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P u b l i s h e d i n c o o p e r a t i o n w i t h T h e M i a m i B e a c h C h a m b e r o f C o m m e r c e ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– S u p p o r t i n g L o c a l B u s i n e s s e s s i n c e 1 9 5 8

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Top Schools — Lowest Funded Dade funding ranks among bottom 10 in state BY RON STEIGER

Assistant Chief Budget Officer for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools On December 7, 2010, Dr. Martin Karp, School Board Member – District 3, and I spoke to the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Governors about the current financial picture in Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS). The presentation was not long, but the message was clear: M-DCPS has done a great job these past two years in managing the fiscal crisis, yet unless action is taken at the State-level, looming shortfalls could lead to severe reductions in some of the educational programs we hold most dear. Since the beginning of the 2007-08 school year, M-DCPS’ total budget has shrunk from $6.3 billion to $4.3 billion – a $2 billion loss. The resulting reductions the District has been forced to make have been severe, but they have spared the classroom. In fact, not one full-time teacher has been laid-off – a stark contrast to other major urban school districts across the country. In total, school level services have been reduced by only 5%, while administrative and support services have been cut by almost 50%. At the same time, our contingency reserves have increased from $5M to over $100M; an incredible change has taken us from the brink of bankruptcy to our strongest financial position in over a decade, which upgraded our credit rating outlook. Revenue has dropped not only due to plummeting property values, but also a Florida education funding formula that

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International Music and Video Producer Emilio Estefan to be honored with Aaron B. Perry Innovation in Business Award BY TYLER SMINKEY


new award, created specifically for the 2011 Champions of Business Awards Luncheon, will honor one individual who has pioneered an effective strategy for business on Miami Beach and the surrounding community. A successful mix of philanthropic efforts paired with professional and personal triumphs have earned Emilio Estefan, Founder and CEO of Estefan Enterprises, the prestigious Aaron B. Perry Innovation in Business Award. Estefan’s continual success as a musician, producer, creator, visionary and more have earned him a distinguished place in the community and the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce wishes to recognize his positive accomplishments and innovative style of business. Miami Beach is a center for global commerce and the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce has traditionally been the economic voice for all businesses related to this area. Estefan’s successful approach to

EMILIO ESTEFAN business has always included a part of his Latin roots, from blending Latin, pop and world rhythms to create a unique style into his introduction to the hospitality and restaurant industry. Estefan purchased South Beach’s ––––––––––––––– See

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Letter from the Chair have 1,276 friends... on Facebook that is. No one can question the website’s influence. It’s a great way to catch up with old friends, form relationships with new ones and stay on top of what’s going on with loved ones. Many, myself included, also find it a promising tool to help promote their business and instigate conversations amongst constituents within seconds. However, sometimes I have to ask myself if this social network is truly social. All these new gadgets and communication tools enable us to stay better connected, but just how deep is this new connection? We know updates and statuses, but do we really know what’s going on with our contacts? Do we know their needs, do they know ours and, most importantly, do we really know how to help one another? The goal of business is to bring value, yet we can’t deliver that unless we place value on our relationships first. Indeed, social networking is certainly a piece of the puzzle to keeping ourselves and our companies top-of-mind, but it can’t replace the impact of traditional networking. Oh, we post, Tweet and e-vite here at the Miami Beach Chamber, but our most important initiative is creating events and initiatives programs that bring people together face-to-face. It’s about making quality introductions to your next customer, your next supplier, your next advocate. I encourage you to become more involved, not as merely a Miami Beach Chamber member, but as a partner. Join one of the many councils, committees or activities, all of which offer numerous opportunities for collaboration and a common ground for community building.


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Mount Sinai Medical Center welcomes back its tiniest patients “Preemie� Babies Reunite with Doctors and Nurses who cared for them at the Mount Sinai 15th annual “Preemie� Party


Today, many of them stand no more than a ture that many things didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t develop. Every mere two feet tall; but, their stories are huge. On day that I look at them, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very grateful to Friday, December 3rd, Mount Sinai Medical Mount Sinai to have them the way they are.â&#x20AC;? Center welcomed back hundreds of baby â&#x20AC;&#x153;gradNursery levels are regulated by the state, uatesâ&#x20AC;? at the 15th annual Mount Sinai Preemie which requires that Level III NICUs provide Party. The event reunited babies who defied the the most advanced care and adhere to rigorodds in the Mount Sinai Abess Level III ous state requirements. Mount Sinaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Abess Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with the Level III NICU is proud to provide state-ofdoctors and nurses who cared the-art care to critically ill for them. The carnival-themed newborns. The NICU is Mount Sinai will event included a dee-jay, staffed by board certified continue to host games, face painting, cotton neonatologists who are on candy and many grateful call 24-hours a day and the this annual event faces. nursing staff is specially during the holiday Seventh-grader Jacob trained in the care of preLeveille was just one of the mature/critically ill newseason as a way many children who returned borns. to reflect on the to Mount Sinai for the annual Mount Sinai NICUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s triumphs of their gathering. Looking at the neonatologists, Jose robust 12-year-old, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d Antonio Adams, M.D., and preemies and to never know that he was just Ignacio Zabaleta, M.D., remind everyone 1lb, 7oz at birth. He and his have worked together for twin brother spent several more than two decades, that, sometimes, months in Mount Sinaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taking care of babies from the best gifts come NICU after their mother, birth to discharge and proVierginia Leveille, had to viding a level of continuity in small packages. have an emergency cesarean rare in larger NICUs. section 13 weeks early. Jeremy did not survive â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is probably one of the best days of the to his second birthday. year for us,â&#x20AC;? said Dr. Adams, chief of the neonaâ&#x20AC;&#x153;He wishes his brother was here with him,â&#x20AC;? tal intensive care unit at Mount Sinai. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is very said Vierginia, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but we just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss this humbling to see so many of these kids come day. Jacob had to be here to say thank you.â&#x20AC;? back knowing that, without our help, many of Twins Emilia and Rosa Alexia entered the them wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have made it 10 years ago.â&#x20AC;? world three months ahead of schedule weighTen years ago, only 20 to 30 percent of preing 1 pound, 4 ounces and 1 pound, 7 ounces mature babies who weighed as little as Jacob, respectively. They had less than a 50 percent Emilia and Rosa survived. Today, these chance of survival. After spending an inten- babies have a survival rate of more than 90 sive amount of time in the Mount Sinai percents thanks to advances in technology, NICU, Emilia and Rosa were able to go knowledge and research. home. Today, they are 7 months old. Mount Sinai will continue to host this â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every day I am very grateful to have them annual event during the holiday season as a well,â&#x20AC;? said mother Joann German. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There way to reflect on the triumphs of their prewere many things that could have gone wrong emies and to remind everyone that, somebecause they were born so extremely prema- times, the best gifts come in small packages.

