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Broward Buzz Estate Buzz Top 5 List: Used Book Stores Best Bets Cultural Calendar And Another Thing

ENTERTAINMENT 24

Tales of Comedic Creatures The Play Group opens its newest season

FASHION 26

Sustainable Threads RAW Apparel means fashion sustainability

WELLNESS 28

The Tranquility Zone

HAPPENINGS 64 66 68 70

LIFESTYLE ADVICE 49

The secret to long life at aLaya spa

REAL ESTATE 30

Go Red for Women Leadership Broward The 2013 Golf Classic An Evening of Hope

Expert opinions on business, health, and life

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Will a Flood of Foreclosures Sink Prices?

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Threats from a rising tide of foreclosures

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CEO Connect Barry James Bugarin Reception Weston Philharmonic Bowl For Kids Sake

BUSINESS 32

Start Me Up Turning unemployed college grads into entrepreneurs

COVER STORY 36

A Brief History of Broward County As we approach the 100th anniversary of Broward County, it’s worth a quick look back at how it all started—and how your town fits in.

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DINING 56

Brimstone Woodfire Grill Unleash your primitive inner carnivore

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Exotic Bites From drinks to donuts, Broward’s eccentric tastes

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Florida Travel: The Family Key Hawk’s Cay Resort is truly for the whole family

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HISTORY– 9/11 – PHILANTHROPY SEASON I hope you had a great summer and I trust your children are engaged in the new school year. Like many, my son is off to college to begin a new chapter in his life. I’m confident he will do as well, if not better, than I did many years ago. Speaking of history, this month our editorial team chronicles the times gone by in Broward County and the cities where we reside. Some are over a hundred, like Fort Lauderdale, some in their sixties, like Plantation, others just turning fifty, like Parkland and Coral Springs, and a couple under twenty, like Weston and Southwest Ranches. We explore interesting, intriguing people and companies that were involved from the onset and how they impacted the development of both the landscape and the hometown culture each community reflects in their unique way. I expect you to know some of the facts we present, but you may also acquire some interesting details about where you live. September is also the month where we reflect on a day which had a major impact on our collective memories – September 11th. That day will be forever engrained in the minds of those living in this country twelve years ago. I visited the site of “ground zero” where the 9/11 Memorial is

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in New York. There, the reflecting pools sit in the footprints of what used to be the twin towers. The monuments depict a “sea of names in an ocean of tears!” Out of that moment of sadness, I am reminded of our capacity as people to come together as one for good. Even though there are daily reminders of our differences, politically and culturally, I believe we honor those memories by collaborating for a common cause. I believe we do this by making a difference in our community. Who knows? Your initiative could become a part of the future story of your city. This month is also the unofficial start of the philanthropy season. So, if you are looking to “pay it forward,” there are many galas and golf tournaments available.

If you aren’t a night owl, like me, then maybe a charity run or luncheon is just right for you. I hope you “Make It Count!” Lastly, I wish our readers who are celebrating their High Holidays a good and Happy New Year!

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CALLING ALL BUSINESS LEADERS Guest Speaker: David Barger, CEO of Jet Blue

This year’s annual meeting of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance promises good news, and a few surprises Each fall Broward’s economic development agency, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, presents the county’s assembled business leaders its annual report card on new companies and jobs—as well as a few well-deserved awards. Last year, the Alliance announced 25 new company locations and expansions, resulting in 1,500 new and 1,700 retained jobs. “We are going to have record-breaking results to be announced at this year’s meeting,” says Bob Swindale, president and CEO of the Alliance. So far it’s been a big year, with Broward receiving national economic development awards from CNBC, Builder’s Magazine and Area

Development Magazine. Swindale says the county has seen an upswing in new capital investment, which means new equipment and new manufacturing facilities. South Florida is now leading the state in new manufacturing jobs, mostly in high tech, aviation, medical devices and generic pharmaceuticals. If you want to join the event (Oct. 17, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., at the Signature Grand in Davie) contact Patty Sacco at 954-767-8866 or email patty@leadershipbroward.org. This year’s keynote speaker will be David Barger, CEO of Jet Blue.

POWER SHIFT FPL’s $2 billion project to use natural gas is history in the making

Broward’s Commissioner Chip LaMarca (center) accepts the Arts Leadership Award.

CULTURAL KUDOS Broward County gets recognized for their push to enhance the arts For the second time, Broward County has received the National Award for County Arts Leadership. Commissioners Martin David Kiar and Chip LaMarca accepted the 2013 award in a July ceremony in Washington, D.C. “Broward County has dedicated leaders with an exemplary record of supporting the arts,” says Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts, a national nonprofit that advances the arts. Broward is the only county in Florida to have received their award. The county was lauded for its CreativeBROWARD 2020, a 10-year master cultural development plan. Beyond making Broward a better place to live, the arts are big business—generating $230 million in annual economic activity, says commissioner Sue Gunzburger, who is also a member of the Broward Cultural Council.

The recent implosion of FPL’s smokestacks at Port Everglades was more than just the destruction of four eyesores from the 1960s. The big bang was symbolic of a historic energy shift in the U.S., as we transition from foreign oil to natural gas here at home. Instead of the towers and their oil-burning generators, FPL is spending $1 billion on a new natural gas plant. The new plant will be working by 2016, using 35 percent less fuel per megawatt produced. The plant will also cut the CO2 emissions in half, resulting in 22 million tons less spewed into the atmosphere over 30 years. “Converting to the new technology will mean a significant improvement in air quality,” says Cliff Bittle, Environmental Licensing Manager for Broward’s Air Quality Program. In order to supply the plant, FPL is also building a Florida natural gas pipeline for $1 billion.

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DRAWING TO DIGITAL: YOUR PERFECT ART CLASS STARTS SOON! REGISTER NOW! Space is limited.

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09/16 Fall Sessions Begin The academy offers adult courses in a variety of disciplines during the day, evening and weekends. We also offer Saturday classes and after school classes for children. In addition, parents of Homeschooled children should consider Academy courses as part of their curriculum.

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Get Your Build On: Home improvement as a contest.

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Charitable Cut: Heaven & Earth will donate a day’s labor.

The Rodeo Grounds in Davie will see a different kind of contest There won’t be any roping of cows or riding of bucking broncos. But there will be plenty of competition at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds come October 5, when the Olympiad Games benefitting Rebuilding Together Broward will pit teams of families and friends against each other. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., teams from across Broward will compete in homeimprovement events, such as the Wheelbarrow Derby, the Florida Handsaw Massacre, and the Level Plumb and True. Teams will compete to win bragging rights—and the coveted Gold Hat Award, as well as gold, silver and bronze medals. All in good fun, the proceeds will benefit Rebuilding Together Broward, a non-profit dedicated to helping improve the homes—and hence lives—of elderly and disabled homeowners, as well as those of veterans. To register for the event ($750 for a team of 4) go to www.theolympiad.org.

MOTOROLA SCALES DOWN Plantation approves a more modest tower Angry residents swarmed City Hall last year when Motorola Solutions proposed a 250-foot-tall communications tower at their Plantation facility. Residents from nearby Marcano Estates said they worried about property values and radiation. In response, Motorola reduced the tower to 180 feet, which the Plantation City Council has now approved. “Motorola has been a part of the City of Plantation for more than 40 years. They are one of the City’s corporate partners,” says Plantation Council Member Lynn Stoner. “They listened when both the public and Council indicated their displeasure with the prior proposed submittal.” The Motorola tower will serve as a backup to emergency communications and will allow public safety agencies in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Broward County and Plantation to communicate with one another. “This was a compromise and an indication of good communication and listening skills on everyone’s part,” says Stoner.

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A BEAUTIFUL THING A Beauty Salon Gives Back For the fifth consecutive year, the crew of Heaven & Earth Salon will donate a day to raise money to help abused and neglected children. Led by salon owner Larissa Kline, the salon’s annual charity event on Sunday, Oct. 6 will donate the proceeds of all treatments—along with earnings from a silent auction and raffles for donated services from local restaurants and businesses—to JAFCO, which serves abused, neglected and special needs kids in South Florida. “This is a wonderful way for all of us to give back to the community by attending our event,” says Kline. Treatments available for customers include haircuts for kids and adults, conditioning treatments, manicures and pedicures. Last year, the event raised over $10,000. A Plantation fixture for years, the Salon has just moved over the city line to Sunrise at 10055 Sunset Strip. For more information call (954) 370-1550.


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TOP Five Used Bookstores in Broward When we went on our expedition to find the 5 best used bookstores in Broward County, we started with a list of 10. Turns out only 5 were left; the rest had been replaced—by a mattress store, an ice cream parlor, a wellness center, a plastic surgery office and an antiques warehouse. Clearly, our digital world— everything from the Kindle to Amazon Books online—has slammed book retailers, and not just those selling used ones. Borders is out of business, and Barnes & Nobles is closing outlets right and left (Aventura, for example). Sure, you can download your books, or buy them online. But what a bookstore offers is something you can’t get electronically: The ability to browse, and to make surprise discoveries. For the bibliophiles among us, there is also the love of books themselves. So do yourself a favor, and visit one of these last bastions of literacy— and great bargains!

