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12 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com August 2018 rrfr ffntbnrr fffnftfntft tr rfntrfnrbf frfnrrfr ffrntfnbfrtbftfnt rrrr rrrrrfffnbrrtrtnnfrr frffr tfftrtfnbnntbntfrfttb rntrft fbtfnntffrrr tfnrf frfnbftrbf tfrtftf rrtftff fbttrfrrrtt trrtf ftftfftftnf rtfrfffr rtfr rrrtnfntrnf ffftr rftfrrffnfrtrtfnntffr fntrt frfrrttnff rrfrff ttffnr tfrttnrtftrb ft bnr fttftrt fnrrrrfbrfrtrrf frttbfrt No One Sells Miami Better!rfnt of rfntbnffrbnfn bt Whos Openly Campaigning Now?Regarding Erik Bojnanskys Political Primacy (July 2018), I wonder if Donna Shalala understands there are not enough white suburban voters to help her defeat her possible opponent. I also wonder if she really thinks working with the NRA will help her win the young voters who are still struggling with the Orlando Pulse nightclub and Parkland school mass shootings. Also does she really think that young voters will support a innocent animals in cold blood? Maria Elvira Salazar is not just a Hispanic TV presenter; she is a supercharismatic Harvard-graduated TV journalist. Not to mention, she perfectly communicates in both languages English and Spanish and during her entire career has strongly supported the local Latino LGTBQ community. Surprisingly enough, her political agenda sounds more progressive than the Democratic candidate Biscayne Times is openly campaigning for in its cover story. The only issue against her? She is running as a Republican. Quin es Bill Nelson? I guess you cant teach new tricks to an old dog. Jorge Sanchez, registered independent Palm GroveAdd Actual Waves to Miami WaveThe Miami Wave has its merits, despite the dismissive tone of Erik Bojnanskys description of it (From Land Swaps to High-Rise Wheels, July 2018). The London Eye is a major tourist attraction. Before it was built overlooking aesthetically with that ancient city. This one planned for Miami is much more famous for tourism than the arts. What would be cooler yet is to combine it with this idea: a giant wave pool for around since 2007. Heres a link to the idea: http://bit.ly/2KUBNav. With that component, it addresses the City of Miamis desire to lease the FEC boat slip for marine purposes as a means of raising revenue for the city. DC Copeland Miami ShoresThe Brazen Cadre at the End of the RoadI read with interest, frustration, and disap pointment Mark Sells article on reopening the east end of NE 135th Street (Face-off: North Miami vs. FIU, July 2018). It does the public a disservice to portray a small group of self-serving residents as heroic have a tiny minority of the North Miami citizenry effectively holding everyone else hostage in a very dangerous game. Some years ago, this brazen cadre threw down some dirt, mulch, and plants on top of an existing, functional road looping into NE 151st Street. They thus created a spiffy little cul-de-sac that would boost property values on this drab strip of aging apartments/condos and commercial operations. They topped off this act of blatant misappropriation by calling the end of the street a nature preserve. This went on quietly until 151st Street suddenly sprouted, in addition to FIU, an elementary school, a high school, and a charter school. Currently there is no egress from 151st Street for thousands of students, parents, faculty, and staff who have to U-turn their way back out. Countless children take their lives in their hands every day, navigating the Commentary: LETTERS Continued on page 14

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14 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com August 2018 sidewalk-less, clogged road. The street is a major accident waiting to happen. Meanwhile, the 135th Street crusaders airily wave off efforts to reopen the only reasonable roadway to serve the area. It is true that FIU has mishandled the PR on the street opening, but this is just what FIU does under its current leader ship. From insulting the 135th Street gang to bungling a realistic opportunity to negotiate for access to the pathetically underused Youth Fair grounds to erect ing what was supposed to be a simple pedestrian bridge that morphed into a murderous eyesore tragically overloaded with hubris, FIU has at every turn bullied, rather than partnered with, the commu nity. This is indeed regrettable. Nonetheless, FIUs missteps do not change the obvious and incontrovertible need to reopen the little street with mammoth pretensions. It is tempting to rush to support something that purports to preserve nature; then we hear this selfish little coterie arguing strenuously that the best alternative is to build a new road through existing wetlands. So much for environmental consciousness. It is tiresome that North Miami Councilman Scott Galvin and his troops have managed, for years now, to risk lives, disrupt schooling, and limit economic expansion by pirating a public Lesley Northup Miami Shores In This New Age of Information Sharing, Not a BT FanI started reading your monthly news unbiased truth. Instead, to my utter lack tributor by the name of Jack King, who writes an obtrusively liberal and dishonest story (Big Ego, No Brains, July 2018) in which he compares a lackluster president to the catastrophe and abuse of human life that was the Holocaust. How did the editor ever approve this commentary? Doing this only decreases the value of the lives lost during that time of chaos and strife. a rational reason as to why you would publish this story unless you wanted to and sway election votes. That is not only malignant in nature, but an insult to real reporters of news. Checking the actual content (I shouldnt have, there was nothing there but ad hominem and claims that lay unyou as credible, much like the New York Times Vox, and dare I say it? BuzzFeed. Next time you try to vilify someone for this happened and when it happened. Obama had much higher numbers of people being ripped from their family, yet now all of a sudden you care? It also takes a while to annul the terrible law that (Clinton, what a surprise) put in place that made this happen.   I n the end, I dont intend to continue on this tirade of calling out your bias like a sore thumb, but know this: Manipulating information in a new age of information sharing will not be so easy. Michael Rosen Aventura Disgusting, Disrespectful, and IgnorantI have read a lot of articles about our president with which I have not agreed. However, Jack Kings Big Ego, No me to comment. This commentary is the most disgust ing, disrespectful, ignorant piece of trash that has ever been left on my doorstep. It should be retracted, and Biscayne Times should apologize to your readers for your blatant disrespect of our POTUS. Disgraceful. Rachel Weiss Keystone Point Brightline Gets a RaveIm happy to see that Brightline has railroad tracks (A Hundred Trains a Day, June 2018). Its a nice, smooth ride. Passenger service should never have stopped on the FEC railroad. I would like to have service to Orlando as soon as possible; however, it will take another three years. The TriRail coastal link will be a good addition, with more stations. Amtrak belongs on the FEC to Jacksonville. It now goes to the heavily populated tourist cities of Okeechobee, Lake Placid, and Sebring, and it takes ten hours to get to Jacksonville. Too bad Amtrak is not on the FEC tracks. Maybe someday. Meanwhile, we wait. Marlene Quaroni Biscayne ParkCommentary: LETTERS LettersContinued from page 12

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16 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com August 2018 Commentary: MIAMIS KING Commission Punts on Land GrabSoccer stadium goes to voters in November By Jack King BT ContributorAh, yes, as we get closer to the August break in all things political, stuff begins to happen at warp speed. At the city commission level, votes are taken with little or no discussion, and our commissioners head for the doors like scalded dogs. The bad thing is, they vote badly. The good thing? They wont be able to week in September. And thats all right. Theyve already done enough damage for the year. And maybe longer. For those of you living under a rock, the Miami City Commission voted to put the proposed new soccer stadium, planned to be built on top of the publicly owned Melreese golf course, along with the fall ballot. The issue goes to the voters Novem ber 6. And that brings up another ques tion. Whyd the city commission refer this issue to us? Didnt we elect them to run the city for us? Is this a duck-and-cover move to protect their political rear ends? And why did we elect you guys, especially Commissioner Ken Russell, if you just pass the ball back to us and then go on vacation? What good are you? Why do we the people even need you? The leader of the commissioners in favor of the stadium/retail mall is none other than Commissioner Joe Carollo. Joe never ducks for cover. He just asks the developers for a bigger check, right, Joe? Hey, Joe, did the check clear? Im sure it did because the Beckham/Mas group has plenty of money, and they know how to spread it around. Miami has a miserable history with its sports franchises and the facilities they play in, possibly with the exception of the Miami Dolphins, who played in the Orange Bowl for 22 years. When Joe Robbie bought the team, he wanted a new stadium and couldnt come to terms with the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County, so he did what any self-respecting millionaire would do. He built his own stadium on his own land. That was the last time in the history of Miami that happened. Nor will it happen again any time soon, as long as the sucker politicians with our money will build facilities for them. And it hasnt happened. built considerably smaller than most arenas in the NBA, primarily because the owners didnt want lots of empty seats showing on television. However, when the Heat started winning, they wanted a new arena, much larger and get this right on Biscayne Bay and on public land. They got it all, thanks to mindless politicians playing with our money, who would do anything the owners of the Heat wanted. And then along comes baseball. Remember the pitch that we got from the Marlins owners? Baseball will be popular here because of the large number of Cubans! They love beisbol! And once again, we got suckered by the politicians who saw a way to make money. They decided we didnt need the Orange Bowl stadium anymore, so the city tore it down and built a baseball stadium on the site for the Marlins, whod been playing at Joe Robbie Stadium and just had to have their own ballpark. The Marlins won a couple of World Series championships and then sold all the star players whod actually won the so bad, nobody came to the games. The owners didnt care. They were making money, and thats what its all about. The last time I to the Marlins stadium it wasnt to watch a ballgame. There is a brew pub there, but not in the stadium. Its in one of the parking garages, and I think there were more people in the brew pub than at the stadium. Oh yeah, the parking garage was pretty much empty. And the really bad thing is that while spreads out over 40 years, it is backloaded, meaning most of the money is to be paid back in the last few years of the deal. Total cost after all the bonds have been paid off: $2.5 billion Tell your kids to leave town by 2035. It wont be pretty. But then again, this is out how to land an MLS soccer team without making us poor people pay for it, Im looking at a piece in the Miami Herald written by Michelle Kaufman. It extols the virtues of soccer, especially professional soccer. Soccer in itself is one of the greatest my vote, support soccer at the kids level. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Inside Beckhams stadium: Let there be soccer, but dont make us pay it.

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18 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com August 2018 Commentary: MY VIEW Stacked DecksTransit solutions must include parking proposalsBy Larry Gautier Special to the BTI am a big fan and advocate for better transportation solutions. Especially the rest of you, for many years. I think its a goal that we should continue to strive for. Being a native Miamian and a 30-year commercial real estate profesworse and worse over the years. that is rarely talked about, but which I think has to be part of the overall transportation solution and that is parking. There are creative parking systems that now exist and that should be reviewed, explored, and considered. We always talk about the drive time that it takes to get from one point to another. But we never talk about the time and frustration we go through when we a parking space. Now, granted, this can but nonetheless, the lack of parking can be a major inconvenience and problem. For example, have you ever strugBeach or Brickell? How many times did you drive around the block hoping to until you did? And then, when you found a parking space, how much did you have to pay? Lets take it one step further. Have you ever been to a shopping center, we have all been there. It seems that the only solutions I hear about are building more large high-rise concrete parking garages that can take years to plan, get approved, and build and which, by the way, are very expensive. On the other side of the equation are local residents who dont want these structures in their backyards because you guessed it they cause even more proposals for better transit, new local zoning codes, and more ride-sharing models are all designed to reduce the number of cars that are on the road. It seems to me that we need some new thinking around parking solutions that can be implemented immediately and complement the efforts of the transAs a bonus, what if that parking solu even downsized as needed in the future? Ive been looking for several years for a specialized parking system, and I Mechanical parking hasnt yet taken off as a viable concept in South Florida. That is very strange, since this type of parking is standard operating procedure in cities and countries elsewhere around the world. Miami-Dade County, especially, has one of this nations most diverse international populations, so youd think that implementation of this parking solution would be a no-brainer, especially since the end user or customer is likely already acquainted with the system. In addition, mechanical parking is widely used in cities like New York and Chicago, and has been for many years, very successfully. As most of you probably are, I was very skeptical of anything new in the parking area. However, during my research, I have found this type of parking secure. There are several companies that are working on implementing the those, the international companies seem to have really developed a top-notch mechanical parking product. These systems Technology can be incorporated to reduce the wait time to less than if you parked in a garage; plus they generally cost one-third of the cost of a typical concrete garage and can also be up and running in one-third of the time, as well. The parking structure can be designed to blend into the environment with creative exterior decorations. These are just a few of the immedisustainable check those boxes, too. Education and communication at this point are key to implementing mechanical parking solutions. Numerous presentations to end users in both the public and private sectors have been made, and Each is a customized parking solution. Some are for individual owners, some turn parking lots into greenspace and solutions that support area development. Each request is unique in its own way. That is the beauty of the system needs of all stakeholders. Our car may get us there, but parking drives everything! Larry Gautier is a senior vice president at NAI Miami, a commercial real estate special projects and project management. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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26 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com August 2018 On his Facebook page, George Vallejo introduces himself this way: Former Mayor of North Miami Beach who delivered progress and good government to NMB. On Twitter he uses the same Former Mayor of North Miami Beach handle. Vallejos website, GeorgeVallejo. Mayor George Vallejo, North Miami Beach along a black banner. Below is a computer-generated image of a municipality with high-rise towers in the foreground and the words The Honor able George Vallejo. Beneath, in smaller letters, is the phrase The Mayor Who Brought Progress and Good Government to North Miami Beach. Vallejo was elected mayor of North Miami Beach in May 2011. During his sourced. Management of North Miami Beachs water plant which serves other parts of North Miami-Dade includBeach, Miami Gardens, and Ojus was also contracted out to a private company. The citys zoning code was overhauled, allowing high-rise development with Miami Beach. The city even passed legislation creating a brewery district Vallejo was re-elected in 2015 without opposition but suddenly resigned on April 10, 2018. According to a press release issued that day by the Miami-Dade County resignation was part of a plea deal stemming from criminal charges involving two $5000 payments from a political aunts name, but which he controlled. nies registered in another persons name, but which were really controlled by As part of his deal, the 52-year-old misdemeanor counts of violating state and was sentenced to 18 months of proba tion and 500 hours of community service. He was also barred from seeking public a public letter of apology. Ben Kuehne, a prominent defense attorney, helped negotiate Vallejos plea agreement, which, in Kuehnes opinion, was a good one. Vallejo, now Mister Vallejo, has fully resolved his case, Kuehne says. Hes no ing to contribute to his community in ways he can. Hes no longer interested in looking backward, only forward. plea agreement with Vallejo that he could have faced up to two years in prison for false reporting of politi cal expenditures and making and/ or authorizing illegal political expen resolves any and all charges against ing of expenditures by the political committee Floridians for Progress, as defendants tenure as the Mayor of the City of North Miami Beach. tions were revealed on June 1, when prosecutors released a 168-page docuVallejo. The statement is a transcript of a meeting Vallejo had, as required under his plea agreement, with assistant state attorneys Tim VanderGiesen, Nolen Andrew Bunker, and Robert Fielder on as mayor. Vallejos defense attorneys, present. As part of the plea agreement, Vallejo was granted limited immunity for what would be revealed during his interrogation by prosecutors.During his session with prosecutors, Vallejo insisted all of his decisions were based on facts and logic and doing the greater good. But he later acknowledged using tens of thousands of dollars raised from two political committees set up under other peoples names to pay for personal expenses like trips, bills, sports gear, even beauty treatments. that Vallejos wife received at least $5000 a month from Dezer Develop ment, a company run by Michael Dezer and his son Gil that built a number of including six Trump-branded towers. coastal Mall for $64 million in Decem ber 2013, which he and Gil intend to transform into a community with as many as 2000 residential units and as much as 2.5 million square feet of retail Vallejo didnt want to be interviewed for this story, saying hes now concentrating on his wife, who is battling cancer. Were not interested in participating and dredging up the past, he says. We moved on and, really, right now my wifes health has been my focus. spokesman for Dezer Development says contractor in 2014 to plan parties and events for the Miami Car Museum at the Dezer Collection, a property at NE Miami thats now being transformed into Dezer Development also states that were impressed with her work in plan ning a past event. That event, Vallejo told prosecutors, was likely a reception for the USS Philippine Sea a guided-missile cruiser commanded by his brother-in-law, remember the date of the reception, but it was probably November 2012. At no time did the Dezers try to the contrary, her activities were public and open, Dezer Development states via e-mail, adding that her efforts have Former mayor George Vallejo pleaded guilty to two violations of campaign nance laws and was sentenced to 90 days under house arrest, 18 months of probation, and 500 hours of community service. Continued on page 28BT photo by Silvia Ros

