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Improve Your Game Without Thinking Ask the Pro How Fidel Castro’s Revolution Remade South Florida PGA Tour Schedule 8 Secret Charter Destinations Gary Player on Fitness Should We be Drinking Distilled Water Keeping Yourself In Peak Condition Gentle Giants Golf Slice? Fix it Here Fascinating Facts LPGA Tour Winners Adding Some Spice in Miami Champions Tour Schedule Index

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olf is tough…there’s so much to think about and remember. Keep your head down, swing easy, follow through, shift your weight, arms straight, hit the ball first, etc., etc. So you’ve taken a lesson or two, listened to friends and thought about lots of things to improve your game. If someone said to you “I can improve your game and you don’t have to change anything but your shoes.” Just might be worth listening to. Because the spine and lower extremity represent a closed kinetic chain in the upright posture, there is considerable potential for the foundation (foot and ankle) to influence the function of other regions. Simply put, your feet dictate correct balance, weight shift and the effort required to hit a golf ball. They are the starting point at which all body movement begins. Proper foot function means improved body function and movement. All this means is that your swing will improve because your body moves correctly. I can sense you’re on the edge of your seat and thinking “OK, already, what’s the big secret.” Actually, it isn’t a secret at all. Just a little known fact. Customized foot orthotics (shoe inserts). No, the name brands off the shelf at the local store won’t do the trick. The orthotic must be what you and your feet specifically need. Similar to buying clothes. They need to be your size, for your specific body shape, weight and height. So, will wearing customized orthotics make you a scratch golfer, club champ or never “chunk” one again? Probably not. What they will do is give you an advantage. An edge. It’s sort of like

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a little “tweak” to your game. We’re all aware (in this golf community) how a very small, seemingly insignificant “tweak” can change how we play. This is one that, without thinking, will do exactly that. Years of clinical research and trials have established the following: • 3-15 yards more distance (who couldn’t use that) • More control • Less spinal stress • Fewer joint pains • Better balance • Better weight transfer • More comfort walking • Easier rhythm Lastly, there are several physical conditions that have been shown to improve or be eliminated with use of customized foot orthotics. They include: heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, foot pain, knee pain and stabilization of the pelvis and lumbar spine. Costs can vary greatly, so some “shopping” may be in order. A general range for a pair of orthotics can be $150.00 to $300.00. Consider it an investment. They are very durable and will last for years. The orthotics can easily transfer to other shoes as well. Wearing them in all your shoes will provide maximum benefit. This suggestion, that something as seemingly simple as shoe inserts can have so many benefits, is fact. Does the car drive straighter with a front end alignment? Dr. Johnson is a chiropractic physician and past president of the Oklahoma State Chiropractic Association.


Question: What is the difference between a chip shot and a pitch shot? Answer: That’s a very good question, and knowing the difference can save you strokes on the course. A pitch shot flies high and lands soft with little roll. A chip shot doesn’t have much height and runs out when it hits the green. Today we will learn how to hit the chip shot. With an open stance and your feet very close together, line your club face perpendicular to your target line. Put all your weight on your front foot. Feel like you are leaning into the shot. The ball is played well back, off the toe of your back foot. Your hands should be forward, towards your front leg, very close to your thigh. There is no weight shift or hinging of the wrist on the back swing. With your hands so far ahead of the ball and your club head, you should have the feeling you are pinching the ball between the ground and the club face. Hitting down on the ball creates backspin. Backspin is what gets the ball airborne. You can chip with any club in the bag. The most popular is the 7,8 or 9 iron, depending on how much roll you need to get to the pin. A follow-through is not even necessary. Cont’d on pg. 26

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is reach stretched across the Florida Straits, from Havana to Miami, and his influence in South Florida may have surpassed even that of Henry Flagler, whose railroad opened up the area to modern civilization. Fidel Castro, one of the last paragons of the moribund communist system, was the catalyst who changed South Florida from a sun-drenched backwater of retired New Yorkers and drawling Southerners to an international destination with a decidedly Latin flavor. Little did South Floridians know on New Year’s Day 1959, when Castro seized power in Cuba, that their world was about to be shaken to its core. “The most transformational event in the history of South Florida was the Castro takeover,” said Paul George, a history professor at MiamiDade College. “You’ve got a guy that’s widely reviled and yet because of him we’re living in a completely different area today.” When Castro ascended to the Cuban presidency more than five decades ago, Cubans made up only 2% of Miami-Dade County’s population. As of 2010 they represented 34%. More than 700,000 Cuban refugees have braved the journey to South Florida by plane, boat or rickety raft since the bearded revolutionary marched into Havana that day. Today Floridians who identify themselves as Cuban number 1.5 million. The exiles originally expected to return home once the leftist regime collapsed – quickly, they hoped. But Castro’s revolution took root. South Florida’s Cuban cohort likewise took root in its adopted land, buying homes and businesses, and most significantly, having children. “These people came over as exiles and refugees, and yet they have shaped this place like nobody else has,” George said. Cuba’s elites and middle classes, the most likely to suffer under a communist reign, were the first to flee Castro. South Florida was for them a natural fit. Many already had strong business ties to the peninsula. The US Government accommodated them by making it easy to stay.