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Moving Sept. 1 from their cozy location on Stirling Road to a mile further west to accommodate their 60,000 books. Mostly paperbacks, strong on women’s fiction and romance, classics and children’s. Nice leather chairs for readers. Book Bought: Age Erasers for Women. Hardcover, perfect condition. $27.95 new, $4.50 used. New Location: 6831 Stirling Rd., Davie. (954) 961-5063

02. VOLUME ONE BOOKS A surprisingly large store tucked into a shady strip mall. Between 30,000 and 40,000 books, with excellent selection of hardcover history books, lots of top children’s books (several shelves just for Newbery Medal winners), good cookbooks. Book Bought: Winston Churchill, by John Keegan. Hardcover, perfect condition. $20 new. $5 used. 8910 Taft St., Pembroke Pines. (954) 432-5188

03. well read Small place but lots of good titles, especially Florida fiction writers and Florida history. Centrally located, easy parking, bright, cheerful place with lots of expert advice, close to their customers. Lots of current author titles. Book Bought: 1776, by David McCullough. Trade paperback, perfect condition. $18 new, $9 used. 1374 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale. (954) 467-8878

04. the book rack Lovely building and bright space inside, with a large collection of mostly paperbacks. Huge selection of mysteries, and best sellers in hardback. Also some smart, quirky titles you don’t see in lots of places. Owned by a retired FIU professor. Book Bought: After the Beep, by Jonathan Winters. Paperback, good condition. $7 new, $3.50 used. 2715 E Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. (954) 771-4310.

05. big apple books Clearly the hippest used bookstore in Broward. Feels like you’re in NYC, with jazzy music and a lot of smart, interesting titles. Also a big selection of old vinyl records if that’s your thing. Big selection of self-help titles, new age, science and off beat. Book Bought: Dark Horse, the Life and Art of George Harrison. Slightly used. $14.95 new. $4 used. 5461 N. Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale. (954) 772-7761


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SEPTEMBER 1 - 26 Classic Film Festival at Gateway Theatre The Gateway Theater is back with a stellar lineup of classic American films. From Stanley Kubrik’s brilliant Doctor Strangelove (where Peter Sellers plays four roles, including the Mad Doctor), to David Lean’s powerful epics Dr. Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia (both of which beg to be seen on a big screen) to Marlon Brando’s tour-de-force in On the Waterfront (“I could have been a contender, instead of a bum!”) it’s all here. Revel in the noir mystery of The Maltese Falcon with Humphrey Bogart or swoon to the greatest romance flick of all time, An Affair to Remember (with a hot Deborah Kerr and debonair Cary Grant), or watch Dustin Hoffman morph from The Graduate to Tootsie. The theater itself (Where the Boys Are debuted there) is a classic. When: Sept. 1 - 26 Where: Gateway Theatre, 1820 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Tickets: $8 matinee (before 4 p.m.), $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, children (12 and under) and students More information: 954-763-7994 or thegatewaytheatre.com

SEPTEMBER 7 “Brazilian Beat” Independence Day Celebration The sounds of samba fill the air as Downtown Boca celebrates Brazilian Independence Day on Friday, Sept. 7 as part of the popular monthly Friday Night LIVE! series presented by JM Lexus and Banco do Brasil. Held at Sanborn Square, festivities will feature award-winning singer Rose Max and fan-favorite Batuke Samba Funk within its jam-packed schedule that includes a capoeira and carnival show and Zumba demonstration, DJ Fred, displays of art, fashion and more alongside delicious Brazilian cuisine served up curbside by the Gourmet Truck Expo. When: Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Where: Sanborn Square, 72 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton Tickets: Free More information: DowntownBoca.org

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Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck at Hard Rock Live Grammy-award winning rock icons Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys) and Jeff Beck (Yardbirds) kick-off their North American Tour on September 27 at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, joined by Wilson’s former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine and David Marks. Wilson and Beck may seem like an odd pairing, but the legendary guitarist recently joined Wilson as a guest musician on the former Beach Boy’s upcoming album. Jam to their solo hits and, of course, many Beach Boys classics. When: Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Where: Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood Tickets: $49 - $84 More information: 954-327-7625 or seminolehardrockhollywood.com


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September 1October 6 “Moon Over Buffalo” at the Broward Stage Door Theatre What: Broadway comedy about “a down-at-their-heels theatrical family led by a drunken womanizer married to a wacky fading beauty.” When: Sept. 1 – Oct. 6 on Wed., Sat., Sun. at 2 p.m. and Fri., Sat. at 8 p.m. Where: The Broward Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Rd, Coral Springs Tickets: $38 for adults, $16 for students More information: 954-344-7765 and www. stagedoortheatre.com

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Fiesta Flamenca! What: Enjoy an exciting evening of music and dance with Broward-based Flamenco ensemble Bailes Ferrer. When: Sept. 14 at 7:25 p.m. – 8:55 p.m. Where: Sunrise Civic Center Theatre and Gallery, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise Tickets: $16 for adults, $10 for children, $14 for students More information: 954747-4646 and sunrisefl.gov

Lionel Richie at Hard Rock Live What: The Lionel Richie Tour 2013 arrives in Hollywood for an “All the Hits All Night Long” concert. When: Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. Where: Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood Tickets: $80 - $155 More information: 954-327-7625 and seminolehardrockhollywood. com

September 15 Depeche Mode at BB&T Center What: Pioneers of the postpunk era and the most popular electronic band of all-time comes to Broward county for their “The Delta Machine World Tour.” When: Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Where: The BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise Tickets: $40 - $90 More information: 954835-7000 and thebbtcenter. com

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Diana Ross at Hard Rock Live What: American singer and actress Diana Ross performs for one night only at the Hard Rock Live. When: Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. Where: Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood Tickets: $50 - $105 More information: 954-327-7625 and seminolehardrockhollywood.com

Stone Temple Pilots at BB&T Center What: Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington bring their North American tour exclusively to South Florida at the BB&T Center. When: Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Where: The BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise Tickets: $45 - $60 More information: 954835-7000 and thebbtcenter. com

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What: Four demonically comedic plays in one night. When: Sept. 26 – Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. on Thurs. – Sun. and 5 p.m. on Sun. Where: The Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Dr., Fort Lauderdale Tickets: $25 More information: 954678-1476 and empirestage. com

September 27- 29 Sesame Street Live: “Can’t Stop Singing” What: The cast of Sesame Street in a nonstop, all-singing, all-dancing musical montage. When: Sept. 27 – 29 at various times Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 Northeast 8th St., Fort Lauderdale Tickets: $20 - $72 More information: 954462-0222 and browardcenter. org

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September 19 - 22 Disney on Ice: Princesses & Heroes at BB&T Center What: The cast of your favorite Disney princesses and heroes come together for a dazzling eight-performance engagement of Disney on Ice. When: Sept. 19 - 22 at various times Where: The BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise Tickets: $16 - $52 More information: 954835-7000 and thebbtcenter. com

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Laffing Matterz What: An evening of satire, absurdity and musical comedy. When: Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. Where: Sunrise Civic Center Theatre and Gallery, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise Tickets: $18 for adults, $16 for students More information: 954747-4646 and sunrisefl.gov

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Tales of Comedic Creatures The Play Group opens its newest season with a humorously spooky lineup By Gideon Grudo

emons, vampires, werewolves, zombies, and insane space men: Not your typical lineup of theater characters. But then again, The Empire Stage is not your typical theater, and The Play Group not your typical acting company. Starting with a special preview on Sept. 26, “The Monster Project” is the opener for the fourth season of The Play Group, a feisty troupe of actors who stage their craft in the decidedly Bohemian setting of Fort Lauderdale’s Empire Stage. Across the street from the FEC railroad tracks, Empire seats about 60 people in a relatively small space. The walls are painted black and covered in posters referencing past shows like “They’re Just my “Making Porn,” about the 80s’ gay porn industry. kind of humor,” The show itself says Sweeney. comprises four plays “It’s a little bit by Hollywood, Florida native and award-winning off-the-wall.” playwright Brian Harris who moved back to South Florida this year after spending most of his life in New York. Directing and managing the show is Coral Springs’ Joyce Sweeney. “They’re just my kind of humor,” Sweeney told Lifestyle about what to expect from the plays. “It’s a little bit offthe-wall and kinda crazy, but we knew we had some actors who could handle it.” There’s a lot of physical comedy in it as well, says Sweeney.

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The four plays are: “The Pattern,” about a lady who has a pattern of picking weird boyfriends (the mystery is figuring out the current one’s strangeness); “The Grandfather,” in which a 29-year-old gamer’s grandfather comes to live with him, but takes gaming a little too seriously; “The Wrong Stuff” (where we get the insane space men), about a few astronauts who’ve spent too much time on a mission to Mars; and “The Binder,” where a boyfriend’s gift bracelet happens to be in-scripted with words that summon demons. Each play is themed around a monster, hence the show’s name. As for playwright Harris, Sweeney says she enjoys working on the project with him because he “gives me a lot of flexibility… He trusted me with the casting.” Cast members include Teresa Biber, David Meulemans, Christopher Mitchell, Clelia Patrizio, and David Gordon, who co-owns and runs the Empire Stage. “People love coming here,” says Gordon. “They love the vibe—and the free beer and wine.” His Empire Stage is dedicated to bringing the work of homegrown playwrights and actors to life. “If something gets a really good review, we’ll get that old, Boca-West-Palm-Beach crowd to come around,” Gordon says. “They don’t do a lot of investigating, but just go by the review—so they don’t complain. But this place may not be for them.” Admission is $25 and the wine is on the house; performances Thurs.- Sun. through October. For more information, go to empirestage.com. Empire Stage, 1140 North Flagler Street, Fort Lauderdale.