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28 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com August 2018 been integral to the operation of the venue, and that she still plans events there. The compensation paid to Ms. both her responsibility and market-level pay, the statement continues. However, Vallejo himself never disclosed that his wife worked for the Dezers when he voted on zoning changes that allowed high-rise develop he voiced support to obtain state fund in and out of the mall, a precondition who lived in the adjacent neighborhood Prosecutors say that in 2015 Vallejo even lobbied state legislators in TalAs for Dezer Developments paymade to Creations Unlimited, a business that Vallejo registered in Wyoming, and to JATC, a limited liability company registered to a friend of his wifes. But JATC was really owned by Vallejo and tors that he created the shell companies my business. Barbara Kramer, a city commissioner who encouraged Vallejo to run for shaken by some of things uncovered in hard-working mayor who always sought to do the right thing for the city, Kramer The prosecutors interviewing the former mayor were also interested in Keith Donner, a consultant who helped Vallejo win election as mayor and often advised him on political matters, as well as Donners business partner, Ringo Cayard, the controversial former head of ecutors charged Cayard with racketeering and grand theft in March 2008, only to drop most of the criminal allegations Donner and Cayard represented the Dezer Development when it was seeking high-rise zoning from the city. Prosecutors wanted to know if Donner and Cayard had a hand in forming Vallejos two political committees, as well as details of their relationship with the Dezers. BT Donner asserts that the prosecutors interest in him and Cayard is in the past. They were doing their job, following the money, wanted to trace any campaign money related to George from end to end. Donner adds that he, too, was shocked when he read the transcript of Vallejos interview with prosecutors. That was an eye-opener, he says. Evchoices, one after the other. And it was entirely avoidable. But during their April 5 interrogation of Vallejo, prosecutors were very focused on Donner using his credit card to pay a monthly $80 subscription fee Vallejo used to contact constituents and torney VanderGiesen pointed out that he hadnt paid his houses mortgage for more than a year, and that he carried a $30,000 balance on his credit card for years and years and years. With Vallejos card maxed out, the prosecutor said, Vallejo couldnt even afford the city hall. Vallejo did not deny that Donner claimed that a relative paid for his mortgage to resolve a foreclosure action on his home. Vallejo also swore to prosecutors that he set up the political committees and shell companies on his own, after consulting with Donner and conducting his own research. Vallejo likewise claimed that he was the one who introduced Donner and Cayard to the Dezers, in hopes of countering criticism of their plans to develop BT that a dozen boxes of evidence related to Vallejos criminal case are expected to be released later tion has been redacted. That evidence includes materials prosecutors have obtained from the Dezers.Theres plenty of other political intrigue in North Miami Beach besides Vallejos resignation and whatever those 12 boxes of evidence may contain. On July 24, Commissioner Frantz Pierre was arrested on charges of bribery, money laundering, and grand theft involving a strip club at Biscayne Deans Gold, as well as using a dubious lunches for disadvantaged kids, as a conduit for kickbacks. Prosecutors say Pierre collected $12,500 directly from Dean Tyler, operator of Deans Gold, in exchange for voting to give the strip club a 6:00 a.m. liquor license. He also collected $12,770 from psychologist Jacqueline Alexis in exchange for soliciting donations to her Community Hope for Children and Families. Alexis did not attempt to disguise her kickbacks to the commissioner she sent him checks drawn on her business account, PsychoEd & ConsultDefense attorney Ben Kuehne also represents Pierre. He maintains that Pierre remains adamant that he engaged in no wrongdoing, and its too early to tell what the details of the case are. trouble. On May 24, the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics hit Pierre with a his home for violations. North Miami BeachContinued from page 26 Continued on page 30Undated photo of Michael Dezer at Donald Trumps Mar-a-Lago.

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30 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com August 2018 Five months prior to that, Pierre was ousted from his commission seat by Vallejo and his colleagues for excessive absences. Rather than go quietly, Pierre, who suffers from heart ailments and kidney problems, retained Kuehne to sue the city to keep his seat. Following a judi cial order, Pierre retook his seat on May 1, on July 26, this time by the governor. Vallejo and Pierre werent the only their terms ended. This past March, Commissioner Marlen Martell, a staunch Vallejo ally and friend of NMB City Manager Ana Garcia, resigned her seat so she could take a job as city manager of North Bay Village, a tiny municipality surrounded by Biscayne Bay with its own controversies. That gig lasted less than four months before she As a result of these vacancies, the North Miami Beach City Commission Pierre being reinstated in May. During ly argued with Vallejo on the dais, was rampant development, was appointed to Then, on June 28, the removal of behest city manager Ana Garcia and peared on the city commission agenda. employees spoke in favor of keeping $143,470 severance package for Garcia during a special meeting held July 10. previously an assistant city manager who on a temporary basis. Deputy City Attoron an interim basis. Citing the severance agreements, say that the severance wasnt personal and was in the best interest of the city. did want to empha size that the city continues to function smoothly. For example, last month the city commission approved a development agreement allowing a 2.5-millionsquare-foot micro city, similar to Midtown Miami. Called New Tower North Town Center, the project will be is contemplating creating a Chinatown mixed-use commercial district along NE gel, a retired divorce attorney. Were moving ahead. Commissioner Anthony DeFillipo disagrees. He thinks the city is sputtering really become a very hostile working environment, says DeFillipo, a frequent ally of Vallejo when he was mayor and a want to bring this energy back to city hall and bring back a positive atmosphere and charisma, which is, right now, something we dont have. DeFillipo wants to bring back that energy by becoming mayor. Three other people are currently running for the North Miami Beach mayor Ray Marin, and civic newcomer Robert Dempster. this November 6. The number of candidates can grow or shrink before August 25, the citys deadline for candidates to The upcoming election has already aggravated things at city hall. Arguat the dais are common. During a July 17 commission meeting, resident Alter Gambarte declared his intention to recall cias removal. waged between 28-year-old lobbyist runs the VotersOpinion.com website that comments on politics in northeast Dade and south Broward. They are suing each other for defamation. Kienzle, a friend of Vallejo, alleges that Ross used her own name to create malign her. Ross claims that Kienzles stories about him on VotersOpinion. com are half-truths, whole lies, and selective coverage of issues to serve her personal agenda. But thats not all. Kienzle, a former NMB resident who now lives in Davie, says that with Vallejo gone, Evan Ross is trying to take over the City of North Miami Beach. Hes behind all the stuff Ana, she declares. Ross, who lives at the Marina Palms Yacht Club and Residences, located at 17201 Biscayne Blvd., claims he just wants better government. As a resident bers elections will usher in a commisbest practices, and govern with ethics, integrity, and high character that sets an example for our neighbors, he states in a message to the BT Keith Donner, the lobbyist whose past clients include Deans Gold, says he and Ringo Cayard are staying away from North Miami Beach until the dust settles if back into that citys vortex of crazy.According to his Facebook page, Vallejo is originally from West page states that he received a degree in Wells Fargo Financial as a bank manager was still working as a banker, Vallejo and wife bought a vacant waterfront lot Continued on page 32 North Miami BeachContinued from page 28Gil Dezer and his father have ambitious plans to develop the Intracoastal Mall. BT photo by Silvia Ros

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32 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com August 2018 house, which Vallejo and his family left his bank manager job and took up work as a mortgage executive, a property manager, and a real estate broker for various companies and for himself. At one point, he even had his own tax appeal business. As a volunteer, Vallejo coached the Cubs, a Little League baseball team Optimist Club. He was a great coach. The kids loved him, says Kienzle of VotersOpin ion.com. What impressed her most about Vallejo was his ability to calm disputes. He was a peacemaker, she says. Vallejo became an activist in North Miami Beach when he became a director Association. mayor, Ray Marin, sought to encourage high-rise development in certain parts of the city, including the twin 24-story towers called Marina Grande at Maule Lake, a project that would later be known as Marina Palms. But some residents hated the idea of high-rises in the city. Among them was Bill Borkan, a wealthy medical device and didnt want towers ruining his view. and Frantz Pierre, who unseated two Borkan struck again, bankrolling the victorious campaigns of Myron Rosner for mayor and Barbara Kramer and Beth Rosner turned out to be a mayor of questionable ethics, and it was during a meeting with like-minded civic activists at Commissioner Barbara Kramers looking like a viable alternative. We thought he would be an excellent candidate because he was intelligent and he seemed to understand government, recalls Kramer, who now lives in Westfor someone to move this city forward because Myron wasnt doing that. Keith Donner, who had worked on says he was impressed with Vallejo. George was a natural candidate on the stump. He was engaging, charming, and articulate, Donner tells the BT via e-mail. He connected with all the major ics, African Americans, and Haitian Americans. He even had the perfect political family, complete with a beautiful wife, two handsome sons, and even a cute dog. Vallejos only drawback: He was a natural act for him to ask for campaign contributions, Donner adds. Nevertheless, Vallejo unseated Rosner in May 2011. A year later, Rosner pleaded guilty to a felony charge of unlawful compensation related to unreported campaign donations. He was October 2017, Rosner was arrested again, this time on four counts of securities fraud regarding a real estate project that was never built. A trial is pending. his colleagues on the commission had to deal with an imploding budget, dropping property values, and rising pension costs. Among his more controversial actions, besides outsourcing garbage collection and the management of the water plant, was laying off 31 city employees including the police chief and 17 police through two city managers before Ana Garcia was hired. But the creation of eight mixed-use zoning districts during Vallejos terms as mayor didnt generate that much controone of the new zoning districts. Another was created at the intersection of NE where Deans Gold now stands. On February 20, 2018, the city commission approved an ordinance that would allow the CK Priv Group to replace the strip club and a nearby ABC Fine Wines & high-rise complex. not seen anyone in NMB who could have moved that city so far, so fast, he says. is still growing, lower taxes, much better services, and like more than $20 million in reserves, a sustainable debt and pension liability load.But Vallejo told prosecutors he remained fearful that a few cranky residents would derail his efforts to modernize the citys zoning code and bring high-rise devel opment to the city. North Miami Beach or anywhere else, get a few noisy people to show up and make some noise, and your easy-toVallejo said during his April 5 interrogaVallejo maintained that he really believed that high-rise development, as envisioned under the revised zoning code, would be good for the city, espemodernization, was permitted to have 15-story buildings all over every square inch of that property, he said, up to 25 feet away from the property line, along 35th Avenue, which was disastrous. With the new zoning code, Vallejo said, developers had to have a mix of Continued on page 34 North Miami BeachContinued from page 30 Political consultant Keith Donner on Vallejos crimes: That was an eyeopener. It was far more extensive than I had ever imagined. It was just a series of bad choices, and it was entirely avoidable.

