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Fitch ratings upgrades Mount Sinai Medical Center to investment grade

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ew York-based rating agency, Fitch Ratings, has upgraded Mount Sinai Medical Center’s bond ratings status to BBB- from BB+. Since fiscal year 2008, Mount Sinai has continued to generate increased, positive revenues while still increasing its charity care to the community year after year. The upgrade reflects Mount Sinai’s continued improvement of operating performance and significant expense reduction despite having expanded its presence to six locations over the past three years, including satellite offices in Hialeah, Coral Gables, Aventura and Key Biscayne. The Mount Sinai Heart Institute has developed into one of the state’s strongest cardiac service lines, which has resulted in sharp increases of the hospital’s cardiac surgical volume. Mount Sinai has the best cardiac survival rates in Florida among institutions that perform a high volume of complex procedures, captures the largest market share of valve surgeries in Miami,

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Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen addresses local business community

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ongresswoman Ileana RosLehtinen of Florida’s 18th Congressional District, recently spoke to the business leaders of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce at the Quarterly Pillar Breakfast at La Gorce Country Club. Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen’s District stretches from Little Havana to Miami Beach, and from Key Biscayne to Key West. At this Quarterly Breakfast, key issues were addressed regarding boosting the economy through the engine of small businesses and foreign trade to the Miami Beach Community along with issues surrounding the Visa Waiver Act. Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen set the tone of her remarks by stating, “Small Businesses are the backbone of our nation’s economy, employing tens of millions of workers, and creating most of the new private sector jobs, which are important for economic growth.” Which she supported by highlighting statistics showing that according to the Small Business Administration, Florida has more than 2 million small businesses, which account for half of the private sector jobs in this state. With a National unemployment rate of 9%, it is important for institutions such as the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce to assist small businesses by promoting the economic well-being of the local community. Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen recently participated in the U.S. Export/Import Bank Forum and its focus to help small businesses increase their involvement in international trade. Florida was the number two state in exports sales in the nation in 2010 with over $1 billion, of which

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73% of these sales were made by small businesses. President Obama presented to Congress three trade agreements with Columbia, Panama and South Korea, which is going to expand international trade for the U.S., without increasing taxes. As Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Congresswoman RosLehtinen recently held a hearing on the importance of these trade pacts to access overseas markets. South Florida is known as the gateway to the Americas, and accessing the foreign –––––––––––

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Letter from the Chair BY JASON LOEB

Chairman, Miami Beach Chamber Time to exchange the paper gifts - this month marks my first year anniversary as Chairman of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. Alluding to my last letter, it has been a wonderful partnership filled with mutual accomplishment and growth. I look forward to not only forging ahead with ongoing successful programs and new initiatives during the second part of my term, but also ensuring the health of the Miami Beach Chamber well beyond. Part of being a good leader, and perhaps the most overlooked, is creating and polishing a succession plan. The Board of Governors of the Miami Beach have made the important decision, and I’m so pleased to pass the torch next year to Chairman Elect Alan Lips. Yet another amazing friend I’ve come to know through the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, Alan’s commitment to the organization is evident. For more than 14 years, he’s provided invaluable financial guidance as an Executive Board Member and Treasurer. In his augmented leadership role, he plans to continue with growth strategies, particularly via membership. However, one if his greatest initiatives is to burn the mortgage to free up monies to allocate towards the Chamber membership. With his distinguished accounting background and community mindfulness, I have no doubt he’ll realize his vision. Alan and I will be working closely together for the next year to ensure a seamless transition. He will provide fresh perspectives as we fulfill new projects and costrategize for what lies ahead. However, I can’t emphasize enough how much we welcome your input on what is important to you as a businessperson and resident. Alan and our leadership styles may vary, but we’re equally committed to a legacy of organizational and individual development by providing our members with the maximum, impacting opportunities needed to thrive.


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LEADERSHIP SPOTLIGHT

Jared Galbut

Jared Galbut returned home to Miami Beach in 2010, and during his short time back, he has already vowed to open a new chapter in Miami Beach History, much like his family did before him. Jared’s Great Grandfather was Abraham Al Galbut, also known as the “Mayor of Miami Beach” in 1929. Fast forward four generations later; Jared has partnered with his cousin Keith Menin to start Menin Hotels (meninhotels.com), which is busy at work renovating the iconic Shelborne South Beach Hotel that will debut its new look the first week of December (just in time for Art Basel). “The Shelborne was the most glamorous hotel when it opened 70 years ago and it is exciting to be a part of its rebirth and reclaiming its position as the most exciting and talked about hotel on South Beach in 2011” says Jared. “The Shelborne is such a gem. A prime location right on the beach and within walking distance of the best the South has to offer. We are planning on embracing our beach location as well being very local friendly.” Constantly asking himself ‘is there a way to do this better?’ Jared is now the President of the recently resurrected Miami Beach Taxpayers Association. As President, he hopes to present fresh ideas for Miami Beach to continue evolving as a premiere tourist destination and a great place to live, while maintaining fiscal accountability and more business friendly culture. At twenty-nine years old, Jared is one of the youngest hotel executives in South Florida. Along with his partner, thirty year old Keith Menin, Jared plans to create a hospitality company that appeals to their generation and sets new standards for the South Beach hotel experience. “We are dissecting every part of the guest experience from when a guest first encounters us on line to how they get from the airport to our hotels with more ease and comfort” says Galbut on his vision for Menin Hotels. Currently, Jared is very busy overseeing operations, developing new protocols and services, as well as brand partnership at all of the Menin Hotels. Galbut is well suited for his role as Managing Principal of Menin Hotels. He grew up on Miami Beach, and at the age of fifteen, began working in acquisitions for Crescent

