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Serving the Communities along the Biscayne Boulevard Corridor, including Arch Creek, Baypoint, Bayside,
Biscayne Park, Belle Meade, Buena Vista, Davis Harbor, Design District, Edgewater, El Portal, Keystone Point, Magnolia Park,
Miami Shores, Momingside, North Miami, Oakland Grove, Omni, Palm Grove, San Souci, Shorecrest and Wynwood


November 2006

Volume IV Issue IX

For Better or Worse

SBoulevard Motels are Here to Stay

By Ivana J. Robinson
BBT Contributing Writer

In July 2005, 25-year-old Monee
Williams shot Mathew Williams to
death at the Stephen's International
Motel at 6320 Biscayne Blvd. Soon after
the incident, the owner closed the motel
and put it up for sale. Two months later,
police arrested Camelot Inn manager
Michael Kelbel for "renting a room for
the purposes of prostitution" at the inn
at 7126 Biscayne Blvd. In July, 2005, a

few blocks north,
a shooting was
reported in the
back of Motel
Blu at 7700
Biscayne Blvd.
These and many
other crimes have
earned the
Corridor motels a
murky reputation.
"Most prob-
lems that occur in
the neighborhood
originate in the
motels," said

and restaurants, modern boutiques and
flower shops. In addition, successful
businesspeople are buying and renovat-
ing sites like the Vagabond and
Sunshine Motel in an attempt to recap-
ture the glory of a more innocent past.
However, one of the main problems
faced by new and old owners is keep-
ing illegal activity out of their estab-
lishments. Otherwise, they could face
the Nuisance Abatement Board (NAB).
The board, comprised of five mem-
bers, is a quasi-judicial body that deter-

According to Valledor,
Best Value Inn appealed
the case and asked for
compensation for lost income.
However, in 2000 the Florida
Supreme Court ruled that the
City of Miami doesn't have
to compensate the owner if a
motel must be shut down
because it's overrun with
prostitutes and drugs.

David Magnusson of the Miami Police
Department. "They are like a magnet
for all the trash that comes here to rob
and cheat. But it's gotten better. The
majority of the motels have improved a
The condo boom, which doubled real
estate prices in the Upper Eastside, is
changing the landscape of the area by
attracting elegant cafes, tasteful bars

mines the exis-
tence of public
nuisances on prop-
erties within the
City of Miami
used in violation
of the law. It typi-
cally processes
cases for drug pos-
session and sale,
gang activity,
noise and prostitu-
tion. Once a motel
is labeled a nui-
sance, the NAB
tells a business
how it can
improve. If it

doesn't, the NAB can shut that business
down for up to a year. During the last
year, several motel owners have come
before the NAB: Best Value Inn,
Camelot Inn, Motel Blu and Biscayne
Inn, among others.
The Best Value Inn has been on the
NAB list for more than five years, and
most recently for drug-related arrests
Continued on page 30

TAKE BACK THE LAND: Liberty City activists have organized a
shantytown on city land to protest the housing crisis, but how long it
will last is anyone's guess. See page 65 for the story.

Is Crime Down?

Community Concerns Escalate Despite Declining Crime Rates

By Melissa Cueto
BBT Staff Writer

The crime rate today is the "lowest in
years," said Darrell Nichols, an Upper
Eastside neighborhood resource officer,
yet many residents that have lived in
the area for years, even decades, are
not seeing the encouraging statistics
reflected in their daily lives.
The figures, as provided by
Commander David Magnusson of the
Miami Police Department (MPD), indi-
cate an overall plunge in both petty and
violent criminal activity. Comparing
the first nine months of 2006 to the
first nine months of 2005, the break-
down is as follows: burglary down 11
percent, larceny down 18 percent, rob-
bery down 25 percent, aggravated bat-

tery and assault down 33 percent, sex
offenses down 14 percent, auto thefts
down 23 percent promising indeed.
Why, then, are neighbors increasing-
ly alarmed? A Shorecrest resident of
eight years who preferred to withhold
her name was the victim of a burglary
on August 10 of this year. The follow-
ing month, she attended a Shorecrest
Homeowners Association meeting dur-
ing which a police officer reported that
the crime rate had declined for
September. Having heard others in the
neighborhood particularly residents
near N.E. 85th Street express con-
cerns about theft and vandalism, she's
been encouraged by a heightened
police presence in the area. The woman
was equally discouraged, however, by

Continued on page 24

Word on the Street

What would
you change
about N.E. 79th

Life Imitating Art

On the menu
for this month's
Screening Room
- documentaries

Wake Up Miami!