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The powerful anti-communist sentiments of the mid-century led to a law that allowed Cuban refugees to remain here without the usual immigration requirements. Cuban elites may have left behind their homes and possessions, but their businesses often were easily relocated to the other side of the Florida straits. Professionals with an acumen for international business, coming from cosmopolitan Havana, found sleepy South Florida ripe turf for expansion. Working-class Cubans were drawn to the jobs these businesses offered. Cuban refugees quickly created an enclave with its own culture, language and hopes. Some of those effects took unforeseeable turns. The Roman Catholic Church for instance, once its own enclave in a predominately Protestant region, grew into a powerful force as a result of the Cuban influx. In charge of resettling Cuban refugees, the church received boxcars of federal money to help with jobs, housing and education for the often-bewildered immigrants. Education in South Florida was also transformed by the immigrant wave. Again, with an outpouring of government funds, schools developed new programs to teach English to new arrivals, young and old. School districts expanded as more students entered the system. Cubans found teaching jobs, and in 1963 Miami schools became officially bilingual, leading the nation in a seismic cultural shift that is still underway. Through politics and economics, the Cubans proved an unstoppable force in altering South Florida history. If you look at Greater Miami, every endeavor is now led by Cubans, whether it is educational institutes, politics, business or banking. Newcomers no longer, South Florida’s Cubans are now in their third generation. Reluctant exiles who once chafed for an early return home, they too have changed greatly over the long decades of waiting for Castro’s downfall or demise. They are now Americans. They’re as American as anybody.

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Aeolian Islands, Italy Named by the Greeks after the god of winds (Odysseus released them on his epic voyage), these seven Italian islands are northeast of Sicily and often overlooked by charterers who head for Amalfi and Capri to the north. Lipari is the largest, with a charming village and an interesting history that includes the Greeks, Romans, Turks and even the Normans. Vulcano is a nearby extinct volcano notable for the spectacular formations both above and below water. Snorkeling is excellent with brightly colored fish, but scuba diving best reveals the bizarre shapes. Stromboli is a continuously active volcano with no good anchorages, but it’s well worth an evening cruise to see the white-hot lava flow into the sea with fireworks from rocks blasted high in the air. Panarea is tiny, but picturesque with white houses, bright yellow flowers and three boutique hotels that attract the jet-set crowd. Tips: Be sure to see the Grotto of the Sea Lion on Filicudi, savor the locally made malvasia dessert wine on Salina and wallow in the mud baths on Vulcano.

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Monaco Historic Grand Prix Some destinations are actually events, like the Monaco Grand Prix. But unless you’re a Grand Prix insider, a celebrity well known in Europe or you have impeccable contacts, it’s tough to get one of the coveted (and expensive) moorings overlooking the track. The fun of having a yacht at the Monaco Grand Prix is being able to Med-moor and watch the cars howl past just off your stern while you sip Krug Clos du Mesnil and nibble Tsar Imperial caviar, so finding yourself stuck out at anchor in mid-harbor is going to be disappointing. Here’s an insider’s tip for the best race-watching ever: Go a week early. The Monaco Historic Grand Prix is held every two years on the weekend before the Formula One Grand Prix and if you go then you will have more fun for several reasons. First, the older cars are more open, so you can actually see the driver in the cockpit wrestling the wheel on the narrow streets. Second, it’s more relaxed so you can get closer to the pits. Most important, it is much easier (and less expensive) to get a prime mooring. If you are of a certain age, the names Connaught, Lotus, Tyrell and Maserati may bring back Cont’d on pg. 40

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When you chip you should have divots from your club taking turf due to you hitting down, almost like you are trying to hit the ball down into the ground in front of itself. Like any golf shot, acceleration is critical, so feel like you are striking the ball instead of swinging the club. The chip shot is the easiest shot in golf and it can bring great rewards if you learn how to use it. Some students have problems with the chip shot at first, because they try to use their regular golf swing. Remember, the only thing moving here is the front arm coming straight back and straight back DOWN to the ball. No weight shift, no wrist cock, no followthrough. One big tip to concentrate on: When you set up, push your front wrist down the target line so there is no cupping in the lead wrist. If you have any cupping in the lead (front) wrist, you will continually hit the chip shot fat. So double check your set up and learn the joy of getting up and down much more often.