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Heights, one of the nation’s largest developers of high-rise multifamily housing and hotels. While attending Miami Country Day School, he was captain of the basketball and tennis teams. After receiving his degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Miami, Galbut joined Keith Menin in the development of the hugely successful Sanctuary South Beach. Following its success, Galbut relocated to open the chic Raffaello Boutique Hotel; within four years, he became the youngest and most successful general managers in Chicago. Currently, Jared is enrolled in the City of Miami Beach Leadership program. Jared is ecstatic to be back in Miami Beach, and recently married his long time girlfriend, Stacey, in the Shelborne Hotel’s new Ballroom. He met Stacey while opening the Sanctuary Hotel in 2005 and they continue to work together today keeping hotel operations within the family. Looking to the future, Jared and Menin Hotels look to grow their brand to another South Beach Hotel, the Gale Hotel, slated to start construction at the end of this year. This iconic hotel will be reborn into an Italian themed masterpiece sitting across from Delano and SLS Hotels. “We are continuing to develop new concepts for our guests as we adapt to their wishes and desires, the Gale will be a new concept and exciting change to South Beach.”

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MOUNT SINAI, from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– and ranks #9 in the nation for heart attack survival rates according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Additional positive rating factors are Mount Sinai’s solid market position as the only hospital in Miami Beach, FL, one of only seven statutory teaching hospitals in the state, the addition of experienced medical staff in other key service lines and strong community support from the hospital’s donors through its foundation. Mount Sinai President and CEO, Steven Sonenreich, emphasizes that Mount Sinai’s donors are a critical component of its success. “Mount Sinai was established 60 years ago, with the help of visionary community leaders and philanthropists who responded to the need for a new hospital on Miami Beach. Philanthropy continues to play a major role today”, said Sonenreich. According to Fitch Ratings, by June 30, 2011, Mount Sinai held $178.4 million of unrestricted cash and investments, equivalent to about 144 days

ROS-LEHTINEN, from page 1 markets in Columbia and Panama will further increase the economy for Miami-Dade County. Columbia is already Florida’s number 2 trading partner, and Panama sells with Miami have increased by 30% in trade. The U.S. International Trade Commission stated that these three trade agreements will increase U.S. exports by $10 billion of goods. The U.S. Budget Deficit has sky rocketed from $160 billion in 2007 to $1.64 trillion this year, and it is important for the House of Representatives to work together to bring about a full economic recovery for everyone, “So that Americans can do what they do best, create, innovate, and lead” said Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen. The U.S. Visa Waiver program was addressed by her, which would allow travelers from Argentina, Chile and Brazil to visit the United States for up to 90 days without a visa. The problem stated by Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen is how these countries would fulfill the criteria to be admitted into the program, and how to fully monitor travelers over staying their Visas once they enter the United States. She went on to delineate the criteria to participate in the Visa Waiver Program, specifying that a country must have had a nonimmigrant refusal rate of less than 3%, the

cash on hand. The upgrade from Fitch Ratings continues to reflect Mount Sinai’s improved operating performance, as also reported back in July when Moody’s Investors Services also upgraded Mount Sinai’s outlook to positive at a higher-level rating. ABOUT MOUNT SINAI MEDICAL CENTER Founded in 1949, Mount Sinai Medical Center is the largest independent, private, not-for-profit teaching hospital in South Florida. Mount Sinai’s Centers of Excellence combine technology, research and academics to provide innovative and comprehensive care in its multiple centers of excellence. One of only seven statutory teaching hospitals in the state, Mount Sinai is the hospital of choice for those who seek the level of expertise and care that only a teaching hospital can offer. The medical center’s commitment to quality has garnered prestigious recognition, including designation for five consecutive years as one of America’s Top Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. country must certify that it has established a program to issue passport that are fraud resistant by incorporating biometric identifier, the country must accept the re-partition of any citizen for whom a removal order is issued, and it must share information regarding if an individual traveling to the United States presents a threat to the U.S. National Security. Security issues and passport control with countries like Brazil are of major concern for the House of Representatives in passing a Visa Waiver Program for Brazil. These regulations are strictly enforced, though there is a Bill circulating to change some of the criteria. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen expressed to the group that she is aware of the economic benefits from granting countries such as Brazil, Chile and Argentina Visa Waiver status, however, to secure the Country from foreign threats, there are security items that must be addressed before these countries can be approved by Congress. Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen encourages the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce and its constituents to take a trip to Congress and to write letters addressing the importance of opening the Visa Waiver Program in countries in South America to assist the economic growth in South Florida and closed the session by fielding questions ranging from the Miami Beach Convention Center issues to reform of the Medical Insurance practices and making medications more affordable.


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Miami Beach Commission Appoints Aaron B. Perry to VCA Board

The City of Miami Beach Commission unanimously approved the appointment of Aaron B. Perry to the Board of the Miami Beach Visitor’s and Convention Authority at it’s September meeting. “I am honored by this appointment and look forward to serving our great city and the VCA in it’s mission to proactively recruit, develop and financially support viable partners and programs” said Mr. Perry. “This is a worldclass organization that truly makes a difference in our community”. Aaron serves as managing partner of Sobol-Perry Fashion Productions Inc., whose holdings include Miami Beach International Fashion which is going in it’s 14th year and ranked as one of the top five fashion shows in the world and Miami Beach International Bridal Week which will take place at the Eden Roc Hotel in late November. Aaron is also the co-founder of Reputation Protection Group, a fast growing web based company which focuses on burying unjust and unsubstanitated negative information which is unfairly attached to their client’s names and/or businesses. Aaron also serves as President of Aaron B. Perry, Inc. a marketing and business consulting firm. Aaron is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce and continues to serve as its Senior Vice Chair. Aaron’s experience also includes a long spanning career with Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino, most recently as it’s Vice President of Strategic Development and Marketing and as a consultant to the holding company. His responsibilities included the production, marketing and oversight of all of the venue’s sports and enter-

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tainment products as well as Gulfstream’s $250 million retail and gaming expansion. In 2011, the Aaron B. Perry Innovation in Business Award was created by the Miami Beach Chamber to recognize Aaron’s accomplishments during his term as Chair. This annual award honors a business leader who has used creative tactics to help lead their organization down a road to success. Last year’s recipient was Emilio Estefan. In 2010, Aaron oversaw the Chamber’s partnership with Community Newspapers to create this newspaper. Aaron continues to serve as the Chairman of it’s Editorial Committee.