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still true: We have fun in the sun!


Chairman of the Visitor and Convention Authority December 1st is my favorite day of the year. Why? Because it is the official end of Hurricane seasonâ&#x20AC;Śand because the â&#x20AC;&#x153;seasonâ&#x20AC;? has opened again in Miami Beach. No blizzards for us. Only the best weather in the country and the most exciting events to enjoy. The Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority has just had the pleasure of funding a number of fantastic projects that are in our grant categories â&#x20AC;&#x153;special events/projects recurringâ&#x20AC;?, events that have had a transformative impact on Miami Beach. The VCA financial grants have supported these events from start-up to annual strengthening the activities calendar with diverse events year-round. Since the revenue that fuels the VCA grants comes from the proceeds of the bed-tax (paid by tourists) the bounce for the City is three-fold: no cost to the City or its residents, new revenue generated annually, and very special events â&#x20AC;&#x201C; many with discounts for residents. Events that ONLY happen here. Events like Art Basel Miami Beach. Only in Miami Beach. It has just closedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and I hope you visited one of the art fairs. What a magical few days of excitement and world-wide publicity â&#x20AC;&#x201C; putting Miami Beach at the vanguard of exciting, culturally dynamic cities worldwide. And how about those fabulous pink snailsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who would ever believe that a snail would be glamorous. Just goes to show that Miami Beach can make anything look good! Around the corner, on New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekend, is the ever-fantastic Orange Bowl â&#x20AC;&#x201C; again this year, with teams headquartered in Miami Beach. Watch for those team buses and give the kids a wave!

That traffic during the Boat Showâ&#x20AC;Ś. we know, we know. But from February 1721, the 5-day Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail, in its 70th year, occupies 2.5 million square feet of exhibit space and attracts over 100,000 people to the destination. It is the primary boat and accessory sales event in the world. Watch for announcements of special admissions prices for Miami Beach residents. Come out and enjoy the mega yachts docked along Collins Avenue. Stroll down the Avenue, seaside - only in Miami Beach! Did you get your South Beach Wine & Food Festival cookbook yet? Talk about fabulous! Hard to believe that this is the tenth year of the most talked-about event of its kind. Who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that this four day culinary, wine and spirits celebration from Thursday, February 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sunday, February 27, 2011 will bring world acclaimed chefs and the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best wineries to Miami Beach for a series of events â&#x20AC;&#x201C; many of them on our beautiful beaches. Buy your tickets early â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and yes, there are some special residential discounts. But this festival sells-out. And we love it. YUMMY and fantastic. AAHâ&#x20AC;Ś Winter Party Festival â&#x20AC;&#x201C; From Wednesday, March 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Monday, March 7, 2011... enjoy this much-loved event, a celebration of social and cultural events targeted at the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) community from around the world. Welcome friends! If you are in Miami Beach from March 2 through March 5, you can be among the first to see the new talentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and to enjoy the super stars of comedy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; who come to Miami Beach only for the South Beach Comedy Festival. Check the website to see who is confirmedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and then, enjoy the events. Watch for an announcement of res-

identsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; discounts. This too only happens here! For fashionistas: from Thursday, March 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sunday, March 6, 2011, the Miami Beach International Fashion Week brings together 60 of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top and emerging fashion designers participating in nightly runway fashion shows and a jewelry and accessories exhibition. On Sunday, March 6, 2011, thousands of runners will again participate in the 13.1 Marathon, Miami Beach. This year the â&#x20AC;&#x153;kids runâ&#x20AC;? is supported by Michele Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Moveâ&#x20AC;? health initiative for our children. Start training nowâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;because there is a special rate for Miami Beach residents who can participate- among the thousands from all over the world who are expected to run the half marathon through beautiful Miami Beach. It is a busy time of the year... but you can sit and enjoy this one: From Friday, March 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sunday, March 13, 2011, the Miami International Film Festival, in its 28th year, will bring the best of world cinema to Miami Beach, including over 120 public film screenings of over 90 films from 40 countries Watch for celebrities, film stars, and great premieres, as the Film Festival gears up for its fantastic future. Yes, check for residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; discounts. And talk about buzz: from Tuesday, March 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Saturday, March 12, 2011, the City will fill with thousands of music industry leadersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; visitors who come for the Annual Winter Music Conference, this year, its 26th. This is one of the most acclaimed music industry gatherings in the US, attracting the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most lauded and innovative artists, to over 160 events. Miami Beach is synonymous with Winter Music Conference and we wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have it any other way!