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34 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com August 2018 residential and commercial. They had to include parkland. They had to make sure of new developments. Vallejo argued that mixed-use high-rise developments, like the Dezers had the potential of providing the city an additional $1.5 billion in taxes. That would pay for a lot of police, a lot of parks, a lot of road improvements, just a he told prosecutors. Unfortunately, theres a handful of folks that never have heard that story, that dont want to theyre the kind of people that have you guys on speed dial or whatever. But, what it is. state attorney Robert Fielder later replied. His colleague, Tim VanderGiesen, page transcript of you guys going back and forth on Mount Theoretical. North Miami BeachContinued from page 32 The owner of Deans Gold strip club contributed to Vallejos political committees and allegedly funneled money to Commissioner Frantz Pierre. Elect rfrntbnrnnnrnnrr BT photo by Silvia Ros

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August 2018 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com 35 The prosecutors were really interested in Vallejos political committees. Vallejo explained that he had been in terested in forming his own political com mittee soon after he was elected mayor, as a means for allowing him to become a help move, drive your agenda forward. Vallejo settled on forming what code that allows for the creation of tax-exempt political committees that can advocate for issues, but not directly have to worry about oversight from the Federal Election Commission, and they 527 organization, which he called Progress donors, was to keep me strong with the voters and to push my agenda. But to in sulate himself, Vallejo registered the group bor, whose name was misspelled in the in terrogation transcript, could not be located Continued on page 36 Michael and Gil Dezer hired Vallejos wife in 2014 to plan parties and events for their Miami Car Museum at the Dezer Collection (above), which is being transformed into a virtual reality arcade. BT photo by Margaret Grifs

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36 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com August 2018 members of Progress NMB: Vallejo and his wife. As Vallejo told prosecutors, My wife is, shes one of my political sounding boards political operative, but one of my political operative people, you know, in talking to the community, and talking to people, and stuff like that. Vallejo told the prosecutors he raised between $25,000 and $30,000 from donors, such as Marina Palms developer Neil Farman, the Dezers, and the operaGeorgia, a municipality renowned for outsourcing nearly all of its services. During and deputy city manager. But the meeting co incided nicely with the baseball tournament also bought a baseball bat for his son using Progress NMB proceeds tors that he and his wife spent Progress NMB money on car insurance, groceries, clothes, family dinners, salon treatments, another baseball tournament this gatherings in which he and his wife emphasized the importance of electing ment, pro-business vision for the city. Assistant state attorney VanderGie sen: At the time, did you understand that you werent free to just spend the money however you wanted? That there are rules on how 527s can spend their money? Vallejo: My understanding of the rules probably was a little more expanVanderGiesen: Do you recall how the purchase of the baseball bat was in furtherance of the 527? Vallejo: Not a clue.n March 2015, using his aunts name, Vallejo created a regular political committee called Floridians For Progress, with the express purpose of advocating for changes in the city charter during a special election to be North Miami BeachContinued from page 35 City Commissioner Beth Spiegel was appointed mayor after George Vallejo resigned: The city is doing ne. Were moving ahead. r fntb FOR COUNTY COURT JUDGE f nt Political Advertisement paid for and approved by Chris Pracitto for County Court Judge, Nonpartisan, for Miami-Dade County Court Judge ttf trf fntbf nnff

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August 2018 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com 37 are available for viewing on the Miamiraised $73,850 for Floridians For Progress. FFPs biggest contributor was Michael Dezers wife, Neomi Dezertzov, who gave $30,000. Other major contributions included $10,000 from Moore to become the 2.5 million-square-foot micro city. Russell Rosenthal, a prominent property owner, gave $8500. Dean Tyler, operator of Deans Gold, kicked in the Democracy Project, a political com mittee run by Keith Donner. Vallejo told prosecutors those funds were used for mailers and polling. Other expenditures went to candidates friendly to Vallejos agenda and to other political commit tees. And, as mentioned earlier, Vallejo directed two $5000 disbursements to shell companies that he and his wife controlled. But after the charter amendment election was over, there was still $13,237 left in FFPs account. Under state law, that leftover money had to be returned to donors, given to a charity, or placed in a legitimate expenses in connection with option, except he didnt transfer the funds money was used to pay for various personal know, moved the money here to loan it temporarily and then paid it back. For instance, Vallejo said he put money back into his FFP account after he earned a commission for brokering the $10.2 million sale of a site on NE 347-unit apartment building. dred dollars in it, Vallejo told prosecutors. VanderGiesen countered that it appeared that virtually all of FFPs funds were gone, spent on BillPay Online, A few hundred dollars, doesnt really pay a lot of bills in todays world, VanderGiesen said. No, Vallejo replied. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Lobbyist Evan Ross, controversial for his political inuence: I hope Novembers elections will usher in a commission lled with people who will put their egos aside and put residents rst.

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38 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com August 2018 Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORNew Kids on the BlockMiami Shores gets its rst downtown wine bar Out of Sync and Seeing RedBiscayne Boulevards smart trafc light technology has a steep learning curveBy Mark Sell BT ContributorFor Kim Flower and Andy Wagner, it started with a chance remark six years ago on their usual Sunday walk through downtown Miami Shores, a block from their house. We walked up to NE 2nd Avenue and there was just nothing there, remembers Wagner. We asked each other: Wouldnt it be nice to have a little pub to go to after our walk? adds Flower. Unlike many others who have likely said the same thing, Flower and Wagner took the plunge and bobbed up swimming. On July 10, they opened Flight Wine Lounge and Shop at 9711 NE 2nd villages 85-year history, and a likely harbinger of things to come. A week later about 50 neighbors, well-wishers, and local worthies jammed into the place for a second opening to sample the wines and artisanal pies. By Francisco Alvarado BT ContributorOver the past 16 months, local Realtor Donald Wilson has become an observant student of Grove home in Miamis Upper Eastside. I see problems all over the county, but here it affects me the most, Wilson tells Biscayne Times Some days it can take me over ten minutes to go six blocks from 76th Street to 82nd Street. 73rd Street and NE 5th Avenue. A trim man with ocean blue eyes and a salt-and-pepper goatee, Wilson says he pinpointed the problem while sometime in March of last year. in succession at 78th Street, 79th, 81st, and 82nd that are out of sync, he ex plains. You have situations where the light at 81st turns red when the light at Continued on page 41 Continued on page 42Andy Wagner and Kim Flower asked themselves: Wouldnt it be nice to have a little pub to go to after our walk? Donald Wilson at the scene of his trafc nightmare: NE 78th Street looking north. BT photo by Sylvia Ros BT photos by Margaret Grifs

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August 2018 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com 39 By Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterFlorida State Sen. Daphne Campbell is mingling just outside a tent on NW 151st Street and NW 7th Avenue. Shes there with a hundred or so other people to help dedicate a segment retired in 2009 as director of the Miamitook his own life in 2015. He was 62 years old. teering with local youth groups. In fact, and why she sponsored a bill naming this section of road in his honor. to name the street in his name, she tells the BT That is my bill. I worked hard to make sure we honor him today. Florida representative in 2010, is up for reelection in the August 28 primary. She says she has been instrumental in bringing money to her district and addressing her constituents concerns. Thanks in part to her stature in the Haitian-American community, Campbell hasnt lost an election. In 2016 the Demin a crowded primary for Floridas open and newly redrawn Senate District 38. She then went on to trounce former run in the general election. This, in spite of being investigated for Medicare fraud (related to nursing homes her family operates) and her tendency to vote with conservative Republican legislators on abortion (shes pro-life), religion (she has supported clergy defense bills), and education (shes favors expanding private charter schools). On August 28, Campbell faces just prosecutor with the Miami-Dade State This time theres a decent chance Campbell will not win. In the 2016 primary race, Campbell garnered 9017 votes, but her Democratic oppo nents combined votes far outstripped hers. All together, 20,061 people voted against Campbell. Daphne Campbell has been resilient reelected in the wake of several scandals, says Sean Foreman, a professor We know she has hardcore supporters who follow her to the end, even with purge Daphne Campbell. Technically, the upcoming match cumstances in Floridas closed primary system, voters choose among candidates in their own party; they cant vote across the only candidates running are in the same party. Continued on page 40 Jason Pizzo: Ill give whatever it takes. I loaned my campaign $770,000 last time. Daphne Campbell: When an opponent dont have nothing to show and dont have the message and dont have a platform, they go negative.Its Democrat vs. Democrat in District 38Controversial incumbent Daphne Campbell faces same-party challenger Jason Pizzo BT photo by Silvia Ros BT photo by Caitlin Graneld

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running as Democrats, all 249,871 voters in Disrict 38 137,370 Democrats, ated with no party or a party other than Democrat or Republican can cast ballots on August 28. District 38 is a big place, encompassOvertown, Wynwood, Omni, Edgewater, Haiti, Little River, Liberty City, and the Upper Eastside. District 38 also covers Aventura, and the Skylake-Highland Lakes-Ojus region. in the 2016 District 38 primary, manincluded former North Miami Mayor Commissioner Michael Gngora. endorsements from the South Florida workers union AFSCME, the Florida Education Association, the United Teachers of Dade, the Florida AFL-CIO, Equalof northwest Miami-Dade, the Florida Young Democrats, and the mayors of well as a number of commissioners from those same municipalities. than Campbell, too. As of deadline, state campaign records show hes raised $413,347, while Campbell has reported raising just $118,859. account, $275,000, comes from loans real estate development company, kicked in another $24,000. his familys company and is willing to pump more of his own money into his campaign if needed. Ill give whatever it takes, he tells the BT I loaned my campaign $770,000 last time. Campbell maintains that she isnt says. Her major campaign contributors include $9000 from wholesaler Southern Casino (which wants to build a card room and jai alai fronton in Edgewater), and $3000 from Aventura Hospital owner HCA Healthcare. Campbell has also picked up enlent Association, the Florida Medical 12 state legislators (including state Sen. habor Ighodaro, Miramar Mayor Wayne Yvette Colbourne. Miramar, it should be noted, is located outside the district. to deal with. A video of her birthday party at the Miami Shores Country Club in May 2017 went viral after she received a Kate Spade-branded purse as a gift from Julio Alfonso, who was videotaped 40 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com August 2018 Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDOR Democrat vs. DemocratContinued from page 39 Political consultant Christian Ulvert says Pizzo has assembled a larger coalition of supporters this year. Continued on page 43BT photo by Silvia Ros

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August 2018 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com 41 82nd turns green. Wilson says hes made numerous complaints to Miami-Dades Transportasynced the lights, but Wilson maintains that the problem keeps recurring. No one in the county is monitoring when this happens until they get a com plaint, he says. Even then, it takes them a again, but I havent received a response to my last complaint from two weeks ago. Wilsons frustrations are essentially a microcosm of the daunting challenges transportation gurus since they began taking steps in recent years to modernlevard, he adds. And throughout the county, unfortunately. Indeed, morning and evening rush Trafc LightsContinued from page 38 Continued on page 45 Morning and evening rush hours along Biscayne Boulevard now start earlier and last longer than ever.

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42 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com August 2018 Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDOR For now, Flight is open 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and until 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. drive-time voice of WLRN-FM, Miamis keeping his day job while working the counter in the evening, he says. Flower, in residential projects, had worked in restaurants and catering. Shes winding down her design business to concentrate on Flight full time. spurred by a shared passion for wine, food, and travel. Inside, Flights 1200 square feet offer dark walls, barstools, upholstered chairs, and 37 seats arranged for easy conversation and meeting. Among other things, its list of 30 wines includes three-glass with names like Mata Hari, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Marie Curie, and plates of pts and artisanal cheeses. Theres a partial kitchen; locals supply most of the prepared food. One of our high points was to create a gathering place, a local community, says Flower. That was the driving force behind this design. We wanted a place to go to. At last! Good news! said Shores others, as she sat down at the bar reFor downtown Miami Shores, Flights opening is as clear a signal as that the sewers are in after a generation of talk. A fresh jolt of energy is prompting new businesses to open and buck each other up. The newly formed Merchants Collective meets every Thursday morning. Communal Miami Shores events are ing of businesses on the second Saturday of the month from November through April. Downtown throws itself open for the vast Green Day celebration along NE 2nd Avenue, scheduled for November Shores Chambers energetic executive director, Megan Gerstel. Wine BarContinued from page 38 Continued on page 44BT photo by Sylvia Ros BT photo by Sylvia RosDark walls, barstools, upholstered chairs, and 37 seats arranged for easy conversation and meeting. Start-up wisdom: Expect to spend somewhere in the low six gures and budget 30 percent more than planned.