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olfers are athletes and to play their best conditioning and avoiding injuries are vital. Many golfing related injuries are a result of poor mechanics or overuse, particularly in golfers who are new to the game or play infrequently. Although golf isn’t a contact sport, it puts significant demands on your body, which can easily lead to golf injuries. Here are some tips from the staff at the Mayo Clinic to stay in shape on the course. ADJUST YOUR SWING: Understanding the mechanics behind your golf swing can help you prevent golf injuries. USE PROPER POSTURE: Think about your posture before and during your swing. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and distribute your weight equally on both feet. Avoid hunching over the ball, which may contribute to neck and back strain. STAY SMOOTH: The power of a golf swing comes from force transferred smoothly through all the muscle groups, from your ankles to your wrists. If you depend on one part of your body for your hitting power, you may be more prone to injuries. For example, overemphasizing your wrists during your swing can lead to golfer’s elbow – a strain of the muscles on the inside of the forearm. DON’T OVERSWING: If you swing the club too hard or too fast, you may stress your joints. Relax and take a nice, easy swing at the ball. The best golfers have consistent – not necessarily fast – swing tempos. WARM UP: Before you practice your golf swing or play a round of golf, warm up with a brisk walk or a set of jumping jacks. Stretch your hands, wrists, forearms, elbows, shoulders, spine and pelvis. Swing your golf club a few times, gradually increasing your range of motion. START SLOWLY: You might practice your swing for hours, believing it is helping your game, but if your body isn’t conditioned for the strain, practicing your golf swing may do more harm than good. Work up to your desired level of activity instead.

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STRENGTHEN YOUR MUSCLES: You don’t need bulging muscles to hit a long drive, but the stronger your muscles, the greater your club speed. Better yet, stronger muscles are less prone to golf injuries. For best results, do strength training exercises year round. FOCUS ON FLEXIBILITY: Regular stretching can improve your range of motion and lead to a more fluid golf swing. BUILD UP YOUR ENDURANCE: Regular aerobic activity can give you staying power on the course. Try walking, jogging, bicycling or swimming. LIFT AND CARRY CLUBS CAREFULLY: Golfers who carry their own bags have higher rates of shoulder and back injuries than do other golfers. If you jerk heavy clubs out of the trunk of your car, you could injure yourself before you reach the first tee. Use proper lifting technique. Keep your back straight and use the strength of your legs to lift. CHOOSE PROPER FOOTWEAR: Dress for comfort and protection from the elements. Wear golf shoes with short cleats. Long cleats dig into the sod and hold your feet planted as you swing, which may strain your knees or ankles. WATCH OUT FOR HAZARDS ON THE COURSE: Safety on the course is also important. While golfing, be careful to limit your sun exposure. Protect your skin by using sunscreen. Wear sunglasses to filter out UVA and UVB rays, and wear a hat with a visor to shade your eyes and face. Watch for signs and symptoms of dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Red flags might include headache, feeling dizzy, nausea, a rapid heartbeat or confusion. Drink plenty of water, and cut your game short if necessary. Remember to keep an eye out for storms. Call it quits at the first sign of threatening skies or lightning. PLAY SMART: Whether golf is a new interest or a lifelong passion, make the most of your time on the course by protecting yourself from golf injuries. Consider it all part of the game!

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lthough their bulbous, whiskery face makes this hard to believe today, manatees are probably the source of legends about mermaids. Their humanlike eyes must have captivated the early European sailors who caught fleeting glimpses of them swimming in the warm waters of the West Indies. In the 17th century, mermaids were depicted with their male companions, mermen. Although the legends of these half-fish, half-human creatures have lived on for hundreds of years and are still popular today, it is uncertain whether the manatees that inspired the legends will live on much longer. Only a concerted effort to protect them in their marine habitat will save manatees from extinction. Range and Status Manatees inhabit warm waters of the Western Atlantic from Florida to Brazil, where they live in coastal waters, freshwater inlets and river mouths. Warm Florida waters have provided wintering refuges for manatees in natural warm water springs. They also are attracted to the warm water outflow from power plants, where on occasion a manatee has gotten stuck and rescue efforts have made the evening news. Although their range is quite large, manatees today exist only in a few small, isolated populations. They once were widespread in rivers and along coasts in their range, but they were hunted extensively in the 18th and 19th centuries. Coastal development has further reduced their populations.