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ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa ‘dresses in white’ for an exclusive invitation The Bridal Tea Party

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ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa partners with Miami magazine Bloomingdales and Ever After Miami, to invite you to their exclusive Bridal Tea Party, hosted by celebrity wedding planner James Tramondo of Style Network’s “Whose Wedding is It Anyway?”. Experience the ultra-luxe waterfront facilities ONE has to offer while learning directly from the industry expert on everything you need to know to plan your extraordinary dream wedding. Take this unique opportunity and visit ONE Bal Harbour on Tuesday, October 25th at 7 pm and enjoy the picturesque views of the surrounding waterways while Tramondo will advise brides on everything they need to know and do to organize the wedding they have been dreaming of; from tips on selecting reliable suppliers to recommendations on design and decoration and tips to create your personalized wedding to-do list. The attendees of the “Bridal Tea Party” will receive a guided tour of the ultra-chic and sophisticated facilities that ONE Bal Harbour offers; including the unveiling of the waterfront private dining room and a tour of the luxurious Penthouse Suite; as well as a bag of wedding gifts sponsored by Bloomingdale’s and the chance to enter a drawing to win a night’s stay at ONE Bal Harbour. During the event, you’ll enjoy exotic teas and delicious confections from

The upcoming legislative session promises to be gaming centric in nature. We are still 10 weeks away and things are already heating up. As many as 7 individual players have expressed sincere interest in bringing full scale casino operations to South Florida. To add a little fuel to the fire Donald Trump has announced his intention to purchase the Doral Resort and Spa, but denies it has anything to do with resort casinos – wink - wink. So from Las Vegas to Atlantic City to Maylasia the giants of gaming are descending upon us to bring jobs to restart our sputtering economic

“Elegant Temptations,” local experts in designing elegant specialty cakes. James Tramondo has been hosting “Bridal Tea Parties” with great success and has organized more than 300 weddings in the U.S. and around the world. Before his success on the Style Network, he was the presenter on TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” and “Married Away,” while hosting segments on New York’s Channel 12 News and Good Day on Channel Fox 5. The event will cost $45 per bride and includes one guest. Those interested can register by going to the following link: http://bit.ly/bridaltea or by contacting Alice Villar, Director of Catering at 305.455.5464 or by email to: avillar@oneluxuryhotels.com ONE Bal Harbor is located at 10295 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour Village, FL 33154, 305.455.5400 Fax 305.455.5399 www.oneluxuryhotels.com

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engine. The big question is – at what cost? Is every job gained lost somewhere else? Is every new restaurant opened offset by one closing on the beach? Is every hotel room occupied in these behemoth resorts at the expense of an empty room on Brickell or Ocean drive? Is this really an additive process? I to have more questions than answers, but I would caution against running to either extreme. It is probably not the end of the world and the sky will not fall if a resort casino opens in downtown Miami. On the other hand there is likely to be some attrition of restaurants and hotels on the beach and the mainland as a result of the resort casino cannibalizing some existing business. The key to success is proper planning and we all know success occurs when preparation meets opportunity. Don’t rush to judgment. These casino companies are not going anywhere – here today and here tomorrow. Let’s be sure we study up and make the right decision for the long run.


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SPOTLIGHT ON... CHAMBER STAFF – JERRY LIBBIN

Miami Beach Commissioner Jerry Libbin has worked diligently to preserve and enhance the city’s unique and vibrant character since being elected in 2005. Jerry has a record of tangible results from his policy initiatives dealing with fiscal responsibility, public education, international trade, economic development, arts and culture, the environment and sustainability, neighborhood improvement projects and condominium owner rights. Miami Beach voters rewarded Jerry for his hard work by overwhelmingly re-electing him in 2009. Jerry currently chairs the City Commission’s Neighborhoods /Community Affairs Committee and he is Vice Chair of the Finance and Citywide Projects Committee. He is also very involved with the Ad Hoc Green Committee. Jerry has always been active in our community. He was the executive director of the Miami Beach Jewish Community Center for eight years, and was president of the Normandy Shores Homeowner’s Association. Jerry also was a member of the city’s Budget Advisory Committee and the Planning Board, where he helped create “Neighborhood Conservation Districts” that give residents more power over zoning decisions. Jerry’s civic leadership has earned him accolades and recognition from a variety of organizations. He received the Emerald City Award from the Environmental Coalition of Miami and the Beaches, the Kiwanian of the Year Award, the North

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Beach Development Corp Leadership award, and the Outstanding Leadership award from the Optimist Club. And he’s a consecutive selection in Miami Today’s Book of Leaders. A former financial planner, Jerry has been the President and CEO of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce since 2010. During his tenure at the Chamber, Jerry has concentrated on providing greater economic opportunity and more jobs in the city. Jerry is married to Raquel Bild-Libbin, a psychologist in private practice. They have two college-age children, Sari and Moshe.