And see
what all the
fuss is about
Natasha ,
Page 40

Shake it All About

Jenni Person
on kiddie music
that parents can
dig, too.

Page 46

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Skip Van Cel
Christian Cipriani
Melissa Cueto
Victor Barrenechea, Vanessa Garcia,
Jim W. Harper, Derek M. McCann,
Ivana J. Robinson
Gabe Cortez, Lisa Hartman,
Gilda Iriarte, Jack King, Jenni Person,
Gabrielle Redfern, Marc Stephens,
Jeff Shimonski
Andrew Dunlop
Priscilla Arias
Corey Kingsbury

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The neighborhoods we cover include: Arch
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BBT Endorses Frank Rollason for District 2

Elections are upon us and voters
are in a foul mood. We cannot
recall a race in which District
2 had so many qualified candidates.
What's really frightening, however,
are the lengths to which the current
administration is going to get Linda
Haskins elected. They have bamboo-
zled homeowner associations with
promises of building-height restric-
tions, swooned business-owners by
claiming to have helped delay capital
improvements projects, and shuffled
important development approvals
until after the election. If only they
had been paying that much attention
to us for the past two years, we would
probably be more sympathetic to their
But we smell rotten red herring. To
wit: for the past three months we have
been placing calls to downtown,
uptown, midtown and all around town
trying to find out where the affordable
housing units that were promised with
the Midtown project were going to be
built. Lo and behold, we then find out
via Frank Rollason's claim at a debate
we sponsored along with the County's
Ethics Commission that there will not
be any affordable housing from the

Midtown developers. Yes, there were
barrels of ink wasted on talking about
it in the press, but no such provision
was ever inked into the final deal.
Again, the citizens of Miami have
been duped by our elected officials.
When will we put a stop to it?
All of the candidates are nice and
have stellar resumes. They are all very
personable people and quite accom-
plished. But the nagging question
everyone must ask is, "What are we
going to vote for": The same old
'divide and concrete' mentality that
has pervaded city hall for the last four
years, giving the city away to greed
and back office deals? The new-boy
network is the same as the old-boy
network, just walking around in more
expensive shoes. The Diaz camp is
desperate to keep Haskins in. We sus-
pect their fear is that any other candi-
date could align with Tomas Regalado
and swing votes, which could balance
the power and tip outcomes in favor of
citizens instead of the power-brokers
who last year put over $1,000,000 into
Diaz's campaign war chest.
The only real threat to the absolute
power of this current administration
seems to be Frank Rollason. Rollason

is a straight-shooter and has proven
himself a person who gets the job
done. No matter how deep the opposi-
tion digs, they haven't been able to tar
him. Even Haskins, who has torn into
Mark Samoff like a pit-bull losing her
puppies, said Rollason is a decent guy.
More importantly, he has more than
30 years of public service under his
belt. And just as important, he knows
the ins-and-outs of City Hall and how
to get things accomplished, and not
just things the mayor wants accom-
We did not make our decision about
who to endorse lightly, and waited
until after we heard the candidates
debate. Frank proved himself to be
better informed, more even-tempered
and more responsive to residents' con-
cerns than any of the other candidates.
Mayor Diaz originally ran on a plat-
form of running the city like a busi-
ness. That is exactly what we have
gotten, but unfortunately it has been a
business to benefit only those well-
connected to the mayor. It is now time
to run the city like a city, for the bene-
fit of all citizens. For these reasons,
we endorse Frank Rollason for
District 2 Commissioner.


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ...........................6

My Side of the Street:
Miami: My Kind of Zeitgeist............................10

Boulevard Work from N.E. 67th to
78th D elayed ................................ ..... .......... 12
Two Community Forums
Showcase Candidates to Voters.........................27
NoMi Improvements:
Trash Out, Garbage Cans In.............................29
Tents Pitched Over Housing Iniquity..................65

The Candidate Breakdown ..................................36

Art Listings....................... .. ............... 34
G allery P eek ................................................... ... 39
Natasha Tsakos's Fourth Up Wake Installment...40
Around Town: Culture Briefs ............................42
The Screening Room: Life Imitating Art ............44


Hot Kids in the City: ParentPalooza ...................50
Tech Talk: eBay: America's New Marketplace...53
Condo Counsel:
Budget Blues Take Your Green...........................55
Your Finances:
Building a Better Financial Future....................57
Tropical Garden:
Sustainable Landscaping and Horticulture .........59

