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18 calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 community news Palmetto Bay Celebrates 11 Years of Incorporation . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Palmetto Bay’s “Downtown Experience”: Unveiling a Redevelopment Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Pinecrest’s 4th Annual Relay for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 inspiring individual Art as Eco Activism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 school news Communities In Schools Provide Financial Literacy Seminars for At-risk Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Vineland K-8 Center Raises Funds & Awareness . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 cover story Thinking about selling? Call Miguel! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 spotlight event Deering Estate Festival of the Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 from the mayor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 music news Are You Able to Hear Me? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 it’s their business Take Time for Yourself - Come Unwind with Us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 dining out Sgt. Peppers Subs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 mommy in sports Is Hockey Making a Comeback? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Health & Fitness Plantstrong Living . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 consignment corner Upscale Furniture Consignment Gallery: Where High End and Vintage Meet…and Prices That Can’t Be Beat! . . . . . . . . . . . 28 pet of the month. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 pet care Your Itchy Pet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 debbie does divorce What Will Get You Through a Divorce? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 car care The “Oil Change” Service; Not so simple anymore! . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 travel news Time Stands Still at Eagle Island, Georgia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 legally speaking Three Reasons Why You Should Hire a Law Firm to Complete a Successful Short Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 chamber news. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 To Advertise in The Florida Villager, Please call 786-505-1817





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April 5 18th Annual Alper JCC Special Needs Event – 7pm - 11pm - Dave and Mary Alper JCC – Sablotsky Cultural Arts Center - This event is to help encourage awareness and raise much needed funds for children and adults with special needs. The featured performance for this year’s event is Grammy award winning recording artist, Jon Secada. The evening will include a reception, silent auction, concert and gourmet dessert reception. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Alper JCC’s Shirley and Chester Paul Special Needs Program for children with cognitive and/or physical disabilities. For more information, or to get involved please call (305) 274-4772.









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11 The Deering Estate Festival of the Arts – April 11-13 - The Deering Estate Festival of the Arts was created to raise awareness of the visual, literary, and performing arts in South Miami-Dade community and to promote the missions of partnering organizations. It is an annual celebration of these arts. Visit www. for a complete schedule of events. See more page 20.


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20 E a s t e r B r u n c h a t Fa i r c h i l d – 10:30am - 2:30pm - Come and celebrate Easter and enjoy the springtime magic of Fairchild! Made-to-order omelets, fresh baked croissants and fully stocked savory and sweet stations are all on the menu for this year’s Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet hosted by the award-winning Creative Tastes Catering and Events Production Company. For reservations or more information, call (305) 256-8399.



eco-friendly activities for the family. It is a full fun-filled day of entertainment on stage in our outdoor amphitheater, informative workshops and demonstrations on a variety of relevant ecological topics, interactive and environmental educational opportunities, garden tours, delicious food, music, yoga, massages, and so much more! Admission is free.

May 3 2nd Annual Trunk Show Benefiting Packs of Love – The Learning Experience School (corner of Miller Dr. & 82nd Ave. Rd.) - 11am - 4pm - Come and support Packs of Love, the 100% volunteer organization, as they raise funds to provide school supplies for homeless and foster students in our community. Shop at over 22 vendors’ tables as you help this worthy cause.

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VERITAGEMIAMI – Events kick off with Craft Beer Tasting on April 9. Tap in to craft beers and experience food creations from 30 different South Florida restaurants. April 10 is Fine Wine Tasting: Discover the world through 350 wines and treats from top dining spots. Share with friends; speak to wine producers. April 11 is an Interactive Dinner: The ultimate good time for foodies, where tables team up to cook their own dinner under the tutelage of five of Miami’s hippest and hottest chefs. April 12 concludes with an Auction & Wine Dinner: VeritageMiami’s final inning takes place on the diamond at Marlins Park featuring a live performance by Kristin Chenoweth. Enjoy dinner, award-winning wines, spirited bidding and a home run of an after-party. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.


Pinecrest Gardens “Eggstravaganza” – 10am - 5 pm - $5/per person general admission (Free for members) - Celebrate springtime, children, and the joy of Easter at Pinecrest Gardens’ signature event. The day will be filled with “eggciting” activities for the whole family including egg hunts, face painting, balloon art, interactive games, music arts & crafts, our petting zoo, and so much more. This is the event that every child will want to attend.

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Party for the Planet at Zoo Miami – 11am - 4pm - The Tropical Flowering Tree Society will be hosting its annual plant and show sale. There will also be fun “green” activities and entertainment for the whole family as well as animal enrichment with recycled items and/or natural materials. During Party for the Planet, guests can get free admission if they turn in a cellphone as part of the ECO-CELL phone recycling program.

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Youth Arts Day & Music Fest at Deering Estate – 10am - 5pm - Youth Arts Day & Music Fest 2014 “Dance, Draw, Dream” is a community collaboration celebrating creativity, youth artists, diversity, and creating awareness of Miami-Dade County’s rich cultural resources. Youth Arts Day & Music Fest features a month long visual and literary art exhibition as well as a day-long series of youth performance and art. Admission is free for youth (grades K-12); $12 for adults.

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community news Palmetto Bay Celebrates 11 Years of Incorporation


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he Village of Palmetto Bay brought out the BBQs and invited residents to celebrate the 11 years since their incorporation into a Village. Palmetto Bay’s Celebration Picnic is an annual event held in Coral Reef Park that encourages families to come meet their neighbors and enjoy their Village. Linda Robinson, the original Vice Mayor and an early engineer of Palmetto Bay, explained, “We were so excited when we incorporated that we wanted to forever celebrate. I am so proud with the committee that created this and how it gets better every year.” The three-hour event treated guests to live music performed by local schools and organizations, bounce houses, carnival-style attractions, face painting, and wood working tables hosted by Pinecrest’s Home Depot. Among the many booths were demonstrations and tours by the Miami-Dade County Special Response team, a valet bicycle parking area sponsored by Mack Cycle, and Officers Peter Judge and Patience Glasko from the Palmetto Bay Police Force fitted kids with free bicycle helmets. All the food and activities were paid for through the generous donations from South Motors, Gus Machado Ford, AutoNation, 3C’s Preschool, The Corradino Group, Hollub Homes, Kendall Hyundai,

Stantec, SunState Bank, Tip-Top Enterprises and Waste Services. One of the most important areas this year was the Downtown Redevelopment booth. The Palmetto Bay Downtown Redevelopment Task Force, started about a year ago by Village Manager Ron Williams and run by Director of Building Ed Silva, envisions the Franjo Triangle area as a vibrant Downtown in Palmetto Bay. The plan for the project is to attract private investments and new businesses to Palmetto Bay. The day was a success of family and neighborhood fun. Congratulations on 11 years of success Palmetto Bay!