May 11 through May 15th, Aqua Girl Festival 2011 presents the annual 5-day event promoting the strength, health, quality, and visibility of lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women, supporting more than thirteen terrific cultural events. Welcome back! And on April 6, 2011, we celebrate Miami Beach Gay Pride. Come and enjoy the parade and floats down Ocean Drive and the fabulous festival, featuring celebrities, legacy couples and families, with a performance stage and dance area for entertainment and dancing, a beach party, and special entertainment and surprises. We admire you triathletes. (Couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it myself) From Friday, April 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sunday, April 10, 2011, Miami Beach hosts worldrenowned triathlon and Olympic distance race events that are paired with an event expo, vendor booths, free fitness clinics, a donor brunch, Kids Fun Zone, a Nautical Kids Run and Tot Trot, and an awards ceremony. Yes, Miami Beach jocksâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;there are special entry fees for residents. From Wednesday, April 20 through Sunday, April 24, 2011, come on down and see where beach-polo began: Miami Beach. The Miami Beach Polo World Cup VII will be beachside bringing six international teams from around the world to compete for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;La Martina Trophyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, in this international polo tournament that will attract worldwide media... Put on your Panama hat. Put on your kid gloves. Put on your Jackie-O specs. See you there kiddo. Are you breathless? I am. So take a deep breath of our Miami Beach fresh air. Bask in the sunshine. And enjoy the fabulous events that the VCA helps to bring our way â&#x20AC;&#x201D; bringing visitors, tourism, revenue and new business â&#x20AC;&#x201D; along with diversity and excitement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to Miami Beach. Have fun! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see you there.

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seems designed to punish children and taxpayers in Miami-Dade County. In 200304, Miami-Dade taxpayers received more per child for public K-12 education than the statewide average, while contributing less per child in education-related property taxes. This makes sense given the increased cost of living in Miami-Dade compared to other counties across Florida. By 2010-11, this situation had made a complete reversal. In fact, M-DCPS now ranks among the bottom ten districts statewide in terms of how much money we receive per student, yet our taxpayers are among the top in terms of how much they contribute per student. Several misguided and harmful legislative changes have led to this shift, and it is vital that in the upcoming Florida legislative session the inequities in the Florida Education Funding Formula begin to be rectified. Another legislative challenge came in the area of compliance with the Class Size Amendment. Florida citizens have made it clear that it is important we keep our classes small. Yet while the Constitution calls for the State to fund the cost and no penal-

ty to be levied on districts that fall short, the Florida Legislature has fallen woefully short in funding the full cost of compliance and has instituted a heavy financial penalty on districts. This year, M-DCPS has worked hard to be over 99% compliant with the class size minimums, but placing the financial burden on districts is unconstitutional and must be dealt with in Tallahassee, Florida. Over the past two years, M-DCPS has righted its financial ship and become a model of efficiency among governmental organizations nationwide. Yet our focus on academics has been unwavering, and our students are achieving at unprecedented levels compared to their peers throughout the country. As we continue on our path towards providing a world-class education for every child in this county, it is important that we all come together so politicians in Tallahassee understand that we will not tolerate budget deficits be balanced on the backs our students. In our meeting with the Miami Beach Chamber, Dr. Karp urged the attendants to join School Board Members when they meet our delegation in Tallahassee. It is only with the united voice of the business community, concerned citizens and the school district that we can speak loudly enough to achieve the success our children deserve.

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Some great upcoming events are the Annual Holiday Party at the Convention Center on December 16th, where you can bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Children; the Quickie Networker on January 18th at LaGorce Country Club; Events Matters panel discussion luncheon on January 11th at Gemma, and the Champions of Business Awards Luncheon on January 26th at the Eden Roc. We invite you to participate in these great events for networking. Or simply bond over good food and bever-


age at one of the luncheons or cocktail hours. I assure you that replacing some of your typeface communication with face-toface interaction will prove to be your greatest business investment. So, what are you waiting for...friend me! At your service, Jason Loeb Chairman of the Board, Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce

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Cardozo Hotel after envisioning Miami as an International destination and continued on to open Lario’s on the Beach, a Cuban cuisine restaurant, and Bongo’s Cuban Café in Orlando, Miami and recently opened Fort Lauderdale location. Emilio has been instrumental in shaping, developing and directing the careers of his superstar wife, Gloria as well as Shakira, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Jon Secada, Alejandro Fernandez, Thalia, Carlos Vives, and Jennifer López, among many others. His resume includes over 30 Grammy nominations and 19 Grammy Awards and in 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Emilio as a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Most recently, he was tapped by President Barack Obama to the committee that will create the first National Museum of the American Latino. Among the many awards and honors that Emilio has received are his Honorary Doctorate degrees from Barry University, University of Miami, Florida International University and Berkley School of Music.

He also received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame and was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2009. In 2005, Emilio received the BMI Songwriter of the Year award and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Emilio was appointed by President George W. Bush to the board of trustees of The Kennedy Center in 2007. The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce will host the Champions of Business Award Luncheon on January 26th, 2010 at 11:00AM at Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach, located at 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. The annual event recognizes the accomplishments of exceptional business professionals that help build and strengthen the foundation of the Miami Beach community and its surrounding areas. This year’s luncheon is being sponsored by BB&T. The Champions of Business Award Luncheon is open to the public. Tickets are available starting at $45 for pillar members, $50 for members and $60 for guests, with sponsorship opportunities available starting at $650.