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Sustainable Threads Fashion designers are not always concerned with their carbon footprints. One young designer is making that concern part of his basic brand. By J.P. Faber

n a Thursday night in July a crowd of mostly lanky Y-gens have descended on The Archives, a shop on the eastern end of trendy Las Olas Boulevard. Some are fashion mavens, some are students, some are curious shoppers, some are friends of the family. They are all here to see the ‘trunk show’ of Stevan Brenner, a young Florida designer who is trying to find a larger audience for his RAW brand of recycled apparel. Brenner’s show is one of ten being hosted by The Archives, a self-styled ‘men’s sneaker boutique’ that sells hip footwear along with other apparel. “We want to support local designers, but I can’t have everyone’s T-shirts on the shelves,” says owner Bradley Minto. “I was trying to figure out a way for [new] brands to have equal opportunity in the store.” So Minto launched a juried contest for the best of ten fledgling brands, selected from 120 applications. Each of the ten gets one Thursday night ‘trunk show’—fashion jargon for clothing display only, no models— over the course of ten weeks, with a $1,500 prize and guaranteed shelf space for the winner in September. For Brenner, the show was a golden opportunity to promote the organic ‘consciouswear’ clothing line of his company RAW Apparel, LLC. Its mission: To use only recycled materials. His shirts are “made from 50% pre-consumer recycled cotton and 50% post-consumer recycled plastic” according to his company fact sheet, with each shirt saving 750 gallons of water and 12 kg of carbon emissions.

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“I want to have a lasting impact on this planet,” says Brenner. “If you wear one of these shirts, you are literally wearing the change you want to see in the world.” Brenner, also an accomplished photographer, says the name of his company came from the term m for a high-resolution format for photography, known as the raw file. “It also happens to work well for what we want to say about ecoconsciousness.”

and with a nice touch for marketing. Each of his items (mostly T-shirts, hoodies and hats) has a clever name (The Bottom Line, The

Brenner with his RAW brand: Wear the change you want to see Among Brenner’s challenges: How to find the time to market his goods while going to school. A 20-year-old Boca Raton native, he is currently a junior at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg, where he is majoring in Business Entrepreneurship with a focus on green business models. “It’s kind of hard doing this and being a student at the same time,” he says. Maybe so, but his young company (he sells online) is off to a good start—

Wild Thing) and comes with a story printed on an accompanying card. And all his products are American made. “I haven’t seen the other designers with as much marketing savvy,” says Minto. “He’s got something.” Says the beaming Brenner: “My goal? I would like to be known as the Nike of sustainability.” Like the narrative says that comes with his “American Made, Recycled” Wild Thing T-shirt, you’ve got to follow your dreams.


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The Tranquility Zone If relaxation is the secret to long life, then aLaya spa at Bonaventure will add years to yours by danielle tarrant

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came to aLaya with a girlfriend for a self-indulgent afternoon of pampering, relaxation and girl talk, and the spa delivered, right from the start. The aLaya spa may belocated on the grounds of The Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston, but it is worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the resort. I entered the spa through a Zen bamboo garden that leads to their grand lobby and I was overtaken by a sense of serenity. You are welcomed inside by the warmth of the hardwood floors, the striking wood-paneled ceilings and the Asian inspired décor, which continues throughout the facility. What struck me immediately was the quiet. The aLaya spa feels like a shrine or a church, a hushed space where everyone speaks in whispers so as to not risk disturbing the calming tranquility. Once we were checked in, a greeter escorted us to the locker room. Here, all of your needs have been anticipated. Within the locker room you will find sauna, steam room, indoor Jacuzzi, showers and a vanity area with everything a girl could need: Q-tips, hair dryers, razors, hairspray, etc. Once we donned the fluffy spa robes and sandals and tucked our belongings away in elegant wooden lockers, our greeter returned to guide us to “The Tea Room.” This lavish waiting area is for clients to relax before or in-between services. The room is fashioned with plush couches, a selection of magazines, flavored ice water (lemon and cucumber), sesame snacks and fresh apples. And, of course, tea. Our masseuses soon came to greet us and ushered us off to our private treatment rooms. Once inside, my masseuse Yarlin asked about my preferences and then combined a mix of techniques and aroma therapies to create a massage tailored just for me: A hybrid of their Signature Massage and Hot Stone Massage, along with Relaxation Aromatherapy (using Lavender and Eucalyptus). Taking my preferences into consideration, Yarlin applied the perfect combination of strength and gentleness. I

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was in a deep and dreamy state by the time she placed the hot stones down the spine of my back. The warmth and weight of the stones took my massage to the next level. After the massage, we groggily made our way over to the salon for manicures and pedicures. This is where our relaxing spa day turned into “Girl’s Day.” As we soaked our feet in the spa pedicure chairs, complete with massage feature and a jetted basin, we chatted away while enjoying a cheese platter, fresh fruit and champagne from the spa cafe. I ‘m pretty sure it doesn’t get better than this. After we had been scrubbed, trimmed and filed, our feet were treated to a paraffin wax treatment infused with essential oils, then finished off with the Essie polish shade of our choice. Reluctantly we departed our massaging chairs and made our way over to the manicure stations where our hands were treated to the same pampering. Keep in mind this is not your average nail salon where they pull you in and push you out at a rapid pace. The


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BROWARD SPA MONTH Bonaventure is just one of Broward’s leading spas that are participating in Lauderdale Spa Chic, a special month-long discount program (Sept. 1-30) that lets you sample Greater Fort Lauderdale’s top spas with a full Spa Chic treatment.

Participating Spas » Spa Atlantic at The Atlantic Resort & Spa » aLaya Spa at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa » Diamante Day Spa » Spa 950 at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa » The Spa at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa » Spa Q at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort & Spa » Spa 66 at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six » The Spa at Lago Mar Resort and Club » Le Spot European Day Spa » Planet Massage » Spa Ocean Sands at the Residence Inn Fort Lauderdale Pompano Beach/Oceanfront » The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort pace here is languid. In fact, there is no rush at all. As a guest of the spa, you are welcome to enjoy the facility’s amenities for the entire day. These include the sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, private heated outdoor pool, and workout facility. ALaya also offers fitness classes and a number of specialty yoga classes including hot yoga and their unique Yoga on the Green, which takes place on the newly renovated 18hole championship East Course at the Bonaventure Country Club. I was not in the state of mind for a workout, but I did extend my day at aLaya by detoxifying in the sauna and relaxing by the pool. I left aLaya spa in a state of bliss, I may not have been in the actual state of Zen, but it felt pretty close to me.

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REAL ESTATE

Will A Flood of Foreclosures Sink Real Estate Prices? Just as South Florida’s housing prices seem to be settling into recovery mode, a rising tide of foreclosures stands to wash out the region’s double-digit price gains By Darcie Lunsford

outh Florida is seeing a sharp jump in housing prices, at least in part because of a limited supply of homes for sale. That could soon change. The flow of foreclosures through the Florida court system has been artificially held back by a series of frauds, processing calamities and lawsuits against the banks. Now, new state legislation aimed at expediting the foreclosure process is turning the spigot back on. At the end of the first half of 2013, Florida held the dubious distinction of being first in the nation for foreclosures with 1.7 percent of the state’s homes in some stage of foreclosure, according to RealtyTrac data. That means one in every 58 homes faced a foreclosure filing in the first six months of the year, nearly three times the national rate. The news isn’t any better in our part of the state, despite the rising prices. South Florida as a metropolitan statistical area posted the highest foreclosure rate among major metros nationally with nearly 2.4 percent of housing units—or one in every 43 homes—facing a foreclosure filing. That is nearly four times the national average. Part of the problem has been the legal process. Until now, the time it took to get a foreclosure through the adjudication process in this state could be measured in years not months. So far, that’s helped the market. “It is good that things are coming on the market now because the market can absorb it,” says Clark Toole, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate for Florida. He points to low inventories and rising demand from myriad buyers. In Broward County, for example, there is only about a threemonth supply of homes available, he says. It should be closer to five or six. One result: The median price of a single-family home that sold in June was nearly 21 percent higher than a year earlier, while the price of a condo or townhome was 26 percent higher, according to Florida Realtors data. Now we must slog through a spate of foreclosures that “will put a dampening effect on

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the rising prices,” says Weston foreclosure defense lawyer Roy Oppenheim. But that could be healthy event, “because prices were rising too quickly and people were talking about another bubble.” South Florida foreclosure activity jumped more than 50 percent in June compared to the same month last year. Compared to Palm Beach and Miami-Dade, Broward County actually saw the smallest year-over-year increase in June–rising just 14 percent. But in May it saw the highest increase, spiking 112 percent. Nationally, it’s a different story. Foreclosures fell 35 percent year-over-year in June, as many states worked through their foreclosure problems. There are about 350,000 foreclosures still pending in Florida courts. Worse, there are an estimated 680,000 more foreclosures expected to be filed in the next three years. “There are still almost twice as many to go through than have already been processed,” says Deerfield Beach-based housing expert Jack McCabe, whose firm consults for major homebuilders, lenders and investors. “There is still a long way to go yet.” Darcie Lunsford is a veteran South Florida business journalist and real estate writer who now works as a commercial real estate broker, specializing in office and medical leasing.Write to Darcie at darcielunsford@gmail.com. Foreclosures: Annual Increase