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community news Palmetto Bay’s “Downtown Experience”: Unveiling a Redevelopment Plan


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ith “dining & entertainment” topping the list in a recent Palmetto Bay resident survey on downtown wants-and-needs, it is no surprise that more than 850 residents came out March 14 to “A Downtown Experience” to enjoy delectable samples from 20 local-area restaurants -- and to learn more about plans for downtown redevelopment in Palmetto Bay. Palmetto Bay hosted “A Downtown Experience,” a virtual night-on-the-town for Village residents, at the Palmetto Bay Municipal Center. The free event was open to the public as an opportunity to learn about redevelopment in the Village’s southwest quadrant along US-1, between SW 168 and SW 184 Streets. Known as the Franjo-Triangle/Commercial-Island District, this long-overlooked area is the current focus of a Palmetto Bay task force working to improve dining and entertainment, landscaping, traffic patterns, architectural guidelines, and zoning rules that will attract retail, residential, and office development. A new downtown Palmetto Bay will also help expand the municipal tax base while improving the quality of life for residents. “A Downtown Experience” was the first in a planned series of community outreach festivals geared toward sharing information about redevelopment while gathering input from local consumers. Live music, complimentary food from local restaurants, wine, beer, and booths with information were all staged along a simulated downtown street outside Village Hall. Guests were also able to take a survey that automatically entered them into a drawing for a Weber Grill provided by Evenings Delight. During “A Downtown Experience,” guests enjoyed samples of cuisine from nearby

restaurants -- and establishments that may very well consider setting up shop in the Downtown District, once Village plans take shape. The restaurants represented were: Canton, Wendy’s, Asian Fusion, All Star Yogurt Shop, The Cuban Guys, Catering by Les, Sports Grill, Home-Fields Sports Bar, Delicious Catering, Golden Rule, Sgt. Peppers Subs, Serving the Soul, My Ceviche, Romanza, and Barista. Guests also attended a panel discussion and Q&A featuring developers, city planners, architects, and local-area business owners regarding redevelopment plans. Following this formal program in Village Hall Chambers, a new model of the proposed downtown area was unveiled. Details were announced regarding a future drawing for a free one-year lease on a South Motors Volkswagen. Special thanks to the sponsors of Palmetto Bay’s “Downtown Experience”: Dadeland Dodge, Grouper Financial, Miami Acura, South Motors, Coconut Grove Bank, Bermello Ajamil, 1st National Bank, Lennar Homes, Wayne Rosen, Sunstate, Kimley-Horn, Santa Barbara, Evening Delights, Isaac Roofing, Ludovici & Ludovici, and Marlin Engineering.

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ancer never sleeps and neither did the Relay for Life participants during Pinecrest’s fourth annual Relay For life event on March 1st. The event lasted from 12:00 noon Saturday, March 1st till 8:00 a.m. Sunday, March 2nd in Evelyn Greer Park, 8200 SW 124th Street. This year the neighboring municipalities of Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay joined Pinecrest to make for a huge event with over 40 teams and a $200,000 donation goal. All the proceeds from the event were donated to the American Cancer Society. The theme for this year’s event was World’s Fair 2014. The Village team’s theme was France, and Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner led the Youth Advisory Council with a Spain theme. All cancer survivors were honored and welcomed to attend. There was a Survivors Tent where survivors were able to eat lunch and dinner. There were complimentary massages and goodie bags provided. Luminaria bags and candles were available the day of the event for a $5 donation. Each team had a dedicated booth that featured food from the country the team represented, an activity and a fact board about a specific type of cancer. There was a

children’s area with bounce houses and pony rides, and bands performed throughout the day and evening. The after hours activities were led by the Pinecrest Youth Advisory Council and included an eating contest and card games. The final tally has not been calculated yet, as donations will be accepted until April 11th. To find out how to donate, call 305-234-2121 and ask for Pat Janisse or Angela Gasca.  

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ancy Martini, a multidisciplinary eco artist working and living in Miami, is dedicated to preserving and educating about the preservation of the environment. “I’ve always been interested in the environment. I wanted to create art that would bring awareness to the issues in the environment,” explains Martini. Her current collection named “The Food Forest,” explores the common experience of purchasing food and carrying it home in a brown grocery bag, paired with the environmental sustainable concept of growing vertical edible gardens in public spaces. These would serve as a way to nourish the community instead of using harmful chemicals and over watering our parks and public spaces. “I hope to engage the public and encourage them to think about how we build and use public spaces. Permanent edible gardens in our environment are possible and should be considered instead of planting exotic trees and plants that require excessive water and fertilizer that runoff and poison our waters. My dream for future public spaces is to have delicious fruit trees, berry bushes, herbs and spices that not only create a sustainable and beautiful ecosystem, but land space that can be harvested, and shared to nourish the community,” expressed Martini. Food forests are vertical gardens planted in layers with edible fruit from trees and shrubs, as well as herbs that help restore the health and abundance of land by saving energy, soil, water and resources. It is a sustainable approach to the long-term needs of land while providing food and food education for the local community. Environmental issues and societal relationships are explored throughout Martini’s art practices. The sculptures all have two key components. First, each sculpture uses

an upcycled item to symbolize everyday urban life and human impact on the environment. Second, the sculptures are covered in brown paper to mimic brown grocery bags. The brown bags represent our relationship with store purchased food as well as to unite man, objects and nature. Nancy Martini is currently an Artist in Residence at Deering Estate at Cutler. This residency is the perfect fit for this eco-artist. During her time at Deering Estate, Martini has learned about the natural dyes that can be produced from wild lime trees. This sparked her interest in finding other foliage to create more dyes and mordants to enhance her artwork. Also during her residency, Martini was inspired by the amazing view of Biscayne Bay at Deering. She has begun making bowls titled “Biscayne Bay” bowls that are sold on her e-commerce website, The Green Hand Company. You can view Nancy Martini’s Eco Activism artwork at the upcoming Deering Estate Festival of the Arts from Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13. For more information on Nancy Martini’s art, visit her website at



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school news Communities In Schools Provide Financial Literacy Seminars for At-risk Students


