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The Public Weighs In

Letter from the Chair BY ALAN A. LIPS

Attention to details vital in Convention Center development BY COMMISSIONER DEEDE WEITHORN

“If you make a place the residents like, the tourist will love it,” said Jeffrey Sachs as he kicked off the first of several public meetings in which the top two ranking developers for the redevelopment of the Miami Beach Convention Center and City officials were listening and taking notes from the input of the community. Over 200 residents, community leaders, designers, and public officials packed the

two meeting rooms in the Miami Beach Convention Center where it’s very own future was being discussed. Those in attendance shared a common goal to turn our class C convention center into a competing class A venue. To achieve this goal Sachs presented a short list of amenities that may be incorporated as part of the facility which was last renovated in 1989. These include: • 60,000 square feet ballroom • 100,000 sq. ft. breakout meeting space • 800+ room hotel • Replace parking • Include outdoor parking • Compatible public amenities

Clearly residents, who became the protagonists of the meeting, favored the redevelopment of the Convention Center only if it comes without sacrifices or concessions from the public’s quality of life. Many reiterated the idea that a redeveloped Convention Center should offer public benefits to the community making it a facility for both visitors and residents to enjoy. Among the issues taking center stage at the meeting were concerns over traffic and green space. Residents of the neighboring Collins Park, Palm View, Bayshore, and Flamingo Park neighborhoods expressed –––– See

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2013 Champions of Business Awards Luncheon Honors Three Miami Beach Businessmen BY DANIEL WHALEN

nce again, business representatives and guests from Miami Beach, Greater South Florida and out-ofstate converged at Miami Beach’s Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach for the Annual Champions of Business Awards Luncheon on January 29th. This year’s luncheon honored Past Miami Beach Chamber Chairman and Sudsies President, Jason Loeb, David Sugarman of Sugartime Sports, Inc. and proprietor of The Forge, Shareef Malnik. The honorees received The James McDonnell Outstanding Board of Governor Award, The Aaron B. Perry Innovation in Business Award, and the Small Business of the Year Award, respectively. ––– See

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Jason Loeb, recipient of The James McDonnell Outstanding Board of Governor Award, Chamber Chairman Alan Lips, Gabrielle Anwar, Shareef Malnik, recipient of the The Aaron B. Perry Innovation in Business Award, David Sugarman, recipient of the Small Business of the Year Award and Chamber President & CEO Jerry Libbin

The Miami Beach Chamber is nearly 100 years old – and it is expected that within an organization of such history and stature excellence is cultivated. Last week, we had the incredible opportunity to celebrate the best of the best from our local business talent. The 2013 Champions of Business Awards Luncheon took place on January 29th at the Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach. With close to 400 in attendance, the event was a huge success. This year’s event honored Past Chamber Chairman and Sudsies President, Jason Loeb, proprietor of The Forge, Shareef Malnik, and NBA sports agent, David Sugarman of Sugartime Sports, Inc. The honorees received The James McDonnell Outstanding Board of Governor Award, The Aaron B. Perry Innovation in Business Award, and the Small Business of the Year Award, respectively. The luncheon attracted both television and sports celebrities, and all who attended enjoyed the venue, the food, and, of course, the award presentations and the messages delivered by our talented honorees. Once again, to no surprise, the Chamber put on a wonderful event to highlight stars of the local business community and dedicated Miami Beach community members. This event is just one of hundreds hosted by the Chamber each year. Of course, the Miami Beach Chamber is a great way to boost your business and get involved in the community, but what’s even more, you can take advantage of the glamour and brilliance of Miami Beach’s venues! Take the leap and experience the power of membership if you haven’t already! And for all the Chamber members, take advantage of all the fun, practical and business-building benefits that are all part of your Chamber membership! At Your Service, Alan A. Lips


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CONVENTION CENTER, from page 1 valid concerns pertaining to traffic congestion. Others used the opportunity to stress the importance of connectivity to other modes of transportation at the redeveloped Convention Center to include bicycle, parking, car sharing, and public transportation facilities. Among the discussions pertaining to traffic flow, many residents pleaded with the development teams to pursue designs which provide self-contained loading docks and parking infrastructure minimizing its impacts to neighboring public venues including the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, the Holocaust Memorial, and SoundScape Park. Environmental sensitivity was among the concerns raised by residents who wish for the Convention Center building to be LEED certified. Equally important, residents stressed the need for green open spaces and their reluctance to the full development of the 52 acre site. Residents made their voices heard loud and clear: quality over quantity; this was especially important for the areas in closer proximity to the perimeter of the residential neighborhoods. Residents deliberated their thoughts on the potential development of the 17th Street Garage, City Hall, and the neighboring Parking Lot. However, no consensus was achieved regarding the Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater. While some believe that the site should be incorporated as part of a new 800 room hotel others believe that the building is an iconic part of Miami Beach history. Certainly, this will be an issue for debate and one in which the community’s continued input will be much needed. Perhaps the most acclaimed comment of the evening came from Collins Park Neighborhood Association President Ray Breslin who urged the City government to hold itself to the same level of commitment and compliance that is expected from its private development partners. I

