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November 2014 Volume 10 Issue 7 Lions and Tigers and BearsWalking into Art By God is like slipping into an alien world November 2014 Volume 10 Issue 7 Lions and Tigers and Bears Lions and Tigers and Bears Walking into Art By God is like slipping into an alien world


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Watson Islands Criminals, Crackpots, and Crack PipesIm pleased to see that John Dorschner is now writing for Biscayne Times (For the Birds: Watson Island Is Where Developers Dreams Turn to Dust, October 2014). Hes a great reporter and writer, and its a pleasure to see his byline following his retirement from the Herald especially on such a good story as the Chaos on the Causeway, a.k.a. Watson Island. Makes me mad as hell, the criminal be ing to moneybags developers whose plans sound like they come out of crack pipes. Please write follow-ups to this story. Itd even be a great book. The city should kick all the develop ers, seaplane terminals, etc., off the island, rehire that horticulturist [Jeff Shimonski] who saved 800 tons of compost over the years (now, thats a man who knows the value of guano), and designate the island as sion, except to Flagstone, which will have to start repaying its back rent before it can even use the causeway. Please do not print my name. My spouse works for the damn city! Name Withheld by Request Miami Editors note: An update to For the Birds is available at John Dorschners website, Miami Web News. Go to miamiwebnews. Ahead, Just Try Begging PublixThank you so very much for Olga Figueroas well-written article on plastic supermarket bags (Paper, Plastic...or Prof its? October 2014). I have been begging Publix for no plastic bags. Ive begged for paper bags at our Publix store on 50th and Biscayne. I have also written to their main tive is still plastic or no alternative at all. Thank you, Biscayne Times my day Since we moved from a house to a condo in Morningside Flats, we do not re ceive your newspaper anymore, but thanks to the Internet, I can still read your great articles Thanks again. Yse Gaudel-Eisel MiamiPublix Needs to Inict Some Pain for Some GainDont blame Publix for the plastic bag debacle or for not giving away recyclable bags for free. Reusable bags, given away in bulk, are expensive. Even if you gave the bags to the customers, I would bet that not even ten percent would bring them back, and that a lot would end up in the trash. I wasnt even aware that Publix touts environmental awareness and green initiatives as one of its core values, until I Googled for it after reading your article. Its website has a link to http://sustainability. tucked away in the Corporate section on the bottom of the page. I agree that promotions where people can buy bags at a discount dont work. Au contraire customers behavior can only be changed if something directly affects their pocketbooks. Thats what German supermarkets (in my home country) learned many years ago. There you will be charged for each bag you process, put them on the belt with your groceries, and the cashier rings them up. make money selling the lanes and starting a negative PR campaign (From now on, you will pay for your bags) the potential loss in customer share would be the real cost. Now that would be a commitment. If Publix took the lead in this kind of initia tive, other chains might follow. Nicola Meyer The Palms Hotel & Spa Miami BeachMy Plastic Shopping Bags? They Go Down the Chute!Im writing in response to Paper, Plastic... shopping bag when possible, like many people, I live in a high-rise building and repurpose the plastic shopping bags for the disposing of trash. By eliminating plastic shopping bags, I will need to purchase plastic trash bags. I Gilbert Schwartz AventuraWe Love Word Nerds!I enjoyed seeing Adam Schachners column about Freebee shuttle service (Freebees Road Trip, October 2014). I love topics like sustainability, online networking, and new urbanism. In fact, I specialize in sustainability education and have devoted much of my time since 2008 Commentary: LETTERS Continued on page 16 Join us for our annualSaturday, November 22ndTwo Sessions: 8:30am or 10:30am Pace Life At-a-Glance: First 1:1 iPad Program in a completely digital learning environment Dual Enrollment Credits with FIU, St. Thomas University, and UF Advanced Placement Courses A safe and disciplined environment with an exceptional & highly qualified faculty Signature Academies in the areas of Communications, Computers, EMT (First Responder), Law, and Visual & Performing Arts 100% graduation rate and 99% college acceptance rate Over 100 extra-curricular activities and athletic programs A beautiful and centrally located 44-acre campus For enrollment information: contact our Admissions Office at 305.623.PACE, ext. 342 or visit us online at We are located at: 15600 NW 32 Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33054 Setting the PACE in Catholic Education


member of the U.S. Green Building Coun cil Miami. Im noting this because I feel the need to point out a usage error in Adams story. I connected Jared Jacobs, the eco coordina tor for Freebee, with the people at 600 Brickell World Plaza, which is Miamis building. Two years, in fact, ago I held Just wanted to clarify that the building is written in the story. Sorry for being such a word nerd, but spon sored at least that I know of. The Green Building Council, the organization that system, doesnt really sponsor projects, per for distinguishing green buildings and spaces. Keep up the great work! Greg Hamra MiamiIt May Not Be Hate Speech, but Its Denitely BigotryI will point out the glaringly obvious hole in Jerome Hurtaks letter to the editor (The Grave Matter of My Conscience, October 2014) regarding the gay marriage resolution in Miami Shores. His entire indictment of homosexual behavior revolves around the idea of conception, which he terms the natural object of sexuality. A heterosexual couple who marry but have no intention of pro creating shuns this natural object no less than a homosexual couple. Despite this clear parallel, the letter writer (and most religious opponents of gay marriage)never mentions opposition to no-child heterosexual marriages. That omission underscores what has always seemed self-evident to me. There is no logical reason to criticize homosexual behavior. The criticism always stems from fear and/or loathing of the unknown or from a literal adherence to one passage or several passages in some religious book. If Mr. Hurtak had limited his criti cism to questioning why a local village government needs to spend time passing symbolic resolutions that get resolved at the state or federal level, I would have been okay. Instead he launched into an anti-ho homosexuals to be inferior because they That might not constitute hate speech, bigotry. Peter Konen Miami ShoresJerome, Im Happier Not Knowing What You BelieveIn response to Jerome Hurtaks letter, I would say this: I dont believe in god. I do, however, believe in marriage. And whether I believe in god or not, I believe that people should be allowed to marry each other because thats the com mitment they want to make to each other even if they dont want to have children and even if they cant. Because I dont believe in god or in the idea that the purpose of marriage is procreation, I also dont expect people who are married to crank out as many children as they can to satisfy some imagined species-promoting aim. Further, I believe that what I believe is none of your business, Mr. Hurtak, and it know what I believe. The fact that I dont believe in god shouldnt mean you cant go to church, and it certainly doesnt mean I can insist that you have a secular wedding. As you can probably imagine, I also believe that what you believe is none of my business, and it should not control or even not need to know what you believe, Im hap pier not knowing. what your faith teaches. Thats exactly what it is: your faith. It isnt my faith, and it isnt the faith of a lot of other people. Have you ever heard the phrase its a free coun try? It is for you, and it is for the rest of us. So discuss your feelings about homo sexuality with your religious friends. Dont spew them in the Biscayne Times religious friends are interested to hear them. The rest of us are not. I am not, by the way, a homosexual. Not that its any of your business. I do agree with you about one thing: the nonbinding Village Council resolution had nothing to do with the business of Miami Shores. It had only to do with the mutual respect and decency of the people who live there. Commissioner Fred Jonas Biscayne ParkCommentary: LETTERS LettersContinued from page 12


Commentary: MIAMIS KINGBy Jack King BT ContributorI hope that by the time youve read this column, you will have voted. Sadly, Im not sure that it really makes much of a difference who you voted for. At the national level, no matter who wins the most seats in Congress, there will still be gridlock for the next two years. Republicans, the party of old white men, are not dying off fast enough. Two years from now, though? At the state level we have a bizarre situation, even for Florida. With Rick Scott running for re-election against former governor Charlie Crist who started out as a Republican, then switched to independent, and then to Democrat we have an election no one in Florida has ever seen before. Crist wasnt the best governor, but when you compare his term with Scotts four years, he looks like the greatest governor in the history of the state. About the best we can hope for is that Crist wins because that will give us gridlock in Tallahassee, which will keep the Republicans from doing any more damage to the state. Their campaign tactics have been to spend millions of dollars telling lies about each other. The clear winner here is Scott, who is a far better liar and has more money. Hey, did you know we have a thing called the Florida Cabinet? If you do know, do you have any idea what they do and how much they cost the state each year? Until 2003, there were six cabinet members, all elected by the citizens of Florida, and with just about equal power as the governor. It was set up this way because the legislature only met for 60 days a year and travel to Tallahassee wasnt easy, even in recent years. So the cabinet more or less ran the state for 305 days a year. Under the new system, there are four cabinet members: the governor, two members that he appoints, and the state attorney general, which for some reason And on the ballot this time will be current attorney general Pam Bondi, a professional political hack from Tampa. Her legal rsum is about as thin as it gets. Her latest nonlegal opinion was to say shes appealing a federal district court ruling that Floridas ban on samesex marriage is unconstitutional. And of course that wont happen until after the election. She wouldnt look so good with a bloody nose on November 4. So were left with the same question I asked several months ago: What are we going to do about Tallahassee and Floridas weird political system that enables the rednecks in north Florida and disenfranchises the majority of the voters in the rest of the state? I thought I had the answer South Florida sell all the state north of Orlando half to Georgia and half to Alabama. That way we could get rid of all the racist pigs, passing them along to places where theyll be happy. Plus, it wouldnt create a new state, so no more U.S. senators would be added to Congress. planted in my cheek. Alas, my tonguein-cheekness was trumped by the South Miami City Commission, which actually passed a resolution supporting the creation of a new state called South Florida because they think Tallahassee pretty well ignores us. This time it was about global warming and rising sea levels. Its very apparent that the attitude of the northern part of the state is that they would just love to saw the state in half and let us South Miami Mayor Phil Stoddard. (See? There are some reasonable politicians left in Florida. Theyre not all nut cases like Marco Rubio, the science senator.) However, there are people out there who would use the same kind of think ing to forward other agendas we might not like so much. Former Ronald Reagan speechwriter Douglas MacKinnon has a new book out called The Secessionist States of America: The Blueprint For Cre ating a Traditional Values Country Now For those of you who dont remember this guy from 30 years ago, let me remind you what a whacko he really is and so was Reagan. Im sure you Reagan lovers remember all the good stuff about the Gipper, like how he thumped Mikhail Gorbachev and ruined the Soviet Union. Most have forgotten that he did it the American way he pulled out our AmEx card and outspent him. But this time MacKinnon is off the rails. He wants to have an all-white country made up of Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. It would be called Reagan, and it would have traditional Christian values, no blacks, no gays, no Texas from the plan because there are already too many Mexicans there. Nothing like great Christian values, dont you agree? Feedback: Its a great time to switch to BlueMedicareSM Advantage All plans include: + Low or no monthly plan premium + Prescription drug coverage + Large network of participating doctors, hospitals and pharmacies + 24-hour nurse help line + Preventive coverage rfntbrNorth Miami Beach13665 Biscayne Blvd North Miami Beach, FL 33181 786-541-0602 Florida Blue is an Independent of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Y0011_32638 1014 CMS Accepted You Voted, Right? (Not That Right!)Tallahassee gridlock, no to the AG, and two secessionist tales


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Our Sponsors: N OVEMBER 2014 BT ContributorWith another brutal winter expected up north, its easy to be thankful for the wonderful weather South Florida enjoys this time of the year. BT readers can also be thankful for the many great businesses that cater to their needs in the Biscayne Corridor, especially those offering the following great deals. almost synonymous with Thanksgiving, there is another national holiday this month that deserves everyones attention, Veterans Day. Beginning at 11:11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 11, the City of Miami Beach will hold its annual Veterans Day Parade along Washington Avenue from 17th to 11th streets. There it turns west on 11th Street and heads over to Flamingo Park. At noon, the All Veterans Parachute Team lands just in time for the wreath-laying ceremony and picnic at the Flamingo Park Baseball Stadium (Michigan Avenue at 15th Street). Free and fun! For years Laurenzos Italian Market (16385 W. Dixie Hwy, 305-9456381) has been making Thanksgiving dinner a pleasurable experience for those who dont quite enjoy the kitchen side of eating big. If you want to be part of that Thanksgiving order form at, submit it by 4:00 p.m. November 25, and then simply relax until pickup time. Their chefs and bakers will be up all night preparing your traditional still have to clean up afterward, though. There are so many ways to enjoy turkey this month, but Jefes Original Fish Taco & Burgers (12581 Biscayne Blvd., 305-989-5811) serves one of the best. And theyre offering $1 off their popular Turkey Gobbler grilled sandwich (Texas toast grilled with Havarti cheese, oven-roasted turkey breast, applewood-smoked bacon, vine-ripened tomatoes, mayo, and banana peppers) and a side of aa-cranberry relish if you mention the BT when ordering. Another veteran of the Thanksgiv ing kitchen-relief brigades is Bagels & Company (11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305892-2435), where proprietor David Cohen continues his tradition of offering hasslefree family feasts for both November and December holidays. Check their ad in this issues Dining Guide for details. How about dine in or take out for Turkey Day? Thats the offer from Tunas Seafood Restaurant where Chef Rolf Fellhauer is offering a dine-in bargain ($24.95 adults, $14.95 under age 14) on Thanksgiving Day. The extravagant meal (see their ad for menu) can also be ordered to go. (By the way, proprietor Michael Chiodo reports that Tunas Oktoberfest weekend was crowded with BT revelers. Prost! ) to be vegetarian, unless youre at Minas Mediterraneo (749 NE 79th St., 786ing up lots of new choices this month, and some of them are deliciously vegan. Plus, her new outdoor patio is opening soon, which is perfect timing because Minas mom is currently offering (while shes in town) a free bottle of wine for Its no secret that Casablanca on the Miami River, has one of the best seafood restaurants in town. But what many BT readers may not know is that the venerable, family-run Miami institution has returned to Biscayne Bay, just across the water from Watson Island, its original home. This second restaurant is tucked inside the DoubleTree Grand Hotel (1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-4930), but the waterfront views are still remarkable. Dont forget to bring this issues ad to their On The Bay location for a free bottle of wine, corked just in time for stone crab season! Progress may be slurping up established businesses, such as the popular River Seafood & Oyster Bar and its justclosed neighbor Tobacco Road, but the Rivers chef/restaurateur David Bracha has plans. Not only will the oyster bar move to new, larger riverfront digs next year, his Design District eatery and new BT advertiser, Oak Tavern (35 NE 40th St., 786-391-1818), is in constant motion. Consider Tuesdays, for example. They are now AOC nights (appellation dorigine contrle), which feature two glasses of specially selected wine, matched with two small plates, for only $25. Check to see the AOC schedule. For our hungry readers at the northern end of the Biscayne Corridor, were happy to welcome new advertiser Beach Bar at Newport Pier (16501 Collins Ave., 305-957-1110). However you prefer your surf or turf, chefs Joseph Whitmore and Mike Jin prepare delicious seafood, steak, and sushi at this newly opened seaside raw bar, right on the pier in Sunny Isles Beach. The bar in Beach Bar isnt limited to just sushi, either. 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MDC Museum of Art + Design Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College 600 Biscayne Blvd, Miami (305) EXHIBITION & PERFORMANCES: FRIDAY, DEC. 5 SUNDAY, DEC. 7, 2014Exhibition with Live Public Performance by SHEN WEI DANCE ARTS www.mdclivearts.orgEXHIBITION ON VIEW:WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10 SUNDAY, FEB. 1, 2015 Museum Hours: Wednesday Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.MDC MOAD is an admission FREE institution. admission is just $10, and the event is held at the acoustically divine St. Marthas in the Shores (9301 Biscayne Blvd., 305-7510005). For the seasons entire schedule, visit Just because its the season of indulgence doesnt mean you cant also protect the planet. A typical home car wash uses between 80 and 140 gallons of other junk, that go straight into our aquiOn the other hand, Busy Bee Carwash (10550 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-5889) uses less than 45 gallons to spruce up your coach, and all of it is then recycled, so you can feel great about letting someone else do the work. Check their ad in this issue for special offers. Top Dog Ashley Vail of Bed & Biscuit (305-788-4934) wants pup owners to feel better about having to leave Fido behind during their holiday travels, so shes offering BT readers two free days She also offers walking, feeding, and playtime if you arent traveling so far. day trips? No worries. Resorts World Bimini (888-930-8688) has made it easier to take advantage of their inexpensive travel from Port Everglades, TuesdayThursday, aboard the Bimini SuperFast Introductory rates are only $49.50 for the day cruises. Cruises from PortMiami are still available Friday-Sunday. Book online at If your modest holiday get-together is starting to take on the appearance of a full-blown shindig, theres still time to call Arnie Perlberg, director of the Gold coast Society Dance Band (305-7546976, and schedule his 14-piece big band for your soire. While they are masters of 1930s and 1940s jazz styles, ballads, and even the newest hits. And you can request any size ensemble, from solo piano to the full band. While it may be a bit of a ride for read of the Biscayne Corridor, sometimes you have to go out of your way to score a great deal. For more than 30 years, the Wilton Theatre Auction Gallery (1446 NE 26th St., Wilton Manors, 954-5304396) has been that place. The inventory changes every week, and you never know what you might walk away with: dcor items, antiques, art, furniture, collectibles, or even a Rolls Royce. The auction takes place every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. As if there already werent a million things you have to get done before end of the year, dont forget you also need to be enrolled in a health insurance plan by De cember 15. Thats if you want coverage by Florida Blue North Miami Center (13665 Biscayne Blvd., 786-541-0602) is one of 18 statewide loca tions providing insurance and other health coverage services for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida members. Their knowl edgeable staff can help you make sense of all your choices in this complicated chore. One of those important choices, of MediStation Urgent Care Center in Miami Shores (9600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-6037650) offers them seven days a week. They also want to remind everyone that frequent hand-washing in high peopleBut long before the health insur ance deadline, pick up the phone and call Soltanik Dental (2999 NE 191st St., 305-466-2334) to set up an orthodontic treatment. Dr. Valeria Soltanik is offering braces at only $3800, but this exceptional deal ends mid-November, so hurry. Now that the kids are getting their teeth straightened, its also time to sort out their educational choices for the 2015-2016 school year. Open house tours at Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave., Miami Gardens; 305-623-PACE), one of the areas best, are available on November 22. In the meantime, visit www.pacehs. com for more information. If les enfants are destined to study ex clusively in French, theres no better school for them than the Ecole Franco-Americ aine de Miami (650 NE 88th Terr., 786268-1914 ext. 26). Registration for 2015 is now open and tours of the school are also available. Visit www.frenchschoolmiami. org for more information. The BT would also like to congratulate Kung Fu Connection (1396 NE 125th St., 305-895-8326) on its 29th anniversary this month. Under the guidance of Master Rubio, a direct disciple of Shaolin, students have learned various martial arts, including northern Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi Chuan, and Ba Gua, among others. Children and adults are welcome to join the journey to better health, clarity, and purpose. For more information, visit Feedback:


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Continued on page 24 By Wendy Doscher-SmithPhotos by Silvia Ros Lions and Tigers and Bears Lions and Tigers and Bears There is no other store quite like Art By God, and no other man quite like its ownerIn October 2012, Biscayne Times published the following story about the bizarre and much-beloved Miami store Art by God, at 3705 Biscayne Blvd., whose aisles, walls, and display fossils, gemstones, taxidermy, insects, one-of-a-kind artifacts, and all manner of preserved nature. The store, owned by Gene Harris, destroyed the Wynwood warehouse Harris used to store and ship his inventory just days after the BT story appeared. The business itself shut down abruptly this past July, at a time when the 78-year-old Harris pleaded guilty to Last month the U.S. Attorney announced that Harris had been sentenced in Federal District Court in Miami to three years probation, including home The charges, according to the news release, related to an illegal deal that occurred between June 2011 and July 2011, in which Harris engaged in a series of telephone conversations from Miami to a customer in California to discuss and arrange for the sale of Black rhinoceros horns by a resident of Phoenix, Arizona. Harris traveled to Phoenix and took his customer to the couple who sold the client a Black rhinoceros shoulder mount, including the two horns for nature of the transaction and make it appear that it was solely an intra-state deal, a false invoice was prepared, listing a third-party Arizona resident as the the California customer of approximateHarris was involved in a second sale of Black rhino horns in San Antonio, Texas, in October 2011, for which he provided a fraudulent hand-written statement to the sellers assuring them that as his business was Texas-based, he would ensure the horns did not leave the state in an effort to make the transaction appear lawful.