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ecently, Communities In Schools of Miami received a $5,000 grant from State Farm Insurance, which will be used to provide Real Money (RMX) financial literacy courses to more than 150 students in the Bridges to Graduation program, an intensive program to help at-risk students stay in school and graduate on time. Communities In Schools of Miami is an affiliate of the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization. CIS’ mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and prepare for life. A five-year study by ICF International revealed that the CIS model resulted in the strongest reduction in dropout rates of any existing fully scaled dropout prevention organization in the nation. CIS of Miami recognizes financial literacy and financial responsibility as one of the most important skills that will prepare students for adult life. Guest speakers will teach students the fundamentals of money management and savings and the presentations will culminate in the RMX Financial Game, a full-day activity where students will apply their knowledge and work within an assigned budget to procure their basic needs with various vendors from housing, car dealership, higher education, insurance and communications business sectors. Aida Tejada

“State Farm strongly believes that supporting hands-on, interactive, financial literacy education programs like Real Money (RMX) can help build a solid foundation for young people to make financial decisions that will lead them to a better financial state,” said Jose Soto, Community Specialist for State Farm Insurance. “Financial Literacy Boot camp taught me how money works-how to earn it and most importantly how to make wiser decisions when using it,” said Irma Vazquez an 11th grade student at Booker T. Washington Senior High, who completed the course in 2013. “The activities showed me how to be responsible with my money, so I can plan and save for the future.” CIS of Miami’s mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. In partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, CIS of Miami provides the necessary services and programs that empower students to overcome barriers that impede their academic success. Since its start in 1989, CIS of Miami has helped more than 30,000 students annually through its school-based and community-based initiatives. To learn more about CIS of Miami, visit Martin Casuso

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school news Vineland K-8 Center Raises Funds & Awareness


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ocal Miami-Dade Public School, Vineland K-8 Center, is dedicated to encouraging their students to be locally and globally minded. They provide an ample amount of experiences for students of all ages to not only raise money for people and charities, but to also teach them that money alone won’t change the world; caring will. The Boosterthon Fun Run has been Vineland K-8 Center’s largest fundraiser for the last three years. The experience combines a fun fitness event, an interactive character program, and a highly profitable school fundraiser all into one. It’s all wrapped up in an unforgettable experience that is fun for students and is a hassle-free way for the school to raise funds, as well as feeding families in need. This year’s Boosterthon at Vineland was more successful than ever! With full participation from all students, the school collected close to $15,000. Along with the pledges made by the school, Boosterthon will be feeding 192 families in need on behalf of the students of Vineland K-8 Center. As part of Vineland’s Cambridge International Program, looking at societal issues is critical to their instruction. The Fifth grade team has been working on two service projects that tackle hunger: and Feed Miami. The teachers have set out to not only provide students with critical thinking and problem solving opportunities, but to delve into the problems of the world and help relieve them. A huge part of their instruction is looking at issues that naturally come from the students via discussions and observations of the world around them. World hunger is a problem the students wanted to tackle. Children are exposed to commercials, hear stories of need, and are reminded of hunger during the holidays each year when food drives take place throughout our city. From this, two programs evolved. The teachers spearheaded the Free Rice program and the students partnered with Feed Miami. is an online program run by the United Nation’s World Food Program. Students go online and answer questions about geography, vocabulary, mathematics, and much more. For each question answered correctly, sponsors donate ten grains of rice. It is an easy, enjoyable way to help alleviate hunger worldwide. The students wish to, as one student put it, “go viral with this!” They wish to inspire students throughout the school to participate. Some have even created YouTube videos on how to navigate the program in hope of inspiring others to do so, as well. Research inspired by this website evoked curiosity about hunger in our own community. They found that the need for food in Miami is great. 14% of households in our community are food insecure, which means they are not financially able to feed their families on a regular, daily basis. Hunger is not limited to homeless families. Approximately 1,378,000 individuals in South Florida seek emergency food assistance each year. Most food insecure families rely on schools to feed their children throughout the school year! “Kids just like us are going through this every day – even someone in our own school!” But what happens during the summer when schools are not open? Where do they go for food? During the months of June, July, and August, the number of families that reach out to food pantries is three times more than the rest of the year. So, with assistance from their teachers, the fifth graders set out to find an organization within the community where children can make a difference in feeding the hungry. Feed Miami became their choice, not only because they help individuals right here in the community, but also because four elementary aged girls founded it. This shows students that even kids can make a BIG impact! It also shows them that community organizations, like schools, churches, and foundations are interdependent and must work together to help individuals. This year alone, 11 schools and 22 churches have joined Feed Miami efforts to give back to our city. Vineland has committed to be their 12th school. To Advertise in The Florida Villager, Please call 786-505-1817

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by alexis prieto

elling your property is an involved process that affects your family and your future. Before you begin this process, you’ll want to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information. When should you sell? How do you get the best price? What kinds of renovations should be made prior to the sale? When you’re armed with the right information, and an experienced real estate professional, you’ll be closer to reaching your goal - selling your home fast, and for the best price. Miguel Salvat excels in assisting his buyers and sellers with their transactional and emotional needs when purchasing or selling a home. Being a lifetime resident of Miami, Salvat dedicated over 10 years in the field of Public Relations for a large Miami based publishing house with Global exposure. For the past 8 years, he has put those tools and professionalism toward exceeding his client’s expectations. Salvat takes pride in achieving the highest amount of satisfaction for his customers through the relationships he creates. This year, Salvat was elected as governor of the board of directors of the Young Professionals Network (YPN), a committee of top agents under the age of 40. Miami Board of Realtors adopted the YPN this year, and Salvat and his colleagues are the founding members. He also received the Top Producer Award as a single agent (out of 250 agents) at his Company, Keller Williams Realty Premier Properties in Miami, as well as the NationalTriple Gold Medal given by Keller Williams Realty International on the national level.

What are your specialty areas?

I like to think I specialize in relationships. Most realtors concentrate or “farm” territories. I farm people, thus creating strong connections with my clients that ultimately equate to various referrals and thrilled customers. Achieving top dollar for my seller clients is always the goal and knowing that they have the confidence in me to achieve that for them is imperative.

What distinguishes you from other realtors?

I have always been persistent, hardworking and goal oriented with a side of tech savvy. When I first got licensed, the market crashed by the time I wrote my first contract. I remained focused and determined and was able to pull through. Persistence and determination have paid off for me as a professional. Each year has been a growing experience and each has been special; it’s my willingness to learn, adapt and stay on top of market trends that allows me to keep achieving the desired results for my customers.

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What is the secret to your success?

I’m a relationship guy. I feel that having solid relationships with your clients is more valuable than just closing the deal. By really taking the time to get to know your clients as well as an area or type of property makes you special. Being tenacious and determined truly makes me stand out-my customer always comes first!

Is this a buyer’s market or a seller’s?

