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Elections Results in New Commission

iami Beach residents decided it was a time for change in the city’s commission run-off election for office, which took place on November 19, 2013. In her first run for political office, retired banker Joy Malakoff defeated Matti Herrera Bower for the Commission Group III seat by garnering 60% of the votes. Mayor of Miami Beach for six years, Bower was term limited from her current post and ran for commissioner. Additionally, criminal defense lawyer Michael Grieco won, receiving 54% the votes, for elected office against Group II incumbent Jorge Exposito. Realtor Micky Steinberg guaranteed her commission seat by garnering 53% of the votes, beating retiree Elsa Urquiza for the Group I post. “Commissioners-elect Grieco, Malakoff, and Steinberg are exactly the type of leaders Miami Beach needs to serve on the City Commission,” said Mayor-elect Phillip Levine. “Their years of civic activism and community involvement have placed them in a unique position to serve the needs of Miami Beach residents. Our community needed new leadership and I am honored and humbled to serve with these three community leaders.” Malakoff’s campaign focus was mainly around term limits and introducing new blood to the commission office. A staple in the Miami Beach political scene since 1999, Bower has served as commissioner and mayor. However, the city’s rules prohibit only the number of consecutive terms an elected official can serve and allows politicians, like Bower, to jump between posts when they reach their term limit. As commissioner Malakoff wants to focus on restoring the city’s beaches, reducing the amount of retail space currently included in the planned convention center district renovation and to better manage flooding problems in the city. Endorsed by Levine, Grieco’s “back to basics” platform focused on improving the city’s infrastructure, which included reducing noise pollution and improving road conditions and safety. Among other issues

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Newly elected Mayor Philip Levine is sworn in at the City Commission Meeting on Monday, November 25, 2013


Grieco hopes to address as commissioner: scaling-back the city’s convention center project, and tackling corruption in the city, as well as placing greater emphasis on hiring employees who live in the city of Miami Beach. Wife of former State Representative Richard Steinberg, Micky Steinberg’s priorities while in office include: restoring confidence in the city and fighting back against high profile corruption scandals; tackling flooding issues; and strengthening the city’s schools. A mother of two young children, she proposes city leaders work in partnership with the School Superintendent and School Board members to strengthen the education system and ensure smart investments are made to grow the opportunities for Miami Beach children. In all, four political newcomers, with newly-elected Mayor Philip Levine, will

join the seven-member commission at a transformative moment in the Beach’s history. The first items likely to be addressed by the new commissioners: historic preservation of homes and the Miami Beach Convention Center project. As previously reported by the Miami Beach Community News, the race for Miami Beach mayor was decided during the general election on November 5th, 2013. Mayor Levine won the post against incumbent commissioner Michael Góngora by capturing more than 50 % of the vote, thus requiring no runoff. Levine’s first line of business will be to sit down with the city manager for a full briefing on the city’s issues, including getting the convention center back on track and resolving flooding problems. The new commission was sworn in on November 25th, 2013. We wish all the new commissioners good luck in their new positions.

This holiday season, as families across Miami Beach come together, I am reminded of what makes this city and our country so great. As we all may know, Thanksgiving, began in Plymouth Colony and was intended to be a reflection by the Pilgrims who had traveled from Europe and settled in Plymouth Colony. The Pilgrims took great risk in traveling to America and today, many business owners, are taking similar modern day risks, every day. The decision to start or expand a business or to change careers in pursuit of something better are but a few examples of how we continue to take risks in search of something better for ourselves, our families and our communities. Thanksgiving is a time for us to reflect about how fortunate we all are to live in a country that allows for each and every person to determine his or her own future. On that note, The Miami Beach Chamber is supporting Small Business Saturday – the day after Black Friday and before Cyber Monday. It’s a day dedicated to helping support the small businesses that help to create jobs, boost the economy and preserve our neighborhoods around the country (for more information please see our “Small Business Saturday” story in this edition). Please support Miami Beach small businesses, the backbone of our economy, this holiday season. I’m amazed at the generosity of this city’s individuals and businesses, from small to big, during the holidays. Every year, the Miami Beach

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LEADERSHIP SPOTLIGHT MIKE PALMA Mike Palma can only be described as a force to be reckoned with. This power player’s passion for creating a culture of customer service is undeniable and irrepressible. One cannot help but become inspired to interact, laugh, and share his excitement. Palma was born to be in hospitality. Mike’s insatiable appetite for creating memorable experiences has taken this San Jose native from bustling bus boy to ardent executive. Serving as Vice President of Hospitality for BRIO Investment Group, Mike Palma leads with fervor as Operating Partner for Clevelander and Essex House Hotels, as well as Clevelander Marlins Park. Palma’s background in the hospitality industry began at the age of 15. Starting from the ground up, Mike worked his way through every position in the industry while attending San Diego State University. His intense devotion to quality service earned Palma a management position at the age of 23, in addition to a degree in Journalism (PR) with a minor in business. After working as Director of Operations for a privately held sports bar chain in San Diego, Mike joined GOA & Associates as a Hospitality Consultant in 2000. During his tenure at GOA & Associates, Palma worked with clients like Marriot Hotel Group, MGM Grand, and Bucca di Beppo to provide them the tools they needed to take their guest experience to the next level. It was through his consulting work that Mike began working with Clevelander Hotel in 2002. Before the year was over, his impressive efforts improving operations and driving an authentic brand experience led Palma to be invited to join the team at BRIO Investment Group. BRIO Investment Group is a privately held real estate company that owns BIG Destinations, the powerhouse hospitality brand behind Clevelander, Essex House, and Clevelander Marlins Park. Mike’s leadership help spearhead a 40 million dollar renovation of the historic Clevelander Hotel. The hugely successful renovation revitalized the Clevelander brand and solidified Clevelander’s repu-


tation as the premier venue for sexy, fun, sports, and entertainment. An active member in the community, Mike brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion to the hospitality industry. Working with the Ocean Drive Association, led by Marlo Courtney of Goldman Properties, Palma has built solid relationships with his industry peers. In 2012 Mike co-founded the Miami Beach Hospitality Coalition, where he now serves as President. With over 30 board members from prominent hotels and restaurants, the Miami Beach Hospitality Coalition serves as a voice to the hospitality community by working with the city and residents to improve the tourist experience. His wealth of knowledge in every aspect of the industry has earned Palma the respect of his peers and associates. This natural leader is beloved by his associates, who appreciate his unwavering commitment to creating an environment of genuine hospitality while having fun doing so. This industry innovator and futurist is looking to recreate the iconic Clevelander experience across the nation. An avid sports fan, man’s man and patriot, Mike’s devotion to his community is reflective in all he does. A father of three and husband to Cathy Palma, Mike is a proud family man and role model.

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LETTER, from page 1 Chamber of Commerce receives more and more gifts for deserving children for its toy drive. Many families will open their homes and wallets to those who are struggling in the spirit of charity to others. We can all be thankful that so many acts of charity by generous and giving Americans take place across this city and country. The amount of families and businesses in the city that donate their time to the needy is truly fantastic and I feel blessed to be part of our great community. At a time when so many are struggling,

Thanksgiving is an important time for us all to remember and give thanks for our nation’s many blessings. As Americans, we enjoy freedoms and liberties unrivaled anywhere else in the world. This year, I encourage everyone to really appreciate Thanksgiving for at least a day. Enjoy spending time with your friends and family and eating the best home cooked meal of your life. Take at least a moment to step back and appreciate all that you have. At your service, Jerry Libbin Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce President & CEO

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Miami Beach Buildings Need Preventive Maintenance — NOW BY AMARIS AILEEN BEZA