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personally could not agree more and will do my part to ensure that the City is realistic in its goals and fulfills every promise made to the public as part of this project. If you missed the meeting it’s not too late to weigh in. You can follow the development process online at www.miamibeachfl.gov or can email your input to MBconventioncenter@miamibeachfl.gov. The next public community meeting is scheduled for February 27th at 6:00 pm in the Convention Center, meeting rooms D235/236. During this meeting, the proposers will present bubble diagrams and rough sketches for the development site plan. The following day, February 28th, the City Commission will give their input on the proposed site plan during a Commission Workshop scheduled for 3:00 pm in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall. As we move forward I hope that you may continue to join us at these meetings where everyone is welcome to join the conversation. Lastly, among those attending the kickoff meeting for the Convention Center development were the applicants for the position of City Manager for the City of Miami Beach. Surely, this will likely be the most important project that the new City Manager will be tasked to oversee and the early observation of the process will prove to be invaluable. Last Thursday, the City Commission narrowed the list of applicants down to three finalists which include: former Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jimmy Morales; Miami’s former Interim & Assistant City Manager Frank Rollason; and, Broward County’s Monica Cepero, an Assistant to the County Administrator. All three finalists bring to the table unique talents and perspectives. I look forward to making a final decision soon so that this community may benefit from the new City Manager’s professional experiences and talents in steering the Convention Center development forward.

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CHAMPIONS OF BUSINESS, from page 1 Jerry Libbin, Miami Beach Chamber President and CEO, set the stage for the event, stating, “Today’s luncheon continues the Miami Beach tradition to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding business professionals who continue to strengthen the foundation of the community at large.” The first award, The James McDonnell Outstanding Board of Governors Award, was introduced by Stu Blumberg, a past Chamber Chairman. Mr. Blumberg described this award’s inspiration, “James McDonnell was a rare breed. His love and his passion for this community are unparalleled…Jim was the conscience of this Chamber.” Michael Milberg, another past Chamber Chairman, introduced Mr. Loeb and presented him the award in an engaging and interactive speech, calling him “Mr. Marketing” and highlighting his unmatched energy, enthusiasm and dedication to the Miami Beach community and the Chamber. Mr. Loeb took the stage to accept the award, thanking his wife Marni, his Sudsies team, the Miami Beach Chamber team and the other honorees. He challenged the audience to make Miami Beach an even better place this year, exclaiming, “Make it your home, make it the best place to be!” Current Miami Beach Chamber Chairman Alan Lips, described the qualifications for the next award, The Small Business of the Year Award, “This award honors members of the Chamber who started off with an idea, made it a reality, took it to the next level and raised the image of Miami Beach at the same time.” Ronnie Chalmers, Director of Basketball Operation at the University of Kansas, introduced David Sugarman, this year’s recipient. Mr. Chalmers explained that Mr. Sugarman has the “right attitude,” and that, “His attitude is simple. He wants to help people. He overcomes problems by defining, anticipating, evaluating and embracing the problem as potential.” David Sugarman, President and Founder of Sugartime Sports, Inc., took the stage to accept his award, congratulating the day’s other honorees and thanking Coach Chalmers, his family, his staff and all in attendance. He went on to say, “The one thing that I put everything into—my heart my beliefs, my time, my energy, my money, my connections and my health— all of it, I am standing here receiving an award and that means it’s all worth it.” Alan Lips described the next award,

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stating, “The Aaron Perry innovation in business award was created to address the historical significance of innovation in business and the positive effect of the Chamber in our community as well as the accomplishments of our past Chairman, Aaron Perry.” This year’s recipient was Shareef Malnik, proprietor of The Forge and Miami Beach native. Mr. Malnik accepted the award, congratulated the other honorees and thanked Alan Lips, Jerry Libbin, his family and Gabrielle Anwar, who led an intimate question and answer chat with Mr. Malnik. The chat underlined Mr. Malnik’s deep roots in Miami Beach, including his father’s opening of The Forge in 1968. Mr. Malnik stressed the importance of individuality and the myopia of competition, saying “The better the health is of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County, the better the health is of all of our business…We’re investing in a city of the future.” Ms. Anwar closed the conversations, stating simply, “You are an inspiration, not only as a business owner, but as a man.” Chamber Chairman Alan Lips served as the event’s master of ceremonies, highlighting the Chamber’s longevity, now at nearly 100 years old. He also thanked David Siguaw, Director of Sales and Marketing at the Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach, for the location sponsorship and his team’s impeccable execution. Rosary Plana Falero, represented Title Sponsor, BankUnited, and congratulated honorees and outlined the bank’s 2012 success, planned expansion, local roots and dedication to the Miami Beach community. AT&T Florida’s Maria Johnston congratulated honorees, and spoke of the importance of telecommunications upgrades emphasizing AT&T’s commitment to the best for its customers. Ms. Johnston closed with a call to the audience’s conscience, “Please don’t text and drive, it saves lives.” To no surprise, this year’s Champions of Business Awards Luncheon was again a raving success. Honorees, speakers and guests all enjoyed the event’s delicious cuisine, beautiful setting, exciting occasion and great company. The luncheon honored valued and successful Miami Beach community members, contributing to the Miami Beach Chamber’s mission to promote business development and highlight the benefits of a thriving business community.


