter what side of the island we are on, none of us are really happy with the way things are going.” Mayor Diaz touched on the environment in Washington, “What do we see out of DC today—no relationships. They simply don’t like each other. They don’t talk to each other. They stopped negotiating.” He continued, “We go from crisis to crisis without any long term solutions. Common sense and pragmatism have been replaced by extremism and partisanship.” “By contrast, cities are very different and I offer today as I do in the book, three reasons why I think that’s the case.” The theme of his book centers on the premise that in order to rebuild America, there must be a rebuild of cities and that is accomplished one neighborhood at a time. “We need to make investments in the people and places that make us great and make us who we are. Think about this, metro areas drive our national economy, accounting for 92% of our nation’s economic growth and almost 90% of all jobs, income and gross domestic product, so what that tells me is that mayors are getting things done every day.” Mayor Diaz made his second point that cities are America’s laboratories and the need for big ideas. He went on to say, “We need our ‘go to the moon’ moment in America today. How about we put aside our differences and all work together to restore America’s financial health. This is what leaders do. You dream big then you

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lead others to your idea because grand ideas inspire grand action.” Mayor Diaz addressed ‘grand’ ideas that they had in Miami while he was Mayor. Some of his goals included making Miami a cleaner city, improving education, changing the perception that Miami was devoid of culture, reducing the crime rate and making Miami greener. He met his goals and brought the average school grade from a “D” to an “A,” shed light on the arts and culture in Miami and increased green building. Diaz said, “We went from no plan to Miami 21. Those are all ideas that people can rally around.” Mayor Diaz went on to address investment and spending. “There is a fundamental difference between investing and

spending. Investments have a clear aim, accountability measures and expected returns. Mere spending has none of these. We need a return to making strategic and targeted investments that will produce measurable returns.” “I believe that education should no longer be seen as a social imperative, but as a business and economic imperative. How can we prepare our children for the future, especially in this world of amazing technology, rapidly developing technology, where the jobs of tomorrow don’t even exist today?” “Our lack of comprehensive public transit leaves us to spend over 4 billion hours a year stuck in traffic. Think of the opportunity costs.”

He then touched on the topic of immigration, “If you normalize the status of the 11 million estimated illegal immigrants in America today that would generate $1.5 trillion in cumulative GDP and $5 billion in federal tax revenue.” In terms of the development of the Adrienne Arsht center, which broke ground when he was elected, he emphasized that an extended effect was Midtown, Wynwood, and the Design District. He explained that these all cost a lot of money, but the return was greater. Diaz came to this country when he was 6 years old with his mother on a freedom flight, “fleeing a place where the government denies its people the freedoms and the opportunities that all of us share and we saw this country as so many others still do, as a beacon of hope and a land of boundless opportunities.” His parents worked three jobs, but were able to provide their son with a good and healthy life. “At every turn in my life, especially during my youth, I benefitted from a partnership because government invested in me I had been able to give back and I think the return that that investment has generated has been a good return for my government.” Diaz concluded his speech with the question “Is America still willing to invest in its people and does a six year old child in America today have the same access to opportunities that I did or that all of you I’m sure did?” Following his speech, Former Mayor Diaz answered questions on topics ranging from political gridlock and special interest to challenges and opportunities in the Miami Beach community. Former City of Miami Mayor Diaz’s speech served as a reminder of the genuine change and development that he oversaw in the City of Miami, and the broadreaching effects it has in Miami Beach as well as across the bay in the Greater Miami-Dade region.


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Quarterly Pillar Breakfast with Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz

Jeff Greene, Sandra Osorio, Michael Goldberg, Marc Hurwitz and Richard Herman Chamber Chairman Alan Lips, Philip Hockin, Dwight Williams and Aaron Perry

Valerie Crawford and Aletha Player

Sheila Lehrman-Duffy, Jeff Greene and Alberto Montovani

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Quarterly Pillar Breakfast with Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz

Former Mayor Manny Diaz, Stephanie Ruiz, Tamara Torres and Chamber Chairman Alan Lips Michael Goldberg, Jason Loeb, Chamber Chairman Alan Lips and Russel Galbut

Former Mayor Manny Diaz and Esther Cruz

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Model Beach Volleyball: The Sexiest Event on the Planet!