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August 2018 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com 43 shoving a wad of cash inside the purse. Alfonso is the founder of Solidaridad Sin Fronteras, a group that helps foreign health-care workers obtain or renew their licenses to work in the U.S. Campbell says she returned the cash, adding: It reported that Campbell had been lobbying for years to pass a bill on behalf of Alfonsos group.) Jake Sanders, president of the funny. The video incident, plus reports lobbyist to have power restored for her family members in the wake of HurriWe have a big problem with legislagain, and Senator Campbell seems to fall into that category, Sanders says. Sanders was also disturbed by a Miami Herald investigation published July 3 that tried to determine where in District 38 Campbell lives. With the help of two of Campbells former allies in the Haitian-American community, Nacivre Herald found evidence that the legislator never lived in at least three of the addresses she has registered with the state. The home that Campbell has owned for the past 20 years, which is where Charles insists she really lives, is lo cated outside District 38. Charles, who told the Herald that Campbell never paid him $20,000 owed for his services during her last campaign, now works for Campbell denounces the story as a dont have nothing to show and dont have the message and dont have a platform, they go negative, she says. vote until 2016 and had no involve ment in the community. She also of his life until 2016. tered as an independent while he was a prosecutor to ensure impartiality and not appear partisan when administering voting record, stating that she is often siding with the well-connected special interests and the Tallahassee Republican insiders. didnt vote in a presidential election was 2012, and that was because he and his family were in hiding after his car was stolen by juveniles he once prosecuted. series of armed robberies before crashdidnt see it as a coincidence. We got the hell out of Dodge, he says, adding that he and the family didnt return for several weeks. According to a June 30 Herald story, family that prevented him from voting in 2012. As for the 16 other elections he Herald he didnt vote because I was disenchanted with the political process. on his history of voting. Ken Russell had a similar situation in that he didnt vote in previous elections, he says, and he went on to win the Miami City Commission District 2 race. become far more active since he last ran for District 38. Since he lost to Daphne Campbell, he has been a loyal foot soldier for other Democratic candidates, he says. I think that should earn him goodwill among the party activists whove been quite involved in the last several elections in Miami-Dade County. Christian Ulvert, a political conthe candidate has assembled a larger coalition of supporters this year than he did during his 2016 campaign. He was Ulvert says. Chris Norwood, a Democratic campaign team, is sure the head-to-head Norwood points out that Campbell won the District 38 seat in 2016 with just 31 percent of the vote. With that in mind, bored to dissuade other Democrats from jumping into the race this year. There was a concerted effort to let run again, he says. of Fanm Ayisyen nan Miyami (Haitian Democrat vs. DemocratContinued from page 40 Continued on page 46 rf rfnt bnn nbnnn rrrrrtn nnfnrb rrn ntbbnt ttbbt ntbtttb r r nnnn nnfr nfrnnn

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44 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com August 2018 Getting those crucial pedestrians year round isnt so easy, however, with the scarcity of places to hang out, eat, drink, and meet. This is starting to change. Sewers are one big reason for the improvements. While in the ground since last fall, actual hookups have come gradually. Flights sewer just got connected June 28, shortly after the recently reopened under new owners. Most buildings have yet to connect to the main lines, but more restaurants are about to enter the pipeline, with Mediterranean and Asian fusion res in early 2019. Lucio Coffee to Wine under the offers Mediterranean cuisine for delivery only, and cheeses, wines, and chocolates. Its also arranging pop-up chef nights at Flight. Open for 21 months, Lucio is right next to the Miami Theater Center, soon to launch its 2018-19 season and an emerging magnet for community events. Flight and Lucio are part of a growing array of niche businesses united by a common theme of local products, sustainability, and quality. Market at 9725 NE 2nd Ave. Its atits sandwiches, empanadas, cookies, craft beers, and a growing array of local products. It feels like the beginning of neighbors are getting to know each other, which bodes well for what were trying to do. Our motivation is promo tion of downtown and promoting each others business. We want to have fun together, too. Theyre getting support from all quarters, from the chamber to Miami There are lots of things the village has done to set the table, and its taken a lot of faith, says Miami Shores Mayor Mac Glinn. The word has gotten out the sale of liquor and wine and beer. Its going to take the courage of entrepreneurs like Kim and Andy to take the leap. There are still a lot of hurdles to open a restaurant downtown. For Flower and Wagner, it has taken resolve, grit, and clear vision. Not only villages. when mentioning a wine bar in 2014, and Wagner considered opening a sandwich place instead. That started to shift over the next year, with village elections and the decision to install sewers for businesses along NE 2nd Avenue. In 2015, Miami Shores Councilman managing director at GrayRobinson, resolved to turn the couples dream into a permitted use, and embraced their cause. The village now permits sales of Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORMayor Mac Glinn: The word has gotten out about us modernizing ordinances for the sale of liquor and wine and beer. Wine Bar Continued from page 42BT photo by Sylvia Ros Continued on page 47 rf n tbbtb bbb bbbt btbt btttbb

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August 2018 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com 45 start earlier and last longer than ever. ingly familiar with the choke points, from NE 123rd, 163rd, and 186th streets in the north to a long stretch of the NE 36th Street, and again through the Upper Eastside. Transportation department spokes woman Karla Damien says Miami-Dade is moving diligently to deploy new tech signals that will expedite travel on county We can assure you that our engineers and consultants are working on that corridor and throughout MiamiDade County, Damien says. Soon, Mr. Wilson and thousands of drivers will start to see more green lights and less In July 2017, the Miami-Dade County Commission awarded a twoyear, $11.3 million contract to the based in Anaheim, California, to install 675 video detection cameras along ten major corridors in Miami-Dade after the company completed a pilot program that resulted in a ten percent reduction in travel time along NW 36th Street be tween 71st and 82nd avenues, according to county documents. puter software to decide when to extend or reduce the timing of a green or red light, as opposed to automatic cycling of green and red lights based on commuting patterns determined by human engineers. Miami-Dade recently went live with cameras suspended 20 feet in the air at 34 intersections on U.S. 1 from SW 98th Street north to I-95. Damien tells the BT that the transportation department has installed smart ing equipment in the nine other designated corridors, including a stretch of to NE 82nd Street. However, the smart she notes. We are now in the process of adjusting the smart signals timing, and programming the controllers in order to out the corridors, Damien explains. This process takes time in order to get it done right. However, we have been expediting the work on all corridors, and signs division chief, explained the roadways to Wilson during a June 27 meeting the Realtor requested through Audrey Edmonson, Damien says. We also provided information as sultants have been continuously reviewtiming adjustments on this road, she lights go out of sync. The things that change are other unpredictable variables along the roadway and surrounding areas, such as construction work, accidents, breakdowns, or is a very heavily traveled arterial, and it has remained unchanged for the past 40 years, while high density redevelopment has occurred around it. Wilson counters that the county should have been investing funds to upvoters in 2002 approved a half-penny tax increase for transit and road projects. They dont have enough engineers to actually maintain the lights, he says. That infuriates me because it should be one of the number-one priorities for this half-penny tax we have. It should be used where there are the biggest at NE 78th, 79th, 81st, and 82nd streets worked properly for about four days after his June 27 meeting with the transportation bureaucrats. Its been a month, In my opinion, all four of those lights should be controlled in unison. Indeed, as recently July 25 in the early evening, Wilsons observations Street turned green at the same time the lights at 81st and 82nd streets turned red. When those lights turned green, 79th Street turned red. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Trafc LightsContinued from page 41

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46 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com August 2018 Women of Miami), says Campbell still has plenty of supporters in the Haitian-Amer ican community. From what I heard, when people call her with a problem, shes more responsive than other politicians, yet endorsing either candidate. be enough to win District 38. According to the Miami-Dade Supervisor of Elec tions, 32 percent of the districts voters are Hispanic, 30.4 percent are black, 29.3 per cent are white, and 8.4 percent are other. Theres no more diverse a state senate district ethnically or economically than this one, Norwood says, qualities to represent all of the districts socio-economic groups. American senator in the State of Florida, and thats a milestone, and we should leadership skills to represent this district. Campbell insists she has been representing every part of the district, a fact that she routinely shares with everyone on her e-mail list. When I am in Tallahassee, every two weeks I let them know what Im doing, she says. I represent 15 cities. Every one of them knows the work I do. I have an open-door policy. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORTheres no more diverse a state senate district ethnically or economically than this one. Democrat vs. DemocratContinued from page 43BT map by Marcy Mock Keep Your Cart Happy :) 311 rff www.miamidade.gov/solidwastenttb ff )

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August 2018 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com 47 spirits in full-service restaurants and sales of craft, but not mass-market beer, and of course wine. Live music is still not permitted. The couple also discovered that getting things done takes more than a village. NE 2nd Avenue is a county thoroughfare, and outdoor seating on countyowned sidewalks can be problematic. The real sewer hookup is not with the village, but with the county Water and Sewer Authority and the Department of Environmental Resources Management. Then theres patience. Construction started in October with an opening scheduled for December, then January, properly connected. And, of course, theres money. County impact fees can run $45,000 or more, though Flower and Wagner got a welcome break on this because of parking in the back of the lounge. While Flower and Wagner are reluctant to disclose the cost of opening their business, they say that anyone trying anything similar should expect to spend somebudget 30 percent more than planned. They also found that grant applications generally require two years of operating experience. This is our life savings, Flower says. These are our children, adds Wagner, gesturing to the wine and the menu. good humor, adaptability, creative costgleams like amber but is simply slab concrete, epoxy, and polish. Look up, and youll see holes every three inches in the black fabric air-conditioning ducts to Ah, but the wine. Theres a whole world of wines people dont know, Wagner says. Our most popular wines this week include from Spain, and a surprising blend from Macedonia. It may not be on the wine map, but people have been making wine there for 2000 years. Then, too, theres sustainability. Says Flower: Were proud to We went right up to the brewery and tasted their beer. Theyre on tap and in cans from us. If local, sustainable, and unique with just a touch of the offbeat seems quaint or singular, Freddie Kaufmann says it is commercially necessary. 9722 NE 2nd Ave. in 2013, which supplies customers, restaurants, and events with top-quality meats and sandwiches. Thats the rule for a food retail business in a neighborhood like this to survive, Kaufmann says. You cannot compete with the big-box stores, the Todd Leoni, a major Upper Eastside landlord who also lives a block from downtown Shores, is experimenting with art galleries and food courts. Leoni owns of 96th Street and the two-story, blocklong building just to its north, which he Right now, the idea is to see if were getting people interested in the food court, Leoni says. Were doing in Wynwood who got thrown out, and were trying to establish a suitable space for them. Just off the main drag at 211 NE 95th St., Ineabelle Soto and her husband, Ander muscles to make ceramic creations. At this location, it can be a chal lenge to bring people in, says Soto, just before the 3:00 p.m. rush of parents and kids getting out of summer school. We get our best results through Insta gram and Facebook. We thought it was ing theres a need for young adults and seniors to make what works for them. We always tell folks: Take a break from electronics. And then you post your creation. Reyes, bring a similar sense of mission 216 NE 98th St. They opened the business in November 2017, with a passion to educate people about the health-giving Its our goal to make this a vibrant and beautiful and bustling downtown, and in three years, I dont think youd be full. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Use larvicide granules to treat plants that hold water to keep mosquitoes from breeding. DRAINCOVER& www.miamidade.gov/mosquito @305Mosquito #DrainAndCoverMiami #FightTheBiteTo report a mosquito nuisance, visit www.miamidade.gov/311direct, call 311 or download our free 311 Direct Mobile App. Wine BarContinued from page 44

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48 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com August 2018 Neighborhood Correspondents: NORTH MIAMISex and MoneyBudget challenges and #MeToo heat up city hallBy Mark Sell BT ContributorNo tropical systems threaten Florida as of press time, but North Miami City Hall is weathering its own storms. The city council may be in recess, but these dog days offer a political sex scandal, a daunting budget, rising garbage and sewer rates, and an accelerated effort in the Arch Creek East Nature Preserve to discourage bulldozers from plowing through native plantings. First, some good news. If you live in North Miami, your tax rate will probably not go up. On July 10, the council voted to cap it at the current 7.5 mils, or $7.50 for each $1000 of assessed valuation. The council also scheduled budget hearings for September 4 and 17. Heres our dip into the news. The scandal: In mid-July, Miami New Times broke a story of a federal sexual harassment claim against Councilman Philippe Bien-Aime, whos running for mayor and reported $77,441 in contributions as of July 10. A political setup? We cant attest to the merits of the claim. Still, it could change the election landscape. The suit man of multiple come-ons to a married larly well on deputy city manager Arthur J. Duke Sorey Jr. or city manager Larry Spring. If anything, the contents reveal an undercurrent of a go along to get along personnel culture, with whiffs of Tammany Hall, protecting the favored and discouraging whistleblowers. At youd want to settle out of court fast. Its also but the latest in a string of nearly a dozen lawsuits or employment actions against the city, mostly stemming in one way or the other from the July 18, 2016, shooting of behavioral therapist Charles Kinsey. Anniversary: Speaking of that shooting, theres a worthy podcast about its fallout and what happened to one of the victims. Aftereffect from WNYC Radio in New York, follows the life of 27-year-old Arnaldo Rios Soto, the autistic man Kinsey was trying to protect. The podcast is worth a listen for anyone who cares about how we treat our most vulnerable, and what happens after the headlines fade. While North Miami police have instituted training for dealing with people on the autism scale now Florida law the broadcast is a BT photo by Mark SellSam Van Leer and volunteer Paul Gorwky uproot Australian pines for native plantings in the Arch Creek East Nature Preserve.