24 Most of you reading this have, at one time or another, driven along the 3700 block of Biscayne Boulevard, just north of I-195. Chances are youve noticed the one-story white building on the east side of the street, the one whose exterior is decorated with silhouettes of dinosaurs. Along the sidewalk in front of the buildings 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 havent yielded to your curiosity, pulled into the buildings 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 Gods clients. Owner Gene Harris, a self-taught 1982 in what was then the Loehmanns Plaza shopping center in Kendall. Originally he named the business Harriss Art and Collectibles, but soon after the stores opening, an attorney came in and bought a fossilized, extinct marine mollusk called an ammonite (from which the When he contacted the store to say he couldnt locate the artists 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 location, downtown Miamis 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 tourist purchases. Harris also owns an Art By God showroom in Laredo, Texas, established in 1990 and still operating. Earlier still, he had a store in Tucson, Arizona. He Continued on page 26


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26 also has a thriving online wholesale business, primarily servicing catalogues and other retailers. Soon, Harris says, hell have an online retail store as well. Today the brick-and-mortar Art By God is Miamis 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 are actually feeding arms, is one of his prized possessions. He found the fossil, which is at least 150 million years old, in Bolivia.Looking for a gift that isnt made of plastic or stenciled with a monogram? A gift for that person who has everything? Art By God wont disappoint. How about a pterodactyl juvenile, a small species of pterodactyl? Art By God has one of just two known complete pterodactyl juvenile skeletons in the world, on sale for $182,000. You can also oldest fossils: a two billion-year-old bluegreen 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 wing earrings, small skulls, fossilized 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 vertebrae from a Catasaurus or duckbilled dinosaur, that lived some 80 million years ago ($2850). While browsing, dont miss the Wall of Ass, which features the rear ends of various stuffed mammals, including 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 Science in 1992. (Harris also owns two pet llamas who meet him every day when he returns to his South Dade home, awaiting their treat, usually bread.) 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 Biscayne 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 transparent 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 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. Most of the fossils Harris sells are from Kansas, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Texas, and Florida. Crinoids, those small sea animals resembling ferns, are plentiful in Indiana. Utah is reli able supplier of coprolite, or dinosaur from California and Oregon. Generally in the United States, Harris explains, if you have fossils on your property, they belong to you. In Florida, however, the state retains the right to designate archaeological landmarks on privately owned land. Such a designation imposes a layer of legal protection on archaeo logical sites.Harris, 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 nearby woods and riverbanks for them. He quit school at age 13 because, he says, he always had trouble with Bow tried to force him attend each year, and Harris would comply, but only for 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 surveying. One of the Corps engineers took him under his wing, Harris recalls, and helped him with his reading skills. 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. time he took a new class, he became fascinated with the topic and said to himself, Oh boy, this is it! Among other subjects, he took numerous art classes and ultimately earned 164 college credits, more than enough to graduate. But he still couldnt pass freshman English and left school without a degree. Harris now believes he was BT photo by Silvia Ros Continued on page 28 Art By GodContinued from page 24


28 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. Thats where he met the woman he would marry, Gisela. The two wed in 1973, and the following 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 hed go out in search of fos sils. I used to carry rocks and frogs and arrowheads in my pocket, he says of his adolescent days. 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 gemologist with the Gemological Insti tute of America. When his Bolivian contract expired in 1974, Harris and Gisela moved to Santa 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 founding and operating Art By God are the same as his childhood motives for collecting fossils: He just likes to do it. Polite, curious, somewhat reserved, Harris doesnt appear to be as interested Art By GodContinued from page 26 rffnf rfnftb tn n r rt Continued on page 30


in making a name for himself as enjoy ing what he loves. Yet he is well known within the industry and has cultivated many business relationships and part nerships 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 the macabre. Smith is a client of Harriss, ordering taxidermy items, bones, and animal skulls. Most recently she ordered 30 goat skulls. dealers on the scene. If it werent for Genes business, I probably would not have started my business, she says. Gene used to have a place in Tucson, and I called it my natural history grocery store because I would literally push a grocery store cart around the store [collecting objects to sell]. Alan Detrich is another fossil hunter since childhood and a longtime friend who lives in Kansas. Detrich was involved in the oil and gas in dustry and remembers that he was down on his luck after the oil crash of the mid-1980s. He credits Harris with helping him make his start in the Art By GodContinued from page 28 Continued on page 32




fossil-dealing world. for $4500 in a trade that included the skull of a mosasaur, a marine reptile resembling a swimming lizard that lived from Brazil; and the fossil of a mesosaurus, 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 per haps for his 1992 discovery with his brother in South Dakota of a nearly complete female Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, dubbed Samson, which he went on to sell for millions of dollars through the auction house Bonhams & Butterfields. Detrich is also well known in Kansas for his advocacy of intelligent design and his opposition to teaching evolu tion 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. Ron Magill, wildlife expert and communications director at Zoo Miami, 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. Hes an incredible Art By GodContinued from page 30 Continued on page 34


explorer and adventurer who is fascinated with wilderness and fossils. Hes 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, man 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 didnt follow in her fathers footsteps as a fossil hunter or minerals collector. There is so much to learn, she says, and I never focused on one theme.Harris must of course keep current with all the rules and regulations of the business in his dealings with dead animals. There are many, and they are always changing. Two are certain, though: No endangered species can be exported or sold across state lines, and all nearly endan gered species are highly protected. A hunter, for example, can bring back an elephant trophy and have it taxidermied in the U.S., according to the US 1988 Elephant Conservation Act, which asserts, There is no evidence that sport hunting is part of the 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 obtained prior to 1988 can be sold.) Elephants are not the only protected animals. There are also numerous federal laws protecting a range of animals, from migratory birds to marine mammals. We stay away from any purchase or selling of any en dangered species or mammal, or any elephant protected by the Elephant Conservation Act, Harris stresses. Harris adds that he isnt 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 a lot 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 and from estate sales. And although his real love is fossils, he says, he does appreciate the sculptural beauty of taxidermy. The sculpture of nature is astounding, and that is the reason we sell it, he Art By GodContinued from page 32 rfrntbf t rbnrbn rnbrbnt nnntbnnbt r frntbfbt tnt Continued on page 36


says. We sell them as art. Its not that were out harvesting things out of the Actually, he says, he hopes to educate his customers as well. As such, there are educational posters and $12 rock begin ners 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 arts sake, says Harris. When you see something that is beautiful here, its not only beautiful, but educational as well, if you look into it. He pauses, as if considering his industry anew, and says, Its a weird business, isnt it? Feedback: Art By GodContinued from page 34


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38 Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORMiamis Looming FourWheel ChallengeFind a parking place downtown and youll be a winner!A Big Win for WynwoodDespite its conditional life span, Gateway Park is comingBy Helen Hill BT ContributorThe word was out on Wynwoods hipness even before last Septembers survey in Vogue magazine. The area ranked as one of the worlds 15 coolest neighborhoods for its buzzing, young network of galleries, stores, cafs, and chic watering holes. Wynwood-mania or not, a remark able 238 teams from 23 countries entered the Wynwood Gateway Park Imagine, Design, and Build Competi tion launched earlier this year, with winners announced last month. First place was to receive $10,000 in prize money, with second place at $5000 and third place $2500. The competition partnered Wynwood-based Metro 1 Properties, which owns the site; DawnTown Miami, a creative architecture in Miami through competitions; and the Miami chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Miami). According to Allan Shulman, principal of Shulman + Associates and a competition jury member, Wynwood is a test tube for new approaches to urban/architectural/landscape projects in Miami. The large interest in this competition, is the worlds test tube. Though only a small test tube, the Gateway Park project to transform a 14,000-square-foot grassy parking lot at 2825 NW 2nd Ave. into a vibrant Continued on page 44 Continued on page 40 Wynwood Greenhouse Wynwood Greenhouse By Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterWhen you go the American Airlines Arena next year to watch the Miami Heat or to enjoy a concert, youll probably want to wear your walking shoes. According to Kelly Penton, spokeswoman for the consortium building Miami Worldcenter, construction crews should start breaking ground on the 27-acre, mixed-use project in downtown Miami at the end of this year or the beginning of 2015. Once that happens American Airlines Arena visitors will have to deal with the loss of about 3000 parking spaces just west of the venue, spread among a number of surface lots now owned by Miami Worldcenter. The 19,600-seat facility at 601 Biscayne Blvd. is owned by Miami-Dade County, run by the Miami Heat, and has only 939 on-site parking spaces. Kim Stone, executive vice president of the Miami Heat and general manager of American Airlines Arena, says shes looking forward to completion of the includes 1100 luxury residences, the 2.2 million-square-foot JW Marriott Marquis and Expo Center developed by MDM Group, and the 750,000-squarefoot Mall at Miami Worldcenter built by the Forbes Company and Taubman Properties. Itll ultimately be a wonderful addition to downtown, Stone says. At the same time...there will be growing pains. pains, Stone says, her organization has


By Olga Figueroa Special to the BTThe small white house at 11816 NE 6th Ave. in Biscayne Park is actually really big on savings. The house, named GaaMa (ancient Greek for Mother Earth) is self-sustainJean Sfez. Hes the managing partner of Urbaneco Development, a real estate that promotes sustainable, cost-effective EcoLifestyle home, Sfez says. its off the charts on the Home Energy Rating System Index, the industry standard for measuring a homes energy the home. GaaMa measures a minus 4. Instead of traditional block construction, its built with insulating concrete forms (ICFs), a system of interlocking modular units (similar to a dense Styrofoam) that are stacked without cement lock together, not unlike Legos, and help create a reinforced-concrete structure to natural disasters. Homes built with ICF construction, explains Sfez, have been shown to withstand winds of up to 250 miles per hour. This type of home can withstand a Category 5 hurricane, like Andrew, he notes, or a powerful tornado, like the one in Joplin, Missouri. The heavily insulated structure protection, and sound absorption, he adds. And the blocks are made from a variety of recycled materials that lower the carbon By Christian Cipriani BT ContributorOn November 21, 2000, Nora Schaefer and her husband, Paul, purchased the single-family home at 47 NE 93rd St. in Miami Shores. They did it as a favor to a friend embroiled in a contentious divorce, and they rented the house right back to her so she wouldnt have to move. A few months later, in early 2001, Nora Schaefer asked her son-in-law to oversee the installation of new kitchen house. Around the same time, one of the Schaefers eight children, Timothy a quadriplegic since the age of 11 had a choking incident and was rushed to the hospital. He lost his ability to swallow and went on a feeding tube. Overwhelmed, the Schaefers moved him to an assisted-living facility across from Barry University, but in October 2001 he experienced another episode of severe choking, and this time it was fatal. Within months of burying his son, Paul Schaefer fell, hit his head, and began bleeding in the brain. He underwent a major operation for blood clots and then another for an aortic aneurysm, but his mental and physical condition worsened to the point that he required around-theclock care. Over the next four years, he was in and out of assisted-living facilities, during which time he suffered a stroke that left him with seizures and partial pa ralysis. After weathering all of this, Paul Schaefer died in 2005, when a car struck him as he crossed the street. His wife, Nora, was forced to take charge of the familys business affairs. Despite being left to process so much grief and personal chaos, she managed to keep her life together and maintain their investment properties. But unknown to ing in the kitchen of her rental home in Miami Shores. Nora Schaefer is a Realtor and has Miami, thanks to her work on the citys Historic and Environmental Preservation Board (HEP) and with the Dade Heritage Trust. Shes made it her lifes mission to help maintain the architecture and character of a city known for shortsighted and haphazard change. As a Realtor, Schaefer knew she needed permits for major projects like electrical work and additions, but she claims she had no idea that Miami Shores required permits for just about everything, including new kitchen cabinets and a tile work traveled back to Village Hall, and in 2001 a violation notice was posted on the door of 47 NE 93rd St.Kitchen Cabinets? Permit, Please!A cautionary tale of unlimited power in Miami ShoresExtreme EcoTake a look at a house thats completely self-sustaining BT photos by Silvia Ros BT photos by Christian Cipriani Continued on page 42 Continued on page 40


Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORThe prior owner, now Schaefers tenant, either ignored the notice or didnt believe it was important. Nor did she sign that contained information about a hearing before the Code Enforcement Board (CEB). When these letters arent signed for, public notice is posted inside Village Hall. Nora Schaefer didnt see any of these notices because she lived in Morningside and the Village of Miami Shores did not have her correspondence. The only mail that made it to Morningside was her garbage bill. After Schaefers hearings before the CEB came and went without her presence, the village placed a lien on the property and ceased to send further correspondence, as is its policy. Now, fast forward to 2010, when Schaefer was preparing to sell the house and went to Village Hall to perform a lien search. I check on every house I own when I go to sell it, she says. I once found an open lien on my [personal] house that was never closed, for a tin shed in the back yard. When I went to the Village Hall clerk, she looked for liens on my Shores house and said there were none. Schaefer sent her son-in-law to double check with a follow-up search the same son-in-law who managed the kitchen work and he came back with the same answer: all clear. But when Schaefers Realtor, George Kluck, did a full title search, she found tens of thousands of dollars worth of liens. A supervisor for Miami that its possible to have liens with different departments within the village. The only way to get a comprehensive, search, which costs upwards of $25 and is normally handled by a professional during the sale process. Walking into Village Hall and asking isnt enough. Schaefer says that dealing with the loss of her son and husband was overwhelming, and whether she didnt fully understand or simply didnt want to deal with the situation is unclear. But rather than tackle the lien head-on, she took the house off the market and put the whole thing on the back burner. Three years later, in late 2013, a tree began to drip black residue on the driveway. The Village of Miami Shores considered it a code violation and issued a citation. Schaefer power-washed it away. The dripping returned, another citation was issued, and more power-washing ensued. There were further violations hedges that were the wrong height, a stubborn patch in the lawn that just wouldnt grow, a replacement air handler that wasnt code-compliant. During the back-and-forth, Schaefer realized that her kitchen lien had ballooned to nearly $250,000. The Village also told her shed been renting the house presenting new design possibilities and showcasing young architectural talent, the competition serves as a catalyst for other developers to improve areas for general public use. All the teams showed a great sensitivity to Wynwoods context and vibe, says Shulman. The ideas were quite projects had a lot of substance. However, Joachim Perez, executive director of DawnTown Miami, notes that some teams didnt quite get the main idea: In all competitions, you usually get a small percentage of designers who submit an idea and imagery that may be wonderful, but just not suitable for the goals of the project. Third-place winner Wynwood Com mons by Solid Objectives Idenburg Liu (SO IL) of Brooklyn, New York, rooms and screenlike walls. Their park proposal was considered a beautiful idea by the jury; its main feature was a plaza with a well-organized palm court, surrounded by a screen mesh, notes Perez. It also had several features that responded well to Miamis climate, like a cooling pond and outdoor game patio. Shulman liked the idea of breaking the site into a series of outdoor rooms: The project is very spatial, very architectural, and would have a lot of presence from the street, and maybe reinterprets the Wyn wood Walls idea in a different way. The second-place winner, Green by Meyer + Silberberg Land Architects of Berkeley, California, featured an urban pathway system that made good use of the neighboring retail building on NW 29th Street. They did interesting urban path through the park, which was given much praise by the jury, says Perez. Adds Shulman: Given the character of the neighborhood, this pedestrianstreet solution, with its mix of paved and green spaces, seems very appropriate. Judging for the competition was done blind, meaning the judges did not know the identity of the entrants. That made for a moment of astonishment when the winning entry turned out to be Wynwood Greenhouse from the Miami-based team of artist Jim Drain; Roberto Rovira, chair of FIUs Department of Landscape Architecture; and FIU architecture school professor Nick Gelpi. The Miami team made a statement different from Wynwood Commons and They created a multiers, green walls, a paved pathway, and seating beneath a thin, white aluminum structure embedded with LED lights that will glow at night. The undulating roof structure has two peaks, a reference to the two old homes originally on the site. The designers describe the Greenhouse as a new type of park space for people and nature to thrive. Built-in irrigation and misting systems create welcome microclimates year round. Two mounds covered in native grasses cent of Everglades tree islands. A garden Continued on page 48 Continued on page 46 Gateway ParkContinued from page 38 Kitchen CabinetsContinued from page 39


Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDOR footprint and minimize any environmen tal damage caused by the structure. Most astounding? GaaMa was assembled in just 33 days. The combination of the ICF shell, low-energy glass, and impact-resistant by up to four times the current build ing code requirement, according to the 37-year-old Sfez (pronounced es-fez). Solar panels on the south side of the roof generate power, and whenever theres a solar energy surplus, Florida Power & Lights bi-directional meter runs in reverse. During the day, Im generating more energy than Im using, he says. The homes eight-battery backup works like a generator, should there be a power failure. Explaining his career path, the Frenchborn-and-educated Sfez, who moved to the U.S. in 2004, says he wanted to use his 14-plus years experience in real estate to make a positive impact on the planet, and that he found a way build ing green homes and resorts. I was working for a real estate investment fund and was having some health challenges, he recalls, so I started doing yoga. That brought about awareness about the environment and sustainability. At the same time, he made some discoveries about himself. The more I became aware of those things, the less I wanted to be in a suit, around people who only cared about money. He met an architect who had designed an earth-friendly house, and the seed was planted. In 2011 he founded Urbaneco Development. He purchased this Biscayne Park residential lot for $84,000 and began his new venture almost. The day after I closed on the property, he recalls, I left and spent a month in India to learn more about yoga and meditation. There he also studied green building, adding, I was a business guy who wanted to learn more about the earth. After returning to the United States, he attended a Miami Beach trade show for green builders, where he met Sebastian Eilert, a German-born architect who would ultimately design his ideal home: I heard him speak at the show and thought, This is the guy I want to design my home. The inside of the GaaMa resembles a South Florida loft; a large open space, bright, high ceilings, a skylight, and than that. GaaMa is based on Vastu design principles, which harmonize structures with earthly and cosmic energies. Vastu design is said to enhance the spiritual, emotional, and mental quality of a persons daily experience and follows layout, and dimensions with regard to the clients birth time, exterior door locations, room placement, and height. Its the Indian ancestor of feng shui, notes Sfez. There are skylights around a T-beam at the center of the room that let in natural light and make the three-bedroom, two-bath house feel much grander than Extreme EcoContinued from page 39


its 1546 square feet. The main living areas have polished Sfez selected state-of-the-art appliances a steam oven paired with a separate convection oven; a stovetop with two gas burners and two induction burners; and a low-voltage marine refrigerator, designed for boats. The house has a 500-gallon propane tank that runs the two burners, a water heater, and dryer. The kitchen and bathroom cabine try have bamboo doors, quartz coun impressive, but not nearly as impressive water, making it not only much safer to drink, he explains, but unusually refreshing. Its the best water in the world! Sfez declares. The interior of GaaMa is complete, but the exterior is still in the works. Sfez made plans for the garden based on permaculture, a self-sustainable ecosystem that allows humans, plants, and animals to coexist in harmony. The garden plan will include a fruit forest, featuring clusters of trees and mostly edible companion plants that will protect them from insects. Among the exotic trees planned for the garden are red custard, persimmon, guanabana, lime, avocado, and mamey. There will also be a vegetable area, an herb spiral, and a pond. Were going to grow a lot of food out window shade and exposing the deep lot the oak pathway hell soon be installing. The steppingstones are actually pieces from fallen trees dating back to Hurricane Andrew, he says. For his landscaping, Sfez hired Urban GreenWorks, a landscaping company whose owners say they are dedicated to restoring the environmental, physical, and economic health of underserved communities. Fairchild Tropical Garden arborist Bob Brennan is helping with tree conservation, trimming, and cutting the existing shrubbery. The yard will have no lawn, which Sfez says is a waste of space and water. Waste is not part of the plan, unless it is food waste. Right now, were making compost in those barrels over there, he says, pointing to a cluster of covered plastic barrels. Were collecting food scraps and yard Continued on page 49 Playing Big Band Classics For Your Dancing Pleasure!Jazz, Swing, Easy-Listening, Ballads, and Latin styles for civic, corporate, fundraisers, and private galas. From 1 to 15 pieces. GOLDCOAST SOCIETY DANCE BAND


Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORbeen communicating with the Downtown Development Authority, the City of Miami, the Miami Parking Authority, and Miami Worldcenter partners. Were collectively trying to make sure there is a plan, she notes. But it isnt just Miami Worldcenter. Hundreds more parking spaces will be lost when the Chateau Group begins construction on two 700-foot towers on surface lots at 600 and 700 Biscayne Blvd. Then there are the parking spaces that have already been lost. In August, All Aboard Florida closed four surface lots with 600 spaces along NW 1st Avenue, just west of the future JW Marriott and near downtowns Government Center, so it can build a three millionsquare-foot train depot, MiamiCentral, which will include apartments, retail, another 750 parking spaces have been lost recently. Just within the vicinity of the Mary parking garages that have disappeared in the span of the last year, says Mario Maung, president of Park Safe Systems. High-rises are being developed with new garage space that will be available a year and a half to two years from now. The demand for parking, though, is immediate and increasing, even as spaces are disappearing. Aside from the Ameri can Airlines Arena and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, down town attractions near Biscayne Boulevard include Bayfront Park, Bayside Market place, and the newly completed Prez Art Museum Miami at Museum Park. Other attractions coming to the waterfront include the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, also at Museum Park, thats under construction; the 1000-foot observation tower called SkyRise, at Bayside Marketplace; and possibly a major league soccer stadium that retired soccer star David Beckham wants to build somewhere downtown. Some of the condo, hotel, and retail projects being built in the downtown area will barely provide enough on-site for parking for their own users. Although the JW Marriott will have 1200 parking spaces, that number will be 30 percent less than the citys zoning code normally requires for an 1800-room hotel. (The reason: The convention hotel is near the Overtown Metrorail station and the future All Aboard Florida project, which connects a train to Orlando.) A fact sheet provided by Miami Worldcenter publicist Penton claims there will be 7000 new spaces built within the ten-block project. However, Miami Worldcenter is still negotiating with the Miami Parking Authority (MPA) and the Southeast Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency to use tax dollars to help pay for a 3000-space garage. Art Noriega, CEO of the MPA, recently told Miami Today that he hoped to have a proposal by this month. (Noriega didnt return phone calls or e-mails from the BT .) Thomas Jelke, board chairman of the MPA, says Noriega and his staff are still negotiating with Miami Worldcenter. As for the loss of parking during construction, he says, I know theyre working on creating a comprehensive Four-Wheel ChallengeContinued from page 38 Continued on page 49


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Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORwith nectar plants on one side of the structure and host plants to showcase the distributed to other sites in the neighbor The park design features furniture in the form of pocket benches carved out of the perimeter walls, and cut benches Communal swings are suspended from the roof, creating places for visitors to experience weightlessness, by hovering Additionally there are large, movable sets of seating, scattered organically along the walls like living room furniture. The jury thought the design had a lot of things going for it grand in ambition but using simple materials and construction techniques. The greenhouse is a useful contradiction on which to base a project in Miami, says Shulman. We are a greenhouse! The winning project is very tropical, also urban, a demonstration of how we can make outdoor space very rich and livable and multifunctional. The winning plans have an advan tage over previous design competi tions that never moved off the drawing board. Tony Cho, president and CEO of Metro 1 Properties, who conceived the Wynwood Gateway competition, intends to have the park built. Right the bulk of it, says Cho. Were look ing for additional public and private support so we dont cut any corners. The estimated cost to build this par ticular winning design is going to be more than $1 million. Cho says that while there has been results, the City of Miami has been supportive. He is still in discussion with the city over his plan for a public-private partnership with Metro 1, committing has been positive feedback from the City of Miami, which could contribute operating costs in the long term. Cho has taken his request for reci procity to the city regarding a transfer of the sites development rights to an other developer, a reduction in parking requirements on other sites belonging to Metro 1, and rezoning the park site to remain as a park as long as market forces direct. Reviewing the last few months of the Wynwood Gateway Park project, Cho notes that the competition showed how Wynwood could inspire brand equity and interest from around the world. It support for public-interest projects, he says. The competition achieved very high-quality solutions from really interesting groups, and I believe we ended up with the best idea. The competition really accomplished its goal. Gateway ParkContinued from page 40Wynwood Commons Saint Martha Yamaha2014-2015 Concert SeriesPaul Posnak, Founding Artistic Director THE EMMET COHEN TRIO Sun., November 16 at 3pm Jazz pianist EMMET COHEN plays with the maturity and confidence of a seasoned veteran. With astonishing technique and an innovative harmonic palate, he engenders a deep musical bond with his audience. In addition to recent engagements in Sochi, Russian, Italy, Mexico, Newport and Pittsburgh Live Jazz Festivals, Cohen regularly plays at jazz clubs throughout his base in New York City. Joined by RUSSELL HALL on bass and MARK WHITFIELD JR. on drums, this exhilarating trio will perform a variety of songs from the Great American Songbook, as well as original material! Sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Steven Tobin.TO PURCHASE TICKETSVisit or call 1-800-595-4849 or purchase at church office or at door. Saint Martha In The Shores 9301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami ShoresLike us on Facebook! Saint Martha Concerts. Visit our website at All programs are subject to change without notice.


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Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORfor 13 years without paying business tax around $50 a year. Schaefer says she went from feeling harassed to feeling abused by the same village that made national news when it forced a couple to rip out a mature vegetable garden in their front yard. It was time to deal with this mess. Another motivating factor was that Schaefers name was on the deed to a sons house in Biscayne Park, and in to clear her liens. According to Schaefer, wouldnt take her case before the Code Enforcement Board (CEB). Finally, Christopher Kelley of North Miami agreed to represent her. In early 2014, they went before the CEB and asked how to bring the property into compliance. First, she was required to hire an architect, who charged $1500 to produce a full set of drawings for the kitchen cabinets. She then was required to hire a licensed contractor, electrician, and plumber, and all of them had to pull permits from the village electrical, plumbing, structural, and overall building permits for all the work as it was done in 2001. The work Schaefer did to the house was all code-compliant; it was just done without permits. All she needed to update were the smoke detectors. Between 2001 and 2014, the village had made it a requirement to have hardwired smoke detectors in every room and hallway, and a smoke/CO detector in the garage. This cost Schaefer another $2000. And just to be safe, she was forced to spend a few hundred dollars on a struccabinets hanging on the wall for the past 13 years wouldnt fall down. crew did great work? About $7500. And while this should have been the end of the story, it isnt. Even after spending thousands of dollars on professionals who decided that the work in her kitchen was codecompliant, she still had to go before the CEB for her punitive hearing. In May 2014, Schaefer stood before the board with her attorney and offered $2000 to settle the case, but the board felt it wasnt enough. She returned in August and offered $5000, but the board and voted 3-2 against it. Attorney Kelley has made a career out of appearing before code enforcement boards and says he has no interest in crossing this particular board by commenting for a news story. Taxpayers do not vote for Miami Shores CEB members; theyre council-appointed to unlimited three-year terms. Kelley says hes watched attorneys for national banks threaten to sue the CEB and the village for refusing to remove liens from an asset theyre trying to discharge. Are there better ways for the board to communicate? he asks. Yes. Sometimes you dont know theres a problem until youre ready to sell and they do a lien search. quietly snowball over time, as they did for Schaefer. Its a settlement and mitigation negotiated between the board and the property owner factors in their ability to pay, willingness to work with the board to resolve the issue, past violations, and the severity and effect of the problem. When Nora Schaefer came before the board for a third time in September, they agreed that $10,000 was an appropriate whod installed kitchen cabinets and a but feels no sense of relief or closure. In fact, she refused to cooperate with Biscayne Times until after her case was settled, fearing reprisal from the CEB. She lives in a state of fear, believing herself to be more vulnerable than ever to what she considers harassment. Code enforcement, Schaefer says, should be motivated by public safety and maintaining the communitys value. The Miami Shores CEB, she argues, is more focused on collecting permit fees and issuhelping them maintain their properties. When a municipality creates ordinances and gives a code enforcement board the power to penalize, its dangerous, she says. You dont own your house. They tell you what youre going to do with your house. Now that the house is free and clear, one might assume that she will sell it and wipe her hands of Miami Shores, but its not that simple. Schaefer is in her 80s and has a lot of money tied up in the property. That house is my retirement, she says. Kitchen CabinetsContinued from page 40 FOR ADVERTISING CALL 305-756-6200 WE CAN HELP YOUR BUSINESS GROW!


Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORwaste, and covering it with ashes that create the chemical reaction. Sfez also visits Arch Creek Park regularly to collect horse manure for fertilizer. Once the garden is established, it will months. Still, he does plan to install a 4000gallon rain catchment system for irrigation. Saving energy requires an investment, and Sfez estimates he will have spent $463,800, or about $300 per square Add another $20,000 for the garden. But he already sees savings on the horizon. By the end of this year, he says, hell probably have spent only about $65 on electricity. Four-Wheel ChallengeContinued from page 44 Extreme EcoContinued from page 43 plan so things dont get affected too much when multiple events are going on. Finding a parking space isnt the only 20th Street when an event at either the arena or the Adrienne Arsht Center (or both) is being held. Itll be even worse during and after Miami Worldcenters construction, when lanes will be periodically shut down. NE 9th Street between NE 1st and 2nd av enues will be closed permanently, as it will be covered by the Mall at Miami World center. And a pedestrian promenade will replace vehicular NE 7th Street between N. Miami Avenue and NE 2nd Avenue. Maung of Park Safe Systems reStreet two years ago. Closing off NE 7th and 9th streets, which are often used Javier Betancourt, deputy director of the DDA, is sure that the spaces lost by Miami Worldcenters development will be replaced by the projects developers. Were going to have an interim period where well be short parking, he admits. All the more reason to encourage transit and alternative modes of transportation. Carlos Cruz-Casas, transportation manager for the City of Miami, says the city is preparing for the impact of Miami Worldcenter. During the construction of the Brickell area, we have a biweekly meeting with all the contractors to make ity, Cruz-Casas says. We are going to be doing something similar when All Aboard Florida, the Expo Center, and Miami Worldcenter break ground. Cruz-Casas adds that Miami is working on an event-management transportation plan with the DDA. As part of that plan, the city will be expanding its trolley system, is implementing a bike rental program, and will be encouraging users to use the Metro rail and Metromover systems. Still, folks living outside of downtown have to park somewhere. Andrew Mirmel li, president of M&M parking, currently rents Miami Worldcenters lots for parking. He says the new owners will give him 30 days to vacate when the time comes to build. Then Mirmelli will simply use lots he runs near the Adrienne Arsht Center six blocks north of the arena. Owing to their distance from the arena, those lots are not used very much by Miami Heat fans. That will change once Miami Worldcenter construction begins, Mirmelli predicts. But what about days and nights when there are Miami Heat games and big performances at the Adrienne Arsht out LeBron James, Mirmelli answers, I dont see that happening. Maung does. With or without James, Miami has a very strong following with the Miami Heat, and theyll still attract a lot of fans from all over. As parking lots disappear, prices will no doubt rise. All the independent parking lots, Maung says, are going to be increasing as demand exceeds supply. Central, a performance space at 697 N. Miami Ave., thinks its about time for prices to rise. Miami is one of the cheapest places to park in America, he says. Right now it costs $20 to park just a few blocks away from the arena. In Chicago, New York, or San Francisco thats what people pay for parking much farther away from sports stadiums. Compelling people to walk longer distances from the arena will ultimately be good for downtown business. Itll force some people to explore downtown,


50 Neighborhood Correspondents: MIAMI SHORESOver and Out Deep down, I didnt really believe Id be able to do it, but I thought Id at least tryBy Jen Karetnick BT ContributorGive it a try. Try it once. It cant hurt to try. Im not sure where those ideas came from probably my raised-from-bootstraps parents but theyve been my mottos my entire life. Though they seem like common sense, for me, Im not sure theyve been healthy ones. Where most people would try, perhaps fail, and then do something else, Im not built like that. If I fail, I do it again twice. A third time. I make sure I get it right. And then I add something else on top of it. Im whats called a classic overachiever. Ive been this way since my school days, when Id play sports on multiple teams; participate in the chorale and instrumental music programs; work several jobs at one time; and, of course, study. On a typical day in high school, Id wear four different uniforms: soccer team, band/orchestra/chorus, soccer refwaitress. Then Id go to a party. College and grad school both grad schools, because why get one masters degree when you can earn two? were more of the same: take classes, play sports, play music, work several jobs at once. And party. Eat? No time. Sleep? You know when you do that. Ive changed only in that Ive replaced my own sports with watching my kids games (and poetry; studying with teaching; restaurant jobs with food-travel writing; and partying with doctors visits. Regarding the last: I began suffering in my 20s ciency and autoimmune problems. As some family members and colleagues take great pains to tell me, I dont usually look sick even when I cant get out of bed. My diseases are invisible, and sufferers like me who are afraid to go on disability have to prove were just as good as anybody else. Thats another reason I do twice as much in half the time. I simply cant afford for others to think Im not up to the challenge. So when I knew I had two books being published in the fall, an accident of fate right when school started again I thought I would at least try to promote rfnt b rffn nttfbt rn tbbtrtfbt fnfnn t r f ntbbrntrn ntb


them, parent my teens, take care of the house and pets, teach full time, work out, and freelance. Guess what? Ive failed. And I cant try anymore. I dont attend my kids games and events. Im constantly late on deadlines. The house is falling apart. Ive uninten tionally lost weight (normally something the latent teenage anorexic in me would celebrate, but being underweight looks horrendous on a middle-age woman). My is currently functioning at less than ten percent. Im now susceptible to develop ing lymphoma if I dont wise up and take action which is to say, take inaction. I hear my immunologist applauding from a distance. My husband is clapping right next to my ear. All this is to say that after work ing for editor Jim Mullin since 1992, when he hired me for my very first job as restaurant critic at Miami New Times right after Hurricane Andrew, here is where it ends. This is my last column for Biscayne Times After seven years, I will no longer be the Miami Shores neighborhood correspondent. Im simply going to be a Shores resident. This doesnt mean you wont see me in print, of course. When I left New Times in 2004 and would later run into readers, Id get the strangest questions from them. I havent seen your byline, theyd say. Did you quit writing? Um, no. I had moved on to books, other papers, magazines, websites. Today youll still be able to read my restaurant reviews in Miami Magazine where I also have worked for the past work all over the Internet; Im currently blogging for Virgin Atlantic Airlines and contributing to, in addition to other sites. Most important, Im out there proMango and my debut full-length book of poetry, Brie Season which are all poems about food and drink. Forcing myself to accept that failure toward health. But doing what I love, and not what I feel obligated to do, is the biggest one. I love living here in Mango House, and in our little Village. But I have not been happy writing about Miami Shores for some time now. thoughts about the community, however, because you will be seeing some changes. And not just from my replacement, who will be concentrating more on civic af fairs, but in the Village itself. For starters, O Cinema at MTC Miami Shores has started family-friendly matinees on Saturday mornings (also some Sundays and holidays). Films like The Grinch and Nanny McPhee will play at 11:00 a.m. Now, if only there were family-friendly cafs next door to take the little ones to afterward. Ah, but there will be. A new sewer system is a fact. The infrastructure is being prepared. Ive been hearing April from those involved in installation, so get ready for street construction. pable of providing 10,000 mbps Internet service to NE 2nd Avenue. Like sewers, world-class Internet service is a big draw for real-life, brick-and-mortar businesses who may want to set up shop here. Naturally, this has led right back to that decades-old debate: How should downtown Miami Shores revitalize itself? What should it look like? Where are all those 1998 studies and charrettes the village council repeatedly shot down, and are they still valid? If you want answers to these questions, and you really want to know whats in the winds of change for Miami Shores and whos blowing it request to join the Facebook group of Miami Shores Village People. This is our LGBT and LGBT-friendly social media group. The people who belong to it are the ones, I have found, who are the most in touch with, and the least apathetic about, the real world of our Village, who continue to be as interested in Miami Shores as a place to live comfortably and happily as I have been. Jen Karetnick reads at the Miami Book Fair International on November 22, 10:30 a.m. in Room 8102 (Brie Season) and 12:30 p.m. in Room 8202 (Mango). Follow her on Facebook or Twitter @Kavetchnik. Feedback: Casino Box Office,, r THE STATE OF FLORIDA ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS PROMOTION. HIALEAH PARK CASINO RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE, ALTER OR C ANCEL PART OF OR IN ITS ENTIRETY ANY PROMOTION AT ITS SOLE DISCRETION. MUST BE 21 TO PLAY SLOTS, 18 TO PLAY POKER. CONCERNED ABOUT A GAMBLING PROBL EM? CALL 1-888-ADMIT IT. fntnb


52 Neighborhood Correspondents: AVENTUR AA Capital Idea!Did you hear the one about the secession proposal?By Jay Beskin BT ContributorI confess Im in quite a state, although Im not quite sure what state it is. Well, I grew up (longer ago than I care to admit) in the State of Illinois, and I studied for a time in the District of Columbia, which is down to the great State of Florida. That used to be a Southern state before but Florida has learned to embrace all the real cosmopolitan or perhaps a cosmo comes the news of a nascent secessionist ing the 24 southernmost counties from with autonomous statehood. The name South Florida is more than a bit boring, conjuring up images of the rather arbiinto two states with the same last name. If we must become our own discrete less discreet designation. How about some Fox News commentator and former joked that the scariest part of this plan is


The christening issue aside, I suspect were all in. Its kind of embarrassing to live in a state with a capital named Tallahassee. The name means old town in a Native American dialect frankly, its all Creek to me or at least, thats what a tour guide sternly told me after I suggested it was a slightly corrupted version of Tall Hayseed. I just know I hate driving 350 miles up the coast and rewarding feeling of crossing a state line after about 200 miles. The South Miami initiative offered is 120 feet above sea level, while the southern part averages less than 15 feet above. Its not clear just how sea level and statehood interact, unless one is referring to a state of undress, which does tend to increase with proximity to the sea. Of course, the downside of adding another state to the union is the necessity of adding two more senators to the mix. As it is, both parties have already conspired to put the 100 sleepiest characters in the country together in that chamber for a prolonged communal nap. If we elect Gloria Estefan and Jennifer Lopez and send them up there, maybe those The big question will be to identify probably try to foist Disney off on the and will be happy to see the pesky rodent catch some fresh ears on the other side of the border. Alas, this problem seems unsolvable; we may be forced to share the burden between the two states. Or perhaps a tradeoff: Ill take Disney if you take the spring-breakers! Another face-off may occur when all those pudgy guys with the white beards begin to clog the I-95 on their way to con verge on Key West for the annual Ernest Hemingway lookalike contest. Northern forcing them to take to the water. Imagine Cuban-style rafts and inner tubes bearing all these overgrown, overaged teddy bears reenacting The Old Men and the Sea The issue everyone can see looming large is the venue of the capital city the proposition, but it is far from being a natural choice. If I may be heard on the subject, Id like to place the name of Aventura in nomination for this august position. Our supply of know-it-alls and busybodies should be more than adequate to staff all the appropriate government departments. Young men keen to work in state gov ernment will be thrilled to hear that Aven tura is 54 percent women versus Tallahas sees 52 percent (although theres no point in mentioning that our average age is 46, as opposed to 26 for Tallahassee). We have a great mall, and you can meet James Caan or George Hamilton on the golf course, so what else could one ask for in life? Mustnt be greedy, you know. I can see the lobbyists now, coming from near and far, waving dinner vouchers and concert tickets, and prattling on about building something or demolishing something, or planting something or uprooting something...or something! Theyll be eager to corrupt our incorruptible politicians with these petty gifts and boy, are they in for a surprise when theyre rebuffed by our men and women of honor. Our guys would never sell out for such small potatoes. True, our housing units go for more than $400,000 apiece, and bureaucrats are not accustomed to writing big checks with their own money. The solution is to build up Dixie Highway. Where theres a will, there is a way. Were big sports here in Aventura, and if we dont get our way, we can still participate in the excitement of the new state. If they insist on making Key Largo or Boca Raton the capital, we can learn to live with that news. We can sit on the beach and do our crossword puzzles without pouting overmuch. If the seat of government would rather perch elsewhere, who are we to give it a mean pinch? Were comfortable in our own skin our tanned and wrinkled skin and we dont need to take our validation from external sources. Go ahead, stick your stinkin state capital wherever you please. If you do not appreciate greatness, beauty, grace, class, location, location, location, that is your problem. Why should we care if some other municipality cashes in? Unless its Hallandale. Then well declare all-out war! Feedback:


