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COVER STORY
32 Lions and Tigers and Bears
COMMENTARY
12 Feedback: Letters
20 Jack King: Chiseled in Stone
22 Christian Cipriani: Downtown Daddy
24 Craig Chester: Put the Walk in Art Walk
OUR SPONSORS
26 BizBuzz
COMMUNITY NEWS
50 In Aventura, It's Young Turks vs. Old Guard
51 Creeping Condos in Bay Harbor Islands
51 Down by the Riverside
NEIGHBORHOOD CORRESPONDENTS
68 New Aventura Correspondent: Jay Beskin
70 Gaspar Gonzalez Bids Farewell
72 Jen: Happy Birthday, Miami Shores!
74 Frank: Security Fence Minus the Security
76 Mark: Mr. Pierre's Wild Ride
ART & CULTURE
78 Anne Tschida: Bunny Yeager Is Busy
80 Melissa Wallen: Galleries + Museums
83 Events Calendar
POLICE REPORTS
84 Derek McCann's Biscayne Crime Beat
PARK PATROL
86 Jim W. Harper: Victory Park Is Very Confused
COLUMNISTS
88 Picture Story: A Man, a Plan, a Canal -- Eco-Disaster!
89 Your Garden: Have an Agave
90 Going Green: Planting the Seed
91 Kids and the City: Birdwatching, For Real
92 Pawsitively Pets: To the Rescue!
94 Vino: Whites for Your Fish Bites
95 Dish: Newly Opened and Not Quite There Yet
DINING GUIDE
96 Restaurant Listings: 302 Biscayne Corridor Restaurants


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Commentary: LETTERS


Good News: "Rising Sea"
Largely Accurate. Bad News:
FPL Not So Much
I would like to congratulate Biscayne
Times and Erik Bojnansky in particular
for the largely accurate and very com-
plete reporting on sea-level rise in Miami
and its expected impacts ("Lost in a
Rising Sea," September 2012).
I would only like to clarify some of the
comments made by FPL spokesman Richard
Gibbs about the Turkey Point nuclear plant.
Gibbs stated that the present reac-
tors are 20 feet above sea level. What he
should have said is that they are 20 feet
above the average low-tide level. That is
only 17-18 feet above the high-tide level.
He also made the misleading comment
that the plant weathered the 17-foot storm
surge of Hurricane Andrew, which is not the
case. While Andrew had a 17-foot surge at the
Deering Estate (considerably north of Turkey
Point), the surge level at Turkey Point was only
a few feet above normal. And in any case, the
plant was not unscathed by the storm.
Finally, Gibbs neglected to say that the
cooling water for the present reactors is
cooled by circulating through a system of
canals south of the plant that will be inun-
dated with as little as two feet of sea level
rise. Unless the cooling system is remedi-
ated, cooling water will, in the future, fre-
quently exfiltrate into Biscayne Bay during
high-water events, if not permanently. This
will be a problem for the present reactors
but not for the planned additional reactors.
David B. Enfield
University of Miami

How Is Digging a Hole in the
Ground Like Sticking Your
Finger in a Dike?
My Morningside home is a nose-bleed-
ing 11 feet above sea level, according to
the City of Miami. I learned that some
years ago, when I spied a city worker
spray paint "11 feet" on the street in
front of my house.
That seems to agree with the maps by
FIHU's Peter Harlem that accompanied "Lost
in a Rising Sea." The maps show a high (rela-
tively) ridge, marked in red, along the Bis-
cayne Bay shoreline from Edgewater north to
the Palm Bay Club on NE 69th Street.
Interestingly, just a block inland,
the topography sloops down and water
floods the street after a rain. I found a
city department that digs "dry holes"
about three feet wide and maybe ten feet
deep. They fill the hole with rocks. Now
we have no more flooding near my house.
All the water drains into the big dry hole.


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I have another property on NE 81st
Street, where flooding also occurred
after each rain. Again I called the City of
Miami. They dug two dry holes and no
more street flooding since then.
I'm sure a lot of Biscayne Times
readers would like to know more about
this dry hole solution. It won't solve the
problem of rising sea levels, but it can
improve property values until such time
as we're flooded every high tide.
Jim Anderson
Morningside

If Sea Levels Are Going to Rise,
Then Restoring the Everglades
Is a Waste of Money
If Miami is to be "lost in a rising sea,"
why are billions of dollars being expend-
ed to save and restore the Everglades?
As Erik Bojnansky's article noted,
the Everglades will also be submerged in
salt water eventually but inevitably.
Unless and until the tree-huggers con-
fess that global warming and rising seas
are frauds, not one more penny should be
spent on restoring the Everglades.
The tree-huggers can't have it both ways.
Hal Stiles
North Miami

Pipsqueak Monthly Boldly Goes
Where Major Daily Fears to Tread
Good for you, Biscayne Times, for having
the courage to print "Lost in a Rising Sea."
Why the Miami Herald keeps avoid-
ing this pressing topic is a mystery to me.
Sean Atkinson
Hollywood

From One BT Contributor to
Another: Nice Try, but...
Craig Chester's column "Once and Future
Metropolis" (September 2012) was insight-
ful. I had just one tiny problem with it:
Miami's nickname.
The "Magic City" moniker was applied
to Miami in 1896, soon after its incorpora-
tion, not during the land boom of the 1920s.
Paul George
Miami

Imagine Is a Place Where Good
Plans Go to Die
I thoroughly enjoyed Craig Chester's
column "Once and Future Metropolis." It
prompted me to ask a question: Whatever
happened to former Miami Mayor Manny
Diaz's light-rail plan? Is that dead?
Max Jaramillo
Miami
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At Unity on the Bay, Conflict
Triggered Engagement
Thanks to Brandon Dane and Biscayne
Times for taking the time to tell your
readers about the gem that is Unity on
the Bay ("Fire the Minister, Ignite the
Congregation," September 2012).
This treasure of love and light is
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one-of-a-kind spiritual community that
has made a profound difference in my
life and the lives of so many others.
The recent conflict discussed in the
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of positive energy and engagement among
our congregation. Now we will focus on
harnessing that energy to take our spiritual
community to the next level.
Unity on the Bay is a church dedicated to
helping us realize our full potential, a church
that rejects the teachings of doom, gloom,
and damnation, and instead promotes a
spiritual liberation from within. The message
and the music are one of a kind.
It is open to anyone. The diversity of
our congregation is remarkable and reflec-
tive of the tapestry that is our great city.
Eddie Dominguez
Miami

Editor's note: Eddie Dominguez
played a central role in the conflict he
mentions, and is now a member of Unity
on the Bay's board of trustees.

Ignorance + Reality TV = Pit
Bull Ban
I read Wendy Doscher-Smith's column
about pit bulls ("Worse Than Their Bite,"
September 2012) and am proud to say I was
one of the 36.8 percent who voted to repeal
the archaic bred ban in Miami-Dade.
I find it egregious that so many pit bulls
are euthanized each year in this county
because they cannot legally live here. The
ignorance about this breed is staggering.
Ask any veterinarian, certified dog
trainer, or biologist and they will tell
you: Pit bulls are not predisposed to
human aggression. Human aggression is
not a breed trait attributed to American
Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull
Terriers ,and American Pit Bull Terriers
(also called "pit bulls").
People need to educate themselves before
they form an opinion. Less reality TV, people!
Don't blame the breed; blame the
owner. It starts with responsible ownership.


But maybe our mammoth loss at
the polls was a good thing, a good thing
for the very dogs (pit bulls) in question.
The last thing we need is irresponsible,
ignorant owners breeding, fighting, and
abusing these loving, loyal, family-kid-
friendly dogs in Miami-Dade.
Nathalie Carby
Bayside

Meditation on a World So
Different from Yesterday
In his most recent "Going Green" column
("Changing Course," September 2012),
Jim W. Harper got me thinking about
how I conduct my life in the face of an
environment that is strained far more than
when I entered this world 63 years ago.
I am glad to have been brought up in a
rural area and to have worked on our small
family farm for several years, raising much
of what we ate, and also field corn (the
source of all that nasty corn syrup), soy-
beans (a great deal of which gets shipped to
Asia for efficient protein), and also winter
wheat, which was in the rotation mix.
Some of my favorite time now is
spent tending to my plants in a yard I am
privileged to own in park-scarce Miami.
While the bulk of my earning years were
in non-agrarian work, I now appreciate
how much less space, energy, and water
it takes to raise vegetable and fruits com-
pared to animal protein.
In the past three decades, I've been
thinking about how much fossil fuel it
takes to produce a new, energy-efficient
vehicle or to move goods around the planet.
Are plastic containers "green" when they
end up in a huge garbage dump in the
Pacific Ocean twice the size of Texas?
Now I am starting to buy more used
items, including houses, all of which
have been pre-owned and terribly ne-
glected. I and others take pride and find
profit in repairing private messes. All
have had white roofs, which require half
the electricity to cool than other roofs,
but FPL never tells you that as they
are selling electricity while they tinker
around with other efficiencies.
When it comes to the public domain,
as a nation we are terribly wasteful. So
much of what we build gets torn down
and replaced far too soon. This practice
is a terrible waste of energy.
It is a big ship to turn. Will we com-
plete the course change in time? Those
under 50 or 60 years old may be around
to find out.
Steve Hagen
Belle Meade


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Commentary: MIAMI'S KING


Chiseled in Stone
Politicians with agendas have crammed 11 constitutional
amendments onto the ballot


By Jack King
BT Contributor

In my September column, I talked
about how Miami elections always
fascinated me. Unfortunately this
fascination is usually for all the wrong
reasons. The November 6 election is no
exception. I'll leave the big races to your
own devices, but there is one part of the
election that needs a closer look.
Earlier this year, Florida lawmakers
spent an inordinate amount of time fram-
ing 11 new amendments to the Florida
Constitution. They should have been
working on the serious budget issues the
state was facing, but instead they gave us
11 proposed amendments that do nothing
worthwhile for the citizens of Florida.
Some border on the ridiculous.
Here they are, with summaries by
the League of Women Voters of Florida,
which opposes all of them:
Health Care Services This amend-
ment would allow Florida to opt out
of federal health care reform (i.e., the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care
Act). Here we have the legislature trying
to usurp power from the federal govern-
ment. This is just a grandstand play for
the right-wing base.
Veterans Disabled Due to Combat
Injury; Homestead Property Tax
Discount This amendment expands
the homestead exemption to disabled
veterans who were not Florida residents
when they entered military service. Why
is this needed? To get homestead


exemption in Florida, all you have to do
is to move here and buy a house.
State Government Revenue Limita-
tion This amendment replaces the existing
state revenue limitation based on Florida
personal income growth with a new state
revenue limitation based on inflation and
population changes. No reason for this.
The current system works just fine.
Property Tax Limitation; Prop-
erty Value Decline; Reduction for
Non-Homestead Assessment Increases;
Delay of Scheduled Repeal This
amendment would reduce the annual
growth in assessment limitation on
certain nonhomestead property from ten
percent to five percent. It would prohibit
increases in the assessed value of home-
stead property and certain nonhome-
stead property when the market value
of the property decreases. It also gives
first-time homesteaders an additional
exemption equal to 50 percent of the
median just value of the property; this
exemption diminishes to zero over a five
year period. This amendment would also
give out-of-state residents the benefit of
the homestead tax exemption.
State Courts This amendment
adds a requirement that Supreme Court
justices appointed by the governor must
also be confirmed by the state Senate in
order to take office. It also authorizes
the repeal of a court rule by a simple
majority of the legislature instead of the
2/3 majority now required. The amend-
ment also would allow the state House
of Representatives to review all files of


the Judicial Qualifications Commission
without regard to whether the request is
specifically related to impeachment con-
siderations. This amounts to a takeover
of the state court system by the legis-
lature. They get mad when those nasty
judges rule against them.
Prohibition on Public Funding of
Abortions; Construction of Abortion
Rights Federal law prohibits the expen-
diture of federal funds for most abortions.
This amendment would enshrine those
prohibitions in the state constitution. There
is another provision in the amendment that
would stop the use of the state constitu-
tion's privacy clause in abortion cases;
courts would no longer be able to use the
clause in defending abortion rights. Anoth-
er case of legislators wanting to be judges.
Religious Freedom This amendment
would repeal a 126-year-old provision
in the state constitution that prohibits
taxpayer funding of religious institutions.
If passed, the amendment would allow
the state to use taxpayer monies to fund
religious institutions and schools. What
a great idea! Let's use public money for
religion! But which ones?
Homestead Property Tax Exemp-
tion for Surviving Spouse of Military
Veteran or First Responder This
amendment grants full homestead prop-
erty tax relief to the surviving spouses of


M military veterans and
first responders killed
in the line of duty. The
deceased must have
been a permanent
resident of Florida as of January 1 of
the year they died. Again, why does this
need to be in the state constitution?
Tangible Personal Property Tax
Exemption This amendment affects
businesses only and pertains to equip-
ment or furniture used in a business.
Under current law, the first $25,000 of
tangible personal property is exempt
from taxation; this amendment will raise
that exemption to $50,000.
Additional Homestead Exemption
for Low-Income Seniors who Maintain
Long-Term Residency on Property;
Equal to Assessed Value" This amend-
ment grants full homestead property tax
relief to low-income seniors who have
lived in their home for at least 25 years.
This can be done by legislative action
and shouldn't be in the constitution.
Appointment of Student Body Presi-
dent to Board of Governors of the State
University System: The state university
system is governed by a 17-member Board
of Governors. Currently the president
of the Florida Student Association is a
member of the board. This amendment
would create a new council composed of
college student body presidents. Are you
kidding me? The legislature can do this
without cementing it in the constitution.

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Commentary: URBANIA


Downtown Daddy

Is the urban core a good place to raise a kid?


By Christian Cipriani
BT Contributor
Some of my friends are starting to
settle down. But not too many. A
few are getting married, fewer still
are starting families. It's how things are
now: The latest incarnation of the "Me
Generation" has steered wide of doing
anything our parents recommended.
We had space to run in the suburb
where I grew up, grass to roll in, privacy
from neighbors, and parks to explore. It
was taken for granted that these were the
ingredients of growing up. Downtown
was a place for sports games, museums,
concerts, and novel outings at Christmas-
time in the bustling wholesale district.
There was a time when I was sure
the suburbs were wrong not just as
a place to grow up, but as a concept. I
mythologized urban living: diversity, art,
culture, music, the vibrant promises of
metropolitan life. And I thought all this,
of course, because I had no idea what the
hell I was talking about.
It took years of living in Miami to
wake me up to the fact that people don't
give a damn where you came from, who
you are, or where you're trying to get to.
Cities are a concentrated, boiling caul-
dron of endless tension and competition.
So why would anyone want to raise kids
here? And more important, will I?
I recently got a taste of what it might
feel like to have a kid in Miami. One Sat-
urday at lunchtime, my fiancee's brother


came to her apartment in Coconut Grove
to drop off his two-year-old daughter,
Olivia. She's tall for her age, with rosy-
pink cheeks, blonde ringlets and big,
inquisitive blue eyes. She can already op-
erate an iPhone and an iPad, a testament
to both her sponge-like mind and the
intuitive nature of Apple products.
Wearing tiny, fluorescent yellow
Crocs and carrying a stuffed dolphin
under her arm, Olivia was as ready as
we were for this babysitting experience.
And everyone else seemed tickled to
see the engaged couple practice parent-
ing for five whole hours. To prepare, I
researched the best things to do with
kids in Miami. If you're a parent, you
probably already know that most of these
suggestions are parks, beaches, and other
places where there's no echo.
I now get why the one couple we
know with kids owns a house on a triple-
digit avenue: Because for less than I paid
for my shoebox, they have a mansion
with a yard in a safe neighborhood. If my
other friends talk of getting a house with
a yard, it's for their dog's benefit. This is
a new step we've added to growing up:
Pair up, get a dog, get a yard, and only
then consider kids.
Little Olivia parked her butt on the
couch and looked up at us with a face
that said, "I know you've neither seen
nor heard of Bubble Guppies, but I want
to watch them right now, please."
Heavy rains had knocked out a
transformer on the street, killing the air


but not the TV, so we sat the three of
us on a two-person love seat sweat-
ing it out to singing fish. When the heat
became too much, we headed to the one
attraction on my list fit for a rainy day:
the Miami Children's Museum. The last
time I was there was for the 2006 SAVE
Dade Halloween Ball a decidedly kid-
unfriendly event.
I was already prepared for a day-
long comedy of errors, and we defi-
nitely made a few beginners' mistakes.
(Backward diaper, anyone?) I didn't
expect to feel parental instincts, and
yet... Whereas most weekdays you can
find me driving 25 miles over the speed
limit, making full use of my horn and
middle finger, I suddenly turned into the
defensive slowpoke that didn't care about
anything but protecting those two little
legs kicking the back his seat.
The museum was packed with
families trying to escape both the house
and the rain. We trailed our cargo as she
marched confidently through the exhibits,
giving each one equally little attention.


There's a lot of unsubtle advertising
in the children's museum. Take, for ex-
ample, the Bank of America-sponsored
make-believe bank, where we watched
a miniature Gordon Gekko tell us about
saving and spending. He didn't get into
subprime lending or other topics his
sponsor might be sensitive about. Nearby
at a make-believe Publix, tiny people
were shopping like the day before a Cat-
egory 5 storm, clearing shelves with the
sweep of an arm and tussling over a last
hunk of plastic cheese.
Two hours later, at least two of us
were ready for a nap. Olivia passed out
in the car, and the second we walked
through the door our air conditioning
restored I did the same.
For now I'm happy to be an uncle,
still not convinced that Miami's urban
center is a good place for a kid. But one
step at a time. I don't even have a yard or
a dog yet.


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Commentary: MY VIEW


Taking It to the Streets
Shouldn't Wynwood's monthly Art Walk be for people instead of cars?


By Craig Chester
Special to the BT
Have the surging crowds at Wyn-
wood's Second Saturday Art Walk
sent the monthly event over a tip-
ping point? In the wake of a code-enforce-
ment crackdown on street performances
and vendors during September's Art Walk,
concerned citizens and business owners
are banding together to work on solutions
to ensure the event's continued success.
What began only a few years ago as
a subdued evening stroll around Wyn-
wood's NW 2nd Avenue, with visits to
local galleries as the centerpiece, has
morphed into a regional destination
event drawing thousands of people from
all backgrounds artists, partiers,
performers, curious onlookers, and the
young and old. Dozens of popular food
trucks keep visitors well fed and are a
significant draw in themselves.
As the crowds have swelled into the
thousands, so have the number of local per-
formers, musicians, and artists who come to
Art Walk to perform for a captive audience.
While most local galleries close their doors
by 8:00 or 9:00 p.m., these performers keep
later hours. Until September's Art Walk,
you'd be likely to see anything from DJs
to stilt-walkers to sidewalk art vendors to
impromptu break-dance parties.
With the escalating crowds have
come significant growing pains. What
was once a leisurely, fun, safe stroll
through an emerging arts district has
evolved into a competition of sorts -
thousands of pedestrians jockeying for


space on narrow, overcrowded sidewalks
while a row of dense, idling, exhaust-
belching traffic sits on NW 2nd Avenue.
As people spill off the sidewalks and into
the street, the conflict between vehicle
and pedestrian is exacerbated.
Art Walk is now less about "walking"
than it is about delicately squeezing be-
tween rows of parked and idling vehicles
to make your way down the street.
One thing is abundantly clear: With
two lanes of traffic and two parking
lanes on NW 2nd Avenue and only
about four feet of sidewalk on either
side, there is too much space reserved
for cars and not enough space for people
for this event to be successful, or even
safe. The latter is a concern echoed by
some Miami police officers I spoke with
at August's Art Walk; they were worried
about potential delays for first respond-
ers in the event of an emergency.
Recognizing this obvious problem, I
began a few months ago building a coali-
tion of local businesses, organizations,
and individuals interested in turning Art
Walk into an "open streets" event that
would close NW 2nd Avenue to motor
vehicles between 23rd and 29th streets
and open it up to people.
The "Open Streets Project" is a
collaboration between two national
organizations the Alliance for Biking
and Walking and the Street Plans Col-
laborative that support initiatives to
temporarily close streets to automobile
traffic so that "people may use them for
walking, bicycling, dancing, playing,
and socializing."


The movement on Facebook is called
"Put the WALK into Wynwood's Art Walk"
(7X\1lkW\ n\ ood on Twitter) and we
are calling for a temporary street closure
to allow visitors, local performers, and
vendors to fill the street rather than a giant,
angry traffic jam. The premise is simple: If
Wynwood is known for its street art, then
it's time we put the art (and people) in the
street for everyone's safety and enjoyment.
While progress is being made in gen-
erating support and the funding required to
pull off an open street event, there is still
work to be done. Not all the gallery owners
are sold on the idea, with the Wynwood
Arts District Association recently voting
against it at a September board meeting.
However, what happened at Septem-
ber's Art Walk may change their minds, if
they care about the future success of the
event. Last month Miami police and the
local Neighborhood Enhancement Team
staged a crackdown on impromptu street
performers during Art Walk, sending street
artists, DJs, and vendors packing. Regular
attendees could sense a different vibe in
the air; something was missing without the
action on the street. The event was sterile.


While things like open-container
laws were rightfully enforced, stifling
the artists and local performers who rely
heavily on Art Walk for their livelihoods
over dubious permit requirements does
not bode well for the future of the event.
Jeanine Joysmith, a writer for the
local blog S.Y.L.I.E (Support Your Local
Indie Everything) is calling for an open
forum among local businesses, the Wyn-
wood Arts District Association, artists,
and concerned citizens to come together
and discuss how the event can continue
to be inclusive. "None of us benefit if
Second Saturdays are shut down or cer-
tain people are excluded," says Joysmith.
"Temporary street closures are only the
beginning to keeping Art Walk a com-
munitywide event for artists, gallerygo-
ers, and vendors."
It's important to recognize that Art
Walk needs a community-sourced strat-
egy to ensure its future success in the
midst of enormous crowds, popularity,
and growing pains.
The next step is making it happen.