COMMUNITY CALENDAR .......................64

Art Perspectives: Rearranging Space: Pawsitively Pets: ..............................................69
Simon Lee and Yui Kugimiya....................................32
Art Perspectives: ADVERTISER INDEX
A Visual Smorgasbord at Dorsch Gallery...........33 Business Directory .....................................66-67

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Cit of Miami
District 2 i

through responsible development
instead of over-development.
PLAN that addresses Miami's
population increase by 30,000 each
that brings vitality to our
increase the manpower that will
allow effective community

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policing, bringing the police officers
out of their cruisers and into
personal contact with the
OUR PARKS: Miami is ranked 55
out of 55 measured cities in the US
in park space. A sustainable park
system must be our right to enjoy.
increase our property value, keep
our neighborhoods cooler, help us
economize on energy, and ensure a
green legacy for our children.

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The School Board
and Education
Dear BBT
I listened to the recent (10/11/06) meet-
ing of the Miami-Dade School board on
NPR. I have to admit, I didn't catch all of
it, just a few comments from the teachers
who had also been protesting on the
streets of Miami, and from the elected
board members. I heard both sides with
compassion and an open mind.
This got me to think: One of the under-
lying problems with education here in
Miami-Dade, and I suspect in many other
counties in Florida, is that we don't pay
our teachers enough. Listening to the
board members Evelyn Greer in particu-
lar I started to realize that the problem
isn't the school board. One of the culprits
I'm leaning towards is the actual teacher's
union. That's one problem I saw. In a
union, all members are classified as a
group, and in particular with the teacher's
union, they go through 'steps', and you
become eligible for a pay increase when
you make it to the next step, or something
like that.
Well, the fundamental problem with this
union and unions in general is it doesn't
pay attention to the individual teacher. You
can have an educator who has been teach-

ing for more than 30 years who doesn't
relate to his/her students and hands out
passing grades just because. Then you
have those teachers who cause you to
think and react and develop a passion.
Teachers like that, like Lemroy Lawrence,
get overlooked until something tragic hap-
pens. Another area where I noticed a prob-
lem is in the State of Florida. It pains me
to see that after 70 percent of Floridians
voted for smaller class sizes, Governor Jeb
Bush said it wouldn't be possible to fund
it. It hasn't been implemented as yet, and
as of this fiscal year we will have a nice-
sized budget surplus. But I'll bet you
Bush, or Charlie Crist (the likely candidate
to win this year's election) surely won't
send that extra money to pay to reduce the
class size, give teachers more money and
build new schools.
It's not even a question of raising taxes.
If we have a surplus, let's put it to good
use. Let's not follow in the steps of the
federal government and spend if off and
create a record deficit. The answer: If
Republicans are so fond of how well pri-
vate schools are doing (they don't get test-
ed like the public schools do) and are so
willing to take money out of the public
schools that are failing to put them into the
private school system, then why don't we
go to the best performing school in each

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grade level and use their successes as a
guide for what to do. I'm assuming that in
a private school, you have smaller classes.
Well, if this is the case, we need smaller
classes, more schools in the suburbs, more
teachers and higher wages for teachers
who teach well.
With students attending schools that are
much closer to where they live, they can
walk to school, or their parents can drop
them off much more conveniently. This
way we cut the number of school busses
that have to travel long distances (wasting
gas) to get the kids to school. I think the
key here is to have more attention for each
student. Teachers cannot pay attention to
those students who fall behind because
they have to take care of 40 other students.
Let's get our children prepared for the
future. We're sending kids out into the col-
lege system who can't speak English prop-
erly. This county is developing at a record
pace and we need new schools, new teach-
ers and more subjects to keep up with the
growing population.
The government spends more time try-
ing to find money and a venue to fund a
baseball field than it does trying to find
the money to spend on new textbooks.
Let's knock down the future governor's
door and demand that the voters be heard
- more money per student; more money
for teachers; and more money for classes
like physical education, art, music and cre-
ative writing. Florida state bigwigs spend
so much time insisting students read and
write that they're not going to have any-
thing to write or read about when they
remove the other subjects from the cur-
riculum. Where will the future of the new
Performing Arts Center be if we release a
bunch of ignoramus students who don't
know anything about culture into the
future of Miami-Dade? Safeguarding the
future of Miami-Dade means instilling a
sense of culture in our students.
Cris Ascunce
Miami Shores