E.I., M2E Consulting Engineers Miami Beach is home to a vibrant assortment of people from all walks of life. From the extravagantly wealthy to the struggling artist, this city sees it all. Miami Beach residents, however, have more in common than just a nice tan, an appetite for fitness, and an exciting nightlife. Buildings that house residents and businesses are all susceptible to attacks from the marine environment. Saltwater spray, humidity, and a relentless sun all play a large part in the rapid deterioration of building elements. Implementing preventative maintenance measures in buildings is an important step to keep this city’s infrastructure intact and its citizens safe. Inspection. Detection. Correction. These are three main components needed in a good preventative maintenance program. Miami is a world made of concrete, and concrete, without fail, cracks. Periodic inspection of a building is needed to detect these cracks and correct them before they lead to more severe cracking and significant damage. Cracks that occur in exterior paint and waterproofing materials also need to be addressed similarly. If left uncorrected, these cracks can lead to water intrusion, concrete detachment, and corrosion of steel reinforcement. This compromises the structural integrity of the building. Water intrusion is a common issue throughout South Florida condominiums and residences. Water moves in mysterious ways and will find any means necessary to make it inside your home. It can easily navigate its way through even the smallest of cracks, holes, and openings. The results of water intrusion vary from damaged drywall to dangerous mold

growth in your home. Outside your home, water can travel behind the exterior cladding of a building (often made of stucco, a cement plaster) and cause the material to detach. Not only is the possibility of having stucco fall upon your head dangerous, but underlying structural materials are left exposed to the harsh saltwater atmosphere. The steel reinforcement embedded within concrete can rust and concrete can crack, chip, and detach. These damages, which are too often encountered, can be avoided by: Inspection. Detection. Correction. Resealing cracks, cleaning rusted areas, and retouching paint finishes on buildings keep Miami Beach homes safer. Not to mention better looking, too. Engineering services like those provided by M2E Consulting Engineers can help building managers and homeowners implement preventative maintenance measures. M2E Consulting Engineers is a full-service engineering firm dedicated to helping protect buildings from premature deterioration and water intrusion. They provide design and inspection services, concrete and stucco restoration, and painting and waterproofing restoration protocols to some of the most luxurious highrise condominiums throughout South Florida. Their clients include The Grand Venetian, Caribbean Condominium, and The Setai. Among other services, the company also provides forensic engineering services, such as investigating water intrusion sources and providing practical engineering solutions to problems. Preventative maintenance measures throughout Miami Beach are necessary to keep this lively city looking good and feeling safe. If your residential building looks like it needs some TLC, take an active role in bringing attention to the need for preventative maintenance - now.

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Poseidon: A Culinary Journey to Greece For Demetrios and Vasilios Pyliotis, Greek food should be more than simply a great meal; it should be an experience; An experience of the true flavors from a region that produced some of the earliest culinary delights known to man. From the lavraki, sinagrida and tsipoura, Greek fish imported from the Aegean Sea, to the kalamata olives flown in from the Pyliotis family’s own olive groves in Kalamata, Poseidon Restaurant and Outdoor Lounge offers the most authentic Greek fare that one will find throughout South Florida. Greek civilization has influenced the development of democracy, theater, philosophy, medicine and mathematics, so it stands to reason that nutrition and food preparation are elevated and appreciated as an Art Form. Greeks appreciate a chef as much as a poet of Ancient times and admire both artists equally for their works of art. The Pyliotis brothers longed to bring the true flavors of Greece to South Florida, opening Poseidon Greek Restaurant and Outdoor Lounge earlier this year. As the chef, Demetrios regards the preparation of a meal in much the same way a poet from ancient times would combine words to convey emotion and express meaning. He brings together the most authentic flavors of Greece to create a unique variety of foods, melding the native flavors, producing Grecian works of culinary art. Adhering to authenticity in all of their menu items, Poseidon’s dishes are based on extra virgin Kalamata olive oil, krocus kozanis, a golden spice of Hellas, Greek yogurt,

Mediterranean sea salt, wild fish egg caviar, pure honey and natural ingredients such as oregano, rosemary and thyme imported from the Taygetos Mountain of Kalamata. One will rarely find another Greek restaurant that infuses the flavor of pure masticha in many of their dishes. Known as the “miraculous teardrop” of the mastic tree on the island of Chios, masticha is an aromatic resin renowned since ancient times for its beneficial and therapeutic properties. As one of the ingredients in Poseidon’s extraordinary lobster bisque, the subtle flavor of masticha makes this dish an experience to remember. As one of the 12 Olympian deities of the pantheon in Greek mythology, Poseidon’s main domain is the ocean, and he is called the “God of the Sea.” It is fitting, then, that Poseidon Restaurant has established itself just steps from the ocean, in the heart of South Beach, creating a culinary journey to Greece. Open for lunch and dinner, Poseidon Restaurant and Outdoor Lounge is located at 1131 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. 305534-4434. Kali oreksi – Bon appetit!

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It’s all about communication, connecting and community BY GRANT MILLER

Publisher At Miami’s Community Newspapers we believe that it’s all about the community — connecting with it and communicating information about it to our residents. It’s all about the C’s. Miami’s Community Newspapers has been around over 50 years. We were spawned when the glimmer of incorporation first began to sparkle and we were the communication voice that carried that message to the people. We worked hard to become The Voice of Miami-Dade and we continue to work hard to remain as that voice. We connect our local entrepreneurs to our residents, directing them to our shops, restaurants and local businesses. We help businesses communicate by using the newspapers’ pages to profile our business partners and tell you where to find a new restaurant or store. We encourage business owners to connect and communicate with the community by allowing them to write a column or feature

story about their business or expertise. We also regularly cover the activities and accomplishments of our young people at the schools located in and around our communities. In particular, we relish communicating the sports successes of our youth, either as members of their school teams or in the various youth leagues that have programs in our community. We like to feature the activities of our houses of worship, too, as they represent the very fiber of our connections with each other inour community We love that so many of you have connected with the community by participating in our popular “Read in …” feature and that you take a copy of this newspaper on your vacations, trips and holidays and remember to snap a picture with the paper and send it back to us. It is a small world after all. So, thank you to all of you for allowing us to be a part of your lives. Thank you for reading the stories and columns that appear in this newspaper. Thank you for patronizing our advertisers. And thank you for connecting with your community and allowing us to communicate some of that in Miami’s Community Newspapers.

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This Week on BeachWitch Way BeachWitch Way is the green path for the best local EcoFriendly services, sustainable products, and community happenings. This month, as BeachWitch flew around Miami she found an abundance of ‘Green Magic’ everywhere! Miami certainly was in for a treat this season as the city hosted two incredible TEDTalks at the Arsht Center. BeachWitch was delighted to be seated front row courtesy of our incredible patron David New, President of the Miami Beach Council for the Blind. It was an incredible night full of rich and rewarding presentations from some of Miami’s most talented individuals. We heard some of the most detailed information about how rising sea levels will directly affect Miami in the coming century — and it was most certainly an eye-opener. Visit www.TED.Com/Talks for more info. No discussion about ocean conservancy would be complete without the Surfrider Foundation – dedicated to protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Visit www.Miami.Surfider.Org for more information and join them for a special movie fundraiser to help them continue their mission at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens on Nov.22 from 7 to 11pm. Sit back and enjoy a great surfing flick while your efforts go towards keeping our beaches and oceans clean. The Gardens are an incredible Eco-friendly venue right here on South Beach and is truly a hidden gem where we can all reconnect with nature. Visit MBGarden.Org for more information. There was certainly a whirlwind of activity at the Clevelander Hotel as movers & shakers mingled atop the rooftop lounge for a meet & greet networking event with the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. Event Sales Director Jeff Turgeau definitely had the wind behind his sails as he hosted a wonderful mixer for some of our local entrepreneurs to encourage business development. Visit to book your next get together! As the winds

whipped about, BeachWitch had the pleasure of receiving an awesome eco-friendly henna tattoo of our logo from renowned body artist, Kathleen Wright. KatHenna Body Art is harmless fun for any occasion and is a great addition to any event or party! Call Kathleen at 305-801-4132 to make an appointment today. Speaking of art, bodies and causes, it is most certainly poignant to acknowledge the Rise Up Gallery in Wynwood. Founded by David McCauley this gallery was originally created to provide a venue for people with disabilities: to showcase art, offer art therapy workshops, create income opportunities for people with disabilities, and support vital and necessary medical research to cure paralysis. BeachWitch is ecstatic to hear that