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August 2018 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com 49 powerful reminder that the vulnerable deserve our full attention. Needs and wants: This is our third month on this subject, but its safe to say that the city faces crushing needs, with groaning infrastructure and bloated payrolls and pensions. North Miami is not alone here, but its emergency reserves are perilously low. Stormwater capital needs were estimated at $57.9 million, from a 2012 master plan, for remediation in the Arch Creek and Biscayne Canal basins. The city manager has spoken of full implementation in 2040. Can we afford to wait that long? All municipalities in this area must prepare for buyback of the growing number of properties that will be unlivIf that seems overwhelming, one can start with 11 unfunded priority projects, plain Management Committee, totaling roughly $10 million. The largest project, at more than $6 million, would line sewer pipes from the inside to prevent leakage into the environment. Another would require $750,000 to buy three require county, state, or federal help. The city cant afford to go it alone. The council voted July 10 to pay nearly $2 million to replace two wastewater pump stations. Expect more of this. Affordable housing is another neces sary conversation. Landlords have started to raise rents to unconscionable levels in some of the less inviting apartment build ings along NE 6th Avenue. At one council meeting, a group of residents said they were facing eviction because the landlord at their building on 138th Street was rais ing their rents from $1000 to $1600. This in a house-poor city in one of the more house-poor counties in the United States. Here, too, attention must be paid. Your rates are going up: Theres no way around this. Stormwater and garbage The stormwater rate is now $74.28, un changed since 2014. The state average is $93. The city is proposing $92.28 in 2019. Garbage is trickier. Here, too, the unchanged since 2013. The city is recommending raising it to $420. The city has contracted out these services to Waste Pro since 2012, when the council under Mayor Andre Pierre voted to give the trash hauler a no-bid private contract. Residents, busi nesses, and council members have since grumbled about the service. Both Pierre and former Councilwoman Marie Steril received bundled checks from Waste Pro principals totaling more than $5500. In Tallahassee Democrat recently reported that Waste Pro executives have been called before a federal grand jury in a probe of corruption in the capital citys government. When renewal time came this year, North Miami approached eight companies Management, Great Waste, and World Waste Recycling. Only Waste Pro came back, proposing a $25 million contract over seven years with three extensions. Smith Joseph was incredulous July 10, and started shouting from the dais. We are so bad as a municipality that no company wants to conduct business with us? he asked. This is insulting! This is insulting for you guys to even present this to us. Eight companies come here. The City on the Move. The City of North want to conduct business with us? We are that bad? We are that crooked? The city talked about taking back mate that this would cost $20 million for the equipment, plus $7 million a year, rather than the $6 million a year now. This story isnt over. The contract expires in May, right at election time. Barring further progress, the city faces a sticky time trying to squeeze out of its Waste Pro embrace. FIU vs. North Miami: While this legislative effort to get the upper hand in running a four-lane road through the citys Arch Creek East Nature Preserve 2018), the Urban Paradise Guilds Sam Van Leer has stepped up his native plantings from one morning a week to at least three, replacing Australian pines with native spe cies in the withering heat. So enjoy August, watch those tropics, wear sunblock and Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com BT photo by Mark Sell

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Neighborhood Correspondents: GREATER MIAMI SHORES 50 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com August 2018 By John Ise BT Contributor   Memories of the carefree summer days of my childhood are among my fondest. Aside from a six-week stint of summer camp, the days were occupied with ventures into nearby woods, endless trips on my bicycle, and aimless wandering about town with friends. Safeway and get groceries for the family. Many a time my mother would kick me out of the house, instructing me to return in time for dinner. With no cellphone, it was an illuminated streetlight that cued me to return home. For us kids, everything was outdoors. Television cartoons were limited to Saturday mornings, and video games were number of quarters you had. There was little formal programming for kids, and the annoying term playdate hadnt yet entered the lexicon. Like the 1985 movie The Goonies childhood was mostly unsupervised, independent, autonomous, and free. But today parents and kids alike seem to be nervous wrecks. Leaving your child at home alone conjures thoughts of impending catastrophe. We dont allow our kids to walk the neighborhood alone, go to the Miami Shores or El Portal tot lots by themselves, or even walk to Miami Shores Elementary. Instead of playing outside, they are stressed with excessive homework or they rot in front of their electronic screens. Fear, anxiety, and overzealous parenting have taken hold of us. From websites that purport to show the proximity of every sex offender in your neighborhood to hyperventilating posts on social media that hype threats of crime and tragedy, we now see the world as a scary, threatening, and dangerous place. Above all else, it seems, we think we must keep our kids indoors to protect them. High dives at local public pools and even backyard trampolines seem to be relics of the past. And worse in 2014 a Maryland couple, Danielle and Alexander Meitiv, were actually investigated (and ultimately cleared) for neglect their tenand six-year-old children walk home by themselves from a local park just a mile or so from where they live. Locals intuitively know something is amiss. Chris Gaviria recalls growing up in Miami Shores, biking from one end of the village to the other, and passing Roots and WingsParental fears arent based on facts 130 NE 49 ST Beautiful 2/1 in Buena Vista, Near Design District, Lovely New Engineered Wood Floors, Renovated Bath, Large Master,Nice Kitchen w/ Stainless Appliances, Professional Landscaped Garden with Pond and Amazing Deck, Short Sale Asking $475,000WILLIS WILSON & ASSOCIATESLet our 20+ years of experience help you nd or sell your perfect home Donald Wilson 305-335-5722 Bill Willis 305-790-5249 WillisWilson.com 49 NE 110 ST Beautiful 3/2 on Quiet Street in Miami Shores,Updated Kitchen and Bath, Wood Floors, Newer Roof and Impact Windows. Large Yard. Low traf c street. Reduced to $419,900 1366 NW 54 ST Beautifully Renovated Triple Storefront on Busy Street, Large Attached Parking Lot, New Roof, Impact Windows, Large Awning covering half of Parking Lot, 3180 sq ft in main building plus 660 sq ft warehouse. Reduced to $799,000. PENDING SALE

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August 2018 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com 51 Councilman Sean Brady recounts that hed routinely cross Biscayne Boulevard to walk to elementary school, something he soon hopes to teach his own eight-year-old. On a trip to the Miami Shores tot lot, which posts rules that all youngsters need adult supervision, random parents imme diately lit up about the loss of childhood self-reliance. Resident Nick Timbaldi, eyeing his daughter, bemoans the fact that kids dont live the life he did grow ing up. Reminiscing about a childhood where hed ride his bike until 9:00 p.m., he somewhat guiltily notes how sheltered todays kids are. They might as well be bubble-wrapped! Laura Fiumara of North Miami: Were eating stress. Yet the stress were eating is primarily of our own creation. We fear for our children, we look at every stranger as a potential kidnapper, and we act as though threats loom on every corner. But the crime wave that exists is the one in our heads. According to City-Data.com, from 2002 to 2016, overall crime has dropped by about 30 percent in Miami Shores, 33 percent in Biscayne Park, and 24 percent in El Portal. What has risen is the perception of worsening crime. A Pew Research Center survey conducted in late 2016 found that 57 percent of all registered voters believe crime has gotten worse since 2008, despite double-digit percentile decreases in both violent and property crime rates for the period. Locally, the three-year trend 20122015 for accidental child deaths in ZIP codes 33138, 33161, 33150, 33167, and 33168 is about one every three years, according to Floridas Agency for Health Care Administration. That is tragic for that childs family, but when put it in perspective of a total child/youth population for those ZIP codes more than 37,000 the chances of accidental death equate a minuscule 0.00003 percent. As in baseball, keep your eye on the ball, or in this case, the statistics. Theres no data-driven evidence for our fear. Yet fear and anxiety persist. The more that safety and order prevail, in fact, the more we perceive anarchy. A deeper dive into our collective psyche attributes our dim view to what so ciologists call pessimistic bias, the conviction that things are worse than they are and used to be. And the truth is that dangers encountered on the Internet by children arguably outpace the outside world. Sex, violence, bullying, and predators are more likely to be stalking our children online than in our local parks. We require adult supervision at our parks, but how many of us supervise our kids online activities? Im not promoting parental neglect, but Im frankly more afraid of Miamis drivers who careen like unguided ballistic missiles. For most kids, a visit to four lanes of NE 6th Avenue or Biscayne Boulevard, where drivers on cell phones whiz by at 45 mph. (Planned pedestrian crosswalks on NE 2nd and NE 6th avenues will provide some relief.) And of course, if there were drug dealers and gangs on the corner, it would be irresponsible to allow kids to roam freely. Kids are play-deprived nowadays, says Katherine Reynolds Lewis, author of The Good News about Bad Behavior in a recent NPR interview. Two or three decades ago, children were roaming neighborhoods in mixed-age groups, playing pretty unsupervised. They were able to resolve disputes. They planned their time. They managed their games. They had a lot of autonomy, which also feeds self-esteem and mental health. to allow parents to adopt the free-range kids philosophy without fear of being accused of neglect. The state law allows youngsters whose basic needs are met to travel to commercial or recreational facilities, play outside, and remain at home unattended. tive effort to free ourselves from irrational fears and anxieties, particularly as they relate to our children. Accompany your kids on local walks, and then begin to nudge them out the doorand out of the nest. on their own and to interact appropriately with the outside world. Its said that parents prime responsibility is give their children roots and wings: roots to know practice what has been taught them. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com rffntnb ttnnntft tfnntnf rfntbnf rfntb bfrfbfrf nt t tb ntn b r f f t t n nt f t n ntn f t f n fntbnf r rfntb rf b f rf b f n t t b t b

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52 Biscayne Times www.BiscayneTimes.com August 2018 Neighborhood Correspondents: AVENTURAA Referendum That Disses the VotersSelf-serving city commission tries to KO term limitsBy Jay Beskin BT ContributorAs a former commissioner here in Aventura, I am loath to take potshots at current or former occupants of that position. That would be what we call in Latin rhinoplastium odium facsimilium and we must respect our Latino community. In English, of course, its known as cutting off ones nose to spite ones face. There are plenty of plastic surgeons in Aventura standing by to cut off my nose for any reason at all, including ethnic cleansing, but their prices are nothing to sneeze at. Besides I treasure my nasal passages, especially the ones my teacher read to the class in Hebrew school. The fact remains that the special referendum in the upcoming election at the end of August is Aventura at its worst, an embarrassment to those who live here, those who serve here and quite possibly illegal to boot. For those of you who have not been following, let me bring you up to date. About nine years after the founding of the City of Excellence, the voters determined by referendum that term limits would benattendant dangers of slouching into corruption, complacency, and paralysis. It was also understood that if those term limits were not established in law early on, introduce them later, when interests would have become more entrenched. So since 2006, the law provides that commissioners The founders were astute enough to anticipate the danger of rotation monopolies, as well. Some other localities have limits only on consecutive terms, so if a fellow served eight years as governor, his wife could then serve four years, whereupon he would return with a new clock or calendar, as the case may be. But Aventura anticipated this eventuality, so the law closed that loophole by lifetime. If you can bring documentation proving you were resurrected, that might be an interesting test case, but other than

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August 2018 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com 53 that, its two and youre through. The law was extended to include the mayors job. In other words, you can be commissioner twice, or commissioner once and mayor once, or mayor twice from not only returning as commissioner but also from graduating to mayor. The argument was that the mayor position is not different enough from the commissioner position to warrant its own reset button. This is a debatable point, and one day perhaps we should devote a column to that debate, but for today we are looking at the effort to upend this provision through a referendum. Until now, Aventura residents have res olutely resisted the watering down of term limits via a referendum held subsequent to 2006. That referendum was proposed by an independent charter review commission, and was, at least, colorable as an effort to better city government. In that referendum, we voted down an effort to switch the termlimit terminology to consecutive terms, so commissioners could take a one-term hiatus and then try to start over. Thus, the procliv ity of the voters is known, and it would not be easy to get them to allow two-term com missioners to run for mayor. To solve this problem of voter reluc tance, the wording of the new referendum offers not only facts, but opinions. It reads: In an effort to assure a continuity of experience in city government, and enhance the ability of the voters to elect an expe rienced commissioner as mayor, the city commission proposes the city charter be amended to enable term-limited commis sioners to be able to run for election to the two consecutive terms as mayor if elected. This time, the city commission didnt even bother laundering this proposal through an independent charter review. How wrong is this language? Let me count the ways. First of all, the grammar is so awful it would have been marked up in red pen by a sixth-grade English teacher. To enable... to be able... and be able... There are a lot of ables here, but very little ability. Second, this is not even presented in question form, as Jeopardy answers and municipality referendums should be. It is phrased as an argument, as salesmanship, it to subliminal messages in advertising as outlined in The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard. But upon re-examination, there is nothing hidden or subtle about this language. To get a handle on how outrageous this is, we can imagine a referendum on legal izing gambling: In an effort to assist individuals suf fering from an overabundance of both money in their pockets and time on their hands, and in an effort to enrich the coffers of the city through taxation of such excess pockets of funding, the city commission proposes they be allowed to blow the rent money on games of chance. Sounds right? Sounds appropriate? Sounds legal? The third and most important prob lem here is not the chutzpah of making an argument, but the hollowness of the reasoning, and the transparency of the selfserving city commission. This is worse than our imaginary gambling referendum. This is more like those comical letters a group of siblings sends their parents: In an effort to assist individual young people to navigate their way through the vicissitudes of high school and college life, the Committee of Smith Family Children proposes that all students be granted allowances of several hundred dollars a month with no strings attached, to enable them to be able to have some spending money and be able to smoke in the back yard without parental detection. As for the reasoning that citizens need to be enabled to elect an experienced commissioner as mayor, at a time when our governor and president both came di rectly from the business world, it is absurd on its face. The mayoralty is an adminis trative position of sorts, a leadership posi education, health care, et al. No cities are collapsing around us because their pools of mayoral candidates do not include experi enced, term-limited commissioners. Methinks our commissioners have committed a host of errors of commis sion, and a few errors of omission to boot. The chances of passage are problematic, depending upon who even pays attention to this sort of stuff, but the message to the voters is echoing loudly in their ears. One hesitates to characterize the content of that message other than to say this: Whatever this shows the voters, it aint respect! Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com FOUNDED IN 1983 Courses taught by certified and experienced teachers. Customized tests and placement to meet studentsacademic needs. Low student to teacher ratio allowing maximum individualization. Optimal class size for greatest learning achievement. For our qualified prospective student: This school is authorized under Federal Law to enroll nonimigrant students. 96% of graduates attend colleges or universities. AP classes available After school: tutoring program, sports, music, art, and robotics Fully Accredited

