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elaxed Napa Valley luxury, married to stunning Atlantic vistas, makes for the perfect pairing. Located directly on the sand in beautiful Fort Lauderdale; Auberge Beach offers a taste of the wine country, with a dash of understated elegance –– for those with an appreciation for great wine, great food and great living. The healing power of pleasure awaits...

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Oral representations cannot be relied upon as correctly stating representations of the developer. For correct representations, make reference to this brochure and the documents required by Section 718.503, Florida Statutes, to be furnished by a developer to a buyer or lessee. This Condominium is developed by PRH FAIRWINDS, LLC (“Developer”) and this offering is made only by the Developer’s Prospectus for the Condominium. Developer, has a licensed right to use the trade names, marks, and logos of: The Related Group, Fortune International Group, The Fairwinds Group, and Auberge Resorts, LLC. Auberge Resorts LLC and its affiliates (the “Auberge Group”) are not related to, affiliated or associated with, or a partner in the business of the Developer. No representation, warranty or guarantee is made or implied by the Auberge Group with respect to any statement or information made or provided about the Condominium. Neither the Auberge Group, nor any of its directors, officers, employees, or agents has or will have any responsibility or liability arising out of, or related to, this publication or the transactions contemplated by this publication, including any liability or responsibility for any statement or information made or contained in this publication. Auberge® is the registered trademark of Auberge Resorts, LLC and used by license agreement. In the event the Auberge® license should lapse, this Condominium and any hotel affiliated with this Condominium will not be permitted to use the name Auberge®. The managing entities, hotels, brands, artwork, designers, contributing artists, interior designers, fitness facilities, amenities, services, and restaurants proposed are subject to change at the Developer’s discretion. The Developer is not incorporated in, located in, nor a resident of, New York. This is not intended to be an offer to sell, nor a solicitation of an offer to buy, condominium units in New York or to residents of New York, or any other jurisdiction where prohibited by law. Any art depicted may be exchanged for comparable art at the Developer’s discretion. Consult the Prospectus for all terms, conditions, specifications, and Unit dimensions. Reproduction for private or commercial use is not authorized. 2016 ® PRH FAIRWINDS, LLC, unless otherwise noted, with all rights reserved.

RIVA Days.

Live on the water. Play on the water. Residents enjoy Riva’s riverside park and Water Sports Center, for paddleboards, kayaks, water-skiing and boat rentals. Live in the city. Play in the city. Residents love neighborhood icons like Casa D’Angelo, Gateway Theater and Whole Foods. And along with the walkability, they enjoy their private water taxi to tennis in the park and shopping at Galleria.

PREMIER DEVELOPERS We are pledged to the letter and spirit of the U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin. Oral representation cannot be relied upon as correctly stating representations of the developer. For correct representations make reference to the documents required by section

RIVA Nights.

Live in luxury. With an indoor-outdoor carefree lifestyle. Riva’s large, elegant homes come with 1 or 2 exceptionally large, ocean and city view terraces – the perfect spot for a dinner party under the stars. Live in the heart of the best of Ft. Lauderdale. With the perfect combination of waterfront location, ocean-sunset views, resort amenities and large comfortable homes, including Two & Three Bedrooms from the $700’s to over $3 million.

Opening This Fall Sales center open at 1200 E. Las Olas Blvd. 954.233.3288. 718.503, Florida Statues, to be furnished by a developer to a buyer. Obtain the property report required by federal law and read it before signing anything. No federal agency has judged the merits or value, if any, of this property. All features, dimensions, drawings, graphic material, pictures, conceptual renderings, plans and specifications are not necessarily an accurate depiction and are subject to change without notice, and Developer expressly reserves the right to make modifications.





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What’s going on in town & its surrounds… Thirteen-year-old Weston resident Sivan Ben-David— shown here playing Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at the Epstein Center for the Arts at University School—will perform as part of the annual Aventura Mall Young Stars Showcase.


SMOKE ON THE WATER The P1 AquaX is back to make a splash at the Fort Lauderdale AquaX Grand Prix. The largest personal watercraft racing series in the world, P1 AquaX returns to Fort Lauderdale November 18 and 19 for the 2017 Ford P1 Fort Lauderdale AquaX Grand Prix. The two-day, family-friendly event is free to the public and will see more than 65 Jet Ski, WaveRunner and Sea-Doo personal watercraft racers from around the world competing at speeds of more than 70 MPH. Attendees can enter for a chance to win the “By Land or Sea” package, which includes a two-year pre-paid lease on a 2017 Ford Explorer XLT and Yamaha VX WaveRunner with trailer. Guests can enter the drawing at the merchandise tent located next to race control. The races will be held at 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on both Saturday, November 18, and on Sunday, November 19.