Jewish War Veterans of USA Jewish War Veterans Aventura Post 698 invites veterans of all wars and guests to attend monthly meeting December 27 Monday, Aventura Community and Recreation Center 3375 NE 188 Street, 7:30 PM. Joseph Fils US Navy WW II speaker, topic: “An Answer to Media Bias”, also Jacqueline Hardy presents remarks by Ofer Bavli Consulate General of Israel to Florida. Coffee social to follow. 305-652-5233

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We’ve Got Your Back (and knees, and joints and hips…)

Mount Sinai’s Center of Excellence in Orthopaedic Care At Mount Sinai Medical Center, our orber of widely used techniques in minimally thopaedic center of excellence is nation- invasive joint replacement surgery were deally recognized for its advancements in veloped here in the last 10 years,” he said. minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery. From joint sparing to total joint replaceOffering a range of surgical treatments ment, Mount Sinai orthopaedic surgeons that spare as much muscle, bone and soft work with each individual to provide the tissue as possible, our surgical results probest option to optimize their mobility and vide better mobility and quicker recovery. lifestyle. Our physician staff is comprised of some Spine Surgery the country’s leading orthopaedic experts, Mount Sinai’s spine surgeons have been and our caring medical and rehabilitation at the forefront in deprofessionals help our veloping minimally patients achieve strong In all of South invasive spine surgery results. techniques for more Florida, the most Joint Repair and than a decade. MiniReplacement mally invasive lumbar state-of-the-art artificial disk replaceOne of Mount Sinai techniques in ment is one of the newMedical Center’s procedures offered strengths is a focus on minimally invasive est by the hospital’s spine minimally invasive surgeons. Mount Sinai surgery are being surgeries. “In all of only South FloriSouth Florida, the performed here at isdathe participant in a mulmost state-of-theticenter research study art techniques in Mount Sinai minimally invasive of this promising new surgery are being approach. Spine surperformed here at Mount Sinai,” said Marc geons at Mount Sinai also are pioneering a E. Umlas, M.D., chief of Mount Sinai’s new procedure for the minimally invasive Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, who has treatment for spinal stenosis. It enables docperformed thousands of such surgeries. In tors to complete multiple levels of spinal addition to pioneering several minimally decompression surgery through a one-inch invasive procedures, Mount Sinai’s incision and remove arthritis in previously orthopaedic surgeons regularly train difficult-to-reach areas. From scoliosis, physicians from around the country, are to degenerative disk disease, to tumors, active in research, and work with medical Mount Sinai’s spine surgeons offer the most companies to refine surgical techniques advanced techniques. and tools. Dr. Umlas has developed techniques and Emergency Orthopaedic Surgery The orthopaedic emergency team at instrumentation for minimally invasive hip Mount Sinai is available 24 hours a day to replacements and for fractured hips, which provide care for people who experience a require a small 2½-inch incision. This techtraumatic accident or injury. The orthopaenique virtually eliminates infections and radically improves recovery time. “A numdic surgeons provide treatment for major

and minor fractures, nerve and tendon injuries, dislocations and others orthopaedic injuries. Leaders in minimally invasive procedures for highly specialized reconstructive surgeries, Mount Sinai’s emergency orthopaedic team’s treatments include: s !CUTEANDSUBACUTEFRACTURES s #OMPLICATEDFRACTURES INCLUDINGPELvic, hip and joint, as well as multiple extremity fractures and fracture dislocations s .ON HEALINGFRACTURES s #OMPLEX ORTHOPAEDIC RECONSTRUCTION or osteomyelitis s -INIMALLY INVASIVE PROCEDURES TO INsert and anchor plates – resulting in

less scarring, faster healing and fewer complications s -INIMALLYINVASIVEHANDANDSHOULDER procedures using the latest micro-surgical techniques. Our upper extremity surgeons provide comprehensive care to patients with conditions ranging from sports and work injuries to degenerative and congenital problems.

There When You Need Us With easy to access, convenient care, there’s no reason to put off visiting a Mount Sinai doctor. To find one that’s right for you, call 305-674-CARE (2273) or visit www.

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The Bass Museum: Offering students a convenient cultural outlet BY JESSE KIRKPATRICK

Senior at Miami Beach Senior High School Miami Beach is world-renowned for its unique and distinct cultural outlets. Now, with the hosting of Art Basel which draws thousands of aficionados and lay art lovers from all over the world, we are becoming major players in the fine arts world. That being said, our city holds within it a cultural gem that has lamentably been largely untapped by our city’s youth. Save for a few artistically inclined Design & Architecture and New World students, younger generations often shun the finer things, the fine arts being one of them. The Bass Museum of Art, popular among local art gurus and culture-conscious adults, is entirely foreign to most high school students. This is unfortunate, as the museum’s proximity to Miami Beach Senior High should in itself encourage strong student attendance. On top of that, a wide spectrum of art, spanning over a period of 500 years, has something to offer even the most culturally resistant of students; an array of racy contemporary art (you’ll have to check it out yourself) abounds at The Bass. Among other specialties, the Museum is home to Florida’s only Egyptian gallery. To top it off, admission is free for Miami Beach residents. I had not visited the Bass since my parents dragged me there years ago, yet it seemed that no family trip went without a museum visit which I always enjoyed. So why not revisit what is sitting in my own

backyard? I decided to take the plunge and was pleasantly surprised by what I discovered. For example, I came upon a magnificent painting that took up an entire wall. Because I had not expected to see famous Renaissance or Baroque art outside of the major art centers in the US, I was amazed to find an original Rubens in our local museum. “The Flight of Lot and his Family from Sodom” was such an eye opener, that I would later blog about it—It caught my eye because of its dynamic figures and attention to detail, not to mention it’s massive size. In short, the Bass Museum has a lot to offer Miami Beach Senior High students, and this potential should not go to waste. Lucia Rynka, Beach High Future Business Leaders of America Executive Vice President, has established a partnership with the Bass Museum’s staff and board of directors as part of a long-term Partnership with Business project. Acting as a liaison between Beach High students and the museum, Rynka will spearhead events intended to introduce students to this ideally located cultural oasis. Rynka is currently planning an “Art In the Schools” competition, open to aspiring artists at Beach High. The competition is designed to promote the arts among teenagers, attract a new demographic to the Bass museum to eventually stimulate revenue, and help give a young artist an opportunity to showcase his or her talents and win recognition. Rynka has also become active in planning and promoting the museum’s Family Day events. The Bass museum surprised me with its collections of incredibly famous and valuable works, and it has the potential to do the same for all Beach High students.