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locate Band-Aids or aspirin at the drugstore
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Pelicans are people, too. Kidding. But
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of the station's 31st anniversary, executive
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a tour, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
While some animal shelters have
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Some humans on the ballot would
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elections, too, including the campaigns
of Audrey Edmonson, Keon Hardemon,
and Rosa Naccarato. It wouldn't be ap-
propriate for this column to tell readers
who to support, but we do urge you to
vote (and research candidates beforehand).
Not all serious issues are things one
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please note the ad from Our Jackson
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athletic shoes, the company's huge inven-
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Those for whom shopping is a serious
sport have many opportunities this month,
including the annual sale at Farrey's
Lighting and Bath (1850 NE 146th St.,
305-947-5451). Farrey's fans wait all year
for this one-week-only event, to enjoy deep
discounts on, for one thing, fans over 50
models. You'll also find thousands of light-
ing fixtures, traditional to modern, plus
fashionable kitchen and bath fixtures. The
sale runs October 20-27 except for Sunday
the 21st, when Farrey's is closed.
At 360 Furniture Consignments
(18340 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-627-3148) fall
marks the start of the store's busiest season,
making it an ideal time for you to bring
in your gently used fine furniture, crystal,
chandeliers, and collectibles to sell on
consignment. And if you're looking to buy,
mention the BT for a sweet 20% discount.
Kakar House of Design, located at
space #23 at Antiques Plaza (8650 Bis-
cayne Blvd.) has a deal for readers, too:
Throughout October, mention that you
saw the shop's ad in the BT for a 10%
discount on anything priced up to $500.
If eco-consciousness is important
in your d6cor choices, join us in wel-
coming new advertiser Cargo Imports
Miami (3322 N. Miami Ave., 305-631-
2438). The company's recently opened,
4000-square-foot warehouse specializes
in unique contemporary teak furniture
from Indonesia, manufactured largely
from recycled or plantation-grown wood,
plus one-of-a-kind antiques exotic
Javanese doors, country Chinese chests,
carousel horses, stone sinks, much more.
For readers seeking a whole new
home, check out the ad, really more of
an informative article, for new advertiser
Miami Tropical Houses, describing the
real estate situation in the desirable Vil-
lage of El Portal. If it whets your appetite,
contact Danceny Reyes (305-458-7134).
Food fans will want to take note
of several new advertisers this month,
including Sports Grill (2995 NE 163rd St.,
305-944-4552). This most recently opened
location of the popular 20-year-old mini
chain, especially famed for its award-win-
ning grilled wings, also serves all the other
classic sports munchies, making it a fun
place to watch this season's football games
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without cooking your own sports snacks?
Take advantage of this month's deal from
new advertiser Aventura West Caf6
Express (17070 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-705-
2434), a pizzeria. Mention the BT for
20% off a traditional pizza.
And BT readers will find another
deal from new advertiser Siam Rice
Thai & Sushi Restaurant (7941 Bis-
cayne Blvd., 305-758-0516), which is
also a new addition to the paper's Dining
Guide this issue: Bring in the eatery's ad
for 10% off your check.
Back to holiday-related events from
this month's advertisers. For grown-ups
who don't accept that Halloween is for
kids, the Shops at Midtown Miami pres-
ents the inaugural South Florida Zombie
Crawl on October 20, from 7:30-11:30 p.m.
Don your goriest gear to crawl between
designated zombie-friendly restaurants
and bars for free food and drink. For info
on tix and participating establishments:
www.southfloridazombiecrawl.com.
For small fry, children's store Loud-
Girl Exchange (6621 Biscayne Blvd.,
305-458-5783) will be presenting its
popular Halloween version of Storytime
Exchange, on October 27 from 2:00-3:00
p.m. Put on an imaginative costume and
bring a scary book to read. There'll be
prizes for both best dressed and best book.
And the whole family will enjoy
Halloween Haunted Trails & Family
Zone, presented by the City of North
Miami on October 26 at Enchanted Forest
Park (1725 NE 135th St.). Gates open at
7:00 p.m. for fun including hay rides, a
"ghoulish dance performance," DJ music,
and kids' activities and games. Admission
is $4 (free for kids under three) For more
details: www.northmiamifl.gov/celebrate.
October means Oktoberfest at the
Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus (1085 NE
79th St., 305-754-8002). Though the origi-
nal Munich festival only lasts till October 7,
Royal Bavarian's party, featuring Oktober-
fest skillets plus Spaten and Pauliner special
Oktoberfest ale, runs through the month on
Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays. Wear a
dirndl or lederhosen for a free brew.
Music lovers can enjoy listening
with food (a jazz brunch, a jazz BBQ)
or without (a multi-performer concert
featuring David Benoit) at the annual
Sunny Isles Jazz Fest, October 12-14.
Tickets for the main performance at
Heritage Park (19200 Collins Ave.) are
now on sale. For purchase and details
about the fest's other events: SunnyIsles-
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Jazz fans will also want to check out
Rhythm Foundation's ad, and the organiza-
tion's website, for information about the
Miami Nice Jazz Festival, October 26-28
at the Gusman in downtown Miami. That's
not the rhyming-with-vice "nice," btw; the
city of Nice, France, is presenting the festi-
val. Buy tix online at miaminicejazzfestival.
corn or call the box office at 888-841-2787.
Typically, late fall/early winter is the
time many venues kick off their perfor-
mance seasons. Tigertail Productions
(305-324-4337) is celebrating the opening
of its 2012-2013 "Art Out Loud" series
with a free party on October 10, from
7:00-9:00 p.m. at Wynwood Walls (2506
NW 2nd Ave.). For a detailed schedule of
performances to follow: Tigertail.org.
At the Aventura Arts & Cultural
Center (3385 NE 188 St., 305-466-8002),
season starts on October 14 from noon
to 3:00 p.m., with Curtain Up! The
afternoon of free family entertainment
includes ticket giveaways and discounts,
a live Latin jazz/pop fusion concert, art
activities, and food trucks. For schedul-
ing info on the center's huge variety of
performances: www.AventuraCenter.org.
Across Biscayne Bay, the City of
Miami Beach is kicking off high season
with a dizzying array of fun and
free cultural events: the Soundscape
Cinema Series of free flicks every
Wednesday (at ExoStage, 17th Street and
Washington Avenue); a Food Truck and
Music Fest, featuring live music from the
Marshall Brothers, on October 17 (5:00-
10:00 p.m.); and on November 3, not one
but two free gospel and bluegrass con-
certs (at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.) by the
Grammy-nominated choir Seraphic Fire.
The two latter events are at North Shore
Band Shell (Collins at 73rd Street).
Though St. Martha Church (9301
Biscayne Blvd.) is not, of course, primar-
ily a performing arts venue, its Saint
Martha-Yamaha 2012-2013 Concert
Series is mighty impressive. General
admission is only $10, too. For tickets:
www.saintmartha.tix, or pay at the door.
If you're interested in playing music
as well as listening, First United Meth-
odist Church of Miami (400 Biscayne
Blvd., 305-371-4706) is currently looking
for new choir members, and also for a
singer/assistant music director. Contact
Dr. Walter Busse, the church's music
director, at fumcmiami.com for details.
And Miss Jane's Music Studio,
where the focus is on teaching kids (as
young as newborns!), will be having an
open house during the Miami Shores


80th Birthday Street Fair on October 13,
from 4:00-8:00 p.m. (NE 2nd Ave. be-
tween 94th-99th streets). Stop by to see
the variety of quality children's instru-
ments the studio recently started selling,
or inquire about classes (305-757-6500).
The snazzy "black tie optional"
Miami Shores Mayor's Community
Benefit Gala, a fundraiser for nonprofit
Miami Shores Community Alliance
(which provides grants and sponsors
special events all year), isn't until No-
vember 10, but you'll want to act fast to
get the "early bird special" ticket price of
$125. After October 13, tix are $150 for
the festive dinner/dance, which includes
a cocktail reception, live band, silent
auction, and more. Venue: the relaxingly
retro Miami Shores Country Club. For
further info and tickets: www.miam
ishoresalliance.com.
At Bagels & Company (11 114 Bis-
cayne Blvd., 305-892-2435), proprietor
David Cohen is already accepting orders
for the deli's traditional Thanksgiving
dinner for ten people, featuring a 15
lb. bird plus gravy, stuffing, cranberry
relish, veg sides, dinner rolls, and choice
of two freshly baked pies.
The return of Florida's stone crab
season in mid-October isn't exactly a
holiday, but it's certainly cause for cele-
bration. And Kitchen 305 (16701 Collins
Ave., 305-749-2110) is celebrating every
Friday, starting October 19 at 5:30 p.m.,
with a $55 per person all-you-can-eat
stone crab dinner. The feast fills up fast,
so book at least two weeks in advance.
We're not certain why restaurateur
Thierry Bossa's October food special at
La Cigale (7281 Biscayne Blvd., 305-
754-0014) is bouillabaisse; National
Bouillabaisse Day isn't till December 14.
But he's serving a lavish Marseille-style
bouillabaisse every Thursday this month
for $24. Reservations recommended.
Finally, there really is a Bad Hair
Day, though websites disagree about the
date. In Miami we're definitely trying to
recover from a whole Bad Hair Season
caused by summer storms and humid-
ity. We'd recommend a therapeutic visit
to Hannah and Her Scissors (611 NE
86th St., 305-772-8426), where hair artist
Hannah Lasky has news: She has finally
found a great manicurist who does mani,
pedi, and gel nails meaning your bod
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at one time or another, driven
along the 3700 block of Bis-
cayne Boulevard, just north of 1-195.
Chances are you've noticed the one-story
white building on the east side of the
street, the one whose exterior is deco-
rated with silhouettes of dinosaurs.
Along the sidewalk in front of the
building's large windows you may also
have noticed a very large bear rearing up
its hind legs. Next to it is a pair of marble
lions, each weighing two and a half tons,
and a ten-foot-tall bull carved from a
tree trunk. Sometimes these characters
change, but such intriguing displays
always beckon.
If you haven't yielded to your curios-
ity, pulled into the building's adjacent
parking lot, and walked in the front door
- well, you have a treat in store.
This is Art By God, a retail business
with an astonishing inventory of fossils,
gemstones, shells, mounted insects, feath-
ers, wood carvings, stone pottery, ethnic
collectibles, pelts, and taxidermy. For
browsers wandering through its Wildlife
Gallery or Rock and Fossil Gallery, it can
easily double as a natural history museum
with free admission. In fact, museums are
among Art By God's clients.
Owner Gene Harris, a self-taught
fossil collector, opened his first store in
1982 in what was then the Loehmann's
Plaza shopping center in Kendall. Origi-
nally he named the business Harris's
Art and Collectibles, but soon after the
store's opening, an attorney came in and
bought a fossilized, extinct marine mol-
lusk called an ammonite (from which the
nautilus evolved) for his office.
When he contacted the store to say
he couldn't locate the artist's signature,
Harris replied, "God forgot to sign it."
Thus the name Art By God was born.
That store eventually closed, but
in 1987 Harris opened in a new loca-
tion, downtown Miami's new Bayside
Marketplace. In 1992 he opened the
much larger Biscayne Boulevard store.
There are fewer large-scale pieces in the
Bayside Marketplace store, though you
can view a full-size, fossilized cave bear
in the display window. That store, says
Harris, is stocked more for impulse tour-
ist purchases.
Harris also owns an Art By God
showroom in Laredo, Texas, estab-
lished in 1990 and still operating.
Earlier still, he had a store in Tucson,

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Arizona. He also has a thriving online
wholesale business, primarily servicing
catalogues and other retailers. Soon,
Harris says, he'll have an online retail
store as well.
Today the brick-and-mortar Art By
God is Miami's best-kept secret for those
wanting to stroll through rare natural
objects and exotic manmade wares, or
to gain some insight into natural history,
evolutionary processes, bones, fossils,
rocks, and gemstones.
Harris, an intrepid explorer, has
traveled to more than 120 countries
during his decades of treasure hunt-
ing, and his collection is sufficiently
varied to fill several types of shops,
ranging from new-age boutiques
(crystals in all shapes, hues, and sizes)
and furniture stores (look for elk
antler chandeliers, chairs seemingly
made entirely from antlers, dyed cow-
hide chairs, and other carved pieces)
to museum-style gift shops.
A baby crinoid, a sea animal that re-
sembles a small fern but whose tendrils


Fossilized skeleton of a Xenorophid whale (11-15 million years old), discovered in South Carolina: Just two of
these have been found and this is the most complete.


are actually feeding arms, is one of his
prized possessions. He found the fossil,
which is at least 150 million years old,
in Bolivia.


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the world, on sale for $182,000. You can
also find a large slab of one of the nation's
oldest fossils: a two billion-year-old blue-
green algae stromatolite ($14,500).


The showroom offers less expensive
items as well, ranging from $3 raccoon
penis bones (and a few walrus penis
bones) to gemstone pendants, ornate


knives and wood carvings, strands of
stone beads, beetle wing and butterfly
wing earrings, small skulls, fossilized
fish, and insects in resin.


Larger pieces include the fossilized
skull of a Mesohippus, a three-toed horse
that lived some 30 million years ago
($8650); skeleton of a Platecarpus, an
extinct aquatic lizard that swam about 80
million years ago ($160,000); and verte-
brae from a Catasaurus, or duckbilled
dinosaur, that lived some 80 million
years ago ($2850).
While browsing, don't miss the
"Wall of Ass," which features the rear
ends of various stuffed mammals, in-
cluding a white-tailed deer and a goat.
Fossils of the Palaeolama, an animal
that resembled the horse and the camel
(both of which originate from the same
family, Camelid), are found in highest
concentration in central Florida, says
Harris, who once had a Palaeolama that
a colleague found while they were fossil
hunting near Arcadia. He sold the fossil
to the Houston Museum of Natural Sci-
ence in 1992. (Harris also owns two pet
llamas who meet him every day when he
returns to his South Dade home, await-
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This past August he sold a 12-foot
mammoth tusk for $20,000. He also once
sold a stuffed Barbary lion for $28,000. Bar-
bary lions have been extinct since the 1920s.
Just inside the entrance of the Bis-
cayne Boulevard store, visitors encounter
a 5000-pound jade statue that took its
sculptor 18 months to complete. Harris
found it in China in 1998 on his yearly
visit looking for importable items.
Deeper in the store, you can wander
past cases of minerals, shiny and dull,
raw and polished, and common and
rare. Cassiterite, for example, a smoky,
brownish-gray gemstone with transpar-
ent crystals, is rarely found weighing
more than one pound, Harris notes.
Small pieces, weighed in ounces, sell for
hundreds of dollars. He once owned a
piece that weighed five pounds and sold
it for more than $8000.
Likewise, the Bayside Marketplace
store has an amethyst "cathedral" (a cut
geode with crystal interior) priced at
more than $20,000. Both showrooms
also offer many specimens for far less.


Effigy figures from Mayan Meso America, circa 300-700 A.D.


Most of the fossils Harris sells are
from the United States, specifically from
Kansas, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Texas,
and Florida. Crinoids, those small sea


animals resembling ferns, are plentiful
in Indiana. Utah is reliable supplier of
coprolite, or dinosaur dung. He brings
back petrified wood from California and


Oregon. Generally in the United States,
Harris explains, if you have fossils on

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your property, they belong to you. In
Florida, however, the state retains the
right to designate "archaeological land-
marks" on privately owned land. Such
a designation imposes a layer of legal
protection on archaeological sites.
H arris, now 74 years old, recalls
that he began collecting fossils
and arrowheads in his hometown
of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, when he
was just seven. Arrowheads were fairly
easy to find, he says, and he scouted out
nearby woods and riverbanks for them.
He quit school at age 13 because, he
says, he always had trouble with phonet-
ics. The truant officer in Broken Bow
tried to force him attend each year, and
Harris would comply, but only for the
first two weeks. Finally the truant officer
gave up.
The boy was intelligent while still
a teen he began working for a surveyor
- but the formal school setting and his
phonetics issues made it untenable.
At 18 he entered the U.S. Marine
Corps and continued his work in survey-
ing. One of the Corps engineers took
him under his wing, Harris recalls,


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Harris took it seriously, reading as much
as he could on anthropology, animal life,
and husbandry.


When he left the Marine Corps,
Harris wound up back in Oklahoma and
attended Southern Nazarene University
in Bethany, paying tuition out of his
earnings as a freelance city surveyor.


This time school seemed a good fit. Each
time he took a new class, he became
fascinated with the topic and said to

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himself, "Oh boy, this is it!"
Among other subjects, he took nu-
merous art classes and ultimately earned
164 college credits, more than enough
to graduate. But he still couldn't pass
freshman English and left school without
a degree. Harris now believes he was
suffering from undiagnosed dyslexia.
At age 24, he became a registered
surveyor and moved to Guyana for a
job with the U.S. State Department. He
stayed there for about a year. Next was
a job with the World Bank, in 1972. He
was based in Brazil and worked as an
inspector of "gas gathering systems."
The next year he did similar work in
Bolivia. That's where he met the woman
he would marry, Gisela.
The two wed in 1973, and the follow-
ing year his passion for fossil hunting
seems to have reignited. He recalls that
he typically spent 15 minutes at his desk
writing survey reports, then he'd go
out in search of fossils. "I used to carry
rocks and frogs and arrowheads in my
pocket," he says of his adolescent days.


Gene Harris: "He's an incredible explorer and adventurer. He's like Indiana Jones without the hair."


"I never grew up."
It was also during this time that
Harris began to study minerals and
gemstones, including their histories and


mystical properties. This new pursuit
eventually led him to become a certified
gemologist with the Gemological Insti-
tute of America.


When his Bolivian contract expired
in 1974, Harris and Gisela moved to Santa

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SINGLE HOMES PRICES ON THE RISE IN EL PORTAL


Home prices have increased in the last
3 months for properties in El Portal.

It's centralized location between
Downtown Miami, Aventura and
Miami Beach offers an escape from
the high traffic and over built charac-
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hoods. It's bird sanctuary (featuring
peacocks), heavily landscaped streets,
lush gardens, oversize lots, new
entrance way and a newly built park
are just a few of the reasons why
families are willing to pay a premium
for properties in El Portal.

A reduced inventory in homes for sale
has also aided the price increase. In
the last month, several houses have
sold in the range of $315,000 -
$360,000. Most of the houses recently
sold have been completely remodeled


by the previous owners and have been
sold in pristine condition. Buyers seem
to be willing to a premium for houses
that do not require additional work or
improvements. At this time only 4
houses are for sale in the area, which
range in prices from $300,000 -
$379,000.

In addition, houses with river front
access are for sale in the upper 400's.
Most buyers have also found comfort in
knowing that their small community has
a very low crime rate, primarily because
of the protection and support of the El
Portal Police Department. Many have
argued that El Portal provides an
opportunity to live surrounded by
nature while at the same time being
just 3 minutes away from Golf Courses,
Tennis Centers, Gourmet Restaurant
and numerous shopping opportunities.


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Cruz, Bolivia, where he opened his first
fossil-and-art store, in 1975. It remained
in operation until 1981, when he and his
wife decided to move to Miami, in part
because of its proximity to her family and
property in Bolivia, and in part because
he loves the warm Miami weather.
In many ways, his motives for found-
ing and operating Art By God are the same
as his childhood motives for collecting fos-
sils: He just likes to do it. Polite, curious,
somewhat reserved, Harris doesn't appear
to be as interested in making a name for
himself as enjoying what he loves. Yet he
is well known within the industry and has
cultivated many business relationships
and partnerships that have also morphed
into friendships. When the BT asked a
number of people who know Harris for
different reasons, they uniformly described
him as a dedicated businessman and kind
mentor who had helped them get started in
their own businesses. Take, for example,
Nancy Smith, owner of Necromance in
Los Angeles, which stocks oddities and
rarities, many of which are tinged with


A pterodactyl juvenile (100 million years old), discovered in Kansas: This specimen is thought to represent a
new species yet to be named.


the macabre. Smith is a client of Harris's,
ordering taxidermy items, bones, and
mounted butterflies, tarantulas, bats, and
animal skulls. Most recently she ordered
30 goat skulls.


Harris, she says, was one of the first history grocery store because I would liter-
dealers on the scene. If11' "c ici't for Gene's ally push a grocery store cart around the
business, I probably would not have started store [collecting objects to sell]."
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Alan Detrich is another fossil
hunter since childhood and a longtime
friend who lives in Kansas. Detrich
was involved in the oil and gas indus-
try and remembers that he was down
on his luck after the oil crash of the
mid-1980s. He credits Harris with help-
ing him make his start in the fossil-
dealing world.
Harris bought Detrich's first fossil
for $4500 in a trade that included the
skull of a mosasaur, a marine reptile
resembling a swimming lizard that lived
140 million years ago; a fossilized fish
from Brazil; and the fossil of a mesosau-
rus, another reptile.
Then Harris purchased two more
mosasaur fossils from Detrich, who had
been waiting for an offer from a Japanese
museum. The museum buyers hesitated
but Harris did not. He later resold the
fossils to the same museum.
Detrich became best known perhaps
for his 1992 discovery with his brother
in South Dakota of a nearly complete
female Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton,


An amethyst cathedral: Harris has one at Bayside Marketplace on sale at more than $20,000.


dubbed Samson, which he went on to sell
for millions of dollars through the auc-
tion house Bonhams & Butterfields.
Detrich is also well known in Kansas
for his advocacy of "intelligent design"


and his opposition to teaching evolution
in public schools. Somehow he balances
his love of ancient fossils and his belief
that life on Earth began relatively recently.
"Gene is the hardest-working man in the


natural history world," says Detrich. "Gene
is the James Brown and the Godfather of
the fossil world. He takes care of us."

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Ron Magill, wildlife expert and
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is another longtime friend. "Gene knows
so much," says Magill, "and he taught
me a lot about bones and the different
types of fossil record. He's an incredible
explorer and adventurer who is fascinat-
ed with wilderness and fossils. He's like
Indiana Jones without the hair."
Though Harris has a great presence
in the store, he does not run Art By God
alone. His daughter, Ingrid Antezana,
manages the office side of the business
and has worked with her father since
she was 12 years old. "He loves what he
does from the moment he wakes up to
the moment he goes to bed," Antezana
says. However, Antezana didn't follow in
her father's footsteps as a fossil hunter or
minerals collector. "There is so much to
learn," she says, "and I never focused on
one theme."

arris must of course keep current
with all the rules and regulations
fthe business in his dealings with


A display of mounted butterflies (foreground) watched over by a very large bear.


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always changing. Two are certain, though:
No endangered species can be exported
or sold across state lines, and all nearly


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poaching that contributes to the illegal trade
in African elephant ivory." But once back in
the U.S., nobody may sell a stuffed elephant
or its ivory. (Antique ivory or pieces ob-
tained prior to 1988 can be sold.)
Elephants are not the only protected
animals. There are also numerous federal


and from estate sales. And although his real
love is fossils, he says, he does appreciate the
sculptural beauty of taxidermnny.
"The sculpture of nature is astound-
ing, and that is the reason we sell it," he
says. "We sell them as art. It's not that
we're out harvesting things out of the
field to take into the store and sell."
Actually, he says, he hopes to educate
his customers as well. As such, there are


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"We stay away from any purchase
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Elephant Conservation Act," Harris stresses.
Harris adds that he isn't a hunter, nor is he
particularly fond of animal parts, such as hides
and taxidermy. "The only thing I kill is time,"
he jokes. Still, there are alot of taxidermied
heads in Art By God, and you can almost feel
their eyes follow you around the store. All of
these he acquired from hunters' collections


educational posters and $12 rock begin-
ner's kits for children that sit in the same
room as a skeleton of a xenorophid, or
ancient whale, which sells for $182,000.
"We sell for education and for art's sake,"
says Harris. "When you see something that
is beautiful here, it's not only beautiful, but
educational as well, if you look into it."
He pauses, as if considering his
industry anew, and says, "It's a weird
business, isn't it?"
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In Aventura, It's Young


Turks vs. Old Guard

Three city commission seats, seven candidates, few voters


By Erik Bojnansky
BT Senior Writer
How excellent can the City of Ex-
cellence be? The answer to that
question will be up to Aventura's
voters when they decide which of seven
candidates should fill three city commis-
sion seats on November 6.
A three-square-mile affluent com-
munity of condominiums, a few hundred
single-family homes, and 36,610 people,
Aventura's official motto is "City of
Excellence." It has the lowest property-tax
rates in Miami-Dade County yet it still
manages to have 85 sworn police officers,
a community center, a performing arts
center, three parks, a three-mile fitness
trail, immaculate landscaping, a free
shuttle service, and a K-8 charter school
that's run by the city and known as ACES
(Aventura City of Excellence School).
Residents have been so content with
their elected officials, as well as city
manager Eric Soroka, that voter turnout
at city elections has not risen above 28
percent since 2004.
But the world has changed. In the
past decade, Aventura's population has
increased by 34 percent. Once a com-
munity dominated by retirees, families
with children have skyrocketed by 107
percent between 2000 and 2010.
There will be changes on the com-
mission as well. Commissioners Bob
Diamond and Zev Auerbach can't run
for re-election owing to term limits.
That leaves Commissioner Teri Holz-
berg as the sole incumbent running for
re-election.
A group of parents who want the
city to build a charter high school for
Aventura teens hopes to influence who
will make up the new Aventura City
Commission. The present city commis-
sion rejected the school idea as being
too costly and unnecessary. Since then
Friday Lapidot, president of Parents for
Aventura Charter High School, has col-
lected more than 2000 online signatures
from residents demanding a charter high


school. (See the BT's "Class Conflict,"
August 2012.)
All 17,081 registered voters can
cast ballots for
anyone running in
the three commis-
sion races. To run
in Seat 1, how-
ever, a candidate
must live north of 7
Lehman Causeway
(NE 192nd Street).
Seat 3 is reserved
for candidates
living south of the
causeway. Seat 5 is
an at-large position.
The seven
candidates include
the widow of one of Seat 5: Gary Pyc
Aventura's founders, incumbent).
a physical education
teacher, an ex-Surfside official, a court
reporter, a car salesman and fitness buff,
a 24-year-old assistant director of a non-
profit, and a condo association manager
who ran for the commission once before.
The three who win their nonpartisan
races will serve four-year terms and earn
$7500 per year. Here is a summary of
the three races:

Seat 1
Sergio Gustavo Vuguin, a 43-year-old
physical education teacher, has noth-
ing against Commissioner Teri Holz-
berg. "She does a good job," Vuguin
says. "But now times are different, the
people are different, and they have
a different point of view. That's why
I'm running. I'm trying to, a little bit,
update our city."
Holzberg, an 82-year-old retiree
who ran a line of clothing stores with
her late husband from the 1960s to the
1990s, likewise has no ill-feelings about
Vuguin, or anyone else running in this
election. "They all seem very nice, not
that I have had much contact with them,"
she says, adding, "I never see any of
them at meetings."


Seat 1: Sergio Gustavo Vuguin (challenger).


Seat 1: Teri Holzberg (incumbent).


Seat 3: Rosa Naccarato (no
incumbent).


SSeat 3: Howard Weinberg
ftt (no (no incumbent).


Seat 5: lan Llobregat (no
incumbent).


Seat 5: Enbar Cohen (no
incumbent).