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Natural History The manatee is a large, bulgy aquatic mammal with flippered forelimbs and a spatula-shaped tail. Manatees can grow to 12 feet in length and weigh up to 3,500 pounds. They may live to be 50 years old. The manatee diet consists entirely of vegetation, consuming at a rate of 100 pounds a day. They eat by using their divided upper lip, which is very flexible, to grasp and take in aquatic plants. Like other air-breathing marine mammals (dolphins, whales and seals), manatees must periodically surface for air. Females reach sexual maturity between five and nine years of age, but they do not produce many offspring. More animals are killed each year than are born. Mothers are strongly bonded to their calves, but other social ties among manatees are very loose. They are extremely gentle and have been described as incapable of aggression. Manatees are one of four living species in the Order Sirenia, which also includes the West African manatee, the Amazonian manatee, and the dugong. Another sirenian, the Stellar’s sea cow, became extinct in the 1700s. The sirenians evolved from an ancestor they share with the elephant, their closest living land relative. Causes of Endangerment Overexploitation The manatee has no known predators other than humans. In the past, humans hunted manatees extensively for their meat, fat and tough hides. In some parts of the Caribbean and South America, manatees are still hunted for food. Powerboat Collisions Powerboats are now the greatest threat to manatees. Manatees are slow, near surface swimmers, and the number of collisions with motorboats is increasing at an alarming rate. In 1990, 218 manatees, which comprised 12 percent of the United States’ manatee population, were killed in boating accidents, and many more were injured. A recent project to capture, tag and release manatees revealed that many bore the scars of encounters with speed boats. Coastal Development Residential and commercial development along rivers and waterways has also affected the manatee population. Habitat destruction has damaged the estuarine seagrass communities on which manatees depend. In addition, chemical pollution has impaired the immune systems of marine mammals, and the manatees may have become more vulnerable to infection as a result. Recent mass deaths among marine mammals have been traced to greater disease vulnerability due to chemical pollution. Over 10,000 harbor seals died in Denmark and Sweden from a virus related to canine distemper. PCB’s (polychlorinated biphenyl) in the water contaminate the fish that the seals eat. The PCB’s accumulate in the seals and make them more susceptible to diseases. Other pollution-related mass deaths have occurred recently in bottle-nosed dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico and striped dolphins in the Mediterranean Sea. Sadly, manatees seem to be experiencing an epidemic too. With their population already severely reduced due to other causes, a single epidemic could push the manatee beyond the point of no return, into an extinction vortex. The spread of disease may have been facilitated by the gathering of manatees at the warm-water outflows of power plants. Conservation Actions Protected Areas Manatees have been protected for an unusually long time. The English declared Florida a manatee sanctuary in the 1700s and hunting manatees was prohibited. Sanctuary from hunters has not protected the manatee from speed boats, however. Speed limits in waterways can help manatees by giving them enough time to avoid collisions and reducing the severity of collisions when they do occur. Tourism Manatees spend hours grazing underwater everyday, and they can be very exciting to watch in their natural habitat. Manatee-watching tourism gives local people a financial incentive to preserve the species, since tourists spend their dollars at local businesses. Tourists may be inspired to do something to help these beautiful and mysterious creatures.

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memories. Since there was a Monaco Grand Prix for sports cars in 1952, there’s also a class for cars like C-type Jags and Talbot Lagos. Tip: If you stay ashore, ask for a harbor view at The Hermitage and you may get a room in which scenes from the classic movie, Grand Prix, were filmed. Croatia With an Adriatic coastline that makes a saw blade look smooth, Croatia was a popular European cruising area until war ripped the country apart through the early ‘90s. Now peaceful, this is prime charter territory. Regulations governing charters are intricate, however, so rely on a good charter broker to sort out the details. Dubrovnik is a beautiful point to start or end your charter, but the more than one thousand islands are all gorgeous. Hvar is medieval. Tragir is winding alleys and courtyards, and the Kornati National Park has spectacular snorkeling with colorful fish and coral. With generally mild winds and calm seas, Croatia is perfect for first-time charterers who will find the clear waters and magical islands a delight. Tips: If you like jazz, don’t miss Troubadour (just outside the Dubrovnik walled city) which has live sessions nightly. When ashore, find a konobe (rustic restaurant) for homestyle local cooking. Prsut (prosciutto) is superb, the best wines are from the Plavac grape, and be very, very careful with loza, a local grappa consumed cold in the morning with figs. Galapagos Islands This is another adventure that requires a knowledgeable charter broker because of the rules on charter yachts imposed by Ecuador. Located 600 miles off the Pacific coast of South America, you’ll join your yacht by flying from Quito into the Isla Baltra. From that point on, you’ll be following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin. The 19 main islands provide almost constant surprise. Though mostly bleak and volcanic, each is a world unto itself where creatures have adapted to the harsh environment in amazing ways. Evolutionary species like the Darwin finch, iguanas and flightless cormorants are only a start for this land that time forgot, which has a mix of polar and tropical species from penguins and seals to flamingos and giant tortoises. In their own way, the Galapagos are like an insider’s tour of a wonderful zoo and are a great place to instill the wonder of nature on youngsters. Plan to spend time on Isla Santa Cruz to visit the Charles Darwin Research Center, where you might see Lonesome George, an 80 year old tortoise that is the last of his breed. Tip: Bring postcards to send from the Post Office Bay on Isla Santa Maria, where 18th century whalers left mail for homeward-bound ships in a wooden barrel that is still in use today as a post office. Bahamas The Bahamas are a staple on the charter yacht scene, but -wait? We’re talking about summer charters and the Bahamas are only good for winter charters, right? Wrong. Not only are the Bahamas absolutely delightful in the summer, they’re also close enough to use for a long weekend getaway. Even better, the tourists are going elsewhere so you’ll find the streets quiet, restaurants with empty tables, and quiet anchorages. While there are a multitude of cruising destinations from Nassau, you might want to think outside the box and meet your charter yacht at one of the outer islands. You can make the hop in a small aircraft and spend all the saved hours snorkeling. Smaller yachts have the shallow draft needed to explore areas like the Abacos and you can find an ever-growing charter fleet of 70 to 90 footers that are now based in the Bahamas year-round rather than making the usual trek north to New England in the summer. Tips: If you’re in the Abacos, take a business card to stick on the wall of Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar on Green Turtle Cay. For great diving, don’t miss Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park off Staniel Cay. The Whitsunday Islands Australians know that the Queensland coast along the northeast corner of Oz has the legendary Great Barrier Reef (which is visible from the moon) as well as the protected waters of the Cont’d on pg. 42