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Pillar Reception at Equinox The Miami Beach Chamber staff working out at Equinox

Lisa Ricci, Wendy Unger, Brett Orlando and Chantal Gloor

Ana Cecilia Velasco, COO, with Brett Orlando

Sondra Marcus, Valerie Rasken and Jennifer Morales

Michael S. Goldberg, Pillar Chairman, with Cristian LaCapra and Michael Mandich

Matthew De Rose, Peggy Buena and James Anderson

Left: Fatima Perez, Joy V.W. Malakoff, Juan Rovira, and Ana Cecilia Velasco, COO. Talia Jimenez, Kathleen Harris Hicks, Diana Luna

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Pillar Reception at Equinox

Michelle Guerrin, Michael S. Goldberg, Pillar Chairman, Stephanie Ruiz, Jerry Libbin, President & CEO and Dr. Corey Narson

Denyse Hall, Dean Nieger, Brenda Vargas

Brett Orlando, Robin Conn, Michael S. Goldberg, Pillar Chairman, Stephanie Ruiz, Jason Loeb, Chairman and Jerry Libbin, President & CEO.

Brett Orlando, Robin Conn, Sase Gjorsovski

Brenda Vargas, Maria Guadamuz Glenn Costales, Glenn Gutin, Sondra Marcus, Adam Walker and Joel Rosenthal

Eric Levin, Scott Wagner, Dr. Todd Narson Christi Armstrong, Bruce Bennett, David Sacks, Diana Luna PHOTOS BY AL RICKETTS Adam Walker, Diane Gonzalez, Dennis Deblois

Henry Vidal and Joy V.W. Malakoff

David Coviello, Henry Vidal, Ben Wilson, Steven Feller

Representing the Beach Channel: Sandra Torres, Michael Mandich and Michael S. Goldberg, Pillar Chairman, Jason Loeb, Chairman and Jerry Libbin, Sondra Marcus President & CEO.

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The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce takes Beach High students to Art Basel On December 3rd, over 40 Miami Beach Senior High Students had the opportunity to attend Art Basel in the Convention Center with tickets provided by Jerry Libbin, President & CEO of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, Jason Loeb, Chairman of the Board, and Aaron Perry, Senior Vice Chair. This invitation was a great way for the students to have an enriching cultural experience by observing the international art that was displayed at the Convention Center.

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Gold Coast Physicians Partners opens ‘Manage Service Organization’ Gold Coast Physicians Partners is a local MSO company, who contracts doctors to help grow their patient base with Medicare & Medicaid members. The growing company started about a year ago and is now at a network of 268 doctors and 79 medical centers in Miami-Dade & Broward County, managing Medicare & Medicaid lives. They have become so successful, that they have already enrolled over 5000 members in the MSO. With a special licensed sales team with over 25yrs experience, Gold Coast Physicians Partners is quickly becoming a well known and trusted manage service organization. Gold Coast Physicians Partners is now contracted with JMH Health Plans and Health Sun Health Plans. They now bring their expertise to the Miami Beach Community Health Center in order to extend their service to so many in need of great health care. Gold Coast pride themselves in helping bring awareness and prevention to diverse communities via free health screenings and health fair events in conjunction with the Community Health Centers of South Florida. Gold Coast is preparing to host a local toy & food drive to all communities in need. Part of the success of the Gold Coast management team is due to two very special gentlemen, Director of Business Development & Governmental Affairs, Mr. Theodore Lyons. Mr. Lyons was appointed by President Reagan’s administration and served as confidential assistance to the US Public Printer representing him within the GPO and the constituencies of the office. He also functioned as the spokesperson to the printing industry and consumer of the administration position and public distribution policies. Former VP and CEO of Wellcare of Texas, Inc., and Director of Operations of Wellcare of Florida, Inc. is

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Kooza in Miami Cirque du Soleil has hit Miami with its latest big top touring production, KOOZA, performing now until January 2, 2011. KOOZA is now playing under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at Miami’s Bicentennial Park. KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor. Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, KOOZA explores themes of fear, identity, recognition and power. The show is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement. Get your tickets today! For social media, you can use our holiday promotion (which also includes the 40% off discount)

CEO, Mr. Peter Hernandez who brings with him over 20 years experience in the healthcare industry. The goal of Gold Coast Physicians Partners is to continue helping keep our communities healthy! Open enrollment is until Dec. 31st. If anyone is interested in joining our health plans, please contact Gold Coast Physicians Partners 305.443.6060.

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City Hall has been lit up On Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. the City’s Menorah, Christmas tree and all of City Hall dazzled in holiday lights as the Scott Rakow Youth Center and Muss Park after school program members entertain us with Holiday melodies. Mayor Herrera Bower officially “lit up” City Hall for the holiday season. After school program participants performed holiday favorites such as Jingle Bell Rock, Winter Wonderland, I have a Little Dreidel and Feliz Navidad, followed by the Miami Beach Senior High Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Richard Stewart. The event was free to the public and light refreshments were served. Look for future events and other Miami Beach Parks and Recreation programming in your Recreation Review, call our offices at 305-673-7730 or visit our website at

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Morton’s The Steakhouse Miami Beach This holiday season, Morton’s The Steakhouse Miami Beach will cater to all of your holiday needs. Available thru December 31, 2010, three exquisite prix fixe Holiday menus to choose from with impeccable service, Morton’s The Steakhouse is the perfect fit for any holiday office party or social gathering. You can settle in at the bar, intimate dining room or in an intimate private room with the choice of everything from luncheons, cocktail receptions, tasting events, dinner parties, to Morton’s prime on the go. The Morton’s Miami Beach dedicated team is there to consider every last detail and will deliver an unforgettable experience. Morton’s The Steakhouse Miami Beach will also be open for lunch offering their signature a la carte menu featuring Morton’s Prime Lunch for $35 per person. Preset lunch menus will also be available for groups. Lunch days include December 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 20th, 22nd and 21st. In need of a holiday gift? Purchase a $300 Morton’s Gift Card and receive a $50 Reward Card, or purchase $500 in Morton’s Gift Card and receive a $100 Reward Card. This spectacular offer is available until December 31, 2010. Other holiday gifts include cookbooks, steak knives, grilling and Cajun seasoning and much more. Valet parking is complimentary. For reservations, please call 786-454-4022..