Not Quite Right
Dear Editor
My name is Tracy Kerscher, and I was
quoted in two articles that appeared in the
Biscayne Blvd. Times. The most recent
article was posted in the Devil's Advocate
section on Jan. 2, 2006, and entitled
"Can't Make Money in Real Estate? Porn
May Be the Answer..."
Both articles contained the same quote
and misinformation about myself:
"Many young, female professionals resort
to working promotions jobs in order to
supplement their measly paychecks," said
Tracy Kerscher, 25, president of
Lockehouse Publishing Company. Despite
her college education and various work
experiences in the publishing industry, tak-
ing a two-hour promotional gig that pays
$50-$75 per hour serving Heinekens at an
art show or sampling food at a tasting
table, is a way to make ends meet."
The part that reads "...taking a two-hour
promotional gig that pays $50-$75 per
hour serving Heinekens at an art show or
sampling food at a tasting table, is a way
to make ends meet" is incorrect. I've
never taken any of those types of jobs.
When it was printed the first time, I didn't
mention it. But because it was printed a
second time, it is important that a retrac-
tion be printed in your publication. Many
professional associates of mine have come
across the article through Google, and I
don't want people to continue to read
incorrect info about my professional life.
Thank you very much for your attention
to the matter.
Tracy Kerscher
Executive Editor
Success South Florida Magazine

Editor's Note: The BBT extends its apologies
to MAs. Kerscherfor any incorrect ;,. f [.1.. r,,. ,
that was printed about her and wholly retracts
the statements in question.

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newcomer to politics, but
not to our community or to
public service, has entered
the race for Miami City
Commissioner to represent
us, the residents of District


Placido Diaz was born and
raised in the City of Miami
where he graduated from
Miami High in 1985. By the
age of 20, Placido had graduated from the Police
Academy and joined the City of Miami Police

He earned a
Bachelor of
Professional Studies
degree from Barry
University in 1992.
During his fifteen years
of public service with
the Miami Police
Department, Placido
performed in the
various capacities of
Police Officer, Robbery
Detective, and
Sergeant of the
Coconut Grove Problem Solving Team. He retired
in 2003 and is currently a volunteer Reserve Police



his tenure, Placido served with honor and
His record is marked by over 40
for his many
his commitment to
improving quality
of life, and the
and respect he
displayed while
conducting himself
as a police officer.


In response to the needs and concerns of the
citizens of our community, Placido has decided to
expand his role in public service. A capable and
experienced leader, he rises to the challenges
facing our community. His plans include reviewing
our government and system of service delivery in
order to improve quality while consolidating and
maximizing resources. He plans to focus on urban
planning and affordable housing, in particular,
promoting home ownership programs for
residents. Placido wants to provide much needed
tax relief to property owners already choked by the
rising cost, by lowering property taxes. He
supports responsible redevelopment that will be
beneficial to all residents and not just a few outside

At a time when citizens demand accountability
from their leaders, Placido Diaz pledges to serve
our community with integrity and professionalism.
With no past or present ties to any special interest
group, his only priority is, and will be-the interests
of the citizens of the City of Miami.

'Jo t





Today, Placido is a successful and respected
businessman in our community. He is involved in
real estate investments and the rehabilitation of
distressed properties for low income housing. He
is married to his wife, Alicia, and together they are
raising their four daughters, Michelle 19, Stephanie
17, Nicole 6 and Isabella 3. Placido enjoys
spending his free time with his family.

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Hagen on Housing, etc.
Dear Editor
In regards to your story "One Brick at
Time," on affordable housing being con-
structed, please be aware that up to this
point most affordable housing built in
Miami has been in the two-to-six-story
category, the standard height we find in
most cities outside downtown areas. But
on N.E. 79th Street we have a new breed
of affordable housing, totally out of scale
to the one and two-story neighborhood.
The Villa Patricia project on 79th Street
just east of Miami Avenue, and another
project immediately west of the library on
79th will be 20 stories or more, right up
against single family homes! These two
projects slipped under radar of those of us
who live in the Upper Eastside, and those
who live closer threw up their hands in
disgust as they said they could not fight
City Hall.
Months ago, I wrote a three-page com-
plaint to HUD and requested that they
look into the matter and they did. All they
could say was that if the city approved it,
they would finance it. Thanks
Commissioners and HUD for raising land
values and rents in the area so you will
have a constant need to build more hous-
ing as rents rise.
It is because of ill-placed high rise