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WHAT: ECOMB HAS JUST MADE IT A LOT EASIER FOR EVERYONE TO RECYCLE! The Environmental Coalition of Miami & the Beaches, ECOMB, in partnership with the City of Miami Beach, eTronic eWaste (www.etronicewaste.com), EcoBatt (www.ecobatt.net) and Smart At Bulbs (www.smartatbulbs.com) is pleased to announce the opening of Miami-Dade County’s first One-Stop Shop Recycling Drop-Off Station for all types of electronic waste, batteries and compact fluorescent light bulbs at its new Miami Beach Center for the Environment. The Center also accepts all other types of Single Stream Recyclables - glass, plastic, metal, paper, cardboard, magazines, junk mail, phone books, etc - for those businesses and residents that do not have a recycling program, thanks to an agreement established between the City of Miami Beach and our local waste haulers: Choice Recycling, General Hauling, Waste Management and WSI. With ECOMB in the “hood,” it’s now easy to be part of the green movement. All you have to do is call ECOMB’s office or stop by to visit us. WHY: Because the average American throws out seven and a half pounds of trash each day! And it all ends up at the landfills,

where it just sits, compacted, buried, taking up space ... forever. Recycling is important because it helps keep our resources plentiful, not only for us but for our future generations: our children, grandchildren, and so on ... WHERE: Miami Beach Center for the Environment 210 Second Street and Collins Court (alley between Washington & Collins Ave.) Miami Beach, Fl 33139 TIME: • GENERAL RECYCLABLES = SINGLE STREAM (glass, plastic, metal, paper, etc): 24 HOURS A DAY • ELECTRONICS, BATTERIES, CFLs: from 10 am to 5 pm, but call first to make arrangements. ABOUT ECOMB: ECOMB, a 501 (c) (3) founded in 1994, is dedicated to the promotion of environmental sustainability and the preservation of our community’s ecology. ECOMB’s Executive Director Luiz Rodrigues · Phone: 305-534-3825 · luiz@ecomb.org ECOMB’s Board of Trustees President Jeffrey Forster · jeff@ecomb.org Educating People. Engaging our Community. Effecting Environmental Change.


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Alfred Karram, Jr. receives Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Pillar Star Award At the recent Miami Beach Chamber of of materials to ensure one of Miami Commerce Pillar Trustee Board Meeting, Beach’s newest great hotels offers only the Alfred Karram, Jr. of AKJ Design Concepts best. On a broader scale, Mr. Karram, Jr. is LLC was announced as the Pillar Star well-known in South Florida Award recipient for the for his leadership role in the month of January. Mr. Miami Beach Chamber; he is Karram, Jr. is the owner, a member of the Chamber’s chief designer and principal Pillar Trustee Board. He is an of his architectural interior incredible ambassador, bringdesign firm headquartered at ing in countless additions to 1100 Biscayne Boulevard, this active organization. Suite 3403 in Miami. Furthermore, Mr. Karram, Jr. Alfred Karram, Jr. is truly a is devoted to the non-profit star. He has been designing community, serving on the and creating dream living board for the Miami Bridge spaces for more than 25 Youth. years. He is extremely pasAlfred Karram, Jr. Mr. Karram, Jr. graduated sionate about his work and ––––––––––––––––––– with honors from the Pratt dedicated to innovative designs and impeccable client service. Institute of architecture in New York City Many of his friends and colleagues have with a Bachelor’s degree in architecture. observed Mr. Karram, Jr. over the course of He is a Florida-licensed and certified genthe year build a grand project: the showcase eral contractor. He travels the world extenmodel at the St. Regis hotel. He has slaved sively, constantly in search of cutting-edge tirelessly to make this dream a reality, and materials and products to incorporate into it is finally complete. He has employed his designs and develop the best possible countless workers and purchased the finest finished product for his clients.


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Mark Wahlberg on his new film Broken City, bodybuilding and Transformers 4 BY LAUREN COHEN

Mark Wahlberg is a busy, busy man. He has the much-anticipated Michael Bay film, “Pain & Gain” — which he filmed in Miami with The Rock — coming out this April; “2 Guns” co-starring Denzel Washington being released this summer; as well as the true-story Navy SEAL flick “Lone Survivor” slated for some time this year. But before all that comes the slick political-thriller “Broken City.” In “Broken City,” Wahlberg plays Billy Taggart, an excop-turned-private eye who’s hired by the city’s mayor (Russell Crowe) to follow his cheating wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones). While speaking with Wahlberg, it was evident that he’s been passionate about this project since the second he started reading the script – so passionate, in fact, that he decided not only to star in it, but to produce as well. During our discussion, the Bostonnative also touched on his illustrious career, his propensity for playing cops, and the status of “Ted 2” and “Transformers 4.” Q: So how did you get involved with this project? Wahlberg: Allen Hughes, the director, had called me and asked if I had read the script – I was aware of the script but I hadn’t read it yet. So I read it right away, we met up and I said, ‘okay let’s do it…but not only do I want to act in it, but I want to produce it and I want to do it independently, because I don’t think it’ll be easy to do a movie like this under the watchful eye of a studio.’…I think maintaining creative control was far more valuable in the end. Q: The cast is incredible – Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta Jones, Jeffrey Wright. Was it hard to get such big name actors on board? Wahlberg: You see the cast that we got because of the material. The script was so well written, and because we did it independently we weren’t really able to pay everybody what they would normally get paid. But they wanted to be involved because they loved the parts. Q: You’ve played a cop a few times throughout your career. What is it that draws you to these kinds of roles? Wahlberg: Well, a lot of movies are cops and crooks, good guys and bad guys. When I talk about the kind of movies that I compare them to — “Serpico” and “Chinatown” — these are the movies that I grew up watching…guys like [Humphrey] Bogart, James Cagney, Robert Ryan, Edward G. Robinson –