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Creating new traditions BY INGRID PALMISANO

It is amazing how quickly the days seem to go by from Halloween until Christmas. With many opportunities for celebrations, duties to attend family gatherings, and traditional events each year, it is no wonder that stress can seem to be a traditional theme as well. One mother confided her experience with stress and the Holidays with me. She started her morning off yelling at her children and husband encouraging them to dress more quickly and hurry out the door in order to be on time. The yelling continued in the car as the husband refused to speed in efforts to arrive to temple on time. In the parking lot, the mom managed to have the children dry their eyes and bribed each one with a nice lunch if they would agree to smile and put on happy faces. So many times we focus on the end goal of the holidays and not on the journey through the season. I encourage each one of you to make a new tradition this year by de-stressing your Holiday season. Children pick up on stress and many even seek out counseling for reasons of feeling overwhelmed and stressed with the amount of responsibilities and activities they have. One activity at my school that addresses this issue is the Mindfulness Training. Middle School students are taught mediation techniques as a tool to help them when they feel overwhelmed. Even the second graders are taught Belly Breathing and practice taking ten deep breaths with the lights out before a spelling test. If schools feel that it is important to integrate the mindfulness and stress relieving activities, that is a clear message to adults that we too, should mimic peacefulness and practice de-stressing our lives to be great rolemodels and teachers to those around us. Some great tips for making your Holiday season less stressful: Just say no! You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be everywhere at once. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fill your day with back to back parties and events. Pick the ones that mean

the most to you and your family. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t please everyone. Time management. If you have a husband and children that you are responsible for making sure they are dressed appropriately and ready on time, tell them to be ready 30 minutes before you really need to leave. Spend quality time doing nothing. If it actually takes putting the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothingâ&#x20AC;? in your calendar for hours at a time, do it! The productivity message that we get today encourages us to check our Blackberries in bed and send emails from our I-phones on the beach has not made us more productive, but less peaceful. Budget and spend wisely. Research shows that many people experience depression the first few weeks in January when the first credit card bills arrive. Avoid the spending trap by writing things out. Create an organized gift list and try to give to those who need first, want second and cookies for everyone. Visit upscale consignment stores for baby gifts or consider selling your own childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brand label clothing. Stores like Loud Girl Exchange offer great deals for those buying and selling. Some traditions like cooking a Thanksgiving dinner from 5am-2pm can be switched out for pot-luck Thanksgiving or enlisting family members to cook along side you. There are great Holiday traditions that families can do with any budget. I know of one family that goes to the beach every Christmas. Why? Because we lucky Floridians can! (Be sure to send a photo to the relatives up North). Whether you are celebrating Hanukah, Christmas, both, or neither, decide how your time can best be used. If your goal is to make time go a little slower and not have the days disappear like a mirage then we must slow down and enjoy the season of the lights, music, weather, and the smiles we share with others. If you would like more information about a Mindfulness Parent Coffee or have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at

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Global Spectrum hosts largest Art Basel Miami Beach ever Art Basel Miami Beach is the most important contemporary art show in the western hemisphere and boasts more than 250 galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa exhibited works by over 2,000 artists. “For Global Spectrum, this was the largest and most successful Art Basel Miami Beach on record,” said Bob Balsam, Global Spectrum’s General Manager at the Miami Beach Convention Center. “As always, we are proud to host such an important show for the art industry and to set record attendance numbers for another show this year is icing on the cake (American Institute of Architects, American Academy of Dermatology, and Society of Critical Care Medicine).” With 46,000 visitors, a record number, Art Basel Miami Beach proved again that high-quality works remain in strong demand, as collectors rewarded excellent material and booth presentations with steady sales throughout the week: Many exhibitors also reported making valuable new contacts, especially in Latin America. Art collectors, museum directors, curators and cultural journalists from all over the world enjoyed a program of special exhibitions, panel discussions, private collection tours, and events featuring film, performance, and video. For more information on upcoming events at the Miami Beach Convention Center, check us out at, and on Facebook at

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The 9th Annual Chanukah Celebration on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach was held on December 1st and continued for the 8 Days of Chanukah until December 8th. The Chanukah festivities are sponsored by Rabbi Zev Katz of Chabad House on Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Every evening during Chanukah, there was a Menorah Lighting representing each day of this celebration. On Sunday, December 5th, and Wednesday, December 8th, there was special Chanukah festivities including live music, a magic show, Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities and Chanukah delicacies. Every night featured music, along with hot potato pancakes and Israeli jelly donuts that were offered to the public. On the last night of Chanukah, a well known Jewish Rock band, Pardes, performed with approximately 1000 persons in attendance. Chanukah on Lincoln Road has an attendance of thousands of persons each year. The center of the event is the huge Menorah created out of over 20,000 seashells. There is also the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Largest Spinning Dreidel, over 13 feet tall, weighing approximately 2000 pounds and created with 22,500 seashells. The seashells were gathered in Miami Beach. The Menorah and Dreidel were built by Roger Abramson. Rabbi Zev Katz, of Chabad House of Lincoln Road, welcomed all spectators to attend this free Chanukah event. Throughout the 8 days of Chanukah, celebrities, community leaders and the Mayor and City Commissioners light the Menorah on various evening. This year, as in past years, Commissioner Jerry Libbin welcomed those in attendance and lit the Menorah. Commissioner Libbin was joined by Mayor Bower and Commissioner Michael Gongora at the Chanukah festivities. Every year the attendance is gets larger and larger. Not only local residents come to admire the Dreidle and the Menorah, but visitors from Maine to California and countries throughout the world come to Lincoln Road just for this celebration. This year temple Emanuel participated with their Cantor for one night in the Chanukah Celebration. It is estimated that over 10,000 families have their pictures taken in front of the Menorah and Dreidel each year. For additional Information, call Roger Abramson at 305-607-0405 or visit online at