Holzberg says she has been at-
tending commission meetings from
"the beginning." Her husband, Harold
Holzberg, was one of the city's founding
fathers. Elected in 1996, Harold served
two consecutive terms on the Aventura
commission. In 2007, after her husband
was termed out, Teri was elected to fill


his seat. Four years later, Harold died of
prostate cancer.
"I want to maintain our quality of
life without raising taxes," she says. "We
have to keep things the way they're going,
keep it the way it is, and maintain it."
That could be difficult if Aventura
spends millions of dollars building a
charter high school she believes the
city doesn't need. "We have one of
the finest public high schools," asserts
Holzberg, referring to Krop Senior High,
an A-rated school that educates teenag-
ers from Aventura as well as Skylake,

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Creeping Condos
Bay Harbor Island residents thought they capped building heights,
but it depends on how you measure


By Mark Sell and Erik Bojnansky
BT Contributors

Then two high-rise condomini-
urnms were approved by the Bay
V Harbor Islands Town Council 12
years ago, most residents didn't even notice.
That changed two years later as they
watched construction crews build the
15-story Carroll Walk and the 12-story
Le Nautique. Both buildings towered
over the small island community of low-
rise buildings and single-family homes.
Not wishing to lose their small-town
atmosphere, voters launched a revolution.
They petitioned for a special election and
passed a charter amendment requiring a
voter referendum for any building taller
than 75 feet.
Now some residents in this two-
island municipality of 5000 believe the
town council circumvented that law on


September 10, when council members
upheld, by a vote of 4 to 2, the BHI plan-
ning and zoning board's approval of the
proposed Edgewater Apartments. The
103-foot-tall, 41-unit project is slated
to replace a two story structure with
the same name at 9821-9841 East Bay
Harbor Dr.
There won't be a voter referen-
dum, either, as far as BHI is concerned.
That's because BHI officials assert that
the proposed Edgewater doesn't actu-
ally exceed the 75-foot height limit. It's
all a matter of how you measure and
what you measure.
BHI resident Kelly Reid, who lives
in an eight-unit, 1959-vintage building
next door to the Edgewater site, vows
to continue fighting against the project
alongside her neighbors. "People are
upset," says Reid, who called the project
a "monstrous, oversized, and overscaled


Preservationist and BHI resident Teri D'Amico at the site of the proposed
Edgewater condo.


mistake" in a letter to the council.
"There are still a lot of people around
who voted in that referendum, and they
feel betrayed."


The council's ruling comes at a
time when developers, flush with cash

Continued on page 52


Down by the Riverside
Manatee Bend Park on the Little River is now open for business


of the relaxed and playful sort

By Erik Bojnansky
BT Senior Writer
Almost every day, Felix Montalvo
and his nine-year-old daughter
Cindy walk across the street from
the Palm Grove apartment building his
family owns and plant a pair of folding
chairs in the middle of a grassy clearing
by the Little River.
"We look at the fish, the ducks,
and the spiders," Cindy beams. "And
the manatees!"
"We see them every time we get
close to the water, usually in the after-
noon," her father adds. "Most of the time
they're in that corner right over there."
Welcome to Manatee Bend, the
newest public park in Miami, a city


notorious for its lack of parks. The 1.2-
acre green space, located on the southern
bank of the Little River at 457 NE 77th
Street Rd., consists of trees, grass, vines,
wildlife, and little else. But that's fine for
Manatee Bend's visitors.
"A lot of people come over here
and hang out," says Montalvo, who has
lived in Palm Grove since 1997. "A lot of
people who come are from other neigh-
borhoods, too. They walk around here,
bring their dogs, and take pictures."
And they talk to each other. "It
gives us an opportunity to meet people
who live in our building," says Casey
Munck, a two-year resident of the
Treetop building, also located across the
street from Manatee Bend. "If it weren't
for this park, we'd never even talk to


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The city removed nonnative vegetation, took out an old chain link fence,
and sodded the ground with grass.


each other, to be honest."
Miami bought the land a year ago
using $590,000 in grants from the Flor-
ida Inland Navigation District (FIND)
and the Biscayne Bay/Miami River Land


Acquisition Fund. A few months ago
the city's parks department removed
nonnative vegetation, replaced an old

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Creeping Condos
Continued from page 51

from foreign investors, are once again
pouncing on the Biscayne Corridor. New
high-rise projects are sprouting up from
Brickell to Broward.
Teri D'Amico, a preservationist and
Bay Harbor Islands resident, worries that
officials will allow developers to wipe
out many of the town's unique 1950s-era
buildings, some of which were designed
by notable Miami Beach architects such
as Morris Lapidus (Eden Roc and the
Fontainebleau resorts), Igor Polevitzky
(Shelbourne and Avalon hotels), and
Robert Swartzburg (the Delano).
"These buildings are not protected at
all," D'Amico says. "I personally would
like to see the town maintain its charac-
ter, which makes it special."
But town officials have not only
declined to create legal protection for
BHI's older buildings, a few years ago
they tweaked their zoning laws in a way
that seemed to contradict the 2002 char-
ter amendment.
The charter amendment's language
was too vague, argues Markus Frankel,


The Edgewater project will rise more than 100 feet, but not officially.


a Bay Harbor Islands architect who is
designing the Edgewater. So in 2005
the town council enacted "specifica-
tions" to correct the perceived problem.


The height-limitation amendment, for
example, did not take into account that
the Federal Emergency Management
Agency requires any new buildings in


Bay Harbor Islands to be raised up eight
to ten feet higher than in the past to
protect against flooding, Frankel says.
The 2005 "specifications" also cre-
ated height exemptions for rooftop fea-
tures, including elevators, stairs, terraces,
water storage facilities, air conditioning
equipment, storage rooms, walls, and
even pools, according to a memo from
town attorney Frank Simone.
So a new 75-foot-tall building would,
by law, have to be elevated some ten feet,
making its roof 85 feet high. Add to that
the visual profile of rooftop accessories
that could rise another 15 or 20 feet and
suddenly you're looking at a 100-foot-
tall condo.
The new Edgewater condominium
won't have a pool on the roof, but it will
have nine private rooftop gardens and a
20-foot-tall maintenance elevator. Nei-
ther rooftop feature was included in the
height calculations.
Town officials will also allow the
Edgewater's developer to build 41 units
even though the property is zoned for
a maximum of 18 units. The developer
can do that by purchasing additional

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Highland Lakes, and Ives Estates. "So
many children from Krop have gone to
Yale this past year. [Krop] has won Silver
Knight Awards."
Vuguin, on the other hand, is sup-
portive of a charter high school. "We
need to find a way to get another high
school," he says. "We need to sit down
with the residents and commission-
ers and find the best way to a solution."
Vuguin notes that Krop Senior High is at
121 percent capacity. "I know how hard it
is to be a teacher in a class with 45 kids,"
he says, noting that he was a teacher for
nearly two decades.
Vuguin moved from Argentina to
the United States in September 2001,
living first in Sunny Isles Beach before
moving into the Waterways with his
wife a few months later. "I love it here,"
he beams about Aventura. "This is a
beautiful city."
He still thinks his city needs some
improvements besides a new charter high
school, such as complimentary WiFi in
city parks and the community center,
bike lanes on city roads, and sidewalks in
areas where they're still missing.
Holzberg counters that she is the ex-
perienced candidate, hence the support
she is receiving from the powers that be.
"Everyone is behind me," she boasts. "Ev-
eryone on the commission endorses me."
Besides endorsements, Holzberg,
who is being assisted by prominent
consultant Susan Fried, has a campaign
account. As of deadline, she had raised
$13,500. A chunk of those contribu-
tions came from Holzberg herself, who
loaned her campaign $9000. Her cam-
paign also received $500 checks from
attorney Stanley Price, Commissioner
Auerbach, and the PR firm Capital
Advantage. Most of her contributors
identified themselves as "retirees" who
gave from $50 to $500.
In contrast, Vuguin raised only $750.
"I'm going to do my best," he says. "If I
don't win, it'll be a good first experience.
I'll be more prepared next time. But I
think I have a good shot."

Seat 3
Both Seat 3 candidates say they are
running because they believe in public
service. Howard Weinberg, a 51-year-
old attorney and former Surfside city
commissioner, has lived in Aventura
for just three years but, according to


his campaign website, he already has
the backing of the termed-out official
he is replacing, Commissioner Dia-
mond, sitting Commissioner Billy Joel,
ex-mayor Jeff Perlow, and several other
elected officials.
"Local government is my passion,"
Weinberg says. "My master's degree
from Georgetown University is in gov-
ernment, and I'm very good at it. It's part
of my skill set. And I've been raised to
give back to the community."
As a former city commissioner,
Weinberg argues that he's the best
candidate in this race. "In the next few
years, you are going to have 100 percent
turnover because of term limits," he
warns. "So it is very, very important to
get talented, competent, skilled people in
those elected positions. The right people
must be elected into office and I'm one
of those right people."
Besides ensuring that the City of Ex-
cellence continues humming along in an
excellent manner, Weinberg will "ride"
county officials until they complete the
construction of the long awaited regional
library. He'll also keep an "open mind"
on the idea of a charter high school, but
admits he hasn't seen a viable plan for
making it happen. "Obviously I'm for
the best possible education. I have three
children," Weinberg notes. "But I will
not support a tax increase for a new
school and I will not support the taking
of private property against a private
owner. I don't support eminent domain."
Rosa Naccarato, a 49-year-old court
reporter and the former chairwoman
of the Miami-Dade Commission on
Women, questions why a recent arrival
like Weinberg would run for office in
Aventura. "You can't move in here for 36
months and say you care about Aventu-
ra," says the 18-year-resident. "How can
that be your goal?"
As a board member of the Admirals
Port Condominium Association, Nac-
carato has already been lobbying for
improvements around her neighborhood.
If elected, she says she will "maintain
the quality we have" and prevent overde-
velopment. "We think this city is all built
out, but there are still a lot of acres that
developers intend to build on," she says.
Naccarato is skeptical that the city
can afford to build a charter high school
without raising taxes. The entire city's
budget is $53 million, she points out, and
"just to acquire the land, it will cost $30

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Manatee Bend
Continued from page 51
chain link fence with bollards, sodded
the ground with grass, added trash
receptacles, and installed dog-waste bag
dispensers, says Lara de Souza-Hamwey,
spokeswoman for the parks department.
Much of the exotic vegetation the
parks department removed was planted
by folks who lived on the land years
ago, when there were two houses there.
"There was a French guy who lived there
who was kind of eccentric," recalls
Earl Loomis, a commercial fire alarm
system installer and 21-year resident of
Palm Grove. Among the man's habits,
Loomis says, was planting anything he
could find, including clippings found in
garbage pails.
In 2004 a former Eisenhower official
named Robert Gray bought the two
riverfront parcels for $2 million. He bull-
dozed the houses and obtained a permit
from the city to build a low-rise condo-
minium. But by the end of 2009, Gray
was desperate to sell the land. After a
few short weeks of negotiations, Skip
Van Cel, former publisher of Biscayne
Times, bought the land for $285,000 in
cash. Van Cel named it Manatee Bend
after the manatees that historically have
frequented that part of the river.
Van Cel could have used Gray's
permit to develop the property, but
he didn't buy it with that in mind. He
wanted it to become a public park, so he
offered to sell the land to the city. It took
more than a year of haggling and lob-
bying by local activists, but the Miami
City Commission finally purchased the


property from Van Cel in August 2011.
Montalvo says the city did a good job
clearing the overgrowth. No% % ou can
walk around here," he says. He is particu-
larly pleased that the city allows dogs in
the park. Prior to Manatee Bend Park's
opening, his tenants and neighbors would
just let their dogs poop on the grounds
surrounding his family's apartment build-
ing. "I used to have little commotions
about it," he says with a smile.
Neighbor Earl Loomis says the park
is sometimes used for more than just
nature gazing or dog walking. "We need
police patrols after hours here," he says.
"There have been instances of people
finding stuff they are not supposed to be
finding in a park, like condoms and such."
Thus far the city has spent $22,000
improving Manatee Bend, says de Souza-
Hamwey, but the park is still a work in
progress. "The new fiscal year should
bring benches and picnic tables and per-
haps a barbecue grill or two," she says.
A new sea wall and a boat ramp for
canoes and kayaks also will be installed,
adds Eileen Bottari, a Palm Grove home-
owner and member of the city's parks
oversight board. "They [city officials] are
supposed to get additional funding from
FIND," she says.
Casey Munck, her boyfriend Javier
Sanchez, and a couple of their friends have
already added their own improvements to
the park. They tied a swing to a tree at the
west end of the park and a rope-swing to
a branch just above the river. "I hope the
city doesn't take it down," says Munck, a
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Continued from page 54


or $40 million, and then we have to build
it and staff the school."
As of deadline, Weinberg had the
largest campaign account in this elec-
tion with $48,650. He loaned his own
campaign $30,000. His partners at the
North Bay Village-based Association
Law Group kicked in $2650. Lawyers
with the Miami firm Bilzin Sumberg
gave another $1700. With those funds,
Weinberg's campaign paid $2000
to local campaign strategist Susan
Fried. Another consultant, Strategic
Campaign Consultants of North Bay
Village, got $3115.
Naccarato, whose campaign is being
advised by political consultant Robert
Levy, raised $16,498, including $1000
she loaned herself. A board member of
the Florida
Court Report-
ers Associa- A group of parents
tion, Nacca- build a charter high
rato received teens hopes to influx
$6800 from up the new Aventui
various law-
yers and an-
other $850 from
court reporters. Kluger Kaplan, a Miami
law firm, held a fundraiser for her on
August 23, which Naccarato's campaign
reported as a $400 in-kind contribution.
Naccarato isn't done soliciting cam-
paign contributions. "I'll be raising funds
all the way to the end," she declares.

Seat 5
Although three candidates covet this seat,
there won't be a run-off should any of
them fail to garner more than 50 percent
of the vote. Aventura opted out of that
system in 2006. So whoever gains a
plurality wins outright.
If Enbar Cohen wins, she will be
youngest person ever elected to the
Aventura City Commission. The 24-year-
old graduate of Barry University says
she's been involved in politics and
community service since she was ten
years old, volunteering for SAVE Dade,
lobbying Tallahassee for more educa-
tion dollars, and even journeying to
Haiti to assist victims of the earthquake.
She's now the assistant director of Safe
Schools South Florida, an organization
that trains teachers how to prevent the
bullying of students who are lesbian, gay,
or bisexual, or who are the children of
members of the LGBT community.


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Born in Tel-Aviv, Cohen has called
Aventura home for 11 years and can
remember a time when she was the only
youngster in her building. "I've seen the
demographics change so much, and the
city is doing a great job responding to
that demographic change," she says, "but
I feel there needs to be younger represen-
tation on the commission."
Also vying for the seat is 54-year-old
Gary Pyott, an executive with the Conti-
nental Group, a statewide property-man-
agement company. Pyott ran once before
in a three-way race for commissioner in
2005. Luz Urbaez Weinberg, who was
then 33-years-old, emerged victorious
with 62 percent of the vote. (Commis-
sioner Weinberg is not related to Seat 3
candidate Howard Weinberg.)
Pyott has lived in Aventura for
more than 20 years. During nine of
those years, he served on local govern-
ment boards.
He was the
rho want the city to chairman
school for Aventura of Aven-
ence who will make tura's charter
a City Commission. school advi-
sory commit-
tee during
ACES' early
years, and he still chairs the city's
Community Services Advisory Board.
He now sits on the county's Citizens
Transportation Advisory Committee.
Pyott is also on the board of directors
of the Aventura Marketing Council, a
nonprofit group that represents local
businesses and developers.
"I truly believe that my involvement
in the city over these years gives me an
excellent perspective on where we've
gone and what we've developed," he says.
And then there is Ian Llobregat, who
did not return several phone calls from
the BT or respond to e-mails. According
to his campaign website, Llobregat is an
independent broker of exotic cars and is
a member of Barstarzz, a community of
physical fitness trainers and performers.
According to his website, Llobregat is a
"strong supporter" of building a charter
high school in Aventura.
As a graduate of Krop High School,
Enbar Cohen professes an understanding
of why parents are campaigning for a
new charter high school in Aventura. "It
was overpopulated," she says of her time
at Krop. "On some days, you couldn't
get to the lunch area because there

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Felix Montalvo and daughter Cindy, who says, "We look at the fish, the
ducks, and the spiders. And the manatees!"


Manatee Bend
Continued from page 56

works in marketing. "We see people in the
community using it."
The swings have even helped break
the ice between strangers. Sanchez, a
photographer, says he once watched


an older lady walk into the park while
speaking Kreyol on a cell phone. "All of
a sudden she was on the swing and she
says, 'Push me, push me!'" he remem-
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were so many students." (School board
member Martin Karp told the BT last
month that overcrowding was alleviated
after Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior
High opened in 2009.)
Before outright rejecting the charter
idea, Cohen argues that the city should
seriously examine its feasibility. "Why
not create a task force to vet out the pros
and cons?" she asks. "We need facts....
That's what is important."
When BT asked his position on the
charter high school, Pyott replied that
he didn't want to make a promise he
can't deliver. "I'm in favor of exploring
whatever we can do," he says, "but I'm
also not going to promise that the city
will have a charter high school."
What Pyott asserts he can do is use
the insight he gained from serving on the
Citizens Transportation Advisory Com-
mittee to help Aventura ease its traffic
congestion. "There are always things we
can improve," he says. "There are certain
intersections and roadways that still need
to be addressed from a safety standpoint."


Cohen says she wants to address
flooding problems that plague areas
around the Promenade Shops, get the
city to sponsor a 5K race, and create
an Aventura Small Business Expo to
promote businesses other than those at
Aventura Mall: "This is such an amaz-
ing city, and I want to contribute to its
amazing growth and success. I'm going
to sell Aventura so hard that you'll want
to move to Aventura yourself."
Pyott is far ahead of Cohen in
campaign financing. As of deadline,
Pyott had $22,950 in his campaign
account, $15,000 of which came from
Pyott himself. With those funds, Pyott
paid Sydney Fay Davis of Williams
Island $5000 for consulting work. His
campaign also failed to list the occupa-
tions of several $100-plus donors in its
July 1 through September 10 filing, as
required by state law.
According to Cohen's campaign
report, she loaned her campaign $4500
of her $6092 total. Llobregat, meanwhile,
has raised just $610.


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using all of theirs.
Architect Frankel says the Edge-
water's developer will buy the rights to
23 residential units from the town itself
(which has around 800 for sale) or from
individuals. "They range from $10,000
to $30,000 per TDR," he says, "depend-
ing on who is selling them or how good
are the negotiations."
No central
authority
oversees how BHI asserts that th
TDRs are not exceed the 7!
distributed despite the obvious
or controlled, taller tt
D'Amico com-
plains. That,
coupled with
the loopholes passed by the council for
height-limits, may ruin the harmonious
master plan formulated by Bay Harbor
Islands' founder Shepard Broad in the
late 1940s.
"I met with Shepard Broad when he
was 93, about two years before his death
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success," D'Amico recalls. "He banged
his fist on the table and hammered out
the letters. He spelled out: I-N-T-E-
G-R-I-T-Y,' pounding his fist with each
letter. Then he did it again for emphasis.
We want to make sure the town runs in
that spirit."
But now, with the town council's
approval of the Edgewater project,
D'Amico sees the court system as the
only available solution. If it does come
to a lawsuit, D'Amico is confident of
victory because,
she says, a
Edgewater would referendum
-foot height limit, engraved
act that it would be in the town
in that. charter
trumps an
ordinance any
day.
Frankel isn't concerned. "She's
wrong," he insists. "The town's attorney
has already opined that the code is more
specific than the charter amendment and
that it will be the guide for new con-
struction and new development."

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Neighborhood Correspondents: AVENTURA


Separated at Birth
Aventura and Sunny Isles Beach incorporated around the same
time, so why is it that we're lagging behind?


By Jay Beskin
BT Contributor
N ext month, on November 6,
Aventura will hold its eighth mu-
nicipal election since the city's
incorporation. Does anyone care?
Has anyone even noticed?
In 1995, when the city was formed,
Aventura's founding fathers thought it
best to hold municipal elections at the
same time as state and federal elec-
tions. This was done to ensure high voter
turnout. Several years later, Aventura
voters opted to move municipal elections
to March, the idea being that this would
allow residents to focus their attention
exclusively on the local candidates, and
thus make more informed choices.
Then we changed our minds. Again.
Some years ago, Aventura voters moved


municipal elections back to November in
order to save the cost (about $80,000) of
holding stand-alone elections. So much
for informed voters. Better to have more
people voting for candidates they don't
know rather than fewer people voting for
candidates they do know, if it saves the city
some dough. (Or so the thinking must be.)
Besides, does it make any difference
at all which candidate for city com-
mission wins? Since the city is almost
completely built out, government is in
management mode: paving the streets,
maintaining the parks and lush landscap-
ing, ensuring public safety, giving lots
of traffic citations, and putting on the
annual Founders' Day.
Well, perhaps there is the occasional
sign variance or the issue of keeping smaller
dogs away from larger ones at the park, but
not much else for the city commission to do.


You see, like most municipal govern-
ments in Florida, Aventura operates under a
strong manager/weak commission arrange-
ment. The commission sets policy and the
budget, and the manager implements both.
All of which suggests the answer to my
question might well be: If the city just needs
to be managed and Aventura has a strong
manager, then no, it makes no difference
who sits on the commission.
But is that really true? Maybe the
best way to answer the question is to
look across the Intracoastal to Sunny
Isles Beach, a city formed two years


after Aventura.
Like Aventura, Sunny Isles Beach has
a strong manager and a weak commission
form of government. That's where the
similarities end, though. Unlike Aventura,
which has had one manager for its entire
history, Sunny Isles Beach is about to
hire its fourth. Members of the Aventura
commission almost always defer to their
manager. The Sunny Isles Beach commis-
sion rides theirs.
The difference in these two styles of
governance can be stark. Aventura has
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have ten, three with outdoor amphitheaters.
Aventura holds one outdoor festival an-
nually, Founders' Day. Sunny Isles Beach
sponsors an outdoor festival at least once a
month. Aventura has a charter school with
limited enrollment (not all Aventura chil-
dren can attend). Sunny Isles Beach has a
public school for all of its children.
But that's not all. Aventura has two
citizens advisory boards that meet spo-
radically, if at all. Sunny Isles Beach has
four active citizens boards. Sunny Isles
Beach has a sister cities program, while
Aventura has none. Aventura commis-
sioners seldom venture out of city hall.
Sunny Isles Beach commissioners attend
every possible event; they view it as part
of their job to promote their city.
Why the differences? That requires a
bit of history.
Before Aventura incorporated, the
area was essentially governed and mar-
keted by individual developers such as
Turnberry, Coscan, and Williams Island.
The Aventura Marketing Council and the
Joint Council of Aventura were formed
by these developers to assist in those
efforts. They sold Aventura as a place
where you could enjoy a luxurious and


prestigious lifestyle, and the tony Aven-
tura Mall, with its high-end national and
international shops, was its centerpiece.
Few can question that the Marketing
Council and Joint Council did a marvelous
job. With these organizations in place, no
other local institutions were required (or
encouraged), and indeed no other citywide,
community-based organizations have been
able to sustain themselves. Witness how
the Aventura Chamber of Commerce, a
promoter of locally owned businesses, has
floundered, all but ignored by city govern-
ment. (No need to attract small businesses
when we had the mall, right?)
What's more, when the first Aven-
tura commission was seated, all commis-
sioners, except Mayor Arthur Snyder, a
former North Miami Beach mayor, were
political neophytes who deferred to the
advice of the city manager. (Full dis-
closure: I was one of those neophytes.)
Snyder's efforts to rein in and even
confront the manager were slapped
down by the other commissioners.
Aventura's government is manager-
centered, with minimal citizen input. Its
goal is to preserve the lifestyle originally
sold by the city's developers. In keeping


with its predecessor institutions de-
velopers and the organizations they
spawned Aventura's government is
top-down, professionally managed, and
self-contained.
By contrast, Sunny Isles Beach had
no major mall, no lifestyle brand, and no
developer-controlled organizations when it
incorporated. Instead it had a large number
of small stores and Concerned Citizens of
Northeast Dade, a large group of condo
residents from the area, led by condo com-
mando strongman Dave Samson.
A disciple of Chicago-style ward
politics, Samson catered to his con-
stituents and local business owners in
order to maintain power. As Sunny
Isles Beach's first mayor, he didn't play
second fiddle to the city manager; he
pushed the boundaries of the weak
commission-strong manager government.
His successors on the commission
do the same. Sunny Isles Beach officials
have no qualms about firing a manager
if the manager fails to adhere to the
commission's vision or fails to respond
to constituent needs to the satisfaction
of the commission. So like its predeces-
sor organizations, Sunny Isles Beach's


government is bottom-up, citizen-driven,
and community-based.
Now back to the question: Does
it make a difference who is elected to
the Aventura City Commission? For a
resident content with sound management
and maintaining the Aventura lifestyle, it
probably doesn't. These functions will
continue to be performed excellently, no
matter who is elected. But for the candi-
dates and voters who think that Aventura
government should do more than merely
manage that it should actively create a
community it does matter.
A place that is built upon lifestyle is
ephemeral. Its glow dims as newer and
more desirable developments sprout up.
One only need look a few miles west to
the California Club area along Ives Dairy
Road. Not that long ago, it was the happen-
ing place to live. Now it's stagnant, barely
able to sustain a strip shopping mall.
California Club never developed a
sense of community. The only places
that endure are those where people are
connected through interaction, civic
organizations, and a common purpose.

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Neighborhood Correspondents: BISCAYNE PARK


A Novel Truth
A new satire of political dysfunction hits close to home


By Gaspar GonzAlez
BT Contributor
With Election Day fast ap-
proaching, I'm inspired to
recommend a read suitable to
the season. It's a new book titled The Big
Split: A Novel of the Near Future, and
it tells the story of what happens when
Red State and Blue State America finally
decide to call it quits and go their sepa-
rate ways one person at a time.
It opens in fictional Cane County,
somewhere in south-central Florida.
Once a hub of sugar production, Cane
converted its farmlands into residential
developments during the real estate
boom, then watched the boom go bust.