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START ME UP The new Startup Quest program sounds like a TV show: Unemployed college grads get free training to design a company and then pitch it to investors By J.P. Faber

he letter which was sent out to unemployed college grads from the Startup Quest program began with the sentence: “Let your college degree work for you” and wrapped up with: “Ever thought about appearing on Shark Tank? This program simulates that experience.” Thousands of unemployed South Floridians received the letter this summer from Michael O’Donnell, the WorkForce One regional project manager in charge of an innovative initiative called the Startup Quest Entrepreneurial Training Program. The idea is simple, if ingenious. Participants (who must hold a college degree, and be either unemployed or underemployed) undergo a 10-week training program during which they work in teams to develop a business plan for a new high-tech startup. At the end of the course (which is conducted Thursdays at the Signature Grand in Davie) the plan is presented to an audience of potential investors, including venture capitalists and angel funds. Here’s the good part: You don’t have to come up with the technology yourself. That comes courtesy of the University of Florida, where the program was conceived by Jane Muir and David Day of the Office of Licensing Technology. Their job is to patent new technologies discovered by UF professors, and then to find a company to license and use them. Gator Aid, which still earns UF millions, is a good example. “They had all this technology but not enough entrepreneurs,” says O’Donnell. “They were looking for more.” So Muir and Day approached their local employment agencies and chamber of commerce and started a pilot for Startup Quest. The first graduating class licensed three technologies and started 14 companies. “This is the first year for the full roll out,” says O’Donnell. Currently there are classes approaching graduation in Brevard County, Daytona and Jacksonville; Broward is next, along with Tampa and Tallahassee. Participants will be randomly chosen from applicants. Some 500 would-be entrepreneurs are expected to apply, out of which perhaps 140 will be chosen for classes beginning Sept. 12 and graduating Nov. 14. The next class will be in March, with applications due in January and February. “The only limit to the number of students is the number of mentors who can help instruct them,” says O’Donnell. “My job is to get that slate of mentors— and speakers—lined up.” So far there are about two-dozen mentors and speakers. Just one example: Speaker Zee Aganovic, CEO of Boca Raton-based HiConversion, Inc., who holds a Ph.D. in Optimization Theories from Rutgers. His last two startups were sold to Ricoh and Microsoft. He also founded CyLex Systems, for which he raised $20 million in venture capital. “Startup Quest will be the entrepreneurial training experience of a lifetime for the participants,” says Mason Jackson, President of WorkForce One Employment Solutions. “We hope to launch more local technology businesses and help many qualified people find rewarding jobs.” For further information go to: http://workforceone.startupquest.org

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A Brief History Of

Broward County As we approach the 100th anniversary of Broward County, it’s worth a quick look back at how it all started. By J.P. Faber hile there were a few random settlers in the 1800s—some farmers on the New River driven off by Indians, a noted pig farmer who left to become a Tallahassee legislator, another man who kept a House of Refuge for shipwrecked sailors—the first true settler in Broward was Frank Stranahan, an Ohio native who arrived in 1893. Stranahan moved to the banks of the New River in today’s Fort Lauderdale, to run a ferry and overnight camp for the newly built Lantana-Lemon City stage line. Six years later the area’s first schoolteacher arrived, Ivy Cromartie, whom Frank wooed and won as his wife. In many ways Frank Stranahan was iconic for both Broward and South Florida. Starting with 10 acres and a house on the river (still there), he became a self-made millionaire, at one point owning 16 businesses and scads

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Broward County was named after an appropriate Florida Governor, Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, the man who drained our swamps. of real estate. His finances crashed along with the rest of South Florida after the brutal hurricane of 1926, and he committed suicide by throwing himself into the New River, an anchor around his neck, three years later. He was both an intrepid pioneer and a shameless entrepreneur, ushering in new settlers, trading with the Indians, and plundering the Everglades for its bird plumage, then much in demand for ladies’ hats in the civilized world. Broward County itself was not formed until 1915, carved from portions of Dade and Palm Beach Counties, and named for former Florida Governor Napoleon Bonaparte


No one is more emblematic of Broward County’s history than Frank Stranahan (left, with wife Ivy) who ran the first ferry across the New River and later became a self-made millionaire—except perhaps Napoleon Bonaparte Broward (below), the Florida Governor who helped drain the county’s swamps. Also high on the list is the Bonnet House (below), the legendary home of Chicago artist Clay Bartlett, who spent his winters there in the 1930s painting, drinking and having fun with famous guests such as Frank Lloyd Wright. Both Stranahan’s home and the Bonnet house are today open to the public.

the huge logistical problems of getting Broward. The county already had supplies to the area with just a single three municipalities formed by then: rail line and no state roads. Like the Dania (1904), Pompano (1908) and rest of the nation, Broward grew only Fort Lauderdale (1911), the latter modestly until it roared back during named after Maj. William Lauderdale, and after WWII, first supporting major whose troops built a stockade on the military bases and then a post-war land New River in 1838 during the Second boom. Seminole War. The big Broward Boom took place Naming the county for Gov. Broward in the 1950s and 1960s. After doubling was an appropriate gesture. As Florida to 84,000 between 1940 and 1950, governor from 1905 to 1909, he led the county’s population then grew by the efforts to drain South Florida’s more than sevenfold, cresting 620,000 Everglades and build dredges for the in 1970. Broward’s constellation of north and south New River canals. cities also multiplied during the boom These projects opened up Broward decades, starting with Lauderdalefor both agricultural and residential by-the-Sea in 1951; another 18 cities development. Napoleon B. Broward would follow, from Plantation (1953) Thanks to the governor, by the 1920s Broward was roaring. Between 1920 and 1925 the and Davie (1961) to Coral Springs (1963) and Parkland county’s population jumped from 5,000 to more than (1963). Only latecomer Weston (1996) was too young for 14,000. Visionary developer Joseph W. Young launched his the parade. Today Broward County has a population of 1.8 million dream city of Hollywood-by-the-Sea (incorporated 1925), setting the precedent for ‘developer cities’ in Broward— and is home to a massive port, a sophisticated array of cultural, academic, legal and financial institutions, and such as Coral Springs and Weston. Broward and the rest of South Florida entered the burgeoning bioscience and high-tech industries. Each of Depression early, courtesy of both the 1926 Hurricane and its cities has stories to tell, a sampling of which follows. LMGFL.COM | SEPTEMBER 2013

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Plantation had only 500 residents in 1953, and the idea was to make everybody’s home a produce-generating garden

Plantation’s Fort Lauderdale Country Club in the 1920s: A landing place for banned booze.

t became a problem for Shirley Schuler when one of the horses that lived across the street began taking advantage of her kindness. Every time Schuler pulled into her driveway after work, the horse peered out from a fence on Frederick Peters’ farm (Peters owned much of the land in Plantation, having bought 10,000 acres of it in 1941). The horse knew how to click open a small gate and escape, arriving with a whinny at Schuler’s backdoor. “And he’d put his hoof on my back door and bang on it,” Schuler told Lifestyle. “He knew I’d come and give him an apple.” When she had given too many apples to her liking, Schuler fixed the fence herself

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so the horse could no longer open it. This was in the 1960s, when Plantation had little more than 4,000 people living in it (compared to Plantation’s current population of almost 85,000) The old Fort Lauderdale Country Club (now the Plantation Country Club) was the social center of the town for decades—including the place where booze was flown into Broward during Prohibition. and much of the land was still undeveloped. Anything past University Drive was farmland. “Of course, we

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Left: Franl Veltri, Plantation’s first mayor, addresses new land owners. Below: University Drive – when it was still green.

always had alligators walking up the street,” Schuler says nonchalantly. Schuler came down in 1964, along with her family from Park Hills, Kentucky. “When I first came down, what shocked me was how long it took to drive from Northern Florida,” she says. “And you didn’t get palm trees until you got down here.” A lot of the palm trees she saw when she arrived were on their sides, however. She drove down on the heels of Hurricane Cleo, which came up on the East coast of Florida. Schuler remembers her dismay at finally arriving in Fort Lauderdale and seeing so many felled trees— there was even a piano jutting out of a hotel window. Schuler nonetheless settled in Plantation, where Branches was the convenience stores where everyone got what they needed, even mail. If she wanted some ice cream, she would go to the hotel-less Howard Johnson’s on State Road 7 and Broward Boulevard (then just a twolane road). But the center of Plantation social life was the Fort Lauderdale Country Club, so named because it was built in 1926—decades before Plantation was incorporated. “The country club—we would go there on Saturday night for dinner and dancing,” says Schuler, who has been a member of the Broward Historical Society since 1991. Rum Runners and Ghosts When the Country Club was built in 1926, it was in the middle of nowhere. So when Fort Lauderdale police began to crack down on the illegal liquor trade, the club’s golf course fairway looked like a fine spot to land a load of booze. A wealthy alleged bootlegger named Roy Quayle leased the club from the City of Fort Lauderdale for $100 a year, and the rum running adventures of the 1930s were on. But in order to land at night on a dark golf course, the pilots needed a signal. Fortunately the club had a tower. “People in the area were sure they were

seeing ghosts in the tower,” old-timer Philip Weidling (who’s since passed) told Broward Legacy historical magazine in 2004. “But the strange lights in the tower was a lookout with a flashlight signaling rum-runner pilot[s].” Other ghosts on the golf course were more real. As in many areas of West Broward, the Tequesta Indians of the 1500s buried their bones—and one of their specialty burial mounds was underneath the 14th hole of the (now) Plantation Country Club golf course. It was discovered in 1975, and since the excavation, that 14th hole has been deemed “Funnee-Okko-Pokko,” or “bone heap” in English (not funny bone). The Tequesta Indians might have numbered as many as a few thousand when they first made contact with European explorers in the 1500s, but they were pretty much all gone by the 1800s, mostly killed off by European diseases. Did they really name the city for a Southern tradition? In her years of curating with the historical society, one question Schuler explored was where the name came from. Was it named after that peculiar Southern institution? Schuler says it’s not likely, since only North Florida had actual plantations. “Look up the word plantation in the dictionary,” she says, pointing out it means that it means ‘small farms.’” “We were underwater. There were no plantations—in the classical sense—down here.” Frederick Peters, Schuler’s neighbor and the man who bought 10,000 acres for $250 a pop back in 1941, is Plantation’s founding father. In his master plan for the city, the idea was for residents to buy ‘long acres,’ one-acre lots where two-thirds of the land would be would be used for gardens and fruit trees. According to the city official history, “the area was nicknamed Plantation because many large tracts of land were purchased by city dwellers, who called them plantations.”