Sellers! We moved back into a seller’s market starting about 18 months ago. Values have been climbing for the past 2 years. In some neighborhoods we have reached or exceeded 2007 sold price levels. There’s not enough supply for the demand by buyers in South Florida. For example, I recently was hired to sell a client’s house. The next day I showed it seven times and the following day I had 4 contracts for my seller to choose from.

What is the current market in Miami?

The market in Miami is in high demand. We are fortunate to have two large streams of buyers; the locals who are primary searching for single family homes, and the foreign buyer mainly looking and acquiring condominiums. Foreign money likes Miami and the United States over all because of our safety and stability. The majority of foreign buyers are not living here year round. They either rent the properties or use it while visiting. For the local or domestic buyer the demand is fuelled by all-time low interest rates. It makes more economic sense to buy and own rather than to rent.

What projects are you working on right now?

I’m always working on the same project: the growth of my real estate practice. I always strive for more; to be better. I’m always looking for the newest edge that I can offer my clients to give them the advantage above the market. It’s always me being ambitious for them. I have been focusing on sales and listings above the one million dollar level. Many of my clients over the years have done better in their lives and they are now upsizing. However, I provide quality service and enthusiasm whether I am servicing a client needing to rent their $1,200 condo or sell their $3 million dollar home.

To contact Miguel A. Salvat, call 305-975-1492 or email at To view available listings, visit Or, you can always stop by the office which is located at 8126 SW 120th Street, Pinecrest, FL 33156.

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spotlight event Deering Estate Festival of the Arts


xperience, engage and explore the integrated relationship between people and the environment through site specific eco and environmental works in the visual, literary and performing arts during the Deering Estate Festival of the Arts, April 11-13, 2014, at the Deering Estate at Cutler. The In Deep theme for this year’s Festival is designed to immerse the senses with challenging performances and works that run the gamut from upcycled materials to activist statements; from sound installations to earth works. Events on Friday evening and Saturday after 3:30 p.m. are FREE and open to the public. On Saturday, April 12th, food and beverages will be available at the Culinary Café by the courtyard. EXPERIENCE: From the moment visitors enter the Deering Estate at Cutler, they can follow their own path through historic and natural settings, and discover works and performances that are integrated into the man-made and natural landscape. Featuring 100 indoor and outdoor works of sculpture, performance and installation, the Deering Estate Festival of the Arts showcases 27 literary artists, 61 visual artists, and 122 performing artists in this naturally beautiful setting on the edge of Biscayne Bay. ENGAGE: Part of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant project that created environmental interventions, interactions and residencies, In Deep is both a community wide engagement, as well as a culmination exhibition that focuses on the Deering Estate at Cutler as a hub for environmental education, science and arts collaborations, and dialog.

EXPLORE: Visitors of all ages will start their artistic adventure as they wander through the indoor and outdoor exhibits and interact with performers, artists, and curators. On Saturday, April 12th, guests are invited to “Bring Their Own Perspective” (BYOP), and capture their experiences on film and in writing. Families are encouraged to go on an eco-scavenger hunt, hike along 7.2 miles of nature trails or take a mangrove boardwalk nighttime adventure tour! Curator Lucinda Linderman shares, “This festival brings together artists of varying art-making practices that raise awareness about environmental issues and man’s impact in his environment. Some works are created with alternative materials such as dirt, plastics, and discarded objects, while other works inspire action and activism through poetry and performance. I’m so pleased to discover through curating this exhibit all of the different ways that artists are dedicating their practices to these issues.”

For more information on the Deering Estate Festival of the Arts, please visit or call the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668 ext. 233. With support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.

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from the mayor To My Friends and Neighbors


by Mayor shelly stanczyk

he Village of Palmetto Bay celebrates its beliefs in being a sustainable community with spectacular Earth Week events coming April 21-26. The Village has long been committed to sustainability, which is shown in the building and location of its LEED Certified Platinum Municipal Center. This Municipal Center has one of the largest photo voltaic arrays in the Southeast, water systems that recycle water for multiple uses, LED lighting, air conditioning with 39 sensor controlled zones and a public electric car charging station that is solar powered. The Village’s LEED certified Coral Reef Park Building, solar powered entrance monuments, ordinances that support sustainable landscaping, water conservation rules, and founding membership in the Green Corridor speak to the commitment of providing for our children’s future. Palmetto Bay has for many years collaborated with our Village schools to involve the children in Earth Week activities. 75,000 Ladybugs are released each year by the students and paired with lessons on the role that the ladybugs play in a sustainable community. The fun of Earth Week easily involves the children in the lessons learned. The video for the Earth Week themed Movie Night is selected through an online survey allowing for participation by hundreds of residents. The event traditionally held at Coral Reef Park is attended by hundreds of families who watch the family movie under the stars. The Bike Ride and Bar-B-Que event will top off the week. This event is a family style ride and is held in collaboration with Cutler The nature garden — at Coral Reef Elementary School. Bay. It allows for a break at midpoint to include a nature themed experience. Last year’s national Water Challenge had the Village win 3rd Place on water conservation values. This year the Village is hoping to raise our numbers. Earth Week in Palmetto Bay is a fun week that helps promote the issues of sustainability to the children and adults of our Village. I hope to see you all at the Bike Ride on April 26th.

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music news Are You Able to Hear Me?


by penny daniels

o you know what the following have in common? “Gentlemen start your engines” “The singing of the National Anthem at a NFL Football Game” “The menu of the day being recited at your local Elementary School” “The scheduling bells at local colleges” “An emergency warning announcement” “Practicing a song with your band in the garage” All of these examples need and use some form of a public address – PA – system. A PA system is a combination of electronic devices that serves as a communication method in public areas that amplifies a voice or recorded message. A good, quality PA system is definitely a requirement for delivering speeches, songs, and/or musical entertainment on special occasions, such as a political message, concerts, emergency situations or other important events.