projects like these, which artificially
drive up land values all over our city, that
Commissioner Sanchez trotted off to the
County Commission recently to lobby
them to have the County Appraiser use
an income basis to appraise property
instead of market priced method. Thanks
Joe for watching out for us, but if he had
only listened to his constituents months
ago, he would have not been voting to put
high rises on every block like gas stations,
which have had much to do with raising
land values, taxes and the number of peo-
ple who have been driven from their
apartments! Thanks to all the
Commissioners for making our problem
worse before they try to fix it. I guess it is
good for the construction business, cam-
paign contributions and HUD stays busy
financing affordable housing for even
more and more people as high rises pene-
trate our neighborhoods.
I urge District 2 voters to support the
candidate they believe who will dedicate
themselves to keeping high rises down-
town, adding park space commensurate
with added population and above all else,
assuring that residents all over the city
will have every opportunity to fully par-
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as for the past several years resident
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chairs most of the time and input has not
been taken seriously. Commissioner
Winton once said, "Projects never get
worse with resident input." Too bad he
and others at city and county hall do not
follow that, as Citizen Participation just
happens to be an important element in the
Miami Neighborhood Comprehensive
Plan, of which our elected leaders are to

And in a separate letter,
Mr. Hagen wrote:
I really enjoyed your weapons story -
great prose, entertaining ("Yankee
Holiday"). You do make me question my
long-held attitude and ability to still hate,
at least feel uncomfortable, around guns.
In my early years, our family would
travel from lower Michigan to the great
north woods just south of Mighty Mac
(that's Mackinaw Bridge, linking the
upper and lower peninsulas) for a long
Thanksgiving weekend with dozens of
cousins. This went on from about age 8
till I was 15. At eight I was too young to
tromp into the woods (and I never gradu-
ated to the woods for hunting) and sit for
deer, so I got to stay where it was warm,
with all the women and girls, and observe
baking and all the preparations for the big
dinner. (Thanksgiving dinner is really one
of the easiest meals to prepare, unless you
get hung up on how the table is to look.)
To this day, my older brother who was
so proud of strapping his first buck onto
the front fender of our '54 black Ford eats
little red meat that he does not drop with a
rifle or bow and arrow. I appreciate that.
Myself, I go between being a vegetarian
and buying meat occasionally, as the
thought of death brought to an animal by
bullets or other means is unnatural, but I
am glad there are others willing to do it
so I have my occasional fix of flesh.

Steve Hagen
Belle Meade/Citizens Against
EF\.i i dli. Bad

Legion Post Says Thanks
Dear Editor
Your timely article on our American
Legion Post 29 Veteran's Open
House/Ribbon Cutting/911 Memorial
Ceremony was a poignant and insightful
portrait of what we attempted to accom-
plish on September 9th.
I can't wait to scan it and email it to
Phil Johnson, our post commander who
is currently in Michigan. You managed
to capture the spirit of the day and you
know, last week I got to tell Police John
Timoney almost exactly what you stated
about Police Commander David
Mangusson, that he was the right man
for the job.
Please accept our gratitude for a great
piece of journalism, and terrific pictures,
too. Thanks to the BBT for being the
valuable Upper Eastside community
asset you are!

Best regards,
Robert A. Flanders

Enough Dogs Already
Dear BBT
I get your paper every month, and I
love all the different subjects you cover,
from neighborhood news to art and cul-
ture you do a great job. You get the
word out to residents about important
issues that are going to affect our lives,
and even let us know about interesting
events that are coming to the area. Even
though I don't like to leave my house
often, it's nice to read about what I
might do.
One thing I would like to mention,
however, is the pets column by Lisa
Hartman. She calls her column
Pjl\ .in\ ll\ Pets," but all she ever
writes about are dogs. I know the name
of her business is Pawsitively Pets, as I
see in her contact information. So I can

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Continued from page 8
understand the title, no matter how unfit-
ting. I must say, there are other pets than
just dogs.
Why don't you write something about
Maybe it's because people don't have to
waste their money on having someone
teach their cat, fish or parakeet to
behave... They just do. I would suggest
changing the column name to Pawsitively
Dogs or, even better, writing about other
animals as well.

Margo Santucci

Messy Neighbor
Causing Grief


"The city or county should
force the developers to demolish
this property ASAP, as it looks
like a crack house..."