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Biz-ability Luncheon The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Ability Explosion will host the Biz-ability L u n c h e o n sponsored by Air France on Friday October 21st, 2011 from 11:30am – 2:00pm at Morton’s The Steakhouse located at 4041 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL. This exciting event will feature an array of guest speakers, revealing their stores of overcoming a disability and successfully proceeding in the business world. Speakers include Michael Hingson with The Michael Hingson Gro u p, who cheated death on Sept.11, 2001 when he managed to walk down 78 flights of stairs with the guidance of his guard dog Roselle in the burning World Trade Center’s Tower filled with thick smoke and the strong odor of jet fuel. Placing that behind him Michael seeks to impact the world through his experiences into something meaningful without question “why me?” Michael May with the S e n d e ro G ro u p was left blind at the age of three from a calcium carbide explosion. Nonetheless he

is known for his pioneering efforts in business and community service and a leader in the field of advancing technology and mobility for the visually impaired and blind. Eric Brun Sanglard a compelling Interior Designer loses his vision in 1995 in the middle of remodeling his home. This does not prove a deterrent as he completes him home without the help of an outsider and later launches his own architecture and interior designing company The Blind Designer. In addition to featuring these phenomenal individuals, the Luncheon will pay special recognition to the Marriot Call Center, Dr. Eddy Blanco and Senator Gwen Margolis who will receive awards for their outstanding and continued efforts in working with the Challenged Community. This luncheon promises to provide an inspirational and undeniably fulfilling experience. We look forward to seeing you there! For further details please contact the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce at 305-674-1300.

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BY WILLIAM D. TALBERT III, CDME

How’s Business In August, Greater Miami and the Beaches had double-digit increases in tourist-related tax collections. The August 2011Convention Development Tax (CDT) collections for Greater Miami and the Beaches of $3,687,810 compared to $2,859,205 for the same period last year represents a +29.3% increase. Employment in the hospitality industry continues to be robust. Greater Miami’s Leisure and Hospitality Industry jobs increased to a record high of 107,500 people employed in August 2011compared to 105,700 for August 2010. This is the 15th consecutive month of increased employment in Greater Miami’s Leisure and Hospitality industry. GMCVB’s Miami A t t r a c t i o n s M o n t h is in full swing, with giveaways on Twitter (@MiamiandBeaches) and other exciting events at our local attractions. For details on these and other money saving promotions, visit www.MiamiTemptations.com. SNAPSHOT OF RECENT & UPCOMING MEETINGS…

Meeting: Goldwell Color Zoom Event Date: October 15-18, 2011 Ve n u e : Miami Beach Convention Center Attendance: 3,000

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Date: October 19-22, 2011 Ve n u e : Miami Beach Convention Center Attendance: 500

Meeting: American Society for Periodontology Date: November 13-15, 2011 Ve n u e : Miami Beach Convention Center Attendance: 5,500 ABILITY EXPLOSION Takes Place October 19-23, 2011 on Miami Beach Ability Explosion will take place O c t o b e r 19-23, 2011 throughout Miami Beach. The mission of Ability Explosion is to celebrate the ABILITIES of people living with disabilities, encourage their acceptance by the community at large and promote innovations that will improve their lives. The week-long series of events includes “Lights Out Miami” (a dining in the dark experience), a 5K run, fashion show, concerts, educational expos and much more. For details, visit www.AbilityExplosion.org. GMCVB CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY AT NEW WORLD CENTER The GMCVB’s Annual Meeting will take place on M o n d a y, O c t o b e r 24, 2011 at the New World Center (home of the New World Symphony) on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the GMCVB so it will be an extraordinary event! For tickets, contact Sandra Daley-Francois at 305-539-3076 or visit www.GMCVBAnnualMeeting.com.


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Autumn means mussels

Mendiola@USGourmet.US In Miami we can always tell there is a change in seasons when department stores change their displays. As soon as we see the Halloween and Thanksgiving ads, we quickly realize the coming of fall. Up north, people notice the drop in temperature, the magnificent colors of the foliage and think of Nat King Coles version of Autumn Leaves - originally called “Les Feuilles Mortes” which literally translates as “The Dead Leaves”. To me, the much awaited arrival of fall means mussels and not because after the summer months September is the first month with an “R” - supposedly, it is only safe to eat bivalve mollusks such as clams, oysters and mussels during months that contain R’s in their spelling. If this rule of thumb is to be considered at all, it should be limited to oysters, since they are the ones that spawn during the summer. Mussels are basically safe to eat all year round; the mussel season in France runs from July until November. My yearnings for mussels in the fall go back to when we first visited Le Havre, a city in the Normandy region of north-western France, originally named Fraciscopolis after King Francis I who founded it in 1517. The city, with the second largest port in France, was established around the chapel known as Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (Our Lady of Grace) and the city subsequently became known as “The Harbor of Grace” or Le Havre de Grâce. The name has been shortened to Le Havre or The Harbor. During the Battle of Normandy in 1944, the city was devastated; 5,000 people were killed and over 90% of the city was left in rubble. At the end of World War II, Le

(Pétanque is a “sport” similar to bocce or bowls where the object of the game is to throw a ball as close as possible to a smaller wooden ball that had been previously thrown. It seems to be like the game of horseshoes but with balls.) The beach has three other features that are very different from what we are used to: rentable cabanas on the beach where you change into your swimwear, a rollerblading

Havre was the worst damaged city in the country and had to be rebuilt. It took over two years just to remove the debris which was used to raise the level of the city. Even though Le Havre lacks the traditional old buildings found throughout France, it is certainly a most quaint location with very nice people and its own flair. Unlike Miami Beach, la Plage du Havre (the beach) has very little sand and lots of smooth rocks; actually the only sand I have ever seen is at the “pétanque piste” or pétanque court.

park where kids can get really hurt by going up in the air as far and as fast as they can while the insurance premiums for the city have probably doubled and a row of restaurants and stalls catering to families. In early October when there is a chill in the air and you walk down the promenade in front of the mostly outdoor restaurants, the first thing to notice is the signs announcing the availability of moules frites (mussels and French fries). A closer look will reveal there is a bucket of mussels at almost every table and everyone in the family from little kids to the elderly grandparents are thoroughly enjoying the feast. Once you look close enough, you may even learn how to use the shells as stubby “chopsticks.” Since joy is contagious, it will not be long before you realize that you want some of whatever they are having. Without hesitation you take a table at the most boisterous location and order the biggest bucket of mussels and fries. Accompanying them with a bottle of Chablis is most appropriate and I promise, it will not be long before you feel like a local. Suddenly, Le Havre becomes a very special place. This most unique experience is why autumn means mussels.