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The Model Beach Volleyball Tournament (MBVT) will be returning to 8th & Ocean Drive in Miami Beach on February 9 & 10, 2013 from 10am-6pm daily. The overwhelming amount of support from Media, Celebrities, Olympic Athletes, City of Miami Beach, prestige sponsors and strategic partnerships has led the event back to the sand for another year. The 4th annual tournament, in association with the National Volleyball League (NVL), is a public event where all of the top modeling agencies go head to head and form co-ed teams to compete in this amazing 2-day beach volleyball tournament. For the 2nd consecutive year, MBVT has partnered with the NVL & the top Olympic Beach Volleyball athletes.

These professionals will be on site at the event coaching each of the agency teams as well as participating in live exhibition matches. The event garners thousands of spectators throughout the weekend where guests can enjoy free giveaways from sponsors including Reebok CrossFit Miami Beach, Monster Energy Drink, Car Charging Group, Miami Cocktail Company, Bimini Bay Resort, Australian Gold, Beach Bunny Swimwear, and more. MBVT has additionally announced partnership with American Media, Men’s Fitness, Shape Magazine, OK! Magazine, World Red Eye & The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. Things will be heating up on the sand, as the official MBVT radio partner will be Power96. The station will be broadcasting

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live all day! Last year’s MBVT 2012 event was recently featured on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Miami as well as the CW TV’s The Catalina garnering millions of viewers. VIP guests included James Marsden, Michael Bay, Nina Agdal, Shawne Merriman, Joanna Krupa, Geoff Stults, Josh Hopkins, DeRay Davis & USA Olympic Silver Medalist’s Jennifer Kessy & April Ross. Agency finalists & winners will receive an all expense weekend getaway to the luxurious Bimini Bay Resort and Marina on March 1-3, 2013. Here, four teams will compete in a rematch at the resort’s Sakara Beach Club, on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This year, MBVT’s benefitting charity

is the IRIE Foundation, which seeks to improve the lives of South Florida’s youth through educational and extracurricular opportunities and improve the graduation rates among young students. Annual participating agencies include Wilhelmina, Next, Caroline Gleason, Ford, Mega, Front, MC2, Elite, Runways & Ocean Models. Event organizers include Olivia Ormos, Rick Delgado, Michael Malone & Albert Hannemann. For more event information, visit www.modelbeachvolleyball.com. To sponsor or media coverage, email Olivia@ooandco.com To purchase VIP Tickets, visit www.wantickets.com/modelbeachvolleyball


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‘Gangster Squad’ is a stylish disappoinment BY LAUREN COHEN

When you put Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Josh Brolin together in one film, expectations are going to run rampant. But with expectations so high and a stellar cast so wasted, “Gangster Squad” will most likely be considered a disappointment. With a script as vacuous as its characters, “Gangster Squad” is still entertaining – incredibly entertaining, at that – but it’s lack of substance or character development keeps it from being anything but mindless fun that zooms by without any real steady direction. Set in 1949 Los Angeles, the movie revolves around a group of police officers that assemble with the sole purpose of running dangerous mob kingpin Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) out of town. This is a violence-packed, sleek film that’s more of a caricature of the classic gangster films than a revival of them. But thanks to some well-placed humor and exciting shoot-‘emup action sequences, “Gangster Squad” manages to keep you engaged from the

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beginning until the end, despite what feels like a wasted opportunity overall. Like the movie itself, Sean Penn is wonderfully over-the-top as Cohen. None of these characters were written with any lay-

ers, but at least Penn seems to be having a fun time in the brutish role…even if he is encumbered with ridiculous facial prosthetics. Then there’s the rest of the cast, each of whom is given so little depth that they come

off as a bunch of stars playing ‘40s dress up. Taking on the role of the token sexpot, Stone’s given nothing to do other than to sport red lips and high slits — and even then she still comes off as horribly miscast. This isn’t the classy throwback to film noir that most were expecting; in fact, it’s far from it. Yet the intentionally overblown nature of the film and the cheesy one-liners interspersed throughout it didn’t bother me. Right from the beginning you see what kind of film this is going to be, and if you start to accept it for the direction it took rather than the direction it should have taken, you’ll probably enjoy yourself. Because at the end of the day, “Gangster Squad” is nothing more than stylish, fun, and yes, shallow, January entertainment. Rating: C+