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54 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com August 2018 Culture: THE ARTSThe Art of Relief PrintingTom Virgin works in the delicate form of letterpressBy Anne Tschida BT Arts EditorTom Virgin believes in the power of art and how it can help create a better, more connected community. The Miami-based high school teacher and activist is also a printmaker and artist who works in woodcuts. In addition, hes the founder of Extra Virgin Press in Little Haiti, which makes letterpress book arts and broadsheets. Letterpress is the key to the artistic niche Virgin has carved out for himself. In the age of digital media and imagery, letterpress relief printing is an old-fashioned and labor-intensive craft. As Virgin explains, you can see the You can feel the emboss, see the grain, the human hand on the page. It is effecUsing letterpress, Virgin came up with a fascinating project, a collection of broadsheets single-page sheets, like the old broadsides used for disseminating news of the day for which he asked writers to submit extremely short I asked each writer for 100 charLocal contributors to the project include authors Edwidge Danticat and John Dufresne; poets Campbell McGrath, Michael Hettich, Denise Duhamel, and Mia Leonin; and journalist Nadege Green. Virgin says he asked each person to send him text that provides a window to your community that is also an introbined their texts with imagery and, in the process, created artistic posters. As he quips, theyre kind of like a literary speed-dating outlet, Tinder or Bumble But speed has no part in the actual process at all, says Virgin. The time to make them is what makes the printed works important. You really have to Virgin has now crafted letterpress posters for the Little Haiti Book Fair, and for artists showing at the Emerson Dorsch gallery and PAMM; he also makes book covers and artists books. His own artwork has been shown at galleries, libraries, and universities. Virgin was also instrumental in the SWEAT Broadsheet Collaborative, which starting in 2008 brought together 46 visual artists and 40 writers from South Florida, and eventually resulted in 78 broadsheets made from letterpress, silkscreen, etchings, and other media. Some of them have since been shown in spaces from Portland to Minneapolis, and numerous locations from Palm Beach down to the Miami-Dade College Kendall Campus. Virgin stresses that the collaborations he works on between artists and writers are as diverse as Miami, with artists from minority communities, a strong voice from women, and, as a teacher, involve ment of the young community. As I come to the end of almost 25 years of teaching and learning in a Title I public next year, I hope to transition into offer ing messages and small chunks of literary content to my students through teaching The new space of Extra Virgin Press opened on NW 2nd Avenue in Little Haiti after receiving a 2015 Knight Foundation arts grant. Along with some of the broad sheets and artworks, there are two presses, and it is exciting to watch physical In Your Hands, with Edwidge Danticat and Toni Morrison, letterpress, 2018. The Home, with Michael Hettich, letterpress, from Home/s portfolio, 2017.Images courtesy of Extra Virgin Press

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Images courtesy of Extra Virgin Press August 2018 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com 55 printing in progress during a visit. Across the street, Virgin can also observe the lively neighborhood that is and development, something that concerns him as well. But, he says, the arts can create a conversation in this current His conversation is not isolated to South Florida. A native of Detroit, Virgin spends much of the summer in the small city of Red Wing, Minnesota, at the Anderson Center at Tower View, an arts and residency center along the Mississippi River at the Tower View estate of Alexander Pierce Anderson, a rice and wheat cereals developed under the Quaker brand. The twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, just a few hours away, have been a focal point for letterpress and printing, and the match proved perfect for Virgin. As a result of those summers, He says hed now like to bring these is just one part of the latest mission for a man who never seems to sleep.   South Florida writers into a portfolio for placement in exhibitions and collections, in museum collections at the intersection portfolio, Home/s is to be purchased by PAMM and is already in the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic Universi ty in Boca Raton, the University of Miami Special Collections, and the Frost Museum Home/s Press community project, and included artworks from the paired combinations of writer Danticat and artist Laura Tan; poet McGrath and artist Pip Brant; and poet Leonin and artist Adler Guerrier, among others. They were asked to offer form of literary broadsheets. Although a printmaker and wood dabbled in letterpress in Silver Springs, Maryland, in 2004 because he was interested in the various ways that print could be produced. He came to realize that creative and tactile text could be art. After moving to South Florida, he developed a long relationship with the Jaffe Center, which is a hub for printing, as well as bookmaking. Founded by Arthur Jaffe, who had built a large collection of limited-edition artists books, the center holds workshops on book binding and paper decoration, and has several presses. Virgin found a home there for print making and a mentor as well; Jaffe, who died in 2015, had bought Now Virgin would like to continue the tradition with workshops here in Miami, and is generally inviting the community to come see the stories that are revealed in all the prints. After all, he says, whether youre a writer, a visual artist, or a printmaker, its all about the tales you tell and how they help us understand each other in creative and powerful ways. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Tom Virgin at work: I hope to transition into offering messages and small chunks of literary content to my students through teaching letterpress, printing, and book arts. Red Wing Boathouse woodcut, 2014, by Tom Virgin

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56 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com August 2018 Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS WYNWOOD GALLERY WALK SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2018 GALLERIES BAKEHOUSE ART COMPLEX 561 NW 32nd St., Miami 305-576-2828 Closing reception August 3, 7 to 10 p.m. BILL BRADY GALLERY BRIDGE RED STUDIOS / PROJECT SPACE CENTRAL FINE 917-306-1218 DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY 305-573-8110 DOT FIFTYONE GALLERY EMERSON DORSCH 305-576-1278 FREDRIC SNITZER GALLERY GARY NADER ART CENTER 305-576-0256 LOCUST PROJECTS 305-576-8570 MINDY SOLOMON GALLERY 786-953-6917 NINA JOHNSON GALLERY 305-571-2288 PAN AMERICAN ART PROJECTS 305-751-2550 PRIMARY ROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY 305-397-8530 SPINELLO PROJECTS TILE BLUSH UNDER THE BRIDGE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI GALLERY WYNWOOD WALLS 305-573-0658 MUSEUM & COLLECTION EXHIBITSARTCENTERS PROJECT 924 THE BASS MUSEUM OF ART 305-673-7530 THE BASS: WINDOWS @ WALGREENS DE LA CRUZ COLLECTION 305-576-6112 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY FROST ART MUSEUM 10975 SW 17th St., Miami INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, MIAMI 305-901-5272 Emilio Sanchez, Casita Naranja en Miami, 1980, oil on linen, at Florida International University Frost Art Museum.

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August 2018 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com 57 Through September 9: Walter Darby Bannard: 1959-1962 curated by Gean Moreno Through November 25: Francis Als Through September 23: Diamond Stingily Typhoon coming on by Sondra Perry JEWISH MUSEUM OF SOUTH FLORIDA, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach Painter various artists LITTLE HAITI CULTURAL COMPLEX 212-260 NE 59th Terr., Miami 305-960-2969 Through August 25: Forged Path: Culture, History, and LOWE ART MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI Through August 26: Geist Through September 23: DRESDEN by Sebastian Spreng Painted Pixels by Shelia Elias Hands and Earth: Six Perspectives on various artists THE MUSEUM OF ART + DESIGN AT MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE (MOCAD MDC) 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 305-237-7700 Through September 30: By The People: Designing a Better America by various artists Kentridge MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART NORTH MIAMI 770 NE 125th St., North Miami 305-893-6211 artists Through August 5: various artists NSU ART MUSEUM FORT LAUDERDALE PREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 305-375-3000 Through August 12: Through September 29: el hombre con el hacha y otras situaciones breves Through September 2: The Worlds Game: Ftbol and Contemporary Art southern alchemy by William Cordova THE MARGULIES COLLECTION 591 NW 27th St., Miami 305-576-1051 Kounellis, Richard Serra, and Tony Smith THE RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION 95 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-6090 Through August 25: THE NATIONAL YOUNGARTS FOUNDATION 2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami THE WOLFSONIAN-FIU 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach 305-535-2622 Through August 5: Through August 12: Constructing Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters Through May 27: Compiled by Melissa Wallen Send listings, jpeg images, and events information to art@biscaynetimes.com Melissas PickArgentine artist and activist Len Ferraris The Words of Others confronts authoritarianism through a formalist deconstruction of language and media. At the heart of this exhibition is the artists 1966 performance and literary collage, Pal abras Ajenas ( The Words of Others word association composed as a dramatic script, which had previously been staged only twice, in 1968 and 1972. Critical of Argentinas military dictatorship, the Catholic Church, and the U.S. war in Vietnam, the work is freely composed of quotations associated with such as President Lyndon B. Johnson, Adolf Hitler, Pope Paul VI, and God, sourced from news wires, historical texts, and the Bible. For each performance, a contemporary choir of voices reinterpret the texts, speaking to the atrocities of war, the perils of totalitarianism, and religious representations of redemption and punishment. Ferraris visual collages depict provocative imagery that challenge aesthetic forms of political intervention, trauma, gesture and communication. In his manifesto of 1968, Ferrari declared an ever-powerful call to arms for artistic political activism: Art is not beauty or novelty, art is effectiveness and disruption... Melissa Wallen Len Ferrari, Dios (God) photo collage on cardboard,1964, at Prez Art Museum Miami.

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58 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com August 2018 Culture: EVENTS CALENDARAfrican Dance and Drum Fest Turns Nine African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festi val Friday through Sunday, August 3-5 Journey of the Mask, Behold the Flashlight Brigade and Night Walks on Friday, August 10 and 24 Heritage Trust Takes to the RoadsDade Heritage Trustbike ride and tour Sunday, August 12 Sunset Cruise to Stiltsvillesunset cruise on Biscayne Bay BT off Saturday, August 18 Your Guide to Urban Tactics Tony Garcia Tactical Urbanism move ment Saturday, August 25 Home Expo Opens a World of Want Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show from Friday, August 31, to Monday, September 3 (Labor Day) Trading Spaces Siempre Flamenco Simmers at the Arsht Festival de Cante Flamenco Friday, August 31, through Sunday, September 2 Compiled by BT contributor Dinah McNichols. Please send information and images to calendar@biscaynetimes.com Mango Mania Strikes Again South Beach Mango Festival place Sunday, August 5 20th Annual Afro-Cuban Dance Festival AfroCuban Dance Festival on Friday, August 17 Design District Walkabout Miami Design DistrictArts Encounters Saturday, August 4 Saturday, August 25 also Wednesday, August 15

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August 2018 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com 59 Columnists: PICTURE STORYBy Paul George BT ContributorAs noted in Junes Picture Story, Biscayne Boulevard is boom ing, especially in Miamis Upper Eastside, with revitalized motels, new restaurants, markets, and other businesses. Contributing to the sharp upswing in its fortunes has been the presence of several nearby historic districts, including the MiMo/Biscayne Historic District and the investments streaming into it. Established in 2006, the MiMo Historic District brackets the Boulevard from NE 50th Street to NE 77th Street. The historic district of today resulted from the sharp post-World War II rise in prosperity and the proliferation of cars. These developments prompted a shift in focus, away from the commercial and retail properties along the Boulevard toward new tourist motels that would line a main entryway into Miami. The district contained more than 20 motels from the late-1940s through the mid-1950s. The evolving style for many of those new motels was branded Miami Modern or MiMo, a term coined by South Floridians Randall Robinson and Teri DAmico, to describe the architecture in other parts of the country for some 20 years after World War II. booming national economy and a rising optimism following nearly two decades of economic depression and war, include fu turistic designs, Space Age imagery, neon, pylons, metal grilles, brise-soleils, deco rative railings, walls of glass, cantilever, striking masonry sculptures, cheese holes, boomerangs, textured sur faces, and other elements. Among the dis tricts buildings that best represent the MiMo style is the Vagabond Hotel (its current owner calls the Vagabond a hotel because it has more ameni ties than a motel, like a pool) at 7301 Biscayne Blvd. Designed in 1953 by architect Robert Swartburg, whose other works include the Delano Hotel and the original Miami Beach Conven tion Center, the 45-room Vagabond, as Randall Robinson has noted, includes a star-spangled pylon, sea nymphs, and by dolphins. After an early period of sharp decline of the Boulevard, fell on hard times. Its demolition was a real prospect before its purchase in 2012 by Avra Jain, who has restored many historic properties. After expenditures of $6 million, the hotel reopened in 2014 and is considered one of the most important elements of a historic district that has gained worldwide renown. Paul George is historian at HistoryMi ami Museum. To order a copy of this photo, contact HistoryMiami archives manager Ashley Trujillo at 305-375-1623, atrujillo@historymiami.org. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Photo courtesy of HistoryMiami, 1981-235-11959-2 Biscayne Boulevard Boomed in the 1950sA view of our past from the archives of HistoryMiami The Vagabond is an outstanding example of the exuberant Miami Modern architectural style.