Dear BBT
I am sending this message to forward
my comments and complaints in the hope
that a change may result to bring dignity
to the residents of Biscayne Shores. I am
complaining about a property that was
purchased in October 2005, 10845
Biscayne Blvd., owned by Biscayne
Shores Star, LLC. The property is actually
located east of Biscayne on N.E. 109th
Street, near LaPaloma Restaurant.
The owners are not maintaining the
property to a satisfactory level. It has


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become a haven for illegal activity at
night as well as a de facto place for home-
less squatters. It simply looks like a
derelict estate. According to code enforce-
ment, a permit for demolition was
received or applied for in February 2006,
which has since expired. The property is
an eyesore. It was better kept when inhab-
ited by the previous owner/tenants. One or
two shacks are burnt black; the other
shacks have open doors, refuse and over-
grown grass.
The owners have acquired a few other
properties on the next street, N.E. 108th,
since purchasing 10845 Biscayne last
October. The city or county should force
the developers to demolish this property
ASAP, as it looks like a crack house an
eyesore in a residential neighborhood near
expensive properties. Residents have been
suffering for a year by the continued neg-
lect and no demolition.
Neighbors want the shacks to go, as
they are a tumbling down. We don't want
to live near a dump that encourages illicit
activities to take place. Biscayne Shores,
LLC should receive code violations from
the county for minimum housing mainte-
nance/structure maintenance/upkeep. The
only violations Biscayne Shores Star LLC
has acquired for 10845 Biscayne Blvd
thus far since purchasing the property a
year ago are junk/trash/overgrowth on
unimproved/improved property. Friends
and neighbors have called 311's Team
Metro for code violations and the Office
of Unsafe Structures downtown, and still
nothing has been done.
It appears the property is being resold
as of July 2006. Code violations are
closed and are in the process of change,
yet still nothing is being done.

Krystyna luliano
Biscayne Shores

Petrol Paranoia
Dear BBT
How many grades of gasoline are there
usually available at gas stations, not count-
ing diesel? Three, right? Octanes of 93, 89
and 87. So why, when the 7-11 store on
Biscayne Boulevard at Sans Souci recently
overhauled their petroleum delivery sys-
tems, were there only two hoses running
from the main tank to the pump islands?
Further, not lost to me, these two hoses
were installed and promptly buried on the
same day: Saturday (when onlookers would
be at a minimum). I intend to find out. P.S.
That ramshackle mattress is still there!

Kenneth Gramer
North Miami

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When I tell people in Miami that I'm from San
Francisco, it's often met with a contorted
facial expression and something along the
lines of "What are you doing here?," as if I came from
paradise and willingly chose a fetid dump in which to
inhabit. I have many reasons for com-
ing here, some pedestrian, such as the
weather, and others a bit odd, like my
childhood obsession with Miami
Vice. Still others have to do with
what San Francisco has become. It is
that verb, to become, that shall be the
focus of this piece, for in this word I
have found the allure of Miami.
I arrived a little over a month ago
and was amazed to find a city seem-
ingly under construction. From the
endless line of cranes gracing the
skyline to the mess of the Midtown
Miami project to the chaos on
Biscayne Boulevard., I had never seen so much new
construction, except possibly in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I
was instantly charmed. Allow me to explain: I'm a little
different than most Americans. Instead of dreaming
about Paris, London and Rome, I dream of Mexico
City, Bangkok and New Delhi. I hate the controlled,
monitored, museum-like quality of Western Europe. It
absolutely suffocates me with boredom. Give me un-
tethered humanity, smog, pollution, horrendous traffic,

: My Kin
corruption and high crime. These th
vivor out of you life becomes mo
terious, the senses come alive.
In my travels around the city, I b
with its character and look, somewl
of Los Angeles meets
South American
metropolis with a
dash of tropical
splendor. It displays
some of the qualities
of the aforemen-
tioned cities I so
adore, albeit on a
much tamer scale.
Aside from some
profoundly uninter-
esting new high
rises, the increasing
proliferation of big bo
heck did they let Home Depot into
and the new Carnival Center which
park in Boca on acid, it became cle
is not in the least a generic city.
Before I moved here, my uncle a
Lauderdale would be a much better
managed, more livable and doesn't
problems that plague Miami."
What he meant was that it is 1) v