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Davie The cowboy spirit still resides in the once backwoods city of Davie

he City of Davie has one of the wilder and woollier histories among Broward’s cities, in part because of its age and the toughness of its earliest settlers. Even as late as the 1950s and 1960s, when Fort Lauderdale beach was blossoming with Spring Break, Davie was still an outback sort of place. “We didn’t have police or fire,” life-long inhabitant, 63-year-old Tom Gill, recalls of the 50s and 60s. “If you had an emergency, you had to drive yourself. A lot of people out here, their neighbor might have been a quarter mile away. We didn’t even have a stoplight.” Now one of Florida’s largest cities with over 91,000 residents (though it still considers itself a ‘town’), Davie is still known for the rodeos and cattle drives that gave the town its sense of identity. The architecture in downtown Davie still reflects the days when people would ride into town on their horses and hitch them to a rail. “Young people on horseback sauntered along tree-bordered banks of the New South River that flows through the heart of the village,” writes Victoria Wagner, a Davie historian of the 1960s. “The air was filled with the fragrance of orange blossoms from the nearby groves, and cattle grazed contentedly in surrounding fields.” The ideals of country living, so common in Florida’s older cities, were the foundation of Davie—a foundation that is quickly disappearing. Kenneth King, a former mayor and president of the local Historical Society, remembers when he and his friends started the rodeo. “We just made a circle with our horses or wagons,” he says, “and performed for each other.” Now the rodeo has its own official grounds and has professional participants who make a circuit of rodeos throughout the country. But that doesn’t mean Davie, originally incorporated in 1925, can’t pride itself with an older history than most other Broward cities.

T Riding Cowboy: The Davie Rodeo Arena was the community institution that gave Davie its sense of identity.

A Tough Breed Historian Wagner comments that Davie’s early “settlers had to be gamblers at heart to take on, as many did, this new land sight unseen. They

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had to be willing to work hard under the most discouraging conditions, to have their work destroyed by storms and wind—then try again. To survive, they had to help each other, especially when in distress.” Davie’s first name was Zona, which translates in Spanish to “area,” an homage to the Panama Canal development where Davie’s earliest 1909 settlers used to work. But in 1916 along came Robert Parsell Davie, who bought extensive tracts of land and funded their drainage. When his 27,000 acres of swamp became dry enough to develop, he became a millionaire. By way of philanthropy, Davie built a small school for the children of the area, who otherwise attended a packing plant. It was rebuilt a few years later and survives today as the Old Davie School, a museum. It was considered “the first permanent school in the Everglades” and is


Photos By Broward County Historical Commission Country Living: The architecture in downtown Davie still reflects the days when people would ride into town on horses and hitch them to a rail.

Broward County’s oldest existing school building. The residents of Zona were so grateful to Davie for the school, and the drainage project, that they renamed their town after him. Hollywood Western Style Bad Guys In addition to the cowboys who accompanied the cattle drives that came to and from Davie’s ranches, Davie had a history of rough characters. When deceased Davie resident Charles Forman was a baby, he remembers a man named John Ashely bouncing him on his knee to entertain him. This was around 1910. But Forman, who became a

prominent Davie resident in the 1980s, would later learn that Ashley headed the dangerous “Ashley Gang.” Their violence was legendary. Among many misdeeds ascribed to Ashley was the 1911 murder of a Seminole Indian named De Soto Tiger. Tiger had been last seen alive with Ashley and a load of otter skins. Ashley later sold $1,200 worth of otter skins in Miami, and Tiger’s body turned up in a canal. Ashley was arrested in 1915 by police, but broke out of jail and immediately rejoined his gang to rob the bank in Stuart. He was shot in the jaw, lost an eye, and was recaptured and taken to the Dade County Jail. His brother Bob then went to the home of Deputy Sheriff Wilbur Hendrickson

and murdered him for his keys; but Bob never reached the jail. In a running battle with police, he and one officer were killed. John was sentenced to life imprisonment but in 1918 escaped again with the help of the gang. For years they robbed banks, bootlegged and hijacked, becoming Jesse James style folk heroes among the local ‘crackers.’ Ashley was finally gunned down in 1924, in an ambush set by the sheriff of Palm Beach County. The city of Davie was incorporated the following year. “It was a young country for strong, courageous people,” said Forman of his early years in the wild, wild west of Broward County.

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Weston The youngest city in Broward is among its brashest, carving out a ‘perfect’ community from the Everglades in the western county hen Harry Rosen moved to Weston in 1989, it had more golf courses than grocery stores. It wasn’t yet a city, just a planned community created by a once-powerful but now-defunct development firm called Arvida. It would be six years before Weston officially became a city, and Rosen its first mayor. It seemed crazy at the time: Why would anyone want to move so far west? In the beginning, few did. At the end of the ’80s, there was one Publix, no movie theaters, and only a handful of restaurants. Rosen vaguely recalls an Italian and a Chinese place, but there was no high school, just one elementary (Everglades Elementary), one middle school (Falcon Cove), and only 5,000 residents. But Rosen says Arvida was smart. While the community lacked in some areas, it excelled in others. For instance, it had four quality golf

W First City Commission: Steve Keller, Eric Hersh, Mayor Harry Rosen, Mark Meyers & Ed Jacobson.

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courses (two at Weston Hills Country Club and another two at Bonaventure Country Club). While some families move to a neighborhood for its good schools, Arvida believed others would move to be near great golf courses. Before he ran for mayor in 1996, Rosen had been on board of the Indian Trace Community Development District, a special tax district created before the city was a city. At first, the district held its meetings at Falcon Cove Middle School. “There were no other public locations,” Rosen says, chuckling. But after the city incorporated—and true to Weston’s form—it started holding its meetings at the Weston Hills Country Club. While the city isn’t that old, there’s some history that’s been forgotten, Rosen says. Arvida vs. Environmentalists Arvida (named after its 1959 founder Arthur Vining Davis) began working on making Weston into a city in the 1970s. At the time, the whole area was sitting on rich virgin Everglades land. Because of its pristine nature, environmentalists were not happy when Arvida announced plans to survey the land for development in 1974. Led by Broward County commissioner Ann Kolb (and coined Annie’s Army), the environmentalists led such a strong campaign that, for public relations reasons, Arvida changed the project’s name from Indian Trace to Weston. And, in the end, Arvida’s coalition of lawyers and lobbyists won the fight. In 1978, Ann Kolb’s fellow county commissioners overruled her objections and approved construction of 20,000 homes on 10,000 acres of sawgrass, soggy pasture and swamp. “It’s a rape of the environment,’’ Kolb said at the time. Still, the official idea was to set up 40,000 homes, and Kolb cut that number in half. And in the ensuing years, Weston would devote more and more land to wetlands conservation. When the city went official in 1996, it was a much smaller city than originally intended.


Left: Cutting the Cake: The city’s 5th anniversary celebration. Below: Breaking ground for Cypress Bay High School (left); Aerial vew from 1983 (right).

Marino, Maybe? Even though Dan Marino sold his Weston house in 2011 for just $7.2 million—less than half of his original asking price—he made a profit. That’s because Arvida gave Marino a major discount on his home for helping to promote Weston. The details are not entirely clear. Marino may have paid $2.15 million for the house in 1995, and perhaps $550,000 for another property in 1991. Or maybe one of those houses was payment for using his celebrity status to draw people into Weston—he was working for Arvida as far back as 1986, a figurehead alongside Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, provided by then-Arvida-owner Disney. “I can’t clarify anything about that,” Rosen told Lifestyle. “I just know that it was rumored, as far as I’m concerned, that Arvida did something to have Dan Marino affiliated with Weston. The city had nothing to do with it.” Whatever the case, Dan Marino—along with Mickey and Donald—were there for Arvida’s gala Grand Opening for the Great Hometown in May of 1986, shortly after enough of I-75 had been built to reach the Arvida Parkway. A small army of bargain hunters showed up for the free eats, music, fireworks and sales pitches.

Arvida has since been bought by the St. Joe Company, and officials there don’t want to talk about the past with Dan Marino. Tax records show that he and his wife still own a condo in Weston, which means they’re still residents in some sense. Even without Dan Marino, immaculately landscaped Weston sells itself as a near perfect community. In 2012, CNN Money ranked Weston as the 62nd best place to live in the country. In 2010, the same outfit ranked Weston as 19th place in best-earning towns, with an average annual family income of just under $120,000.

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The real heart of old Fort Lauderdale is the Las Olas corridor along the New River

ouis Flematti was waiting tables for the Four Seasons in New York City in the late 1950s when he decided enough was enough. He had gone back and forth to Florida to work its winter season before, and so set his sights on Fort Lauderdale. “I couldn’t stand it,” Flematti says, now a veteran restaurateur on Las Olas. “I thought there must be a better place.” And there was. When Flematti came to work the season, he’d rent an apartment off of Las Olas for about $600 a month—along with a half dozen roommates. He’d make about $100 a day working at Le Dome, a white-glove-and-jacket-required restaurant that’s since closed. So he paid his share of the rent after a day’s work—something that can’t be said for today’s waiters. Of course, the apartment wasn’t air-conditioned, but he didn’t care. He loved Las Olas, and by 1962 bought his own

Las Olas—aka old Fort Lauderdale—was not the first city to incorporate in Broward, but it’s where the county started, on the banks of the New River.

Top Right: America’s Venice, East Las Olas, in the 1960s. Bottom Left: Vintage traffic on West Las Olas in the 1940s.

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restaurant and named it Café de Paris—which he owns to this day. It cost him $5,000 and rent was $300 a month for the Las Olas location. “In those days, Las Olas was a little bit more conservative,” he told Lifestyle. “There were no ice cream parlors, no yogurt shops—just a few restaurants and bars. After the 1970s, we got invaded.” He remembers buying a small house in the Idlewyld neighborhood for $19,000 in 1963 and selling it for $70,000 about five years later (today, a property in Idlewyld can cost up to $15 million). “It was a very quiet town,” Flematti says. “Now it’s getting a little crowded…. The clientele is not as rich as it used to be.” While it’s not a city itself, Las Olas was the core of Fort Lauderdale when it all started up in the late 1800s. Las Olas’s Most Famous Figure Fort Lauderdale was not the first of Broward’s cities to incorporate—those accolades go to Dania (1904) and Pompano (1908). Fort Lauderdale wouldn’t incorporate until 1911, named for Major William Lauderdale about 70 years after he built three forts along the New River. But Fort Lauderdale—aka Las Olas—was where the first settler established himself.