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emphasis on using the diversity and culture here to showcase different performances, especially music. But I never saw individual footage of buskers. Were following the lineage of Miamis rich musical history, but adding an element which is in other cities. The co-founders cite an extensive history of street musicians and serenaders dating back to ancient Rome. They frame the art of busking as a community service and artistic draw for locals and tourists alike. Bringing more busking to the region is alluring and, more profoundly, a fundamental free-speech right. The citys current panhandling ordinance was established in 2008 and amended to widely expand the prohibited zones in 2010. As it stands, the legisla tion places hefty emphasis on a perceived blight involving solicitation downtown, with claims that it damages otherwise positive experiences of the tourists and general public visiting the area. The law assumes that visitors will not return downtown if they encounter oppor tunistic undesirables, although it offers no substantial study or reasoning. The lan that the safety of the public is threatened by panhandlers. The law mandates strict grounds for enforcement, but no distinc tion between performing and begging. To clarify the distinction by drafting a model ordinance, the Buskerfest team brought in legal counsel. Justin Wales is an attorney with Carlton Fields Jorden Burt one of Miamis First Amendtive to its broad language. According to Wales, who explains the curbs also prohibit street performance, which stems from misinformation and misunderstanding the community has about their rights under the First Amendment, and the unwillingness by some (including, un to recognize that panhandling, the act of begging for money, is fundamentally and constitutionally different from busking, which is the act of performing in a public space for donations. While Wales acknowledges there may not be a history of arrests among street per formers, he works downtown and has seen are technically acting within their rights. Trieger, San Pedro, and Wales hatched a plan to rectify the lack of information. Calling on business owners, developers, concerned residents, artists, and other interested locals, they hosted last months Busk or Bust at downtowns Miami Center for Architecture and Design a free evening of libations Mad Chiller Coffee; folk songs delivered via violin, cello, and banjo from the UM student band Avocado Estate, a hit at last sentation on the proposed ordinance. (I imagine more people would participate in civic engagement if municipal proceTrieger and Wales offered assurances on a range of topics and questions that members of their audience brought up. They assuaged concerns that permitting buskers will encourage panhandling. Theres enough in [the model ordi nance] to make a discernible analysis between panhandling and street perfor mance, says Trieger. If they are aggres sively seeking donations, or following people down the street, shouting at them, demanding money, thats a violation of existing code. Were not making [the current code] ineffective were carving out a little space in the legal code to state After input and careful revision, the model ordinance will be offered to the city commission. The team aspires to keep the effort moving, eventually taking it to the county. Busking as a regulated activity is a hallowed tradition in other cities, such as Boston and New York, where balanced codes allow artists to perform in certain locations, such as transit stations, and free access to unobstructed public space, adding brilliant spontaneity to daily travel. Miami should be no different. When Buskerfest returns next month, it will continue to embrace last years momentum by collaborating with transit. Mixing artistry with a vision for downtown, this years festival promises to sustain the music by offering more than a street corner song: Weve been invited to help rewrite the laws on public art. Anything youd like to add? Feedback:


56 Neighborhood Correspondents: NORTH MIAMIPush and PushbackBiscayne Landings developers pack the house and stack the deck By Mark Sell BT ContributorBiscayne Landings spinners were out in force at the October 14 North Miami City Council meeting. The developers, Oleta Partners, the city to sell them 50.6 acres of its 184-acre parcel for $20 million, even if neither the council nor the contract was super-lobbyist Ron Book led the pack working the room for Oleta. This was serious business. Oleta subcontractors, educators, and even a clergyman to urge council members to vote yes. After three hours, however, the council voted to continue discussion until October 28. Councilwoman Carol Keys, a title lawyer, sounded the alarm on the deal, which most of the council did not have time to read. appointed, shut down Biscayne Landings more than 190 workers on furlough, some of them the very people who had pleaded By the time you read this, there may well be a deal. The new mayor, as of November 4, will be either Dr. Smith Joseph or former Mayor Kevin term of Lucie Tondreau, who was removed in May after her mail fraud indictment unrelated to city business. (Yet another mayoral election comes up in May, this time for a full twoyear term.) Why the rush? Was it the November 6 deadline facing the developer on yet already 18 months behind schedule, is at least three years from producing revenue. Was it to beat the November 4 mayoral election? Our hunch is yes on both counts. The stormy 2009-2013 reign of Andre Pierre taught Oleta Partners about mayoral caprice. Was the worker fur lough a stunt? A message to lenders that Oleta is watching its nickels? A way to show the city that the gloves were off? Was it all of the above? Perhaps, but Oleta Partners, as of this writing, was mum. So lets try to peel the onion, dis the political and economic dynamics at play. Its clear that the developers are aiming straight at the Creole-speaking community at the center of North Miami politics. The room was packed with workers and student classicalsouthorida.orgClassical Music. Its In Our Nature.Just like all of us, classical music lives and breathes. Make it part of your lifestyle. Tune to Classical South Florida on the radio or online. Its in your nature.


trainees a heavily Haitian-American crowd holding sheets of paper that read, Show Us the Jobs. The professionals, residents, and subcon tractors often spoke in snappy talking points, repeating the words progress and jobs. One earned applause by calling North Miami a city of process, not progress. The workers pleading for their livelihoods were less polished but powerful. Overarching themes were that the city had dithered long enough; that the $20 million property appraisal, based on a and that jobs, families, and futures were at stake. It was a scene straight from the corpo rate PR playbook, borrowing organizing techniques from the 1930s to advocate for $500,000 and $700,000 luxury condos in a city with a median household income of about $35,000 a year. Affordable housing on the property is off the table for now, and perhaps forever. The location is too good, the land too valuable, and the development costs too high to accommodate such housing. Although workers and indeed most people couldnt afford to live at Biscayne Landing, Oleta Partners is doing its bit as a good corporate citizen, partnering with schools such as Turner Tech for vocational training. Oleta estimates that it is sinking at least $125 million into infrastructure, utilities, cleanup, and preparation of the land above the former toxic dump. On the other side of the issue stands a parade of residents, lawyers, former Mayor Frank Wolland, and developer James Tate, all of whom oppose the sale on the terms presented, calling it a bad deal. Some said $60 million for the land is more like it. Tate mentioned $100 million. Tate had rushed to the meeting after watching the proceedings on streaming video. Hes no slouch, either, as president of Tate Capital and a partner of Jorge Prez (most recently on 1400 Biscayne) and downtown landholder Sergio Rok. Hes the son of renowned developer and banker Stanley Tate, who remains as chairman. Formidable as Tate is, however, his 69, head of the family-owned LeFrak Or ganization, founded in 1901, one of New York Citys biggest apartment developers, and a 75 percent partner in Oleta. He is worth an estimated $6.6 billion. Everyone agrees LeFrak is the best group to pull off Biscayne Landing. Like Tate, LeFrak scooped up distressed South Florida property in the recession and did well. LeFrak also created Newport, a master-planned community that has transformed the once-benighted Jersey City skyline into a showplace on a contaminated waterfront site. (Check out LeFrak and Oleta Partners present a far better credit risk than do the 190 workers going without as they ask for their own loan extensions. Both city and developer want to get a deal done, and the city is under no obligation to sell the land. Its one thing to bluff, play chicken, suspend work, or even litigate. It is quite another to walk away altogether. erage of three independent leasehold ap praisals from star appraisers, wasnt pulled out of the air, even if, as Tate and others Leasehold is the key word, because the city owns the land and leases it to the developers for 99 years, with a 99-year option for renewal, all of which lowers an appraisal valuation. The appraisals excluded projected tax revenues from the 3000 condos the developer plans to build. The developers estimate is $45 million a year if condos, and $15 million if rentals. (Oleta insists on condos; they make more money.) The citys entire budget is around $60 million. As of the October delay, the spine road linking NE 143rd and Biscayne with NE 151st Street was well along. The plan was to open it by the end of 2015. Warren Henry was still planning three car dealerships near the corner of 151st and Biscayne. The 194,000 cubic yards of contamistill there. Oleta is in no hurry. My hunch: The vast Biscayne Landing project will happen. Theres money to be made, and the LeFraks can play the long game, provided they can beat rising sea levels over the 197 years remaining on the lease and option. They did not get and stay rich over the past 113 years by losing money. Feedback: TXT MB to 91011for information on arts and events in Miami BeachThe SoundScape Cinema Series is presented by The Marilyn and Edward Gadinsky Charitable Foundation


58 Neighborhood Correspondents: UPPER EASTSIDEGiddy for This Vision of ShorecrestLets hear it for a 79th Street renaissanceBy Ken Jett BT ContributorAmid deserved celebration for new and newly renovated businesses in the MiMo Biscayne Association (MBA) has been working feverishly to secure letters of support for a re-envisioned streetscape that adds landscaped medians, more pedestrian crosswalks, and on-street parking. All this circling of the wagons is presumably being done to avoid a repeat of the previous FDOT plan outcomes for the same area wherein differing opinions resulted in what we have now: a freeway. However, Ive seen the future and it is 79th Street! MBAs new plan focuses only on the needs of the MiMo District. But the and/or speeding zone in Shorecrest, where the plan stops. In addition, the plan would likely compete for the same tion that is not part of the current resurfacing project along NE 79th Street. The current FDOT project will result in some pleasant landscaping in our downtown Shorecrest area, with midblock pedestrian crosswalks, on-street parking, and curb extensions (bump the MiMo Biscayne Association has seen the same future that Ive seen. From pioneering early investors in this recent upturn, like Yasmine Kotb, chef/owner of Minas Mediterraneo restaurant, to long-timers like Alex Richter, the chef/owner of Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus, I hear excitement about through the heart of Shorecrest. A look at the property appraisers website will show that some properties have changed hands recently, which leads one to speculate about what may be in the hopper. And all indicators from the soonto-open bayfront Shorecrest Luxury Apartments to the shell of the new CVS at Midpoint Plaza (formerly Biscayne Plaza), and from plans for the old INS building to Avra Jains design for Magnum Lounge point to 79th Street as the future of the Upper Eastside. The buzz is loud and bright. Giddy excitement is not limited to 79th Street. There is a long-awaited re newal happening along Biscayne Boule vard between the Little River Canal and Visit our contemporary Lighting Showroom 305.423.0017 Courtesy of Seth Bramson


87th Street, too. It doesnt have streetscap ing as part of its realized future yet. But why shouldnt a comprehensive approach, a communitywide proposal that would undertaken as one seamless project that Biscayne Boulevard streetscaping, and The new antique mall shops at 87th Street are going up quicker than the CVS. Property owners along this corridor the commuter rail station proposed for Shorecrest, and the future unfolds. Some may not like the future I see, spring up from the east side of the Little as part of Midpoint Plaza, replacing shorter. plans. I see an eventual reconceptualiza tion for the remainder of Midpoint Plaza, too. I dont see the single-story commercial dont know of any commercial properties is waiting and fantasizing. I see more restaurants, specialty food Michelle Bernstein of Michys fame could facility that is unlikely to happen on a large parcel zoned for restaurant use. I hope new development is held to current zoning, with adjustments where rrrfntbnrrn fr ffr rbr ff f fr rfrr fr ers to look at the community comprehensively, as opposed to how high, how tion to form and work with area leaders to shape and polish that jewel. We are Unfortunately, past zoning decisions suggest that the city will not always concern itself with the right decision. The jet ski rental allowed to take up shop in Ted Vernons old not of concern to the citys zoning depart ment. Surprisingly, the shop is now vacant. and we didnt have to resort to picketing. Bad decisions and lack of enforcement Valentino issues. Both are under settlement Persist, people, and contact your commis sioner, city mayor, and city attorney to request that they take action. If you dont Transformation is sometimes slow, painful, and compromising. The scale The MiMo district is having an amazing resurgence, and applause is in order for all of space, ease of working with the areas civic indeed the future, and the future is now. Feedback: rfntbntOver a decade ofn rfntb r tt tb t ENDORSED BY: t nt n b t


60 Culture: THE ARTSLocals Get Their Due at This Years Book FairA tented swamp, popups, and more multimedia twistsBy Anne Tschida BT Arts EditorThe Miami Book Fair International has become the nations largest literary fair, one of South Floridas biggest annual events, and a serious crowd pleaser. But sometimes the Florida in the fair gets a little lost. Not this year. Some new additions are all about the Sunshine State, from literature to art to music. Most of the celebration of local talent will be centered in the Swamp, at the southeast corner of NE 3rd Street and NE 2nd Avenue. There a tent is being transformed into a culture lounge, according to program director Lissette Mendez. Its supposed to feel like a cross between the great and divey (now defunct) Jimbos and the white-draped Delano. You cant get much more Miami than that. Inside, starting on Sunday, November 16, will be an array of eclectic offerings; in fact, the Swamp appears to be as much a happening as anything else. So on opening day, you might stop by the tent and board the Weird Miami Bus Tour: Muhammad Ali Edition, presented by Bas Fisher Invitational and Thought Loom. It leaves at 4:00 p.m. and follows Cassius Clays daily training run from Overtown to Miami poetry, plus an interactive musical experience. Space is limited, so RSVP Or stay at the tent for the opening party and DJ Lolo spinning records on the Porch from 4:00 p.m. on; or partake in the poetry karaoke party (Come lines!) courtesy of the O, Miami poetry collective. Maybe youll want to sit still and watch the new documentary Deep City: The Birth of Miami Sound about Miami music in the early 1960s. On Monday, musician Oscar Fuentes, the man known at the Biscayne Poet, will write poetry on the spot, live on the Porch.


On Thursday, listen to the from Afro-Spanish singing star cajon Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami BT the Tattooed Ballerinas and a concert from the Spam Allstars. ings from the second edition of the local a literary culture in Florida, sometimes hidden, she says. But recently there and it seemed only right for that enertesy of the Rhythm Foundation and a condensed version of its Big Night in Little Haiti. child of local artist Amanda Keeley. She and produced, intended to reach a adaptive. By having a traveling pop-upto reach different communities and to After Locust, her store migrated to gather a community together and share in our passion for print culture. revealing the radical history and legacy discussed. nature, says Keeley. We provide artists connect to the selected theme. tional. For many in the arts community, of Florida, the Rhythm Foundation, Hisdance, music, and arts groups. And the Knight Foundation has funded most of it. eryone at the fresh tents and lounges of The fair runs November 16 through November 23 at the downtown MiamiDade College Wolfson campus. The Swamp will be at the corner of NE 3rd Street and NE 2nd Avenue; the EXILE Artists Book Lounge will be in Room 2103, Building 2. Check out the complete listings at You can download the entire pdf or the app. Feedback:


62 Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-286-7355 Call gallery for exhibition information 2630 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-438-0220 Through November 14: Patience is a Mine Field by Amadeo Azar November 20 through January 3: Ornament and Barricade by Jaime Gili Displacement by Ricardo Alcaide 151 NE 40th St., Ste 200, Miami 305-860-3311 Call gallery for exhibition information 348 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-4661 Call gallery for exhibition information 561 NW 32nd St., Miami 305-576-2828 Through November 3: El jardin de los muertos contentitos with Jim Hammond, Chuck Loose, Janet Luru Rudawsky, Ian Rowan, Adriana Sandoval, Ronni Gerstel, Sonia Neira Matthews, Omar Angulo, and Jorge de Rojas November 7 through November 14: Lucky You! 7 with various artists 122 NE 11th St., Miami DWNTWN ArtHouse Through November 6: Shifting Nature: Web Bodies by Juan Carlos Zaldivar 12425 NE 13th Ave. #5, North Miami 305-978-4856 November 16 through January 4: Ghosts by Duane Hanson SAIC/SF with various artists 2930 NW 7th Ave., Miami 305-303-6254 November 6 through January 8: Departure by Yuri Tuma 158 NW 91st St., Miami Shores 305-490-6906 Call gallery for exhibition information 420 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach 305-573-8110 Through November 15: Amerika with various artists 2043 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-1804 Call gallery for exhibition information 100 NE 11th St., Miami DWNTWN ArtHouse 305-607-5527 November 7 through December 22: Fabian Pea 2620 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-486-7248 November 6 through January 10: Genesis by Sebastiao Salgado 187 NW 27th St., Miami 305-573-9994 Call gallery for exhibition information 151 NW 24th St., Miami 305-576-1278 Through November 15: thisishappening with various artists 2315 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-438-4383 November 6 through November 30: Fall Group Show with various artists 1540 NE Miami Ct., Miami 305-448-8976 Call gallery for exhibition information 174 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-571-2288 Through November 22: Byways by Christy Gast November 28 through December 31: Im With Her by Michelle Feinstein 8375 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Contact gallery for exhibition information 301 NW 28th St., Miami 786-310-7490 Through November 22: Painting on Canvas by Glexis Novoa 223 NW 26th St., Miami 305-573-8142 Through November 15: New Geometry with Edgar Orlaineta, Robert Ferrer i Martorell, Gabriel Acevedo Velarde, and Victor Lucena 46 NW 36th St., Miami 305-209-0278 Through November 30: Art Broken with various artists 151 NW 24th St., Miami 305-447-3888 Through November 6: From Dawn to Dusk: A Pairing of Two Visionary Artists with Heriberto Mora, and Timothy Sanchez 2300 N Miami Ave., Miami 786-431-1506 Call gallery for exhibition information 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-8570 November 15 through January 1: Welcome to the Future by Daniel Arsham Sub-Tropical Social Sculptures by Simon Vega 255 NE 69th St., Miami 305-521-8520 November 22 through January 17: Monday and Friday, Tuesday and Friday, Wednesday and Friday, Thursday and Friday, Friday and Friday by Egan Frantz 172 NW 24th St., Miami 786-953-6917 www Through November 8: Folkloric Acid by Einar and Jamex de la Torre November 14 through December 26: Morphosis by James Kennedy 177 NW 23rd St., Miami 786-332-4736 Call gallery for exhibition information 1800 N Bayshore Dr. CP1, Miami 305-395-3599 November 1 through November 15: Solo Show by Manuela Cimmino Medallion


Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS PAN AMERICAN ART PROJECTS 2450 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-2400 Through November 5: Permutations: Contemporary Cuban Art with Abel Barroso, J. Roberto Diago, Jorge Lopez Pardo, and Meira Marrero and Jos Toirac ROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY 2349 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-397-8530 November 8 through 26: SYNTHETIC DAYDREAMS by Nick Gentry SPINELLO PROJECTS 2930 NW 7th Ave., Miami 786-271-4223 Through November 15: Let It Slide by Johnny Robles SWAMPSPACE 3940 N. Miami Ave., Miami Through November 17: SWAMPTOBERFEST: Peoples Choice Award, Knight Foundation with various artists UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI GALLERY 2750 NW 3rd Ave., Ste 4, Miami 305-284-3161 November 4 through 28: Naiad with Jacqueline Gopie and Kathleen Staples WYNWOOD WALLS NW 2nd Avenue between 25th and 26th streets 305-573-0658 Ongoing: Wynwood Walls with various artists YEELEN GALLERY 294 NW 54th St., Miami 954-235-4758, November 22 through January 10: Love, Strength, and Soul by Tim Okamura ZADOK GALLERY 2534 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-438-3737 Through December 20: Almost Empty by Kumi Yamashita MUSEUM & COLLECTION EXHIBITS ARTCENTER/SOUTH FLORIDA 800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach 305-674-8278 Call for exhibition information ARTCENTER/SOUTH FLORIDA PROJECT 924 924 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach 305-674-8278 November 19 through February 1: Thirty Years on the Road curated by Edouard Duval Carrie BASS MUSEUM OF ART 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 305-673-7530 Through January 11: GOLD with various artists CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation) 1018 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-455-3380 Call gallery for exhibition information DE LA CRUZ COLLECTION CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE 23 NE 41st St., Miami 305-576-6112 Ongoing: Looking at Process: 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 November 8 through December 7: November 8 through January 4: A Global Exchange: Geometric Abstraction Since 1950 with various artists November 8 through January 18: Through January 11: Remembering Tokyo by Koizumi Kishio LITTLE HAITI CULTURAL/COMPLEX CENTER ART GALLERY 212-260 NE 59th Terrace., Miami 305-960-2969 Through November 21: Artist Series V: Manifest Destiny with various artists, curated by Marie Vickles MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART + DESIGN Freedom Tower 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 305-237-7700 November 8 through February 8: Zine-o-mania: A World of Fanzines from the University of Miami Special Collections with various artists Through November 9: -15 CINTAS Fellowship Finalist Exhibition with various artists Through November 9: The Universe Within 6pne swing/SPACE/Miami by Asser Saint-Val Through November 14: Work/Work: New Works by MDC/NWSA Faculty with various artists PREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 305-375-3000 Through January 11: Jardim Botanico by Beatriz Milhazes Through January 25: Formulating a Plot by Adler Guerrier Through March 1: Beyond the Limited Life of Painting: Prints and Multiples from the Holding Capital Group Collection Through March 1: Lets Make the Water Turn Black by Geoffrey Farmer Through April 5: Project Gallery by Nicole Cherubini THE MARGULIES COLLECTION 591 NW 27th St., Miami 305-576-1051 Through April 25: Fifteen Year Anniversary Exhibition with various artists THE RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION 95 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-6090 Call collection for exhibition information THE WOLFSONIAN-FIU 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach 305-535-2622 November 11 through April 5: Myth and Machine: The First World War in Visual Culture with various artists Through November 10: BUMMER with various artists, curated by Todd Oldham Compiled by Melissa Wallen Send listings, jpeg images, and events information to Geoffrey Farmer Lets Make the Water Turn Black, mixed-media Melissas PickIn tribute to musician Frank Zappa, Geoffrey Farmer has created a theatrical spec tacle, rich in absurdity and mysterious multi-sensory interventions. The sculptures on display, fashioned from both crafted and found objects, populate the stage and act as antennas of light and sound. A stick without roots or leaves mechanically reaches for the synthetic sun, a giant looms over the scenery like a radio tower his mus cular arms holding a lightbulb. Surreal and awkward creatures are carefully placed, broadcasting the ambient sounds of radio transmissions, the wind whipping, the snap of a camera, voices in the next room, or the bustle of cars below an open window. The Dadaist spirit is alive and at play, as each experience with the work becomes a chance encounter meriting multiple visits to this incredible installation. The light in the room shifts and a monologue is cued: The play begins. You can leave at anytime. The doors are curtains...If we didnt know how to dramatize, we wouldnt know how to laugh. Without laughter you wouldnt be able to provide authority. Without authority we wouldnt have doors. Without doors we wouldnt have curtains. Without curtains, we wouldnt have darkness. Without dark ness we wouldnt have sleep. Now...the play begins... Melissa Wallen


64 Culture: EVENTS CALENDAR Culture: EVENTS CALENDARTheater, 15 Minutes at a TimeThe unique Microtheater Miami series has returned to the Spanish Cultural Center (1490 Biscayne Blvd., Miami), and features seven original plays, each 15 minutes long, with performances in English and Spanish. Since each play will be performed multiple times a night, from Thursday, November 6, through Sunday, November 30 you can package your own performance, or plan to take in all of them, in the centers outdoor courtyard setting. The plays take place in micro theaters, each seating only 15 people. A wine bar is available. Programming on Wednesdays and Thursdays is in English, Fridays and Saturdays in Spanish, from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Youth Concert and Petting Zoo (of Sorts)The Free Family Fest at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) features the Miami Music Project Youth Orchestra in a program titled Rise of the Titans The concert, an epic tale about the genius of some of the most beloved composers of our time, includes music from Shostakovich and Mussorgsky, among others. It begins at 1:30 p.m. and is preceded at noon by a petting zoo of musical instruments, taking place in the Peacock Education Center, located inside the concert hall. A word to the wise: arrive early; Pedal Through Historic Little HavanaLittle Havana changes constantly, and its always worth a visit especially one led by local historian Paul George. History-Miamis Little Havana Bike Tour is scheduled for Sunday, November 9 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Youll pedal past an ancient Tequesta settlement, some of Greater Miamis oldest homes, and Cuban cigar stores, and mingle with the players in Domino Park. Youll even visit the site of an old Ku Klux Klan building theres more history here than you may know. The ride leaves from Los Pinareos Fruteria, 1334 SW 8th St., Miami; tickets $20 for members, $30 for non-members; info for bike rentals is also available at www. Fest at Sunny IslesThe Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest turns seven this year and runs from Friday, November 14, through Sunday, Novem ber 16 There are special concerts that at Trump International but the main event runs Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Heritage Park (19200 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles): a concert themed What a Wonderful World and featuring the Melton Mustafa Orchestra with guest vo calists Rochelle Lightfoot, Brenda Alford, LeNard Rutledge, and international jazz percussionist Leon Foster Thomas. Tickets are $15 for this event (but vary for other dining and concert shows); www.sunny Fun Is On the River WalkYou can spend the entire day at this years Miami River Walk Festival on Satur day, November 15 The seventh annual festival runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with lots of food (and emphasis on Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine), tons of live music (Regla Cumb; de Oro de Colombia; guitarist/bagpiper Armando Rodriguez; the Bolivia Mgica ballet folklorico; Paraguayan harp player Alberto Sanabria; and Con junto Anturas). Kids activities include face painting, clowns, and balloons and dont forget the crafts and a boat parade for all ages. from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at One Bayfront right from SE 2nd Street. Or forget the car altogether, take the Metromover to Park Sta tion and just walk a block to the river its all free; Prodigy Opens Winter Music SeasonEmmet Cohen holds music degrees from University of Miami and the Manhattan School of Music, awards as Downbeat s Best Jazz Soloist and Best Jazz Trio, Monk International Piano Competition and hes only 24. His trio will kick off the St. Martha-Yamaha Concert Series (9301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores) on Sunday, November 16 at 3:00 p.m. The series continues through the winter with a mixture of classical, Latin, and opera programming. Tickets range from $10 to $20; French Classic Plays the Classics The 25-year-old French pianist David Kadouch won the Beethoven Bonn Competition in 2005 and Leeds International Piano Competition in 2009. He has performed with Pierre Boulez, headlined the Montreux festival, and played with numerous international orchestras and festivals. Hell now inaugurate the Miami International Piano Festival on Sunday, November 23 at 5;00 p.m., with piano solos of Bach, Schumann, and Brahms, part of four Sundays at Five at the Aventura Arts & Culture Center (3385 NE 188th St., Aventura); call for tickets information, 305-4668002; Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida. Please send information and images to This American Life Brings Dance to RadioIra Glass, the host of NPRs popular radio show This American Life partners with Monica Bill Barnes & Company Productions in a lively, funny, and heartfelt show he debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2013 and which has brought down the house everywhere hes presented it. In Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host he tells stories and shares audio clips that are presented in dance and calls it one of his favorite projects ever. Presented by MDC Live Arts on Sunday, November 16 at 5:00 p.m. at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (174 E. Flagler St., Miami); tickets $30; A Cartoon Feature for KidsThe basic premise is this: Jewish ist Russia with his family to escape Cossack cat persecution, falls overboard during the transatlantic crossand his family, then join with other immigrant mice and rats against the nasty cats in Lower Manhattan. The 1986 and will be the feature for the second Miami Theater Center and O Cinema Family Film Day which screens at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 22 at MTC (9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores); tickets $8 for adults, $5 for kids; www.o-cinema. org/venue/o-cinema-miami-shores/. One Night Only: Paquito DRiveraEver since saxophonist Paquito DRivera left Cuba and landed in the United States in the early 1980s, he has become a Latin jazz phenomenon, winning 12 Grammys and numerous other awards, and releasing numerous highly acclaimed albums. He will play for one night only at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W. Flagler St., Miami) at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 15 ;


Columnists: GOING GREEN$100 Million for What Reefs?Who does Rick Scott think hes kidding?By Jim W. Harper BT ContributorWelcome to a bucolic episode of Jimmy Stewarts Good Green Things. Lets begin with help ful hints: For a personally manicured green lifestyle, take action now. Make an effort every day to green your world. Think naturally. Nature teaches sustainability through WWND What Would Nature Do? Beep! We interrupt this show to bring you news of a breaking environment in Florida. Stop the presses! Holy fan-tastic debate, bat-fan. Yes, remember the gubernatorial debate at Broward College that launched 1000 fan parodies? Gov. Rick Scott is a lying liar who lies while lying, or standing. During the actual debate, after fangate blew over and crowds stopped chanting its too hot for Scott, the governor defended his environmental record and criticized that of Gov. Charlie Crist. It would be hilarious if it werent so sad. As a rebuttal, I offer the headline of a September editorial from the Tampa Bay Tribune : The Rick Scott record: an envi ronmental disaster. Scott has the worst environmental record of any Florida governor in the past 50 years, according to the article. As a reference point, 50 years ago in the 1960s national legislation, and before people gave a hoot to not pollute. In other words, Scotts reign of disaster takes us back to the pro-polluter days of a world that needed the anti-litter commer cial of the crying Indian. This is the governor whose boldest environmental idea during the past four years was to transform state parks into golf courses, complete with private country clubs and liquor licenses. Who needs big green government-maintained spaces? Golf courses attract paying adults, whereas impoverished child in all of us. Seriously, how can you trust someone who wanted to take our state parks a golden asset of the people and the envy of other states and turn them into another mint for out-of-state Donald Trumps? Our parks, Mr. Governor, are not for sale. You cannot believe a word Scott says overstate how much he controls the conversa tion in Florida. Journalists get little informa tion. To obtain answers to questions about article, I was instructed by John Tupps from site, and he referred me onward to campaign managers Greg Blair and Jackie Schutz, who were even less responsive. The governor employs a lot of smoke and mirrors. And worse. order and cannot say the phrase climate change. (Seriously, I did not invent this. bernation.) Scott would not discuss it during the debate and insisted on using the more limited term global warming. And even that minute concession was embedded in lies. Should we call him Richard Nixon Scott? Or Governor Voldemort? The lie during the fangate debate that made me fall off my chair was when Scott dropped the tidbit that the State of Florida has spent $100 million to protect coral reefs. Are you kidding me? The state barely spends $1 million annually for the approximately $5 million annual budget of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctu ary (which is funded jointly by state and federal sources), it would take nearly two decades for the state to get close to spend ing $100 million to protect coral reefs. If Scott means spending $100 million to destroy and degrade Floridas coral reefs, that statement is much more defensible. The state half the money causing environmental damage. In the dredging projects latest develop bite its tongue. In early October, a coalition Research at Nova Southeastern University? Fifteen million dollars came from a federal stimulus grant, and the private university claims to have funded the remainder. So why would the governor get that credit? Ill ask the question again that no one from Scotts camp has answered: Where is the evidence that his administration has spent $100 million to protect Floridas coral reefs? higher than the total annual budget of the gram (which Congress has failed to reautho Sorry for the interruption. Now back to your regularly scheduled drivel. Send your tips and clever ideas to: goinggreen@ Feedback:


66 Columnists: PRIVATE SPACESWork in ProgressA story lies behind each handpicked pieceBy Sondra Schneider BT ContributorWhen Meghan and David Grimbert decided to leave their life in Paris and move to the States, there was only one place they wished to live. Meghan had grown up in Miami Shores, and her family still resided there, so she knew it was a great place to raise kids. Compared to the blingy cha-cha of the Beach and downtown, Miami Shores is a bubble of suburban living. A familyoriented neighborhood of well-maintained homes and manicured lawns with its own village center and country club, Miami Shores resembles a small town set down in the midst of a bustling city. where she worked toward her masters degree in fashion. After a stint in New York working for Zac Posen (hes the witty judge on Project Runway ), she moved to Paris to be with David. His family owned a venerable mens tailoring establishment catering to the Paris elite. While Meghan worked in the Parisian couture world, David worked at his They had a plan for the future. They would move to Miami and buy a small apartment building as a source of income and a house that might need work but had good potential. With Meghans fashiontrained eye and Davids artists sensibil ity, plus some sage business advice, they found both properties. The 16-unit apartment building is where David spends most of his time 1 2 4 3


Since rehabbing the apartment prop had been abandoned and rotting the left. den. The only real furniture in the living According to Meghan, the place ing out to buy a room-to-go or hiring a Feedback: Photography by Silvia Ros We welcome your suggestions for future columns. Send photos and information to: sondra.schneider@ 7 5 6


68 Columnists: POLICE REPORTSBiscayne Crime BeatCompiled by Derek McCannSlow Down, Be Mindful6900 Block of NE 5th Avenue When you live in the bottom apartment, youre at least assured of no steps when you carry your Publix bags home. But lock it up when you leave that hovel of easy tranquility. In this scenario, the victims boyfriend came home in a rush, hours after a break-in, and didnt notice the missing computer and compromised desk for some time. The victim and her boyfriend later checked entry points and all doors/windows were secure as expected, except the front door. In an effort to be safe, the obvious was forgotten, and that door was not locked. Criminals will always Unadvertised Yard Sale5000 Block of N. Bayshore Drive You could lock your door, unlike the aforementioned boyfriend, and surround it all with a steel fence and it still wont matter. Dont leave goodies in your yard. Criminals actually did cut through a steel bar fence and then stole expensive yard equipment. The act was set in motion by the handy wheelbarrow left on the property, which the perpetrators used to load their loot into a waiting vehicle. Amazingly there are no witnesses to the cutting of the steel fence or the wheelbarrow loading of those pricey items. Looks like visible lawnmowers, and not Air Jordans, bring out the brazen best of our criminal community. Its the Thought that Counts700 Block of NE 70th Street Burglars will look for any easy entry point if they can. This home that called this intruders name. Once he had access, he made his way into the home, rummaged through the victims belongings, and ransacked the place for good measure. He also brought some complementary crack cocaine and a crack pipe, which he left on the kitchen table. Perhaps it was his idea of a nice parting gift, thug style? We doubt the homeowners have cracked a smile since.Respect Your Elders?500 Block of NE 83rd Street When a twentysomething young man sees an older gentleman in his 50s, he should remember his manners and be respectful. The older man in this report even addressed him by saying hi. It did occur outside, on this renters private property, which is a tad strange, but the distinguished gentleman made his way off; likely he thought it was a COMPLETE BUSINESS SERVICES 12555 Biscayne Blvd. North Miami, FL 33181-2597 Tel: 305-895-6974 | Fax: 305-891-2045 Email: T.M.Est. 1980


restaurant or watering hole? By the time he left, an apartment on the property stood burglarized. Landlord was noti to revise our ethics on this one; respect those off your property, but theyre fair game for rudeness if they cross our property lines.Start of a Beautiful (Dysfunctional) Friendship7800 Block of N. Miami Avenue Dating someone new lately? It may be okay to call it off if you get these warning signs. Victim No. 3 in this report is also Victim No. 2s boyfriend. It had been only one week, so boyfriend status was assigned pretty fast. His ex-boyfriend didnt appreciate this, and came by the home, kicked in the front door, and attacked the three people inside. But upon being thrown out by three people, he had the dexterity to grab two cell phones, and smash them on the ground. Maybe when the new boyfriend gets his cell phone replaced, he can start off Then again, there is something to be said for passion.Incomplete Security Expenses700 Block of NE 82nd Terrace If youre going to pay to have security cam eras installed, get it done right. A home was his neighbor during the act. We gather the alarm system was not set up but alarms can never replace nosy neighbors. The cam eras had been moved from their original position because they were inexplicably not secured, so there was no video of the scum bags. They did not take the cameras, though, which would have secured some extra crack money but this was not a sophisticated operation. They used a shopping cart as a mode of escape. The nosy neighbor was not willing to chase them at that point.Slow it Down More401 Biscayne Blvd. With so much on our minds lately Ebola, Putin drama, the crappy economy, its easy to forget where we are and we Caf. If you carry a purse, do not leave it unattended anywhere because most respectable criminals do not care about the plight of the world. They are happy you care, though. This woman went to the bathroom, and returned to see an empty table without her purse. Admittedly, this does fall into a questionable category: a woman eating alone leaves her purse behind? It did get her a free meal at least. Only in Miami6800 Block of Biscayne Boulevard Keeping up appearances, and ones lifestyle beyond the ability to afford it, has become our civic duty. This woman wanted a Brazilian body wax, but after the deed was done, she looked for that credit call her boyfriend, and of course, she had also had to leave, with her smooth privates dealt with her of $65. Car did belong to a male in Pembroke Pines, but attempts to locate him proved unsuccessful at the ad dress given for the license plate.Value in the Eye of the Beholder 4400 Block of NE 2nd Avenue Pretty much anything that is not se want to leave several pallets of bricks on your front yard and walk away, be prepared to not see it the next morning. The homeowner suffered the effects of this strange phenomenon that occurs in those among us who take what isnt nerves, please make sure she is secured on the property anyway, or someone is going to take her though that might help some.Review Your Guest List, Always 200 Block of Biscayne Boulevard Way In an effort to help his friends, a man invited several of them over for a gettogether at this hotel. He later admit ted to police he was a little bit drunk, and when he saw a stranger walking out of his rented party fortress with his wallet and cell phone, he couldnt provide much of a chase. Neither could get-together provided a getaway for the opportunistic crowd. Best to have a gettogether with oneself, and lock the door, of course. Feedback:


70 Columnists: PARK PATROLA Park Just for KidsA waterfront park in Surfside offers joyous chaos amid securityBy Jim W. Harper BT ContributorThis little park has legs. Lots and lots of little legs scurry around inside its fence, and theyre mirrored outside by many other busy legs. Walking the neighborhood is a dying art in South Florida, yet the beach towns here cling to this quaint tradition. And walkers continually stroll one bridge in particular that connects the three wealthy municipalities of Surfside, Bal Harbour, and Bay Harbor Islands. Curving over a turquoise canal, the southern walkway of the bridge provides the best views of the singular grassy park serving the town of Surfside. Some bridge walkers are Orthodox Jews, especially on weekends, and there are plenty of secular walkers too especially young ones. Little walkers in maroon polo shirts pour over the bridge Surfsides 96th Street Park. The monograms stitched in white on their shirts identify their mother ship, the Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor elementary and middle school. From the bridge, you spy another swarm of tykes in shiny royal blue uniforms. These are the wannabe soccer stars of the future, running laps around a Sticking to the parks edge, the mini soccer players jog past the odd mixture of a fence, a high stucco wall, and a salty canal. A tall black chain-link fence along the canal prevents the escape of stray balls and wily children. Dont go inside this park unless you are ten years old. You have been warned. Adults are outnumbered 200 to 1, and inside they become instant targets for brave parents try to keep cool under a tree by over the bridge, but odds are, theyll eventually get bonked on the head. Kids thrive in the chaos. Curly-haired tornadoes dart from the playground to the handball court to the swings. Theyre climbing and leaping and scraping their knees. A few frazzled park staff members survey the frenzy from a covered area in the parks center, huddling together as if hiding in a bunker. size, offers some breathing room. Coaches chat in Spanish with visiting parents, but the kids are all screaming in English. Heavy usage gives 96th Street Park that smudged and worn-in look. Yet parents must be thrilled with a space that guarantees their children will get worn out. Its heartening to see the kids coming and going freely, essentially owning this part of town, without fear in their eyes. This sense of freedom makes the neighborhood exceptional, even if the parks facilities rank as only average. Many activities take place here regularly, and a free movie night arrives on Saturday, November 22, at 7:00 p.m. True to its target audience, the park is showing Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 On October 31, the park hosted the towns Halloween night Spooktacular. Last years event featured arts and crafts, a DJ dressed like a giant bat, and a haunted circus tent with a ghost clown and live teenage zombies. The park also hosts the annual Spring Egg Hunt. One drawback? The park doesnt allow picnics or food of any kind. Another? The pavilion is not for rent. The soda machine is probably out of order. The town of Surfside has a surprisingly busy parks and recreation department, considering that its total park space barely adds up to a few acres. Also noteworthy is that when you call the department, the live employee actually treats you like a human being. Another pleasant surprise is that the park departments section of the citys a useful calendar (instead of the dreaded ghost calendar on many city websites). Check out times for Tennis Pee Wees and the Senior Bunch Brunch. Unlike the activities in crazed 96th Street Park, most organized activities take place in Surfsides dazzling beachfront community center, at 93rd Street and Collins Avenue, which was upgraded this year. Most programs there are open to nonresidents, but the pool is not. The towns four parks include 96th Street Park; Hawthorne Tot Lot on 90th Street and Bay Drive; Paws Up Dog BT photos by Jim W. Harper 96TH STREET PARK9580 Bay Dr. Surfside 33154 305-866-3635 Hours: Dawn to dusk Picnic tables: No Barbecues: No Picnic pavilions: Yes Tennis courts: No Yes Night lighting: Yes Swimming pool: No Playground: YesPark Rating Kane Concourse Bay Dr