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60 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com August 2018 Columnists: POLICE REPORTSBiscayne Crime BeatCompiled by Derek McCannGaining a Guilty Conscience?7500 Block of NE 3rd Avenue Victim came home and found a back window that was shattered. The mystery perpetrator has gone through her closets and taken a bunch of clothes. The person also took food from a shelf. However, the items didnt leave the property they were all left in the back yard. If It Sounds Too Good to Be True3400 Block NE 1st Avenue Our victim responded to an e-mail ad opportunity. It was a dog-sitting website, and she was asked randomly to care for two dogs. All correspondence was done by e-mail. In lieu of deleting the e-mail as spam, our victim needed a break with $2,500 as an advance payment to care paid her bills (meaning, before it cleared), when her bank told her that the check was worthless and came from a fraudulent account. If only dog sitting paid that much and unsolicited e-mails were legit moneymakers.The Power of Sound401 Biscayne Blvd. The owner of a T-Mobile store observed a man whom he didnt know jump a fence and enter the storage room. The intruder began to grab items and place them in a bag. This was all caught on startling the thief, who then jumped back over the fence, emptyhanded. Not Thinking It Through1400 Block of NE 2nd Avenue Man entered a credit union with his ID and a $400 check he wanted cashed. The teller immediately realized that something was off, as evidenced by the obvious alteration to the check, poorly done. The check actually belonged to another apparently dropped the check, made out to TJ Maxx for $20, into a mailbox. The teller kept the man waiting, and a detective showed up and questioned him. The man only offered that a local named Chino had given him this check, and that Chino had offered to split the $400 with him. He was promptly arrested, having brutally failed at altering the check.

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August 2018 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com 61 Secure Before You Nap5900 Block of NE 6th Avenue You come home and are exhausted. The AC barely works. The kitchen window is open. So you crash for a bit, too tired (and neglectful) to get up off the living room sofa and lock the kitchen window. I mean, theyll clearly see someone is home, right? They did, and when he woke up, his wallet and cell phone were gone. It was a perfect and painless score for the burglar. No arrests have been made. Good luck napping now.Its Her Ongoing Nightmare100 Block of NE 59 Terrace Over the past several months, mystery burglars have repeatedly victimized the same homeowner. In this latest incident, three bags of shingles were taken from the area where she usually parks her car. She told police that unknown people have been entering her property, as well as entering her home. There are no signs of forced entry, and she is not sure how they are entering, as there is a large gate around the property. The intruders have also vandalized her home. The investigation continues.Who to Call? Your Lawyer, Your Bank, or 911?100 NE 54th St. When returning to his business, a man found the front lock smashed and the door opened. The person who did this also ransacked the place. The victim did not call 911 and instead secured the door himself. He had an appointment with his lawyer, so he called him to let him know hed be running late. This didnt play well with his attorney, who told him he needed to go to the bank, as that took did call the police, it was to no avail, as the scene was contaminated and there were no security cameras. Lawyer still got paid for his services.Bartenders Bad Luck100 Block of NE 11th Street This bartender had placed $2000 on the counter and was distracted for less than to take that money and try to walk out. He handed off some of the cash, accord ing to surveillance video, to another man, who was not apprehended. But he was, and was held for police. Only $400 was returned, much to the chagrin of the bartender. The man did admit to police that hed taken it but added that hed never been arrested before and asked the police to let him go, based on that good record. They dropped him off Letting Go Will Cost You100 Block of NE 11th Street At this dance club, a woman danced all night, showing remarkable stamina, until around 5:00 a.m., at which time she decided to call it a nightor a morning. Unbeknownst to her, some one had taken a cell phone from the bag she was wearing on her shoulder. the thief got into. Calls made to the number were fruitless, as the phone was turned off. Calls made to the club the next day to determine if it was found went unreturned. Not Too Neighborly500 Block of NE 67th Street This victim called the police to report his security camera had been stolen. Someone had forcefully removed the camera from above his door. Also, his garden was vandalized, and plants had been ripped out of the ground. He believes his neighbor is responsible, as they have had an ongoing dispute and the camera was part of it. No arrests made, so the saga continues.Clean Hands, Dirty Business100 Block of NE 39th Street Taking a bathroom break, an employee washed his hands in the sink, obeying those signs on how all employees must do this before returning to work. Hed taken off a gold watch as he did so. He left the bathroom and went back to the store where he worked. It took him an hour to realize he was missing his watch. Upon his return to the bathroom, the watch was nowhere to be found. He contacted mall security so he could view the surveillance tapes but he was report made sure to note that there is no surveillance inside the actual bathroom. Well, that is a relief. The watch has not yet been found. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Providing tutoring services in all subjects using Montessori materials and techniques Tutoring Elementary and High School Students Individual and small group instruction At center or in-home tutoringPre-Algebra Algebra Mathematics Reading Fluency Reading Comprehension Grammar Composition Skills Homework Help Program Virtual Student Support Center LINDAMOOD BELL INTERVENTION PROGRAMS Visualizing and Verbalizing Lips for spelling and reading 10822 NE 6th Avenue, Miami, FL 33161Tel. 305-407-2129jromero@montessoritutoringcenter.com

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in funds to reconstruct North Bayshore Drive. New sidewalks, streetlights, and landand streetscaping improved the route from the towers to the park. (Quantum on the Bay, Bay Parc, Opera Tower, Paramount Bay, and the Doubletree Grand are some of the areas high-rises.) That same year, $470,000 of Omni CRA funding improved the parks playground with new fencing, shade strucsurface, and paid for improvements in the adult Vita course exercise equipment area. By 2015, the much-anticipated fenced dog park was designed and constructed with $400,000 of Omni CRA money. There are multiple entrances to Margaret Pace Park, including the main plaza steps on N. Bayshore Drive near the restroom building. In 2017 an art piece titled Ara Pacis meaning Altar of Peace was erected here. Colombian sculptor William Botero donated the installation made from bronze alloy castings of nearly 8000 bullet casings collected from around the world as a tribute to victims of gun violence. Other park sculptures provide photo opportunities and inspiration: three striking thrones designed by students from the New World School of the Arts with assistance from elders representing Miamis Jewish, Hispanic, and AfricanAmerican heritages. 62 Biscayne Times www.BiscayneTimes.com August 2018 Columnists: PARK PATROLOasis of AmenitiesMargaret Pace Park has a view and much moreBy Janet Goodman BT ContributorBetween Biscayne Bay and a condo construction in the Omni/ Edgewater neighborhood of Miami is a valuable slice of real estate that will never be developed: Margaret Pace Park. This eight-acre oasis, located at 1745 N. Bayshore Dr., boasts 1500 feet of waterfront and a slew of amenities that keep area residents returning. Tennis, basketball, and beach volleyball courts, picnic spots, a childrens playground, a bay walk, exercise equipment, and a long-needed fenced-in dog park are thoughtfully designed without obstructing large open greenspaces, allowing in breezes and viewing out over Biscayne Bay, east toward Miami Beach. On the parks southern border is the historic Miami Womans Club building, whose vice president in the 1950s Margaret Pace led the lawsuit to stop dredging land from the bay for private development next door. The City of Miami purchased this land for $209,000 in 1966 to create Coral Park, later named Margaret Pace Park. A major $4 million overhaul of the park took place in 2003. In 2014, due to massive construction projects bringing new condominium towers nearby, the Omni Community Redevelopment Agency (Omni CRA) provided $4 million Park amenities are connected by concrete footpaths bay walk. Sabal and coconut palms, and sea grape are numerous, with occasional and landscaping were neatly maintained when the BT visited in late June. Picnic areas with tables and grills are stationed along perimeters but never block the water view, making for some relaxing lunches. King tides and bay surges are deterred from coming through the park by its built-up elevation. According to Stephanie Severino, City of Miami deputy director of the no plans to build a seawall at the park; only coral limestone boulders along the shoreline provide some barrier to the bay. In an e-mail exchange with the BT Severino notes that the park lost several To the west, a wall of towering condominiums, to the east, Biscayne Bay. Among the parks many amenities are regulation beach volleyball courts a rarity.BT photos by Janet GoodmanOne of three iconic thrones representing the heritages of Miamis Jewish, Hispanic, and African-American communities. MARGARET PACE PARK 1745 N. Bayshore Dr. Miami, FL 33132 305-350-7938 Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Picnic tables: Yes Barbecues: Yes Picnic pavilions: No Tennis courts: Yes Basketball court: Yes Night lighting: Yes Fenced-in dog park: Yes Playground: Yes Park Rating Margaret Pace Park rrf ntb

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August 2018 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com 63 trees during Hurricane Irma and several more trees had to be righted and braced. wind damage. The only park repairs now anniversary this September. Tensions grew when parkgoers who local dog owners who wanted their pets to laws by issuing about 40 citations at $50 a pop, to violating dog owners. A dog running loose in the park telling dog owners to leash up. A petition drive garnered more than 400 signatures section as a solution to the issue. smalland largedog sections. Each section has two pet waste stations (there are now ten stations a human/canine benches. Young oak and glued-in mulch will someday provide hydrants are popular marking spots. A metal stylwas selected and has held up nicely. It is easy to maintain and heat resistant, and to the park every day with his ten-year-old Samantha Tini lives several blocks dents, but you need to call the posted This reviewer had to travel blocks can simply walk there. It would have Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Picnic areas with tables and grills are stationed along perimeters but never block the water views. The dog park, which resolved some serious conicts over pets, will celebrate its third anniversary next month. rfnftbbt ENROLL TODAY! bbttbb

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64 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com August 2018 Butteries on the BrinkPollinator pets can make a comeback in Miami-DadeBy Janet Goodman BT ContributorIs it a stretch to call insect pollinators pets? Many Florida municipalities argued as much before 2012, when the state signed into law the Beekeepers Protection Act. That law supersedes county and municipal regulations, and allows residents to maintain bee hives on non-agricultural properties. Local governments had previously argued that 40,000 bees in a hive were 40,000 pets, exceeding residential pet limit codes. tors that help gardens grow. I recently en couraged their presence in my backyard by planting native host plants, on which certain species will lay eggs that develop into caterpillars. These cats feed on host plant leaves and eventually form While there are no pet-limit codes properties, these insects can bring as much joy as more traditional furry, feathered, or scaly companions. by Beauty (boundbybeauty.org) is to change how people interact with nature Miami Shores resident Mary Benton is one of the founders, and she and her organization have been involved in the planning and planting of dozens of at several schools and a native pine rockland garden at Miami Shores Community Church. At Plaza 98, the pop-up public space on NE 98th Street just off NE 2nd Avenue in the Shores, BBB planted a variety of nectar and host plants. Benton tells the BT : Within a couple of days, monarchs had already laid eggs on the milkweed, and atalas on the coontie. Some of the plaza plants didnt survive the spring drought, but the coontie host plant for the atalas is currently covered in caterpillars. Calusa, Tequesta, and Seminole Indians made a bread from the roots of the coontie. By the 1930s, coontie numbers were decimated by local mills that overharvested the plant for starch products, extinct. But in 1979, one small colony was discovered on Key Biscayne. Urban replanting of coontie, as well as atala caterpillar relocation throughout Mi ami-Dade, has encouraged atala numbers to grow and spread. Today the blue, black, and In December 2017, Bound by Beauty began a Foster Garden program. We rescued 861 atala caterpillars and found foster gardens for 1145, says Benton. which warmly welcomed 100 caterpillars rescued from a garden in Miami Shores. With coontie ready in my garden, Benton gave me nine reddish-brown, yellow-spotted atala cats to foster. I watched them form pupae and witnessed far, three atalas call my garden home and have laid clutches totaling 15 eggs on fresh green coontie fronds. trouble, too. Benton notes that the loss of native habitat has endangered the Schaus swallowtail, the Miami blue, Bartrams scrub-hairstreak, and Florida leafwing pineland croton, which is the host plant for Bartrams and leafwings, in hopes we can bring them back, as has been done with the atala. Pesticides, droughts, and storms also affect their numbers. Giant swallowtails almost disap peared in Florida as a result of the citrus canker eradication effort, which nearly wiped out their host plants, says Benton. after Hurricane Irma last fall. Many of her own host plants are kept in pots, and she was able to rescue some caterpillars by bringing them indoors during the storm. Walking through Bentons garden is surrounds you as you marvel at her resi dent monarchs, zebras, and atalas, as well as a number of other species, like Gulf fritillaries, Julias, and giant swallowtails. According to Benton, I have seen 22 dif Benton would like to see the county stop spraying for mosquitoes, as it kills reduces insect food for birds. Id also like to see more urban gardeners creating wildlife sanctuaries and healthy green corridors between gardens that are chemical-free, Benton continues. The average person can avoid purchasing nectar and host plants that have been treated with neonicotinoids, a systemic pesticide that kills any creature that feasts on the plant. They can replace thirsty sod with drought-tolerant natives that attract pollinators. Even condo dwellers can work together to create pollinator habitats in their common areas. Many weeds, such as Spanish needle, can be left in gardens, as they provide nectar for zebras and Gulf fritillaries. Benton quotes the North American ourselves. She points out that Bound by Beauty believes everyone can make a transformative places, she says. Can you imagine if Miami Shores became Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Atala butteries like this were brought back from near extinction.Photo by Maria Font