MOVIE REVIEW Bill Monahan, who wrote “The Departed,” is now writing the screenplay for us; it’s something that we have the rights to. I’m producing and I’m going to play John. We’ll shoot it here in Miami. It’s about the cocaine trade…and the rise of Miami, pretty much, while the rest of the country was damn near in a recession. Q: I love how you can go from acting to producing. Are you going to work on more television shows? Wahlberg: Yeah! Oh yeah. We start shooting two Docu-Series next weekend – both in Boston. One for the History Channel and one for A&E. We’re shooting two new pilots for HBO this spring, back for more “Boardwalk Empire.” We’ve got a pilot at ABC, a pilot at Fox, and a pilot at NBC. And other various movies at various stages of development.

Mark Wahlberg in Broken City –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– those were the kind of guys that I grew up play, and that I’ve continued to grow as watching with my dad. So those are the an actor and that I’m kind of now steerkind of movies that really kind of pique ing my own ship. But one of the ones that my interest. I’m probably most excited about is playing John Roberts, who was the subject of Q: You’re a very good athlete. I think it’s the “Cocaine Cowboys” documentary. impressive how you change physically for your roles. How do you go about doing that? Wahlberg: This year was the most Honesty • Integrity • Values • Respect • Knowledge • Ethics crazy year for me. I walked into a production meeting, and Allen was a little With roots in Miami close to half a century deep, freaked out by my physical appearance. GPR is one of South Florida’s leading full service And he asked if I could get as thin as possible for the movie. So I just started runaccounting firms with a global and innovative ning and playing basketball and started accounting approach. boxing again. So I got down to 165 pounds, and then I did “Pain & Gain” like 8 to 10 weeks after, and I had to get as big as I possibly could – playing a body builder – so I got up to 212 pounds. Then within 30 days I had to get back down to 180 to do “Two Guns” with Denzel. And then two weeks after that I was immersed in Navy SEAL training to play Marcus Luttrell in “Lone Survivor.” So that was what my year was like.

Q: Can you tell us anything about “Transformers 4” or “Ted 2”? Wahlberg: I could tell you that we’re doing “Transformers” starting at the end of May, and then “Ted” in September. You know I can’t give you too many story points or Michael will not be happy. But I can tell you that I’m very excited, obviously I had a great working relationship with Michael on “Pain and Gain.” Q: What would be your dream role? Wahlberg: Oh, I don’t know. You know, I’m just so appreciative of the opportunities I’ve had, the roles I’ve been able to

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Miami City Ballet announces Program III: The Masters featuring Symphonic Dances by Alexei Ratmansky Miami City Ballet, Florida’s internationally acclaimed company, will present the repertory premiere of choreographer Alexei Ratmansky’s Symphonic Dances, a work commissioned by Miami City Ballet. The ballet will be performed (February 22-24) at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach before continuing on to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale (March 1-3) and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami (March 810). Symphonic Dances is the closing ballet for Miami City Ballet’s Program III: The Masters – which also features two masterworks by George Balanchine: the dramatic La Valse and the thrilling Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux — plus his enchanting The Steadfast Tin Soldier. Ratmansky, the Artist-in-Residence at American Ballet Theatre, was recently hailed by The New Yorker as “the man who is remaking ballet.” Commissioned by Miami City Ballet, Symphonic Dances had its world premiere as a Miami City Ballet one-night only gala event on March 1, 2012 with the renowned The Cleveland Orchestra at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts to much critical acclaim. The music Ratmansky chose to work with is Sergei Rachmaninoff’s final important work, his large-scale Symphonic Dances of 1941 – a work whose turbulent energy and deep emotion perfectly complement the dance qualities for which the company is famous. “There is no real story,” said Ratmansky. “I want the audience to leave with the images and feelings that the movement gives them.” Yet, again and again, the audience senses that there are hidden stories, conflicts and resolutions, propelling the large cast through the piece’s three gripping sections.