Park at 93rd and Byron; and Veterans Park and Tennis Center at 8750 Collins. Courts remain open until 10:00 p.m. (305-866-5176). The town plans to expand and upgrade its park facilities at a cost of $6.7 community centers presentation on its website from May. These plans include nearly $2 million for the community million for new park properties. The proposed new spaces include a double lot 96th Street Park. by developers of the new oceanfront Chateau and Surf Club properties. New income from these properties should be presentation tallies it at $5.4 million anAccording to a CBS News report on Surf Club will cost $35 million. 5000 residents and the extremely wealthy town of Bal Harbour as a neighbor. Its geographic size also makes it manageable. You could walk a circle around the entire town in about a couple of hours. may be walking or biking around Surf care in the world. Families are walk noticing anything special. But this little bridge next to 96th Street Park is remarkable. Above it oceans tide parades pinkish moon jellies and other jetsam in a turquoise glow. About a half mile east is the great air smells clean. Feedback: Town of Surfside


Columnists: YOUR GARDEN 72 Twinkle, Twinkle, Dying TreeUse ties, not nails, to hang holiday lightsBy Jeff Shimonski BT ContributorIts that time of year again, when the holidays rear up on their hind legs and we spend a lot of money. Its that time of year again to go out and decorate anything stationary with bright, blinking lights. What a stressful time for those who must put out all the lighting displays and keep them running but even more so for tree stewards concerned about the longterm damage these lights and electrical connections can cause to trees and palms. Trees in urban plantings dont win awards for longevity. They often start out as selections of the lowest bid, then are jammed into very small holes on newly constructed sites, and shown minimal or no follow-up care. They may have their roots continuously compacted by vehicles, and they get run into by belligerent drivers and then they end up getting decorated with loads of lights and other baubles. I have to admit, the lights can be pretty at night if theyre not left on the tree or palm for months or years. attractive! The photo that accompanies this article is of an electrical connection attached to the trunk of a palm tree in one of our local municipalities. This is on a street outside lots of shops and restaurants that apparently want to attract shoppers and eaters with pretty lights at night. Every tree has one of these connections and its obvious signs of damage. Palms dont have the capacity to heal like regular trees. Any gouges or heal. Those holes, rips, and tears will be there forever. And any penetration through the hard tissue of the trunk becomes a route for disease and pathogens to a great source of food. So, please, do not nail stuff to the trunk of a palm. Use zip ties or something similar if you must make the poor plant pretty at night. Then at the end of the holidays, take the stuff off. Give your tree back its dignity. Many times Ive heard the mantra, Were going to spend as little money and effort as possible to put up these displays so any infrastructure like electrical con nections will be left on all year. That way we dont spend more money the next year. Sure, but now that the damage is done to the tree, what will happen if a pathogen does get inside and begins the process of decay? a regular basis quietly destroying the structural integrity of trees and palms in South Florida. I can often trace the original infection court, that place on the plant where the fungus most likely entered the tree. Not surprisingly, it was manmade damage that allowed the pathogen to enter the tree. Usually it was due to cut roots from a construction project years previously, but often the fungus entered through an above-ground wound, like an old pruning cut or some other type of damage. Now, this photo is of a palm in one of South Floridas Tree City USA municipalities. The Tree City designation is awarded when a city meets four standards: it must have a tree board or department; a tree care ordinance; a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita; proclamation. This designation is supposed to instill education, public image and community pride, publicity, and form a framework of action. I think this is a great program. Im sure a lot of people really like their trees and palms, and would welcome the op portunity to learn more about them and their care. What better authority to carry the torch than the municipality. It sets the standard, right? But where are the politi cians and city folks now, who accepted the Tree City designation with lots of fan fare and publicity? Where are they when there are egregious and obvious examples of tree abuse in their little burg? I have an idea for the next Arbor Day celebration, April 24, 2015. Make a list of the worst examples of tree pruning or tree abuse (like that in the photo but make sure to see it in the daytime without the lights on), or perhaps declining specimen trees damaged by construction that was approved by your local building department. Set up a tour. Instead of planting a tree somewhere, show people and the media how not to grow trees. Use this as an opportunity to teach people how to grow and care for trees, and put the politicians and city departments on notice that they cant just forget about our trees once the cameras are turned off. BT photo by Jeff Shimonski rfnttt tbbbrfntbftbnnfrrbrbnnnrb


Columnists: FAMILY MATTERSA View from the Sandwich GenerationOn the humility of the schmearBy Jenni Person BT ContributorYknow how Joey Tribbiani on Friends liked sandwiches? Little did we know back then that sandwich would mean a very different thing to us someday. I dont know about the middle, wrangling between generations one before me and one after me everyone complaining about me yet requiring my support and input. The sandwich generation. Since were Xers, and I guess some boomers, lets call it our Tribbiani moment. Heres an example: My mother, who was recently arrested for a hit-and-run (no one was hurt) needs more support than ever. The day of the accident, I was at work and she was taking care of my eight-year-old son, Izzi, who had no school that day. She called me at work, I was in a meeting. She put the police sergeant on the phone. I left my meeting to hug my trauma tized son, deal with the cops, and unfor tunately, the press (because it apparently was a very slow news day, including de capitations in the Middle East and racist police brutality in the Midwest...and for a certain TV news channel in Miami, preying on peoples weaknesses is more important than actual news). I missed work that day in order to be by her side for hours of police reporting and investi gation, to take care of my kid, to connect her to a lawyer, and to guard her from the media. I didnt sleep a wink that night as stress drowned out any potential Zs. I started the next day at 6:00 a.m., did two days worth of work. All I wanted was to collapse from exhaustion because of no sleep compounded by the increased churning machine of problemsolving, responsibility, and worry in the face of the situation. But we knew we needed to be with my mom for Shabbat dinner. So I manufactured an illusion of strength and we showed up at her door. While lighting Shabbat candles, my tween, Goldi, was busy screaming at me for my awful demands that she remain in the gifted program at school, and that we not talk about this right now, in the middle of Shabbat rituals. Even when sent to her room (the guest room at my moms), she screamed. I made three attempts at bringing her back to the table, but she never calmed down. Finally I couldnt take it any more, between my mothers denial of the accident and her asking the same question every 30 minutes that had already been answered; and Goldis mighty tween-neediness. at the U.S. Open. I reached my limit. I needed to crash. But my mother was suddenly imposing a parental strong arm, attempting to discipline her adult daugh ter, who was exhausted from parenting her and two actual children. So we left. You can see the pull of the melted cheese sandwich of my Tribbiani moment. Im pretty sure, from what we know of Joeys character, that the Tribbiani Special of our generation is probably a sub a densely layered, complicated than our parents sandwich generation experience. We must balance a different load than our parents did. More families boast two careers. More parents are single by choice. Money doesnt go as far. Home ownership, the bedrock of family stability of generations past, is now a bigger burden than ever before. School is incomplete and broken. And to top it all off, sandwiches themselves have fallen out of enemy of a generation favoring artisanal coffee and home-grown organic kale. The thing is, we learn from it. We learn about ourselves and Im not just talking about how we learn what a pain in the ass we are going to be to our kids one day when were old or what a pain in the ass we are to them now when theyre kids and we have to be the ones whose rules they abhor. We also learn who we are, what we are really capable of, and what matters. Its raw, profound, messy, and intri cately deep. These are the relationships involving nakedness literally. Re member how becoming a parent came with an instant shift in humility? Sud denly you didnt care how you looked or smelled, covered in spit-up or milk or food. And you didnt care about your own birthday anymore as you counted the days, weeks, months, and eventually years of your childs life. Now, from my view as the schmear between two sides of the bagel, theres a new humility. I am more mortal with every second of discovery of my own parents mortality. Feedback: rfrntbttbrrbbttbb rr THE FRENCH AMERICAN SCHOOL OF MIAMI LECOLE FRANCO AMERICAINE DE MIAMI rfntb rbfrfnb


74 Columnists: VINOBy Bill Citara BT ContributorWhen the Puritans set foot on Plymouth Rock in 1620 in what is now Massachusetts, they had a lot to be thankful for. They were thankful that they had gotten there at all after more than two months crossing a stormy Atlantic in a lumbering sow like the which and that they could make a new start in a new (Tough luck, Native Americans.) They were thankful for those Native Americans, who revealed to them the bles so that never again would they have For these and many other things, our Puritan ancestors were thankful so thankful, in fact, that in 1621 they threw themselves silly. 1863, when President Lincoln made it a national holiday. Almost 100 years later, great national holiday the Christmas then on, Thanksgiving Day would fall on the fourth Thursday of November. until now it begins on Thanksgiving itself, meaning turkey and cranberry families behind and give thanks for their like God and nature intended. have reason to give thanks, too. Though which bounces around between turkey and Grandmas green bean casserole, is wines, there are many affordable bottles a whackadoodle feast. To quote the im mortal Tom Lehrer: I have a few modest An excellent one sterling, even is the 2012 Sterling Central Coast Chardonnay This is one of those run varietal character and a strain of citrus whelm lighter fare. Thanksgiving turkey n trimmings is the 2012 Santa Florentina Torrontes delivers Torrontess characteristic background notes to soft citrus case of this one too. ros is the little black dress of the table. It goes with just about ev side is the 2013 Goats Do Roam a South African blend of Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvdre, and Gamay Noir that shows off tangy straw tart citrus backbone. The 2013 Toad Hollow Eye of the Toad Ros of Pinot Noir is as dry as George Carlins humor. The nose hints at more fruit than the wine delivers in the mouth, of these wines take as naturally to turkey as the gobble. The 2013 Vistamar Sepia Pinot Noir ... oh, never mind. Its terrible. The 2012 Leese-Fitch on amount of Pinot Noir character funk for less than $12. Theres toasty oak ness that makes it really quite refreshing. If youre looking for a red wine to cut than the 2011 Jean Saint-Honor Beaujolais-Villages Light body, low alcohol, its something we can all be thankful for. Now lets eat. Wine Pairings for Your T-Day TableRed, white, and you: Agreeable wine for $12 or less


75 Columnists: PET TALKKooky Kitty, Odd DuckTheir little quirks make our animals more like usBy Janet Goodman BT ContributorTheres much to be said about quirks, but for those things that make us the individuals we are, theyre often undervalued, even scoffed our peers. Standing out from the group leaves us feeling like outsiders, vulnerable to criticism, even ostracism. people, we run the other way from inde pendent thought or behavior, for fear of rejection. We all dress alike, listen to the same music, hang at the mall. That puts quirkiness on the back burner for later; possibly never, if we wrestle it to the ground, hogtie it, and throw it in the wagon for the long, one-way ride to Dullsville. Isnt it interesting, then, that when it comes to our pets, we embrace their to be endearing, hilarious and memorable okay for them but not for us. Gives them character, we boast. Accepting quirks without judgment in dogs, these idiosyncrasies are the things we often value most in them. Quirks make our pets more loveable. We love pets and their unique qualities so much that we share them with the rest of the world. YouTube is testament to the popularity of the quirky pet. Stars are born through animal videos gone viral, like Tyson the Skateboarding Bulldog. Grumpy Cat has gone beyond being a social media darling to having television specials and product licensing of her famous, impossibly frowny face. Madison Avenue has long understood the value of using animal quirkiness to help sell things. 9Livess Morris is the tured Charlie the Tuna sports a beatnikinspired beret and black-rimmed glasses; sugar-high hyperactive Silly Rabbit sells Trix cereal. Would we pay attention to the Geico Gecko if he didnt speak with an Aussie accent or walked on four legs like other lizards? Beauty catches our eyes, but anthropomorphic characteristics move our hearts. We celebrate quirks because they make our animals more like us Oh, and we go out of our way to make them more like us How many pets did you see paraded around at Halloween giant frankfurters? The following day, pictures of them were uploaded like crazy to Facebook. We get a royal kick out of holiday apparel for them, and the pet in dustry makes a royal buck from our need to make our furry friends more like us We buy sets of miniature Broyhill furniture for them to lounge on, fancy gourmet meals to eat, Louis Vuitton de signer leashes with matching collars, and satin bows for their hair. We do it because we have a need to humanize them. I admit Im guilty of this too. My cat Tim and I do a little front-porch Broadway performance where I stand behind him, raise him up on his back paws and give him voice, singing and dancing to If I Were a Rich Man from Fiddler on the Roof Of course, Tim has the Yiddish accent of Tevye; that always makes me laugh and Tim doesnt seem to mind. Over the years, Ive loved pets with Id say her name in a high-pitched, pighowl only during the opening theme song to our favorite TV show, Law & Order My couch buddys wet noodlelike ears would barely stand upright the endings siren, she was in full-out, head-up, spine-chilling aahoooo Gosh, I miss that. Bo the Catahoula has an odd bathroom routine. He trots around the toy, gently places it on the ground, then relieves himself of number two. Sugar was a sneezy one-eyed kitty (I couldve sworn she was winking at me), and her metal comb in hand. My sister has a cat named Moe-Moe that only drinks water by using her front three minutes scooping and drinking, scooping and drinking. Long after our pets are gone, these are the little things well remember with a smile. Zany bits of character that made them uniquely themselves and darn near human are why they were so dear. Yes, they had many other wonderful and not so wonderful qualities, but quirks really made them stand out as special beings. They say God has a sense of humor; maybe thats why He made them more like us Janet Goodman is a Miami Shores-based dog trainer, animal-talent wrangler, and principal of Good Dog Bad Dog, Inc. Con tact her at Feedback:


76 Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTS MIAMIBrickell / Downtown15th & Vine Kitchen485 Brickell Ave., 305-503-0373rfnrtbr fffnr frfr fnrf btr rn nfbfnfb fbn frnff Area 31270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, 305-424-5234f bf fff tb fr r nrb frf rfrrf Atelier Monnier848 Brickell Ave. #120, 305-456-5015Sesame Street bfrfn rffrfbnf brfb r ffrb frfrf nbbnfbbfb fbbbnf fAtrio1395 Brickell Ave., 305-503-6529rbff rr ffr rfb ffrfnnb fbff nrrbfr nbf nbnbfnfn nBalans901 S. Miami Ave., (Mary Brickell Village), 305-534-9191fb rf bnfr nfrfbnff rfbff frffb nfnbfrf b Bali Caf109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751rb ff fbrf rfb rrfr fb n nBar Urbano1001 S. Miami Ave., 305-381-5901bbffn fnfnf brrf nrbrnf frnbnn fn nbbf bbbf fnnnr nfnBatch Gastropub30 SW 12th St., 305-808-5555frb ffr nbn ffnrt bffnfn bf frfrffnfbfnfn nff fffnffnf fBiscayne Tavern146 Biscayne Blvd., 305-307-8300ffrbr rfnnb nb fnr f nffnr ffbf frfbf nffnn ffnfn nrBistro BE1111 SW 1st Ave., 305-375-0975rf b frrnfb fbfr nf fbfrfnb nfrfn bff nbfffrf nfnBlue Martini900 S. Miami Ave. #250, 305-981-2583ffbfb bfbrf fff rnfbffn fbnn b nfnrnbfnff rrnnrf rnb Bonding638 S. Miami Ave., 786-409-4794ff fb nfbr fbffff fnf nbnr ffbrr nffnb nfff fBrasileiro801 Brickell Bay Dr., 786-502-3829rbfnrf nbfnrf nrbfrf nn bnb frfbff fbnr bnrfrb nbffb fbn nBrother Jimmys BBQ900 S. Miami Ave. #135, 786-360-3650ffnfnnff rnff fbr rfrf ffnf fbffn nfbbfnnnr nnbnnBryan in the Kitchen104 NE 2nd Ave., 305-371-7777fr bf fffr fbfrnn rnf br nrbffff fnrnf frbffrbrf Burger & Beer Joint900 S. Miami Ave. #130, 305-523-2244ffffr nfbfrf nfrn bfffr b rbffn nnbfrbbbr nnffff nbnb rnfSeasalt and Pepper422 NW N. River Dr., 305-440-4200fbfnr brrf ff fbn rrffnr frfbrnffr rbff ffnbrf fnbrr nfnnrtf nfCantina La Veinte495 Brickell Ave., 786-623-6135frrfb fnff f fnb nfn nff ffbnff nnfbnrfrn frrfb nfr bbbCeviche Piano140 SE 1st Ave., 305-577-4414br br n fb fbff nnnfr ffbf ffb Cipriani465 Brickell Ave., 786-329-4090brfb rrfbrb fbff nfrff bnrf nfrrf b bbf rf fThe Corner1035 N. Miami Ave., 305-961-7887ffbf bfnbff rnb nf rfbbb f r bnfnf fn Crazy About You1155 Brickell Bay Dr. #101, 305-377-4442bnfrfb bfffr fnbbb ffr bffn fff bf bfn fDesole Metro Pizza Bar333 SE 2nd St., 305-381-9505rn rr fbnff rfnfrnrfnfr frfffb r nbbbfr nrbbr Cvi.che 105105 NE 3rd Ave., 305-577-3454ffb tfffrf f fff bf tiradito a la crema de rocoto ffff fffnb fbfbfr ndb Bistro Moderne255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-421-8800fbffbfnf fbb fnnn fbnffr fnf nnffnf trbf fr D-Dog House50 SW 10th St., 305-381-7770nr ffff rbf nrfb fnff ffnfbbrf frfb rrbf fffnDolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-403-3103rfb frrfb fr nnfb fbbnf fbnf fbnn Restaurant ListingsThe Biscayne Corridors most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 224.rf ntbnf nttnf tnt f f t tff nff ff