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August 2018 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com 65 Write Your Mother!The many life lessons of letter By Stuart Sheldon BT ContributorI sent the postcard shown here to my grandparents from summer camp when I was nine. They loved it so much, they kept it forever. I see why. kickball, softball, bingo, and a cookout is one worth writing about. When was the last time you received a hand-written letter? Or more important, when did you last write one? Im not talking about a long dump-your-heartout scenario, though Im all for that. A mere thank-you note can be a gamechanger for the recipient. Theres that wonderful moment of anticipation as you open the envelope. And then youre holding the very paper that someone far away poured his or her contemplations into? Heres a question. You receive a letter and an e-mail on the same day. Both say the exact same thing. Which touches you more, and which feels more sincere? When was the last time your e-mail smelled like your lover on the other end? The power of this analogue, sensual connection has been studied at length. the concept of high-tech versus high touch in his 1982 bestseller, Mega trends He theorized that in a world of increasing technology, people long for personal, human contact. I know this to be true, and go out of my way to have lunch regularly with people I admire, instead of merely pinging them digitally. I need the eye contact and the skin-to-skin of a good hug. I cherish any afternoon where I fall asleep on the couch with an old-fashioned book on my chest as opposed to a reading device. And my heart sings any time my kids (or anyone) actually make me a card for any occasion, bonus if theres a drawing included. In our ever more digital universe, writing a letter is such an easy way to relationships. Surprise someone with a note today, and see what happens. Write your mom or your favorite uncle for no particular reason. Or drop a thank-you note to the neighbor who helped you move. One lesson I took from my years you note after each meeting, basically acknowledging someone for taking time out of his or her busy day to hear me my prospective clients had many choices, that simple act of kindness helped me stand out in the crowd. All for under 50 cents. Talk about money well spent. There are also hidden life lessons in the physical writing of a note. My mother showed me how to turn written mistakes into little pictures within the body of the letter, so that my scratchedout comma became a little happy lion face or a crescent moon punctuating my musings. The greater message here was that any situation can be salvaged with a bit of creativity, so dont lose heart. This has served me very well as an artist. Writing a letter also brings out the eagle-eye editor in us all, for we often must economize our thoughts into a limited space. This forces us to think twice about what we wish to convey to a friend or loved one, a process that literally makes us more thoughtful. In todays sordid and bitter world, a good letter is one antidote to mend tears in our social fabric. Not only does it keep us connected across distances that seem ever farther these days, it deepens the bonds we often take for granted. And puts an exclama tion point on the love we feel for those closest to us. It doesnt even have to be mailed. Leave a note for your husband or wife on the kitchen table tomorrow Honey, I know I should say it more. So let me be clear. I. LOVE. YOU and Ill prove it later. My ten-year-old son left for summer camp this morning. Im sure he will feel unduly burdened by writing one letter a week (for three weeks, do the math). But I hope hell take a few extra moments to ponder his day, the people he spoke with, the funny joke he heard, the triumphs, and failures. And I hope hell experience a moment of emotion will be pride or delight. But even if it is shame or rage, hell be taking stock of himself, and that is what matters. I hope my son shares the things he did, as I did with my grandparents. hope he shares a taste of the particular emotion that made his day meaningful. Thats a good letter. Stuart Sheldon is an artist, author, and Miami native. Follow him on Facebook and Instagram @stuart_sheldon and subscribe to his blog at FancyNasty.us. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com rfntfbt 1673 NE 123rd St., N Miami, FL 33181 Parking and entrance in rearrn nn b10 Years experience helping students learn to Love Math!rfntfrbnnrnrfrn nn

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66 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com August 2018 Blooms for a High-Rise BalconyAir plants are easy to move during storm prep By Jeff Shimonski BT ContributorA number of years ago, I was asked to consult on creating a bougainvillea wall of foliage on a balcony at a large new condominium. I didnt think it would be practical but went mainly to see this new condo in all its glass-enclosed splendor. The units owner wanted the foliage and color to block the view into her home from condos in nearby buildings. The wind on her balcony, more than 200 feet above grade, was impressive and blasting. Sure, there was plenty of sunlight during the day but any soft foliage on a typical windy day would get shredded, and plants not securely attached would likely be blown off in a high-wind event. It was a shame, but what this potential client wanted wasnt going to work, no matter how much money she spent. I often look up at the thousands of new-built empty balconies and think what a shame, no horticultural curiosity here but what could you grow on these stark skyboxes? Well, what kinds of plants do grow in dry (xeric), windy conditions? During my many travels to tropical climes, Ive seen powerlines and communication towers hosting different species of bromeliads. Now, these arent your typical large-leafed pineapple types of bromeliad. Nor do they serve as hosts to mosquito larvae, since they dont collect water in the axils of their foliage. But like most, if not all epiphytic (i.e., they grow on other plants) bromeliads, they have specialized structures on the surface of their foliage called trichomes. These are tiny, water-absorbing scales that help the plant survive in a soil-less environment; they take in atmospheric moisture and shield the plant from excessive solar radiation. This is the foliage of many bromeliad species. Youll notice that some species have foliage when theyre in more sunlight. Also notice that some bromeliad species have thick succulent leaves, too. The accompanying photo shows a group of xeric bromeliads, Tillandsia caput-medusae newly planted onto the trunk of a small tree using zip ties. The refers to the head of Medusa, a pretty cool name considering the way the foliage contorts and twists. This is one of the many bromeliad species that grow in dry conditions that you can propagate on your sunny balcony. Id attached these bromeliads on a tree trunk growing in a sunny area at Jungle Island when we opened and had lots of sunlight underneath the newly planted tree canopy. These Tillandsia did quite well and even started growing new plants at the base of the older mother ering. But the area eventually got too shady, and the plants died. They dont grow well in shaded conditions. They need the bright light like you have on a sunlit balcony. These air plants can be easily attached to a piece of dried wood or cork using zip ties or even superglue for the smaller ones. Then the sections can be attached to a stiff wire frame that is attached to your wall. They can be sprayed with water several times a week at low light times, like early morning or evening. No fertilizer is necessary because the trichomes absorb atmospheric nutrients from rainwater or mist. Many Tillandsia species are quite hand. Some, like Tillandsia ionantha, put on a striking show of color when they bloom. This color can last a couple of months. This bromeliad will grow into a good-sized clump and can be hung from a wire in an open area. Some species have fragrant blooms at night, so when yours do bloom, bring them inside at nighttime and enjoy the fragrance. Ive grown different varieties of Tillandsia mallemontii for years, and have found them to be great conversation pieces with friends who enjoyed the dis tinct fragrance. I grew a clump of these the size of a dinner plate on the trunk of a coconut palm next to the entrance of my old house. You couldnt miss it when they were in bloom. Some fragrant species that are easy to grow include Tillandsia duratii T. crocta and T. purpurea but there are many more as well. Grow these bromeliads on panels or as hanging plants that you can take inside when you know a storm is coming. That way they wont blow off your balcony and can be put back outside after the winds pass. Since they dont need soil or a similar growing medium, they are clean and wont make a mess when you move them. ist municipal specialist, retired director of horticulture at Parrot Jungle and Jungle Island, and principal of Tropical Designs of Florida. Contact him at jeff@ tropicaldesigns.com. BT photo by Jeff ShimonskiThis Tillandsia is great to grow on your balcony.

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August 2018 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com 67 Public Lands Arent for SaleFreedom Park is a misnomer for developers cash cowBy Blanca Mesa BT ContributorW save saves a fragment of our sanity and public any he added. endangered and threatened marine and   W Biscayne Times Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Courtesy of Golf DigestMelreese Golf Course today.

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68 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com August 2018 By Jacqueline Coleman BT ContributorHello, August! The month when were couch-bound due to oppressive heat and afternoon downpours, yet were not yet at the counting reasons to justify your time in front of the tube, consider this: As we gear up for football, lets get our competHow about California versus New fanatics have an opinion on this one, and usually it draws a pretty good discuswines of exceptional quality, but there are distinct differences that can turn What is it about this single varietal that expresses so differently in each place? Lets start with New Zealand, where zealots are drawn to this version of the varietal because of the intense grapefruit pressed in a few different ways, includmellower when it comes to the tropical One of the favorites from Team New Zealand is the 2017 Oyster Bay wine comes across just as youd expect, with a big pop of grapefruit, gooseberry, pineapple, and all the tropical fruit citrusy on the palate complemented by get some of that grassy green melon that 2017 Governors Bay the nose and a bit more acidity in this The 2017 Ponga New Zealand dance around the palate, with a fresh the previous two wines, this wine is a perfect summertime 2017 Brancott Estate unusual of the New more intense designation would pair better with Much to my surprise as a longtime member of Team New Zealand, 2016 Justin Central Coast region of California is a beautiful fuller-bodied wine with crisp green apple on the nose and a refreshing wine experience, try the 2016 Dry Creek Vineyard Fum Blanc, out of green apple bomb on the nose and Another favorite is the 2016 Hess Select California wines, this wine surprises describe the flavors of the nose and palate to lean heavy on ripe green apple, but a slight mix of grapefruit Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Governors Bay Sauvignon Blanc is $12.49, Justin is $13.99, Dry Creek Vineyards Fum Blanc is $11.29, and Oyster Bay is $9.97 at the North Miami Total Wine & More (14750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-354-3270). Whole Foods Market in North Miami (305-892-5505) carries the Hess Select Sauvignon Blanc for $11.99, and the Ponga for $10.99 until August 28. Publix at Biscayne and 18th (305-358-3433) has the Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc for $9.25.Battle of the Sauvignon BlancsRed, white, and you: Agreeable wine for $15 or less

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August 2018 Biscayne T imes www.BiscayneTimes.com 69 Columnists: DISHMake the Most of Miami SpiceFood news we know you can useBy Geoffrey Anderson Jr. and Dianne Rubin BT ContributorsIts August, and you know what that means: Miami Spice is in full effect. South Florida foodies have tons of choic es this year, with more than 200 restaurants participating in the two-month event. Until September 30, guests can enjoy discounted three-course meals at some of Miamis top restaurants. Previously out-of-your-budget restaurants are sud denly affordable, as these eateries try to Heres the thing, though: How do you make the most of these limited-time offers? Theres only so much you can eat in such a short period. Thats why we have some recommendations that should help you maximize your dollars during Miami Spice. ible. With big names like Blue Collar La Centrale too busy during dinner, try to visit for Youre less likely to encounter crowds during these times, and youll spend $23 During these two months, you should also try something new. Its great that your favorite restaurant is participating in Miami Spice again, but keep your palate on its toes with additions like Alter (223 time; it only offered lunch back in 2016. Heres your chance to try the restaurants beloved blue crab shumai or to check out any of the other restaurants on the list without breaking the bank. You might even discover a new neighborhood. place in advance. We cant stress enough how often these menus can change. While great job at capturing these changes, it doesnt hurt to double-check; something is bound to fall through the cracks. OPENINGS Miami Spice may be the biggest news right now, but its not the only news. The city has also welcomed a wave of new eateries that deserve your attention, regardless of their Miami Spice participation. Kimpton EPIC Hotel has transformed part of its rooftop into a pop-up restaurant for the rest of summer. Called EPIC Pop-Up ment allows executive chef Alex Olivier some upscale Mediterranean cuisine. The menu features both small plates and large bites like stuffed dates, Serrano ham, Spanish suckling pig, and Spanishstyle prawns. For cocktails, the pop-up focuses on large-format drinks like shareable punches that are sure to get the party started. Another recent highlight is Sette Osteria that opened quietly on the southern end of Wynwood. Classic pastas like cacio e just a taste of the extensive menu, which and other Italian fare that would make a low-carb dieter balk. On the other side of town, Nothing Bundt Cakes in Aventura as of Wednesday, August 1. The bakery is celebrating with several promotion of free bundtlets (mini bundt pop into the shop to order and pick up everything from bite-sized bundt cakes The next few months will also hold some fun fare for diners. Were most excited for Guy & the Bird (17070 W. and rotisserie offerings to North Miami nine-foot yakitori grill will be put to good use by chef and owner Roy Starobinsky, who is also behind the popular local restaurant Lettuce & Tomato. CLOSINGS miliar face: Rosa Mexicano The Mexican restaurant, which has occupied the ground than a decade, closed abruptly. Owners cite lease expiration as the reason. Fans will now have to travel to the Lincoln Road outpost for that famous tableside guac. Geoffrey Anderson Jr. and Dianne Rubin are co-founders of Miami Food Pug, an award-winning South Florida food blog that fuses the couples love of dogs and food. Send us your tips and alerts: restaurants@biscaynetimes.com Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Courtesy of La CentraleLa Centrale is new on the Miami Spice list.

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