“Alexei Ratmansky’s Symphonic Dances is electrifying,” raved The Miami Herald. “A dramatic and physical whirlwind. Haunting and intoxicating. Tumultuously beautiful. A cheering, to-thebalconies standing ovation.” In George Balanchine’s La Valse, the stage is a dark and mysterious ballroom in which thirty-four dancers waltz in flowing romantic tutus to the gripping music of Maurice Ravel. It contains many dramatic elements that culminate with the appearance of a dark figure of Death who claims the life of a woman in white as the horrified on-lookers swirl about her upraised body. Meanwhile, in Balanchine’s The Steadfast Tin Soldier, set to the music of George Bizet, a tin soldier courts a lovely paper doll, gives her his heart, and then stands helplessly by as a draft of wind carries her into the fireplace. All that remains to be rescued from the fire is his heart, which he recovers and takes back with him to his stoic watching. Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, set to the “lost music” from Swan Lake, Act III, features eight and a half minutes of Balanchine’s signature traits: his surprises, his complexities, his challenging quirks and combinations. Balanchine called it “a display piece based on the music and the maximum gifts of virtuoso performers.” Its dazzle suggests the best of Broadway. The Opus One Orchestra, under the direction of Principal Conductor Gary Sheldon, returns once again, thanks to a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight Arts Challenge. Tickets are now on sale by calling the Miami City Ballet Box Office at 305-9297010, toll-free 877-929-7010 or online at www.miamicityballet.org. Group Discounts (10 or more) are available by calling (305) 929-7001.


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Champions of Business Luncheon at The Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach

Ana Ramos, Michael Mandich, Laurie Friesner-Bomstein and Scott Indorf

David Sacks, Gretchen Duffner-Hand, Jason Loeb, Kelly Schumacher and Judy Holm

Michael Mowatt, Mercy Dorta, Michael Goldberg and guests

Shareef Malnik and Gabrielle Anwar

Danny Toro, Jorge Baboun, Jason Loeb, Juan Cespedes and Luis Moreno

Sugartime Sports Team

Jason and Marni Loeb

Chamber President & CEO Jerry Libbin, Sherry Roberts and Wayne Pathman

Ronnie Chalmers, David Sugarman, Norma Ross and guests

DeAnne Connolly Graham, Senator Gwen Margolis and Sase Gjorsovski

Adrian Baschuk, Josh Wallack and Rosary Plana Falero

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Champions of Business Luncheon at The Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach

Award recipients Jason Loeb, Shareef Malnik and David Sugarman with Chamber Chairman Alan Lips and Gabrielle Anwar

Michael Mowatt, Chamber Chairman Alan Lips, Mercy Dorta, Rosary Plana Falero, Chamber President and CEO Jerry Libbin, Bart Chepenik and Daniel Bachman

Larry Barditch, Jason Loeb and Billy Long

Elizabetn Karwowski, Danette Gossett, Jeff Stay and Elizabeth Manso

Chamber Chairman Alan Lips, Ronnie Chalmers and David Sugarman

Chamber Chairman Alan Lips, Shareef Malnik and Gabrielle Anwar

David Siguaw

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The $outh Florida Gaming Report

Tribal Power BY ISADORE HAVENICK

All around the country, Indian gaming has been steadily gaining momentum and fostering large paydays for tribal members. Florida is no exception to this pattern. We have two tribes that operate gaming in Miami-Dade and Broward County. The Miccosukee tribe has a hotel, golf course, and slot casino operation out in western Dade County. The Seminole tribe operates many gaming venues, such as the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, which is the best known. The Miccosukee tribe operates without a compact with the State of Florida and pays no taxes. The Seminole tribe has a compact with the State of Florida that pays in excess of $200 million into the state’s

tax coffers. The Seminole compact has two major parts to it. One deals primarily with the game of blackjack, granting an exclusive state wide on this and like kind games. The other portion of the compact gives the Seminole tribe exclusivity on a specific class of slot machines outside of both counties. The two elements of the compact have terms of five and 20 years respectively. With the blackjack portion of the compact set to expire in 2014, the governor and legislature both have concerns that the tax revenues to the state from gaming interests do not contract. The simple question they face is whether to renew the blackjack portion of the existing compact or to risk losing the revenue and hopefully broker a better deal with the collection of pari-mutuel facilities statewide. This could potentially lead to more revenue and significant job creation around the state. Is a tribe in the hand worth a dozen pari-mutuels in the bush?


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Networking Takes a Sweet Turn Make Life A Little Sweeter™ by attending a Multi-Business Networking Event on February 7, 2013 from 6 to 8 PM hosted by Iris Nieves, owner of EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS® at 6960 Collins Av. Miami Beach, FL 33141. Instead of just meeting and exchanging business cards, enjoy fresh fruit bouquets, chocolate dipped fruit and more! Edible Arrangements is the creator of and leader in fresh fruit bouquets. The company brings happiness to all of life’s occasions with their array of irresistibly fresh products, including handcrafted fruit arrangements and gourmet chocolate dipped fruit. They believe in invention, investment and imagination, and have an entrepreneurial history and spirit. Above all, they are fresh fruit fanatics.

Iris Nieves, the local owner has been a great supporter of Miami Beach businesses and has dedicated herself to helping foster relationships among business owners. Their stores create magnificent, fresh fruit arrangements and gourmet chocolate dipped fruit to order, for pick-up or delivery, seven days a week. You can order online worldwide, by phone at 305-8611771, or in our EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS® store at 6960 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141. To RSVP call 305.861.1771 or find the event on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Edible -Arrangements-Miami-Beach Bring your business cards and your sweet tooth!

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Mount Sinai Medical Center Hosts 11th Annual International Alzheimer’s Symposium

Dr. Ranjan Duara of Mount Sinai presents Marilyn Girsh with a plaque at the 11th annual MCI Symposium.