I of Zeitgeist
dings make a sur- ic and 3) less corrupt. I've quickly found that he was
re exciting and mys- absolutely right. For this author however, the negative
qualities described by my uncle comprise some of the
became enamored intrinsic appeal of Miami. I would die of boredom liv-
here along the lines ing in Ft. Lauderdale. What would we have to write and
talk about if there wasn't high
crime and the City Commissioners
weren't awash in shady deals?
Let us peruse some examples:
Instead of dreaming What other city located so close to
a t Pris, L n the tropics would install unshel-
about Paris, London
tered bus stops with derriere-
and Rome, I dream of scorching aluminum benches? And
Mexico City, Bangkok it's a shame that Miami has so few
and New Delhi. bike lanes, but I must confess: I
don't own a bike. I do, however,
own a 1991 BMW that has the
power of a thousand bicycles. It is
also a shame that Miami has a pal-
x outlets (how in the try tree canopy and the lowest percentage of green-
Coconut Grove?) space of any major city in the U.S. I'd bet that thought
looks like an office didn't cross the collective mind of the City Planning
ar to me that Miami Commission when they approved the Brickell City
Centre project on the huge lot at the 700-block of S.
advised me that Ft. Miami Ave. Here, developers are poised to annihilate
choice: "It's better one of the last green-spaces downtown, including a
suffer from the small grove of nearly 100-year-old oaks, in order to
construct the tallest buildings in Miami. What other
whiter 2) more gener- C d on pe
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Crime Worries in El Portal
Dear BBT,
Soon it will be time for all El Portal resi-
dents to exercise their citizen rights and
vote on November 7. As a resident for the
past five years, I would like to make my
neighbors aware of the situation of our
public safety and where our tax dollars
are going.
I attended the last budget meeting in
the Village Hall and was outraged at the
discussion over hiring another code
enforcement officer (one is not enough
for our Village), buying real estate and
beautification projects. The Sherwood
Forest area is the jewel of this Village. It
is also plagued by theft and vandalism.
Both my cars and my home have been
robbed. Most of my neighbors leave their
car doors open so thieves won't smash
their windows, since many of them have
also been robbed.
Homes are broken into during the day

and at night. In a three month period, nine
robberies were committed on only two
streets (N.E. 85th and 86th Streets,
between Biscayne Boulevard and N.E.
2nd Avenue). Now, where are the police
you might ask? Did you know that there
is only one policeman on duty for every
eight hour shift? Apparently we don't
have money in the budget for more police
but we do have over $200,000 to buy real
estate, the Mayor can find $75,000 for
beautification and there is
money to hire another code enforcement
officer to make sure the grass is no longer
than eight inches.
Wouldn't that money to purchase real
estate be put to better use in salaries for a
proper police force? What will it take -
the death of a policeman in El Portal
because he has no backup? Or better yet,
someone in the Village being robbed and
killed in their home because one police-
man for each shift cannot be everywhere.

Donna Stavel
El Portal

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Boulevard Work from N.E. 67th to 78th Delayed

FDOT Capitulates in Lieu of the Busy Season

By Christian Cipriani
BBT Editor

Exhaustion was evident in Herbert
Ammons's face as he absorbed the frus-
trations of Upper Eastside residents and
business-owners at an Oct. 16 meeting
on the Biscayne Boulevard
Reconstruction Project at Legion Park. It
wasn't the fatigue of a long day, but
wear from more than a year as FDOT's
proverbial whipping boy, continually
sent to bear complaints that are now edg-
ing on taunts and jeers. Indeed, citizens
are at wits end with the seemingly end-
less parade of dust and Caterpillars
stretching from downtown to North
"My name is Herbert Ammons and
I'm here to help," said the public infor-
mation officer. He went on to remind
those present that multiple meetings
were held for public input into the
design/planning phase, which stopped
exactly no one from offering ideas for
bike lanes and pullovers for busses (there
will, in fact, be no bus lanes).
Improvements to this 11-block stretch