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A closer look at Condo Association fees versus home maintenance cost

BY MADELEINE ROMANELLO

Many buyers perceive that the maintenance fees for a condo seem high compared to the monthly costs of owning a house. This is not always the case if you break it down. Typically, the condo maintenance for a mid-price point building ranges from $ 0.40-0.70/SF to $ 1/SF per square foot for a luxury building. Depending on the condo, this maintenance cost could include reserves for major repairs, lessening the need for special assessments. Here are the monthly costs of owning a mid- price point home: $300/insurance monthly ( approximately 0.75-1.5 % of home value depending on age of home, east or west of US1 and flood zone location) $75-150/ month in water (will depend on city and if property is on sewer or septic) $ 50-150/month trash removal $ 100-200/month gardener $ 30/month basic cable $ 35/month alarm monitoring $ 40/month pest control Total $ 755 monthly – so let’s say if the house is 1800 SF, we are at $0.41/SF. But... you have to figure roof replacement reserves about $1000/year, plus

painting outside $1000/ year, tree trimming $300/year, pruning and fertilizing $500/year, pool service $ 1000/year, and other external maintenance you would not have in a condo, adds another $0.18 per square foot monthly. Maybe there is a small garden and no pool, but sooner or later roofs need to be fixed, maintained or replaced; the exterior needs to be painted, pressure cleaned, etc; trees need to be trimmed for hurricane season; and plumbing or electric repairs can

be more extensive than in a condo. Now the condo maintenance does not seem so high anymore when you actually compare monthly or yearly costs with the house. The condo can also offer security, pool, beach access, gym, tennis, gardens, concierge, management, etc., so you are getting more services for the money you pay. The big question is, “Will there be special assessments?” It is easy to find out from the association what major

repairs have been made and what the condo still plans to assess for. Many buildings in South Florida have been going through their 40-year recertification and have replaced almost all major systems in the building, or are in the process of doing so. Many condos are also starting to have reserve funds, collecting from the owners each year the exact amount needed to repair or replace major building facilities in the future. For example, the elevators in 15 years; paint in 5 years; roof in 20 years, etc. This is a fair and responsible way to run a building, as each condo owner pays into the fund whether they live there 2 years or 10 years. One of the big factors is control. Buyers feel that owning a house gives them more control over the expenses and they are not at the mercy of a poorly run condo association. The alternative is to get involved in the association which can be hard work, often includes politics and very little gratitude from other condo owners. So it is really a lifestyle decision; your own space versus community living and amenities. When you break it down, the monthly maintenance of a house runs about the same as a condo!


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Mount Sinai Heart Institute offers treatment options for chronic A-Fib sufferers

Taige Adderly, 26 year old former college basketball player, traveled from the Bahamas to have his A Fib treated by Dr. Angelo LaPietra (right) with the Hybrid Maze procedure. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

There are approximately two million Americans who suffer from Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib), a rapid, irregular heart rate that causes reduced blood flow to the body. Some patients with A Fib experience heart palpitations, weakness and shortness of breath. However, this chronic condition can be dangerous because it frequently goes unnoticed, putting many patients at risk for blood clotting that can lead to a stroke. With Florida having the nation’s third largest population of A Fib patients, one area medical center — Mount Sinai Heart Institute in Miami Beach—began perfecting the Hybrid Maze method of treatment to help eliminate symptoms that medications and traditional single ablation procedures generally cannot. Dr. Angelo LaPietra, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Mount Sinai Medical Center, is a leader in this closed-chest cath lab procedure, which uses the combined approach of surgical and electrophysiological techniques to improve the outlooks for chronic A Fib patients, considered the most challenging of all to treat. During the Hybrid Maze procedure, Dr. LaPietra makes small incisions in the patient’s stomach to access the heart and creates surgical lesions that block A Fib triggers and pathways. Then, an electrophysiologist (EP) uses cardiac mapping technology to find and plug any small gaps in the surgical lesions. The combined approach typical-