Medical experts from around the world gathered to discuss the latest breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis and treatment during the 11th Annual Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) Symposium, hosted by The Wien Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders at Mount Sinai Medical Center. The symposium, held on January 19th and 20th at the Miami Beach Resort and Spa, provided a forum for new information and in-depth discussions about upcoming clinical trials and advances in research related to the clinical diagnosis and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. This symposium is especially significant as current clinical research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s focuses on patients with MCI. People with MCI have more memory problems than others their age, but their symptoms are not as severe as the symptoms seen in people with Alzheimer’s disease. However, patients with MCI have a greater potential of developing Alzheimer’s. The earliest possible diagnosis can lead to pharmacological treatment and non-pharmacological interventions to slow the progression of the disease. Twenty-five distinguished neurological experts from areas around the world – including Sweden, Australia and Netherlands, as well as U.S. cities such as Miami, Chicago, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Phoenix, Boston, Philadelphia, Berkeley, Atlanta and more – presented the latest information on the earliest stages of cognitive decline. In addition, the symposium featured keynote speeches by two distinguished experts. Todd Golde, M.D., PhD, director of the University of Florida’s Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease, delivered a presentation titled, “Solving the Dilemma of Treatment Versus Prevention Strategies for Alzheimer’s Disease.” Eric Reiman, M.D.,

executive director of the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, addressed “Launching the Era of Alzheimer’s Prevention Research”. This year’s event also featured the 2nd Annual Early Alzheimer’s Diagnostic and Treatment Workshop, which explored how newly developed diagnostic tests can be used successfully in the early diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s. The symposium also included the 1st Annual MCI Public Education Forum, which gave members of the community the opportunity to interact in a panel discussion with medical experts. The MCI Symposium began in 2003 under the direction of Ranjan Duara, M.D., medical director of the Wien Center. Thanks to the generosity of Marilyn “Lynn” Girsh, the Wien Center will receive financial support to continue the symposium for the next 20 years. “I was very impressed with the work that Dr. Duara is doing at the Wien Center,” said Girsh. “And I especially appreciated the idea of an international symposium bringing researchers together to share their findings and discuss new ideas on treating Alzheimer’s. If there is any possibility of finding a cure, I would like to do what I can to help.” Unless new treatment options are found to prevent Alzheimer’s or delay its onset, it is projected that 13 million people in the U.S. will have the disease by 2050. Since the development of criteria for Alzheimer’s 25 years ago, major advances in understanding of the biology and early clinical features of the disease have led to improvement in clinical assessments. “Our goal is to continue hosting the symposium to help researchers gain a greater understanding of Alzheimer’s and eventually discover new treatment options that will delay, prevent or cure the disease,” Dr. Duara said.


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Pillar Reception at the South Seas Hotel

Jose Pe単aranda, Lourdes Vassallos, Miguel Ramirez, Jolie Warshaw and Susana Pe単aranda Aleksandra Marzec, Debora Diaz and guest

Tom Glassie and Michael Wantz Myriam Aguilera and Morgan Decker

Guests enjoying the reception

Jeff Greene and DJ Hector Perez

Michael Goldberg, Joseph D. Conway and guest

Cory David Baker, Michelle Wolfe and Justin Levy


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BY WILLIAM D. TALBERT III, CDME

HOW’S BUSINESS — TOP 25 MARKETS DEMAND FOR TRAVEL TO GREATER MIAMI & THE BEACHES REMAINS STRONG - GREATER MIAMI & THE BEACHES RANKS #4 IN REVENUE PER AVAILABLE ROOM (REV PAR), #4 IN AVERAGE DAILY ROOM RATE (ADR) AND #4 IN HOTEL ROOM OCCUPANCY FOR JANUARY-DECEMBER 2012 AMONG THE TO P 25 U.S. MARKETS For January - December 2012, Greater Miami and the Beaches showed increases vs. 2011, ranking #4 in Revenue Per Available Room (RevPar) at $124.92, #4 in Average Daily Room rate (ADR) at $163.59 and #4 in Hotel Room Occupancy at 76.4% among the Top 25 Markets in the U.S. Smith Travel Research compares the top markets in the United States based on Occupancy, Average Daily Room Rate (ADR) and Revenue Per Available Room (RevPar).

JANUARY - DECEMBER 2012 REVENUE PER AVAILABLE HOTEL ROOM (REV PAR) MARKET 1. New York 2. Oahu Island 3. San Francisco 4. Miami 5. Boston

$ $210.56 $155.37 $137.99 $124.92 $114.00

% CHANGE VS. 2011 +6.1% +16.7% +12.8% +7.9% +8.3%

AVERAGE DAILY ROOM RATE MARKET $ 1. New York $251.59 2. Oahu Island $183.51 3. San Francisco $171.72 4. Miami $163.59 5. Boston $158.68

% CHANGE VS. 2011 +2.9% +11.2% +10.8% +6.6% +7.2%

AVERAGE DAILY OCCUPANCY MARKET % OCCUPANCY 1. Oahu Island 84.7% 2. New York 83.7% 3. San Francisco 80.4% 4. Miami 76.4% 5. Los Angeles 75.4%