Now, stuck with acres of empty homes,
the area is in desperate need of a miracle.
What it gets instead is a proposal
from Clay Condrey, a developer and
county commissioner, to turn the county
into an "open carry" jurisdiction. Or as
he explains to his fellow commissioners:
"I have written here a prospective ordi-
nance... 'We the people of Cane County,
in order to assure a more perfect exercise
of our Constitutional rights, declare that
from this day forward it is lawful for any
resident of the county or person visiting
our county not a convicted felon and
not having been judged mentally incom-
petent to openly carry and display
small arms in public anywhere within
the county limits.'"


The ordinance passes and, seemingly "Since so few people are willing to


overnight, Cane becomes a magnet for
pistol packers from all over the nation.
They're soon followed by the adherents
of such right-wing groups as the pro-
vocatively acronymed APART (Associa-
tion for the Preservation of Political and
Religious Traditions).
This new influx of righties into Cane
County becomes a national story, one
that gives a California real estate agent
named Schuyler LaScala an idea:


sell their homes at today's lower prices, but
still are desperate to escape the distasteful
politics of the states where they live," he ex-
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new service where we arrange for people to
swap dwellings. You own a 3/2 ranch with a
pool and central air in California surround-
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then we find somebody in Florida with a 3/2
who wants to move west...."
And with that, "the big split" is on.
Soon, LaScala, founder of Destiny Real
Estate ("Arrive at your Destiny, not just
your destination"), is making a killing
sorting Americans into ideologically
like-minded communities from coast-to-
coast and hoping the whole scheme
doesn't devolve into a second Civil War.
Eventually the cast of characters
comes to include Gator Depp, a Florida
legislator who fancies himself the next
Jefferson Davis; TV preacher Victor
Creed, recast as the Moses of what
comes to be called the Mass Migration;
and Supreme Court Justice Harold Pucci,
a champion of "original intent," who
knows the expression is just a cover for
conservatives pushing their agenda.
If the book sounds like it hits a little
too close to home in today's America, it
should. The author, a friend of mine, is
C.C. Radoff, a Pulitzer Prize-winning
journalist who's covered political she-
nanigans for decades. (C.C. Radoff is a
nom de plume.)
As a result, The Big Split is deli-
ciously wicked satire, made all the more


so by the fact that its craziest proposi-
tions aren't, well, so crazy. (TV news
channels devoted to reinforcing ideologi-
cally slanted versions of reality? We have
that already.)
But there's a reason Biscayne Park
readers, in particular, might find the book
entertaining in a moment of hey-that's-
how-we-do-it recognition. It has to do
with the commission meeting where
Clay Condrey introduces his "open carry"
ordinance. As Radoff writes, "there were
no more than 15 vehicles [in the parking
lot]... that meant more county officials
would probably be in attendance than
members of the public." Given the typi-
cally paltry turnout, all that was needed to
jam through the ordinance was to round
up "some of the biggest gun enthusiasts
in the county, [and] also some of the most
energetic clappers."
Sparsely attended commission meet-
ings? A small group of residents exercis-
ing an outsized influence on the political
process because no one else bothers to
show up? Sound familiar?
Now, I'm not suggesting our vil-
lage commission would ever allow open
gun toting. Then again, some of our


commissioners have been known to enter-
tain pretty novel ideas (no pun intended).
Take legislation, seemingly creep-
ing its way to a vote, that would compel
homeowners to keep their boats and
RVs hidden from view, or alternately,
out of Biscayne Park altogether. Or the
ordinance a version of which has
already been authored by our village
attorney, but has yet to be introduced -
that seeks to hinder the distribution of
printed material throughout the village,
including the publication you're holding
in your hands. Or the proposal, currently
in the exploration stage, to dramatically
expand the size of Biscayne Park, pos-
sibly by annexing the neighborhood east
of the Florida East Coast Railway track.
(Read that last one again. I'll wait.)
None of these proposals is exactly
"open carry," granted, but they do share
some characteristics. For one thing, like
a lot of initiatives in the village, they
don't get discussed much outside the
monthly commission meetings at
least, until the commissioners have made
up their minds, and then it's too late. For
another, they have the potential to be
divisive, needlessly so. Why are boats a


nuisance all of a sudden? Why should it
be made more difficult for residents who
enjoy the BT to receive it?
To channel a certain vice-president:
Come on, folks. Village politics often may
seem like just so much foolishness, but the
commission's decisions affect us all. Which
means a lot more of us need to pay attention.
If we don't, we may find ourselves living in
a community we're not particularly crazy
about, wondering how it got that way.
I can't say it any plainer than that,
which probably means it's a good place to
wrap up this final column That's right -
I'm leaving the village beat to plumb the
wider world of South Florida media, sports,
and culture. (For those who despair at the
thought of Biscayne Park getting short shrift
in these pages, fret not. I'm sure we'll figure
out something.) Look for new contributions
from me in future issues of the BT
And check out C.C. Radoff's The Big
Split: A Novel of the Near Future ($2.99),
available in Kindle, Nook, and iBook edi-
tions through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Thanks for reading these past couple
of years.

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Neighborhood Correspondents: MIAMI SHORES



Happy Birthday, Miami


Shores!
The village turns 80 this month, and so do a lot of other people,
places, and things


By Jen Karetnick
BT Contributor
Miami Shores is celebrating its
80th anniversary this October,
and the village's joy is palpa-
ble. There are giant "Happy 80!" banners
posted on marquees and signage all over
the Shores, 80-percent discounts at local
stores, and 80-year-old cheerleaders on
every corner, saluting passersby with
popular songs from 80 years ago.
Okay, not really. Obviously, none of
the above is in keeping with the village's
conservative image. But Miami Shores
is planning an elaborate celebration
spearheaded by the executive director of
the Greater Miami Shores Chamber of
Commerce, Jesse Walters.


On October 13, NE 2nd Avenue will
be closed between 94th and 99th streets
for a street fair. Sponsored by North
Shore Medical Center, Barry University,
Classic Cars and Other Vehicles, and
the Miami Shores Fine Arts Commis-
sion, the party will run from 4:00 p.m.
to 8:00 p.m. and offer entertainment
that includes a live music stage, pop-up
galleries, and artists' tents. In addition,
the brand new Miami Theater Center
- formerly Playground Theatre will
screen the first film shown at the venue
when it originally opened, Blue Skies
from 1946, starring Bing Crosby and
Fred Astaire. Tickets can be obtained in
advance for $10.
As for spirit-raisers, stomach-fillers,
pocket-fillers, and stress-relievers, think


beer and wine from Pizza Fiore and Cote
Gourmet, yummy fare from food trucks,
giveaways from Humana, and massages
from Doctors Charter School. Of course,
many more organizations and busi-
nesses (including Biscayne Times) have
reserved tables since the Greater Miami
Shores Egret published its September
issue, in which it advertised the fair, and
you can find out which ones by visiting
miamishores.com/streetfair.
There's still time for your organi-
zation to join in the fun, even if it is
somewhat last minute. And no, you don't


have to live within the boundaries of the
Shores to do so. (For a flat rate of $50,
the chamber will provide your group
with a table and two chairs.)
Speaking of the Miami Shores
Website, if you've never read the history
of the village, which was christened in
1924 and incorporated as a municipal-
ity in 1932, you can now. The site was
revamped last year with the key points
of our development laid out in several
paragraphs, spiced with knowledge and
illustrations from local historians such as
Seth Bramson, as well as the Brockway


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Memorial Library.
What you won't find on the site is
what else and who else is turning
80 this fall.
As it turns out, the company we keep is
distinguished, especially when it comes to
the arts, which will be featured at our fair.
This past September saw the 80th birthday
of the famous photograph, Lunch in the
Sky, which depicts eleven men taking a
snack-smoke-drink break on a crossbeam of
the RCA building, which was a skyscraper-
in-progress at the time. A vista of New
York City spreads out far below them, with
nothing to break a fall, yet their postures
are completely casual. It's an image all the
more disconcerting given what happened to
two particular skyscrapers on a September
day 79 years later. If you're unfamiliar with
it, you can easily use a search engine to find
this memorable photo.
At the Tokyo Metropolitan Art
Museum, you'll have an opportunity to
become acquainted with prints recom-
mended by the Japan Print Association,
which was founded 80 years ago. "Prints
Tokyo 2012" is the celebratory exhibition,
held from October 5 through October 19,
featuring artists from all over the globe.


If you'd rather look north to find a
Shores astrological twin, 2012 is really
two anniversaries-in-one for the late
Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, who was
born September 1932 and died Octo-
ber 1982. A Glenn Gould Tribute Tour
plans a weekend of activities devoted to
honoring the eccentric musical genius at
the end of September and beginning of
October in Wawa, Ontario, Canada.
Siberian poet Gleb Gorbovsky will
also be memorialized in Light Songs.
To mark the 80th anniversary of his
birth, an operatic cycle inspired by
Gorbovsky's verses will be performed at
the St. Petersburg Small Philharmonic
Englehardt Hall on October 14.
In other vocal news, the nationally
touring collegiate Adelphian Concert
Choir will celebrate its 80-year run with
a reunion concert on October 28 at the
University of Puget Sound's Schneebeck
Concert Hall in Tacoma, Washington.
Not only will previous choir members
join in, but the concert will feature the
world premiere of a piece by professor of
music Rob Hutchinson.
Meanwhile, while the coeds are
trilling, the Brooks Bird Club will be


tweeting (sorry, I couldn't resist) about
its 80th year at Blackwater State Falls
Park in Wheeling, West Virginia. And
ballerinas will be leaping in sheer
delight for the 80th anniversary of the
Joffrey Ballet.
If you can't catch any of the Chi-
cago-based troupe's performances of
Human Landscapes, Nutcracker, Ameri-
can Legends, or Othello, check out the
recently released documentary Joffrey:.
Mavericks ofAmerican Dance, which
chronicles the history of this eclectic
organization. Or rent The Music Box, a
Laurel and Hardy Oscar-winning classic
that also turns 80 this year.
Fittingly enough for Miami Shores,
which boasts a number of churches,
three notable, historic churches are turn-
ing the same age as the village: Weeping
Mary Full Baptist Church in Salisbury,
Maryland; St. Peter and St. Paul Ortho-
dox Church in Chicago; and Vine Memo-
rial Baptist Church in Philadelphia.
But perhaps the most fitting an-
niversary that coincides with ours is
the one that Fritos Corn Chips is
celebrating. To mark the occasion, the
brand is attempting, during the State


Fair of Texas, to go for a Guinness
World Record by building the largest
Fritos Chili Pie (not to mention using
the most trademark symbols in one
sentence). Starting at 10:00 a.m., the
pie, comprising chips, chili, and cheddar
cheese, will be piled in a "Big Tex Circle"
at the feet of the fair's mascot, Big Tex.
(Whoever or whatever that is.)
"For 80 years, that Fritos Corn
Chips have been an important piece
of Americana," says Tony Matta, vice
president of marketing at Frito-Lay. "Our
Guinness World Record title attempt
will not only add a new milestone to
our proud history, it will also serve as a
hearty celebration for this timeless snack."
This is food for thought, indeed. Last
spring Miami Country Day students set
a Guinness World Record for the most
cookies baked in solar ovens at one time.
Perhaps another record can be attempted
during our own 80th birthday party -
like actually filling the more than 951
parking spaces downtown. It would need
to be verified by officials, of course, but
hey, it could happen.

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Neighborhood Correspondents: BELLE MEADE


A Security Fence Minus

the Security
County to city: By law, you must make it easy for criminals to enter
your community


By Frank Rollason
BT Contributor
After a lengthy and sometimes
contentious time frame of just
about two years, the Belle Meade
fence along NE 6th Court has finally
been installed. That's more time than it
took to build the new Marlins Park, but
at last it is built.
As was stipulated by Commissioner
Marc Sarnoff to garner city funding and
to comply with county requirements, the
fence would have to include swinging
gates over each sidewalk. Those gates
would not lock. They would have no
latches. They couldn't even have handles.
And they would have to swing in both


directions, allowing anyone desiring to
enter or exit the Belle Meade neighbor-
hood unimpeded access any time of the
day or night, any day of the week.
The project was completed and
accepted on September 6 by the city's
project manager, with the only addi-
tional requirement being some retouch-
ing of the paint to improve the final
appearance. Three days later, in the
early morning hours of Sunday, Sep-
tember 9, we had one car burglarized
at a home located just inside the fence
on NE 74th Street and an attempted
garage break-in at a home on NE 73rd.
So much for the deterrence value of
fencing off 6th Court with swinging
gates that can't be locked.


Don't tell any crooks about the gate you know, the swinging gate.


The reaction from the neighborhood
has been somewhat mixed regarding
the completion of the project. Some
residents don't even realize there are
gates over each sidewalk, since the gates
were built and installed to appear as an
extension of the fixed fence, instead of a
noticeable opening (which is probably a


good thing). The same apparently is true
of our criminals, for now.
In fact, another resident on 74th
noticed an individual lurking around a
home across the street early one morn-
ing. The resident came out to confront
the individual, who, once spotted,
quickly made his way on foot toward 6th


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Court, only to encounter the fence. Not
realizing there was a gate through which
he could easily pass, he entered the yard
of the corner house and scooted under a
hedge to 6th Court and his escape.
Obviously this gentleman was not
the brightest bulb in the pack, but he will
probably soon figure out the gates are
there and that they merely require a slight
pressure in either direction to allow him
to enter or leave the neighborhood.
Most neighbors view the fence as
an overall security improvement. Quite
a few have commented to me that they
are happy to see the job completed and
look forward to the day the gates can be
locked at least during the late-night
hours, until early morning. The sticking
point here is that Dade County has ruled
- after an inquiry by Commissioner Sar-
noff that not only can the gates not be
locked, the gates themselves are in viola-
tion of various county, state, and federal
regulations. As a result, the county has
said it will order the gates removed.
Keep in mind there are similar fences
or walls elsewhere in Dade County that
either permanently close off sidewalks
to pedestrian traffic or restrict access to


residents only, and those have yet to be
removed or altered. In those instances, it
appears the request for permission from
the county was never initiated, and thus
the county was not put in the position of
having to deny the request based upon the
rules as they interpret them.
Most wise attorneys will tell you that
you should never ask a question of a wit-
ness unless you already know the answer.
In our case, however, the commissioner
was put in a no-win situation when
several residents objected to the fence
project and stated they would sue the city
if the project were built.
Their legal objection would be based
on obscure civil rights violations, lack of
due process, violations of the Americans
with Disabilities Act, and whatever else
they could come up with, including their
view that Belle Meade was being elitist in
even considering such a fencing project.
To those residents, I say: Be sure you
leave your front doors unlocked and your
car doors open so as not to deny equal
access to anyone desiring to enter your
property or premises for whatever reason.
So what's next in the fence saga?
Will other neighborhoods around the city


request the same type of fence installa-
tion and, if so, will they encounter the
same obstacles? I'm not really sure if, as
I've expected, the city has been put on
notice by the county to remove our gates.
However, I'm hopeful the city will stand
fast and reject or ignore such a notice.
The commissioner of the district in
which the much-discussed Coral Gate
wall was built (funded by taxpayers
to the tune of one million dollars) has
stated on the record that "the wall will
come down over [his] dead body!" So
I think it is safe to say we have at least
one commissioner in support of neigh-
borhoods taking reasonable measures
to ensure the safety and welfare of their
residents. But there are still detrac-
tors who don't like the idea of tax-
payer money in the range of $60,000 to
$70,000 being spent on a project that, in
essence, does little or nothing to prevent
the entry of those up to no good.
In the final analysis, though, as stated
by Miami Police Commander Manuel
Morales, the Belle Meade fence is just
one more element or deterrent in the on-
going battle between good and evil. Just
as there are those who approach our NE


76th Street guard gate in a vehicle and
turn away because they believe access to
Belle Meade is restricted (it is not), the
fence gives the illusion the neighborhood
is fenced off to bikes and those on foot.
There is also the argument that the
restrictions forbidding the locking of the
gates may one day be lifted. In fact, our city
commission, led by our district commis-
sioner, could very well give instructions to
our state and federal lobbyists, paid by our
tax dollars, to pursue such changes in the
name of common sense and public safety.
Most certainly, there could be some
compromise legislation that would allow
the gates to be locked at night and open
during the day. After all, we do it for our
parks and they, like the right-of-way on
which our fence has been erected, are
public lands with hours of restriction
posted clearly in sight for all to read.
For now, though, we can only hope
the fence does some good to curtail a
portion of the petty crime we experience
on a fairly regular basis, sort of like the
chicken soup Granny used to serve while
telling us, "It couldn't hoit!"

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Neighborhood Correspondents: NORTH MIAMI


Mr. Pierre's Wild Ride
Some North Miami residents say the mayor and his allies are out of


control, but what can they do abou

By Mark Sell
BT Contributor

ullness in matters of govern-
1 ment is a good sign, and not
a bad one," English political
economist Walter Bagehot wrote about
150 years ago.
The founder of The Economist maga-
zine was onto something. Good govern-
ment is boring. Meetings are efficient,
productive, and dull. People scarcely
notice who's running the place.
North Miami's government, how-
ever, pops with pizzazz, sass, and
sizzle. It's Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, with
stomach-churning dips, twists, plunges,
and near misses.
A growing number of people, mainly
from the eastern voter precincts but
really from all over town, are getting


sick from the ride. So for the last month,
groups large and small have gathered,
figuring out ways to successfully storm
the Bastille at city hall.
Everyone knows the stories. Mayor
Andre Pierre falsely calls Councilman
Michael Blynn's daughters prostitutes.
No-bid contracts for garbage collection
and building inspection get the nod at
midnight with scant public notice. The
city must return $154,000 to the federal
government because Councilwoman
Marie Steril used it to get her mother a
subsidized house. A humongous strip
club gets approval to operate next to
the local public TV station through a
questionably called meeting. Criminal
investigations continue. And so on.
Plus the city apparently has its
own foreign policy, which includes
$8000 spent on police protection so


Carol Keys, attorney, activist, and
mayoral candidate, questioned the
legality of an important city meeting.

the president of Haiti can party safely
in Miami, and the trip to Haiti by city
representatives to present an oversize
$200,000 check at a photo op (while back
home, the city plays shell games with
relief money).


Then the near misses. The council
almost approved giving away not
selling $150,000 in garbage trucks to
a Haitian charity. (T%\ c i,% people got up
to object, and Councilman Jean Marcel-
lus, at the very end, gulped and voted
no, narrowly saving the day.) In another
instance, council members promoted the
idea of giving nearly $280,000 a year for
six years to Radio Mega 1700-AM for a
giant Haitian street festival, then tabled
the matter for later discussion.
Is it any wonder North Miami
politics causes as much heartburn as Mr.
Toad's ride after too much cotton candy
and a corn dog?
And so it came to pass September
19 that about 150 angry souls from Sans
Souci Estates, Keystone Point, and Arch
Creek East gathered at Temple Beth
Moshe amid High Holy Days not to
celebrate or atone, but to kvetch. The
attendees were all Caucasian, both
gentiles and Jews. The parking lot was
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Acuras, and one meticulously restored
1939 Packard. There were no ancient
Toyota Corollas with "Sangre de Jesus"
bumper stickers.
Keystone resident and moderator
Terry Dellerson asked the crowd: How
many were not aware of the allegations
of corruption and cronyism at city hall?
Only three or four hands went up.
Setting the tone, Dellerson said,
"The government should be run as a busi-
ness, not a feeding trough for cronies....
The issue is not about race or ethnic-
ity...it's about alleged corruption and
mismanagement."
He got applause for that one and, on
many levels, he is correct. But race and
ethnicity undergird North Miami politics
like tectonic plates before an earthquake.
To put it bluntly, the Caucasians, heavily
Jewish, have been pushed aside and the
Haitians are taking over, making North
Miami effectively "their" city.
The two east-side precincts are
non-Haitian, and the central and western
precincts are heavily Haitian. Now that
the city has a Haitian plurality, a Haitian-
American mayor elected at-large is often
the swing vote on the council.


The real issue at stake is that the
more affluent eastern neighborhoods pay
about 72 percent of the taxes in North
Miami but believe they get the bum's
rush at city hall. Their candidate for
mayor, attorney Carol Keys of Keystone
Point, came within 400 votes of beat-
ing the incumbent Pierre in the last ugly
election. Keys doggedly attends city
council meetings, speaks up at every op-
portunity, and currently serves as chair-
woman the city's Board of Adjustment.
So the talk at the temple was of se-
cession, de-annexation of the city east of
the railroad tracks (or NE 16th Avenue),
or even unincorporation of the city as a
whole (meaning it would revert back to
the county, just like before 1925).
Ex-mayor Frank Wolland, a munici-
pal lawyer, took the microphone. "My
opinion is there is zero probability of the
area east of Biscayne Boulevard seced-
ing from the City of North Miami," Wol-
land said. No% lieic in Florida are you
going to see a richer part of the commu-
nity secede from the rest of the city. The
same goes for unincorporating the city.
"People may be unhappy because
they don't like corruption, and some may


be unhappy because they don't like to
see their tax dollars wasted," but the best
plan of attack, he said, is to organize,
form committees, and get out the vote.
Wolland may not have won converts
at the temple, but the conversation piv-
oted to forming a political action com-
mittee, tag-teaming at council meetings
to call foul on midnight surprises, and
forming alliances with residents in the
west to mobilize for the election.
Some in the audience went to the
seven-member Board of Adjustment
meeting the next evening, freshly
stacked with four new people. The
subject was the 20,000-square-foot
strip club (that's nearly twice the size
of Dean's Gold) just west of the railway
tracks on 151st Street.
All the TV stations were there and
led with the story, focusing their at-
tention on Natalia Pyrig, the fetching,
driven Ukrainian-American head of the
thriving Miami Gymnastics and Dance
Academy right around the corner from
the possible strip club site. She had
brought at least 20 children in Day-Glo
yellow T-shirts and signs saying, "Save
Our Community."


Keys, as chairwoman, was the only
voice from the dais against the club,
which the council had already approved.
The board ended up voting 5-2 to allow
the club to serve alcohol and stay open
from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. weekdays
and until 5:30 a.m. on weekends.
There was a hitch, though. The
meeting might not have been legal. The
strip club owners had until September
14 to appeal the Board of Adjustment's
prior decision not to allow alcohol. The
deadline passed without an appeal. Yet
the Board of Adjustment meeting was
still called, and Keys, from the dais,
questioned its legality.
At the September 11 city council
meeting, Councilman Michael Blynn
asked who requested the special Board
of Adjustment meeting. It wasn't staff.
And if it was the mayor or the council or
an advocate for the club, they kept mum
about it.
That left just one way to find out:
File a lawsuit and depose under oath.
The ride continues.


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Culture: THE ARTS


Bunny Yeager Is Busy
Back in the spotlight, the legendary pin-up photographer is juggling
gallery exhibits, a swimwear line, and the release of a new book


By Anne Tschida
BT Arts Editor
B unny Yeager recalls the
moment she was seduced
into photography. It was
in post-World War II Miami, on
the beach at 71st Street, to be
exact: "I was laying there getting
a tan, as we all used to do, and
this blue-eyed man, so hand-
some, a weight lifter, came over
to my blanket. He kneeled on it
and he asked me if I wanted to
be photographed."
Yeager would indeed
become a model, but more
famously, a photographer of
other models, helping form
the image of the pin-up. Her
famous photographs would fill
pages of men's magazines in the
1950s and 1960s, pictures once Mian
considered risqu6 and a little the s
naughty, but that, in today's
leave-nothing-uncovered Inter-
net age, seem subtle and even innocent
by comparison.
Sitting in Jimmy's East Side Diner on
Biscayne Boulevard, wearing a crisp white
blouse with rose-colored flower prints, she
has a glint in her eye remembering that
early encounter. "We walked down the
beach, and you know, everyone looked
at us we were very good-looking." As
attractive as she was in front of the camera,
Yeager knew what to do behind it as well.


Bunny Yeager's photos were always sensual, even if not risque by
today's standards.


ii Beach circa 1955: Yeager was a master o1
elf-portrait.

When she came across Bettie
Page, she knew she could capture
the model's unique look as well as
any male photographer. She did, and
Page became the pin-up prototype
of the postwar era. Yeager recounts
the photo shoots that would vault
both of them to fame. One involved
Page wearing a Santa hat and nothing
else. Another included two cheetahs,
a leopard-skin outfit, and the (now
defunct) Africa USA wildlife park in


EM Boca Raton: "In the end, we only
f had one hour to work at the park,
and I had to hide [the leashes] on
the cheetahs in the shots they
were wild animals!"
But times change, trends move on. By
the late 1960s, men's magazines weren't
what they used to be. Aside from Playboy,
for which Yeager worked for decades, the
classic pin-up aesthetic was no longer in
vogue. While Yeager would continue to
discover models, photographing them in
every type of lush, tropical location she
could find from beach to amusement
park her work wasn't as prominently
featured as it once had been.