A new group of young singers come together for the 8th Annual Aventura Mall Young Stars Showcase, including one of Weston’s own. South Florida singing sensations will come to Aventura for the 8th annual Aventura Mall Young Stars Showcase presented by Mount Sinai Medical Center and AT&T. The show, which features performers aged 13-18 and benefits the Aventura Marketing Council/Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation, takes place November 12 at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. This year’s theme is “Young Stars Sing the Decades,” and each star will sing original scores written by Moises Herrera accompanied by the four-piece Mason Pace Band, led by 16-year-old Boca Raton resident Mason Pace, who has performed extensively across the country. Singers will perform melodies from the ‘30s, ‘40s, ‘50s, and straight through to the ‘90s. This year’s group of young stars includes Angie Green, 13, who received the Golden Buzzer from Heidi Klum on the latest season of America’s Got Talent and was fast-tracked to the live shows, along with Weston’s own Sivan Ben-David; CJ Fam of Davie, Emily Kaufman of Cooper City, Cameron Wheeler of Pembroke Pines, Angie Green and Wesley Wray, both from Miami, Taylor Sawyer from Coral Springs, Cassie Ortiz of Wellington and Mason Pace. More than 300 people are expected to attend the performance. For more information, call the Aventura Marketing Council at 305-932-5334 or visit

CALLING CRAFTY WESTONITES Weston Town Center’s 2nd Craft and Talent Show is coming up November 19 from noon-6 p.m. The showcase will spotlight local handmade goods, arts and more, including a rock concert and talent show. To register and/or audition, call 954-349-4900.







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Tis the Season to Give Back Enjoy yourself while doing it, at the 22nd Annual Florida Classic Weekend.

It’s that time of year again, when the events start popping up on the calendar fast and furious—and that includes the 22nd Annual Florida Classic presented by Ford, BB&T and Breakthru Beverage. Over the years, the Florida Classic has netted almost $8.8 million for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to fund research and top-quality care for cystic fibrosis patients. This year, a new event is being introduced: “An Intimate Evening with Jon Secada” (formerly the 65 Roses Gala), which will feature a performance by the Grammy Award-winning singer where guests can enjoy dinner in a lounge-style atmosphere, seated front-andcenter for Secada’s performance. Other highlights to look forward to: A “50 Shades”-themed BeachBash on Thursday, November 16, at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale; a golf tournament on Friday, November 17, at the Fort Lauderdale Country Club, and a fishing tournament on Saturday, November 18. For more information and to buy tickets, visit

PAY TO STAY The numbers are in. Here’s which cities in Florida command the most rent right now.

RENTCafé has just released its monthly rent report, with the peak rental season in the spotlight. The national average rent ($1,354) barely changed this summer, marking the longest period of stagnation in recent history: four months, to be exact. Most of Florida’s pricey markets came to a full stop during the peak rental season, but significant year-over-year (y-o-y) growth warns renters not to expect major changes anytime soon. Here are some more highlights from the report:



◗ Pembroke Pines and Pompano Beach saw the highest growth rates in Florida, 6.8% and 6.4% respectively, since last year ◗S t. Petersburg comes in third with a 5.5% increase y-o-y. But the 0.5% month-over-month decrease, the first decline of this rental season, shows that rent growth slowed down in St. Petersburg ◗ Rents in Tampa remained virtually flat for 4 consecutive months throughout this year’s high rental season. The average rent, which is currently standing at $1,209, is up 4.6% y-o-y ◗ After peaking at $1,605 in August, Miami rents decreased by 0.4% month over month, clocking in at $1,597 in September. But the average rent in Miami is still 2.5% higher than this time last year ◗ Orlando seems to have succeeded in keeping

rents stable during this summer. The priciest apartment market in Central Florida boasts an average rent of $1,282, though this is a $45 gain since the beginning of the rental season in March and a 3.7% increase y-o-y ◗ J acksonville also makes an appearance on the list of the fastest-growing rents in Florida, with a 4.1% increase y-o-yned fairly stable.

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By Alison Ryan

It’s that time again—holiday parties and merriment are commencing, and you need to be ready to shine. Barry Beck, founder of Blue Mercury, a new luxury beauty retailer on Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard and Miami’s Lincoln Road, shares his top product picks that use nature to obtain a good-for-you holiday glow. M-61 PowerGlow Peel ($28) Think of it as a serious time-eraser in a neat little package. This one-minute, one-step exfoliating peel resurfaces, clarifies and firms the skin. M-61 Vitablast C Serum ($92) Packed with concentrated vitamin C, this face serum protects skin from environmental stressors and naturally brightens skin. Lune+Aster RealGlow Primer ($30) For makeup that will outlast any late-night holiday party, prep your face with this lightdiffusing primer made with vitamin E, licorice and appleseed extract.

Have a Blue (Mercury) Christmas READY. SET. GLOW!

Probiotics for Your Face? Products from LaFlore help balance good bacteria on your skin.

By now you’ve probably heard about the benefits of taking probiotics to help boost your gut health, but what about slathering them on your face? While you could simply apply a yogurt mask, the luxury skincare line LaFlore is just one of many new skincare products developed with live probiotics. So how does it work? The brand offers a three-step system with a Probiotic Cleanser, Daily Defense Moisturizer and Serum Concentrate that are designed to balance good bacteria on your skin. “Unlike other skincare products, LaFlore gets to the root of the issue and targets skin dysfunction at its core,” says Maya Ivanjesku, V.P. of R&D LaFlore Skincare. “It goes to work to enhance the good flora, tackle unwanted flora and allow skin to function properly on its own. With consistent and continued use, skin will be renewed and collagen and elastin production will be improved, which means fewer lines.”



Lune+Aster Hydrabright Concealer ($26) Holiday stress be gone—at least on your face. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, shea butter and essential vitamins E, C and B5, this concealer melts into the skin to boost hydration. Use it to blur imperfections and hide dark shadows anywhere on the face. Blue Mercury, 1010 E. Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale; 954.779.1600. 1109 Lincoln Road, Miami;

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Running Wild If you’re running in a holiday 5K—like the “Turkey Trot,” perhaps—it’s time to get serious and train. Don Wennerstrom, owner of Fort Lauderdale’s longtime Running Wild store, shares four tips for crossing the finish line. TIP #1: It can be daunting to start out running

an entire distance, so build up gradually. Make it a goal to jog to a telephone pole and then walk to the next (for recovery). This challenges your mind, not just your body. TIP #2: Eat healthy. Cut out junk food and get

plenty of sleep.