% CHANGE VS. 2011 +4.9% +3.1% +1.7% +1.3% +5.1%

GMCVB LAUNCHES SHOP MIAMI MONTH

GMCVB has launched the 1st annual Shop Miami Month. Consumers who spend $500 or more over the course of February at participating malls, marketplaces and retail establishments will receive a $20 Shop Miami Month Reward Card and will also be entered automatically to win great prizes such as airline tickets, an MSC cruise for two and hotel stays. For more details on this exciting new program, visit www.ShopMiamiMonth.com

TWO SIGNATURE EVENTS – MIAMI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW AND COCONUT GROVE ARTS FESTIVAL – TAKE PLACE THIS MONTH February marks two of Miami’s most anticipated annual events: the Coconut Grove A rts Festival (Feb. 16-18, 2013) and the Miami International Boat Show (Feb. 14-18, 2012). This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, which has selected world-renowned Brazilian artist Romero Britto to design this year’s festival poster. Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail takes place at Miami Beach Convention Center and features more than 3,000 boats and 2,000 exhibitors from all over the globe. Visitors from around the world flock to Miami and Beaches for these two prestigious annual events.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S “CRITTERCAM” EXHIBIT NOW OPEN AT ZOO MIAMI “National Geographic Crittercam: The World Through Animal Eyes,” a 6,000-square-foot traveling exhibition developed by the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., is now open and will run through May 5, 2013 at Zoo Miami. Crittercam, invented by National Geographic marine biologist Greg Marshall, is a scientific video- and data-gathering tool safely worn by wild animals, offering researchers insights into animal behavior and clues to protecting animals and the world we share. The exhibit is being featured at Zoo Miami’s Dr. Wilde’s World. For more information, visit www.ZooMiami.org.

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Miami International Boat Show Sails into Town

For the last 72 years, one of the world’s largest boat shows has been held annually in Miami. The Progressive® Insurance Miami International Boat Show returns President’s Day Weekend, Feb. 14-18, 2013 - an event that draws more than 100,000 visitors from around the world to explore the best of boating, and generates big business in Florida and for the U.S. recreational boating industry. This year’s Boat Show will not disappoint. Riding on the recent upturn in the U.S. recreational boating industry, which, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), saw as much as a 10 percent increase, Miami’s Boat Show will be part of the expected growth in 2013 of 5-10 additional percentage points. The first Boat Show of the season, held in New York, saw increased hiring and sales, a great indicator for the Miami showing in just a few weeks. This year’s Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show will feature more than 2,000 local, national and international companies showcasing more than 3,000 of the newest boats, many making their world debuts, plus thousands of new gadgets, engines, gear and marine accessories. The Miami Boat Show occupies three locations, uses 2.5 million sq. ft of exhibition space at the Miami Beach Convention Center

brating its 10th year, enjoy the Dive & Travel Harbor, showcasing diving gear, travel resorts and boating destinations and meet celebrities, including History Channel/A&E’s Shark Wranglers Chris Fischer and Brett McBride. At the New Yacht & Power Boat Show at Sea Isle Marina, located at 1635 North Bayshore Drive in Miami, where you can see and board hundreds of new yachts and power boats in the water and take the helm at Discover Boating by the Recreational Powerboating Association (RPBA). Finally, at Strictly Sail Miami at Miamarina at Bayside, located at 400 Biscayne Blvd. in Downtown Miami, you can enjoy touring the vast sailboats, shop for sailing gear and accessories and attend a variety of seminars and sailing features including a sailing simulator and free sail rides.

and 1 million sq. ft. of carpet – enough to cover 20 football fields! It is not hard to understand why more than

100,000 attend the Miami Boat Show annually; the five-day show is an all-access pass to experience the boating lifestyle. The show offers the opportunity not only to see the newest in boating technology, but also experience the boating lifestyle on-land and in-water. Experience complimentary onwater sailing and power boating classes through the Discover Boating Puts You at the Helm program, plus fun from deck to dock with free sailboat rides along the bay and live music to soak up boating lifestyle. There’s a boat for every budget and lifestyle. Boats of all shapes and sizes are for sale at some of the best deals of the year – from luxury motor and sailing yachts to sport fishers, family cruisers and performance boats. There are hundreds of hourly boating clinics for seasoned captains and new boaters covering sailing, big game fishing and Boating 101 from the top industry boating experts. The Progressive Miami International Boat Show is a great event for all that participate. Moreover, it is a wonderful stimulus for the Miami Beach and Greater South Florida economy. The Miami Boat Show generates $817.8 million annually in gross sales and wages and supports more than 9,000 full-time jobs in Florida. Additionally, more than 45-percent of visitors that travel to the Miami Boat Show are from outside the state of Florida. The Miami Boat Show will take place across three venues. At the Miami Beach Convention Center, located at 1901 Convention Center Drive in Miami Beach, where you can view boats and boating accessories for every activity and budget, experience the world’s premier sport fishing expo, the popular Big Game Room, cele-