ly is viewed as safer and provides improved outcomes. And, since it is a procedure done in a cath lab and not an operating room, patients generally experience minimal discomfort and quick recovery time. “Single ablation procedures are only effective about 50-60 percent of the time, and medications often leave patients ‘feeling sick’ most of the time,” Dr. La Pietra said. “Right now, Hybrid Maze is the only available treatment that truly improves their lifestyle.” Dr. LaPietra began performing the procedure in 2010, and initial studies have shown Hybrid Maze is effective in 85-90 percent of patients who remained in normal sinus rhythm during the first six to eight months following their procedure. Dr. LaPietra now also trains other doctors from around the country on how to perform Hybrid Maze. Mount Sinai’s Hybrid Maze procedure has been well received by patients. Besides eliminating discomfort and daily medication regimens, it has also been found to be a positive alternative, particularly those with large atria that leads to persistent or chronic A Fib who are not candidates for traditional single ablation. For information on The Mount Sinai Heart Institute and/or the Hybrid Maze Procedure, visit www.miami-cardiology.com or call 305-674-CARE (2273).


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Commissioner Sally Heyman announces the 2013 Mom and Pop Small Business Grants Small business owners in Miami-Dadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s District 4 are invited to apply for Commissioner Sally Heymanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annual Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program. Applicants may be eligible to receive up to $5,000, depending on the number of applicants, which can be used for purchasing equipment, supplies, inventory, commercial liability insurance, security systems, advertising and marketing and making minor renovations. Applications will be accepted January 14 through February 8, 2013. Business owners interested in applying for the 2013 District 4 Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program must meet the following criteria: existed for at least two years; employs no more than seven employees; currently not in default or non-compliance with any County loan or grant program; is not affiliated with a national chain; does not own more than two businesses; and does not engage in illegal activity at the stated business location. Applications must be received no later than 12 noon on February 8, 2013 or they will not be accepted. Completed original applications can be mailed or hand delivered to: Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, District 4 Office, 1100 NE 163rd Street, #303, North Miami Beach, FL 33162.

Only one application per business will be accepted. Non-profit agencies are not eligible for funding. Home-based businesses are welcome to apply. Businesses that received funding in the past can apply, but priority will be given to those businesses that have never received funding. Applications can be typed or printed. Illegible, incomplete, or faxed applications will be disqualified. Guidelines for the Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program require that each approved recipient attend a mandatory business training workshop to be scheduled at a later date. Aside from financial support, the Mom and Pop Grant Program provides: technical assistance to create better working and business environments, promote economic development opportunities, educate owners about various county-funded programs and projects, forms and fosters better working relationships among small business owners, retain and create more jobs, offer necessary training that small business owners may need to become more efficient and competitive.

Aside from financial support, the Mom and Pop Grant Program provides technical assistance to create better working and business environments...

To see if your business is located within District 4 or for more information, call (305) 787-5999. Applications are available at www.miamidade.gov/district04.

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Citi opens new full service smart banking branch in Miami

305-868-3600 • 954-522-3202 561-392-9059 • 1-888-868-5585 Aventura • Miami Beach • Boca Raton www.gprco-cpa.com

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Banking just got simpler for the residents of Miami, with the opening of a new Citibank smart branch located at 830 5th Street in Miami Beach. The new branch is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am 6:00 pm, and Saturday from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. The drive-thru will open each day at 8:30 a.m. “We are thrilled to bring our globally recognized smart banking capabilities to South Beach,” said Diane Bentivegna, Citibank’s Miami Market President. “From enhanced image envelope-free ATMs, digital walls, and a committed multi-lingual staff — our goal is to enhance the banking experience for our customers and simplify their financial lives.” The building is part of Miami’s South Beach historic district and was constructed in 1923. The LEED-certified branch will serve retail, credit cards, small business, commercial banking, mortgage and personal wealth management customers with account opening and teller services, along with 24-hour ATMs. The branch also offers a drive-thru teller, money orders and foreign exchange services. Customers can also bank through Citibank for iPad, Citibank® (Kindle Fire Edition), Citi Mobile and Citibank online. The branch celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on January 17, 2013, with customer, employees and local community leaders. The branch opening reinforces Citi’s long commitment to the greater Miami community. The United Way of MiamiDade recently announced that it was allocating a $100,000 Citi Foundation grant to three local organizations that are implementing financial capability programs to support low and moderate-income women,