TIP #3: Pack energy gels, which help

provide necessary nutrients to replace what is lost through sweat—primarily sodium and potassium. TIP #4: If you want to meet and train with

other runners, Running Wild has a free 5K “Funky Fun Run” at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday that weaves down scenic A1A and ends with sharing Funky Buddha beer on the pool deck of the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. Running Wild, 2563 Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-565-9400;

Fiery Fall

Forget apple-picking this autumn—go for this libation instead. Want to indulge in a fall cocktail, but could do without the guilt that comes with it? Take a cue from Brimstone Woodfire Grill, with locations in Doral and Pembroke Pines, and make this Fiery Appletini ($14), which combines two of autumn’s classic ingredients: antioxidantrich cinnamon and apples.

FIERY APPLETINI RECIPE ■ Fill a shaker 3/4 full with ice. ■ Add 1-1/2 ounces of Jack Fire Whiskey, 1/2 ounce of Cointreau, and a teaspoon of cane sugar ■ Cover and shake for 10 to 15 seconds, or until condensation forms on the outside of the shaker ■ Rim your martini glass with cinnamon sugar and strain cocktail into glass. Garnish with a bruléed apple slice. Brimstone Woodfire Grill, 14575 SW 5th St., Pembroke Pines, 954-430-2333; 8300 NW 36th St., Doral; 786-837-8960;



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Channe Sports broadcaster, NFL Sideline reporter, entertainment host and entrepreneur PHILANTHROPY: Dining for a Difference, a nonprofit organization benefiting various charities, such as Cystic Fibrosis, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, American Heart Association, Habitat for Humanity and Alzheimer’s Association What made you start Dining for a Difference? I had been partnering with charities for about two years and decided to do something more intimate and personal than a gala. So I arranged for 30 to 40 people to meet at different restaurants, get speakers, and then pair with a charity. Guests don’t pay, food and wine are donated, and there is no pressure. People give if they want to. I do it every quarter. It’s fun to raise money, have fun and enjoy dinner for a good cause. Why is it important to help charities like these? I think everyone should help each other. I am persistent, but not pushy. Dining for a Difference is a no-nonsense way to reach out, and there is a domino effect. I know a lot of sports stars from my work, and I asked NFL star Olivier Vernon to speak at one event. He was touched and donated money. The charities are very excited when we help them, which makes me feel fulfilled and useful in the world. What are some of your favorite causes? I have a baby due very soon. At a recent shower, I decided to deliver a lot of the baby gifts to Holy Cross Hospital for families who can’t afford to buy things like baby seats, for their newborns. I want my baby to learn that life means you have to give to others. I’m setting an example early.



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Fuentes Jennifer Miller Smith Fuentes is a stay-at-home mom; Miller Smith is a sales manager for Expo Convention Contractors, Inc.

PHILANTHROPY: Cure SMA, a non-profit organization supporting spinal muscular atrophy with an annual fundraiser called Gala of Hope

Both of your daughters have Type 2 wheelchairbound SMA. How did Cure SMA come about? Jennifer: When both of us were told by doctors that there is no treatment or hope for SMA patients, it was hard to accept. My daughter Madison is now 10 after being diagnosed at age one. In 2008, I started the South Florida chapter of Cure SMA and began doing walks, dinners and small fundraisers in hopes of raising awareness and finding a cure. Fiorenna’s daughter, Mia, now 8, was diagnosed when she was two. In 2010, we met as mothers and started Gala of Hope a year later to fight this battle, which ­affects one in every 11,000 babies born. You have raised $1 million with your annual gala. Has this led to any breakthrough drugs for SMA? Our funding for lifesaving research has led to a breakthrough drug called Spinraza (TM), the first ever FDA-approved medication for SMA. It attacks the underlying genetics of the disease, which is carried by the parents. We see improvement already with Madison after only four injections. Mia had her fourth injection recently and already has faster movements, and she feels fantastic. The medication stops the girls from getting weaker. Before they had this drug, they lost muscles each year. How do you feel about the progress you are making? Nothing was better than when Jennifer called me crying last December 23 to say that this drug was approved by the FDA! It was a pretty emotional day to learn we had the first ever treatment to stop our kids from getting weaker. We are on the verge of more breakthroughs, and thrilled that our seventh Gala of Hope, November 16, at the W Fort Lauderdale, will be so successful.