McCauley was recently awarded a new studio space to create and exhibit his own work at the Lincoln Road Art Center! We hope that you will support him by visiting his studio (and buying David’s art!) Visit www.RiseUpGallery.Com for more information. As for yet another infamous David, we can’t overlook one of the rising stars in the eco-friendly and sustainable movement — David Chi Chi Truong. This community leader has more titles than a library and is an essential figure amongst the ‘green’ circuit here in Miami. When this U.S. Green Building Council Director of Strategic Partnerships for the South Florida chapter isn’t speaking about preserving ‘Open Spaces’ or gathering support for LEED certi-

fied environmentally sound building practices, he is in attendance at one of the many eco advocacy events held throughout South Florida. Chi Chi, as he likes to be called, definitely uses his all of his ‘Chi’ to create some ‘Green Magic’ wherever he goes. Visit to learn more about all the great green work Mr. Truong is a part of. BeachWitch is always happy to catch up with all the ‘Green’ leaders at the Sustainable Business Council of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. Each month local businesses and environmental groups merge in a meeting of the minds to help Miami Beach become a more sustainable city. The Council is led by none other than Brian Scheinblum - Owner of Cambean Hospitality comprising of the Clifton – a Cambean Earth hotel, the Majestic, and Hotel Nash. Did you know that Cambean was the first Hotel group on Miami Beach to receive LEED certification?! Pioneers like Mr. Scheinblum are leading the charge for eco-friendly practices and environmentally sound development across the island. Visit to discover these great hotels. BeachWitch especially loves their “Clean The World” campaign that recycles unused hotel amenities to create life saving soaps for underprivileged communities around the globe thereby reducing infection and disease. Visit for more info. Lastly, as we head towards Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, BeachWitch would like to offer our thanks for all the support that we have received from the community. It is amazing to be a part of the magic of Miami and we hope to continue to help ‘Green’ our city! For more ‘Green Magic’ visit us at www.BeachWitch.Com or send your tips, events, or anything else EcoFriendly to Billie@BeachWitch.Com. We hope you enjoyed traveling with us down BeachWitch Way today and wish you a happy, healthy and sustainable future filled with magic! Regards, Billie the BeachWitch

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2014 Lexus RX350 adds ‘Apple Siri Eyes Free’ modern technology Grant Miller CAR CORNER The 2014 Lexus RX350 is not only comfortable, but also boasts a wide array of technological features, including the Lexus Remote Touch interface and navigation. The RX350, like most Lexus models, utilizes high quality materials and elegant styling to give it an upscale feel. It’s generally conceded that Lexus created the blueprint for the luxury crossover utility vehicle 15 years ago with the original RX models. The 2014 RX 350 evolves that original formula with a freshened design that includes the bold brand-signature spindle grille. There’s also the new RX 350 F SPORT model. The RX 350 continues with both frontwheel and all-weather drive models, though the F SPORT has only the all-weather drive. Each is powered by a 3.5-liter DOHC V-6 engine with 270 hp. The standard model (FWD and AWD) uses a six-speed automatic transmission while F SPORT has an eightspeed automatic gearbox.

Convenience and ease of use make another leap in the 2014 RX 350 with the addition of available Siri Eyes Free Mode technology licensed from Apple. Compatible with the iPhone, Siri lets you call contacts, select and play music from iTunes, get turn-by-turn navigation through Siri and Apple maps, and much more. To help you keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, Siri can read notifications and calendar information and allow you to add reminders, calendar appointments and notes. The RX F SPORT is a special model, with an exclusive drivetrain and chassis tuning. It’s the first RX model equipped with an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, and it has a greater appetite for the road with twist-spoke 19-inch wheels and F SPORT tuned suspension. The F SPORT is a driver’s RX 350, yet still a crossover that coddles passengers in quiet comfort. The eight-speed transmission not only makes the RX 350 F SPORT more responsive, but also boosts EPA highway fuel economy from 24 mpg to 26 mpg. The Lexus signature spindle grille gets the distinctive mesh style finish with the F SPORT, which is also distinguished by its own front bumper design. The F SPORT

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interior stands apart, too, with black leather accented by contrasting silver stitching, ebony bird’s-eye maple wood trim, black headliner and aluminum pedals andfootrest. The F SPORT steps up the standard luxury by including all features from the Premium and Comfort Packages, which remain options for the standard model. The Premium Package equips the RX 350 with a perforated leather-trimmed interior, power moonroof, memory system for the

driver’s seat, outside mirrors and tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and more. The Comfort Package adds heated and ventilated front seats, High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights and rain-sensing wipers. The MSRP on the 2014 Lexus RX350 ranges from $39,760 to $47,810. Grant Miller is the publisher of Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277 or by addressing email to <>.

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GMCVB’S CONVENTION SALES TEAM RETURNS FROM SELLING MIAMI AT INSURANCE SHOW IN BOSTON GMCVB’s Convention Sales Team recently returned from the Financial and Conference Planners’ Annual Conference (FICP). FICP was held in Boston November 17-20, 2013 and featured educational presentations and plenty of one-on-one networking opportunities to showcase all the latest happenings in Greater Miami and Beaches to over 300 meeting planners in attendance including planners from Prudential, MetLife and Blue Cross Blue Shield. The Team’s participation resulted in multiple leads to be developed for Greater Miami and Beaches. MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MIA) WELCOMES FOUR NEW INTERNATIONAL ROUTES BY HUB CARRIER AMERICAN AIRLINES Miami International Airport proudly welcomed its newest international routes on November 21 when hub carrier American Airlines launched service to four new destinations: Cozumel, Mexico; Curitiba and Porto Alegre, Brazil; and Milan, Italy. The new daily service to Brazil, which makes a stop in Curitiba before continuing to Porto Alegre, brings the number of Brazilian destinations served by MIA to nine – more than any other U.S. airport. Brazil is MIA’s top international market with more than 1.6 million travelers, and growth is expected to continue with the 2014 World Cup next June and a tenth Brazilian route, Belem, commencing in February. MIA now serves nine of Brazil’s 12 World Cup host cities. New service to the Caribbean resort island of Cozumel represents MIA’s fourth destination in Mexico, which ranks second to Brazil among MIA’s top international markets with more than 1.2 million passengers annually. The route will operate five times weekly from Miami. American’s new daily non-stop service to Milan marks MIA’s 14th European destination, and low-cost carrier Jetairfly is set to launch MIA’s 15th route to Europe in April with non-stop service between MIA and Brussels. AMERICAN AIRLINES - MIAMI AWARDED THE COVETED AMERICAN AIRLINES ‘CUSTOMER CUP’ The American Airlines (AA) ‘Customer Cup’ is awarded quarterly to those stations making improvements in metrics that enhance customers’ overall airport experience such as likelihood to recommend AA, checked baggage delivery and condition of the aircraft interior, just to name a few. The Miami hub just achieved back-to-back wins, improving significantly in 10/11 metrics, and is the only station system-wide ever to receive the title six times! Congratulations to the American Airlines – Miami Team! • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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Christmas in San Antonio – The Playground of Texas BY DEBBIE MARTINEZ I know y’all think Texas is synonymous with cowboys but did you know that there are vineyards in the Lone Star State? Oh, yeah, and there is Sea World, Six Flags, historical landmarks and Fredericksburg, a German influenced town, all within driving distance of The Westin La Cantera, a fabulous resort in the Hill Country of Texas. The Westin La Cantera, with its Texas Colonial design is an inviting place to unwind, relax and play. As I entered the main doors, the warmth of the great room with his dark wood, native artwork and overstuffed chairs, begged me to linger for a while as I pondered on what I would do next. There is quite a bit to do on the property itself. The resort has a 250-acre golf course designed by Arnold Palmer, tennis courts, gym and a walking trail. The Lost Quarry Pool complex consists of a lap pool, a volleyball area and a winding main pool that leads to a cascading waterfall. If privacy and less kid action are on your menu, there is an adult pool and Jacuzzi as well. If total relaxation is what your looking for, put the kiddies in the resort’s exceedingly fun and well staffed kids club to enjoy a scavenger hunt while you head to a yoga class or spa to indulge in their signature facial, the Minkyti. To round out your day partake in one of their Texas Wine Tastings, sit under the light strewn trees and call it a night in one of their cozy and e l e g a n t casitas. Sound good so far? It gets better, for along US Highway 290 is thirteen wineries. My first stop was at Pedernales