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Whitsundays, a chain of 90 National Park islands ringed with coral reefs and flawless beaches. Don’t plan on going too far each day, because the warm clear water and fleets of brilliant fish will encourage many stops. Hook Island is notable for spectacular coral as well as having Butterfly Bay, so named for the flutterbys that swarm there. Two fjord-like inlets, Macona and Nara, are memorable anchorages. Hamilton Island not only has a jet-sized airport, but a 50 acre park with kangeroos and koalas. You’ll also see small coastal kangeroos bounding around Hinchinbrook Island. Tips: When you just have to dine ashore, Hayman Island is a five-star paradise with the posh La Fontaine restaurant. If you’d like to wet a hook, choose a yacht with good sportfishing gear because this area is where anglers hunt the legendary 1,000l pound “grander” black marlin. Sardinia The Costa Smeralda or “emerald coast” has been a high-profile jet-set destination since the Aga Khan discovered it from his yacht in the late ‘50s, but American charterers often overlook it. This roughly 15 mile stretch of stunningly beautiful coastline is dotted with five-star hotels and bougainvillea-covered multimillion dollar villas. But the Maddalena Islands just off the northern tip of Sardinia are as quiet as the Porto Cervo discos are noisy, with calm bays perfect for watersports. Corsica is a short cruise further north with Bonifacio at the southern tip, clinging by its winding lanes to a sheer cliff. A multitude of cruise choices are available for Sardinia and Corsica, where you can have a morning swim in a quiet cove seemingly miles from civilization and finish the day with dinner at

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a five-star restaurant. Tips: Be sure to sample “suppa cuata: (soup under a layer of aromatic cheese) and you should finish your meal with a “seada”, a cheese-filled crepe topped with honey. Great Lakes Not surprisingly, most charterers look farther afield than the huge inland sea called the Great Lakes, but these are summer adventures to be savored without crossing oceans. The inventory of yachts summering on the Great Lakes each year varies, and it’s too early to tell how many yachts will choose to stay in fresh water this season, so check with your charter broker. Most yachts start their charters in major cities, making access convenient enough to allow short getaways. Depending on your starting point, you can harbor-hop along the shore or head directly for a more distance objective. Mackinac Island on Lake Huron seems a time warp because it doesn’t allow motor vehicles, relying instead on horse-drawn carriages and the ubiquitous bicycle. Further afield, the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior offer a wild landscape of pine and hemlock, eagle and bear. And the Thousand Islands, (actually 1,864 islands) northeast of Lake Ontario on the St. Lawrence Seaway between the U.S and Canada can provide weeks of exploration. Tips: Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, don’t miss Mackinac Island fudge. In the Thousand Islands, try to time your visit with the Clayton Antique Boat Show in August for a look at vintage boating.