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An opportunity for Broadband in Florida During these challenging economic times, communities are exploring opportunities to fuel the economy and produce much-needed jobs. As Internet technologies continue to increase and expand, broadband will be a key element of job creation. Citizens for a Digital Future (CDF), a coalition that recognizes that broadband technology affects virtually everything â&#x20AC;&#x201C; economic development, job creation, education, health care and the environment, is committed to promoting increased broadband deployment and ensuring that all communities can benefit from a high-speed Internet connection. CDF focuses on consumer friendly public policies that benefit consumers by bringing a host of additional services and opportunities to their communities, spurring innovation and investment in new technologies. With over fifteen valued organizations as members in Florida and many more across the region, CDF collaborates with business and community lead-

ers statewide to promote greater broadband deployment. While there are good first steps being taken towards Florida becoming a broadband leader and creating jobs for Floridians such as stimulus funding to help promote broadband and wireless network infrastructure and the recent initiative by the federal government to double the availability of spectrum nationwide, there is more that Florida can do. We live in an age of having the Internet in your pocket and we need sound public policies that recognize that reality. In order to capitalize on the many advantages of broadband, it is crucial that Florida maintain a business environment that encourages broadband development and have an updated regulatory structure that supports modern technologies. With a telecommunications regulatory structure that meets 21st century needs, Florida can jump-start its economy and ensure that Floridians are not left behind in the digital future.

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‘Twas the Week Before FAFSA... Make Sure Santa Leaves A Scholarship in Your Stocking BY PETER RATZAN

To most, it is the season of peace, love and goodwill to all. To me, it’s all that and it begins the official countdown until families can file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). So, if you are the parent of a college or college-bound student, Happy Holidays and You are On the Clock! “FAFSA Season” opens on January 1, which is the first day parents can complete the 2011-12 form. Not filing for financial aid as close to January 1st as possible is a huge mistake, as many colleges award grants and scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis. Unfortunately that’s easier said than done. Not only is the FAFSA complicated, but also the rules and regulations behind it can be hard to understand. And they can be unfair. Sometimes, people whom you’d think would never receive a red penny of aid walk away with tens of thousands of dollars of scholarships. It’s like a game - know the rules, you win. Stay in the dark – you lose. But it’s a game with extremely high stakes– mess up and you could sacrifice thousands of dollars of financial aid that you otherwise would have qualified for. Don’t let this happen to you. Even if you think you can ‘overpay’ for college, why would you want to? By the way, if you are the parent of an11th grader, your clock is ticking too! January marks the beginning of what is called your first ‘base income’ year – the year that the schools will look at to determine your financial aid package. Now is the time to learn the ‘rules of the game’ and to start properly positioning your assets in accounts that are completely exempt from the financial aid formulas. To help you get started, I’ve put together a list of t h ree of the most common FAFSA mistakes that I see in my practice so you’ll avoid leaving money on the table. Money your child deserves. Mistake Number 1. Not applying! Parents reflexively rule themselves out as

candidates for aid, typically because they think that they make too much money to qualify. The Dept of Education estimates 40% of families who would otherwise have qualified for aid didn’t bother applying, thereby leaving money on the table. Mistake Number 2. Not understanding that some assets count against you more than others, and some don’t count against you at all! For example, money that you saved for your child in an UTMA (Uniform Transfer to Minors Act) account will be “penalized” more than money you hold in your own name. You read that correctly. You’re punished for saving money in your child’s name. Another common error: disclosing the value of your retirement accounts like IRAs and 401(k). The FAFSA tells you not to include those assets in it’s tiny, fine print. Mistake Number 3. Overvaluing your business (if you are self-employed). The FAFSA asks for a value of your business assets. But for most small business owners we see in our practice, the proper value is “zero.” Why? Business assets are exempt if the company employs fewer than 100 employees, which is most small busineses. I’ve seen CPA’s make this mistake and lose tens of thousands of potential financial aid. Though those are my top three, there are many more loopholes and landmines hidden in the recesses of the Title IX Dept of Education financial aid regulations so I urge you to consult a qualified college advisor sooner rather than later. I also teach one or two free classes on college funding every month. To learn more or to register, you can visit Peter Ratzan is a long-time South Florida resident, former teacher, and the owner College Funding Specialists. He s the author of the “Never Pay Retail” for College Financial Aid Maximization System and conducts free financial aid workshops throughout South Florida several times per year. For more information, please visit or call 954.659.1234.

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The Extraordinary World of Brigitte Andrade BY JAMES CUBBY

Since 3D movies are all the rage, artist/publisher Brigitte Andrade aka “Bibi” brought 3D Art to Art Basel Miami Beach. Bibi and, her website dedicated to art in Miami, sponsored an exhibition titled “Extraordinary Journey Into 3D” at the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce during Art Basel. Bibi sponsored the exhibition and joined Miami-based artists Mamushka, Jeanette Romeu (AKA Galaxy Girl), Anastasia the Great and Giovanni DeCunto from Boston, as one of the artists exhibiting work. These artists had their original art converted into 3D by Ramesh Kannappan, owner of The exhibition of was displayed on the the 3rd Fl of the MB Chamber of Commerce from Tuesday, November 30 to Friday, December 3rd. Brigitte and Ramesh Kannappan have now formed a new company where they can transform your art/photography into 3D. The opening reception, which was conveniently located across the street from Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami, was attended by the participating artists as well as many local and visiting vip’s. Among those that attended the exhibition were, President and CEO of the Miami Beach Chamber, Jerry Libbin & his wife Raquel Libbin, Willard Shepard from NBC, Naomi Wilzig (owner and curator of WEAM), George Neary of GMCVB, singer Nathaniel Reed, Ed Amaral Jr., Gino Graceffo, Martha Salazar, Ingris Palmer, publicist Brigitte Grosjean, artists Dena and Stewart Stewart, Andrea Bertello, Larry Soroka, photographer/writer James Cubby, Harvey J. Burstein, Char Libov, Henry Perez &