But then, starting last year, the pin-up
pioneer popped back into public conscious-
ness. In a fortuitous twist, the German
gallery owner Helmut Schuster, who has
galleries here and in Berlin, picked up a
copy of the BT and saw a cover story on
Yeager's career ( F iinot1L All Over Again"
by Gaspar Gonzdlez, January 2011). Why,
he asked himself, had no one devoted a
major retrospective to the Miami icon in
South Florida? (The Andy Warhol Museum
in Pittsburgh mounted an exhibition of Yea-
ger's self-portraits in 2010; it was her first
museum show.)
As he recollects that moment, Schuster
is sitting in a South Beach diner, on his way


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Model Dondi Penn in a convertible
on Palm Island, 1959.

to the World Erotic Art Museum down the
street. Asked to give the quirky museum
a makeover, Schuster has done just that,
and is eager to see an exhibit of Marilyn
Monroe photos in the revamped space.
He says he thought it was beyond
time to highlight the long career of
Yeager, and decided to do so in time for
Art Basel Miami Beach 2011, putting to-
gether 220 of her works for the propheti-
cally titled "Bunny Yeager: Retrospective
to the Future." The show was installed at
the Dezer Collection warehouse in North
Miami. (Schuster's own gallery is in the
southern end of Wynwood.)
The show coincided with other
reassessments and rediscoveries of the
pin-up queen. Last year Yeager's work
was also featured at Wynwood's Harold
Golen Gallery in a solo exhibit titled
"The Fabulous Bunny Yeager." And
this year the interest in Yeager has only
gained momentum. Schuster decided that
Berlin a historic epicenter of cabaret
and burlesque culture would be a
great place to create a permanent Bunny
Yeager presence, so this summer the
Bunny Yeager Lounge opened in the art


Yeager teamed with sultry model Bett
worldwide fame.

hub of Europe, close to, not surprisingly,
the Helmut Newton Foundation.
The space will display Yeager's pho-
tographs on a continual basis, and also
incorporate other exhibitions that relate to
her work or are branches of her art. The
opening night of the Lounge, for example,
included a burlesque fashion show to
unveil the Bunny Yeager Design Line.
Decades ago, when the lens was
focused on her, Yeager came to the
realization that certain types of bathing
suits literally didn't fit her. The tall, vo-
luptuous blonde couldn't always squeeze
into those one-piece bathing costumes
of the day, she says, so "I made my own
two-pieces," an early take on the bikini.
Now, in collaboration with the German
apparel firm Bruno Banani, Yeager has
redesigned some of her classic bikinis of
the 1950s, using updated materials, but
still remaining true to the elegant and
form-fitting original designs, including the
telltale leopard and zebra prints.
Back at lunch, Yeager smiles when
she talks about the swimsuits. In a sense,
these are why she became so skilled in
her brand of photography: She had an eye


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ie Page and gained


for what made a woman beauti-
ful. "Some of those pretty-girl
pictures I took for the men's
magazines back then, they may
not be as popular today," she
says. But she adds, "people will
always want pictures of beauti-
ful women," explaining that The Ge
even now, in her eighties, she is prod
has no plans to stop shooting. bathing
To punctuate the fact she is
not slowing down, a new book of her work
is being released this month: Bunny Yea-
ger's Darkroom: Pin- Up Photography's
Golden Era, by Petra Mason. Published
by Rizzoli New York, the book includes
250 photos, some previously unpublished.
There are also passages about another
pioneering aspect of Yeager's work her
self-portraits. She talks about the tricky ins
and outs of photographing yourself, along
with organizing and designing the sets.
To accompany the book's release,
Yeager has a number of talks and sign-
ings scheduled, including at the Coral
Gables Books and Books (October
25), the Bal Harbour Books and Books
(October 26), and the Miami Beach


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suits.

Cinematheque (November 1).
In addition, in mid-October, the
World Erotic Art Museum will open a
permanent room dedicated to Yeager's
work, and during Art Basel, the W Hotel
will host a fashion show, premiering the
swimsuit line on this side of the Atlantic.
She will also have upcoming shows in
Dallas and Houston.
It's a whirlwind moment for Yeager.
Asked if all this activity tires her out, she
matter-of-factly says no: "Why wouldn't
I like all this attention? I get to keep on
working, signing books, and talking
about my work!"

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Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS


WYNWOOD GALLERY WALK & DESIGN
DISTRICT ART + DESIGN NIGHT
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2012

GALLERIES
101/EXHIBIT
101 NE 40th St, Miami
305-573-2101
www 101 exhibit com
Through November 26
"Urban Narrative" with Claudio Ethos and Ruben Ubiera

ABBA FINE ART
233 NW 36th St, Miami
305-576-4278
www abbafineart com
Through November 17
"An Unborn Child Leaves a Shadow on the Soul" by
Debra Holt

ALBERTO LINERO GALLERY
2294 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
786-287-7789
www albertolinerogallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

ALEJANDRA VON HARTZ FINE ARTS
2630 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-438-0220
www alejandravonhartz net
Through November 24
"Other Impertinences" by Ana Tiscornia
"Evidence Multigrade Light" by Juan Pablo Garza,
curated by Ruth Auerbach

ART FUSION
1 NE 40th St, Miami
305-573-5730
www artfusiongallery com
October 1 through December 17
"Fusion IX Seducing The Globe" with various artists
Reception October 13, 6 to 10 p.m.

ART NOUVEAU GALLERY
348 NW 29th St, Miami
305-573-4661
www artnouveaugaleria com
Call gallery for exhibition
information

ASCASO GALLERY
2441 NW2nd Ave, Miami
305-571-9410
www ascasogallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

BAKEHOUSE ART COMPLEX
561 NW 32nd St, Miami
305-576-2828
www bacfl org
Through October 5
"From Blonde to Brunette But Still Curly" with various
artists
October 12 through November 2
"R4 Recycled, Reclaimed, Reused, and Reinterpreted"
with various artists
"Jack Me In, Jack Me On, Jack Me Off" by Kim Litch
Reception October 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

BLACK SQUARE GALLERY
2248 NW 1st PI Miami
786-999-9735
www blacksquaregallery com
Through October 9
"Disoderly Conduct" by
Shonagh Adelman


BORINQUEN ART GALLERY
100 NE 38th St, Miami
305-491-1526
www bornquenhealth org
Through October 12
Gabriella Reyes and Rafael Valdez

BRIDGE RED STUDIOS / PROJECT
SPACE
12425 NE 13th Ave #5, North Miami
305-978-4856
www bridgeredstudios com
Through November 11
"Robert Flynn Paintings and Drawings"
by Robert Flynn

CAROL JAZZAR CONTEMPORARY
ART
158 NW 91st St, Miami Shores
305-490-6906
www cjazzart com
By appointment carol@cjazzart com
Call gallery for exhibition information

CARIDI GALLERY
758 NE 125th St, North Miami
786-202-5554
www carldigallery com
October 13 through November 12
"Eagle vs Condor An Homage to
Alejandro Obregon" by Daniel Angulo
Reception October 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

CHAREST-WEINBERG GALLERY C Oldest
250 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-292-0411 sound
www charestweinberg com
Through October 31
"No Kill" with various artists

CURATOR'S VOICE ART PROJECTS
2509 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
786-357-0568
www curatorsvoiceartprojects com
Call gallery for exhibition information

DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY
2234 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-8110
www davidcastillogallery com
Through October 6
"Here, Place the Lever" by Adler Guerrier
October 11 through November 2
Quisqueya Henrlquez

DIANA LOWENSTEIN FINE ARTS
2043 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-576-1804
Through October 6
"Gallery Group Show" with various artists
October 13 through November 21
"A Veces Me Asaltan Las Dudas Celestes" by Cecilia
Paredes
"Lagan" by Caroline Lathan-Stiefel
Reception October 13, 6 to 10 p.m.

DIMENSIONS VARIABLE
100 NE 11th St, Miami
305-607-5527
www dimensionsvarlable net
Through October 20
"A Rake's Progress" by Julie Hill

DINA MITRANI GALLERY
2620 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
786-486-7248
www dinamitranigallery comn


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Through November 2
'Light in the Shadows" with William Maguire and
Roberto Riverti

DORSCH GALLERY
151 NW 24th St, Miami
305-576-1278
www dorschgallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

DOT FIFTYONE ART SPACE
51 NW 36th St, Miami
305-573-9994
www dotfiftyone com
Through November 12
'Languade of Silence" by Lydia Azout
'Repossessed" by Guillermo Riveros

ELITE ART EDITIONS
46 NW 36th St, Miami
754-422-5942
www elitearteditions com
October 7 through 31
'Hispanic Heritage" with Marcela Gomez, Ignacio
Marino, Ana Maria Sarlat, Yampier Sardina, Eva Avila,
Peter Vigil, and Hernando Sierra
Reception October 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

ETRA FINE ART
50 NE 40th St, Miami
305-438-4383
www etrafineart com
Call gallery for exhibition information

FREDRIC SNITZER GALLERY
2247 NW 1st PI Miami
305-448-8976
www snitzer comn


Through October 20
"Edge Of Sunshine" by Julia Berkman
October 12 through November 24
Jon Pylypchuk

GALERIE SCHUSTER MIAMI
2085 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
786-266-2445
www galleryschuster com
Call gallery for exhibition information

GALLERY 212 MIAMI CONTEMPORARY ART
GALLERY
2407 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
786-431-1957, www gallery212miami com
Call gallery for exhibition information

GALLERY DIET
174 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-571-2288
www gallerydiet com
Through October 13
"Surface Tension" by Emmett Moore
October 19 through November 24
"The Us and the It" by Fabienne Lasserre

GARY NADER FINE ART
62 NE 27th St, Miami
305-576-0256
www garynader com
October 12 through November 30
"Multiverse" by Soraya Abu Naba
Reception October 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

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769 NE 125th St, North Miami
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Through November 10
"Architectural Archetypes" by Derrick Adams

HARDCORE ARTS CONTEMPORARY SPACE
3326 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-576-1645
www hardcoreartmiami com
Through October 6
"Radical Genealogy The Decline of Dauphins,
Courtesans, and Hounds" by Carlos Gamez de
Francisco, curated by Adriana Herrera and Willy
Castellanos of the Aluna Curatorial Collective
October 13 through November 10
"2nd MADA New Media Festival" with Gaston Ugalde,
Gavin Benjamin, John Fitzgerald, and Misael Soto
Reception October 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

HAROLD GOLEN GALLERY
2294 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-989-3359
www haroldgolengallery com
Through October 6
"Mexican Pulp Art" with various artists

IDEOBOX ARTSPACE
2417 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-576-9878
www ideobox com
Call gallery for exhibition information

KABE CONTEMPORARY
123 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-573-8142
www kabecontemporary com
Through October 26
"Waiting 4 Oracle (1560-2012)" by Luca Pozzi

KAVACHNINA CONTEMPORARY
46 NW 36th St, Miami
305-448-2060
www kavachnina com
Call gallery for exhibition information

KELLEY ROY GALLERY
50 NE 29th St, Miami
305-447-3888
www kelleyroygallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

KIWI GALLERY
48 NW 29th St, Miami
305-200-3047
www kiwiartsgroup com
Ongoing
William John Kennedy's Fine Art Photography
Collection of Early Pop Artists

LELIA MORDOCH GALLERY
2300 N Miami Ave, Miami
786-431-1506
www galerieleliamordoch com
Through October 6
"Travel in Space" with with Robert Blanc and Emmanuel
Fillot, Yukio Imamura, Keith Long and Joe Neil, and
Laura Nillni and Daniel Fiorda

LOCUST PROJECTS
3852 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-576-8570
www locustprojects org
Through October 17
Adam Putnam
"City Limits" by John James Anderson

MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE, CENTRE GALLERY
300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
Bldg 1, Room 1365


Elsa Mora, Beetle, oil on canvas, 2012, at Pan American Art Projects.


305-237-3696
www mdc edu
Through October 5
"Recent Works" by Camilla Ancilotto
October 12 through 26
"October ArchFest 2012" with various artists
Reception October 11, 5 to 9 p.m.

MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART AND
DESIGN
Freedom Tower
600 Biscayne Blvd Miami
305-237-7700
www mdc edu
Through October 5 "Shutter Selected Photography
and Film from the CINTAS Foundation Fellows
Collection" with various artists
Through October 27
"The Whoas of Female Tragedy" by Jamie Warren
Through November 2
"Between Silver Light and Orange Shadow" by Elena
Sisto
"Fans Forever" with various artists, curated by Gustavo
Orta
October 11 through December 14
"CINTAS Foundation Fellows Competition Exhibition"
with various artists


MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE, GALLERY NORTH
11380 NW 27th Ave, Miami
305-237-1532
www mdc edu
Through October 26
Paintings" by Vladimir Manic

MICHAEL JON GALLERY
20 NE 41st St, Suite 2, Miami
305-760-9030
www michaeljongallery com
Through October 20
'A Feel of Thinking" by
Siebren Versteeg

MYRA GALLERIES
177 NW 23rd St, Miami
631-704-3476
www myragalleries com
Call gallery for exhibition information

NEW WORLD GALLERY
New World School of the Arts
25 NE 2nd St, Miami
305-237-3597
Call gallery for exhibition
information


NINA TORRES FINE ART
1800 N Bayshore Dr, Miami
305-395-3599
www ninatorresfineart com
October 6 through 27
"October Contemporary" with Ana Maria Hoyos,
Blanca Daw, Cristina Arnedo, Dario Viejo, Diana
Benedetti, Dunia Gatica, Emilio Hector Rodriguez,
Evi Photopoulos, Francisco Agraz, Flavio Pellegrino,
George Diebold, Gisela Savdie, Gloria Lorenzo, Herwig
Maria Stark, Ivonne Torres, Jasso, Julio Bordas,
Kaliopy, Luz Del Carmen Felix, Luz Maria Charlita,
Narciso Bresciani, Malena Assing, Manuel Antonio
Rodriguez, Maria Alejandra Romero, Maria Teresa
D'Azucena, Maruchi Carmona, Miriam Perez, Patti
Perez, Paulina Wong, Pedro Hernandez, Salomon
Cohen, and Tere Metta
Reception October 6, 7 to 10 p.m.

O. ASCANIO GALLERY
2600 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-571-9036
www oascaniogallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

ONCE ARTS GALLERY
170-C NW 24th St, Miami
786-333-8404
www oncearts com
Ongoing Pablo Gentile, Jaime Montana, Jaime Apraez,
and Patricia Chaparro

OXENBERG FINE ART
50 NE 29th St, Miami
305-854-7104
www oxenbergart com
"Drawings and Sculpture" by Humberto Castro
October 4 through November 10
Reception October 4, 7 to 10 p.m.

PAN AMERICAN ART PROJECTS
2450 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-2400
www panamericanart com
Through November 3
"Memorabilia" by Carlos Estevez
"Femina Plantarum" by Elsa Mora

PRIMARY PROJECTS
4141 NE 2nd Ave Suite 104, Miami
www primaryprojectspace com
info@primaryflight com
Through October 31
"Champion" with Andrew Nigon, Christina Pettersson,
Edouard Nardon, Autumn Casey, Evan Robarts,
Kenton Parker, Asif Farooq, Rebeca Raney, Magnus
Sodamin, and Alex Sweet

SAMMER GALLERY
82 NE 29th St, Miami
305-441-2005
www artnet com/sammergallery html
October 6 through November 5
"Equivocal Space" with various artists
Reception October 13, 5 to 9 p.m.

SPINELLO PROJECTS
2930 NW 7th Ave, Miami
786-271-4223
www spinelloprojects com
Through October 6 "Americana" by Farley Aguilar

SWAMPSPACE GALLERY
150 NE 42nd St, Miami
http //swampspace blogspot com/
swampstyle@gmail com
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Through October 6
"Summer Photo Show 2012" with Sarah Tortora, John
William Keedy, Noah David Bau, Amy Lelbrand,
Miranda Maynard, Lissette Schaeffler, Aimee Hertog,
Dafna Steinberg, Ted Oonk, Lulsa Mesa, Troy Colby,
Ramesh Pithiya, Naimar Ramirez, and Tracy Thomas
UNDER THE BRIDGE
Pr 12425 NE 13th Ave, North Miami
Pros 305-978-4437
Through November 11
"Interventions" by Karen Rifas
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI GALLERY
2750 NW 3rd Ave, Suite 4, Miami
305-284-3161
www as miami edu/art
October 12 through 28
"New Work" by Lani Shapton and Kyle Trowbridge
Reception October 13, 2 to 9 p.m.

UNIX FINE ART GALLERY
2219 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-496-0621
www unixfineart com
Ongoing
Alexis Torres
WYNWOOD WALLS
NW 2nd Avenue between 25th and 26th streets
305-573-0658
www thewynwoodwalls com
Ongoing
"Wynwood Walls" with Retna, How & Nosm, Roa, b,
The Date Farmers, Saner, Sego, Liqen, Neuzz, Faile,
Vhils, Interesni Kazki, Kenny Scharf, Nunca, Shepard
Fairey, Aiko, Ryan McGinness, Stelios Faitakis, and
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YEELEN ART GALLERY
250 NW 23rd St, Unit 306, Miami
954-235-4758
www yeelenart com
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MUSEUM & COLLECTION EXHIBITS

ARTCENTER/SOUTH FLORIDA
800 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach
305-674-8278
www artcentersf org
Through November 11
"101 Dresses" by Adriana Carvalho
Reception October 3, 6 to 10 p.m.
BASS MUSEUM OF ART
2100 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
305-673-7530
www bassmuseum org
Through October 28
"Variations VII, 1966" by John Cage
Through November 4
"UNNATURAL" with Boaz Aharonovitch, Einat Arlf-
Galanti, Aziz + Cucher, Celeste Boursier-Mougenot and
Ariane Michel, Blane De St Croix, Rose-Lynn Fisher,
On Gersht, Meirav Heiman and Yossi Ben Shoshan,
Hilja Keading, Freddy Shachar Kislev, Sigalit Landau,
fers Dana Levy, Tobias Madison, Richard Mosse, Gilad
Ratman, Samantha Salzinger, Tomer Sapir, Yehudit
Sasportas, Michal Shamir, Url Shapira, Jennifer
,il, /ble Steinkamp, Gal Weinstein, Wendy Wischer, and Guy
Zagursky, curated by Tami Katz-Freiman

CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation)
1018 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-455-3380
www clfo org
Through November 4
"Not Me Subject to Change" with Eduardo Abaroa,
Francisca Aninat, Julieta Aranda, Tamar Guimaraes,
Glexis Novoa, Daniela Ortiz, Marta Maria Perez Bravo,
and Marlsa Rublo
DE LA CRUZ COLLECTION CONTEMPORARY ART
SPACE
23 NE 41st St, Miami
305-576-6112
www delacruzcollection org
Ongoing "Works from the Collection of Rosa and
Carlos de la Cruz with various artists

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY FROST
ART MUSEUM
10975 SW 17th St, Miami
305-348-2890
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Through October 7 FlU Art & Art History Faculty
Exhibition" with Ton Arpad-Cotta, and R F Buckley
Through October 21
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Caroline Lathan-Stiefel, Tracery,
pipe cleaners, wire, fabric, plastic,
screen, and thread, 2012, at Diana
Lowenstein Fine Arts.

"This and That Unconventional selections from the
Permanent Collection" with various artists
"Out of the Ordinary Geometry" by Lydia Azout
October 17 through December 9
"Material and Meaning Earthenware, Stoneware, and
Porcelain from The Wolfsonian-FlU Collection" with
various artists
Fragile Nature The Florida Artist Series" by Mark
Messersmith
October 17 through February 24 "To Beauty A Tribute
to Mike Kelley" with various artists
October 17 through May 20 "American Sculpture in
the Tropics" with John Henry, Albert Paley, Dennis
Oppenheim, Chakaia Booker, and Verina Baxter
LEGAL ART
1035 N Miami Ave, Suite 200, Miami
www legalartmiami org
Call gallery for exhibition information
LOWE ART MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
1301 Stanford Dr, Coral Gables
305-284-3535
www lowemuseum org
Through October 21
"Introspection and Awakening Japanese Art of the Edo
and Meiji Period, 1615-1912" with various artists
MIAMI ART MUSEUM
101 W Flagler St, Miami
305-375-3000
www miamiartmuseum org
Ongoing
"Between Here and There Modern and Contemporary
Art from the Permanent Collection"
Through November 4
"Message to Our Folks" by Rashid Johnson
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
770 NE 125th St, North Miami
305-893-6211
www mocanomi org
Through November 11
"Trading Places II1" with Dona Altemus, Onajide Shabaka,
Magnus Sigurdarson, Rick Ulysse, Antonia Wright
THE MARGULIES COLLECTION
591 NW 27th St, Miami
305-576-1051
www margulieswarehouse com
Call gallery for exhibition information
THE RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION
95 NW 29th St, Miami
305-573-6090
http //rfc museum
Call gallery for exhibition information
WORLD CLASS BOXING
Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection
170 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-438-9908
www worldclassboxing org
Call gallery for exhibition information
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Culture: EVENTS CALENDAR


A Roaring Start to the Season
To preview its new season and just get the party started,
Tigertail Productions will host its Art Out Loud celebration
on Wednesday, October 10, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. outdoors
at Wynwood Walls (2506 NW 2nd Ave.). It will be the 33rd
season for the veteran arts group, which will again bring
avant-garde music and dance to the city. The night will in-
clude live music and, this year, Barron Sherer will screen his
unique film tidbits. The gathering will also provide the occa-
sion to give a nod to Tony Goldman, the visionary Wynwood
developer who passed away last month. Admission is free.


Feeling Flamenco?
Flamenco, the fiery dance that originated
on the streets of Andalucia hundreds
of years ago, has continued to evolve as
new generations of choreographers, mu-
sicians, and dancers have put their own
marks on the genre. That's certainly true
of the Nuevo Ballet Espailol, a troupe
that combines tradition and 21st-century
innovation in a new show making its U.S.
premiere, Cambio de Tercio, which kicks
off Miami-Dade College's "MDC Live
Arts" season on Friday, October 5, and
Saturday, October 6. This promises to
be one sexy show, starting at 8:00 p.m.
at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium
(2901 W. Flagler St.). Tickets range from
$30 to $70. Go to www.mdclivearts.org.

The First One's Free
It will be a busy afternoon at the Aven-
tura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE
188th St.) during Curtain Up on Sunday,
October 14, from noon to 3:00 p.m.
The free event is family-friendly, with
activities that include the application
of airbrushed tattoos, courtesy of the
Young At Art Museum, and a concert
with Venezuelan jazz singer Maria Rivas
and Brazilian pop songstress Beatriz
Malnic. Oh, and of course there will be


food trucks. The idea is to inspire you to
pick up some tickets for the upcoming
season at the center. Call 877-311-7469 or
go to www.aventuracenter.org.

Spooks and Goblins at the Zoo
Zoo Miami (124", ll SW 152nd St., Miami)
has decided to let the kids (and their parents)
celebrate Halloween for two whole weeks,
from Wednesday, October 17 through
Wednesday, October 31, with Spooktober
at Zoo Miami. Dr. Wilde's Creepy House
will be open for the duration, with additional
events like Monster Masquerade on October
19, the Spooky Nights on October 26 and
27, and the Zoo Boo on October 27 and 28.
(The last takes place during the day and will
include animal feedings, Halloween crafts,
and costume contests.) Admission is $15.95
for adults, $11.95 for children. Go to www.
zoomiami.org.

Kites on Collins
Haulover Park (10800 Collins Ave.) has
become the place to let your kite fly in
South Florida. Think about it. All that
open park space and that continuous ocean
breeze? Who wouldn't just want to whip
out their kite and let 'er go? That's why, on
Sunday, October 21, from noon to 5:00
p.m., Kiteoberfest will attract all types of


kites and the people who love to fly them.
If you don't have a kite of your own, no
worries. There will be a huge array on sale,
starting at five bucks. So the sky's the limit.
Go to www.skywardkites.com.

Art Live Hits the Grove
The Art Live Fair debuted last year,
although then it was called the Wyn-
wood Art Fair. It was a fun, outdoor,
performance-heavy, and family-styled
art event, differing from those that appear
around Art Basel. This year the event
has moved indoors and to Coconut
Grove although the emphasis will
remain on performance and interactive
art. Now there is a sculpture curator, video
curator, and even a literary curator. The
fair takes place from Friday, October
26, through Sunday, October 28, at the
Coconut Grove Convention Center (2700 S.
Bayshore Dr.). The $10 admission goes to
benefit the Lotus House shelter for women.
See www.artlivefair.org.

Jazz Downtown? That's Nice
The city of Nice, France, which hosts one
of Europe's biggest jazz festivals every
year, has decided Miami would be a good
spot for its first foray onto U.S. soil. The
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A Survivor's Story
The Arsht Center for the Perform-
ing Arts is in the middle of Light/The
Holocaust and Humanity Project, a
three-month artistic initiative aimed at
bringing attention to human rights and
the dire results of discrimination. The
award-winning Broadway play IAm
My Own Wife, opening on Thursday,
October 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Carnival
Studio, is part of that program. The true
story of a transvestite's survival during
the brutal Nazi and communist regimes
in Germany, this production is by Mi-
ami's own Zoetic Stage. Tickets are $40.
Go to www.arshtcenter.org.

October 26 through Sunday, October 28,
the inaugural Miami Nice Jazz Festival
will be held at the Olympia Theater at the
Gusman Center for the Performing Arts
(174 E. Flagler St.). The line-up will feature
stellar vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater and
Nicole Henry, the Eddie Palmieri Latin
Jazz Band, and others. Shows start at 8:00
p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $75. Call
888-841-2787.