Cellars, a boutique winery, to savor their Viognier Reserve 2012, a Grand Gold Medal winner in Lyon, France. Can I order a case, please? Time for one more stop on my way back to dinner and Becker Vineyards was it. A beautiful wine tasting room beckoned me to try several of their award winning wines. Another case, please. I know by now you’re wondering why the title, Christmas in San Antonio, so pull up a chair, a glass of Texas wine and let me tell you a story about a Winter Wonderland in the hills of Texas. Starting twelve days before Christmas, The Westin transforms itself into a total Christmas experience. Hill Country Holidays offers everything a child dreams of from an ice skating rink, a show for all ages called Merry Christmas Mouse, a walking tour that commences with the ringing of bells with a choir and the flurry of a snowfall. Whoa, cowboy, I’m not done describing this winter wonderland. Santa’s Village will make your child’s eyes sparkle with wonder. Here they can decorate treats with Mrs. Claus, create seasonal arts and crafts and help the elves in Santa’s Workshop. There is story time and breakfast with Santa, as well as the chance to whisper in his ear your wish list. During the holidays, as much fun as it is to receive, the feeling of giving to others is heartwarming. The hotel is a proud drop off point for Toys for Tots to help needy children in the community have a joyous Christmas. If you are looking for something different and memorable to do with your loved ones this holiday season, a stay at La Cantera will quite possibly be the best gift you could give your family. Mistletoe included. For more information on places mentioned in this article, visit:,,, Debbie Martinez is a Miami Dade resident and Travel Editor for the Miami’s Community Newspapers. She can be reached at

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Life in Miami Beach is All About Art

Miami Beach is home to one of the more than a three month supply of properbiggest art exhibitions in the world starting ties available for sale. Home owners are on December 5th. Art Basel is an interna- receiving multiple offers on their propertional extravaganza featuring modern and ties and 60 to 70% are sold for cash. Many contemporary art from over of these offers are well 250 of the world’s leading above market value. If you galleries including exhibits own a property in Miami from Europe, North Beach, there has never America, Latin America, been a better time to sell. Asia, and Africa. Prices have steadily risen Highlights of the exhibition since 2011, with values up include works by Doug 13 percent from a year ago. Aitken, Olafur Eliasson, If you want to get top Tracey, and John dollar on your investment, Baldessari. call on the pros at During these four days Miami will be in a creative Sandra and her team are frenzy, but the art and Miami real estate specialenthusiasm is not limited to ists and they know what the canvas. There will be your property is worth. few blank walls left If you’re looking to buy, Sandra Osorio Mangini untouched outside as street watch out for the largest –––––––––––––––––––– and graffiti artists transform home in Broward. It will be crumbling facades into punchy political on the auction block in December with a statements, stunning works of art and com- starting bid of a mere $ 5 million. This cusical commentaries. tom-built home sports almost 24,000 There will be plenty of parties to cele- square feet on 10 acres. Italian marble, brate the creative nature of people from seven bedrooms, eight full baths and two around the globe and beaches and parks half baths plus a guest house provide will become homes to ambitious installa- enough luxury and leg room for the most tion pieces and distinctive cultural exhibits. lavish of entertaining. Woodson Park will house over 40 galleries For those looking for a slightly smaller at the new Brazil ArtFair. Miami’s Design home, you’re in luck! New condominium District will host a massive Spanish travel- developments, such as the Paraiso Bay, can ing exhibition called ‘TAPAS: Design for offer luxury homes with a lagoon pool and Food’. Included are over 200 exhibits and cabanas plus a state-of-the-art gym at a fracinstallations by Spanish chefs, designers, tion of the price. Or try the Marina Palms architects, wineries and restaurants. with over 750 feet of picturesque waterfront With so much going on in Miami Beach and the first new yacht club in Miami in two it is no wonder everyone wants to live here. decades. Regardless of what you are looking Sun, fun, great beaches, food, culture and for, you can find it by checking the properties shopping– what else could you ask for? It at is the place to be in Florida and foreign Let Sandra and her team find that special investors recognize it as an international place just for you because Miami Beach is hot spot too. That is why there is never the place to be.

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Tennis Center, GSI Bollettieri Supports Charities


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Principle of G.S.I. Bollettieri Victor Weithorn , Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales, Attorney Wayne Pathman, former Miami Heat player Rony Seikaly and Executive Director of National Young Arts Foundation Paul Lehr

email: • 3085 NE 163rd Street, North Miami Beach Tennis Pro Nick Bolletieri inspires tennis enthusiasts of all ages at the “Life Changing Experience” tournament at Flamingo Tennis Center on Miami Beach.

Miami Beach’s GSI Bollettieri, hosted a doubles round robin tennis tournament on Sunday, November 17th, 2013 benefiting Susan G. Komen Rally for the Cure. Jim Bollettieri manages a multi faceted tennis facility for the City of Miami Beach and an internationally renowned tennis school and academy. Players paid $20 to enter the tournament and were treated to prizes, gifts and food. Rally for the Cure is a grassroots program that works to spread awareness about breast cancer in support of Susan G. Komen through volunteer organized golf, tennis and social events. On November 10th, 2013, GSI Bollettieri held a doubles round robin tournament featuring current and former pros and teaching pros. In addition to experi-

encing an exhilarating tennis, ticket-holders for “A Life Changing Experience” tournament were treated to a live auction, raffle and delicious BBQ. Proceeds from the event benefited Camillus House and H.O.P.E. Charities Miami Beach. GSI Bollettieri manages the City’s facilities at North Shore Tennis Center and Flamingo Tennis Center. To learn more about the facilities and programs they offer, visit Victor Weithorn – Principle of G.S.I. Bollettieri - Jimmy Morales - city manager — Wayne Pathman - South Florida lawyer, miami beach resident, Rony Seikaly Former HEAT Player - Musician, Miami Beach resident, - Paul Lehr - Executive Director of National Young Arts Foundation — Miami Beach resident.

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Nikki Beach’s Global Signature Fashion Series What Women Want Design from Via Uomo’s Fall 2013 Fashion show at the “What Women Want” event at Nikki Beach Miami Beach

Design from Via Uomo’s Fall 2013 Fashion show at the “What Women Want” event at Nikki Beach Miami Beach

Opening act featuring a live flamenco show and guitarist at the “What Women Want” event at Nikki Beach Miami Beach

On Saturday, November 9, 2013, Nikki Beach Miami Beach sizzled with a runway show of the 2013 Fall Collection from Via Uomo. The event showcased pop up shops from: Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbor, Superfoods Bar, Sammi’s Sweets, Arts of Shade, Taudrey Jewelery, Varelli Designs, Blo Brickell and Met in Jeans. Hair and

makeup was done by Paul Mitchell School of Beauty and models were provided by John Casablancas. Additional sponsors included: Ritz Carlton Spa Coconut Grove, Tito’s Vodka, Balloon Expresso, Vita Coco, Svelte, Kind bar, and Aquacai. There was a silent auction, which benefited Easter Seals.

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The $outh Florida Gaming Report Gaming by the Numbers BY ISADORE HAVENICK

Gaming attracts a wide array of participants. As a leisure and entertainment activity, it is amazing the age range that gaming captures. Gamers from the age of 21 to eightysomething participate in the gaming arena. Certainly the specific type of gaming activity can be sectioned into age preferences. Bingo generally attracts the eldest of the gaming statesmen and stateswomen. Don’t be surprised though when you see an octogenarian daubing away on ten bingo cards at once at light speed. Slot machines rank second by average age of player. The newer more interactive slot machines are pushing those numbers to lower levels. Skill based bonus rounds are attracting a younger player that wants more from the machine

than a simple handle pull. The next group are the table games, roulette, blackjack, and craps. Here the seasoned veterans sit side by side with the millennials mulling over a hit or stand call at the blackjack table or stand side by side exchanging high fives when a young dice player makes their point. They all exhale collectively when the dreaded “seven out” call is made by the stickman at a crowded craps table. Finally we have on-line gaming where players of any and all ages sit masked by their computer screens and compete in any number of social gaming environments. The apps are a plenty when it comes to on-line participation and many times what starts as free play ends up with the purchase of “extra” play. Let’s face it gaming is everywhere, on land, at sea, and in cyberspace. One place you won’t find it is Miami Beach. Good thing or bad thing? You make the call.