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Miami Beach Chamber CEO, Jerry Libbin honors David Patlak with a Bi-County Tribute to Veterans Award

Jerry Libbin, Miami Beach Chamber President & CEO, David Patlak and Craig Urbine

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The Dania Beach Design District’s BiCounty, 8 chamber Military Room Makeover Ceremony takes place S a t u r d a y 11/5 from 12n to 1pm. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

The Miami Beach Chamber is participating with 8 South Florida Chambers, Cities, Business Leaders, top Designers, Luxe Magazine, BankAtlantic and community members in a Tribute to Veterans program. The VIP Tribute to Veterans - Military Room Makeover event takes place on Nov. 5th from 12 to 1 pm at the Dania Beach Design District. Each Chamber has been asked to selected one deserving veteran, current military Guard or Reserve member to get a FREE professionally designed room makeover in recognition of their service to our country. Jerry Libbin, Miami Beach Chamber CEO, proudly announced to Chamber Pillar members at a recent luncheon that Dave Patlak received this prestigious honor. David Patlak, a veteran of the United States Coast Guard, served as a Presidential Honor Guard and Search and Rescue Aircrewman. Dave’s remarkable service career earned him over 17 impressive Military Awards. He volunteers at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center at American Legion, where his father, a WWII veteran, lives in the nursing home. David has worked with Miami Beach Commissioner Jerry Libbin to help organize annual Memorial and Veterans Day events and to recognize Iraq/Afghanistan War Veterans with keys to the city. Miami Beach residents are invited to come out to support Dave Patlak and the Miami Beach Chamber as he is awarded a Free Room makeover at the Dania Beach Design District’s Tribute to Veterans Award Ceremony on Saturday November 5th from

12 noon to 1 pm at Jalil’s Rug Collection located at 1300 Stirling Road Suite 1C & D, Dania Beach, Florida 33004. The Miami Beach community can also enjoy a Street Fair from 11 am to 3 pm with great family activities including; 25 Gourmet Food Trucks, Arts Ballet Theater performances, Circus, Kids activities, a Classic Car Show, 4 bands, Military Vehicles, and Panthers Interactive Party Mobile. Admission is FREE. Drinks and food are for sale. The event Benefits the Wounded Warriors/iReachAmerica Foundation, Inc. EVENT DETAILS: V I P Tr i b u t e t o Ve t e r a n s C e remony: 12 - 1pm International award winning singer Nicole Henry s i n g s t h e N a t i o n a l A n t h e m a t 12 noon. Luxe Magazine, BankAtlantic, 8 South FL Chambers/Cities, communities will each honor a veteran. Top Design experts will provide a Free Room Makeover for each Chamber’s veteran. B e n e f i t s Wounded Warriors/iReachAmerica Foundation, Inc. The Ceremony will be held in front of Jalil’s Rug Collection located at 1300 Stirling Road Suite 1C & D, Dania Beach, Florida 33004. STREET FAIR: 11 a m - 3 p m F ree Admission. 25 Gourmet Food Trucks, Arts Ballet Theater performances, Circus, Kids activities. Classic Car Show, 4 bands, Military Vehicles, Panthers Interactive Party Mobile. F ree P arking: at The Stirling Business Center 1211-1241 Stirling Road, Dania Beach, FL 33004 (Shuttle buses will transport people throughout the district) PAY VA L E T PA R K I N G : North Side, Stirling Road – in Dania Beach Design & Marine Center 1200-1340 Stirling Road, Dania Beach, FL 33004


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Sweets & Scoops at Ghirardelli for American Cancer Society Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop was proud to host Sweets & Scoops for the Cure. Mayor Matti Herrera Bower and City of Miami Beach Commissioners Jerry Libbin, Ed Tobin, Jorge Esposito, Jonah Wolfson and City Manager Jorge Gonzalez participated. In addition, Commissioner Gongora sent his aide, Diana Fontani, the Miami Beach Chamber COO Ceci Velasco, Welcome Magazine Marketing Director DeAnne Connolly Graham and the Miami Beach Convention Center Global Spectrum team all scooped for a great cause—the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Guests enjoyed everything from Ghirardelli’s world famous homemade hot fudge sundaes to hand-rolled waffle cones, shakes and other fountain delights, expertly prepared by City officials and community leaders. Proceeds benefited A m e r i c a n C a n c e r Society and a sweet time was had by all who attended. Next year, the competition heats up, as guest fountaineers will see who can raise the most money for the cause!