A basic PA system has three components: »» A microphone to convert regular speaking volumes into an electronic signal. »» An amplifier – oftentimes called the powerhouse, boosts the voice signal to one that is capable of reaching hundreds of people. »» A loudspeaker to convert the electrical signal from the amplifier back into sound ways. The user speaks into a microphone, and the sound is transmitted through connected cables, or a wireless system, out through the speakers. For some people, setting up a PA system for the first time can be a daunting task. Before purchasing a PA system, you may want to consider the following: »» Power is the chief consideration. As the size of the event increases – larger crowd of people, bigger facility – the power requirements also increase. »» The purpose of the PA system also drives its requirements. If you intend to amplify music as well as speech, your PA system requires additional capabilities. »» Prestige events need a sound system that is either built-in or visually pleasing. At a formal event, a PA system should look the part; a freestanding podium can add dignity to such occasions. »» The portability and ease of moving the equipment can be a cost- and back-saving feature. If the PA system will be used in multiple venues, portability is definitely a consideration. »» Consider future expansion of your PA system. Unless you have a specific need in mind, consider the purchase of a PA package that can grow with your needs. »» Price. Cost is always a consideration – you get what you pay for. Whether you are ready to buy, rent, or expand a PA system, consult a professional. Consider a system that provides excellent sound quality, appropriate for your needs and one that is best for your audience. Start small and add features as the need arise. Musicians Discount Center in South Miami help you find the guitar that suits you and fits your budget, too. They are the one stop music shop that has been sharing their expertise with others for many years. They offer new and used instruments, instrument rentals, rent to own programs and music lessons. Stop in and let the sounds of music begin in your house today. Contact Musicians Discount Center at 305-255-9466 or visit them online at To Advertise in The Florida Villager, Please call 786-505-1817

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dining out Sgt. Peppers Subs


hat do  you  get  when  you  combine fresh ingredients, mouth-watering signature sauces, a new sleek café style location, and the great taste of your favorite sub shop? You get the newly enhanced Sgt. Peppers Subs! If you’ve lived in the South Miami-Dade area for some time, then chances are you know Sgt. Peppers Subs, which originally opened in Cutler Ridge in 1983. This favorite of locals has made a comeback with their new location at 17225 S. Dixie Highway in Palmetto Bay. Your traditional sub shop no more, the new Sgt. Peppers Subs has added everything from oven-crisp Flat Bread Barbeque Chicken Pizza, to delicious original recipe Paninis. And no worries to their long time fans, they’ve kept the old favorites like the Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken and ever-so-popular Steak and Cheese Sub. There are great options for meals from healthy to the more gluttonous in nature. At the new location, you can expect the same exceptional service you came to love with a few new perks including an outside courtyard. Not impressed yet? They even have a doggy menu and courtyard “VIP” seating for your favorite canine pal. And that’s not all. Throw in some free Wi-Fi, online ordering, delivery and curbside pick-up, and now you see why your fast-casual dining

options just got better. Everything in the new location was well thought out and planned. From the picture of the pepper in the logo, to the use of green on the delivery truck, owner Nelson Couso has used his seasoned experience in the service and restaurant industry to make the comeback of Sgt. Peppers Subs a strong one. When you sit down to await your freshly created sub, you have the friendly smiles and the attention of the staff to greet you. “We want to WOW the guests. We keep an eye on the customers and try to make sure they have everything they need,” stated Couso of the exceptional service you’ll receive at Sgt. Pepper Subs. The four precisely placed flat screens keep you entertained with up to date sports channels. On big game days, they even lower the music and pump the volume of the TVs for fans. During the NBA finals, Sgt. Peppers Subs placed a projected screen outside with the Heat game on: the perfect way to entice passer-byes to stop in for great food and a great game! At Sgt. Peppers Subs, there are no traditional combos and no microwaves, which means that all of the food is made to order with customer chosen sides. This specialty sub shop prides itself in offering a fast casual dining experience, with certified Angus meat sliced on

the premises when you order. Couso believes in giving back to our state, therefore he likes to purchase his produce from Florida growers. He also works closely with Palmetto Bay area schools, explaining, “I want to give back to the community.” The friendly staff and owners give Sgt. Peppers Subs an “everybody knows your name” kind of feel. Don’t just take our word for it, stop by Sgt. Peppers Subs and experience their uniqueness for yourself. Sgt. Peppers Subs is located at 17225 S. Dixie Highway in Palmetto Bay, please call 305-238-SUBS to place an order. Or, use the convenience of online ordering by logging on to

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mommy in sports Is Hockey Making a Comeback? by Kristen Hewitt


f you haven’t been to a Florida Panthers hockey game in a while…you might want to reconsider taking the drive north of Dade County lines. Things have changed a bit at the BB&T Center in Broward this year, and if the trade deadline moves are any indication…better days are here, and quite possibly here to stay. Yes the Panthers have been dismal in the past decade, only making the postseason once. And yes the building is approaching its 17th birthday. But it appears that under the ownership of military man Vinnie Viola, winning is imperative for the future of this Florida franchise. The Viola ownership group held a press conference to announce their plans on September 27, 2013, where Viola said, “I want us to be a team that is completely committed to winning the right way for the community that it represents. We are very blessed and we understand the privilege of the stewardship that ownership of a sports franchise really means.” Vinnie Viola and his partner Doug Cifu grew up in New York rooting for the Rangers, Yankees, and Giants, and want the Cats fan base to feel like part of their family. Cifu told me, “Vinnie and I are at our core fans, and that’s why we sit in 102 row 7 and scream as loud as we can. We want the players and fans to see us, but more importantly we enjoy hockey… to be close to the ice is Lila, with her dad, stunned watching her first hockey fight. really a thrill for us.” You may bump into the Viola’s on any given night at a game. Not only do they sit in the stands in lieu of a luxury suite, but they also greet fans at the games. They’ve also added several improvements to the BB&T Center this season including new flooring, an upgraded team store, and of course better talent on the ice. In addition to resigning Brad Boyes, on March 5, 2014 the Cats re-acquired one of South Florida’s favorite goalies, Roberto Luongo. Team President Rory Babich thinks this move “sends a message to the rest of the league that it is different now here in Florida.” And General Manager Dale Tallon added, “Talk is cheap, actions speak louder than words, and this is the beginning of something special for the Florida Panthers organization”. Though the season is coming to a close, there’s still time for a road trip to Sunrise! A family of four can sit in the lower bowl for under $100, quite a bargain in this pricey South Florida market. The last game of the season is April 12th, so bring the kids, put on a hoodie, and enjoy an entertaining game! Just make sure your little ones are well rested prior to the trip. We brought our daughters sans naps to a game recently, and were in for a little trouble. Oh and you might want to explain that the sport can be a bit rough. Our 5 year old was brought to tears when she witnessed a good fight 5 minutes into the first period. “Daddy, why are they so angry?” Thankfully, candy bar outside our section soothed her. Be sure to tune into Inside the Panthers: A New Direction airing on FOX Sports Florida all month long! Kristen Hewitt is a Producer for Fox Sports Florida, and a Feature Reporter for the Emmy award winning Miami HEAT broadcasts on Sun Sports. She also writes a blog, which chronicles her passion for sports and the misadventures of mommyhood. Kristen’s favorite job though is raising her two girls Lila & Emylia. She tries to teach them to live every day with grace, gratitude, love... and a lot of laughs! To Advertise in The Florida Villager, Please call 786-505-1817