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Art Invades Miami Beach Just days from now, the art world descends on Miami Beach for the 12th annual Art Basel art fair, the winter meeting place for the international art world. Although the main fair takes place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Art Basel has become a mighty force that consumes the city of Miami Beach and the city of Miami with a multitude of cultural events and satellite fairs during the first week of December. Boasting miles of sandy beaches, classic Art Deco architecture, museums, and a nightlife scene second to none, Miami Beach is one of the country’s most iconic cities – a destination like no place else in the world and the perfect fit for Art Basel and its ancillary fairs. Miami Beach is buzzing with anticipation and here’s why: ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH December 5–8, 2013 Miami Beach Convention Center- 1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, FL $42- Day ticket, $32- Evening ticket (from 4 pm), $90- Permanent pass SATELLITE FAIRS • Design Miami. December 4 - 8. Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, Miami Beach Convention Center. Wednesday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Thursday - Saturday noon - 8 p.m., Sunday noon - 6 p.m. $25 general admission, $15 students and senior citizens, $55 combination Art Basel/ and Design Miami ticket ; • UNTITLED. Art Fair. December 4 - 8. Ocean Drive and 12th Street in Miami Beach. Wednesday -

Saturday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. $20 general admission; • SCOPE Miami Beach. December 3 - 8. SCOPE Pavilion, 1000 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Wednesday Sunday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. $25 general admission, $15 for students, free for VIP cardholders; • Aqua 13 Art Miami. December 4 - 8. Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Thursday noon - 9 p.m., Friday/Saturday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission: $15 one-day pass; • Ink Miami Art Fair. December 4 - 8. Dorchester, 1850 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Wednesday noon - 5 p.m., Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission: free; • NADA Art Fair Miami Beach. December 5 - 8. The Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Thursday 2 - 8 p.m., Friday/Saturday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission: free; • New Material Art Fair. December 5 - 8. Chesterfield, Lily and Leon Hotels, 855 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Friday/Saturday noon - 8 p.m., Sunday noon - 6 p.m. Ticket prices TBA; • Select Fair Miami. December 5 - 8. Catalina Hotel, 1732 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. Thursday Sunday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., $15 suggested donation;

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Our Mission: To proactively enrich and elevate the importance and success of arts and culture within the City of Miami Beach.

GOOD THINGS: The Return of Art Basel and More... BY SONIA MELAMED Chair of Communications Committee, Arts & Culture Council

As the year winds down and anticipation builds - a heavy mist of excitement spreads throughout the city. The weather cools down as white tents go up, signaling the start of high season and the arrival of Art Basel already in its eleventh year! Businesses and residents are poised and ready to play host to the thousands of international guests. For art and commerce, this is without question, the most wonderful time of the year. The Miami Beach Chamber is also preparing for another great year. We welcome Alan G. Randolph as the new Chair of the Arts & Culture Council as well as Seth Bramson as the newest contributor to the Arts & Culture section in the Miami Beach News. Seth Bramson is a Professor of History and America's single most-published Florida history book author. Professor Bramson's new column is perhaps long overdue, as we have, for some time, been asked why we haven't done more on Miami Beach's incredible history. We are in the process of remedying that situation beginning with this issue and a new column on local history, titled: A Special Moment In Time. Bramson is Seth Bramson Miami's foremost and ––––––––––– premiere historian and is Adjunct Professor of History and Historian in Residence at Barry University. He is also Adjunct Professor of History at Nova Southeastern University's Lifelong Learning Institute and is Historian in Residence for

Sonia Melamed, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) during Art Basel/Hong Kong

In Sook Kim’s Saturday Night during Art Basel/Hong Kong –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Florida International University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. It is my pleasure to congratulate and welcome Alan G. Randolph and Professor Bramson. David Rifkind, Associate Professor at the College of Architecture and The Arts at FIU, delights and entertains us with his unique perspective in his column "Architectural Ramblings". This month he reveals the inner workings of Gehry's New World Center and "how the building opens itself up in surprising ways to create visual connections." Stay tuned for more of David and his ramblings with his Design Miami piece due out early next year. He will share how the event has, among other things, become an integral part of South Florida. For my part I write about my experience at Art Basel/Hong Kong. Specifically, I share my picks at this year's fair; and its decidedly Asian feel. The cutting edge world of digital art brought two brilliant photographers in focus, In Sook Kim and Won Seoung Won from South Korea. As always, we mention and highlight current shows, exhibits and special events of our many local, cultural institutions. Our galleries, theaters and museums all share in this season's art and culture. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all who have contributed to our Arts & Culture section. A very special thanks to David Rifkind for his expressive writing and great attitude. The same to photographer Manuel Mazzanti — his photos and the consistency and speed in which he produces them are all outstanding. Thank you to everyone at the chamber, the Arts & Culture Council as well as Miami Beach's art community - I'm grateful for the contributions and all the year's support. The Arts and Culture section in the Miami Beach News has had an outstanding year, filled with a curious amalgam of art and culture — here's hoping, wishing and praying for more of the same in 2014. Happy Holidays!

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At The Wolfsonian: Three Interrelated Exhibitions Illuminate Interwar Italian Design BY LAILA PARD Communications Manager, The Wolfsonian-FIU

The Wolfsonian-FIU is celebrated for its unique, vast, and varied collection of art, design, and visual cultural objects from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. With its current exhibition Echoes and Origins, The Wolfsonian uses the collection to explore Italian design between the two World Wars, using its unique holdings to shed light on this fascinating and critical historical period. When the Fascist party seized power in Italy following the First World War, the regime set out to establish a unified political identity—one looking to the future while maintaining reverence for tradition. Echoes and Origins: Italian Interwar Design explores how Italy’s designers, artisans, manufacturers, and corporations helped cultivate a style that embodied the regime’s concept of Italianità (Italianness), glorifying both the Roman Empire and the spirit of modernity. The

Photograph, Foro Mussolini, Roma, ca. 1937. George Hoyningen-Huene (American, b. Russia, 1900–1968, photographer Gelatin silver print)

works on view—furniture, ceramics, glass, graphic and product design, and industrial objects—comprise a portrait of modern Italy, highlighting the dialogue between identity and aesthetics that characterized this critical period of its history. Italy under Fascist dictatorship (1922–43) experienced a constant negotiation between classical precedent and modern innovation. If on one side Fascism stood as the embodiment of ancient Roman authority and martial skill, the Futurist movement argued that the world had changed irrevocably as a result of modern technology and that Fascism should be understood as the natural political outcome of new thinking initiated by these changes. Though the state controlled and censored most cultural production— from newspapers and school notebooks to radio and cinema—Benito Mussolini (or Il Duce, from the Latin Dux for “leader”) always maintained an ambiguous attitude toward architecture and the arts that enabled the regime to appropriate seemingly opposed stylistic tendencies toward a common end. Echoes and Origins: Italian Interwar Design is part of Rebirth of Rome, a series of exhibitions highlighting Italian art and design from the interwar period, and is organized by The Wolfsonian– Florida International University and curated by Silvia Barisione. Rebirth of Rome in its entirely will be unveiled during Art Basel, with the opening of The Birth of Rome and Rendering War. The Birth of Rome will present modern architectural and urban planning projects that promoted the political idea of a storied Italian nation rooted in a mythologized past. Rendering War is anchored by the Italian Novocento artist A.G. Santagata’s epic murals commemorating and celebrating Italian soldiers in the First World War, Santagata’s imposing renderings offered a counter-narrative to the devastating realities of Italy’s actual experience in the war.Taken together, the three exhibitions provide a uniquely rich and multifaceted portrait of Italian art, culture, and nation-building at a fraught, controversial, and complex moment in its history. With Rebirth of

Poster, Lloyd Sabaudo. The Famous Counts, 1927. Giuseppe Riccobaldi Del Bava (1887–1976), designer Barabino & Graeve, Genoa, printer. Offset lithograph.