Haulover History Walk
Haulover Beach is a favorite recreation
spot for South Florida, but did you know
it has an interesting history, too? It first
showed up on maps in 1823, includes a
manmade inlet carved out in 1925, con-
necting the Atlantic to Biscayne Bay, and
even has an interesting African-American
chapter. All this and more will be dis-
cussed on HistoryMiami's (101 W. Flagler
St.) Baker's Haulover Beach Eco-Walk
on Saturday, October 27, at 9:00 a.m. The
cost is $20 for members; $30 for nonmem-
bers. Call 305-375-1621.

Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida.
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October 2012






Columnists: POLICE REPORTS


Biscayne Crime Beat
Compiled by Derek McCann


Crime Takes a Left Turn
100 Block ofNE 59th Street
Victim left his home at 4:00 p.m. Fifteen
minutes before, a kindly neighbor had
asked to borrow his Weed Eater. The
victim happily complied; after all, we are
all responsible for community beautifica-
tion. However, a half-hour later, victim
returned to find his security gate bashed
in and rear window shattered. He sus-
pects his mooching neighbor, since part
of the neighbor's last name suspiciously
and ominously includes the word "left."
There are no witnesses and no cameras,
so no arrest has been made. Please BT
readers, be wary of being neighborly -
Miamians cannot be trusted. Besides,


Mitt Romney has already warned us
about the "leftists."

Victim Eats and Runs
6700 Block oJ i.,. i ic.. Boulevard
Memo to all ladies (and some men) in
Miami: People want your purse. Really.
They do. A woman was having lunch at
Balans (great food and ambiance, by the
way) and placed her purse on the back of
her chair. A man casually walked into
the establishment, promptly took her
purse, then ran off. The woman, to her
credit, chased him down Biscayne Bou-
levard (on the other hand, it could have
been a huge mistake), but the man had
an accomplice with a getaway car. Please
guard your purses. Tie them around your


body if you have to. Hopefully you won't
get dragged down the Boulevard.

Six Times, Okay, But Not Seven
600 Block ofNE 86th Street
Woman awakened after a peaceful night's
sleep and found her kitchen window pried
open. Her purse was ransacked. Missing
items included her vehicle registration.
This is not the first time this poor woman
has been victimized. Inexplicably, it is
the seventh time, yet for whatever reason,
this is herfirst police report. We hope the
intruder is found soon. We also hope that
our citizenry will start calling Miami's
Finest on a more regular basis.

Professor Crackhead Holds
Office Hours
NE 2nd Street and Biscayne Boulevard
Police stopped a man in a no-panhan-
dling zone. (The sign was posted a mere
ten feet from where he was standing.)
Police ordered him to stop. A metal
spring fell from his pocket when they


searched him. Police asked the man what
the metal spring was for and the panhan-
dler, in an act of condescension, replied:
"I smoke crack out of it. Can't you see
the filter?" Of course! Giving the officer
an education on drug use may have not
been the best of ideas. Police arrested
him. Smoking that rock does lead to
some ingenuity. If only they could chan-
nel that into a respectable gig.


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Would-Be Burglar Experiences
Senior Moment
600 Block ofNE 86th Street
While lying in bed, a man heard glass
breaking in his bedroom. He immedi-
ately got up and saw someone trying to
squeeze his way through the window.
Well, this elderly victim was not going
to have it. He grabbed his walking stick
and began hitting the scumbag in the
head with it. The man backed off and,
like the coward he was, ran away. No ar-
rests have been made, but we admire this
victim's toughness. Walking sticks can
indeed be weaponized.

Crazy Comes to the Corner Store
7000 Block ofN. Miami Avenue
A disturbed man walked into a store and
proceeded to the back. Once there, he
began to grab cleaning solution off the
shelves, throwing the bottles of solution
on the floor and against the wall. He also
grabbed sodas, potato chips, and eventu-
ally the shelves, destroying them all. The
police officer who made the arrest wrote
in his report that the man appeared to be
mentally ill. (No kidding.) This act of van-
dalism cost the store $2500 in damages.


Dental Bling Brings Sting of Crime
14000 Block oJ i:.... i,.- Boulevard
Maybe you've noticed an abundance of
North Miamians wearing gold grills. One
may have their own opinion about such a
fashion choice, but this is America; every-
one has a right to tooth bling. This victim
had her apartment broken into. They stole
the obligatory Air Jordans as well as an
Armani diamond watch. Much more curi-
ously, lower and upper gold tooth caps
were stolen. This is a crime. As Ameri-
cans, we should be upset.

Third Time's a Charm
13700 Block ofNE 6th Avenue
Subject was already in custody when
police arrived. The man carried a black
backpack, which the officer searched for
weapons. There was a laptop in the bag.
When pressed where he got the backpack,
the man responded: "I got it from my
dad." Not impressed, the officer repeated
the question. This time, the suspect re-
plied, "I found it." Unrelenting, the officer
asked him a third time. "Okay, I stole
it from a car." Police arrested the thief.
Perhaps instead of waterboarding, our
military should hire this police officer.


Forklift Thief Fails to Move
Fence
1800 Block ofNE 143rd Street
Unknown subject gained entry onto
victim's commercial property. The
subject appeared to have jumped a
seven-foot chain-link fence. Seeing a
red forklift (must be worth something
to the aspiring car thief), he jumped in
and attempted to steal it by driving it
through the fence. Fortunately for the
victim, life is not an action movie and
the thief was unsuccessful; he merely
kept crashing the forklift into the fence.
However, the fence sustained more than
$2000 in damages.

Woman Tries to Make Clean
Getaway
3401 N. Miami Ave.
A woman walked into this store and,
obviously concerned about her breath,
picked up a Listerine bottle. She ap-
parently was also concerned about
her complexion, so she grabbed some
acne wash. A tube of Colgate was
likewise obtained, as well as Dial soap.
Sadly, in an effort to cure her halito-
sis, pimply face, filmy teeth, and body


odor, she made the mistake of placing
all the items in her stylish black purse
and leaving the store without paying
for any of them. Hoping for some
compassion, she pleaded her case with
police after they stopped her. After all,
she wasn't stealing a television, only
life's essentials. Officers promptly ar-
rested her.

Police Leak Details of
Investigation
1000 Block ofNE 83rd Street
This victim called police to alert them
to a theft in his yard a man had taken
a plant holder. Shortly before that hap-
pened, security video showed the same
man urinating in the bushes. When he
stole the plant holder, he stood right in
front of the security camera, making
no effort to hide his identity. Police are
now searching for the man. Given the
man's criminal proclivities, we suspect
the victim may not want that plant
holder back.


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Columnists: PARK PATROL


V is for Very Confused
Victory Park boasts a nice pool alongside an eclectic,


disappointing mix of amenities

By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor
Has the lingering heat got you
desiring to take a dip? With any
luck, you have FWPs (Friends
with Pools) or a private pool of your own,
because finding a community pool near
Biscayne Boulevard is challenging.
Most backyard pools are too small
for anything beyond bobbing up and
down, and even condominium pools lack
lifeguards and lane lines for lap swim-
ming, so public pools serve real needs.
Our area has few public pools to
begin with, and none of them is within
easy walking distance of the Boule-
vard. You would think we were living in
Iceland instead of in one of the world's
best climates for swimming. (By the way,
Iceland has neighborhood pools out-
door pools, if you can believe that all
across the country.)
Even if you can manage the winding
roads and considerable distances to get
to them, many public pools shut down
when the school year begins. Again, this
policy seems to miss the point of living
here. Why are we denying people the
chance to swim? Would anyone ever
dream of shutting down the beaches?


As a lifelong competitive swimmer
and native of South Florida, I know my
pools. So I was pleasantly surprised to
find one in North Miami Beach I had
never visited before (unless I did so
without realizing it in the 1970s as an
age-group swimmer, when I dragged my
parents to swim meets all across tarna-
tion). Located about a mile west of the
Boulevard, Victory Pool hides within the
city's main civic complex. "Hides" is the
operative word, as visitors to the police
station and city hall could come and go
without ever seeing it.
From busy NE 19th Avenue, the
sprawling complex conceals any connec-
tion to the segments of the "park" behind
it. On a map, the whole block area ap-
pears to be "Victory Park," but that name
only registers at the entrance to the pool.
Victory Park Municipal Swimming
Pool is mostly a breath of freshly chlori-
nated water. It is especially kid-friendly
and handicapped-friendly.
Kids will find a separate shallow-
water playground lagoon where they
can pretend to be pirates or slip and
slide into some other aquatic fantasy.
For somewhat larger kids, two curving
yellow water slides, about 20 feet high,
empty into the main pool. These are


Victory's Olympic-size pool is marked widthwise for 25-yard competition lanes.


open at the staff's
discretion.
Handicapped
swimmers can wheel
right into the pool,
as one end has an
underwater ramp. "
In addition, a white
crane featuring an
open seat can lower
patrons into the
water. These ameni-
ties contribute to the
already considerable Two big water
recreational services zip kids into t
the city extends to its
disabled residents.
The main competition pool may be
Olympic size in length (50 meters), but
it's arranged widthwise, making its lanes
the standard 25 yards of most competi-
tion pools. One day when I visited, Vic-
tory Pool was hosting a high school
competition between the Mourning
Sharks and the North Miami Beach
Chargers. When not swimming, the
teenagers bobbed like buoys in the
pool's corners.
Eight lanes with starting
blocks occupy the pool's center,
while on either side are open shal-
low areas. To use the lane lines,
visit the pool when it opens for
adult swimming at noon for $1.75,
or pay $2 after 1:00 p.m. Just be
sure to finish by 3:00 p.m. because
a swim team takes over at that
time. The pool opens at 1:00 p.m.
on weekends and closes seven days
a week at 4:45 p.m. The locker
rooms are adequate and the pool
appears fairly clean.


slides, open at lifeguards' discretion,
he main pool.

A deeper pool here once hosted
divers and the irrepressible Aqua Chicks,
a synchronized swim team that trained
and performed in the 1960s and 1970s. A
slideshow on the city's Website gives a
taste of those glory days. Just imagine:
Those ladies performed synchronized
swimming before it was an Olympic
sport. It was just for show.
Today the pool is so shallow that
anyone attempting an Aqua Chick move
would most likely end up head-butting
the bottom. Don't go there; stick with the
swimming, or the standing movements
of aquacize workouts.
Aside from the pool, not much com-
mands attention in Victory Park, with
one major exception. Seemingly out of
nowhere, a large wall of coral rock form-
ing one corner of a missing fortress rises,
though its origins remain a mystery. A
plaque nearby says that it was rededi-
cated in 2010, but what was it before?
Why is there no plaque to explain it?
The grandeur and beauty of this mysteri-
ous wall makes the rest of the area even


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Among several amenities is this crane, which
gently lowers disabled swimmers into the pool.


The park's circular fountain gets lost next to the
parking lot, sidewalk, playground, and walkway.


This grand and beautiful coral-rock structure was
part of a mystery fortress that's not explained.


uglier by comparison.
And it is ugly especially the
playground. The speckled black rubber
"mulch" on the ground makes it appear
polluted, and the plastic equipment is
faded. At least two of the plastic kiddie
forts are partially boarded up with ply-
wood. It appears as if a hurricane struck
last week, and the kids forgot to take
down the reinforcements.


Nearby, the basketball court is just
a fenced-in court with a wall at one end.
Enough said.
Victory Park reflects the hodgepodge
approach that characterizes the stores
along nearby 163rd Street. There's a shoe
store that looks like a barn, next to a
boxy Chinese restaurant, next to a sleek
high-tech retailer, next to Taco Bell.
Nothing ties them together.


In the park, the squat, round foun-
tain might be attractive in isolation,
but it gets lost next to the parking lot,
sidewalk, playground, and walkway
with brightly tiled benches. Every-
thing is a different color and style:
Over there is a 1970s-inspired yellow
covered patio with a giant circular
door, and next to that stands the coral
wall. (What?)


The pool by itself earns a decent
rating, but its surroundings drag it down.
No one is going to take a stroll in this
park, because confusion and ugliness
tend to repel people instead of attract
them. Visit the pool without encounter-
ing the rest of the park, and you will
probably swim away a satisfied customer.
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Columnists: PICTURE STORY


A Man, a Plan, a Canal

- Eco-Disaster!
A view of our past from the archives of HistoryMiami


By Paul S. George
Special to the BT
One of the most stunning photo-
graphs of the human transfor-
mation of the Everglades is this
picture, taken in the second decade of the
20th Century, from the Cardale Tower,
which loomed above the north fork of the
Miami River (on the left side of the photo-
graph) near today's NW 27th Avenue.
Note the topographical differences
between the high ground in the bottom
two-thirds of the photograph and the
recessed Everglades in its upper portions.
On the right is the Miami Canal,
built between 1909 and 1913. This


drainage canal reached as far north as
Lake Okeechobee, 90 miles away. By
taking surface water away from the
swamp and delivering to large bodies
of water far away, the canal forever
changed the Everglades.
The waterway, in the eyes of its
champions, would not only assist with
draining the wetlands, thereby creat-
ing new, rich farmland, but would also
provide a way to bring these goods to
market.
But that was then....
Subsequent dredging of the canal
led to the creation of today's bustling
Second Port of Miami, which stretches
along the canal for about one mile to


the west of the NE 27th Avenue bridge.
Today it is the state's fifth busiest port,
conducting more than $4 billion in trade
annually. Ships employing this waterway
visit 110 ports-of-call in the hemisphere.


To order a copy of this photo, please contact
HistoryMiami archives manager Dawn Hugh
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Columnists: YOUR GARDEN


Have an Agave

The versatile plant from Mexico works well in your yard and, when


made into tequila, on your tongue

By Jeff Shimonski
BT Contributor
An interesting ornamental plant
not seen much in our area is the
agave, or century plant. This
is a succulent plant with stiff, pointed
leaves arranged in a spiral rosette, often
with wicked spines attached at the ends
of the leaves.
Some species even have serrated
spines on the edges of the leaves. They
used to be more common years ago,
especially in large landscapes. At Parrot
Jungle, I grew many distinctive species.
There are the giant agaves that have
individual leaves more than eight feet
long, and then there are the diminutive
ones that can practically fit in your hand.
Agaves come in many shades of blue and
green and are generally frost tolerant.
The appellation "century plant"
comes from folklore that states these
plants flower only once every 100 years.
Sometimes it may seem that way, but
that's usually not the case.
In the case of the agave, the flowers
are borne by a central spike and, depend-
ing on the species, that spike, or inflo-
rescence, can reach a height of 20 feet or
more. After the multitude of flowers is
produced, the plant dies.
Agaves are native to North America
with the center of origin being in Mexico,
where they are typically called maguey.
For centuries, native peoples have uti-
lized this group of plants for the produc-
tion of a fiber called sisal (also another


common name for the agave), food, and
an alcoholic beverage called mezcal.
(Spelled "mescal" by us northerners.)
Recently I received a wonderful gift
from a friend of mine two different
grades of tequila from the distillery he
owns in Mexico. Tequila is typically
made from the blue agave, orAgave te-
quilana (although other species of agave
can be utilized, too).
Tequila is just one type of mescal.
Mexican law has created a legal distinc-
tion between mescal and tequila, de-
pending on the types of agave used and
the region where they are grown.
The denomination of origin for
tequila requires that 60 percent of the
agave used in the distillation process be
blue agave grown in five of the north-
central states of Mexico, where the city
of Tequila, from which the beverage de-
rives its name, is located. So tequila is a
mescal, but not all mescal is tequila, just
like cognac is a brandy, but not all bran-
dies are cognac (unless they originate in
the Cognac region of France).
There are a number of ways to
propagate agave. One way is to remove
root suckers that are growing out of
the plant stem at ground level (while
being very careful not to get stuck with
spines). This is how agave is repro-
duced commercially. Another way is
to collect seed from the flower spike. A
third (and the easiest) way is to collect
the little plant suckers, or bulbils, that
sometimes grow on the flower spike of
a mature plant.


The blue agave photographed in Mexico.


I once collected numerous blue
agave bulbils off a single plant that
eventually grew into a perfectly matched
collection of giant blue agaves. These
were very striking plants, especially
when almost all of them flowered at the
same time ten years later.
I have grown many species of agave
over the years and it's rare to find plants
without spines. There is a species, how-
ever, that has soft leaves and no spines -
Agave attenuata. It is a great landscape
plant, but I've also grown it to maturity
in large containers. Most agaves prefer
full sun, but this species will grow well
in a bit of shade as well. This is also one
of the agave species that will not tolerate
frost on its foliage, so make sure you
cover it during a severe cold spell.
(Remember, when covering plants
to protect them from the cold, make
sure the cover is not touching the foliage,
otherwise the cold will transfer directly
through the cover and damage the plant.)
Agaves are often mistaken for aloe
plants because both have a tight rosette
of stiff foliage with spines. Both species


also will grow under the same conditions
of well-drained soil and lots of sunlight.
But with a bit of practice, you can tell
them apart easily.
Aloes have a softer leaf; you can
push your fingers into the leaf and make
the sap come out. Even the spines are
generally not as dangerous as those on
the agave. Certain aloe species will
form trunks, sometimes with multiple
heads. By contrast, the only agave I can
think of that regularly forms trunks is
Agave attenuata. And aloes don't die
once they bloom.
As I finish up this column, allow
me to take one last sip of the tequila
reposado my friend sent me and offer
up a toast to both him and the versatile
agave. Cheers!

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Jungle Island, and principal of Tropical
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Columnists: GOING GREEN






Planting the Seed

Urban Paradise Guild is bringing earth-friendly agriculture to
local neighborhoods


By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor

L ne person can change the
L* world." You've heard that
before, but do you actu-
ally believe it? Apathy is much easier to
buy into. But there are those who take a
solitary stand for justice. Or maybe they
kneel to plant.
One day a few years ago, a stocky
man in his forties, wearing his trademark
long-sleeve white T-shirt and khaki fish-
erman's hat over his sand-colored, curly
locks, launched his kayak into the murky
saltwater of northern Biscayne Bay and
looked around.
He could see problems everywhere
- the litter, the erosion, the habitat
destruction and he remembered
the lessons learned from his father, an
oceanographer. He could see the ocean
deteriorating. Someone needed to do
something he needed to do some-
thing, right there, right then.
To launch into his dream, he quit his
lucrative career in IT (he was burned out
anyway) and bet his fortune on doing
something for the planet, locally. It was
the fall of 2008, and he called his initia-
tive the Urban Paradise Guild (UPG).
His name is Sam Van Leer, and he is
one of the hardest-working men engaged
in the struggle to save Mother Earth, one
plant at a time. This year may be his break-
ing point, though, as his bank account has
shriveled on the vine of green ambition.


"I put my life savings into it," he says.
No%\ I'm pretty much running dry. I've run
two old pick-up trucks into the ground."
His SUV is packed to the hilt with
muddy gardening tools and tilling
equipment. Van Leer's relentless can-do
attitude calls to mind a Terminator of
weeds, a MacGyver of green spaces.
Give Van Leer an inch and he'll build an
entirely new, native yard.
Take, for example, the latest work of
UPG to turn a privately owned, unused,
three-acre lot in Little Haiti into a com-
munity garden and nursery for native
plants. This past June, Van Leer ar-
ranged to lease the land for free for five
years. Then UPG rescued an orchard of
49 Key lime and lychee trees from the
nearby neighborhood of Overtown that
were scheduled for bulldozing owing to
development, and they replanted them on
the Little Haiti land.
Van Leer calls it the Urban Paradise
Center at Lemon City, after the neigh-
borhood's original name, and he intends
to develop it into a seed bank for South
Florida and Haiti.
"This is exciting we started send-
ing seed to Haiti in October 2008," he
says of UPG's work to share fruit-bear-
ing trees and other crops. "We've been
wanting to do an heirloom vegetable seed
crop. It's a very labor-intensive process
to harvest seeds, and we need many
volunteers for that." Once the seeds are
achieved, Van Leer intends to share
them with UPG members and send the


overflow to Haiti with visiting locals.
UPG is farther along in the execu-
tion of its 2.5-acre community gardening
center at Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah.
The organization has also done extensive
projects in Oleta River State Park and
Liberty City.
All of this activity takes place with
volunteer work, or what Van Leer calls
'si cai equity." UPG has a board of five,
and many of its volunteers are young
people earning community service hours
for school. Some people volunteer just to
get their hands dirty.
In addition to Van Leer's pockets,
funding has come from approximately
$44,000 in grants, the biggest chunk
of which was a $34,000 native-tree
grant from the USDA and Florida
Forest Service.
This year UPG earned official non-
profit status, and Van Leer was honored
in July as an outstanding steward of the
environment by the Environmental Co-
alition of Miami and the Beaches (where
I serve as a board advisor and fully
endorsed Van Leer's award).
I've volunteered with UPG and wit-
nessed the hard work firsthand. This or-
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(mainly in poor neighborhoods) and how
it works (with its hands). UPG has no
office, no paid staff, and no money to
speak of, yet it produces results.
Van Leer wants the whole package:
education, edible fruit, family plots,
restored habitats, an invigorated envi-
ronmental community in Miami, and a
halt to the global warming and sea-level
rise that threaten South Florida. "If we
do not change South Florida from being
a slacker into a leader, we'll be drowned
somewhere within 100 years," he says.
He sees native plants and a non-
profit nursery as vital for the community.
"We grow the things that we know the
environment needs to have," he says.
"We can grow the things that are not
eye candy. We have rare and endangered
plants in our nurseries."
The UPG calendar is at www.urban-
paradise.org/calendar. To see photos of
UPG at work, visit its Facebook page.
Inquiries about donating or volunteering
may be sent to sam @urban-paradise.org.

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Columnists: KIDS AND THE CITY


Birdwatching, For Real
Taking in a pair of parakeets provides lessons for the whole family


By Crystal Brewe
BT Contributor
Baby budgies: So fun to say, but
are they a good idea?
At a Hurricane Isaac com-
munity dinner during our neighborhood
power outage, we offered to pet-sit for two
newborn "budgies" while our neighbors
made their annual five-week visit to Israel.
After much Googling that night, we
learned that these little creatures were
actually parakeets. We also learned that
parakeets have the potential to "talk."
We agreed to budgie-sit.
Our kids were elated to give a pair
of parakeets a test drive. After we lost
our 16-year-old golden retriever, Skippy,
a few months back, my eight-year old,
Matilda, has literally stalked us for a
new pet any pet.
We already have Foxy Mamma, a
loving chow/border collie mix, but that
hasn't stopped Matilda from sneak-
ing "pet" earthworms into her bedroom.
She tried to convince the salesperson at
Petsmart to give her some crickets. She
even scored a snail from some older girls
at school and kept it in a bowl of mud on
the patio until it disappeared.
I can't remember if it was because of my
incessant begging as a kid or just because my
mom secretly ranan underground railroad
for wayward pets, but when I was growing
up, my family had five dogs, two hamsters,
several fish, a ferret, and two finches.
Do kids need pets? Is there some
primal lesson to be gained by caring


for another living creature? I mean,
there's Timmy and Lassie, Dora and
Boots, the kid that freed Willy, Elmo
and Dorothy, and even President
Obama and Bo. The common thread
seems to be the experience of uncondi-
tional love and friendship.
Pets love their humans. A dog, a cat,
or even a guinea pig can be a confidant
for a child and certainly assist in grow-
ing past the "Me! Me! Me!" phase that
too many children get stuck on.
In a study reported in Parents maga-
zine, a group of five-year-old pet owners
were asked what they did when they felt
angry, sad, afraid, or when they had a
secret. More than 40 percent said they
turned to their pets.
Certainly for parents, the benefits
way outweigh the inconvenience of
shedding and cage cleaning. On top of
pure love and friendship, there's the
teaching of responsibility, the oppor-
tunity for increased physical activity
(maybe not with a goldfish, but you get
where I'm going here), lessons involv-
ing the circle of life, and even possibly a
reduction of allergies.
But pet birds? I've always been more
of a dog person. To me, the idea of put-
ting an animal with the gift of flight in a
cage is one of the more counterintuitive
human customs. However, I've always
had a secret fascination with wild birds
and birdwatchers.
One of my first jobs out of col-
lege was planning events at a botanical
garden, and I could never decide which


was more interesting, the birds in the
garden or the people who watched them.
For hours, these voyeurs would stand
in one place and loudly whisper about
curved bills and coloration on breasts.
I'm still not sure if birders are dirty or
just dorky.
But back to the budgies. The two
baby budgies were clearly uncomfort-
able in the cage, which was the size of
a child's shoebox. Before she left town,
our neighbor dropped off a Tweety Bird
cage still sticky with the smell of spray
paint. I'm certain she isn't a Google en-
thusiast, because if she were, she would
have known there is a very specific
size and bar-width needed for a para-
keet cage and, under no circumstances
should the bars be painted. I couldn't
put the budgies in that toxic death trap,
so we purchased a cage that fit the pre-
scribed requirements. Nonetheless, the
big budgie died that night.
When the kids awoke to only one
bird, they weren't emotional. Having lost
our beloved retriever only a few months
earlier, we didn't have to spend too much


time explaining what had happened. Or
so we thought.
Two days later, Everly, our three-
year old, asked when the second bird
was coming back. "Sweetheart, it's
dead. You know, it isn't coming back...
like Skippy."
She threw her hands up in the air in
exasperation and stomped her feet: "But
what is dead?"
I sat her down and soothingly gave
her "the talk" all over again. Google
couldn't help us on this one. It occurred
to me that, like getting your kids to eat
new foods, explaining a concept like
"ceasing to be" might take a few tries.
Pet-sitting the budgies offered just
the right lessons for us all. I am now
more open to the idea of another pet,
Everly was given a refresher lesson about
life, Matilda has decided she doesn't like
cleaning cages, and my husband has a
new hobby: teaching the blue-breasted
bird to sing the very fitting "I'm Blue
(Da Ba Dee)."