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(Fort Lauderdale) Incorporated: 1911 Population Then: 700 Population Now: 171,000

Left: The first pioneer, Frank Stranahan, and his local trading partners. Below top: A1A in the 1930s (Bonnet House). Below bottom: Las Olas’ first wooden bridge. Frank Stranahan was 27 when he came down to Florida in 1893 to run the ferry that crossed the New River. He traded with Seminole Indians, who would arrive by canoe and camp out in front of the trading post he built on the banks of the river. With the money he made, Stranahan moved on to develop other land and businesses, becoming a millionaire. The trading post became the Stranahan household, which sat on 10 acres of land. Now it’s a museum. “This is the beginning of the city,” says April Kirk, the executive director of today’s Historic Stranahan House Museum. Many of the discussions and handshaking, liquor swirling and big ideas that would shape the region took place at the house. But Stranahan’s story did not have a happy ending. Standing in front of his famous house in 1929, impoverished by two hurricanes that struck the region during the Depression, the entrepreneur jumped into the New River and drowned himself. “Frank took the responsibility of the community in his heart,” says Kirk, guilty that hard times had befallen the residents of Las Olas. Spring Break Didn’t Break Until 1960 In 1960 there was this movie called Where the Boys Are. It was about four very different college girls driving to Fort Lauderdale for spring break and romantic adventures. Two of the girls were Dolores Hart and Connie Francis.

In a case of life imitating art, Where the Boys Are made the city the destination for spring break. Interestingly, the movie debuted at Fort Lauderdale’s Gateway Theater (still there today). Resident Bob Moorman was nine years old when it came out; he says that nine years later Fort Lauderdale was the only place his college buddies wanted to go for Spring Break. So they used to make the long drive down when he was going to Indiana’s Notre Dame University. “Somebody would have a car. Four people would fit in it. Gas was around 35 cents a gallon. You’d drive down. It’d take about 24 hours,” Moorman says. Today he’s the owner of Las Olas’s Carroll’s Jewelers, which has been on the boulevard for fifty years. His college years were 1969-1970, before he took over the family business. Moorman says a crew of spring breakers would put down $20 for a room by the beach and “shift sleep,” which is exactly what it sounds like—people took shifts on the beds in the room while the others roamed the beach. And if $20 isn’t shocking enough for a beach hotel room, Moorman says that six-packs of beer cost just 99 cents. “The cheapest one was Busch,” Moorman says and laughs. “You’re under 21 and you can’t buy beer legally. You just drink what you can get.”

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1776 N Pine Island Road Suite 320 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33322 954.370.8999 www.BoardroomPR.com If You Post, You Should Have Social Media Guidelines Businesses, law firms, even executives and employees have embraced social media as a public relations and marketing tool. For good reason: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn can effectively establish a person’s or business’s expertise, thought leadership and aura of authority in the marketplace. Yet, as I’ve mentioned before many people don’ understand the implications of social media activities. As a public relations firm with expertise in social media activities, we advise all our clients to establish social media policies to cover themselves legally regarding the use of social and online media. Rules to Consider: - Formally tell all employees that they are not to comment on or use the company’s name in their social media, unless they are specifically authorized in writing to do so or have requested and received permission on a caseby-case basis. - Make social media policies part

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of the hiring process. Tell the above to every new employee at the time of hiring so there is no misunderstanding later. - Designate in writing and by name those employees or executives who can post on the company’s social media sites. - Regularly change the passwords for editors, administrators or others authorized to post. This can show the company actively is enforcing its policies on controlled access. Besides, it’s a good practice to change passwords regularly to prevent intrusion, hacking or data theft. - Write these rules and restrictions in a document to be signed and dated by the employee and a senior representative from the business. Put

one copy in the employee’s file; give one to the employee. Some of this may seem onerous, especially when added to other rules included in the company’s Employee Handbook or guidelines. After all, do you want to prevent a trusted employee from saying, “I got hammered at XYZ Company’s holiday party last night”? Then again, without such protections, the employee could innocently or deliberately make an inflammatory, derogatory or libelous post or comment about another person or organization – seemingly under the auspices of your company – and leave you both exposed legally. Onerous or not, protection is the best measure to prevent negative outcomes online.


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health and youth in a few visits. She incorporates innovative technologies, personalized treatment plans and an experienced, highly trained and dedicated team. The newest trend is AntiAging and Biological (holistic) Dentistry. Physicians abroad are recommending all metals in their patients’ mouth be removed for optimal health. Not just anyone can remove these amalgam fillings; there are many precautions that need to be taken when dealing with the removal. ANTI-AGING MEDICINE Cardiologist, cancer specialists, endocrinologist and other medical experts are referring their patients to Dr. Cintron. These physicians understand how vital dental health is to the health of the whole body. Dr. Cintron is certified by “The IAOMT” to safely remove these potentially hazardous fillings. The body naturally has an electric current, especially in the mouth because of its proximity to the brain. The upper teeth are less than 2 inches from the brain, which causes much concern. The electrical activity is dramatically increased due to the placement of the fillings. The combination of the elements in these fillings releases both a positive and negative high electrical current and acts like small batteries in your mouth.

This has an impact in your immune and neurological system. DENTAL ARTISTRY Rather than pursue a career as an artist, Dr. Cintron made the right decision to manifest her creative eye for beauty into smile rejuvenation. “The love and passion I have for people and their health led me to cosmetic dentistry,” she says. Offering patients over 25 years of experience, Dr. Cintron is a proud member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, an organization that boasts rigorous membership criteria, representing her high standards and attention to detail. “There are certain things you do not learn in school. An artistic eye, for example, is a God-given gift. Seeing how a smile can look its best at any age comes naturally to me. It is fascinating to see the improvements cosmetic dentistry can have on health, energy, self-esteem, and appearance.” Since she is an international practice; out-of-town patients are escorted the moment they land in Fort Lauderdale, and are assigned a personal concierge, who ensures all of their needs are met including accommodations, transportation and more. Once the consultation begins, Dr. Cintron assesses each patient’s dental needs with high-tech photography and digital X-rays. After the data has been acquired, the patient is taken to a private office where their case is presented to them and the Doctor speaks oneon-one about their goals, concerns and options. LMGFL.COM | SEPTEMBER 2013

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Eating is a journey, and I’m on a quest for the most wonderful tastes in South Florida – and especially Broward County. As another foodie has written, “To find your own food adventure, you’ll need to become a traveler, not a tourist. After all, the tourist is led; the traveler seeks.” So, let’s begin an adventure! Here’s what I did last month…

Brimstone Woodfire Grill Located in the popular open-air Shops at Pembroke Gardens 14575 SW 5th St., Pembroke Pines, Florida. For more info go to www.brimstonewoodfiregrill.com. For reservations, call 954.430.2333. Live music is featured every Thursday from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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Brimstone

WoodfIre Grill here is nothing more primitive than cooking meat with a wood fire. Even using coals is a step up the Paleolithic ladder. And that is part of the appeal at Brimstone: They cook their meat and fish with oldfashioned wood. It is something that carnivorous men especially appreciate; my husband loved the food here.

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Part of what wood does is to add flavor. That’s what happens in smokehouses, or when you add chips of mesquite to your grill. The other part of the Brimstone method is the heat. The steaks are cooked in a 1,600-degree broiler, which is how great steaks should be cooked; that sudden flash of heat sears the outside and keeps the moisture locked inside. The atmosphere matches the no-frills, contemporary American menu. The building is made of brick, stone and glass, with a modern, Frank Lloyd Wrightmeets-the-Rockies sort of feel. Inside it’s dark and sultry, with wood and stone accents. There’s seating for large groups

and plenty of booths for those who want a little privacy. Just what a wood burning man would want. The restaurant offers a good seafood selection as well, but for our tastes the meat was the sweat spot. Brimstone Woodfire Grill is a licensed & registered provider of Certified Angus Beef. All of the steaks, including the 20 oz. Bone-In Kansas City Strip Steak, Filet Mignon and 16 oz. Bone-In Ribeye are well seasoned


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Bone-In Kansas City Strip with Lobster Crust

Clockwise from left: At the bar; bread pudding in raspberries; the outside rustic look; a woodfired chop.

and served with a salt crusted baked potato. Topping choices such as the Blue Cheese & Bacon Crust or Lobster Horseradish can be added to any steak. We thought the 16 oz. Bone-In Ribeye was a stand out, especially with a side of Jalapeno Mac and Cheese. Fresh fish is offered daily and the variety changes weekly. Flavorful entrées include: Sautéed Snapper with Shrimp & Scallops; Blackened Mahi Mahi with Linguine; and my favorite, Chilean Seabass with Pesto. This is creative cooking at its best: The Seabass is sautéed and topped with pesto and fried onions, served on Yukon gold mashed potatoes with Thai chili butter sauce.

For sides try the Mac and Cheese, or opt for the Corn off the Cob. This peppery buttered dish will disappear quickly. A few other items to try include the Lamb Loin with Mint Reduction and the Baby Back Ribs. The ribs are slow roasted and basted with their house-made BBQ sauce. Don’t miss dessert. The bread pudding with white chocolate chips, fresh red raspberries and blackberries sprinkled with brown sugar is to be savored. The crème brulee is also worthy of the calories. Three flavors are offered: Vanilla, hazelnut and chocolate. Beyond their brick and wood interior, Brimstone also has a spacious patio under the open sky where weekend patrons can listen to the surprisingly good house band. The dinner menu can get a bit pricey, but the lunch fare is reasonable, when you can taste their steak in the form of a sandwich. American style sushi and salads are also on the menu.