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Chamber recognizes new level of investment Over the past year a number of Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce members have invested over $10,000 in the organization. This is substantially more than ever before and Chairman, Jason Loeb, felt that it was appropriate to recognize these companies in a special manner. After discussion with the Executive Board of the Chamber, it was agreed that those companies investing at the level of $10,000 or more would be invited to sit as members of a newly established Chairman’s Circle. Benefits of membership in the Chairman’s Circle include invitation to 4 quarterly dinners to discuss important and relevant community topics as well as a Fly In trip to Washington DC in the Spring as well as additional Website advertising valued in excess of $2000. The initial dinner meeting will take place on December 7 th at Smith & Wollensky . Founding mem-

bers at this time include: Jason Loeb,(Sudsies Dry Cleaners & Laundry) Alan Lips, (Gerson, Preston, Robinson & Company, P.A.) Wayne Pathman, (Pathman Lewis, LLP) Lyle Stern, (Koniver Stern Group)David Wallack,(Mango’s Tropical Café) Jorge Gonzalez, (City National Bank of Florida) Jason Starkman,( Epicure Market) Larry Barditch, ( Warren Henry Automotive Group) Jim Boucher,(Boucher Brothers Management) Ken Hendel, (Gallery Art) Glen Swanson, (Best Buy) BankUnited, and Premiere Beverage. In addition, there are several others who have expressed interest and plan to join the Chairman’s Circle for the initial meeting. If you are interested in learning more about the Chairman’s Circle, please call Ceci Velasco at the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce at (305) 6741300.

Give Back with The Pink Power Treatment throughout the month of October In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Acqualina Spa by ESPA introduces the Pink Power Treatment. Unwind with a 50 minute ESPA Swedish Massage and an ESPA Pink Hair and Scalp Mud massage. Pink flora iced tea and signature Acqualina Spa by ESPA rose infused cookies will be served to spa patrons throughout the entire

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Miami Beach Stage Door announces change to upcoming schedule Neil Simon’s “The Prisoner of Second Avenue” to open Friday, November 11 Broadway luminaries, Larry Toppall (“Jersey Boys”) and Ken Dennison (“Lion King”).

BY DAN KELLEY

Entering its fourth month at the Byron Carlyle Theatre, the Miami Beach Stage Door Theatre presents Neil Simon’s awardwinning comedy “ T h e P r i s o n e r of Second Av e n u e , ” opening Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 27. The production replaces “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” on the season schedule. Based on feedback from theatre patrons following the first two productions at the theatre, “SUDS” and “Song Man Dance Man” both of which were well received - cofounders/executive producers Derelle Bunn and David Torres felt that the Neil Simon production was better suited to the Miami Beach market. The plot, centering on the how a job loss affects a family, is certainly a timely one in this economic environment. A melding of comedy and drama, “Prisoner of Second Avenue” revolves around the escalating challenges faced by a

Mel and Edna Edison, a middle-aged couple clinging to the American Dream. Mel has lost his job and begins to unravel, a plight exacerbated by noisy neighbors, excessive summer heat, a robbery and more. Ultimately, it is up to his loving family to bring Mel back to reality. The 1971 Broadway debut of Simon’s “Prisoner of Second Avenue” enjoyed a 788show run and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. The film version starred Jack Lemmon and Anne Bancroft, with music by Marvin Hamlisch. Dan Kelley and Derelle Bunn will portray Mel and Edna, reprising roles they performed in an earlier production at the Broward Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs. What was originally scheduled for just a few shows, their performance garnered high praise, resulting in

a three-month, sold-out run, with six shows per week. A resident of Miami, actor/director Dan Kelley has been nominated for the Carbonell award six times, both as “Best Actor in a Musical” and for “Best Director of a Musical.” Last year he received the coveted Silver Palm Award for his direction and performance as “Man in Chair” at The Broward Stage Door Theatre. He also is the proud recipient of a Curtain Up Award and The Anthony Award as Best Actor in a Musical. As the lead actress in “Prisoner of Second Avenue,” Derelle Bunn returns to her first love – performing on stage. She has had a life- long career in the performing arts, leaving home at 15 for her first major contract as a professional actress, in the national tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” She started dance at the age of five under the tutelage of the Russian Prima-Ballerina Dame Gladys Lasky, later studying under Ann Reinking and Ben Vereen. She studied voice in New York with Helen Trezlie and Fred Silver, and was a finalist for the prestigious NYSTA award for vocalists, presented to her by Stephen Sondheim. Derelle’s stage credits include Sybil, the female lead in “Dorian” and more than 100 Stock and Regional shows throughout the country. In addition to directing several productions at the Broward Stage Door Theatre, she has produced more than 500 shows, including Off-Broadway and National Tours. She also has co-produced with two

PERFORMANCES “The Prisoner of Second Avenue” will run from Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 27. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $38 - $42 and are available at the Box Office at Miami Beach Stage Door Theatre at the Byron Carlyle, 500 71st Street, Miami Beach (305.397.8977) or online at www.stagedoorfl.org. DISH – DINNER AND A SHOW The City of Miami Beach has launched “DiSh,” the moniker for Dinner and a Show, a program in which participating restaurants near the Miami Beach Stage Door Theatre offer ticket holders a 15 percent discount on their lunch or dinner simply by presenting their ticket or ticket stub. Miami Beach residents also receive a 10 percent discount on tickets at theatre. For the “dish” on participating restaurants, log on to www.mbculture.com/dish. UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS AT THE MIAMI BEACH STAGE DOOR THEATRE “ T h e P r i s o n e r of Second Avenue” November 11 – November 27 “Guys and Dolls” December 9 – January 8 “I Love a Piano” January 13 – February 12 “ L i t t l e S h o p o f H o r ro r s ” March 2 – April 8 “ The All Night Strut” May 4 – June 10 For more information, visit online at www.stagedoorfl.org.