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FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT

FLORIDA • Greater Miami is the only metropolitan area in the United States whose borders encompass two national parks. You can hike through pristine Everglades National Park or ride on glassbottom boats across Biscayne National Park. • Saint Augustine is the oldest European settlement in North America. • Orlando attracts more visitors than any other amusement park destination in the United States. • Cape Canaveral is America’s launch pad for space flights. • Florida is not the southernmost state in the United States; Hawaii is farther south. • A museum in Sanibel owns two million shells and claims to be the world’s only museum devoted solely to mollusks. • The Benwood, on French Reef in the Florida Keys, is known as one of the most dived shipwrecks in the world. • Safety Harbor is the home of the historic Espiritu Santo Springs. It was given this name in 1539 by the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto. He was searching for the legendary Fountain of Youth. The natural springs have attracted attention worldwide for their curative powers. The United States city with the highest rate of lightning strikes per capita is Clearwater. • Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators , where the drink was first developed. • Young aviator Tony Jannus made history on January 1, 1914 when he flew the world’s first scheduled passenger service airline flight from St. Petersburg’s downtown yacht basin to Tampa. • Dr. John Gorrie of Apalachicola invented mechanical refrigeration in 1851. • Miami Beach pharmacist Benjamin Green invented the first suntan cream in 1944. He accomplished this development by cooking cocoa butter in a granite coffee pot on his wife’s stove.

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• Key West has the highest average temperature in the United States. • The largest lake in Florida is Lake Okeechobee. • In 1987 the Florida legislature designated the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) the official state reptile. Long an unofficial symbol of the state, the alligator originally symbolized • • • Florida’s extensive untamed wilderness and swamps. • Miami installed the first bank automated teller machine especially for rollerbladers. • Ybor City was once known as the Cigar Capital of the World, with nearly 12,000 tabaqueros (cigar-makers) employed in 200 factories. Ybor City produced an estimated 700 million cigars a year at the industry’s peak. • Plant City, the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World, holds the Guinness record for the world’s largest strawberry shortcake. The 827 square foot, 6,000 pound cake was made on February 19, 1999 in McCall Park. • The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a cable-stayed concrete bridge. Opened in 1987, the bridge coasts through the clouds at 190 feet above water. Its bright yellow support cables spread from the two center pillars. The structure gives drivers an unobstructed view of the water during the 4.1 mile trip over Tampa Bay. • DeFuniak Springs is home to one of the two naturally round lakes in the world. • The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens at Delray Beach is the only museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to the living culture of Japan. • Fort Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America because the city has 185 miles of local waterways. • The city of Hypoluxo’s name comes from the Seminole expression water all ‘round – no get out. • Islamorada is billed as the Sports Fishing Capital of the World. • Key Largo is known as the Dive Capital of the World. • Marathon is home to Crane Point Hammock, a 63.5 acre land tract that is one of the most important historical and archaeological sites in the Keys. The area contains evidence of preColombian and prehistoric Bahamian artifacts, and once was the site of an entire Indian village. Fort Zachary Taylor in Key West was built between 1845 and 1866. Controlled by the Union during the Civil War, the fort was the home base for a successful blockage of the Confederate ships that some historians say shortened the conflict by a full year. The fort also was active during the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II. • During the 1991 Gulf War the busiest military port in the country was Jacksonville. From this location the military moved more supplies and people than any other port in the country. • Venice is known as the Shark Tooth Capital of the World. Collecting prehistoric shark teeth has been a favorite pastime of visitors and residents of the Venice area for years. • The Florida Museum of Hispanic and Latin American Art in Coral Gables is the first and only museum in the United States dedicated to the preservation, diffusion and promotion of Hispanic and Latin American Art. • Titusville, known as Space City, USA, is located on the west shore of the Indian River, directly across from the John F. Kennedy Space Center.

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Adding Some Spice In Miami Miami is well-known as an international cosmopolitan city, but no single group has had more influence on its food and culture than los Cubanos. Try this traditional Cuban meal, washed down with a pineapple mojito and you will be transported back to Old Havana. CUBAN SHREDDED BEEF (ROPA VIEJA) Serves 6 to 8 Ingredients: 6 oz. bacon, roughly chopped 2 lb. flank steak, cut into 1 ½” strips Kosher salt and black pepper to taste 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced 1 Cubanelle or green pepper, thinly sliced 6 oz. tomato paste 1 tbsp. cumin 1 tbsp. dried thyme 1 tbsp. dried oregano 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 bay leaf ½ cup dry white wine 2 cups beef stock 1 cup (16 oz) can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed ½ cup halved, pitted green olives 1/3 cup sliced jarred pimiento peppers 3 tbsp. capers, rinsed and drained 1 tbsp. white wine vinegar ¼ cup roughly chopped cilantro Instructions: Render bacon in a 6-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Transfer to a plate, leaving fat in pot. Season steak with salt and pepper. Working in batches, cook until browned on both sides, about 6 minutes; transfer to plate. Add onion and peppers; cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Add tomato paste, cumin, thyme, oregano, garlic, and bay leaf; cook until lightly caramelized, about 3 minutes. Add wine, cook, scraping bottom of pot, for 1 minute. Return bacon and steak to pot with stock and tomatoes; boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cook, covered until steak is very tender, 2 to 3 hours. Remove steak and shred. Return meat to pot with olives, pimentos, capers, and vinegar. Cook until sauce is slightly thickened, about 30 minutes. Stir in cilantro before serving. RICE COOKED IN BLACK BEANS (MOROS Y CRISTIANOS) Serves 8 to 10 Ingredients: 4 cloves garlic, peeled 3 teaspoons salt ¼ pound bacon (about 6 strips), chopped 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup) 1 green pepper, seeded and finely chopped (about ¾ cup) 1 bay leaf ¼ teaspoon ground cumin ½ teaspoon dried oregano