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e are so fortunate that every year the greatest tennis players in the world come to our backyard to compete for what is now one of the most popular and highest paying events in the circuit; the Sony Open. I do not play tennis, but I appreciate the suffering, sacrifice, training, hard work and athleticism the sport demands to compete at even amateur levels. The player that I admire most is vegan athlete and World Champion Serena Williams. Serena competes and wins with an impressive power and domination not seen in any tennis player before. She has multiple Wimbledon and Grand Slam Titles, gold medals, and World Championships on a meat free, plant based diet exactly like her Champion Predecessors Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova. Serena started a plant based diet years ago to support her superstar sister Venus who developed Sjögren’s syndrome, which causes severe fatigue and muscle pain. Venus discovered a plant based diet eased her symptoms, greatly allowing her to compete at the highest levels with her sister. As a no-meat athlete running an elite fitness center, raising three kids with my wife Allison, personal training clients, and training for Ironman, I’m always asked the same question at least 3x a week: Where do I get my protein from? How do you get your energy? The first thing I always make clear is that carbohydrates (carbs) are the best source for energy; not protein, not fats. This goes for any body and any athlete at any levels. And yes, if you workout “most” days of the week (4x or more), YOU are an athlete! Protein is an extremely important dietary component as amino acids are the building blocks and foundation of muscle tissue. Carbohydrates provide energy for not just performance but for everyday living as well. Your body needs energy to think, digest, stand, blink, breathe, smell, swallow, hear, etc. Get it? Fat is also an essential dietary component, especially at the cellular level, and another source the body uses for energy sources if needed. However, it’s not a very efficient or long lasting source. Carbs, are an athletes’ best friend. Protein is an essential dietary necessity; without energy you cannot function. A problem we face today is that “bad carbs,” like cookies and doughnuts give “good carbs,” like apples and spinach a bad name, sending the masses to “no carb or low carb” diet crazes, which have been proven to be ineffective and unhealthy. Did you know that red meat and chicken contain 22% to 24% protein, and eggs contain about 12% protein, the rest being mostly fat with injected with “who knows what?” Green vegetables such as kale, spinach, cauliflower and broccoli contain 42% to 49% protein, and they do not have the high saturated fat content and injected products that meat does (which results in an increased risk of cancer and heart disease, China Study: Dr. Colin Campbell). Vegetables not only contain plenty of protein, but they also contain carbs, fats, water, vitamins, and minerals. Doesn’t that sound like everything you would need? And the best part is a machine doesn’t have to make it. It’s real “fast food,” perfect for anyone, not just athletes. Try cutting some animal protein choices and adding some extra fruits, veggies, and nuts to your meals, and see how you feel. That’s how I got started. To learn more about Plantstrong Living and training, contact me at Pinecrest Fitness or email me at Pinecrest Fitness, owned and operated by Allie and Mike Estevez, has been serving and burning calories in the Village of Pinecrest Florida since 1998. Located just 3 blocks from Dadeland Mall, this facility offers many amenities such as free wifi, towel service, full time housekeeping, locker service, free coffee, and more. The center has hosted many exercise organizations such as ACSM® Spinning® , Zumba®, and now ViPR®, certifying hundreds of instructors over the past 16 years. Mike Estevez, B.S. cPT is a 3x Ironman, vegetarian, fundraiser, father of three, board member of the largest triathlon group in South Florida, and a personal trainer. Mike has participated in over 100 endurance events across the globe, worked and trained with Olympic athletes, Professional Wrestlers, Ironman World Champions, and entry level and elite athletes. He continues to volunteer his time for numerous charities and multi-sport events in South Florida, and continually fundraises and holds Zumba and Spin events for many charities. To Advertise in The Florida Villager, Please call 786-505-1817

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hile the majority of the country is covered in a layer of white, we Miamians are basking in the glory of “winters” in South Florida. What could possibly ruin blue skies, clear waters and perfect temperatures? Well… the sound of persistent scratching that keeps you up at night. Coping with an itchy pet is not only uncomfortable for your pet, but it can also be extremely frustrating for you as the owner. Allergies in pets, much like in humans, is an “overreaction’’ of the body’s immune system to harmless allergens. Pets usually manifest allergies in the form of recurring skin infections, ear infections, eye infections, itchiness, redness, hair loss and occasionally respiratory and digestive signs. The following lists the major types of allergies in pets: Flea Allergic Dermatitis (FAD) – This is by far the most common skin disease that we as Veterinarians come across in both dogs and cats. In those pets sensitive to fleas, it is the actual saliva from the flea that elicits intense itchiness (and it only takes a few bites!). 100% flea control of both your pet and indoor/outdoor environment is imperative to keep them symptom-free. Food Allergies – Only a small percentage of pets suffer from a true food allergy, of which the allergen is usually a major protein such as beef, chicken or pork. To rule out a food allergy, your pet will be placed on a strict diet trial that contains novel ingredients for a minimum of 10-16 weeks. Once the trial has concluded and if the clinical signs have resolved, your pet will be challenged with their former diet. If your pet’s clinical signs return, then a diagnosis of food allergy is confirmed. Atopic Dermatitis – Atopy is a genetically programmed inflammatory (and itchy!) allergic skin disease stimulated by exposure to common environmental allergens such as weeds, grasses, trees, pollen, dust mites, etc. Atopic dermatitis can manifest either seasonally or all-year round, and a diagnosis is confirmed once FAD and/or food allergies are ruled out. Secondary bacterial and fungal infections occur concomitantly with allergies due to your pet’s immune system being challenged, in addition to breaks in their skin barrier as a result of scratching. “So Doc, how do we cure allergies?” Well, short of placing “Spanky” in a bubble there is, unfortunately, no cure for allergies. Treatment is aimed to decrease the severity and frequency of outbreaks, improving the quality of life for both you and your pet. Short-term treatment for acute outbreaks can consist of a combination of oral antibiotics, antihistamines and steroids. For chronic cases, immunomodulatory drugs such as cyclosporine and allergy-specific immunotherapy (allergy injections) may be warranted; in addition to routine medicated baths, ear cleaning, special diets and fatty acid supplements. If you feel that your pet may be suffering from allergies, your Veterinarian can help diagnose the underlying cause and discuss appropriate treatments. Don’t let “the itch” test the limits of your relationship with your pet! Dr. Marianne Cerda, is a Veterinarian at Galloway Veterinary Hospital in Pinecrest, FL. A native of Miami, Dr. Cerda’s interests include internal medicine and hospice care. As an advocate of preventative medicine, Dr. Cerda emphasizes the importance of client education both to better pet health and strengthen the owner-pet bond. To Advertise in The Florida Villager, Please call 786-505-1817