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the Everglades, and field trips to the Biscayne Nature C e n t e r, there are exciting new programs includinga creative-holistic, after-school artprogram developed by A r t S t u d i o M i a m i and a comprehensive inschool art and music program which culminates in a live performance by O rc h e s t r a M i a m i. The dinner auction will be held at the Renaissance Ballrooms at 5910 S.W. 8th Street in Miami, Florida and begins at 6:00pm with a cocktail reception. Dinner is at 7:00pm. Tickets are limited and expected to sell out quickly after they go on sale October 1, 2011. We would be honored to have your business sponsor this event or make a donation to the live or silent auction. You may discuss this opportunity with me by calling the number below. On behalf of the club and the children we serve, I want to thank you for your time and consideration.


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ECOMB kicks-off its First Annual Environmental Film Festival

On October 12th, the Environmental Coalition of Miami & the Beaches (ECOMB) kicked-off the first annual Miami & the Beaches Environmental Film Festival at Piola (Miami Beach) restaurant. The event was sponsored by Piola and Leblon, who graciously served delicious appetizers and freshly made Caipirinhas. The restaurant was abuzz with over 80 attendees, from city of Miami Beach officials, like Commissioners’ Libbin and Gongora, to local business owners and residents. Also in attendance, were

ECOMB’s Board of Trustees President, Mr. Jeffery D. Forster, ECOMB’s Board of Trustees member, Michael Laas, former board member, Paul Portofino, Oppenheim Architecture & Design Corporation Principal, Chad Oppenheim, ECOMB’s hard-working staff members, and media representatives? ECOMB’s Executive Director, Luiz Rodrigues, was honored for his 10 year anniversary with the environmental non-profit, and was presented with a large, artistic cake made by Karina Vega at sugarLove Cakes.


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Around Town, November 2012 Some notes and quotes from Miami Beach Botanical Garden

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9/11, Rick Tonkinson had proactively repositioned the accounts, regardless of size, into cash and bond investments. Leap forward to September 11, 2011, and the clients Tonkinson had 10 years ago are still with him today. They never forgot how he reached out to see how they were doing during the height of the crisis as he actively monitored each account to keep them out of harm’s way, something he has done every day for the past 20 years and one of his core value to his customers. It is no wonder then that Tonkinson has been rewarded with a high degree of client loyalty and, more importantly, their friendship. While Tonkinson has become very successful, he never forgets what his clients need from him: someone who pays attention to them, monitors their accounts daily and cares. He is also, for many, someone who was there to comfort them on one of the worst days in the history of our country and who helped them navigate a difficult period with compassion and expert advice. " $

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With the completion of a $1.2 Million landscape renovation, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden reopened in late October with significant new features including a wetland with red mangrove and pond apple trees and an expansive water garden with cascading oolite fountain. Large live oak and silk floss trees frame a welcoming new entrance plaza on Convention Center Drive at 19th Street and creates a sense of progression into the 2.6 acre urban greenspace, says Executive Director Laura Jamieson. Pathways gracefully curve around islands of trees and planting beds that showcase the Garden’s diverse collection of Florida native species, flowering trees, palms, cycads, orchids and bromeliads. The Garden renovation by acclaimed South Florida landscape architect Raymond Jungles includes enhanced lighting and pathways, event plazas and spacious lawn areas for weddings, fundraisers, social and corporate events. “Water is a vital element of my gardens, particularly in a botanical garden, where water plants aid in increased botanical diversity while creating open space,” says Jungles. “The new water garden at Miami Beach Botanical Garden brings the sky into the garden, animates the space, reflects the landscape, and cools the areas directly around the buildings. Water magnifies the Garden’s sense of scale.” Originally opened as a park by the City of Miami Beach in 1962, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden has been operated by the Miami Beach Garden Conservancy since 1997. The recent renovation was funded by the City of Miami Beach General The construction contract was awarded to Harbour Construction Obligation Bonds program and administered by the City’s Capital Improvements Project. Contributing to the excitement of reopening the Miami Beach Botanical Garden is an active season program that includes a free Halloween Family Day on Saturday, October 29 from 11AM to 4PM with a performance of

Carnival of the Animals by Momentum Dance Company. Upcoming events include the citywide Sleepless Night on November 5, the Great Table on the Great Lawn al fresco moonlight dinner on November 10 and the Garden Café presented by Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami from December 1 to 4. In 2012 Miami Beach Botanical Garden will present Taste of the Garden on January 26, the South Florida Wine and Food Festival’s Farm to Table Brunch on February 25 and the 11th annual Tour of Miami Beach Residential Gardens on March 17. Along with environmental education programs, lectures and workshops, the Garden presents year-round programming of music, dance, theatre and art classes for children. To learn about volunteer opportunities, garden event rentals and program updates, visit www.mbgarden.org.


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Fourth Quarterly Pillar Breakfast at La Gorce Country Club William D. Talbert III, Ben Wagman, and Jimmy Morales

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Fourth Quarterly Pillar Breakfast at La Gorce Country Club