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designer Lumari. Artist Joey Mugica set up a graffiti photo shoot for the occasion. Music was provided the global artist Galaxy Girl. Sponsors included Catering by Valter Romeo, Abuelo Rum, Blackstone Wine,,, PremierGuideMiami & This multi-talented business woman is also the Publisher of the cult classic comic book “The Adventures of Bibi & Friends”. Brigitte is currently working on the new edition “A Celebration of Two Cities” Miami/New York Edition due out in March 2011. To join Bibi in the her new adventure or for 3D art conversions contact her at Visit for more information on Brigitte Andrade and The Adventures of Bibi & Friends!

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta re-designed inside and out Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The all new 2011 Volkswagen Jetta is quite a car for a starting price of around $16,000. It has a nice clean design and lots of legroom in the back seat area, along with VW’s precision German engineering. It has been completely overhauled inside and out and five trim levels are available — S, SE, SEL, TDI and GLI. The Jetta’s new wheelbase and exterior length are significantly bigger than its predecessor, resulting in better performance, more space and greater comfort. At 182.2 inches long, 57.2 inches tall and 70 inches wide, it is almost three inches longer than previous Jettas. To the front, there’s a high-gloss black radiator grille, trapezoidal headlights and a painted bumper. Below that, another cooling air intake and tray-shaped front spoiler help give the car a sporty look. The upper front end transitions from the v-shaped

hood to the muscular fenders. To the rear, the taillights are split into two sections, extending on either side from the fender into the tailgate. On the inside, the controls and instruments are arranged nicely, while the steering wheel has a new design, along with the more comfortable and ergonomically designed gearshift grip. Farther up on the center console are the newly designed and intuitive controls for climate, radio and radio-navigation systems. This console section is slightly inclined toward the driver for ideal alignment of the cockpit, and the round instruments are in a more optimal viewing range with the multifunction trip computer display located between them. The rear bench seatback is split 60/40 and folds, increasing the car’s versatility. The trunk also can be opened from the inside by a remote unlock switch. Up to six airbags (driver and front passenger airbags, side airbags in front and side curtain airbags in front and rear) are part of the equipment package. As for power, four engines are available including a 2.0-liter 140 hp turbodiesel direct injection (TDI) Clean Diesel with common rail injection and 236 pounds-feet of torque that clocks 0-60 mph in 8.7 sec-

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onds. Other options include the 2.0 liter 115 hp gas engine, a 2.5 liter 170 hp engine and a 200 hp 2.0 liter TSI. All Jetta engines come standard with a manual transmission, with an automatic gearbox available as an option. On the new 2.0-liter TDI and 2.0-liter TSI, the six-speed DSG transmission is offered, one that VW claims is among the most advanced and efficient automatic transmissions in the world. The TDI version gets 42 mpg on the highway, making Jetta one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the market.

The all-new 2011 Jetta includes several features designed to enhance driver and passenger safety including electronic stability control to help prevent drivers from losing control of their cars, and tire pressure monitoring. Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <>.

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What business and citizens need to know about food safety BY BRYANT E. ESQUENAZI

Esquenazi Law Because of the attention it gets regulating drugs, it’s easy to forget that the FDA is the FOOD and Drug Administration, and that important food safety laws are in place to protect us. Miami Beach businesses that offer food to the general public need to be aware of these laws, and so should consumers because food sold in the marketplace can be just as dangerous as any defective drug product. Example? The egg recall a couple months back. Here in Miami Beach, we’re like the rest of the country: we go into the grocery store and just assume that what we choose to buy is good quality, safe stuff for us and not something that’s going to hurt us when we eat it. As we’ve learned in the news recently, that’s not always the case. However, our community relies upon food safety for more than just our own kitchens. Miami Beach is a tourist mecca and we’re proud of our beautiful ocean front location as well as our festive, fun atmosphere. Our visitors come here to enjoy themselves, and we serve them food and beverages that we assume will be safe for them. But is it always? The federal government realizes that it’s not, and has recently decided to pay closer attention to food safety. Right now there are bills going through both the House and Senate that focus upon insuring that the food we buy to eat is indeed safe for all of us. The Senate, in fact, just passed its Food Safety Enhancement Act. It’s the first major food safety legislation passed in Congress since 1938.

The Food Safety Modernization Act was passed by both Democrats and Republicans not an everyday event these days - and President Obama has already voiced his approval of the proposed new law. What will the new federal food law do? First, it will up the number of FDA inspections of food facilities that serve the U.S.A., and it includes a list of 50,000 facilities that would be reviewed between now and 2015. Second, the new law will also expand the

Our community relies upon food safety for more than just our own kitchens. Miami Beach is a tourist mecca and we’re proud of our beautiful ocean front location as well as our festive, fun atmosphere. FDA’s ability to force an early and broad recall of dangerous food items. So, here’s to making food safer here and around the country. And, as always we advise: trust your gut (no pun intended). If you buy a food or drink that you question, don’t use it. Check the FDA’s website; call the store where you bought it. And, if you or a loved one is injured by a tainted food item, don’t delay in getting medical attention — and if necessary, legal help. Because while there are laws being passed now as preventative measures, there are already lots of laws on the books to bring justice for those who are harmed or killed by defective food and drink items. Use them. For more information please visit

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