disabled veterans, and aspiring first-time homebuyers. Citi and the Citi Foundation are also active supporters of The Education Fund, including the creation of the Citi Postsecondary Success Program, and Citi has also been a leading supporter of historic preservation and redevelopment of several Art Deco buildings in Miami Beach. During last year’s global celebration of Citi’s 200th anniversary, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado joined local Citi volunteers as they erected a new kindergarten playground and revitalized the grounds at the historic Shenandoah Middle School. “At Citi, we are committed to our local communities by teaming with residents to support vital organizations, like the Miami Chamber of Commerce,” said Bentivegna. “Our team is happy to open our doors to welcome and serve customers and the community.” As part of Citi’s commitment to the community, the branch will be hosting the following events: • January 30 – Customer Appreciation Day • February 14 – Valentine’s Day Celebration • February 28 – Black History Month Celebration • March 16 – • St. Patrick’s Day Celebration (event actually falls on a Sunday – March 17) “We believe in the vibrant people, businesses and community of Miami and we’re excited to play a role in its growth and prosperity,” said Bentivegna. For information, visit www.citibank.com


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The $outh Florida Gaming Report

Life’s a beach BY ISADORE HAVENICK

I love Miami Beach. We have everything. I mean the waves and the weather are unparalleled. We have a plethora of shopping, from boutiques to big names to treasures undiscovered at the Lincoln Road kiosks. Who has more or better restaurants? We have Red and Joe’s and Prime 112. We have Shake Shack and Serendipity. Find me something to eat we don’t

have - I dare you! You want a corned beef sandwich at 2AM - we got it. We have movie theaters and organic markets. We have clubs and lounges and ultra lounges and uber ultra lounges. We have the world’s best known DJ’s appearing at the world’s hottest clubs every week of the year. We have cabs and bikes and six-passenger golf carts that will take you anywhere you want to go on the beach for free. We have performers: street performers, club performers and beach performers. Simply put, we have it all. You can bet on it. Well actually, no you can’t. The one thing we don’t have is gambling.

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Miami Beach evolving into sophisticated Foodie Haven with sumptuous ‘Epicurean Experiences’ for all

From the days of Wolfie’s Diner in the 1980s to today’s well known restaurants like Yardbird, The Dutch, Khong River House, Serafina, the Bazaar and Bianca, Miami Beach has fully evolved into a bona fide foodie paradise, offering sophisticated “Epicurean Experiences” for those in search of talented chefs, great culinary experiences and an international ambience. The popular Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival as well as great restaurants, celebrity chefs and global, well-traveled foodies with high standards have transformed Miami Beach into a top-tier epicurean destination. “Miami Beach, with its diverse population and vibrant lifestyle is one of the most exotic destinations for visitors from around the globe – a short trip from many cities in North and South America,” says Jeff Lehman, Chair, Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority. “Add that to our expansive culinary offerings, food festivals and A-list chefs, and you’ll see why Miami Beach has become a destination for any serious epicurean.” Local foodies are taking notice of Miami Beach’s maturing food scene too. “I’m really impressed by the range of restaurant and culinary offerings available in Miami Beach. From a beach town with very few food options to today’s city with a growing, rich and varied food culture and fun, stylish and chic eateries, Miami Beach has really become one of the best global cities to eat in,” says avid foodie and amateur chef Irene Dakota. “I think Miami Beach is becoming more and more like London, Paris, Rome, New York and Chicago with their incredible gastronomic choices.” Now in its 12th year, the Food Network’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival has helped

to shape Miami Beach’s burgeoning culinary scene. Celebrity Chefs and notable industry names are drawn to Miami Beach’s eclectic population, laid back lifestyle and a mature tourism infrastructure, attracting visitors from around the globe. The Festival is a national, star-studded, four-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned chefs and culinary personalities. The festival takes place at various locations throughout Miami Beach, February 21-24, 2013. Following are some of the international restaurants (with at least one other location in a major city) that have recently put down roots in Miami Beach. The Dutch, brainchild of James Beard Award winner Andrew Carmellini, opened an outpost of the popular New York City restaurant in Miami Beach’s W Hotel in November of 2011. In December of 2012, popular New York City pizzeria Serafina opened at the Dream South Beach Hotel. Milos Greek Taverna with locations in Montreal, Athens, New York and Las Vegas most recently opened an outpost in Miami Beach’s Sofi neighborhood; and Hakkasan, with eateries in London and New York has had a successful reign at the Fontainebleau Hotel. In just the last few weeks, the EMM Group has launched outposts of CATCH and SL inside the new James Royal Palm Hotel in South Beach. CATCH Miami is the first outpost of EMM’s New York City flagship, CATCH, helmed by Executive Chef Hung Huynh. Spanish franchise, 100 Montaditos boasts a network of more than 250 restaurants across the globe, now including a location in Miami Beach.