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PHILANTHROPY: Give Back for Special Equestrians, which raises money to provide therapeutic riding scholarships for children and veterans who cannot afford these services How did you get involved with therapeutic horseback riding? Horses have been a part of my life for the last 33 years. About 10 years ago, I met a therapist who used horses as part of her approach with clients, which I later learned was termed equine-assisted therapy. I started researching this and was excited to read about the benefits to children and adults. And I was ecstatic to think I could merge my two passions—horses and psychology. So when the opportunity to start a nonprofit organization presented itself, I was all in. How has the charity helped kids and veterans? For a child with physical disabilities, therapeutic riding improves balance, strengthens muscles, improves trunk control, helps sensory and motor development, and aims to improve handeye coordination. It is also helpful with speech and language delays or autistic spectrum disorders. Language tasks can be incorporated into therapeutic riding lessons, or children have the opportunity to talk to their horse or pony. For veterans, therapeutic riding can offer many of the same benefits, especially when recovering from physical injuries sustained in battle. In addition, equine-assisted therapy can be less threatening when compared to traditional therapy for veterans coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or depression. The idea of sitting in a confined office space where a veteran is expected to talk about trauma and life difficulties can be difficult. Equine therapy offers veterans an alternate option where they attend sessions outdoors at a horse farm with individualized therapeutic activities with the horses rather than talking about their problems. What satisfaction do you get helping people with physical, mental and emotional disabilities? There is nothing quite like seeing the smiles on the faces of the children and adults we help. The happiness and gratitude the parents exude as they get the opportunity to witness their loved one independent on the horse and free from disability, if even for a brief moment, is wonderful to see.








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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: A horse-drawn carriage ride is just one of a number of popular activities at Paws Up; the 3,250-square-foot Wilderness Estates accommodate four to eight guests and come with a six-person hot tub on the private deck outside, and (lower right) a stone fireplace, vaulted ceilings and rustic luxury inside.

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deeply. The air is fragrant in Big Sky Country. Locals call it “Cowboy Cologne”—the sage that grows wild and scents the air and ranch hands that are abundant in Greenough, a 45-minute drive from Missoula International Airport, where the day we arrived 12 private planes were landing, many with passengers heading to our same destination. Carved wooden signs pop up like prairie dogs to announce the impending arrival at Paws Up, a 37,000-acre working cattle ranch that takes glamping to another level, challenges the most adroit city slicker and checks boxes off an adventurer’s bucket list in a matter of days. It’s not difficult to stop and smell the roses—or the sage, as it were. Here, time slows down and history swirls amidst unapologetic luxury. You’re treading in the same footsteps as Charles Lindbergh, who landed his private plane nearby to visit his ranch house, and further back in time, explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who ventured through these vast acres in 1806 on their return from the Pacific Northwest. They allegedly surveyed their surroundings atop a 175-foot cliff upon which you can (and should!) rappel. Originally intended as a private community and instead opening as a luxury ranch at the insistence of friends who thought it should be shared, owners David and Nadine Lipson named the resort “Paws Up” as a nod to dogs who raise their paws in happiness (avid animal lovers, the Lipsons have donated $250,000 to the Humane Society of Western Montana and host the annual Canine Classic run/hike, which draws 50,000 people). An interior designer, Nadine decorated the resort’s opulent accommodations, which range from luxury homes to safari-style tents, all spread apart on the acreage for unparalleled privacy and named for the camps Lewis and Clarks set up along their 7,000+-mile expedition. Wilderness Estate homes are richly decorated in fine western style with art and antiquities Nadine collected over the years placed throughout three master suites (all with large en-suite master bathrooms, cowhide rugs, midnight kitchens and walk-in closets), a loft game-room, cook’s kitchen and great room with a soaring vaulted ceiling and massive stone fireplace. An uplit art gallery is





ABOVE: Rappel from the famous Lookout Rock, with its views of the entire ranch and Blackfoot River below. RIGHT: The full cowboy experience can be yours here, from horseback riding to cattle herding to equestrian lessons. BELOW: The traditional marshmallow-roasting ritual. OPPOSITE: The treatment tents at the spa .

set into the hallway, while plush runners laid over slate floors ensure tootsies stay warm. You’ll want to be up early to enjoy a cuppa joe (there’s a Keurig in every home) on a 1,700-square-foot porch and watch the world go by, which in this case ranges from curious deer to soaring hawks and energetic squirrels. Here, the city is left far, far behind. Every luxury home, cabin and estate (ranging from 1,100 to 3,250 square feet) comes with a (seriously fun) metallic green Kia Soul in which to traverse dirt roads for five-minute drives to the Village (for casual dining), Spa Town and Wilderness Outpost, where all activities, from cattle drives to archery, commence. Those who don’t want to drive can request transportation via the Paws Up app, downloadable upon check-in and synced to your phone through a personal code. Divided into two topic headings, Concierge or Transportation, someone is on call 24 hours to manage any request. Should you forget toothpaste or contact lens solution, simply send a message. Want to know what the weather will be like? How soon the driver will arrive? How tall the cliff is off which you’re rappelling? Send a message. Responses are nearly instantaneous. Luxury Camps with their safari-style tents can be booked May through September and are set apart on the ranch’s most picturesque spots, most on the banks of the legendary Blackfoot River (the movie A River Runs Through It was filmed nearby). Walk to the Paws Up Village along the river bank (about two miles from most camps) to explore and commune with nature, or request transportation via the app or Camp Butler. Yes, Butler.





FROM TOP: Exterior of one of the tents at Cliffside Camp Eagle (above) and inside (right); the view from River Camp Yellowstone.