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78 Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTSDoraku900 S. Miami Ave., 305-373-4633rfnntn nfbnn nnnnn nf ffnnnn nnn nnnfnnn nnffnn nnn Downtown Bistro114 SE 1st St., 305-374-7284nnnnr nnnnnn fnntfn nnfnnfn nffrnn nfnt rnt nfn fnnfn fnfEdge, Steak & Bar1435 Brickell Ave., 305-358-3535nbnffnnn ffnnnf fnnnfn frnnnn nnnfnnn nn ntn fn nfnfElwoods Gastro Pub188 NE 3rd Ave., 305-358-5222nnrtn fnf nnnnfn nf nfn n nnnrt nffnnnn fFado Irish Pub900 S. Miami Ave. #200, 786-924-0972nn ffnfn rnnftnfnfn nnnnnnn nnnnfn fnnn frn tnnnnn nnThe Filling Station & Garage Bar95 SE 2nd St., 786-425-1990fnnnnn fnnnn nnnn nnfnn nnfnff nnnn nnffn nrfnnnn tnnnnffFratelli Milano213 SE 1st St., 305-373-2300nnnnnnn nnfnnn fnnnnf nnnnf nnnn nnfnnnn fn ffn nnGarcias Seafood Grille and Fish Market398 NW N. River Dr., 305-375-0765nfnfffnnn fnf fnnnnn nnfn nnnn nfn nHavana 19571451 S. Miami Ave., 305-381-6651fnnnnn nrtnn nnff ffnnnn nn nn nnn nnfn nIl Gabbiano335 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-373-0063nf nrtf nnnnnn nnn nnfff fnnnnnnn ffnn nff nnLa Loggia Ristorante and Lounge68 W. Flagler St., 305-373-4800nnnn nnnnnnnn nnnn nnnff nnfnnn nnfnn nfnnfn nnLa Mar by Gaston Acurio500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8358nnn nn nnnnff nffn fnfnfr ftf nf nrn nfntnnn fffnnnLa Moon 144 SW 8th St., 305-860-6209fnnnnnn nnfn nfn nnnnr nbtnn nnn fnnnn fLa Sandwicherie34 SW 8th St., 305-374-9852nnfnnb frntrn bnnbt nnn ffn rnntnf nnnbnn nnnnn nnnnfrnt LEntrecote de Paris1053 SE 1st Ave., 305-755-9995fnnnn nnnf nnfffnnf fnnrnnt nnnnn nfnn n nnnnff fLime Fresh Mexican Grill1 W. Flagler St., 305-789-9929nnn fffnf nffnnnnfn nnnfbf nff fn nnnnMint Leaf1063 SE 1st Ave., 305-358-5050fnnfn nfnnf fnnnnnn nnfnnnnf nfnnnfnnf nf fnrntnn rnnfnnnfn nnnt Momi Ramen5 SW 11th St., 786-391-2392nfnnnfn fnffnrfnn ntnnnnfnnn nnn nnnrfn tnnn nnnnfn nnnn bnnnn bnMPP Brickell141 SW 7th St., 305-400-4610nnnnfnnn nnfnn fnnnnf nffn nnnn nrf fn fntnfnn nnn My Ceviche1250 S. Miami Ave., 305-960-7825nnbfnnb nnnnnbn nnnnnnn nnnn bnfnfnn nnt nf fnnfn nnnfn bnN by Naoe661 Brickell Key Dr., 305-947-6263fnnnnn nnnnn rftnnf ffnffnnn nffnrn nntnfnfn nnnn nn nrnnftn nnfnnn nnnnnNaoe661 Brickell Key Dr., 305-947-6263nnnnf nnnfnnnn nnfnbnn nnnnnnnn fnrftn nnfnf nnnf nnfnfn nfnnfn nnnnneMesis Urban Bistro1035 N. Miami Ave., 305-415-9911nnfnn nnnfnnn nnfffn nf n Top Chefnnn nnnnfn rfnnnfnntn nnnnbfn nnnn nnn NIU Kitchen134 NE 2nd Ave., 786-542-5070nnn fn nbnfn nnfnnf nfnnf nnfn n nnn fnnnOceanaire Seafood Room900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862nnnnn nfnfn nfnnnnfn fbnnnn nnn nnnfn nfnnnn fnfnnfrn tfOTC1250 S. Miami Ave. 305-374-4612nnnff nnnnn nn nfffnnn nnfffnn nnnnn ffrn nfntn nnf nfnnnPerfecto1450 Brickell Ave., 305-372-0620nnfnf nnnnnrbn nntn fnfnn n nrnnnn trft frnnntn nfPerricones15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449nnnrfnt fnffnfn nnfnnn nnfnnnfnn fffnnn bnnffrftfnn nffnnn nnfnn Pizzarium69 E. Flagler St., 305-381-6025nnn nnn fnnnn ffnffn nnnnnn nnnnf nnnn nnnnnn nnRajas Indian Cuisine33 NE 2nd Ave., 305-539-9551nnn nnnnnn fnnnnnn fnrnnt rffnt nnnnn nnThe River Oyster Bar650 S. Miami Ave., 305-530-1915ffn nnnf nnnf nnn nfnfnffffn nnnn nff nnfn nnnnRosa Mexicano900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001 www.rosamexicano.comnnffnnn nnn nffnfn nnnnnfnn rnffn nnt nnf nnnSparkys Roadside Restaurant & Bar204 NE 1st St., 305-377-2877fnrnn fnnnbtnn n n nffn nnnn nn nnnnnn nnnnn ff fStanzione 8787 SW 8th St., 305-606-7370 nn nfn nnnfnn nnnrftnrn trbnnt rntnfrft nnnn nrfn ntnSumi Yakitori21 SW 11th St., 786-360-5570ffnnfnff nn ffnff nnnn nnnnfnffnn


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Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTSrfntnb bnbtfrbf ttnbfnbbnnbff nrtnbf bnbbTemaris1250 S. Miami Ave., 305-836-2747nnnbfbbf fnrnnbbnf fnnnnnbfrr bnrffff nnnrnbtfbntfn nbnnfnrb bfnn rbbnnrn nbbnnTobacco Road626 S. Miami Ave., 305-374-1198nfnrnbrrn nnrffnrft nnnr nbnfftb ffrtnfbnb bnnfnnnrnff nttfn nrnTop Burger109 NE 1st St., 305-379-3100bfnnnbnfnrnn rbffr rbfbnbfnnn nnnfrnbbf bfbbtfnfnfn tnnnbnrr rnnftf nfbbbfnfbf tfToro Toro100 Chopin Plaza, 305-372-4710nbnfbrfnfnf nnnntf bnbrrbfnnn nnbnfnbbnbtttnb fbbfrftf fnbnbnrr nbnfn bnnn nntffnnbnnn ftfnToscana Divino900 S. Miami Ave., 305-571-2767fnnnnrbbn nrnfrnnftrrbf nnfnnnb nfffffbrfnbn bnbn nbbrnfb bfnf nnnftfbnnn bbffnn fbnrnbbnTre Italian Bistro270 E. Flagler St., 305-373-3303nrbbnbnffn ftnbttbnn brffnfbnf brbnbtfb nbtfnnrff nbfnnbnbtfn nbtfnnfnnb tfntnnbTrulucks Seafood, Steak, and Crabhouse777 Brickell Ave., 305-579-0035nbfnnntfftnf bnnnnbfnr rfnbbbnnfr fntfbnbnnfn nffnnnn tfnbtrfbfn bfbnnnbfr nffnnnnnnbb nnTuyo415 NE 2nd St., 305-237-3200fnnrnrfnr fbtnbnfnbb ftfbbrtb ffnnrn fbbrtnbnnn nnnnnrnbn ntnbnrfftbnbfn nntftbnr brntnnnbnrn btfbbVerde Restaurant & Bar1103 Biscayne Blvd., 305-375-8282bfnnfbnbnr nnnnnnfnnn nbrnfnn b notnnbbnbffff fnbnb brnfnbfrb nntfbfnnbfnnfb fbtfnnff fnbnbfnr bnbbftfbnf brbn Wolfgangs Steakhouse315 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-487-7130nnntntnbnbbnr bnrnnnfnftf nbbfftfffr fnnbfnbnrbnn brnbbnfnnnn bnnfnnfnt rbfnnnnfbn bbnnnbrftfb nnrnrfn frZuma270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-577-0277fnnfbn nftnbnnbn tnbrrfnnb ffnnfnnbnr ftbrbtnrntrfnf ftffnnn tnnnnfrnf nrtfrnbbfr nfbnMidtown / Wynwood / Design DistrictB Sweet20 NE 41st St., 305-918-4453ffrfnfbtbnnn bfbtnffbn ntntbrrnf bntnbbfnb frrbnbbn nbbnbfnt fbrnffnnrnrff nnbnn fbbrrftfbbnf tfrnBengal2010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-403-1976fbnrfbnbnnrb nrbnftnbrbf bnbff ftnbtnnrnnnnfb nnfnffbfnnrnbrbb nbtfbnnnnbf nfntffbfnnfb tfnBin No. 181800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575ftnfbnrfnnr ffbbnbbntnn nrnbfnntnb nbtfbbfbnnn rfbfnnffnnn ffffbrnnbrfnb nfbfn nbnbnfb nnnfbfbBlackbrick3451 NE 1st Ave. #103; 305-573-8886nnffbffnf nfnbnrfnbbn nfffbnn frnff ffnnbnffb rftbfnbn ftrfnbtffnnb tnbbffnrf nnbnbnbnnfn Bocce Bar3252 NE 1st Ave. #107; 786-245-6211nbnnbnnbnrn nffnrfn fbbnn nbnfnfrnbnbr tnfbn nbfrnnrtf fbnrnbfbnnrnf tfnbbfnntfnb fnbffrfn ftbnrnb nBuena Vista Bistro 4582 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-5909fnfbnrftffnnr rnbtntftbnr nbtbffbtnnn rnrbrtfntfr bnrnfnntfnr tfnnfnn nrfnbnn nnBuena Vista Deli4590 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-3945fnrtbrn bfbrnfnfftfnf nnbfbnbfnbf fnfnfbbtf fbrnfnnnb fnfnnnnnbnrnb nbrfnrbnbbnf bnfbnft rnfnnnnnb nrtrfr


Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTS BRUNCH MENUBottomless Mimosas and Sangrias for $20 during brunchentrees::Shakshuka Moroccan Brunch 12 Egyptian Brunch 14 Croque Madame 12 Merguez Benedict 16Salmon Benedict 16Brioche French Toast 10 Mascarpone Pancakes 10SAMPLES FROM OUR MENUdips::Besara, Hummus, Tzatziki, Baba Ghanoug, Tahini and Spicy Feta small plates::Spanakopita 5Baked Kibby 7 Stu ed Grape Leaves 6 Fried Calamari 8 Stu ed Cabbage 6pita sliders::Lamb Burger 12 Falafel 9from the oven::Pastitsio 10 Moussaka 12 Beef Bourguignon 15 Vegetable Tagine 12 Fish Tagine 16 large plates::Kebab Plate 14Osso Buco 18 Coq Au Vin 15 Roasted Whole Branzino 26 Chicken Milanese 14 Spaghetti Bolognese 12 WEEKEND BRUNCH!SAT & SUN 11AM-4PMHAPPY HOURTUES-SUN 6-7PM2-FOR-1 DRINKSOUTDOOR PATIO OPENING SOON!749 NE 79th Street Miami, FL 33138 786.391.0300HOURSTues-Fri 6pm 10:30pm Sat & Sun 11am 10:30pm Closed MondaysSee our FULL MENU at e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g ME sa u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n s s smal s small p mallpl T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T F F F F F F F F F F F e e e e e e e e e e e e e e allplat p p p p y y y y y y y y y y F F F F F F F n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n F F F F F F F F F F F ng brun F F F F F F F F B Be Be Be Be Be B Be Be Be B Be Be Be Be B B Be B e e e e e e s s s s s s s s s s r uringbrunch uring b MPL MP M E a : s:: :: d a dip d a M M E M E M M E M ENU M U ENU N N EN U N N S S SAMP L P A P L S SAMPL ALL LAMB AND BEEF ARE GRASS FED, FISH IS WILD CAUGHT AND CHICKEN IS FREE RANGE


Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTSThe Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill165 NW 23rd St., 305-846-9120rfnft nffnbbr bbrbbf nfrfbfnnt fbttb brtrrbbftf fbrbrfrf bfbftb rbnbftnCerviceria 100 Montaditos3252 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-921-4373ffbrffnfbf bbb fbbtrnff trffft btbbrnb fffbbrfrf bfnfrf rrfbfr rfbbCity Hall the Restaurant2004 Biscayne Blvd. 305-764-3130tfbn brbbf rnbrbbtf fftn fffbfrfb nfffb tbbtnbfffbbr frtrftfb btb and rt ft fnCraft Bar & Q350 NE 24th St. #109, 786-615-6622ffbr bnfnnf frrfbtbb tffbrf frbrf ffbbbbn bbbrfffff tbbtf nfbfbff bfThe Cheese Course3451 NE 1st Ave. 786-220-6681bbbn tffrbnbbb bbbff fbfffn bnnbfrftfnbf bbrffrbfrfbt brfbfn bffrfbbftrn rrrffrffThe Cypress Room3620 NE 2nd Ave., 305-520-5197fffnfbt bftbbn rfbtnfn fnntft ffrttb bfff tff bbbt ftrfbtft tfrftffDaily Melt3401 N. Miami Ave. #123, 305-573-0101fftrbbf bffbnnr ftffftfb bfbbt tfftrfnb bfbtf tffbbbff fr fbbff bbbffrbffr fThe District190 NE 46th St., 305-573-4199tr fbffbttbbrf nbbb bffbfb bbfbf bbfbrbbrf bfbrf fffbbr frfrfbb nEnriquetas Sandwich Shop186 NE 29th St., 305-573-4681bfnbt fbbfftbnnfb rfbtf tfbfn frfftb nftbbbrf frfbrfb fbbbt bbbbrfttrb tThe Embassy4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-8446bt tnfbtrr fbrr fbbt tfntnrb bbfbrfr ftrbrf btbtrnfn fftbrffb ffnbnFireman Dereks Bake Shop & Caf2818 N. Miami Ave., 786-449-2517trr bnn fbfbbtfn rbttffb bbrfbfbnfbr bfrnfbrt bbrttbrtnt bnGigi3470 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-1520brnbtfr ffbftbbn tnbfbfbf btbnn tbbffbr nrffrfrbf tnnfrftf rrbtb brffbrnHarrys Pizzeria3918 N. Miami Ave., 786-275-4963btttbn bfb nnbfbffbfnbn ftbfbbbt bnfrbftnfrbbb bbtfrn nbfbb nfbrtnntrt nnbrff frrffb iSushi Caf3301 NE 1st Ave. #107, 305-548-8751ftrbt bnbb nrnfnff rrftrfr frbfbfrr ftfbb btbftb fftfftrbr brtfff Jimmyz Kitchen2700 N. Miami Ave. #5, 305-573-1505fbtbf bbbff brrfbbrfft bbtbbbn frft ftrffnf ntfbrbffb rbrbrrfbf Joeys Italian Caf2506 NW 2nd Ave., 305-438-0488tfbrt ffbtbf ffnbnn ffbff bfbtrbbtnbfb bbbbfb tbbnbffb fftfb nKouzina Greek Bistro3535 NE 2nd Ave., 305-392-1825bbfrffntnf btbfft frbtb bbtbbffbbf trfff fbbbff bnfbr fftbnbff fb fnntbnKush2003 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-4500f nnfft btnnbbnn frbffb btbtf tfrr fnfrfnrffr rfrbrfrffb rftftt n


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Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTS Lagniappe3425 NE 2nd. Ave., 305-576-0108rrfrrntbrn nrrnrnrrrrn rnrrr nrnnrrn nrnnrrrnr rnfrnr nnrrnrn nfrnrnr frn rrrLime Fresh Mexican GrillShops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-576-5463rrnnrnrrnr nnrnrrr ffnrrrnrnr nnrrrr nrrfrrn rrrnnnnr nrrr fLost & Found Saloon185 NW 36th St., 305-576-1008nrrrrrn rnnr nrnrnrnnr fnrrnrr rrrnrr nrrrnr rr nrnrr nrMandolin Aegean Bistro4312 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-6066rnrtnnr rnrrnrr rnrrrn rrrrr rr nnnrrr nrnrn nrrrMC Kitchen4141 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-9948nr rnrrfrnrn rnrrrrrrrrrrnr rnr nrrrrnrrr nnrr rnrrrnrrn frrrnr rrrn nrrrrrr Michaels Genuine Food and Drink130 NE 40th St., 305-573-5550rrnnrrnrnnrrr nnnrrrn rrnrrrn rnrnrr nrnnn rrrrn rrnrnnr nnr rrrnr rrMignonette210 NE 18th St., 305-374-4635 rnr n r rnfr nrr rn rrrnr rrnnrrMikes at Venetia555 NE 15th St., 9th floor, 305-374-5731nnrnrnr rntnnn rrrnnrnrn rrnr rnnnrrrnrn rnr rrnr rbMmmm2519 NW 2nd Ave., 786-703-3409rnrrnrn rrnrrn nnrnbr nnrnrnr rrrrr nrrrnrn frrnr rrrrrnrn r rMoloko3201 N. Miami Ave. #104, 305-572-9336nnrrnrrn rnnrrnrn nrr rrrrnnrr nrrn rnnrn rrrr nfnrrrrn rMorgans Restaurant28 NE 29th St., 305-573-9678rntbrn rrrrr nrrrrnn rr ultimate rrnr rnrrnrrrnr rrnrr rrrr rnnrrr rrrNoVe Kitchen & Bar1750 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-503-1000rrnrrrn rnrnnrnrnr rnrrr rrrnrrn rrrnrr nnrnrrrnrn nrr nnrrb rrOak Tavern35 NE 40th St., 786-391-1818rnrrrrrnrr rnnrr nrnr rrnrr rnrn rnrnrrr rnrrnnrr rnrrrrn rrrrrnrrrrnr nnnrPizza Pazza275 NE 18th St. #109, 786-762-2238nrr rnrnrn rnrnrnnrnrn rnrrnr nrrrr rrrrn nrnrnrn rrrnrrrnr nnrnrnn rnrrrrPride & Joy2800 N. Miami Ave., 305-456-9548nrnnrn nrnrf rrnrr ffnn rnrrrnr rrnrrn rrrnn nnrrrnr nProhibition3404 N. Miami Ave., 305-438-9191rrnrnfnnrn rrnr rnrn rrr frrrn rrrnrrnrr rrrrr rrrrnrnrrnr rrnrrnrnrr rR House2727 NW 2nd Ave., 305-576-0240rrnrrrnrrrr rrrrrrr rrr rnrrrr rnrrn rrrrrn nnnrrnrr rrnnrr nrr rrrRiviera Focacceria Italiana3252 NE 1st Ave., 786-220-6251nrnrrr rnrnrrr rrnrrrr rrrrnnrn rrrrrnr nrnrrr rnrrrn rrrnrnrn rrnnnr rSakaya KitchenShops at Midtown Miami, Buena Vista Avenue 305-576-8096nnrr rnrnnrn rrnrrnr rnnrrrrr


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86 Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTS rffrntfb ffrrrrfbbff rfbfbbf fffffbrfrr bbfbnSalumeria 1043451 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-424-9588frrrbfbrf fbrrfrrfr rfrfrrrbfrn rrfrfrrrr frnrbrbbr fbbrfrrrrfr frrrbrrfffn rrrf ffrrffbrf rfrnSalsa Fiesta2929 Biscayne Blvd., 305-400-8245rrrrfffbfr fbfrbfb fbfbrrrbbrrnrr ffbfrfrfrfbf rfrbfbrrf rfrrrfffbnr fbrrff fnS & S Diner1757 NE 2nd Ave., 305-373-4291rffbfrrrbbfn ffbrffrffrf rrrbfrffrbf bbfrrfb brrfrf rrfbrnfbfbr brrrfrffr bbnShikany251 NW 25th St., 305-573-0690 rbfrbfrr brrfffffnfbfbff rfbrbrfbbb rrfrrrfbr rfrffrbnf frbfffbffrfnr rbfffrrrb brrr frbfffrbf bnShokudo World Resource Caf 4740 NE 2nd Ave., 305-758-7782rrfbfbrfbb rrffrbfrfrrf fnrrfffrbrfff rfnfrbbfrbrrf ffrrrnf ffrrffrff frbrrrrf rffrb fbffnrbb fnSugarcane Raw Bar Grill3250 NE 1st Ave., 786-369-0353bbfrbfffbf ffbfff frfrfrf frrfrrrrrbfff rbbbnfrf rfrffffrf brfrfbrnrr brrfrb bfrnSuViche2751 N. Miami Ave., 305-960-7097rffrrrfrr frffrfbb rrfrfrfrbf fbrbbbfrf bfrrrfbbn rfrffb ffrrrf ffrbrffnrrfbb frbbrfbnThea Pizzeria-Caf1951 NW 7th Ave., 305-777-3777rrrfrrbb frrrrfbfr rbrrfffrbf frrrbrnrrff ffrffffrf bfrrrffrf rfrffrfb brbrrbrfr brnrrbrnf ffnrrrfrftfnTony Chans Water Club1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-374-8888brrbbbrfrfr rrfrfrrbffnr rbffffnf rfrbfrfrff brrfnrr rfbrfbffbfrf rrrbnffbrr rfbbbfrrrb rfnWine Vault MiamiShops at Midtown Miami Fountain Circle #105, 786-691-2000tfrr bfbnfbrrfrrbbrr rrrrrnrrr bfrrfffrrrbbr bbfnfrnf bfrrfrnrfrrrbbfr ffrfbbrfbb rfrrfrfrr rrfnfbrr frfrfrnWynwood Caf450 NW 27th St., 305-576-1105brfrfbrfr bfrfbrrbrrr rrfrfrrfrr fbrrbrrf bnbrfbbbr bbrrrffb rrffrbnfrrr rnfrrrfbbrf rrfbfrfbbf nWynwood Kitchen & Bar2550 NW 2nd Ave., 305-722-8959rffr rrrrrrfrrrnf rbtrffrbb rrrfrrrfrfrbf nrfffbr frfrfffrb bbf bbffrbfrb brrrfffrrb frfrrnZak the Baker405 NW 26th St., 786-280-0327rrbrfrbbrffbr brfrffbrb frrfbfrfb nfffbfbrr frfrbrrbfrf rfrfbrfb rrfnrfbb rrbrbfbf frnrrfrfbr fbffbfff brnUpper EastsideAndiamo5600 Biscayne Blvd. 305-762-5751rbffrfrr rbrrrfrr rrrrrfbff bfbnrrr frrfbbfbbbtf rfrrfrfrrr fbnfff rrrrrbrrnbrf frrnBalans Biscayne6789 Biscayne Blvd., 305-534-9191rrfrfbrrrrrr ffffrrbfnr rrrfrrfrrrf rrrrfrfbfbnfrr frfrrrrrbfrr rfbnff brrffbbfr brfrrbfrr bfffbf nBarMeli725 NE 79th St., 305-754-5558rrfbrfrb rrffrfrfr rffbfrrr frffrrbfb bfrffb rffbrffrfff fffrbrffrbb brnrfbrfbff rrffffffrf rffrffnBig Fish620 NE 78th St., 305-373-1770frbrff fbrrtfr rffrrrrrrffb rrrffrrrffff rrfrfnfrr fbrrfrfrfbrfr fffbrfrfrfn rrfrfrfffr frbnBlue Collar6730 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-0366rbfrbb bfrfbrr fffbffr fbrbbrrbbfn bbrbnfffb brrbrn frbrrffrfff rrbrffrrfrnBoteco916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735rrrrbfbrbr fbrfrfrffrrrbfr frfrfnbrfffrrf brfffffrfbb rfffrffbfrf rffbrn rrffffrrr rffrffrbn


Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTS B & M Market219 NE 79th St., 305-757-2889rfnrttrrb rfrrr trrfrfrrrt rrrrfrfr fntrr rrfrrfrrff rtrfrt rrrtrfrr Choices Vegan Caf646 NE 79th St., 786-803-8352rrrrtfrrtrrf nrtrftrrbbff trrr rffrfrfr rrfrrrr rrrrft rfrrfrffr rrrrrf frtrfDogma Grill7030 Biscayne Blvd. 305-759-3433rrfrnfrf rrfrrfr rrfrrfrrf rrfffftrrr rrtrfrrr trfrftrt rrrtr rfrfrrrrrf tfFiorito5555 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-2899rrfnrrfr rrrrrrrt rrf rrrrtr rfrfrnnrtrfrr trfrfrt frrftf rfrttrrrfrfrfrrtrr ffrrrtrf rrrFlavorish Market7283 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8787rtrrrrftf rrfrfrfr rfrrfrf rrrfftbtrrr rffrt rrffrrfrrr rbrrrfff frrfrrf trfrfr rrrrt trrrfbrtrThe Federal Food, Drink & Provisions5132 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-9559frrb rfrfnrrrrr rrffrr rfrrrf frfrfrrrrr rfrrrfrt rrrrfrftrfff rff rfrrtrff frrff tLa Tour Eiffel7281 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-0014rrbrrfr trrrbtrrfr frfrrfr rrrr rtfttr rrfrbrrr rfrfrrbff frfrtrfrr rrfrrtr Loba7420 Biscayne Blvd., 786-536-6692ftrtrrrt rfrrtr rrrrfrrrr rrfr rfrftrrff rfrftr rfrntrrrrfr rrrrr trfrrrfrrfff fnrrfrf tLo De Learf nrrrrrrrrfr rrrrrrrfr rrfrrrfrfrr rbrrtrrrft rfrtrrrrr ftfrfrrf rfrr rrrrfr Magnum Lounge709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368rrrrfffrrr rrtff ffrrrtr tfffrrf rtrrrfrrtrr frfffrfr ffr ffrMiMo Art Caf592 NE 77th St., 305-765-7733 r trftr rrfb rrfrrr rfrnrfr frtrrrrfrrbf brbrfbrrfr ffrrrrr ftrrfrr frMinas Mediterraneo749 NE 79th St., 786-391-0300rrrtffrrf rfrffrrfrf frfr rrfrt rrrtr rrrrfrr rbrrr trrrrrtrfrrf rrrrrfrrfrrfrrf frfrfrMi Vida Caf7244 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-6020fbfrrrfrfrrr rfbrrrrrf fffrrrfrfr rrfrf rtrfrr frrrr rrftrf rfrrrfrfrrf rffrrffrrf rrfrrMoonchine7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999rrtffrt rrrrrrfrfr rrrtrfrfrf rrfrbrr rrrrfrr rfrrf ffrfrrf rrrrfrfr Moshi Moshi 7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786-220-9404rfr trtrrfrrrrrrrrtr rffrr rrffr rrrrrrtrrrr rrfrrrr rrrftrf rrrbrfrr trNews Lounge5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-758-9932rrrrrf tfrrfrrrffr tr rfrrfrt rrrrrr ffrrtrt rfrrftrrfr rrrrr rrNi.Do. Caffe & Mozzarella Bar7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-960-7022rrfrr rrrr rrrrrfrrtrf rrrfrfrrtrf ffrrrrtf rfrfrrtrr rfrrrr rrrfrrrtrrf rRoyal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002nrrrfrr rrftrrrr rrr rrr rfrfrrfrtrr ftbtrrrf rfrfrrrrrrr rfrrrfrff rrfrrffr Siam Rice7941 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-0516frrrrrrfrr rfrfffrrtrf rrrfrrr frfrr rffrrtrf frrrrrrf rfbtr rrfrrfrrrrrr rfrrrfSoyka5556 NE 4th Court, 305-759-3117rrtffr rfrrr rrrrf rfrrrrrrtf rffr


88 Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTS rf ntbttftrftn tf ftbTap 791071 NE 79th St., 305-381-0946bbtfnrffr rftfbr ttftfrrr tnfbf rfftnrftfffb nfrff ttntfttf tfbfbtnrb ttnfbf rfrttfbTaperia Raca7010 Biscayne Blvd., 786-751-8756ftfft tttnf ttfrft rftt fttft fftnrfftrfb ttttnt tt tntbtf ttfttfn tttftbVia Verdi Cucina Rustica6900 Biscayne Blvd., 786-615-2870tttttftf btntnrftft trfnfbb ftt fftnrftrfb tftnffn nfb tft tfnfrfbOggis Caffe1666 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1238ftnttt ffbrfb ffrbnf nnfr tftfn trfttnrftt tttfrfnrftn fnfbPaprika1624 NE 79th St., 305-397-877fttntb ftfnf ntbftff ntftb ttttrftft ttrf fnntfrtf trfnfn nftnfbCaf Prima Pasta 414 71st St., 305-867-0106ftrtrf nfrbrfb tfntttf tfbrft ttnttf ttttnfb rfn ftttt trfbtnf bTamarind Thai 946 Normandy Dr., 305-861-6222fttfbft ftfftfntfnt ftftntftf trfftfrf fnftffb ftfff tfnrftn frftttff rbCte Gourmet9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112, 305-754-9012fftfff frbttfrf tntnnb rtfnnrnrt bfrfnn nrftf fntnrftt ntttftfnt nrffffff trtfbMiami Shores Country Club10000 Biscayne Blvd., 305-795-2363bnftf ttrftrntf ntnrf trff fttntrtf fftfrf tbrntfbntftf ttfnrf Bagels & Co.11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435fftnt tfftt fff fntrtfr nrfbrtt rffffr tfnrbrttfn tftfrBulldog Barbecue/Bulldog Burger15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655fttrfr ntftttf ffftr nrftttbt ftnnntft fbn tfb nrftnfff rbtftb ffntfftbCane Sucre899 NE 125th St.,305-891-0123ffrff trfntnftn ftfrtfft tf tnttntfnrn ffttftbtfb frfnn nnfrtfrb ttfbCaptain Jims Seafood12950 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-2812frttttrf brtrtf ftnrffntf rfnrftfb rftt rffffttnbfn rfnt ttttfttfnf btChen-huyae15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-956-2808tbffnff tbttrfrt rfttt fttffftttf tbbfft tfnnr trttntfb ttfnfttnf fffbFish Fish13488 Biscayne Blvd., 786-732-3124rffr ffrrfbfb fttbrfffn ttr tttfrnfrfn tfftnf bttfftf ttntf ntfftftf ttntfftttfn tnffrffrf bFlip Burger Bar1699 NE 123rd St., 305-741-3547 btftnrfftfn fffbbbb ftfffbfb tfttrfnfn ftfttf ffrfb tnbnbrnb tttntbttnf tfbGiraffas1821 NE 123rd St., 7 86-866-9007rfbtbbb rfbbffttfr nbbttfff ffntf ntfnfft bbfrbrt tttbbr rtfnnb fnftfGreat Harvest Bread Company1817 NE 123rd St., 305-899-9998fffnrfr ttrfb ftf fbb brfn tftnnbfrf ttrf tftftftrfrttnfb tnrftffbrbbtnn tf 305-758-05167941 Biscayne Blvd., MiamiSee our extensive Thai & Sushi menu at DINE IN TAKE OUT DELIVERY PARTY CATERINGOpen 7 Days for Lunch and Dinner FOLLOW US ON Mon-Fri 11:30AM 11PM; Sat-Sun 12:30PM 11PM Your purchase of $30+(excluding Lunch Specials) with this ad. exp. 11/30/14$5OFF THAI & JAPANESE LUNCH SPECIALS from $7.99Monday-Saturday TEL:305-754-8002 www.schnitzelhausmiami.com1085 N.E. 79th Street / Causeway, Miami, FL 33138 ORIGINAL BAVARIANBIER GARTENOPENDAILYFROM5:00PMTO11:00PMFRIDAY& SATURDAYTOMIDNIGHT


Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTS Jefes Soul Shack12581 Biscayne Blvd., 305-989-5811rfntbb nbnbbbbnb rbnbfb bbrbbbnbb bbbbfbbbbbf bbbbnbbfbb bbbnbbbbnbbn bbfbrbbbfnnnb bbbbbbrbnb bnfbbnnbbbbb KC Healthy Cooking11900 Biscayne Blvd. #103, 786-502-4193bbbnbb fbffbnbnnb nrnbbffnnfbb bnbbbbnf bbbbbbfnbbbnn bbbnfrfbbb bnnfnbbbn bbffbbbnnnbb nbbfnbffLittle Havana 12727 Biscayne Blvd., 305-899-9069rbbbbbnbb bbbbrb brnnbb brbnrfnnbf nbfbbbbb brnfbbbb bnbbbbbbf nbbbnbrbbMama Jennies11720 NE 2nd Ave., 305-757-3627bfbbbbnbbbr nbbnbbrn bbbbffb bnbbbrnn bbbfnbbbbb rbbbbnbfbb bbbbnbbbb bbbbnnbb fbbbbbbPastry Is Art12591 Biscayne Blvd., 305-640-5045brbtbfbnbbbbn bfbnbbbrbb bbbfbbnbrbf bbfbbbnfbb bfbbbbbn rnnnbbbnbr bbbbbbbnbb bnbbbbbbbn bbfnbbbPetit Rouge12409 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-7676brbbnbr bbbbbbb bbbbbbrbbbnbbb bbbbbbr rnbbbbr bbbbnbbbnr bbnbrnbb bbfnbfnfbbbbb bnfbbbbbbPiccolo Pizza2104 NE 123rd St., 305-893-9550frbbbb bbbnbbn bbnbbbbbb nbnbbnbbnb bnfnfnbbnbn rnbnbbbbbfnb nfrbbnbbbb nbbbnbn bbbbfbbfbn nbnbbbSteves Pizza12101 Biscayne Blvd., 3 05-891-0202bbbnbbbbbb brrbnb bbbbbbb bbbbbb nfnbrbbrb bbrbn bbbbnbbb bTunky Tunky11052 Biscayne Blvd., 786-953-5825bbbfnbffbnb bbbtnb brbbbbbrbrbb bnnbbbbbrb bbbbn bbbnnbnbrnb bbbbbbrbnbb bnbb nbrbbbNORTH MIAMI BEACHBlue Marlin Fish House 2500 NE 163rd St., 305-957-8822bbbbbnnbbf bnbnbbbbnbbb nbbbnbbn bbbbbbnb nbnbbnbrnnbb bbbbrnbrbbbbf bfbbnbbb bbChef Rolfs Tunas Seafood Restaurant17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-0630 rbbfnnbbf nbrbnfb rbbbnfbbbnbf bnbfbbbnbbbb bbfbbn nbbnrbr bbbbrbb bbbbbbbrnb rbnbbbbbbbbEleat Restaurant & Lounge3207 NE 163rd St., 786-440-7104nfbbbbrb bbbnbbnfnbnnn bbbb rbbbbb bbbb rbbbfrffbtbbf bnbnbbbb bnfbbbfbbbbb rbbbrbrnb bbbbbbbnbr bbbbbbEl Gran Inka3155 NE 163rd St., 305-940-4910nbnbbnbbfrbb bfbbbbnbbbb bbbbbbbbfr bbfbnnbbnnbbf bbbbrbbbbfbnn bbtbbbbbnbnb bbfnbbbrb bbnbnbrbnb Heelsha1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393nnnbbbbfnbfb rbbbbbbbnf nnbfbbrbbbb bbbnbbrbbnbn nbbbnbbfb bbbnrb bbbnfbbbrb bbnbfbbb brbnbbn bKing Palace330 NE 167th St., 305-949-2339bbbbbnbrfbrbn bfbbfb bbbbbbrbbr rfbbbbbbb bbbbbbbbbbbb nbbbbnbbbnbbb bfbbbnnfbrbb rbfbbbrbb fnbnbfnbbfnb nbfbKings County Pizza18228 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-792-9455fnbbnffbbbbbf fnbbnfbbbfbbb bbbbbfbnb bbbfbbf nbfbfbnn bbfnbbbbb bfbbbbbf bbbbbbbbrbbrb bbnnLaurenzos Market Caf16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381nbbrbbbrbbbnb bbbbbbfbb nrbbbnbbb bbrbbbfnbbbfb bnbrbbb nbbfbbtnbrn bbfbfbbbfnb nbbbnrb brbbfnbbb bbnbLime Fresh Mexican Grill14831 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-8800 www.limefreshmexicangrill.combrrrbbbbn bnfbbbbbnb bbbnnb bbbrfbbbnb bbnbnbb nbbnbbfbbnbr fbbbLittle Saigon16752 N. Miami Ave., 305-653-3377bbbbbnn brbbbbbbbbbb bbrbbbnb bbnbbnbnbbrbf ffbbbbfn bbbbbrbbbb bnnnrbbbffb bbbbbnnnOishi Thai14841 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4338 fnfbbnbf rbfbbbfnbbb rbbbbbbbb bbnrbfnb bbnnbrfbfnbbb fbbbbbbbnnb bbbnbnf bbnfbrnb


Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTSPanya Thai520 NE 167th St., 305-945-8566rfr fnnntbfr ffbrnnfn nb bbrbrrbb nnfnnfbn nbnrnnn fnrrnfn nbnrbnRizios Peruvian Cuisine15975 Biscayne Blvd., 305-945-5111frnnn ftbnnrnfnrf bbf rn bnrn fbb nnnfttb nnn nrfrnrr rrfShing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House 237 NE 167th St., 305-654-4008bfnn bnffnnnrb nfn bfrbrb bnfbnb bfrbbnn frbbfbn rnr rnrrrSiam Square54 NE 167th St., 305-944-9697bnn bnrnntb brrrf ffbnfnf nnnffr bnnrff fbbb bnSoprano Caf3933 NE 163rd St., 855-434-9035rf fbn fbrfbfn frnf nrbtbf nr nnfb ffnfb brnffn bTanias Table18685 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-9425nfnrbb nb ffrrb rfnnrrb fbnnnb bb fnbnn rnnn rnbnnbbnnrnVegetarian Restaurant by Hakin73 NE 167th St., 305-405-6346frfnffnnff nbbn rrnfrnb fbfn rnfb bbnffrbb brn nrff rnnYakko-San3881 NE 163rd. St. (Intracoastal Mall), 305-947-0064fffrb bffbrn rrrrff nbrbnnnn fbrbbnfn rbnnnnnb rbnfbnrffnn rrr nbBettos Ristorante Italiano1009 Kane Concourse, 305-861-8166frffbbnn bnbrn fbffbrf fnrnffrb rffnrn fbbnnbn nfbbrfnn nbnnnnb nbffnOpen Kitchen1071 95th St., 305-865-0090frbf nbbnb brfrnr nnff nftbn rnrrbbrr fbrnbrnfbb rnnnffn fnrnnffb rnThe Palm9650 E. Bay Harbor Dr., 305-868-7256rnfbnr bfbffn frfnn r nnnnn bbbfr nnr bbAnthonys Coal Fired Pizza17901 Biscayne Blvd., 305-830-2625n bbnfn nff nnnn rnn nrrrbn bfnrfbb nrnrn rrBagel Cove Restaurant & Deli19003 Biscayne Blvd. 305-935-4029nfrn fnbnbnb rfnnr nb rffrf brnfnr ffbbnnfnrrf nbnfbnnn bnBourbon Steak 19999 W. Country Club Dr., 786-279-0658 (Fairmont Hotel, Turnberry Resort)nrbf fttbbnn fft rrnrnn rnrnr fnnnfb bnrffnrn rrbrn nnbn fBuffalo Wild Wings18721 Biscayne Blvd., 305-962-9995fnr rnffff rnfnf rfnrb nnnfbn rfnnnn fbfrnfnn bnnnn rbnnfnBurgerFi18139 Biscayne Blvd., 305-466-0350rnnrf fbfrrnr ffnn rrrfbbfn nbfrfnrr nnfrfffnr rr nrnrnf nrfbnfnn rrFuji Hana2775 NE 187th St., Suite #1, 305-932-8080rbfnn brb nnbbn bnnb bnrbfrfb fnnnbbfnbfn brnnn frfnnbbn rnKampai3575 NE 207th St., 305-931-6410rbrnf bbfrr tbnfffb fnnbn nnr rnnrb bnbnbnnf rrbnrr nMos Bagels & Deli2780 NE 187th St., 305-936-8555bnnn bn nfnb fbnn rnfbnfbnrn nbbbnff bbrrnbf fffbnfbr tbMr. Chefs Fine Chinese Cuisine & Bar18800 NE 29th Ave. #10, 786-787-9030nrnffn fnr ntrtfbfb frnrfnr nbnr rnnnfn nbnnf bnnnfnb nnnfrfPilar20475 Biscayne Blvd. 305-937-2777bnfbrfrbn ffnnfnn bbfnrn bnfbnnf nnnrrb bnrfnf fbffnn nfnnn brAQ by Acqualina17875 Collins Ave., 305-918-8000 tfbnnfnfn rrbff frn bbfbrrnbn rrbnb bnnnn rnbfbbr nnnn nAlba17315 Collins Ave., 786-923-9305bnfrn b nbfrnfbnf fnbbnnbn nnbn fbnr nrnnbn rbr bffBasil Park17608 Collins Ave., 305-705-0004bbnfrbfnfbn brnfn ffnrbf rrrnrrn f BT fnnbn nfnfnrfnnrnr nnnnnfn rfrrrbn rnnnr bnCopper Chimney18090 Collins Ave., 305-974-0075fbnnnfnn brfn rffn nrnnbrfbnfn nrbn nfn rbfnrn rfrfb nnbffn nbrbbEpicure Gourmet Market & Caf17190 Collins Ave., 305-947-4581n bnrrb nfbbfnfrbb n rrrfbbrn nnnrrfbrn bbnrn rbbnr fbnfrbnfb bnfnfnrnIl Mulino New York17875 Collins Ave., 305-466-9191fbrfb bffffbnr nrffnfn brrnr fbrrnnrffb bfbbffb nfnnb frbrnf Kitchen 30516701 Collins Ave., 305-749-2110ffrbfbn brbf nnfb rf frnbr brbn brf nfn rnrr bbffrTimo17624 Collins Ave., 305-936-1008rnf tnnfnn fbnbf fntrr nnrbnn fbnff nfrbn rnrn n


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