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1 ½ cups long grain white rice 2 (15 ½ ounce) cans black beans, not drained 1 ¾ cups water 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar Preparation: MASH THE GARLIC AND RENDER THE BACON FAT: Put the garlic on a cutting board and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of salt over the cloves, let it sit for a few minutes and mince it into a paste with a knife. Set aside. Place the bacon and olive oil in a large pot and set it over medium-high heat. Saute the bacon until it renders its fat and turns a golden brown color, about 6 minutes. Move the bacon around as it is cooking to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pot. SAUTE THE VEGETABLES AND RICE: Add the onion, green pepper and garlic paste to the bacon and saute until the vegetables are limp and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of salt, the bay leaf, cumin, oregano and rice and stir for 1 minute until well mixed and all the rice is coated in oil. ADD THE BEANS, SIMMER AND SERVE: Add the beans and their liquid, along with the water and vinegar, to the pot. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 35 to 40 minutes, or until all the water has been absorbed by the rice. Allow the covered pot to sit off the heat for 5 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve. PINEAPPLE MOJITOS Makes 8 servings Pineapple Syrup: 1 ½ pounds peeled fresh pineapple chunks 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar In a saucepan, bring the pineapple, brown sugar and 4 cups of water to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat, stirring, until the pineapple is very soft and the mixture is reduced to 2 ½ cups, 40 minutes. Strain the mixture into a heatproof bowl, pressing on the solids; discard the solids. Let the syrup cool; you should have about 1 1/3 cups. MOJITOS: ½ pound diced fresh pineapple (2 cups) 1 cup lightly packed mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish 2 cups white rum ¾ cup fresh lime juice Ice 1 ¼ cups chilled club soda Lime wedges, for garnish In a pitcher, muddle the pineapple and mint leaves. Stir in the rum, lime juice and 1 cup of the pineapple syrup. Pour into 8 glasses and add ice. Top with club soda and garnish with mint sprigs and lime wedges.

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Index of Services Alarms

Pogo Security.................................................................................................................................... 50

Anti-Aging

Rewind Anti-Aging of Miami........................................................................................................... 21

Aquarium Maintenance

Oceanview Aquariums.................................................................................................................... 63

Astrology ( Chinese & FengShui )

Hector Espinosa, Psychic Medium................................................................................................. 55

Boat Sales

Next Generation Yachting......................................................................................................... 34-35

Brokerage

Next Generation Yachting......................................................................................................... 34-35

Cabinet Refacing

Artistic Wood Finishing.................................................................................................................... 31

Cabinet Refinishing

Artistic Wood Finishing.................................................................................................................... 31

Commercial Real Estate

Oscar Valdes of KW Commercial...................................................................................................... 5

Corporate Travel

Cruise Planners.................................................................................................................Back Cover

Cosmetic Dentistry

Gaertner Brothers Dentistry........................................................................................................... 11

Custom Cabinets

Artistic Wood Finishing.................................................................................................................... 31

Custom Tanks

Oceanview Aquariums.................................................................................................................... 63

Day Spa

Shala Spa........................................................................................................................................... 57

Dentistry

Gaertner Brothers Dentistry........................................................................................................... 11

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Estate Sales

Baron Estate Sales........................................................................................................................... 51

Financial Planning

Morgan Street Investment Advisors.............................................................................................. 63

Flooring

Dorris Construction......................................................................................................................... 65

Fragrance

Brenda Nimke Independent Scentsy Consultation..................................................................... 23

Golf Cart Leasing

Southern Golf Cars, Inc.................................................................................. Back Inside Cover, 53

Golf Cart Repairs

Southern Golf Cars, Inc.................................................................................. Back Inside Cover, 53

Golf Cart Sales

Southern Golf Cars, Inc.................................................................................. Back Inside Cover, 53

Health & Wellness

Meditation With Peggy Gaines, RN................................................................................................ 55 Rewind Anti-Aging of Miami........................................................................................................... 21

Holistic Wellness

Wellness With Risa........................................................................................................................... 57

Home Builder

Candela Construction, Inc............................................................................................................... 51

Home Health Care

Home Instead Senior Care.............................................................................................................. 37

Home Safe Installation

Dolphins Lock & Security................................................................................................................ 36

Home Security / Surveillance

Dolphins Lock & Security................................................................................................................ 36