Ingredients: 4-6 (20 oz.) Kansas City Strip Steak 1/4 cup of Clarified Butter 2 Tbs. of Complete Seasoning 2 1/2 cups of Cream Cheese 5 tsp. of Horseradish 1 tsp. of Dijon Mustard 5 tsp. of Lime Juice 3 Tbs. of Worcestershire Sauce 1 tsp. of Tabasco 5 tsp. of Fresh Parsley, chopped 2 1/2 cups of cooked Lobster Meat 1/2 cup of parmesan flavored bread crumbs Chives to taste (for garnish) Preparation: -Begin by making a marinade for the steak. Combine a little clarified butter with a dash of complete seasoning. Mix together and coat the steak on all sides. Let stand for 1-2 minutes. -Cook the lobster meat by broiling, one minute per ounce. Let cool and chop. -Cook the steak to your liking. At the restaurant they use a broiler. At home, you can grill it or pan-fry it on a sauté pan. -While the steak is cooking, whip the cream cheese in a mixer. Once it has a smooth consistency, add the horseradish, Dijon mustard, lime juice, Worcestershire, Tabasco and fresh parsley. Whip together. -Add the chunks of cooked lobster and some parmesan-flavored bread crumbs to the mix, combining at slow speed. Scoop and distribute the lobster ‘crust’ over the cooked steak. -Finish by adding a few more bread crumbs on top of the steak and bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for a few minutes, or until the crust begins to brown. -Garnish with fresh chives and serve immediately. Goes well with potato, corn or Mac & Cheese.

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Dining Fortified Fruits & Veggies You’re supposed to eat your fruits and greens, but at this popular downtown hangout you can drink them. Tap 42 creates novel drink recipes using produce from a farmer’s market just a block away. Try the Blazin’ Cucumber ($11), made with fresh cucumber puree, a house-made basil syrup, Nolet’s Gin and fresh-squeezed lime juice. Or the Lavender Lemonade ($11), mixed with Maker’s Mark 46 Bourbon, fresh lemon juice, and a house-made lavender syrup— served with a lavender twig in a 16-ounce mason jar. “It is a very popular choice, especially for those who want to try a Bourbon cocktail for the first time,” says Andy Yeager, director of operations. Tap 42, 1411 S Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954.463.4900 www.tap42.com

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EXOTIC BITES From drinks to donuts, Broward County has some eccentric tastes you can savor By Regina Kaza

There are so many restaurants in Broward you could eat out three times a day and never go back to the same place—for more than four years. According to Broward County food inspectors, there are in excess of 5,000 dining establishments here. Nonetheless, only a handful serve eclectic items like these…

ROK:BRGR’s corn dogs are just like the ones at the county fair—except they’re filled with high-end seafood. After first starting ROK:BRGR in Miami, founders Marc Falsetto and Charles Hazlett opened a second location of the Modern American gastropub in Fort Lauderdale two years ago. Their goal was to put a gourmet twist on comfort food and use as many local ingredients as possible. Falsetto thought regular hot dogs were too boring, so he decided to make them with lobster instead. The Lobster Corn Dogs ($12) are a combination of lobster and shrimp hand-dipped in sweet cornmeal batter that’s mixed with spices he refuses to talk about, then deep fried and served on a popsicle stick. ROK:BRGR, 208 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale, 954.525.7656, www.rokbrgr.com

Cocktails with a Kick Bakin’ with Bacon The gourmet donut trend is all over Food Network. Now it’s arrived here, at Mojo Donuts. Try a Log Cabin Bacon Bar ($1.39)—an éclair covered in maple icing and loaded with chopped applewood bacon. “Some people just put a strip of bacon on it. We don’t do that,” says coowner Shelly Neifeld. “We cover the entire thing.”

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There’s also a Gourmet Guava and Cheese ($1.39) and a PB&J ($1.39) filled with strawberry jam and topped with peanut butter, chopped peanuts, and a peanut butter glaze. Mojo Donuts, 7906 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. 954.983.6631, www.facebook .com/ pages/Mojo-Donut

Two of the drinks you’ll find at the dimly lit, wooden bar at Dos Caminos come with a real kick. The first is the Michelada ($6), a beer glass filled with hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and a lime, topped with ice, to which the drinker adds a traditional Mexican beer (Dos Equis, Corona, Pacifico). The second is Del Diablo ($12), a Mexican twist on the Cosmopolitan made with chili-infused Skyy vodka, pineapple juice, passion fruit puree, and Triple Sec orange liqueur. Executive chef Ivy Stark says she uses the sweetness in the pineapple and passion fruit to balance out the heat of the vodka. “Some people just try it out of curiosity and then go back to their margarita,” she says. “But some will love it and stick with it.” Dos Caminos, 1140 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.727.7090, www.doscaminos.com


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florida travel

By James Broida

The Family Key W

A lot of what the Florida Keys has to offer is for adults. Hawk’s Cay in Duck Key, halfway into the Keys, is a notable exception.

hen I grew up, my happiest vacations were the ones where my folks took us kids to places where we could safely run around on our own. It was usually a winter resort—I grew up in the north— but the idea transcends geography. It’s all about being on your own, lots of fun stuff to do, and the parents remaining in the background but not on your back. The equivalent in South Florida is Hawk’s Cay Resort, a 50-acre compound on Duck Key, about half way down to Key West (Marathon is the next key). Hawk’s has an extraordinary array of activities for kids of all ages in a safe setting where parents can relax and have some fun themselves. Children are so ubiquitous

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that there’s even a Tranquility Pool where children are not allowed. Hawk’s Cay is first and foremost a water world. It has seven pools, a natural saltwater lagoon and a fleet of fishing boats within their marina. It has kayaks, paddleboards, jet skis, snorkeling trips, scuba diving and even a bevy of dolphins to play with. I visited Hawk’s Cay with wife and son for three things: To get some tennis instruction for junior, to release my better half into a Dolphin pen, and to personally get onto the water. All three accomplished, and then some. For tennis, junior was instructed by tennis pro Garrett—yes, one name only, like Madonna—an affable young man in his late 20s who was as personable as he was skilled. He made all of us feel like old friends, and accommodated his schedule—early morning and late evening lessons—so junior could avoid the hottest parts of the day. At the Dolphin Connection, the Mrs. joined a handful of other pilgrims for what amounted to a religious experience—a good half hour of touching, swimming, hugging, feeding and otherwise becoming one with another intelligent species. The eco-friendly water compound for the dolphins is right on campus, a few score yards from the main pool area, yet secluded enough so the bottlenose dolphins that live there don’t feel crowded. Turns out they are lovable hams, and those who don’t want


Clockwise from left: The saltwater lagoon; a waterslide at the Indies Club for kids; swimming with the dolphins; the fishing fleet.

to pay for the experience can watch close by on shore. Finally, I got my taste of the ocean on the sunset cruise. We joined about 20 other people aboard a large and (thankfully) very stable catamaran, with roof and a bottomless supply of beer. The boat picked us up at a small dock near the saltwater lagoon, then headed down the channel and out to sea. The captain allowed anyone with an iPhone to sync up with the speaker system and play whatever music they liked. For me, sunset with Jimi Hendrix wailing Voodoo Child was psychedelic. If the aquatic immersion gets to be too much for the kids, Hawk’s Cay has a

separate Indies Club just for them: Scaled down basketball and volley ball courts, soccer field, putting greens, and a cool hangout room with air hockey and an ice cream bar. For those who want to go Hemmingway, there is an actual fleet of deep-sea fishing boats that dock in the marina, where there’s also a convenience store, a taco stand and an ice cream bar from Vermont. Here a cast of characters rule—like old Captain Billy, who we asked how the day’s catch had been. “Lots of barracuda today, some snapper and a couple of sharks. We got right up on those fish. They didn’t know what hit ‘em!”

If you want to stay on land, there are rental bikes you can use to explore the islands (there are seven) that make up Duck Key. You might even find one the famous mansions there— like Splendido, which is owned by the chairman of Splendid. Marathon is not far away, about 10 minutes by car, with some interesting places to eat— breakfast at the Stuffed Pig or lunch at the Sunset Grill, which sits by the famous 7-mile Bridge. If you want to go native, get your fresh fish fix at Keys Fisheries, down the road from the Stuffed Pig. It faces the sunset and is a nice spot for that ritual. Of course, if you don’t want to leave the compound your taste buds won’t suffer. The food at Hawk’s Cay may be a tad pricey, but the quality is top notch. The elegant Alma restaurant has good steak and fish dishes, with a signature seafood paella ($39) that is stunningly delicious. They serve tapas as well. And, oh yes, at the end of each day of lolling by the pool, while the kids have cavorted themselves to exhaustion, you can sit ‘round the stone fire pit for a nightcap and some live music.

Hawks Cay Resort 61 Hawks Cay Blvd. Duck Key, FL 33050 305.743.7000 www.hawkscay.com Rooms from $190 to $400 a night Tennis Lessons: $70 per hour Dolphin Experience: $188 per person Sunset Cruise: $42 per person

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Go Red for Women THE EVENT

More than 400 supporters will gather at the Go Red for Women Celebration Luncheon and Love Your Heart Workshops to celebrate the campaign’s 10th anniversary. Guests will learn facts about women and heart disease while supporting the American Heart Association and its mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. “For 10 years, women have been fighting heart disease individually and together. As a result, more than 627,000 women’s lives have been saved, but the fight is far from over,” says Gabrielle Finley-Hazle, chairwoman of the event and CEO of Florida Medical Center, a campus of North Shore. “With the right information, education and care, heart disease in women can be treated, prevented, and even ended.” The celebration includes educational workshops, interactive boutiques and a heart-healthy luncheon.