Rome, The Wolfsonian’s unparalleled collection of architectural, design, commercial, and art objects continues to foster complex dialogues about the implications of design and visual cultural and the roles they play in forming communities and shaping history. Rebirth of Rome is made possible by the Italian Consulate General Miami, the Italian Cultural Institute New York, the United States Consular Agency Genoa, and the Wolfsoniana– Fondazione Regionale per la Cultura e

lo Spettacolo in Genoa, to mark the Year of Italian Culture in the United States. Additional support from Gucci, Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A., the Poltrona Frau Group Miami, the Funding Arts Network, the Leon Levy Foundation, Aprile SpA, Rosa Lowinger & Associates, and Ansaldo Energy Inc. The exhibition could not have been completed without generous loans from Mitchell Wolfson, Jr., Marcello Cambi in Genoa, and the Wolfsoniana–FRCS.

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• • • ARCHITECTURAL RAMBLINGS • • • An Edifying Composition BY DAVID RIFKIND Associate Professor, College of Architecture and The Arts, Florida International University

As home to America’s orchestral academy, the New World Center is a building designed to teach. It’s not just a place that accommodates instruction; it is a place that actively instructs the public. The building teaches experientially by inviting visitors to explore and discover. It offers opportunities to glimpse behind the curtain (figuratively) at the rehearsal and back-of-house spaces, revealing the processes of rehearsal, instruction, production and performance at the New World Symphony. And, not incidentally, it is a terrific place to hear a concert. The New World Center opens itself up in surprising ways to create visual connections (such as between the park and the lobby, and between the lobby and the auditorium) that reveal the inner workings of the orchestra and the institution. The building opens to the city by pulling apart the main façade (the one facing the SoundScape Park) to reveal the lobby behind a wall of glass that extends nearly the full height of the building. The

remaining opaque walls – including the one sheltering the auditorium, and against which live video of some concerts is projected – are inflected inward toward the main entry as a sign of welcome to the public. Through these gestures, the building turns outward to physically engage new audiences, transforming passers-by into concert-goers. The building’s transparency is most evident after dark, when performances are usually held. The brilliantly illuminated lobby glows through the vast glass wall facing the park, showing off the cascade of playful forms that seem to tumble from the roof, down through the lobby and out into the park. The building makes you want to know what happens in each of its idiosyncratic pieces. It invites and rewards exploration, a quality all too rare in contemporary architecture. The New World Center is one of the best projects in the long career of celebrated architect Frank Gehry. It demonstrates the importance of close collaboration with a visionary client (in this case Artistic Director and longtime friend Michael Tilson Thomas) in the Los Angeles-based designer’s work. The building plays host to a troupe of forms Gehry brings

with him everywhere, such as metal sheets and plastered surfaces that resemble sails, clouds and curtains. One particularly elegant

feature is the canopy over the 17th Street sidewalk, which peels away from the volume of the building to reveal a great window opening onto the auditorium. Within the auditorium, acoustic baffles billow overhead while the audience is embraced by low walls that swell and rise, giving the room a paradoxical sense of intimacy and amplitude. Despite the complexity of its forms, the building is refreshingly simple. In place of the flamboyant flourishes of Gehry’s Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago, the New World Center has an economy of gesture that belies the richness of its spatial experience. Whereas Disney shuts out the city around it and Pritzker offers little reward to those peeking behind the proscenium, New World opens itself to Miami Beach and engages the public in process of discovery. The garage behind the main building is elegant in its own right; it is wrapped in a metal screen that plays host to an LED light show, and makes reference to the chain link fences of Gehry’s early work. In a city rapidly filling with garages designed by the world’s most decorated (or at least Pritzker-Prize-winning) architects, this one is a quiet gem. (Photo credit, Frank Gehry’s New World Center, photograph by Manuel Mazzanti)

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UNTITLED. Returns to Miami Beach for its Second Edition UNTITLED., an international art fair in Miami Beach, is returning for its second edition in December 2013. UNTITLED. continues its mission to innovate the traditional art fair model by placing emphasis on the quality of the viewer’s experience and the contextualization of the artworks exhibited. Omar Lopez-Chahoud, UNTITLED.’s current curator, has selected a compelling list of over 90 international exhibitors from 18 countries who will present the works of emerging and midcareer contemporary artists. UNTITLED.’s pavilion and floor plan are designed by architecture firm K/R, (John Keenen and Terrence Riley) and highlight its dedication to presenting a unique curatorial approach to set it apart from other art fairs. As part of its second edition, UNTITLED. will present a dynamic program of performances, talks, tours and conversations. Programming will complement UNTITLED.’s unique curatorial approach to the traditional art fair model. Performances include a performative video installation by 2014 Whitney Biennale artist Jacolby Satterwhite, and a multimedia performance at the water’s edge by the Miami-based TM Sisters. The series of talks will include a conversation with nonprofit publication editors Sina Najafi from Cabinet Magazine and Todd Lippy from Esopus, and artist talks with Penelope Umbrico and Latoya Ruby Frazier among others. UNTITLED. will take place Wednesday, December 4 – Sunday December 8, at Ocean Drive and 12th Street, Miami Beach. Admission: General Admission: $25 Discounted Admission (Seniors and Students): $15 Miami Beach residents: $15 Groups of 15 or more: $15 per person Children under 12: FREE For further information please visit

His Doctor David Humphry, His Doctor, 2013. Oil on canvas. 44” x 54.” Image courtesy of Fredericks & Freiser.

Konitz Samuel Freeman- Alice Könitz, WDF, 2008. Steel, foam core board, holographic vinyl. 84” x 48.5”. Image courtesy of Samuel FreemanImage courtesy of Halsey McKay.

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A Special Moment in Time: B r o w n ’ s m a y n o t h a v e b e e n t h e f i r s t I n n o n t h e Be a c h BY SETH H. BRAMSON Adjunct Professor of History and Historian in Residence at Barry University and Adjunct Professor of History at Nova University

The “conventional wisdom” dealing with Miami Beach’s history has, for almost the entire history of the city, held that the first hotel on Miami Beach was Brown’s, on south Ocean Drive. (That famous and very early inn is now the site of the equally famous Prime 112 Steak House!) The only problem with that “conventional wisdom” may be that the U. S. Lifesaving Service’s Biscayne House of Refuge, located at approximately today’s 72nd Street and Collins Avenue, and which first opened in 1876 as one of several entities placed approximately 20 to 25 miles apart along the lower Florida east coast for the purpose of rescuing shipwrecked sailors, may have been, beginning with the arrival of Captain William Fulford as its keeper in 1890, the first building to serve as an inn or hospitality venue on Miami Beach. The captain, with his wife, took over a ramshackle, run down building in 1890 and little by little began rehabbing it, buying new furniture, replacing rotting wood, repairing stairs and fixtures and generally making it a comfortable spot for visitors, the story being told in its entirety in From Farms and Fields to the Future: The Incredible History of North Miami Beach.

Once Brown’s Hotel, the building, substantially remodeled but essentially structurally intact, is now Prime 112, one of Miami Beach’s premiere restaurants.

Brown Hotel located on south Ocean Drive in the late 19th century. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– According to one account, the Fulfords, them paid for the privilege of being the Florida, the Biscayne House of Refuge gracious and genial as they were and Fulford’s guests. was, even before the now-famous-inalways warmly welcoming visitors, eventuThat same account goes on to state that, Miami Beach-history Brown’s Hotel was ally had so many patrons at the House that with three rooms and a kitchen on the main built, that hotel’s predecessor as the first it must be concluded that at least some of floor and a huge dormitory-type room hostelry on what would eventually become under the upstairs sloping ceiling, there one of the world’s most renowned winter were a surprisingly large number of appli- resorts. cations for room and board for short-term Today, the site of Brown’s Hotel is a visitors, some of whom were turned away wonderful and always jammed restaurant, due to lack of space. well known in fine dining circles as “Prime Utilizing fresh fruits and vegetables on 112,” so, indeed, the oldest has become the their dining table (which were gathered newest, thereby—and thankfully—allowfrom their farm, which was located on the ing another Miami Beach historic landmark mainland side and was part of the requisite to be saved. for property improvement necessary to prove the homestead claim that the captain (This is the first in what will be a regular had made on the tract which he planned to column in the “Miami Beach News” dealpurchase from the government in what is ing with the history of Greater Miami and today’s North Miami Beach) the House of focusing on Miami Beach. Seth H. Refuge developed a reputation for fine and Bramson, Adjunct Professor of History at high quality board to go with its some- Barry and Nova Southeastern Universities times-available rooms. and Historian in Residence at Barry With the revelation of these facts, it University is America’s single most pubmight be reasonable and justifiably argued lished Florida history book author, all 22 of that, in addition to being the Lifesaving his books dealing with South Florida local Service’s outpost on the lower east coast of and Florida transportation history.)