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on’t start making your list just yet because the answer is one word, and that magic word is YOU. It’s not going to be your therapist, accountant, attorney, or even your friends. Yes, your posse, of course, is necessary to the process, but at the end of the day, it is little ol’ you that is going to get you through. Let me explain… Your therapist can help you sort through the emotions; your accountant can tell you the bottom line; your attorney will draft the MSA; and your friends will listen. But, you hold the cards to the one thing that will propel you to the other side ,and that, my friend, is attitude. What I am about to say will cause the hair on some people’s neck to stand on end. But before the hate mail starts coming in, I ask that you take some time to digest what I am about to say. Divorce is just another bump in life, albeit a big bump, but a bump nonetheless. People change jobs, move from house to house or city to city, first careers don’t work out, second ones are born; divorce is no different. How we perceive it and then react to that perception is what makes it different. Don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating divorce. I, myself was married for 15 years before the plug was pulled. But, when faced with this life change, how you “see” it will make all the difference as to when the Phoenix rises from the ashes. Divorce can cause you to sit, fester and ruin your life OR it can jumpstart it. Fact is, you got a divorce; you did not lose a limb or go blind. You can spend countless hours ruminating over something that is over, or you can look at all the doors divorce opens. You have what hundreds of people every day get taken away from them, and that is the gift of life; don’t squander it. Divorce has a way of making what you do and don’t want in your relationships, and in life, a lot clearer. Believe it or not, this time is a gift, so use it wisely. Don’t just live through this change, embrace it! My son told me that we all live to learn. I disagree with him. Only the self-actualized people live to learn, and I invite you to become one of them. Use your divorce to raise you up, not push you down. Divorce robs us all. It robs our children, our sense of safety and security, our self esteem, our finances, trust, and our overall well being. So how much more will you allow it to rob you of? We have one life, and none of us know how many chances we will get to course direct and live it the way we were intended to. So, ladies, put on your Katherine Hepburn glasses, and men, adjust those Top Gun Ray Bans, and get out there and say, “Bring it on!” Debbie Martinez, MA is a certified, mindful life coach specializing in divorce (aka: heartbreak coach). She professionally coaches clients on how to avoid the breakup backlash and live better, not bitter. As a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator trained in collaborative divorce, Debbie gives clients the tools they need to successfully untie the knot and stand strong in the wake of adversity. She brings her formal training and life experience into her coaching practice to empower and educate clients through their divorce journey and onto new beginnings.

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car care The “Oil Change” Service; Not so simple anymore!


by michael stoklosa, PRESIDENT, M&R AUTO REPAIR

or as long as we have had the automobile, we have had the “Oil Change.” It’s that periodic maintenance we have done if we want our vehicle to keep running. Depending on how long you have owned an automobile or at least been responsible for its upkeep and maintenance, you have been aware of the oil change. As engine building has advanced and oil companies have designed better lubricants, so has the “oil change” evolved. For most of my life, about 45 years, the oil change to be recommended every 3,000 miles or 3 months. I remember growing up in the 70’s helping my dad change the oil on all of our cars. That’s how simple it used be. Most people could easily change their own oil. Cars were so big and high off the ground a person could easily reach under a car, drain its oil, replace its filter, and then refill it. You were good to go in about an hour. Oil used to come in cans, not plastic bottles with a screw off top. No, you needed a special push-in funnel made just for oil cans. Oil choice was pretty simple too. You only had a couple different oil weights to choose from. Oil companies made a big deal out of advertising their oils. All that is GONE! Open the hood on today’s car and you might not even find a “dipstick” any more. Several models have no simple manual way of checking oil level. You need to press a series of buttons to get an oil level reading. We also don’t go by the old “3 month, 3,000 mile” rule. Some models have a 30,000 mile interval. Yes you read it right; 30,000 miles.

Do you know what oil your buggy requires now? Good chance you never heard of the combination before. It could be 0W15, 0W20, 5W20, 5W30, 10W30, 10W40, 20W60. Also, is it standard oil, synthetic, a synthetic blend? After you have figured out what viscosity oil you require, now try and find the oil filter. Yes, its tucked under the hood somewhere, and it may not even look like filters used to look. Yes, filters have been redesigned also. Forget about trying to get under your car. Even if you could crawl under you most likely would see nothing but a flat panel. You need to remove that panel before you can even see your engine. There is nothing easy or simple about changing oil in your car any more. It’s time to leave it to the professionals. Make sure you know the people who are changing your oil and servicing your car. Do you take your car to a place that knows what they are doing and why? Or are you just going to the cheapest guys you can find? Are they using the correct oil? Does anyone know how to “RESET” that service message on your dash? A qualified shop does. Maybe it’s time to rethink the whole “it’s just an oil change” thing. Use a qualified professional shop. Because the “Oil Change” has changed. Be safe! Buckle up! STOP TEXTING and DRIVING! M&R Auto Repair is owned and operated by Michael Stoklosa and has been serving South Florida since April of 1985. You can contact M&R Auto Repair via email at, or call 305-253-7499. You can also visit them online at

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travel news Time Stands Still at Eagle Island, Georgia


by debbie martinez

hey say if you don’t know where to start, then start at the beginning, so here goes. I had never heard of Eagle Island, a private island off the coast of Georgia, so stepping off the plane in Jacksonville I had no preconceived thoughts of what to expect. Sometimes it can bring unexpected surprises. Once on board the boat that promised to whisk me to an island all my own, I felt the tension of Miami life leaving my body like a spirit moving on to the other side. “That’s Eagle Island,” I heard the owner, Captain Andy say, and I turned to see what can only be described as a Lost World. Pulling up to the dock, all I could do was stare as I felt like I had just drifted into a place unknown to man. Before me on 10 acres sat a place where there is no time other than the rising and setting of the sun. Stepping onto the dock, I noticed the catch of the day was a basket of the biggest blue crabs I had ever seen. The pathway to the lodge was made of crushed oysters and artifacts repurposed into magical pieces, such as an enormous tree turned upside down with its stump used as a flower basket. With the moss blowing in the breeze like drapes, I now knew how Alice felt in Wonderland. The lodge’s main level has two bedrooms, bath and great room with a bedroom loft. The kitchen was already