Each of the six camps has a dedicated butler, who serves breakfast and dinner and is the personal contact for six one- to three-bedroom sumptuous tents, all of which are glamorously appointed with chandeliers, ensuite baths with heated slate floors, mammoth showers and a private deck with hand-carved furniture. A path leads guests to the camp’s dining pavilion, whose private chef whips up healthy breakfasts and indulgences like local Montana bacon (don’t miss it) and huckleberry pancakes, and family-style dinners that include locally sourced ingredients, vegetarian delicacies and the ranch’s own award-winning Certified Angus Beef. In the evenings, gather around the campfire, share stories, sing “Home on the Range” after a few glasses of tasty Macallan scotch, and elevate your s’mores game with the Paws Up “certified Smoreologist,” Conor Dannis, who visits camps and takes the gooey, chocolatey delicacy to another level. Cuisine can’t be overstated here. Executive Chef Ben Jones oversees the camp dining, casual Trough restaurant in the Village, fine dining at Pomp (William Clark’s nickname for Sacajawea’s son) and Chuck Wagon dinners, a popular option for families. Throughout the year, he hosts food-and-wine gatherings that range from Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays to Winterfest (January 25-28, 2018), Montana Master Grillers (May 25-28, 2018), the annual Montana Master Chefs event (September 2018), a stream of James Beard award winners, Top Chef stars and a Cookbook Live series with notable authors.



FROM TOP: The Misty Cook Shack; preparing the Chuck Wagon feast; the Arrival and Welcome Dinner.

To work off the inevitable calories (and check multiple bucket-list adventure items), sign up for more than 50 adventures and scream like a kid riding an ATV through the wilderness, rappelling down a 175-foot cliff, white-water rafting and fly-fishing down the Blackfoot River or whooping it up on an authentic cattle drive (no joke—you’re herding cattle to new pastures and watering holes). Learn to shoot pics “from a worm’s point of view” hiking the wilderness with your iPhone and resident photographer Stuart Thurlkill, and “Get Primitive” with mountain man Gary Steele, who teaches tracking, fire-making and primitive skills, and, as he says, “adventures kids can take home and do with their parents. I get them away from the screens and tablets; once outside, nature does its work.” Wintertime activities are just as robust, with dogsledding, ice-skating, snowmobiling and the newest and most outrageous activity, Skijoring, a sport popular in Nordic countries whereby skiers are pulled by dogs or a horse. With wobbly legs, head to Spa Town, an inviting collection of spa tents that look like a miners’ encampment and where you’ll find some of the best spa treatments and yoga classes this side of the Rockies. Then maybe it’s back to your wilderness home for a soak in the six-person, outdoor hot tub. You’ll never look at camping the same way again. For more information, rates and packages, visit



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TUBS &MORE Doug Johnson and his wife Jayne opened Tubs & More 31 years ago. What began as a business aimed at builders and plumbers has now become a frequent stop of interior decorators and anyone interested in a new, state-of-the-art bathroom. “We have a few lines that are special to us, and we sell them at builders‘ costs. Once we get your business you’ll be a customer for life,” states Johnson. The beautiful showroom speaks for itself, but it is the expert staff that will make you feel at home. “This is the best staff we have ever had. Jayne and I really heavily on Jan, Rodney, and Katie, and now our son Trevor has joined the team. We know how intimidating it can be walking into one of the superstores. Our team will greet you at the door and do a needs analysis to ensure we fulfill all of your needs. ” Whether you are moving into a Weston are home or a condo along the beach, Tubs & More has what you are looking for.” Tubs & More, 1387 Shotgun Road, Sunrise, 954-423-2250. inWESTON MAGAZINE


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the source STEVEN G. IS HELPING SOUTH FLORIDA When Hurricane Irma was approaching we contacted our friends at Channel 10. We filled our 53’ trailer and two other trucks and headed to Key West. We then filled our trailer and headed to Immokalee to do it again. Giving back to those in need is a very important part of our day-today philosophy. We began collecting for Harvey and had half of the trailer filled. When Irma was too close, we held off on sending our trailer for safety reasons. It worked out that we were able to use the donations right in our own backyard. Steven G. has a huge heart, and his team is right there with him. We are huge supporters of Artists with Autism, ALFAIT, Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, Humane Society, Operation Lift Hope, and many more that are dear to our heart. We have met so many wonderful people, some strangers, now friends who have opened their hearts and wallets and helped us to support so many less fortunate.

CAPITOL LIGHTING A lighting legacy since 1924, Capitol Lighting helps you find the right lighting solution to transform your space. From a small shop in Newark, N.J., in 1924 to now more than 85,000 square feet of showroom space in eight cities, the Lebersfeld family’s retailing tradition at Capitol Lighting celebrates nine decades of “making lives brighter.” Capitol Lighting offers products from hundreds of designer brands. From one-of-a-kind chandeliers to classic table lamps, our experienced lighting experts are here to help you find the perfect solution for your home. Let us show you why we’re the trusted name in lighting. Visit your local showroom in East Fort Lauderdale at the corner of Federal Highway and Sunrise Blvd, or visit for additional showroom information.