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World Erotic Art Museum Welcomes Art Basel — George Daniell: At the Beach. From the Hudson River to the World The work of George Daniell, an internationally acclaimed photographer, will mark a major highlight at Art Basel when his portfolio, “At The Beach…From the Hudson River to the World,” opens Monday, December 2, with a reception from 9 p.m. to midnight, at World Erotic Art Museum (WEAM). The exhibit was curated by Helmut Schuster and presented by the WEAM in cooperation with the George Daniell Archive.

Born in Yonkers, New York on May 4, 1911, Daniell began a 60-year journey with a deep fascination for water and figures on the beach. His aim was “to capture beauty before it faded.” Prominent in his extensive portfolio was an equal fascination with celebrities. Throughout his career, he photographed artists, writers, and people involved in the theater and movie business including Audrey Hepburn. They met in 1955



when King Vidor’s “War and Peace” was filmed. Hepburn’s celebrated portrait, along with those of Sophia Loren, Ingrid Bergman, and several other international personalities, will be on exhibit at the WEAM. World Erotic Art Museum is located at 1205 Washington Avenue, open Monday

through Thursday, 11 A.M.-10 P.M.; Friday through Sunday, 11 A.M. to Midnight. Admission is $15. Seniors over 60 (with ID) $14. Students (with ID) $13.50. Members free. No one under 18 admitted. Further information is available by calling 305-532-9336, or via www.

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Queen and Ben Elton’s Worldwide Smash-hit Musical is Coming to Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center Queen and Ben Elton’s WE WILL ROCK YOU, the worldwide smash-hit ‘rock theatrical’ built around 24 of Queen’s biggest hits, makes its anticipated South Florida premiere at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County from December 10-15, 2013. Performances will take place in the Ziff Ballet Opera House beginning Tuesday, December 10 through Sunday, December 15, 2013. WE WILL ROCK YOU is part of the Broadway in Miami 2013-2014 subscription season presented by Bank of America. This hilarious, multi-award-winning and record-breaking phenomenon is created by celebrated British comedian and writer Ben Elton (TV’s “Mr. Bean” and “The Young Ones”), and boasts a fantastic score of Queen’s biggest songs including “Another One Bites The Dust,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “We Are The Champions,”

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” and of course, “We Will Rock You.” Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor are musical supervisors to the show, taking an active role in casting the singer/actors and musicians for every production worldwide. WE WILL ROCK YOU is produced by Queen Theatrical Productions, Tribeca Theatrical Productions, Phil McIntyre Entertainment and NETworks Presentations. Tickets for WE WILL ROCK YOU are $26 - $96*; “Ultimate Rock and Roll Party Pit” seats are available for $40*. The Party Pit area consists of premium front row seats and encourages patrons to dress up and rock out during show as they channel their best Freddie Mercury. For tickets visit, or call the Box Office at (305) 949-6722. Groups of 10 or more should call 786-468-2326 or (954) 6267814.

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Upscale Furniture Consignment Gallery Get a Fresh Look for the Holidays

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Arts & Culture

The Bass Museum of Art Unveils New Projects and Exhibits this Fall and Winter

–––––––––––––––––– Williams McCall Gallery & Gary Marotta Fine Art G-1 Present Late Paintings and Drawings by New York Artist Manuel Pardo 1952-2012


owner Gary Marotta Fine Art G-1 Torsten Lauschmann. Digital Clock (Growing Zeros), 2010. HD video. 24 hour loop. (Courtesy of the artist)


Knight Curatorial Fellow 2013-2014 The Bass Museum of Art has an exciting program of new projects and exhibitions for Fall and Winter 2013. As part of our current exhibition TIME, which runs until February 23, 2014, we are showing a selection of historical and contemporary artworks, objects and artists’ projects that engage with the concept of time. The exhibition includes an apparatus for measuring time in the form of several historical decorative clocks from the Wolfsonian-FIU Collection; photographic works by Eadweard Muybridge; two films that ‘layer’ time by the British artist Idris Khan; and a film featuring a hand-powered ‘digital’ clock by Torsten Lauschmann. TIME also features a selection of works from Lorraine O’Grady’s Miscegenated Family Album, which have been positioned close to the Bass Museum’s Egyptian Gallery, with two images located so that they can be viewed alongside the museum’s Egyptian artifacts themselves. O’Grady’s photographic diptychs juxtapose images of Ancient Egyptian statues of Queen Nefertiti and her family with photographs of O’Grady’s sister Devonia and her family. O’Grady draws a link between the visual appearances of these individuals, as well as creating parallels between Nefertiti and Devonia, who suffered similar experiences during their lives despite being separated by thousands of years. TIME also includes two projects by artists originating from the Miami art scene, Hernan Bas and Manny Priere. Based upon historical cabinets of curiosities, a room in which a gentleman would keep rare and intriguing

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objects for select visitors to view, Hernan Bas has created a room featuring his own collection of treasures, entitled A Queer and Curious Cabinet. Bas’s cabinet room, which is painted a resplendent pink, features numerous strange artifacts, including a ghost in a jar; a selection of Victorian “tear catchers” for use during mourning; two “Fiji Mermaids” and a taxidermy flamingo, amongst a host of other fascinating objects. These are displayed alongside a number of wall-mounted works, including two paintings by Bas. Manny Prieres’s It was a Pleasure to Burn consists of 29 pencil and gouache renderings of the covers of books that have been judged controversial, and so have been censored. Some of these titles seem predictable, such as Lolita, but many are not, for example The Great Gatsby. Prieres’s work demonstrates how literature that is judged as ‘dangerous’ during one period may be interpreted differently by later generations (and vice versa). Upcoming highlights in our program include a week of work by Alexandra Pirici and Manuel Pelmufl, whose work An Immaterial Retrospective of the Venice Biennale at the Romanian Pavilion was the hit of this year’s festival. In honor of our upcoming 50th anniversary, they will interpret and ‘exhibit’ the collection in one of our galleries between December 4 and 8, 2013. Finally we are thrilled to present Piotr Uklaƒski: ESL, an exhibition that showcases Uklaƒski’s unconventional conceptual art practice, which encompasses the use of tiedye, paintings made from crayon-shavings, and the very ingenious use of a dollar bill. We hope that you can join us.

place at the Begovich Gallery, The Fullerton Museum at CSUF accompanied by the publication of his monograph Manuel Pardo Universo Soñado in Technicolor, coordinated by Andrea Harris; foreward by Susana Torruella Leval, Director Emeritus, El Museo del Barrio; and essays contributed by Mike McGee, Director, CSUF Begovich Gallery; and David Frankel, Editorial Director at MOMA, The Complex Solace of Manuel Pardo.