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Columnists: PAWSITIVELY PETS


To the Rescue!
Close to home and far away, people are doing amazing things to
save animals


By Lisa Hartman
BT Contributor

We're all familiar with the many
well-known rescue groups
doing what they can to save
the lives of animals. Some are good,
others great. But there are also many
lesser-known groups that make the im-
possible happen behind the scenes.
When it comes to fighting animal-pop-
ulation issues and finding homes for the no-
longer-wanted, these unsung heroes help make
miracles happen This column salutes them.
Pilots N Paws Believe it or not,
there is a national network of more


than 2700 general-aviation pilots who
fly animals to safety or to their forever
homes on their own dime. Pilots they
say are always looking for a reason to fly,
and the animal lovers among them have
taken to the skies to help the homeless,
even boarding them overnight when
necessary. A few have even adopted
animals themselves after falling in love
with them.
Pilots N Paws started with co-
founder Debi Boies, who was trying to
rescue and adopt a Doberman that had
been used to train fighting dogs. Her
pilot friend Nick O'Connell offered to
fly the dog to her in South Carolina and


the rest, as they say, is history. Offering
nationwide coverage, pilots in the or-
ganization check a list of needed flight
routes and enlist to cover part of a jour-
ney or the whole thing. Many rescue
organizations have used their services
to transport animals out of dangerous
situations. And it's not just the cute and
furry. A Florida pilot has even trans-
ported a rather large snake! Check them


out at www.pilotsnpaws.org.
Facebook The social media heavy-
weight has become a place to publicize
the plight of animals needing of help.
Three pages on the site deal directly with
finding transportation volunteers willing
to drive an endangered pet to safety.
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an animal reach solid ground. Going on
a road trip? Check the page and maybe
you can take a four-footed hitchhiker
with you to its destination.
Roads of Hope Rescue Transport
Much like Rescue Rides, Roads of Hope
endeavors to bring pets to safety by
getting animals out of shelters and into
screened and approved rescue, foster,
and adoptive homes. They also assist
military personnel in finding foster
homes willing to care for their pets while
they are deployed in service.
Flying "B" Pet Transportation
This looks like an interesting one. Seems
like Mario Gandolfo, an amazing pet
lover, has made it his mission to drive
the furry to safety. He has an awesome
Facebook page with details and pictures
of some of his rescues, including birds
(even a conure parrot) and mother dogs
with babies. Based in California, he even
drives coast-to-coast himself!
Animal Transport Resources A
Facebook page to let people know of ani-
mals in need of transport and a network
place for rescues to help each other out.
But it's not just domesticated animals
that are in need of assistance. Many animals


get trapped without a home after selfish
people use them for monetary gain, only to
discard them when they are no longer of use
or too big and strong to handle.
Center for Great Apes The Center
for Great Apes has a mission: to provide
a permanent sanctuary in a safe and
enriching environment for orangutans
and chimpanzees in need of lifetime care.
Sadly, many chimpanzees and orang-
utans are still used in show business or
in circuses or zoos as entertainment.
They are ripped from their mothers
at a very early age to live with human
trainers and are taught unnatural behav-
iors to perform. Even worse, most apes
can live 50 or 60 years, but can only be
used in show business until about the age
of six. This is because apes become too
powerful to be handled safely. Because
of this they are often then kept in small
cages in a garage or sold to roadside
zoos with deplorable conditions. Some
are even sold to research labs. Others are
used to breed more babies to be used in
show business.
Many apes in the wild would natu-
rally stay with their mother for the first
few years, but those wishing to make


money separate them from their moth-
ers after only a few weeks. Even well-
known chimpanzee Bubbles, formerly
owned by Michael Jackson, had to be
given up because he became unmanage-
able. Today Bubbles resides at the Center
for Great Apes.
The organization goes out of its way
to create an enriching and thoughtful
environment for the apes to enjoy. It is
a "chutes and ladders" system of habitats,
with walkways leading to private rooms,
playrooms for visits with other apes,
and places to swing, climb, and "hang."
Enrichment toys are provided, too, and
many of the apes like to build nests and
structures with the items offered. The
foods available to these apes are the
freshest veggies available.
The group's website has many great
photos and biographies of the apes, even
telling each ape's personal preferences,
best friends, and more. This sprawling fa-
cility is located outside Wauchula, Florida,
southeast of Tampa along U.S. 17. For
more information on the Center for Great
Apes go to www.centerforgreatapes.org.
Wildlife ambulances also abound.
Yes, if you see an injured opossum, a


hawk that broke its wing, or any other
animal unsafe to handle, you can call an
expert to come collect it. One venerable
local institution, supported by the BT, is
Pelican Harbor Seabird Station, on the
79th Street Causeway (pelicanharbor.
org, 305-751-9840). You can call your
closest wildlife center or ASPCA for
more details as numbers and policies
change often.
As with all rescue endeavors, it takes
a village to make miracles happen. Often
the stories behind the rescues are com-
pelling. A whole team of pilots, drivers,
and other animal lovers may have helped
get that dog, snake, or orangutan to
safety. For more information, check out
their websites or Facebook pages. And if
you're feeling up to it, why not volunteer
or even create and run a transport mis-
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Columnists: VINO




Whites for Your Fish Bites
Red, white, and you: Agreeable wine for $12 or less


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By Bill Citara
BT Contributor
Every month is National Some
Wacky-Ass Thing or Another
Month.
January, for example, is National
Fiber Focus Month. April is National
Garden Month. August is National Win
with Civility Month. November is Na-
tional Stamp Collecting Month.
This is plainly ridiculous. Does
anyone really spend a half of a fraction
of a shred of a millisecond thinking
about any of this stuff?
Of course not.
So as a public service, then, this
column would like to suggest a few
national months that actually have some
relevance to our day-to-day lives. Janu-
ary, under this formula, would now be
National Failed Resolutions Month, since
whatever pledges we made in the throes
of a New Year's Eve hangover will be
forgotten quicker than a politician's cam-
paign promises.
April would be National Sofa Cush-
ion Month, as most of us will be search-
ing our sectionals for spare change after
paying the taxman by the 15th. August
would be National Bite Me Month, to
show those limp-wristed busybodies
what they can do with their civility.
November would be National Gluttony
Month, in memory of those fallen into
a turkey-and-stuffing-induced coma
following the annual Thanksgiving Day
pig-out.
Which brings us to October, which
really is National Seafood Month, and


under our newly reformed national
months business would be rechristened
National Inexpensive White Wine That
Leaves You Enough Money Left Over to
Buy Really Fresh Seafood Month.
What we're looking for here are
wines that tease your palate with fruit
and acidity without overwhelming it,
that leave space for the delicate flavors
of seafood to shine. Wines like the La
Vuelta 2010 Unoaked Chardonnay, for
example. This Argentine product revels
in Chardonnay lusciousness with its full
body, creamy texture, and aromas of
tropical fruit, peach, and apricot. Yet on
the palate those aromas are mere whis-
pers, sublimated by racy green apple,
lemon, and mineral flavors that make it
an excellent companion to both rich and
mild-flavored seafood.
A Chardonnay that absolutely
nails the fruit-acid balance is the 2010
Bouchard Aine & Fils. Scented with
minerals, green apple, and a touch of
vanilla from very light oak, this ridicu-
lously affordable ($8.99) White Bur-
gundy delivers a mineral-tinged shot of
apple, peach, and orange, culminating in
a tangy, mineral finish.
With its crisp acidity, slightly
herbaceous character, and lemon, green
apple, and grapefruit flavors, Sauvignon
Blanc is a classic seafood wine. Sancerre
is a terrific choice that, sadly, is way out
of our price range. A cheaper alternative,
though, is the often-overlooked White
Bordeaux, typically a blend of Sauvi-
gnon Blanc and Semillon that blends
the bright acidity of the former with the
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inexpensive white wine is
the 2011 Augey. Less austere
and challenging to American
palates than many of its French
compatriots, it blends flavors of
white peaches and green apples
with a velvety texture and mild
Meyer lemon finish to produce
a wine that's as good for easy
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to fish and shellfish. (14750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-354-3270)
Chile, too, has a way carries the Winzer Krems Gruner for $11.99,
with Sauvignon Blanc, though and the Marques de Riscal Rueda and La
you'd never know it from Vuelta Chardonnay, both for $9.99. The
the 2011 35 Degrees, a wine Augey White Bordeaux and 35 Degrees
that smelled like something Sauvignon Blanc can be found at the
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died. It must have been a pain- Blvd., 305-354-2171) for $8.99 each. And the
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even emitting the strange kero- Bouchard Aine & Fils Chardonnay for $8.99
sene aromas sometimes associ- and the Fog Bank Pinot Grigio for $10.99.
ated with German Rieslings. In
time those blew off, revealing of seafood from salmon to lobster.
a simple wine with pronounced lemon- The Fog Bank shows off California
lime flavors and bracing minerality, a vintners' more robust approach to this
decent value for 10 bucks. varietal usually associated with Italy,
Better alternatives are the 2010 where it tends to be the equivalent of
Winzer Krems Gruner Veltliner and American "lite" beer. Nothing lite here,
2011 Fog Bank Pinot Grigio. Gruner though, from enticing aromas of apple,
is one of the primary grapes of Austria, pear, and lychee to flavors of citrus
one that typically makes lean, crisp, edged with tropical fruit and a sur-
mineral-y wines that play well with food, prisingly plush texture that makes the
especially seafood. The Winzer Krems wine seem richer than it is, a winning
is a fine example, a medium-bodied formula no matter what the National
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Columnists: DISH


Newly Opened and Not


Quite There Yet
Food news we know you can use


By Pamela Robin Brandt
BT Contributor

In terms of high-profile restaurants in
BT territory, much of the action in the
past month has remained in antici-
pation. Dena Marino's modern Italian
MC Kitchen, majorly touted for almost
a year now, was scheduled to open in
the former Fratelli Lyon space in the
Design District in mid-August, then mid-
September. Now, says Marino, "Miami
willing, end of October."
Also not open: Pride and Joy (a
BBQ roadhouse from three-time world
barbecue champion Myron Mixon) in
Wynwood; South Street Restaurant
& Bar (replacing Michelle Bernstein's
Sra. Martinez in the Design District, and
featuring "neo-soul" food plus, alleg-
edly, mostly Motown sounds; currently
scheduled to open in October); Cipriani
(an ultra-upscale mini-chain, originally
slated for a Miami Beach location), and
La Cantina No. 20 (a chain from
Mexico), both in Icon Brickell; Restau-
rant du Cap (from former Palme d'Or
top toque Philippe Ruiz)...
But those seeking interesting new
neighborhood eateries with smaller
publicity machines have many recent
openings to celebrate and, as far as I
could find, no closings.

OPENINGS
From the folks at Pious Pig Restaurant
Group (whose previous creations include
Vietnamese pop-up Phuc Yea! and The


Federal Food, Drink and Provisions),
another just-what-the-nabe-needed
eatery: Acme Bakery and Coffee, which
specializes in a variety of homemade
breads crafted in the French boulangerie
tradition, but firmly locally oriented
(down to the natural airborne yeasts
creating an appealingly tangy, fermented
flavor to the Midtown Sourdough loaf).
In addition, there is breakfast served all
day, sandwiches and salads for lunch,
All-American pastries, homemade jams
and pickles, and more.
Though the University of Miami's
new Life Science and Technology Park is
far from completed, it is already nourish-
ing the neighborhood via two noteworthy
eateries. Most recently opened is Thea's
Pizzeria-Cafe (1951 NW 7th Ave., 305-
777-3777) has an artful lounge look far
from the normal pizza joint, plus pies
similar to the scrumptious specimens
at Joey's in Wynwood not surprising
since Thea is Thea Goldman, formerly
an owner at Joey's.
Well, no neighborhood can have too
many gorgonzola, walnuts, truffle oil,
and arugula pizzas with thin, beauti-
fully burn-blistered crusts. You'll also
find small or entree-size salads, Italian
cheese and charcuterie boards, sand-
wiches, and desserts like salted caramel
gelato or particularly delicate cannolis.
Opened just a few weeks earlier,
Balans (1951 NW 7th Ave., 305-534-9191)
has a uniquely futuristic techno-chic
look, highlighted by a zinc bar that's fit-
ting for its location. But the international


comfort-food menu will be familiar to
fans of Miami's three other Balans loca-
tions. This one is open from 8:00 a.m. to
10:00 p.m. daily, and Tuesday is poker
night; play to win food and drink credits.
At downtown's new Pizzarium
(69 E. Flagler St., 305-381-6025), the
specialty is 27 varieties of Roman-style
rectangular pies, served in square slices
- that are not the same as those Pizza
Rustica's original South Beach location
has been dishing up since 1996. The
difference is in the dough, here allowed
to rise for four days. The resulting crusts
are thin and crisp-bottomed but astonish-
ingly airy and light, as authentic Roman
street slices are intended to be.
Green House Organic Food Res-
taurant (3207 NE 163rd St., 305-594-
6787). Don't let the highway strip-mall
location fool you. The ambiance is
upscale glam, and the elegantly plated,
wildly eclectic dishes, while largely
low-fat, are prepared with creativity
and skills that take the starkness out of
healthy eating. Expect only sustainable
organic ingredients: breads, cheeses,
and cured meats made in-house; some
molecular gastronomy playfulness (un-
usual foams, gels that mimic pearls); and
ostrich-egg omelets at Sunday brunch.


SIDE DISH
Focusing on organic, local, seasonal, sus-
tainable ingredients has been the trend in
Miami's restaurants for several years, and
the growing number of small farms and
market gardens quite a few, surprising-
ly, within Miami city limits suggests
that home cooks want to do the same.
For home cooks who also want
to grow their produce very locally,
like at home, Little River Market
Garden (8290 NE 4th Ave.) will be
selling 29 varieties of five- to six-
week-old heirloom yes, heirloom
- tomato plants (plus seven eggplant
varieties and four peppers) on October
13, from 10:00 a.m. All the ready-to-
transplant, sturdy seedlings have been
started with no chemicals or pesti-
cides. And there's a deal: Buy five
plants at $4 each and get one free. Just
think: By Thanksgiving, the meal's
one required healthy dish could star
your own Chocolate Stripes tomatoes.
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The Biscayne Corridor's most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 302. NEW THI S"M ONTH
NEW THIS MONTH


Restaurant listings for the BT Dining Guide are written
by Pamela Robin Brandt (restaurants(biscaynetimes.
com). Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy,
but restaurants frequently change menus, chefs, and
operating hours, so please call ahead to confirm
information. Icons ($$$) represent estimates for a typical
meal without wine, tax, or tip. Hyphenated icons ($-$$$)
indicate a significant range in prices between lunch and
dinner menus, or among individual items on those menus.
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Brickell / Downtown

Area 31
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, 305-424-5234
Not that the sleek interior of this seafood restaurant (named
for fishing area 31, stretching from the Carolinas to South
America) isn't a glamorous dining setting But we'd eat out-
side From the expansive terrace of the Epic condo and hotel
on the Miami River, the views of Brickell s high-rises actually
make Miami look like a real city It's hard to decide whether
the eats or drinks are the most impressive The food is impec-
cably fresh regional fish, prepared in a clean Mediterranean-
influenced style The cocktails are genuinely creative Luckily
you don't have to choose one or the other $$$-$$$$
Azul
500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8254
Floor-to-celling windows showcase Biscayne Bay But diners
prefer ogling the raw-bar-fronted open kitchen, where glo-
betrotting chef Joel Huff crafts imaginative, often multi-part
dishes some Asian-inspired (like oysters with fresh wasabi,
hibiscus granite, and Asian pear), as one would expect from
the Mandarin Oriental's top eatery But most of Huffs dishes
are strongly European-influenced, primarily by New Spanish
cuisine Elegant, playfully molecular gastronomy-accented
almond gazpacho with foie gras "snow," or "eggs, bacon &
toast" (suckling pig, tempura duck egg, truffled potato, and
speck "air") tell the story $$$$$
Balans
901S. Miami Ave., (Mary Brickell Village), 305-534-9191
Open until 4 00 a m on weekends, this London import
(Miami's second Balans) offers a sleeker setting than its peren-
nially popular Lincoln Road progenitor, but the same simple yet
sophisticated global menu The indoor space can get mighty
loud, but lounging on the dog-friendly outdoor terrace, over a


rich croque monsieur (which comes with an alluringly sweet/
sour citrus-dressed side salad), a lobster club on onion toast,
some surprisingly solid Asian fusion items, and a cocktail is
one of Miami's more relaxing experiences $$-$$$
Bali Caf6
109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751
While Indonesian food isn't easyto find in Miami, downtown
has secret stashes small joints catering to cruise-ship and
construction workers This cute, exotically decorated cafe
has survived and thrived for good reason The homey cook-
ing is delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even
the timid of palate to try something new Novices will want
Indonesia's signature rijsttafel, a mix-and-match collection of
small dishes and condiments to be heaped on rice Note bring
cash No plastic accepted here $-$$
Banana & Leaf
234 NE 3rd St., 786-431-5548
Ever get tempted by the convenience of supermarket sushi
boxes, but feel uneasy about freshness and disgruntled about
sparseness of fillings In the grab-and-go containers here,
raw fish glistens and makis like a plump snow crab roll have
a satisfying seafood-to-rice ratio If you'd rather, dishes on the
larger custom menu arrive almost as fast There is also limited,
tasty Southeast Asian fare Most unbelievable Prices beat
supermarket sushi by far $
The Bar at Level 25 (Conrad Hotel)
1395 Brickell Ave., 305-503-6500
On the Conrad's 25th floor, The Bar's picture-windowed space
is not just a watering hole with panoramic views At lunch it's
an elegant sandwich bar, at night it's a raw bar (with pristine
coldwater oysters) and (best) a tapas bar serving pintxos
That's just the Basque word for tapas, but here there's noth-
ing mere about the generously portioned small plates They
range from traditional items like cod fish equixada and saffron-
sauteed Spanish artichokes to inventive inspirations like foie
gras and goat cheese-stuffed empanadas $$$
Bento Sushi & Chinese
801 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-603-8904
Hidden in the Four Ambassadors Towers, this tiny spot (which
specializes in sushi plus Japanese small plates, but also
serves limited Chinese and Thai-inspired dishes of the mix-
and-match, pick-your-protein-then-preparation sort) has been
mostly an insider's secret deliveryjoint for Brickell residents
But it's actually a pleasant place to relax outside, enjoying
a bay view and budget bento box specials that include miso
soup, ginger-dressed salad, California roll, and fresh orange
sections, plus two mini-entrees (the niginr assortment sushi
and lacy-battered tempura especially recommended) Bubble
tea, tool $$-$$$
Bon Fromage
500 Brickell Ave. #106, 786-329-5632
Though independently owned instead of a chain cog, this
cheese and wine cafe/shop is like a pint-size version of
Midtown Miami's Cheese Course, right down to being officially


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1331 Brickell Bay Dr., 786-452-1637
Hidden within Jade condo, this sleek Japanese fusion
restolounge (whose name means "love") is also a jewel
Food-loving Venezuelan owner Rene Buroz encourages
innovation, and his chefs (including four from Zuma)
respond with beautifully plated items as fun as they are
flavorful Don't miss the layered croquante (a sort of
Asian croqueta mouthwatering crispy rice, subtly smoked
salmon, and creamy crab), AIo kani (king crab legs with
citrus foam clouds and rich emulsified butter dip), or
creative cocktails from a mixologist who also juggles and
plays with fire
The Corner
1035 N. Miami Ave., 305-961-7887
With a Zuma alum in the kitchen, a Gigi alum crafting
classic or creative cocktails, a warm pub feel, and hours
extending from lunch to nearly breakfast the next morning,
The Corner is transforming a desolate downtown corner
into a neighborhood hangout The nicely priced menu of
sandwiches, salads, snacks, and sweets (the latter from
Om Nom Nom 's cookie queen Anthea Ponsetti) ranges
from 100-percent homemade ice cream sandwiches to
the Crazy Madame, France's elaborate Croque Madame
(a bechamel sauce-topped grilled cheese/ham/fried egg
sandwich) plus bacon and caramelized onion $-$$

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Siam Rice
7941 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-0516
You'll find all the familiar favorite Thai and Japanese
items here, and prices for curries and noodle dishes (all
customizable regarding choice of protein, preparation, and
heat level) are especially good at lunch But don't overlook
somewhat pricier specialties like a deep-fried yet near-
greaseless boneless half duck with veggies in red curry
sauce There's also an unusually extensive list of salads,
some with inventive fusion touches, like a grilled shrimp/
soba salad featuring traditional Thai flavors (srlracha chiles,
fish sauce, lime) and Japanese green tea noodles $-$$$

self-service But it is staffed by accommodating employees
who, unofficially, do their best to double as servers for eat-
in diners The cheese (plus charcuterie) menu of garnished
platters, salads, and crusty baguette sandwiches features


Rouge CineCafe
908 71st St., 305-865-5955
This friendly cafe's decor is indeed playfully red, and the
cinee" refers to vintage films projected unobtrusively on a
wall But the main attraction is the French and Moroccan
food, both genres as authentically homey as you'll find in
the homes of those cuisines For hearty eaters, exotically
spiced tagine stews, like lamb with prunes, are the way to
go Grazers will find Rouge's bocaditos (evocatively French
saucisson sec, or Moroccan merguez sausage with grilled
onions and hot harlssa sauce, both on crusty Boulart
bread) irresistible -- as are housemade desserts $$-$$$



Green House Organic Food Restaurant
3207 NE 163rd St., 305-594-6787
The name sounds a bit healthfoody, but there's no
crunchy granola here Argentine-born, globally travel-
ing chef Marcelo Marino, who's also an instructor at Le
Cordon Bleu Miami, uses only organic and/or sustainable
produce and proteins to serve upscale avant-garde fusion
fare halibut atop traditional French Nantua (creamy lob-
ster) sauce, with lemongrass/saffron-infused faro risotto,
octopus with delicate black radish tempura and coconut/
pineapple/tea foam, and similar stuff requiring mad skills
in both classic cooking and molecular gastronomy Breads,
cheeses, and cured meats are all made in-house, too $$$



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18139 Biscayne Blvd., 305-466-0350
It's not surprising that this Florida-based "better burger"
franchise is one of America's fastest-growing With decor
that's relaxingly retro yet futuristically earth-friendly (think
recycled Coke bottle chairs), beverages ranging from milk-
shakes to craft beers, and sourced hormone/antibiotic-
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Dining Guide: RESTAURANTS