JOIN US AT THE ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Mark your calendars and gather the family for a special holiday kick-off on Sunday, December 3rd, from 4-8 pm, at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Weston Town Center brings back the community’s favorite family-friendly event with live entertainment, an instant photo booth, bounce houses, holiday music and more. Children of all ages will be able to meet and take a photo with Santa Claus and Queen Elsa. Come join local officials along with the local community as we participate in the official lighting of the tree in front of the Bell Tower at the conclusion of the night. The event will benefit the Dolphins Cancer Challenge. Visit us at 1675 Market Street, Weston. For more information on upcoming events, call 954-349-5900 or visit inWESTON MAGAZINE



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Courtesy condo guest suites are an offering unique to RIVA residents. Out of the dozens of amenities offered to Riva residents, perhaps the most unique are the complimentary suites available for visiting guests. Three fully furnished one-bedroom, one-bathroom suites are located on Riva’s fourth floor, overlooking the tranquil reflecting pool. Whether residents are entertaining out-of-town visitors for a weekend stay or longer, the complimentary courtesy suites are a hospitable option. There is no rental charge, only a modest housekeeping fee for fresh linens and turn-down service. “I believe Riva is the only new condo development in Fort Lauderdale to offer these types of accommodations,” says Grant Lundberg, director of sales for Riva. “Our guest suites provide an enhanced level of privacy and convenience for all parties.” Riva is comprised of only 100 exquisitely designed residences in a 15-story building with a sleek, contemporary Italian design. Two- and three-bedroom residences start from $748,000 and penthouses from $2.25 million.


226 Egret Court, Weston 6 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3-car garage, 18,000-square-foot cul-de-sac lot Rose Sklar (954) 298-3626 | Dean Sklar (954) 298-3616 | Tucked on a quiet cul-de-sac, this custom-built one story screams elegance. Over 3,700 square feet under air on one of the largest 18,000+ square feet lots in Egret Landings. Gleaming marble floors throughout living areas with decorator touches everywhere. This home has been totally remodeled. Gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, double ovens, wine refrigerator, instant hot, granite and more. Elegant triple crown moldings, French doors, full hurricane protection including impact front doors and accordions. All baths tastefully remodeled. Triple split floor plan with attention to every detail. Resort style heated pool with expanded marble decking and pergola, fully ficus hedged for ensured privacy. Please call Rose or Dean Sklar for a showing.


Transforming South Florida’s skylines. Boca Raton resident Art Falcone got his start as the youngest McDonald’s franchisee in the world. By the age of 23, he was managing McDonald’s franchises all across New York City. Falcone grew his burger franchise into a billion-dollar business, with developments across the country. He now runs national real estate firm Encore Capital Management from its Boca Raton headquarters and is pumping millions into the Sunshine State. In South Florida, he’s responsible for the exquisite new PARAMOUNT Fort Lauderdale Beach luxury condos, the $3 billion Miami Worldcenter project and the $350 million renovation of the Fashion Mall in Plantation, now a mixed-use project called Plantation Walk, among others. His effect on South Florida’s sparkling skyline extends beyond construction—it’s transforming the way our residents live. Art and Encore Capital Management continue to impact South Florida by delivering luxury residences, open-air shopping centers and modern mixed-use developments that help keep sunny South Florida a desirable place to live, work and play. inWESTON MAGAZINE


table hopping

Mama mia! Authentic Italian cuisine is just down the street in Weston, at Bellini Italian Bistro.


f you spend any time with Matteo Migliorini, Italian-born executive chef and co-owner of Bellini Italian Bistro in Weston, you’ll hear the phrase “Mama mia!” naturally roll off his tongue—referring to South Florida traffic, to what passes as “authentic” Italian cuisine, and really anything else that prompts astonishment. Born near Stresa, a picturesque town on Lake Maggiore closeby the Italian alps, Chef Migliorini began his culinary studies at age 14 in the prestigious E. Maggia cooking school and has spent the rest of his life crisscrossing the globe and honing his skills at hotspots such as London’s famed members-only Harry’s Bar. London proved too cold and rainy for him, so Migliorini packed up his kitchen knives and headed to Florida. It was during a stint at Miami Beach’s Bice restaurant that he met Diego Ucciferri and the two decided to realize their dream and open Bellini Italian Bistro, first on Miami Beach and now, their newest, in Weston. Since 2012, Bellini has generated a loyal following in Weston for the classic Italian cuisine Chef Migliorini has perfected for the last 35 years: tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and prosciutto direct from his homeland; housemade pizza dough that rises for two days; freshly made pappardelle, fettuccine, gnocchi and ravioli, and weekly specials that have a cult fol-



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ABOVE: Linguine Frutti di Mare. BELOW: Chef Matteo Migliorini.

table hopping CLOCKWISE: Blackened tuna with cannellini beans and avocado salad; Stinco D’agnello (lamb shank); Pizza Margherita.

lowing among the locals. Weston residents Aldo and Vicki Bartolone say they visit at least a few times a month for the “superb cuisine that’s Michelin Five Star at least,” raves Mr. Bartolone, who grew up on Italian fare and travels to Italy often. “We’re pretty finicky about food, and this is absolutely the best and most authentic.” His favorite dishes include the appetizer of Polipo Grigliato con Sedano ed Olive (grilled octopus served with black olives, celery, extra virgin olive oil and lemon) and the Linguine Frutti di Mare (linguini with shrimp, mussels, scallops, calamari, clams, garlic and tomato sauce). The robust menu is extensive and broken into sections by antipasti, insalate, pizza, pasta, main courses and dessert making it easy to navigate.