THE CAUSE The statistics are alarming. Heart disease is the number one killer of women and affects one in every three women across the United States. An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease. Heart disease is a killer that strikes more women than men, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. In 2004, the American Heart Association launched the Go Red for Women movement to empower women to take charge of their heart and in turn, lead a longer, stronger life. For 10 years, women have been fighting heart disease individually and together. Visit GoRedForWomen. org for more information.


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5 october Leaderhip Broward Foundation Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six 6 p.m.-11 p.m. 2301 S.E. 17th Street Fort Lauderdale 954-767-8866

TICKETS Available for $550 for Leadership Broward Foundation couples; $300 per person for Leadership Broward Foundation members; $325 per person for guests and non-members; and $200 for Emerge Broward members. Contact Patty Sacco at 954-767-8866 or patty@ leadershipbroward.org.

THE sponsors Presenting sponsor is BankUnited. Additional sponsors are Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, Chen Moore, Cato Insurance Group, Cindy Shutt PR, Bitner Goodman, Florida Community Bank, Holy Cross Hospital, JM Family Enterprises, Baptist Health South, City Furniture, Gray Robinson, Sheridan Healthcorp, Inc., Wells Fargo, Memorial Healthcare System, and Stiles Corporation.

Leadership Broward THE EVENT Each year Leadership Broward Foundation honors individuals whose talent and resources help make Broward County a great place to live and work. This year’s honorees include: John Benz, Memorial Healthcare System; Lisa Scott-Founds, Winterfest; Michael Goodman, Bitner Goodman; Gerry Litrento, BankUnited, N.A.; and Burnadette Norris-Weeks, Burnadette Norris-Weeks, P.A. The gala is co-chaired by Leadership Broward Foundation volunteers Pamela Baynes, Mary Harris and Peter Moore with Jeff Cato as LBF’s VP of Special Events. This year’s event theme is Gatsby. Guests will enjoy a sumptuous dinner, an over-the-top live and silent auction, a special tribute to the honorees and dancing to live music. Attire is black-tie optional. A fabulous Flapper’s Fantasy Chef’s Table will be available as a silent auction prize and includes an amazing upgraded five-course gourmet dinner featuring wine pairings, prime seating at a lovely VIP table, and a special champagne treat. Other stellar silent and live auction items include a luxury cruise, jewelry, trips to the British Virgin Islands and Panama, a day with the Sheriff and gift baskets filled with beauty care products, spa services, restaurant gift certificates and more. This year the Foundation will also present a prestigious new Excellence in Leadership, Lifetime Achievement Award to Marti and Wayne Huizenga. Also, an Excellence in Leadership Special Recognition Award will go to Sharon D’Eusanio, a crime victim assistance consultant who has donated time for 26 years as a speaker for LBF Criminal Justice Program Days.

Photo (L to R standing) Honoree John Benz, Memorial Healthcare System; Chef Gregory McGowan, Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six; Gala Co-Chair Peter Moore; Honoree Burnadette NorrisWeeks, Burnadette Norris-Weeks, P.A.; (L to R sitting) Honoree Lisa Scott-Founds, Winterfest; Jeff Cato, VP of Special Events for LBF; Gala Co-Chair Mary Harris.

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THE CAUSE The mission of Leadership Broward Foundation is to develop and inspire individuals to serve our community. It is Broward County’s premier leadership development training organization with a 31-year history of preparing and connecting leaders from the business and civic communities to strengthen Florida’s future. Programs help emerging and recognized leaders expand their skills and enhance their knowledge of local and state issues, as well as leverage their individual passion to make positive changes in our community. Leadership Broward Foundation brings the private, public and nonprofit sectors together to work collaboratively on issues vital to the future of our community. Learn more at http://www.leadershipbroward.org.


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And the Beat Golf’s On… And On: The 2013 Golf Classic THE EVENT

Teeing off it’s 3rd year, the American Heart Association in partnership with Banyan Air Service, Silver Lining InFlight Catering and Jet Runway Café present the 2013 “And the Beat Golf’s On.. An On” Invitational Golf Tournament at beautiful Woodlands Country Club. The event is another charity initiative by Don Campion, the founders of Banyan Air Service, which offers maintenance to owners of small aircraft at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. Don and his wife Suzanne are behind numerous charities, including their annual Fly Day for disabled children and a hospital complex in Nigeria in West Africa that Don’s parents originally built in 1948. Banyan’s most recent charity involvement is teaming up with the American Heart Association to present the 2013 Invitational Golf Tournament at Woodlands Country Club, which features two excellent golf courses designed by Robert Von Hagge and Bruce Devlin. These courses have played host to many prestigious tournaments, including the Dixie Amateur Championship. Both courses measure more than 6,800 yards from the back tees and have multiple tee decks to provide an enjoyable outing for any level of player.

THE CAUSE The statistics are alarming. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, even more deadly than cancer. More than 600,000 Americans will die from heart disease this year. The American Heart Association is the leading research and treatment non-profit in the U.S., dedicated to building “healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.” Go to www. heart.org for more information.


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HAPPENINGS

16 NOVEMBER Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Marriott Hollywood Beach 7 p.m. 2501 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood (561) 218-2929

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THE sponsors Johnson & Wales University, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Latitudes Restaurant and the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale.

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AN EVENING OF HOPE THE EVENT The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), the only national nonprofit voluntary health organization dedicated to the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, is pleased to announce their annual “An Evening of Hope” gala for Nov. 16. Craig Konhauzer will serve as chair of this event. The gala, one of the must-attend soirees of the season, will kick-off with an elegant cocktail reception where guests will take a culinary trip around the world with tasty tidbits and delicious libations from restaurants Johnson & Wales University, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Latitudes Restaurant and the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. Guests will then head to the main ballroom for a seated dinner and the ultimate casino set up where they can try their luck at a number of casino tables. Guests can also bid on fabulous items in the live and silent auctions that feature fine jewelry and luxurious vacation packages. The highlight of the evening will be the annual announcement of the 2013 Hope Award recipient. The Hope Award is an honor bestowed upon an individual or family who gives hope and inspiration to those living with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other digestive diseases. Funds raised support research, educational programs, summer camps, support groups, and more for children and adults affected by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

THE CAUSE Some 1.4 million American adults and children suffer from Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, including as many as 150,000 under the age of 18. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are painful, medically incurable illnesses that attack the digestive system. Many patients require hospitalization and surgery. These illnesses can cause severe complications, including colon cancer in patients with long-term disease. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s mission is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. The Foundation ranks third among leading health nonprofits in the percentage of expense devoted to research, with more than 82 cents of every dollar the Foundation spends going to mission-critical programs. For more information, contact the Foundation at 800-932-2423 or visit www.ccfa.org. 70

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Lifestyle Publications and Grille 401 hosted the second in a series of CEO Connect events on June 20th, 2013. Guests of the event enjoyed cocktails, appetizers and an intimate one-on-one interview between Gary Press, CEO of Lifestyle Media Group, and Lynne Wines, President & CEO of First Southern Bank.

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What was so damn important anyway? My friend and client, Juan, went on a holiday a couple of months ago. Juan is from a small town in the Pyrenees, just outside of Barcelona, and he was going back home with his wife and kids for a twoweek vacation. Unfortunately, it turned out to only be a one-week vacation – because his company’s international marketing meeting was held in Barcelona during his break and BRUCE TURKEL he felt duty-bound to attend. Of course, I could empathize. When Gloria and I got married, we didn’t go on a honeymoon because I had a client emergency and had to cancel our trip so I could deal with it. But here’s the funny part: 27 years later, we still remember that we didn’t go on a honeymoon, but we can’t remember what it was that was so damn important at the time. And even though we’ve worked with the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau for 20 years, we don’t have any 26-year-old client relationships – so whoever it was isn’t with us anymore, regardless of what sacrifice we made for them. What was so damn important anyway? The past few months have been dark ones where I’ve attended a number of funerals, including one for my longestrunning friend, Alan Somerstein. Alan’s mom and my mom met in the maternity ward at Mt. Sinai Hospital on Miami Beach, and he and I were lifelong friends after that. Alan and I were roommates for a couple of years after graduation and stayed in touch after we both had gotten married and started raising kids. And even though Alan

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was a rabid sports fan and I never even know what type of game people are talking about, we always found things to chat about. At Alan’s funeral, the speakers all talked about how much we loved him. We told stories about Alan’s life and how he made us smile. And his daughter Lindsey made us cry with her poignant words of love and loss. But no one talked about how much money Alan made, how big his house was, or what kind of car he drove. Not because he wasn’t successful — Alan was the leading salesperson at his company every single year, even after he got sick and had to cut his hours way back — but because those things no longer seemed to matter. Still, like the honeymoon I never went on and the family vacation that Juan had to cut short in Spain, those are the things we worry about every day. The stories that made us laugh through tears were the stories of the kind words Alan had for everyone, his concern for their well-being, and the funny things he did and said in his life. As Erma Bombeck wrote in her 1979 book Eat Less Cottage Cheese and More Ice Cream, “If I had my life to live over again I would have waxed less and listened more. I would have cried and laughed less while watching television… and more while watching real life. But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute of it… look at it and really see it… try it on… live it… exhaust it… and never give that minute back until there was nothing left of it.” Alan did just that. And I hope I’m halfway smart enough to learn that from him. After all, what was so damn important anyway? Bruce Turkel is a branding expert who’s been featured on CNN, NPR and The New York Times. Reach him at bturkel@turkel.info.


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