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The James McDonnell Awarded to Aletha Player This year’s Miami Beach Chamber of nation’s fastest growing wholesale power Commerce’s James Mcdonnell Recipient generator from clean and renewable fuels is Board of Governors member Aletha with expanding operations in 26 states and Player of FPL. The James McDonnell Canada; and FPL FiberNet, which proOutstanding Board of Governors Award vides wholesale fiber optic systems and was created to recognize an services in Florida and the individual on the Miami Southeast U.S. Beach Chamber’s Board of She has the distinGovernors who best exemguished honor of serving plifies the mark of excelon Barry University’s lence established by the late Board of Trustees, and James McDonnell for exemFlorida State Conference plary service, involvement of the NAACP Board of and dedication to the proAdvisors. She also serves grams and activities of the as Vice Chair of the Miami Beach Chamber of Aventura Marketing Commerce. Council and is on the Aletha Player exemplifies Boards of the Miami the adage: “So long as we Beach Chamber of Aletha H. Player love, we serve.” There is no Commerce, Miami-Dade –––––––––––––––––––– greater testimony to Ms. Chamber of Commerce, Player’s love for this comGreater North Miami munity than her unselfish service on vari- Chamber of Commerce, as well as the ous social, civic and business boards. Women’s Fund of Miami and the Carrie “One of the greatest honors and awards Meek Foundation. Also, she is a member given in this organization is when you are of the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of voted upon by your peers on the Board of Commerce. Ms. Player completed a twoGovernors for your tremendous leadership year term as Chair of the Board of the and dedication to receive this James North Dade Regional Chamber of McDonnell Award.” Said Chairman Jason Commerce. Formerly, she served on the Loeb. Board of Aventura Hospital and Medical Aletha Player is an Area Manager in Center, Board of Directors of Community External Affairs at Florida Power & Light Crusade against Drugs, and completed a Company, the principal subsidiary of three-year term on the Florida Bar NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NEE), one of Grievance Committee. the country’s largest electricity-related Past recipients of this prestigious award services companies. Its principal sub- include: Barton Goldberg, Leon Manne, Joy sidiary, Florida Power & Light Company, V.W. Malakoff, Stuart Blumberg, Michael is one of the largest investor-owned utili- Milberg, Anthony Noboa, Eric Jacobs, ties in the U.S., serving approximately nine Michael Goldberg, Gerald K. Schwartz, Jeff million people in Florida. The other Abbaticchio, Sandy Horwitz and Bob NextEra Energy, Inc. subsidiaries include Steinfelder, Jim Boucher, Eva Barreto and NextEra Energy Resources, one of the Tim Nardi, Aaron Tandy and Alan Lips.

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MIAMI BEACH TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION SCHEDULES BOARD MEETING, NOV. 2

The Miami Beach Taxpayers Association will hold a general meeting, Wednesday, November 2, at 8:30 a.m. at the Shelborne Hotel, 1801 Collins Ave. City Commissioner Deede Weithorn, the only CPA on the commission, will discuss the financial impact of the current pension system for city employees. A representative of the union which represents Miami Beach employees will be invited to participate in the forum. At almost every regular and board meeting, members have asserted that the cost of the city’s pension system is excessive and needs immediate revision. Also on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting will be a discussion of the need for an immediate link of the Miami Beach Convention Center to downtown Miami. Two proposals made at earlier meeting are to extend the people mover system of Metrorail from near the current site of The Miami Herald building and one to provide water transportation across Biscayne Bay connecting Miami and Miami Beach.

The meeting, according to the Association President, Jared Galbut, will also review the proposal by the Genting Group for a major resort on and adjacent to the site of The Miami Herald. One component of the Genting Group provides for a huge gaming casino, and another for adding a large space for conventions. Galbut said the association is expected to insist that the Genting addition of convention center complements, rather than competes with the Mami Beach Convention Center. The November 2nd meeting at the Shelborne is free and open to all Miami Beach residents and taxpayers. I f t h e re a re a n y r u n o f fs in the election c o n t e s t s f o r m a y o r a n d / o r city commis s i o n , a l l t h o s e i n t h e r u n o f f(s) w ill be invited to debate at the Nov. 2 meeting. A continental breakfast will be served. For additional information, telephone association secretary Gerald Schwartz at 305 792-9711.


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Does your business depend on a clean beach? The Eco Art Gallery By The Sea – Adopt a Beach Litter Bin Campaign

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The style of music known as Hip Hop has had a long history and maturity period turning into the rap music we hear today. The first true form of Hip Hop dates back to the 1970’s with its roots seeded in New York City where urban youth would make poetry about the grime lifestyle of living in the ghetto. They would read the rhymes to audiences in spoken word usually acapella in order to touch the hearts of the listeners with stories of hardship and growing up in a difficult life. It started becoming very popular and soon people were putting instruments and beats behind it to add effect. It was a unique new genre of music being born that appealed to the urban culture because it was made by them and made for them. It then developed into four main elements that would be used to define the meaning of Hip Hop: rap, graffiti, break-dancing, and the disc jockey. The dancing that sprung from the culture also influenced the music later on which became faster paced and added more rhythm and texture. People that became the first ever “rappers” started taking advantage of the new trend. No more so then old school rappers such as Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC, or DJ Kool Herc who became the biggest names on the scene and forerunners for a new culture. As it grew, the rules of rap changed and the only thing needed was originality and the ability to rhyme on a beat. You could make a song about anything from issues pertaining to his/her life or something as simple as a day at school. It all became grounds for whatever the artists makes it to be. By the 1980’s the movement became unstoppable and reached to suburban homes and all races and ethnicities, it was being aired around the country on MTV, and concert tours were attracting fans everywhere they went. Once the 1980’s came to an end however, the game started to shift from being party music made by kids from the ghetto to a deeper social connection in the songs. Groups like Public Enemy were the first to gain fame

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from the new style and were criticized heavily for the content being considered a much more hardcore and dramatic image than what rap music started out as. The music continued to evolve over the years steadily gaining in popularity and distinction based on the new emcees emerging in the music world. Rap became what it is today with the media that promotes it holding the bar saying it is either a verbally violent way to outreach to the next generation of youth or it is a respectable way of telling a story of one’s life in song that is easy for anyone to listen to. Rap has always been and probably always will be criticized for its lyrics and purposes in society. But one thing is certain, that it will continue to evolve and adapt to the next generation of listeners.

Sebastian Ferrero is a 17 year old self made unsigned hip-hop artist based in Plantation, FL. He has written over 60 songs and currently has four albums pending release. You can reach Sebastian at 954-476-5761 or go online at Sebastianferrero71@yahoo.com


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