Williams McCall Gallery South of Fifth and Gary Marotta Fine Art G-1 Gallery of Provincetown present Late Paintings and Drawings of New York Artist Manuel Pardo. Works will be on view in Miami Beach December 3rd - December 29th, 2013 with an opening reception on Saturday, December 7th from 6-9pm. Williams McCall Gallery is located at 110 Washington Obituary: Manuel Pardo died in November Avenue, CU-3, Miami Beach, Florida. Manuel Pardo (1952-2012) was born on 2012 after a short illness while enjoying the July 4th in Cardenas, Cuba. He first showed success of his career survey show entitled his work in New York’s East Village in the Stardust at California State University, eighties, where he was introduced to Marcia Fullerton 2011 and book entitled “Universo Tucker, founder and director of the New Sonado In Technicolor” released in 2012. An Museum in NY when she included him in the informal memorial show entitled “The Solstice groundbreaking exhibition, The Other Man: Of Manuel Pardo” curated by Christine Alternative Representation of Masculinity. McCarthy, Executive Director of Provincetown Pardo went on to exhibit internationally in Art Association and Museum and Gary Marotta solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, Mexico of Gary Marotta Fine Art g-1 in Provincetown was held at The Highline Loft in New York from City, Cologne, Havana, and Milan. Exhibitions include Late 20th Still Life’s April 26-May 18, 2013. The artist’s obituary, at the New Museum curated by Marcia written by David Frankel, Senior Editor, Tucker, Le Jardin at Museo Metropolitano Publications Department, Museum Of Modern de Monterrey, México, and Un Cubain á Art, New York, appeared in The Huffington Post Paris at Galerie Piltzer, Paris, France. on May 16, 2013. Corporate commissions and events include The Motherland Series; Murals by Manuel Pardo at the British Airways terminal and JFK International airport, NY; and Hérmes & Visa for Masaryk: Arte Moda & Visa, curated by Justo Sierra, in México City, México. Pardo’s drawings have also been featured in many exhibitions including 100 Artists see Satan, UCLA California State Fullerton; MiArt 2008 in Milan, Italy; Quinceañera for (projectroom: in the America(s) post... curated by Omar-Pascal; and Citibank Boston with Gary Marotta Fine Art g-1. Playing on the old cliché, A Gay Man and his Mother, Manuel Pardo, an openly gay artist, was best known for his series Mother & I, dedicating his work to his hero, his mother Gladys. In 2011 Manuel William McCall image Pardo’s retrospective took ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Nov. 28 - Dec. 11, 2013

Pillar Reception at Clevelander South Beach

DeAnne Connolly Graham, Robert Bucher and Alena Klenot

Michael Polakov, David Wolan and Joseph Landesman

Russell Galbut, Marisa Galbut and Chamber President & CEO Jerry Libbin

Joe Aziza, Jessica Johnson and Jeff Turgeau

Monique Woodland, Scott Indorf, Brian Martino, Anaely Delgado and Maria Paulsen

Denzil Miles, Mary Ann McIlraith, Stephanie Andron and Danny Marino

Ron Green, Wendy Unger and Jon Sherry

__, Ricardo Dimitri, Stephanie Norman, Chamber Chairman Michael Goldberg, Damilet Cepero and Aleida Aroix


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Pillar Reception at Clevelander South Beach

DeAnne Connolly Graham and Mirielle Enlow Andrea Radice, Bruce Townsend and Jennifer Samson

Chamber President & CEO Jerry Libbin, DeAnne Connolly Graham and Chamber

Fallon Fitzgerald, Gregory Branch, Jeff Greene and Al Ricketts

Eric Johnson, Chamber President & CEO Jerry Libbin, Alexis Rivero and Peter Ancona

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Shop Small this Holiday Season Every holiday season more and more consumers are looking to shop at small businesses according to recent reports. In order to increase their holiday traffic, shops like Perfect Gifts, a boutique shop on Miami Beach that offers an array of unique gifts, is participating in Small Business Saturday, which takes place on Saturday, November 30, 2013. American Express began the Small Business Saturday campaign in 2010, encouraging consumers to “shop small” on the day after Black Friday. In the three years since, the White House, Small Business Administration and hundreds of corporations and community groups have joined the effort, hoping to give local merchants a larger share of sales during the busiest shopping weekend of the year. American Express says 100 million consumers shopped last year’s Small Business Saturday, spending $5.5 billion at small stores. Small Business Saturday has become an important fixture on the business calendar for merchants and an increasing number are investing more money and providing additional incentives to reach customers. The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce recommends Miami Beach residents to shop small on Small Business Saturday and show local support for small businesses. According to American Express, over the last two decades, small and new businesses have been responsible for creating two out of every three new jobs, and today the country’s 28 million small firms employ 60 million Americans, half of the private sector workforce. As an added incentive, American Express Cardholders can register to get a $10 statement credit when they spend $10 or more at a par-

Perfect Gifts store front located on 1516 Washington Avenue ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ticipating small business on November 30. According to the second annual Small Business Saturday Insights Survey released by the National Federation of Independent Businesses and American Express, two-thirds of the small businesses will offer discounts on specific items or general discounts on the day. About one-third said they will offer coupons for future offers or discounts. Twenty-one percent are planning to increase the number of employees working on Small Business Saturday. Perfect Gifts, formerly Pink Palm on Lincoln Road, is now located on 1516 Washington Avenue. Visit their new pop-up store at Visit Miami Beach, the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce’s visitor center located in Hall C of the Miami Beach Convention Center at 1901 Convention Center Drive. Find the perfect Miami Beachthemed gifts! To learn more about the program and the local businesses involved in the program, visit

Chamber Members participating in Small Business Saturday in Miami Beach Books & Books 927 Lincoln Road

Sibilla 833 Lincold Road

Cara Mia 1040 Alton Road.

Segafredo Expresso 1040 Lincoln Road

Gusto Café 959 West Avenue

Spris 731 Lincoln Road

Ha vana 819 Lincoln Road

Suviche Sobe 1119 16th Street

Ha ven Lounge 1237 Lincoln Road

Taste Baker y Café 900 Alton Road

Huahuas Taqueria 1211 Lincoln Road

The Frieze Ice Cream 1626 Michigan Avenue

Perfect Gifts 1516 Washington Avenue

Qua ttro Gastronomie Italiana 1014 Lincoln Road

Nov. 28 - Dec. 11, 2013

Luxury Designer-Resale Boutique Prague Princess Unveils New Season of Fashions

Hermes accessories now sold at Prague Princess

Emilio Pucci designs now sold at Prague Princess

Luxury Designerresale boutique Prague Princess’ cocktail event where it unveiled its newest inventory

Miami Fashionistas were out in full force for Prague Princess’ unveiling of its newest inventory, which took place on Thursday, November 14th, 2013. One of Miami Beach’s hottest designer-resale boutiques, the store was founded by fashion maven and celebrity makeup artist Alena Klenot. The store, located on Collins Avenue, offers the very best in quality pieces for affordable prices. Klenot and her group of experienced stylists take pride in hand selecting the runway designs featured in her boutique. The intimate cocktail event showcased new bags, party dresses, jewelry, scarves and hats from high end designers such as Chanel, Hermes, Gucci, Versace and Fendi, to name a few. In addition to shopping for the newest trends and fashions, attendees also received a fashion consultation at the event. Some of

these stylish and trendy-high end brands offered at the store are offered at 50 % off (and sometimes more) the regular retail price. Born in the Czech Republic, Klenot is one of the most sought after professional makeup artists and stylists in the world. Working with the very elite in fashion, photography and film, she has worked with Celine Dion, Janet Jackson, Maria Shriver, Cher and Shania Twain. For people looking for a relaxing and personalized shopping experience this season, Prague Princess may be just what the doctor ordered. The luxury boutique is located on 1300 Collins Avenue and its regular business hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday. To learn more about the Prague Princess or to shop online, visit

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An Arts & Business Luncheon on the Norwegian Cruise Line EPIC

Josh Levy and Nicole Rekant Blue Man Group Panelists: (L-R) Bernard Haas, Edward Gregory and Lyle Blaker, NCL Cruise Director Soozy Atkins and Moderator Laura Bruney Stephanie Ramsey and Thelma Wilcox

Norma and Alexandria King

Mirielle Enlow and Mike Kiely (L-R) Larry and Gladys Rockind, Yvette Freixas, Luis Herrera, Esther and Roger Berman

Kenneth Washington and Greta Shuler-Washington

Guests enjoying the luncheon

Scott Indorf and Cary Boykin

Tamra Sheffman and Ron Mayer


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An Arts & Business Luncheon on the Norwegian Cruise Line EPIC (L-R) Jacqueline Moss, Elena Meier and Lisa Kirchmayr

Brian and Eve Zygnerski Scheinblum

(R-L) Pieter Weyts, Kim and Guy Ben-Shalom

Chris Ingalls, Harvey Oxenberg and Nori Contractor

((L-R) David Cook, Robert Arthur, Christopher Hoffman, Maria Lopez, Lori Lyle Blaker, Angelica Galan, Bernard Haas, Monica Metcalf, Edward Gregory, and Shirley Inoni Kendall and Lazaro Gonzalez

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