Bryan in the Kitchen
104 NE 2nd Ave., 305-371-7777
This quirky cafe-market's chef/owner is a former smoothie-
swilling model who is now into fresh whole foods, and
though his eclectic "green gourmet" menu does uniformly
reflect his dedication to ecological consciousness, it oth-
erwise could only be described as intensely personal
Offerings are an odd but appealing saint/sinner mix, ranging
from healthy pasta/grain salads and homemade-from-
scratch snacks (beef jerky, granola) to unique cupcakes
featuring not-too-sweet adult flavors and irresistible sticky
buns If we had to choose just one category, we'd sin But
luckily, you can have it all $-$$
Caf6 Bastille
248 SE 1st St., 786-425-3575
Breakfasting on a ham-egg-cheese crepe at this very French-
feeling and tasting cafe is a most civilized way to start the
day Formerly breakfast and lunch only, the cafe is now open
for dinner, too And while the crepes (both savory and sweet)
are tempting and varied enough to eat all day, dinner choices
like homemade foie gras (with onion jam and Guerande salt),
salmon with lentils and fennel salsa, or a very affordable skirt
steak au poivre make it possible to resist $-$$$
Caf6 Sambal
500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8358
Though the Mandarin Oriental Hotel describes this space as its
"casual hotel restaurant," many consider it a more spectacular
dining setting than the upscale Azul, upstairs, owing to the
option of dining outdoors on a covered terrace directly on the
waterfront The food is Asian-inspired, with a few Latin and
Mediterranean accents For the health-conscious, the menu
includes low-cal choices For hedonists there's a big selection
of artisan sakes $$$-$$$$$
Cavas Wine Tasting Room
900 S. Miami Ave. #180, 305-372-8027
Like South Miami's predecessor (now closed), this Cavas is
mainly an upscale, high-tech tasting lounge for the wine-curious
Patrons buy prepaid cards to sample ounce, half-glass, or
full-glass portions from more than 50 self-service dispensing
machines But there's an extensive selection of tapas/pintxos
small plates, flatbread "pizzas," sandwiches, plus fully garnished
charcuterie and cheese platters specially selected to pair well
with vino Additionally, more substantial dishes have been
added, including a daily three-course lunch special and some
tasty, bargain-priced soups (carrot cream with Gouda particu-
larly recommended) $$-$$$
Chophouse Miami
300 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-938-9000
Formerly Mannys Steakhouse, Miami's Chophouse retains basi-
cally everything but the famed name (from the original Manny's
in Minneapolis), and remains Miami's most intentionally
masculine steakhouse Here, ensconced in your black leather


booth, everything is humongous dry-aged choice-grade steaks
like the Bludgeon of Beef (a boldly flavorful 40-ounce bone-in
ribeye, described as "part meat, part weapon"), king crab legs
that dwarf the plate, cocktail shrimp that could swallow the Loch
Ness monster whole, two-fisted cocktails that would fell a T-Rex
Not for the frail $$$$$
Crazy About You
1155 Brickell Bay Dr. #101, 305-377-4442
The owners, and budget-friendly formula, are the same here
as at older Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita Buy an entree
(all under $20) from a sizable list of Mediterranean, Latin,
American, or Asian-influenced choices (like Thai-marinated
churrasco with crispy shoestring fries) and get an appetizer
for free, including substantial stuff like a Chihuahua cheese
casserole with chorizo and pesto The difference This place,
housed in the former location of short-lived La Broche, has
an even more upscale ambiance than Dolores -- including a
million-dollar water view $$$
Cvi.che 105
105 NE 3rd Ave., 305-577-3454
Fusion food -- a modern invention Not in Peru, where native
and Euro-Asian influences have mixed for more than a century
But chef Juan Chipoco gives the ceviches and tiraditos served
at this hot spot his own unique spin Specialties include flash-
marinated raw seafood creations, such as tiradito a la crema
de rocoto (sliced fish in citrus-spiked chili/cream sauce) But
traditional fusion dishes like Chinese-Peruvian Chaufa fried rice
(packed with jumbo shrimp, mussels, and calaman) are also fun,
as well as surprisingly affordable $$
db Bistro Moderne
345 Avenue of the Americas, 305-421-8800
Just two words -- "Daniel Boulud" -- should be enough for food-
ies craving creative French/American comfort cuisine to run,
not walk, to this restaurant If they can find it (Hint The mys-
terious "Avenue of the Americas" is really Biscayne Boulevard
Way Don't ask) Downtown's db is an absentee celeb chef
outpost, but on-site kitchen wizard Jarrod Verbiak flawlessly
executes dishes ranging from the original NYC db Bistro's sig-
nature foie gras/short rib/black truffle-stuffed burger to local
market-driven dishes like crusted pompano with garlic/parsley
veloute $$$-$$$$
The Democratic Republic of Beer
255 NE 14th St., 305-372-4161
The food here Beer is food The DRB serves 400 beers from
55 countries, ranging from $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon to $40 DeuS
(an 115% alcohol Belgian method Champenoise brew) But
for those favoring solid snacks, tasty global smallish plates
include fried fresh zucchini with dip (cheese recommended),
chorizo with homemade cilantro Mayo, or steak tacos, served
Mexican-style with onions, cilantro, and spicy salsa Sadly for
breakfast-brew enthusiasts, the DRB isn't open that early But
it is open late --till 5 00 a m $$


D-Dog House
50 SW 10th St., 305-381-7770
While it has become increasingly common to find servers
at upscale restaurants utilizing computerized POS (point of
service) systems to take orders, this high-tech hole-mn-the-wall
trumps them by replacing servers -- and in-house entertain-
ment, too -- with iPads that accept not just food orders and
credit cards but music requests You can web surf or game,
too, while waiting for your choice of the house specialty super-
sized hot dogs, most overloaded with internationally inspired
toppings To accompany, hand-cut fries are a must And have
a cocktail There's a full liquor bar $-$$
Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita
1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-403-3103
From the stylish setting in Miami's historic Firehouse No 4, one
would expect a mighty pricy meal But entrees, which range
from Nuevo Latino-style ginger/orange-glazed pork tenderloin to
a platter of Kobe mini-burgers, all cost either $18 or $23 And
the price includes an appetizer -- no low-rent crapola, either,
but treats like Serrano ham croquetas, a spinach/leek tart with
Portobello mushroom sauce, or shrimp-topped eggplant tim-
bales The best seats are on the glam rooftop patio $$$
Dominique Bistro-Club
1451 S. Miami Ave., 305-371-8859
At typical restolounges, the "resto" part often gets the short
end of the stick But not at this chic but friendly spot, where
Gerardo Barrera, an alumn of Paris's Le Cordon Bleu, plus his
wife Dominque and her brother Jose Sigona, welcome diners
with France's best-known bistro classics coquilles St Jacques
(tender scallops in mushroom/white wine sauce), a precision-
cooked entrec6te rib-eye with Bearnaise or complex Cafe de
Paris butter, creme brulee (from scratch) or macaron cookies
(from heaven) No velvet ropes, and club music isn't cranked
till 1100 pm $$$
Edge, Steak & Bar
1435 Brickell Ave., 305-358-3535
Replacing the Four Seasons' formal fine dining spot Acqua,
Edge offers a more kick-back casual welcoming vibe And
in its fare there's a particularly warm welcome for non-
carnivores Chef-driven seafood items (several inventive and
unusually subtle ceviches and tartares, a layered construc-
tion of corvina encrusted in a jewel-bright green pesto crust,
atop red piquillo sauce stripes and salad, lobster corn soup
packed with sweet lobster meat, more) and a farm-to-table
produce emphasis make this one steakhouse where those
who don't eat beef have no beef $$$$-$$$$$
Elwoods Gastro Pub
188 NE 3rd Ave., 305-358-5222
Cordial English owners, classic rock music (sometimes live),
and updated classic pub fare make this hangout a home
Made from scratch with artisan ingredients, traditional Brit
bites like fish and chips can't be beat -- thick pieces of crisply


beer-battered moist cod, served with hand-cut fries and
"mushy [mashed] peas," plus housemade tartar sauce and
ketchup All desserts are also made in-house, including a deliri-
ously rich (but worth it) sticky date pudding with toffee sauce
Tie down your dental implants They're in for a wild ride $$
Eos
485 Brickell Ave. (Viceroy Hotel), 305-503-0373
Originally opened by Michelin-starred "New Aegean" chef
Michael Psilakis, Eos changed upon the chefs departure into a
more familiar Mediterranean resort eatery, minus Greek-inspired
innovations Now inspiration comes mainly from Spain and Italy,
with nods to Morocco and Latin America Best bets include a
tasting platter of Spanish cheeses and cured meats, a pistachio-
garnished salad featuring Serrano ham, figs, and arugula, crispy
parmesan risotto balls with prosciutto and smoked tomato dip,
and olive/smoked paprika-rubbed roast chicken At lunch burg-
ers and upscale sandwiches are added $$$-$$$$
Eternity Coffee Roasters
117 SE 2nd Ave., 305-609-4981
Normally we list only full restaurants, but even a (not so) sim-
ple cuppa joe from Chris Johnson and Cristina Garces's sleek
micro-roastery will convince anyone possessing taste buds that
fine coffee can be as complex as fine wine, and as satisfying
as solid food A changing selection of superior single-origin
beans (many varieties from the Garces family's Colombian
farm, most others from Ethiopia and Kenya), roasted in-house,
produces "slow-pour" regular brews with amazing nuances of
fruits, chocolate, and more The espresso is so smooth sugar
isn't necessary Other treats flaky chocolate-stuffed "cigars"
and other locally baked pastries Free parking $
Fado Irish Pub
900 S. Miami Ave. #200, 786-924-0972
Unlike most Miami "Irish" pubs, which serve mostly
American bar food, rarely foraying past fish and chips or
shepherd's pie, Fado (pronounced "f'doe") has a menu
reflecting the pub grub found today in Ireland, including
solid standards But most intriguing are dishes mixing clas-
sic and contemporary influences, particularly those featur-
ing boxty, a grated/mashed potato pancake Try corned beef
rolls (boxty wraps, with creamy mustard sauce and cabbage
slaw), or smoked salmon on mini-boxty "blini," with capers
and horseradish sauce There's a seasonal menu, too $$
Finnegan's River
401 SW 3rd Ave., 305-285-3030
Pool tables are expected in a sports bar and grill But an actual
pool? And a Jacuzzi9 This Miami River hideaway has other sur-
prises, too, on its extensive outdoor deck, including a boat dock and
a large array of umbrella tables and lounge chairs where its easy to
while away many happy hours The menu is the same array of bar
bites served by South Beach's older Finnegan's, but angus burgers
are big and tasty and zingyjalapeno-studded smoked-fish dip is a
satbsfyng table-snack choice $$


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Dining Guide: RESTAURANTS



First Hong Kong Caf6
117 SE 2nd St., 305-808-6665
Old Hong Kong saying If it walks, swims, crawls, or flies, it's edi-
ble And nowhere is this truer than in this historically internation-
al trade ports "cafes" -- meaning fast-food restaurants Typical
menus present hundreds of items that are local interpretations
of dishes from all China, and most other nations So believe us
At this cafe, whose head chef is from HK, the Indian-style cur-
ries, sambal-spiked Indonesian chow fun, even the borscht (a
tomato/beef, not beet-based version of the Russian soup) are
as authentic as the kung pao whatever, and as tasty $$
Fratelli Milano
213 SE 1st St., 305-373-2300
Downtown isn't yet a 24/7 urban center, but it's experiencing
a mini explosion of eateries open at night That includes this
family-owned ristorante, where even newcomers feel at home
At lunch it's almost impossible to resist panini, served on foc-
cacia or crunchy clabatta, even the vegetarian version bursts
with complex and complementary flavors During weekday
dinners, try generous plates of risotto with shrimp and grilled
asparagus, homemade pastas like seafood-packed fettuccine
al scoglio, or delicate Vitello alla Milanese on arugula $$-$$$
Garcia's Seafood Grille and Fish Market
398 NW N. River Dr., 305-375-0765
Run by a fishing family for a couple of generations, this venerable
Florida fish shack is the real thing No worries about the seafood's
freshness, on their way to the dining deck overlooking the Miami
River, diners can view the retail fish market Best preparations are
the simplest When stone crabs are in season, Garcia's claws are as
good as Joe's but considerably cheaper The local fish sandwich 6
most popular grouper, yellowtail snapper, or mahi mahi $-$$
Giovana Caffe
154 SE 1st Ave.305-374-1024
If the menu at this charming downtown hideaway contained
only one item -- pear and gorgonzola ravioli dressed, not
drowned, in sage-spiced cream sauce -- we'd be happy But
the cafe, formerly lunch-only but now serving weekday dinners,
is alsojustly famed for meal-size salads like grilled skirt steak
atop sweetly balsamic-dressed spinach (with spinach, toma-
toes, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, blue cheese, and almonds),
or an especially lavish chicken salad with pine nuts, golden
raisins, apples, and basil, an Italian twist $$
Grimpa Steakhouse
901 Brickell Plaza, 305-455-4757
This expansive indoor/outdoor Brazilian eatery is sleekly contem-
porary, but no worries The classic sword-wielding gauchos are
here, serving a mind-reeling assortment of skewered beef, chick-
en, lamb, pork, sausages, and fish And included in the price
(dinner $47, lunch $34) is the traditional belly-busting buffet of
hot and cold prepared foods, salad, cold cuts, and cheeses A
pleasant, nontraditional surprise unusual sauces like sweet/tart
passion fruit or mint, tomato-based BBQ, and mango chutney,
along with the ubiquitous chimichurr $$$$-$$$$$
Half Moon Empanadas
192 SE 1st Ave., 305-379-2525
As with South Beach's original Half Moon, you can get wraps or
salads But its this snackerys unique take on Argentine-style
empanadas that makes it seem a natural for national franchising
The soft-crusted, doughy crescents -- baked, not fried, so relatively
guilt-free -- are amply stuffed with fillings both classic (beef and
chicken, either mild or spicy) and creative the bacon cheese-
burger, the pancetta/mozzarella/plum-filled Americana, and
several vegetarian options At just over two bucks apiece, they're a
money-saving moveable feast $
Hawa Jade
1331 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-905-5523
When thinking "fusion" cuisines, Japanese and Lebanese don't
instantly spring to mind But taking the medieval Spice Route
connection as inspiration, the Hawa family makes the mix work
at both its original Coral Gables Hawa and this new location in the
Jade Residences Golden Pockets (tofu crepes encasing maca-
damias, avocado, and tuna, crab, shrimp, or Kobe-style beef)
are musts Plus there are unique combos containing makis plus
substantial salads, like crunchytuna enoki rolls with falafel salad
-- not the usual green garnish Housemade desserts with a French
twist are also a pleasant surprise $$
Hibachi Grill
45 NE 3rd Ave., 305-374-2223
Imagine a mini-express Benihana This place specializes in tep-
panyaki cuisine -- minus the thrilling (or terrifying) tableside knife


theatrics, true, but the one-plate meals of seasoned steak slices,
chicken, shrimp, or salmon plus dipping sauces, fried rice, and an
onion/zucchini mix come at bargain prices There are also hefty
soups or Japanese, Thai, and Singapore-style noodle and rice
bowls loaded with veggies and choice of protein (including tofu)
The limited sides are Japanese (shumal, plump chicken gyoza)
and Chinese (various egg rolls) Fancy? No, but satisfying $-$$
II Gabbiano
335 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-373-0063
Its location at the mouth of the Miami River makes this ultra-
upscale Italian spot (especially the outdoor terrace) the perfect
power lunch/business dinner alternative to steakhouses And
the culinary experience goes way beyond the typical meat mar-
ket, thanks in part to the flood of freebies that's a trademark of
Manhattan's II Mulino, originally run by II Gabbiano's owners
The rest of the food? Pricy, but portions are mammoth And
the champagne-cream-sauced housemade ravioli with black
truffles? Worth every penny $$$$$
Indigo / Table 40
100 Chopin Plaza, 305-577-1000
Long known for its power-lunch buffet- including hot entrees, carving
station, custom pastas, packed-to-the-glls salad, sushi, and dessert
stations the InterContinental Hotel's Indigo restaurant now has a
hip offspring intended for private dining Table 40 The charming,
glassed-in wine "cellar" (actually in the kitchen) enables 12-14 diners
to watch the action in heat-shielded, soundproofed comfort while eat-
ing creations by veteran chef Alexander Feher, combining Continental
technique with local seasonal ingredients Highlights tender house-
smoked, stout-braised short ribs, lavish lobster salad with grilled
mango, and a seductive fresh corn gazpacho $$$-$$$$$
Jackson Soul Food
950 NW 3rd Ave., 305-377-6710]
With a recently refurbished exterior to match its classy/comfy
retro interior, this 65-year-old Overtown soul food breakfast insti-
tution now has only one drawback It closes at 100 p m Never
mind, night owls If you're a first-timer here, order the astonish-
ingly fluffy pancakes with juicy beef sausage, and you'll set
multiple alarm clocks to return Classic drop biscuits (preferably
with gravy) are also must-haves And hearty Southern breakfast
staples like smothered chicken wings or fried fish do make
breakfast seem like lunch, too $
Jam6n, Jam6n, Jam6n,
10 SW South River Dr., 305-324-1111
From the outside, you know you're walking into the ground
floor of a new condo building But once inside the charmingly
rustic room, you'd swear you're in Spain Obviously Spain's
famous cured hams are a specialty, as are other pork products
on the weekly changing menu, from a roast suckling pig entree
to a fried chorizo and chickpea tapa But seafood is also
terrific Don't miss bacalao-filled piquillo peppers, or two of
Miami's best rice dishes seafood paella and arroz negro (with
squid and its ink) $$-$$$
Kork Wine & Cheese Bar
2 S. Miami Ave., 305-377-8899
From the owner of Transit Lounge, a hip hangout long before
the downtown/Brickell revival, this more upscale-cool venue
is worth checking out for its almost medieval dimly lit decor
alone, including a subterranean wine cellar/party room, for-
merly a WW II-era bomb shelter Comestibles are limited to
wine and cheese plus accompaniments Both are available
to go Kork is as much market as lounge But with a stock of
roughly 5000 bottles, and a selection of roughly two dozen per-
fectly ripe artisanal cheeses -- curated by a cheese sommelier
who'll create perfect pairings -- who needs more? $$
Largo Bar & Grill
401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-374-9706
Sure, Bayside Marketplace is touristy But it can be fun to
spend a day playing visitor in your own city If you do, this
waterfront place overlooking Miamarinna is a superior food
choice Expect nothing cutting edge, just tasty, familiar favor-
ites solidly prepared You won't go wrong with stone crab claws
and Cajun mustard dip, inauthentic but delicious fish tacos in
hard blue corn tortillas with two sauces (cilantro and chipotle),
generously portioned fish sandwiches (grouper, mahl, snapper,
or daily catch), and festive cocktails $$-$$$
La Loggia Ristorante and Lounge
68 W. Flagler St., 305-373-4800
This luxuriantly neo-classical yet warm Italian restaurant was
unquestionably a pioneer in revitalizing downtown With alterna-
tives like amaretto-tinged pumpkin agnolloti in sage butter sauce


and cilantro-spiced white bean/vegetable salad dressed with
truffle oil, proprietors Jennifer Porciello and Horatio Oliveira con-
tinue to draw a lunch crowd that returns for dinner, or perhaps
just stays on through the afternoon, fueled by the Lawyer's Liquid
Lunch, a vodka martini spiked with sweetened espresso $$$
La Moon
144 SW 8th St., 305-860-6209
At four in the morning, nothing quells the munchies like a Crazy
Burger, a Colombian take on a trucker's burger beef patty,
bacon, ham, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, and a fried egg, with an
arepa corn pancake "bun" While this tiny place's late hours (till
6 00 a m Friday and Saturday) are surprising, the daytime menu
is more so In addition to Colombian classics, there's a salad
Nicoise with grilled fresh tuna, seared salmon with mango salsa,
and other yuppie favorites $-$$
La Provence
1064 Brickell Ave. 786-425-9003
Great baguettes in the bread basket, many believe, indicate
a great meal to come But when Miamians encounter such
bread -- crackling crust outside, moist, aromatic, aerated inte-
nor -- it's likely not from a restaurant's own kitchen, but from
La Provence Buttery croissants and party-perfect pastries are
legend too Not so familiar is the bakery's cafe component,
whose sandwich/salad menu reflects local eclectic tastes
But French items like pan bagnats (essentially salade Nigoise
on artisan bread) will truly transport diners to co-owner David
Thau's Provengal homeland $$
La Sandwicherie
34 SW 8th St., 305-374-9852
This second location of the open-air diner that is South Beach's favor-
ite apres-club eatery (since 1988) closes earlier (midnight Sunday-
Thursday 5 00 a m Friday and Saturday), but the smoothies, salads,
and superb Parisian sandwiches are the same ultra-crusty baguette
stuffed with evocative charcutene and cheeses (saucisson sec,
country pate, camembert etc) and choice of salad veggies plussalty/
tart cornichons and Sandwichene's incomparable Duon mustard vin-
aigrette Additionallythe larger branch has an interior, with a kitchen
enabling hotfoods (quiches and croques), plus A/C $-$$
Le Boudoir Brickell
188 SE 12th Terr., 305-372-233
At this French bakery/cafe, mornings start seriously, with choices
ranging from quality cheese, charcuterie/pate, or smoked salmon
platters to chic Continental and complete American breakfasts At
lunch, generously salad-garnished, open-faced tartines are irresist-
ible But sophisticated salads and homemade soups make the
choice tough And do not skip dessert Superb sweets include rich
almond/fresh raspberry or properly tangy lemon tarts, traditional
Madeleines, airy layered mousses, and addictive mini-macaroon
sandwich cookies with daily-changing fillings $-$$
Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
1W Flagler St, Suite 7, 305-789-9929
(See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing)
Little Lotus
25 N. Miami Ave. #107, 305-533-2700
Secreted inside the International Jewelry Exchange, this eatery
(owned by stealth super-foodie Sari Maharani -- paralegal by
day, restaurateur by night) is tough to find but seems destined
to become one of our town's toughest tables to book Two
talented chefs, whose credits include Morimoto (NYC) and
hometown fave Yakko-san, create Japanese, Indonesian, and
fusion small plates that look remarkably artful and taste like
they're about ready to take on Iron Chef Morimoto himself
Saucing, often with multiple but balanced potions, is especially
noteworthy The prices A steal $-$$
LouLou Le Petit Bistro
638 S. Miami Ave., 305-379-1404
When Indochine's owner, Jacques Ardisson, closed hisAsian spot
to open this charming French eatery in the same space, it was
a return to his roots He and his daughter, for whom the place is
named, come from Nice You'll be transported, too, by dishes like
lamb shank with flageolets (known as the caviar of beans), duck leg
confit on a bed of mouthwatering green lentils from Le Puy, a clas-
sic moules/frites, a shared charcuterie platter with a bottle from the
savvy wine list, and, of course, salade nigoise $$-$$$


fare that's geographically eclectic but prepared with solid classic
technique, diners get a choice of about ten entrees (substantial
stuff like steak au poivre with Madeira cream sauce and roasted
potatoes, or pignolia-crusted salmon with Dijon mustard sauce,
potatoes, and veggies), plus soup or salad and housemade des-
sert For just $9 99 Toldya $
Miami Art Caf6
364 SE 1st St., 305-374-5117
For businessfolk on the go, this breakfast/lunch-only French
cafe serves up evocative baguette sandwiches (like camembert)
loaded, if you like, with greens, olives, and more For those
with time to sit, we'd recommend the savory crepes, garnished
with perfectly dressed salad, or sweet crepe like the Bonne
Maman (whose sugar/salted butter stuffing brings Brittany to
downtown) And quiches are nicely custardy But there are sur-
prises here, too, includingjust a few full entrees, with correctly
made traditional sauces one wouldn't expect at a luncheonette
-- except, perhaps, in Paris $-$$
Miami's Finest Caribbean Restaurant
236 NE 1st Ave., 305-381-9254
Originally from Jamaica, proprietor Miss Pat has been serving
her traditional homemade island specialties to downtown office
workers and college students since the early 1990s Most
popular item here might be the weekday lunch special of jerk
chicken with festival (sweet-fried cornmeal bread patties), but
even vegetarians are well served with dishes like a tofu, carrot,
and chayote curry All entrees come with rice and peas, fried
plantains, and salad, so no one leaves hungry $
Mint Leaf
1063 SE 1st Ave., 305-358-5050
Part of London's famous Woodlands Group, this stylish spot, like
its Coral Gables parent, serves the sort of upscale Indian food
rarely found outside Great Britain or India More interestingly, the
menu includes not just the familiar northern Indian "Mughlai"
fare served in most of America's Indian restaurants, but refined
versions of south India's scrum ptious street food We've happily
assembled whole meals of the vegetarian chaat (snacks) alone
And dosai (lacy rice/lentil crepes rolled around fillings ranging
from traditional onion/potato to lamb masala or spicy chicken)
are so addictive they oughta be illegal $$$-$$$$
Miss Yip Chinese Caf6
900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-358-0088
Fans of the South Beach original will find the decor different
Most notably, there's an outdoor lounge, and more generally a
nightclub atmosphere But the menu of Hong Kong-style Chinese
food, prepared by imported Chinese cooks, is familiar Simple yet
sophisticated Cantonese seafood dishes rock (try the lightly bat-
tered salt-and-pepper shrimp), as does orange peel chicken, spicy/
tangy rather than overly sweet And a single two-course Peking duck
(skin in crepes, stir-fried meat and veggies with lettuce cups) makes
mouthwatering finger food, shared among friends $-$$$
Naoe
661 Brickell Key Dr., 305-947-6263
Chances are you've never had anything like the $85 prix-fixe
Japanese dinners at chef Kevin Corys tiny but nationally
acclaimed oasis, transplanted from its original Sunny Isles
space with its supreme serenity intact By reservation only,
in two dinner seatings of just eight people each, and omak-
ase (chef's choice) only, meals include a seasonal soup, a
four-course bento box, eight pieces of sushi, and three des-
serts Cory personally does everything for you, even applying
the perfect amount of housemade artisan soy sauce mix
and fresh-grated wasabi to each mind-reelingly fresh nigir
Few eating experiences on earth are more luxuriant $$$$$
neMesis Urban Bistro
1035 N. Miami Ave., 305-415-9911
Truly original restaurants are hard to find here, and harder to describe
in standard sound bites But they often are the attention-grabbing
people-magnets thatspark reveals of iffy neighborhoods That's
our prediction for thB quirkily decorated betro, where the kitchen
is helmed by Top Chef contestant Micah Edelstein The intensely
personal menu of creative dishes inspired by her global travels (plus
her fascination with unfamiliar ingredients) changes constantly, but
scrumptious signatures include South African smoked veal bobotie.
and Peruvian pinoli pancakes with housemade chicken/apple sau-
sage, hibiscus syrup, and maple granules $$$-$$$$


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146 SE 1st Ave., 305-577-4414 Novecento
This stylish little lunch-only spot, a labor of love from a husband- 1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900
wife chef team, serves what might well be the most impressive For those who think "Argentine cuisine" is a synonym for "beef
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