“We’re pretty finicky about food, and this is absolutely the best and most

authentic.”— Vicki Bartolone

Nevertheless, keep your ears open for daily specials, which are so popular that our lovely server, Esther, told us locals will call ahead and inquire if certain ones are on the menu that night. Favorites include pappardelle with braised short ribs, homemade black squid-ink linguine served with fresh tomatoes, white wine, Italian parsley and prawns, braised veal osso bucco, fettuccine with duck ragout, rack of lamb with rosemary demiglace, swordfish with parsley, lemon, shallots and extra virgin olive oil, a 14-ounce ribeye with peppercorn sauce and roasted sweet potatoes, and a mouthwatering zucchini flower appetizer, made tempura-style and stuffed with ricotta cheese, anchovies, basil, fresh pepper, Parmesan cream cheese and Prosciutto di Parma. The selection of daily specials is hard to beat; however, there are several menu standouts that deserve to be mentioned, including the simple yet delectable appetizers of prosciutto with melon and fresh mozzarella ($12); Polpette (meatballs in tomato sauce with ricotta cheese) ($9), and the Saute di Cozze, sautéed mussels with choice of white wine or red sauce ($12). Don’t miss the Tonno Bellini, a blackened tuna served with



cannellini beans, avocado, cherry tomato, onion and spicy mayo ($32). Once a daily special, Chef Migliorini added it to the menu by popular demand, and it is exquisite. Though it may be difficult, save room for dessert, especially the Nutella Pizza, a 10-inch “pie” made in the restaurant’s wood oven, covered in Nutella and topped with powdered sugar and strawberries upon request ($10), and the lighter-than-air Panna Cotta con Fragole, served with fresh strawberries ($8). Everything that comes out of Bellini’s lively kitchen speaks to Executive Chef Migliorini’s Italian heritage and passion for flavorful, authentic cuisine. “I create classic cuisine using fresh ingredients and a-la-minute preparation,” he says, “nothing is ever pre-cooked.” Mama mia! Can you imagine? Bellini Italian Bistro is located at 2780 Weston Road, Weston, and is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Visit for the full menu; for reservations, call 954-306-0781.


“Choosing the surgeon who will actually take care of you is by far the most important decision a

Dr. William Leone: Experience the Difference

Dr. Leone has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s top orthopedic surgeons and for more than 25 years has provided care for thousands of patients with complex hip and knee issues by combining the latest techniques and technologies with a gentle and compassionate approach. He emphasizes gentle soft-tissue handling and meticulous, precise implantation to deliver the best, most-consistent results and overall experience possible.

The Leone Center for Orthopedic Care

Dr. Leone and his entire team provide good, old-fashioned patient care with emphasis on the doctor/patient relationship. His entire staff is involved in each patient’s care, from the first phone call through post-operative visits. The mission for Dr. Leone and his staff is to restore quality of life and make every step count for every patient, by combining the latest proven technology and surgical expertise with compassionate care.

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The latest proven technologies, including computer navigation, kinematic sensors and robotics for knee replacements, as well as Dr. Leone’s own invention, the Pelvic Alignment Level, used during total hip replacements, help him achieve precise implant positioning and balancing. Each patient’s surgery is tailored to his or her specific needs and goals.

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patient must make and much more important than the particular approach or prosthesis. My advice is to choose your surgeon based on personal reputation, experience and the feeling of trust and personal connection you get from that individual and the entire support team. Choosing a hospital with a reputation for superior care and results in joint replacement is also important.”

Wheel Life



Giulia Sedan Stelvio SUV AND

Car-isma: Alfa Romeo’s sparkling new sedan and crossover are making Italian cars great again. By Steve Siler


long time has passed—22 years, in fact—since Alfa Romeo stopped selling cars here in the United States, and even longer since Alfa Romeo sold great cars here in the United States. Sure, a few of its gorgeous, quarter-million-dollar 8C coupes and roadsters made their way into collectors’ hands here circa 2010-2012, and since 2014, Alfa has offered a less expensive but infinitely less satisfying mid-engine sports car called the 4C here, too. But Alfa hasn’t sold any cars of any significance here since the last wedgy 164 sedan rolled off the boat in 1995, so you get a pass for not knowing anything about this storied Italian automaker and the two vehicles that are leading its charge back into the lucrative U.S. luxury automobile market: 1) Alfa Romeo was founded in 1910 in the famously fashionable city of Milan, and 2) it started racing in 1911. In other words, the new Alfa Romeo Giulia (pronounced “Julia”) sport sedan and Stelvio SUV have style and speed in their very DNA. They may look different in profile and face different competitors, but they share a common platform, are motivated by the same turbocharged four- and six-engine choices, and after driving both, I can say they’re as rich in character as pasta fagioli is in flavor. Furthermore, at the time of this writing, the high-performance, 505-hp Quadrifoglio models of each held respective world records around Germany’s infa-



mous, 12.9-mile Nürburgring racetrack, effectively earning the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglios the distinction of being the world’s fastest sedan and SUV, respectively. All this while looking and feeling just so deliciously Italian. So, ben tornado—or welcome back— Alfa Romeo! We’ve missed you.


(BASE PRICE: $38,990, QUADRIFOGLIO: $72,995)

While it’s all too fashionable for modern sport sedans and crossovers to don the so-called “predatory look,” the Giulia has a death stare menacing enough to send its competitors scrambling away in search of their mommies. Like the Lexus IS, BMW 3-Series and Infiniti Q50 sedans, the Giulia is a rear-wheel-drive compact sedan, a set-up that gives it such a sexy, long hood and a rear-set cabin. To anyone familiar with