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stocked with food (you tell them what you want and they buy it and put it away for you), water, wine and every conceivable cooking implement I had no intention of using. The bottom level has a huge bunkroom, bath and ping pong table. The inside of the lodge left me speechless, but the outside left me breathless. A screened wrap around porch with a hammock on one side, and “the nest,” which encompasses a hot tub facing a fireplace and a swinging bed on the other side. As the moon shone brightly and the night sounds became my symphony, I tucked myself under several blankets and with the crackle of the fire in the other room I drifted off to sleep. Morning broke and with coffee in hand, I made my way to the dock for a day of exploring. Sapelo Island, the fourth largest barrier island and only reachable by ferry or plane, was our stop. An absolute gem of an island with a beautiful beach is where I spent my afternoon, walking the dunes and picking up shells and driftwood with only the crashing of the waves to keep me company. The sun was setting as we headed “home” with our only companions being a lone fishing boat, the sound of seagulls and my own thoughts. All I can say is for the next three days, the world, as I knew it stopped, and I had a glimpse into a world

lost in time. I spent my days walking a trail among the moss-draped trees and playing horseshoes by the pond. My nights were spent by the outside fire pit roasting marshmallows or by the indoor fireplace snuggled under a blanket reading a book. My last night’s treat was experiencing Captain Andy’s Low Country Boil. As the stars came out and I took up residence on the swinging bed, all I could think of:

Ticket to Jacksonville: $200.00, Cat sitter: $75.00, Time spent on Eagle Island: PRICELESS

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legally speaking Three Reasons Why You Should Hire a Law Firm to Complete a Successful Short Sale


By Omar J. Arcia, Esq., Foreclosure Defense and Bankruptcy Protection Attorney

ecently our law firm has been retained by numerous clients who are being sued by their former lender after completing a short sale of their homes. This is called a deficiency judgment action. In other words, the lender sues the homeowner for the difference between the amount owed under the loan and the amount for which the short sale was approved. In every one of these cases, the homeowner was not represented by an attorney during the short sale process, but instead, chose to allow a realtor to manage the entire process, including the negotiation of the deficiency. Most realtors, however, are solely interested in “closing the deal” and receiving their commission, not in the most complete and favorable outcome for the seller. Here are three reasons why you should hire a law firm to complete a successful short sale. 1. Avoid The Dreaded Deficiency Judgment. The principal reason to hire a law firm to handle a short sale is to avoid any deficiency judgment action by your lender after the short sale is completed. A qualified law firm, like the Arcia Law Firm, regularly negotiates “deficiency waivers” with lenders, and demands that the proper language and releases be included in the short sale approval letter in order to ensure that our clients do not have to contend with the costly defense of a deficiency action or have to file bankruptcy in the future. 2. Lenders Negotiate Differently With a Law Firm. It is no secret that lenders behave differently when a law firm is involved in the short sale negotiation than when dealing with a realtor. Lender representatives know that an attorney understands the law and its implications for his/her client, and will not simply accept as true any unwritten promises or suggestions by the lender’s short sale negotiator. The end result of a short sale negotiation using a law firm is that the terms of the deal are more clearly outlined with no room by the lender to later change the terms. 3. Quickly Identify and Clear Title Defects. The short sale process may be stalled or blocked altogether if issues arise with any liens or title defects on the property being sold. The Arcia Law Firm can quickly identify any title issues delaying a short sale, order a lien search, seek an underwriter title opinion, and clear any title defects in order to promptly complete most short sales. Our law firm also closely supervises the actual closing in order to ensure that our clients’ rights are fully protected from start to finish during the short sale process. More detailed explanations of different options available to homeowners in foreclosure, at risk of foreclosure, or considering bankruptcy are discussed in a new instructional DVD developed by the Arcia Law Firm entitled “Fight For Your Home.” If you mention that you heard about the DVD through this magazine you will receive a FREE copy during your visit to discuss your case in detail with a member of our legal team. If you are struggling to make your monthly mortgage payments, or if you just received a foreclosure summons, contact the Arcia Law Firm today at 954-437-9066 to schedule a free consultation, or visit for more information. To Advertise in The Florida Villager, Please call 786-505-1817

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chamber news Chamber South is The Small Business Champion


Chamber South Events in April hamber South is the chamber of commerce In addition to recognizing businesses that excel in overall for greater south Miami-Dade County, providing 4th Annual Chamber South business achievement, corporate citizenship, customer Business Excellence Awards leadership and vision in our communities, includservice, and workplace environment, Chamber South Presented by: Baptist Health South Florida ing South Miami, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, strives to honor volunteers who selflessly devote their Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 • 11:45 am and Greater Kendall. Since its creation in 1931, Chamber time to help others. The honorees will be recognized at a South has become an effective voice for local business luncheon ceremony hosted at the Coral Gables Country Coral Gables Country Club and is committed to improving the economic vitality of Club on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014, beginning at 11:45 am. 997 North Greenway Drive, Coral Gables the community. In addition to serving the business comIn addition to a wonderful program that recognizes Business After Hours munity by providing monthly networking opportunities, people and organizations that exhibit outstanding contriThursday, April 17th, 2014 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm Chamber South is also a resource to the community at butions to our community, the Chamber South Business large through our committees by offering educational Excellence Awards also features a presentation from a Contact Chamber South for details opportunities, providing environmental outreach, supportsuccessful business owner from south Miami-Dade. This Wellness Table Top Expo and General Membership ing our military, acting as municipal liaison, developing year’s keynote speaker will be Abe Ng, Founder, President Breakfast (Presented by: Jackson Health System) leadership, assisting in small business marketing, chamand CEO of Sushi Maki. Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 • Registration 7:15 am pioning non-profits, promoting wellness, and becoming For more information on the 4th Annual Business Miami Dadeland Marriott a technology resource. Chamber South is THE SMALL Excellence Awards, visit 9090 South Dadeland Boulevard, Miami BUSINESS CHAMPION. Also in the month of April, we celebrate health, fitness The Chamber South Gavel Club, which is comprised and overall wellness by hosting a Wellness Table Top of the past Chairmen of Chamber South, have joined Expo at our General Membership Breakfast, hosted by with Chamber South’s Small Business Committee and Not For Profit Committee to the Chamber South Wellness Committee and presented by Jackson Health System. We invite you to the 4th Annual Chamber South Business Excellence Awards, presented by ask that organizations with a health focus come share their mission with the Chamber Baptist Health South Florida. The luncheon is also supported by High Growth Award South business community. Sponsor First National Bank of South Miami; Table Sponsors Florida Power & Light Co., Wells Fargo Bank, and Credomatic of Florida; and Not For Profit Table Sponsor For more information on any of these events, contact Chamber South by visiting Fellowship House. or calling 305-661-1621.


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The Florida Villager : April 2014 Edition  
The Florida Villager : April 2014 Edition  

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