Home Staging

New Direction Home Staging & Consultants, Inc............................................. Front Inside Cover

Hormone Replacement Therapies

Rewind Anti-Aging of Miami........................................................................................................... 21

HVAC

Air On Demand................................................................................................................................ 71

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Hypnotherapy

Wellness With Risa........................................................................................................................... 57

Interior Design

Just Blinds Miami.............................................................................................................................. 25

Investment Advisor

Morgan Street Investment Advisors.............................................................................................. 63

Kitchen & Bath Remodeling

Dorris Construction......................................................................................................................... 65

Leisure Travel

Love 2 Travel, LLC............................................................................................................................ 23

Liquidation of Estates

Baron Estate Sales........................................................................................................................... 51

Locksmith

Dolphins Lock & Security................................................................................................................ 36

Luxury Real Estate

Ana Fournaris of the Keyes Company........................................................................................... 13 Micaela Clement of Keller Williams................................................................................................. 9 Sandra Goldberg of One Sotheby’s International Realty Miami................................................ 41

Marine

New Direction Marine Inc............................................................................................................... 59

Martial Arts

United Martial Arts Family Center................................................................................................. 23

Massage therapist

Shala Spa........................................................................................................................................... 57

Men’s Clothing

Trina Turk.......................................................................................................................................... 30

Mold Assessment

Miami Mold Specialists.................................................................................................................... 72

Mold Removal

Miami Mold Specialists.................................................................................................................... 72

Natural & Holistic Medicine

Michael Forman DOM, P.A........................................................................................................ 38-39

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Nutritionist

Michael Forman DOM, P.A........................................................................................................ 38-39 Vida Nutrition, LLC............................................................................................................................. 9

Party & Event Videography

iVideo Creations............................................................................................................................... 15

Pest Control

Natural Resources Organic Pest Control...................................................................................... 27

Photographer

ATMimages....................................................................................................................................... 23

Photography

ATMimages....................................................................................................................................... 23

Physical Therapist

Michael Forman DOM, P.A........................................................................................................ 38-39

Pool Contractor

Capt. Harry’s Hi-Tech Pools, Inc..................................................................................................... 50

Print Art

Aimee Perez Sculptor...................................................................................................................... 31

Property Insurance Adjustor

Fraser Property & Adjusting Inc..................................................................................................... 72 Michael Forman DOM, P.A........................................................................................................ 38-39

Psychic

Hector Espinosa, Psychic Medium................................................................................................. 55

Real Estate

Ana Fournaris of the Keyes Company........................................................................................... 13 Micaela Clement of Keller Williams................................................................................................. 9 Sandra Goldberg of One Sotheby’s International Realty Miami................................................ 41

Reiki Services

Meditation With Peggy Gaines, RN................................................................................................ 55

Residential & Commercial Construction

Candela Construction, Inc............................................................................................................... 51

Retail Clothing

Trina Turk.......................................................................................................................................... 30

Roof Inspection

Canopy Roofing Inc.......................................................................................................................... 47

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Roof Repair

Canopy Roofing Inc.......................................................................................................................... 47

Roofing

Canopy Roofing Inc.......................................................................................................................... 47

Scentsy Consultant

Brenda Nimke Independent Scentsy Consultation..................................................................... 23

Sculpting

Aimee Perez Sculptor...................................................................................................................... 31

Security Cameras

Pogo Security.................................................................................................................................... 50

Security Systems

Alpha One Security Solutions......................................................................................................... 27

Senior Care

Home Instead Senior Care.............................................................................................................. 37

Shades & Blinds

Just Blinds Miami.............................................................................................................................. 25

Sketch Art

Aimee Perez Sculptor...................................................................................................................... 31

Skin Care

Shala Spa........................................................................................................................................... 57

Smart Security

Alpha One Security Solutions......................................................................................................... 27

Travel Agency

Love 2 Travel, LLC............................................................................................................................ 23

Travel Agent

Cruise Planners.................................................................................................................Back Cover

Video Production

iVideo Creations............................................................................................................................... 15

Wedding Photographer

ATMimages....................................................................................................................................... 23

Weight Loss

Vida Nutrition, LLC............................................................................................................................. 9

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Window Cleaning – Commercial & Residential

V.I.P. Window Cleaning, LLC........................................................................................................... 25

Women’s Clothing

Trina Turk.......................................................................................................................................... 30

Yacht Brokers

Next Generation Yachting......................................................................................................... 34-35

Yacht Charters

Royal Yacht Charters....................................................................................................................... 30

Yacht Sales

Apex Marine Sales, LLC..................................................................................................................... 3

Yacht Sales / Brokerage

Royal Yacht Charters....................................................................................................................... 30

Yacht Services

Apex Marine....................................................................................................................................... 3

Yoga

Wellness With Risa........................................................................................................................... 57

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