The Progressive Insurance Miami Boat Show is sure to impress. This year’s lineup will demonstrate everything the recreational boating industry has to offer, with hands-on activities so visitors can experience boating for themselves. See below for ticketing information and additional show information. WHEN: THURSDAY, FEB. 14 THROUGH MONDAY, FEB. 18, 2013 • Thursday, Feb. 14 (Premiere Thursday): 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. • Friday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 17: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. • Monday, Feb. 18: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. ADMISSION: • Premiere Day (Feb. 14): $35 • Adults (16 and older): $20 •Five-day adult pass (Good all five days of the show): $85 •Two-day adult pass (valid Feb. 14-18): $35 • Youth 15 and under get in FREE (must be accompanied by an adult) One ticket good for all sites (including free access to shuttle bus & water taxi) Take advantage of $5 parking when you arrive before 9:30am ($10 from 9:30am until closing) to Sea Isle Marina. Ride the FREE Miami Trolley from the Convention Center to the New Yacht & Power Boat Show at Sea Isle Marina or Strictly Sail Miami at Miamarina at Bayside or take the complimentary water taxi to and from the show’s in-water locations. Advance tickets can be purchased at MiamiBoatShow.com or StrictlySailMiami.com. Visitors can now preshop the show online at MiamiBoatShow.com or StrictlySailMiami.com and get up-to-theminute news at www.twitter.com/MiamiBoatShow and www.facebook.com/MiamiBoatShow.


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Melissa Tapanes Llahues named shareholder at Bercow, Radell & Fernandez 34-Year-Old Land Use Attorney Among the Youngest Female Equity Partners In South Florida Bercow Radell & Fernandez, which specializes in zoning, land use and environmental law, announced on January 29, 2013 that Melissa Tapanes Llahues has been named a full partner and shareholder of the firm. She is among the youngest female equity partners in South Florida. “We are very proud to recognize and reward Melissa’s diligent work and accomplishments on behalf of the firm,” said senior partner Jeffrey Bercow. “She has built an impressive portfolio of clients since joining us in 2002, and has simultaneously become involved in organizations that benefit the community. She is a role model for young attorneys, male and female, on how to build a practice through hard work, endless energy and commitment to giving back.” Tapanes Llahues represents the interests of landowners, institutional clients, and developers seeking approvals from governmental boards and agencies at the local, state and federal levels. She specializes in managing complex and politically sensitive legislative and quasi-judicial matters from initial due diligence to permitting, including applications and issues related to developments of regional impact, amendments to local government comprehensive plans, vested rights, zoning, platting, and site planning, as well as state and local land development regulations, permitting, enforcement, eminent domain, historic preservation, and archaeological resources. Melissa has been consistently distinguished from her peers as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, an “Up and Comer” by Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, and by numerous Who’s Who publications. She was named “Director of the Year” by the Latin Builders Association® (LBA) and spearheads the 40-year old organization’s legislative affairs as an Executive Director and Chairwoman of the Legislative Committee. In addition, Melissa serves as Chairwoman of the City of Doral’s Doral Design District Steering Committee and Chairwoman of the Florida International University President’s Council World’s Ahead Faculty Award Committee. She is also a member of the Miami chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW). U.S. News-Best Lawyers recently placed Bercow Radell & Fernandez in its prestigious “First Tier” for land use and zoning law as well as real estate law in Miami. For more than two decades, the attorneys at Bercow Radell & Fernandez have been at the forefront of Miami-Dade County’s phe-

Melissa Tapanes Llahues ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

nomenal growth, guiding their clients on all aspects of local, state and federal real estate permitting and licensing, zoning approvals, amendments of local government comprehensive plans, developments of regional impacts (DRIs), due diligence reviews, growth management, concurrency and environmental matters. The firm’s clients include Lennar Homes, International Speedway Corporation, Woolbright Development, Leon Medical Centers, Home Depot, Southeast Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency, and Florida Power and Light Company, for which they served as lead counsel on its public hearing application for a new nuclear power plant at Turkey Point. Bercow, Radell & Fernandez, located at 200 S. Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 850, Miami, was established in 1996. The firm handles all aspects of local, state and federal real estate permitting and licensing, including zoning approvals, amendments of local government comprehensive plans, developments of regional impacts (DRIs), due diligence reviews, growth management, concurrency and environmental matters. For information, contact 305- 374-5300 or visit www.brzoninglaw.com.

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M2E Consulting Engineers: Your Problems Our Solutions

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M2E Consulting Engineers is definitely not your run-of-the-mill engineering firm. More than a full-service Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Structural engineering firm, M2E Consulting Engineers is a group of individuals with a deep love of their community. With active memberships in the Miam Beach Chamber of Commerce at the Pillar level, Sustainable Business Council and other local associations, M2E is proud to be an ambassador for the continued growth and success of the community. The team proudly boasts the accolade of having served on the design and commissioning team of the first LEED-CI Gold certified hotel on Ocean Drive. M2E has

been a finalist in South Florida Business Journals ‘Best Places to Work’ for two years as well as being voted ‘Top 25 Engineering Firm’ in 2012. In all of its design projects, M2E takes on a sustainable approach with the goal that it will become common practice throughout the industry and further promote the health and growth of our community. M2E Consulting Engineers is experienced in the engineering design of Commercial, Residential, Hospitality and Institutional projects both in and around the City of Miami Beach. With such a strong link to the community, M2E has a vested interest in its growth and welcomes any opportunities to serve in any way beneficial.


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