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America’s Largest Italian Center. Serving our valued customers over 62 years since 1951 in North Miami Beach

If it’s fresh, it’s Laurenzo’s www.laurenzosmarket.com Italian Family Style Catering is Our Speciality! Call or E-mail Home • Office • Parties E-mail: laurenzos1951@aol.com

Laurenzo’s is a Hommade Fresh Pasta Shop Offering over 75 assorted shapes and flavors of fresh pasta. For a quick healthy dinner after work or enough for a large party or wholesome client. Cheese, veal, lobster, chicken, vegetable ravioli, our specialty. Winner of Best Pasta in Miami award!

Laurenzo’s is an Award Winning Wine Shop Voted Top 12 Wine Merchants in the U.S. Featuring over 3,000 labels from around the world and a knowledgeable staff to take care of your champagne, wine and specialty beer needs. Delivery service – Visa/MC/AMX

Laurenzo’s is a Custom Butcher Shop Our meat department features a wonderful selection of fresh cuts of veal, pork, lamb and beef. Fresh chicken and turkey are our specialty, along with homemade Italian sausage and semi-preparted, ready-to-cook meats that have been expertly marinated, stuffed or lightly breaded for your enjoyment.

Ben Laurenzo and family started their company in 1951 delivering authentic Italian and specialty products in a station wagon from the Palm Beaches down to the Keys. The company grew because of it’s reputation for handling high quality, fresh products at fair prices, while always providing excellent customer service. We are still working by this credo. We thank you, our loyal customers, old and new, for always being our “best” word-of-mouth advertising!

Laurenzo’s is an Old-Fashioned Deli & Caterer Featuring our own fresh, homemade salads, antipasto items and some cooked deli meats. We also feature Boars Head products and many low fat, low sodium, low cholesterol cold cuts and cheese. We make our own handmade fresh mozzarella. Ask our our catering list for your next home or office party.

Proudly serving the community 62 years

Laurenzo’s is a Fresh Seafood Shop South Florida’s finest and freshest seafood, six days a week. Some fin fish and shell fish on Sunday. We invite you to come in and see our super fresh high quality.

Laurenzo’s is an In-Store Sidewalk Café Since 1969, when we put together a couple of tables and chairs for the men to have espresso and talk while the ladies shopped, our café has grown into serving delicious soups, salads, pasta, pizza, specials of the day, espresso, cappuccino, Gelato and homemade Italian ice. A fun spot in the middle of our store!

Laurenzo’s is a Scratch Bakery We bake fresh Italian breads and rolls daily. See our display of old-fashioned pastries, cookies, cakes and pies. Featuring Baresi Focaccia and stuffed pepperoni and mozzarella bread. Wedding cakes have also been a long time specialty.

Laurenzo’s is a Farmer’s Market Across the parking lot is our 6,000 square foot old-fashioned produce market with the world’s freshest, high quality fruits and vegetables. We feature fresh herbs and spices along with organic produce and exotic local and imported specialties. Cold fresh juices and drinks too!

Call to order in advance Prime Rack of Veal

Prime Rack or Loin of Lamb

for Chops or Roasts Prime Rib Small or Large End for Steaks or Roasts

for Frenched Chops or Roasts Prime Beefloin for Steaks T-Bone, N.Y. Strip or Boneless Sirloin

Prime Veal For Cutlets/Picata/Medallions Prime Beef Tenderloin Whole For Chateau-Briand or Filet Mignon

Call our Meat Department for More Information

FARMER’S MARKET Open 7 days a week

16445 W. Dixie Hwy. Miami, FL 33160 305.944.5052

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