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Alfa Romeo’s stylistic history, the V-shaped grille and lateral lower air intakes make the Giulia unmistakable as such, though the Giulia’s Alfaness is expressed with particular intensity with its elongated headlamps that dip down along the bottom yet cut straight across the top. Together with the broad chin, they impart the car with a sense of formidable width. Further back, the design grows more conventional, not unlike that of the 3-Series only more voluptuous, terminating in a ducktail decklid and rear bumper that could have come off a Ferrari. While Alfa Romeo is ostensibly a luxury brand, the Giulia’s interior is decidedly free of frivolous poofery, no kitschy clocks or gathered leather—that’s the realm of its fellow FCA-owned Maserati brand. Rather, the Giulia’s cabin is all business, with firm but perfectly bolstered sport seats, low-gloss materials mostly rendered in black, and large round instrument dials nestled in Alfa’s signature dual-pod design. Like the BMW 3-Series and Lexus IS, the Giulia is tight on rear-seat space, and the slick-looking infotainment system is controlled by a dial-type controller that resembles those of Audi, BMW and MercedesBenz without working quite as well as any of them, but those gripes pale next to the pleasure of gripping one of the industry’s best steering wheels, with its flat-bottom, thin-rimmed design. One press of the Engine Start button sprouting from the steering wheel hub fires the standard Giulia’s 2.0-liter turbocharged fourcylinder, a 280-hp powerhouse, to life. The standard transmission is an eight-speed automatic with manual shifting enabled by gigantic shift paddles behind the wheel. Turn that wheel and response is immediate, with brilliant body control and copious steering feel even in aggressive corners. Enthusiasts will certainly prefer the more tail-happy rear-drive model, but all-wheel drive is available, too. And then there’s the aforementioned Giulia Quadrifoglio, with its 505-hp twin-turbo V-6, standard all-wheel drive and choice of sixspeed manual or eight-speed automatic transmissions. Nearly double the price of the base Giulia, the Quadrifoglio dials everything the base Giulia delivers in terms of looks and feel up to 11, and it only seems pricey until you drive a BMW M3 or Mercedes-AMG C63 and realize they’re nowhere near as fun yet can cost much more. I only got to drive this one about 20 miles, but they’re 20 miles I won’t soon forget. In a word, it’s bellissimo.


Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfa Romeo Stelvio

• Intimidating yet charming looks

• Basically a Giulia wagon on stilts

• Tight back seat

• Snug but comfortable interior

• Scintillating handling

• Hatchback utility

• Cure for the common 3-series

• An SUV with character— what a concept!


Alfa Romeo Giulia


The Stelvio is basically a Giulia in SUV form. While it’s priced slightly higher, so too is its suspension, giving it greater ground clearance, which, combined with its standard all-wheel drive, affords the Stelvio nominal off-road capability. The longer roof and hatch-style cargo access add some genuine utility, too. That said, it’s no Suburban in terms of space; indeed, the Stelvio should really be considered more of a sport sedan with a backpack than a conventional SUV in designer duds. If you want to know what the Stelvio is like to drive, just go back and re-read what we said about the Giulia—it’s tight inside, especially in back, and pretty much all of the Giulia’s character-rich interior elements are installed verbatim. The headlamps look even more menacing on the road with the entire span of their brow line illuminated in LEDs. Arriving as it did a few months after the Giulia, the Stelvio may just be hitting dealerships as you read this, but it’s widely expected to be more popular than the Giulia once word gets out how good it is. As for the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, those aren’t slated to arrive until 2018 at a price point expected to be a touch higher than its sedan counterpart. To test drive one of the models reviewed here, visit Rick Case Alfa Romeo, 3500 Weston Rd., Davie.

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outጃabout Ava Parker, Rachel Ondrus and honoree Kathleen Cannon.

Kim Sweers, Jennifer McGreevy and Alice Jackson.

Cleveland Clinic Honors “Women of Excellence” Cynthia Borders-Byrd and honoree Linda Carter.

Cleveland Clinic Florida recognized five South Florida “Women of Excellence” at the inaugural Sapphire Luncheon in September, held at the Lauderdale Yacht Club in Fort Lauderdale. The event was hosted by the Women’s Professional Staff Association (WPSA) at Cleveland Clinic Florida and honored women in the community who are innovative leaders in achieving professional and personal excellence.

Viviane Connor, M.D., Kim Sweers and Nancy Thies.

Ginger Martin, honoree Lisa Lutoff-Perlo and Lonnie Maier.

Michelle Barsoum, Dr. Wael Barsoum and Alice Jackson.



Honorees Kathleen Cannon, Linda Carter, Madeleine Pumariega, Ramola Ramesh Motwani and Lisa Lutoff-Perlo.


Donna Schwartz of Connections Elevator and DDF board member and luncheon co-chair Linda Gendler.

Susie Bond, DDF president and founder Debbie Zelman and Cindy Goodman.

Debbie’s Dream Foundation Luncheon Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer hosted its 3rd Annual Dream BIG Luncheon at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston. The event, which featured a silent auction and three-course lunch in honor of DDF founder and stomach cancer patient Debbie Zelman, raised more than $80,000 to fund research and benefit stomach cancer patients around the world. Debby Cohn, Jodi Hahn and Debbie Bonchick.

Liz Tannenbaum and Lisa Septoff.

Dr. Marianna Blyumin-Karasik and Dr. Lesley Clark-Loeser of Precision Skin Institute. Soledad and Sebastian Malo of Pines Lincoln.





elaxed Napa Valley luxury, married to stunning Atlantic vistas, makes for the perfect pairing. Located directly on the sand in beautiful Fort Lauderdale; Auberge Beach offers a taste of the wine country, with a dash of understated elegance –– for those with an appreciation for great wine, great food and great living. The healing power of pleasure awaits...

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