of Biscayne (just over half a mile), from
N.E. 67th to 78th Streets, was set to
begin Oct. 23 and include $7.25 million
worth of improvements to the roadway,
drainage systems, sidewalks, street light-
ing, traffic signals and landscaping. But
after pressure from owners of the many
businesses crowed into this small but
commerce-heavy strip UVA 69, Casa
Toscana, Dogma Grill, Michy's, etc. -
FDOT has delayed the work until April
The problem was timing: N.E. 5th
Avenue a major alternate thoroughfare
- is torn up, and the City of Miami is
performing drainage work in nearby
Bayside, from N.E. 69th to 71st Streets.
Local businesses, many of whom are just
getting back to speed financially after a
nasty 2005 hurricane season, have been
looking forward to what they hope will
be a profitable winter.
Dogma and Casa Toscana are among
those restaurants with outdoor seating
that would suffer greatly from the dust
and noise; seating for the former, in fact,
is entirely al fresco.
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Boulevard getting to where it's supposed
to be, but there was a certain selfishness
in its planning," said Sandra Stefani, an
Oakland Grove neighborhood leader and
owner of Casa Toscana.
Further, no one at the meeting could
understand why 11 blocks were sched-
uled to take 480 days the same length
of time spent on the preceding 30 blocks.
Beyond extra signage and the oft-bro-
ken promise of entrances clear of con-
struction vehicles, FDOT offers little in
the way of consolation prizes to busi-
nesses negatively affected by the
Reconstruction Project. Perhaps prompt-
ed by media reports over the past year on
those who've experienced heavy losses
and even closed due to its impact, the
business-owners banded together to exe-
cute a surprising amount of influence in
getting this phase delayed until at least
after the winter. District 2 Commissioner
Linda Haskins, an incumbent facing a
tight race to keep her seat in the Nov. 7
election, also lobbied FDOT to delay the
This concession could open the way to
pressure FDOT on specific design
points, despite the insistence of Ammons
and his associate, Steve McClure, that
the design is now immutable.
Stakeholders in the recently estab-
lished MiMo Historical District, like Eric
Silverman of the Vagabond Hotel, want
the neighborhood's historic status reflect-
ed in unique signs, decorative lighting

and the like. In the other corer, Royal
Palm advocates cite Ordinance 11000 in
calling for these trees to mark the area's
gateway status, and decry the 80-plus
Royals that Sean-Paul Melito, of the
tree-canopy advocacy group Save Palms,
claims were removed from the
Boulevard south of N.E. 64th Street.
Haskins' chief competitor in the
District 2 Commission seat race, Frank
Rollason, cited N.E. 13th to 15th Streets
- where as head of the Omni Community
Redevelopment Agency he helped
change plans mid-construction to accom-
modate decorative lighting around the
new Carnival Center in support of the
idea that nothing is set in stone until it's,
well, set in stone.
Other residents asked for a left turn
signal into Belle Meade and one into
Morningside at N.E. 50th Terrace. Peter
Ehrlich, a Lemon City property-owner
vocal on issues of land-use related to
Miami 21, asked for a sign on the east
side of Biscayne at N.E. 69th Street
pointing to his neighborhood of Bayside.
Ammons concluded the public infor-
mation session with, "That concludes our
little dog and pony show," but now that
this key phase is being delayed, more
animal tricks may remain to be seen.
Residents and business-owners with
thoughts on the project should contact
Herbert Ammons at 305-333-3347 or by
email at
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Adding to and Preserving Our Tree Canopy
Two Organizations Helping Miami Breathe

By Priscilla Arias
BBT Contributing Writer

Have you noticed how fantastic the Boulevard
north of N.E. 87th Street looks now that those gor-
geous palm trees have been planted? The time it took
to complete felt like an eternity, but the end result is
well worth it. One thing many of you may have not
noticed, however, is the lack of trees specifically
shade trees throughout the county's urban areas.
Miami may have palm tree-lined boulevards, but
the city's tree cover averages only 10 percent, accord-
ing to an ecological analysis conducted in 1996 by
American Forests. That number may have improved
since then, thanks in part to nonprofit programs such
as the Miami-Dade Adopt-A-Tree Program and
Coconut Grove's Tree-Man Trust.
The Adopt-A-Tree Program is held yearly during
the summer, and its purpose is to donate trees to
responsible local homeowners in an effort to promote
a substantial tree cover throughout Miami-Dade
County. This organization has given away almost
100,000 trees since it's inception in 2001, and is
slowly but surely raising much needed awareness
about the county's meager tree canopy. The program's
great success is due to the participation of the thou-
sands of residents who have adopted trees over the
years. Why not contribute to your community and the

Miami-Dade Adopt-a-Tree
The Tree-Man Trust
environment by adopting a tree for free?
The only prerequisite to participate is that you must
be a homeowner within Miami-Dade County. Renters,
though, may adopt with written permission from the
property-owner. You must also register by bringing
proof of homeownership and an I.D. to the program
A separate yet equally important organization is the

Grove Tree-Man Trust. As opposed to Miami-Dade
County's program, which aims to increase its tree
canopy, Coconut Grove's Tree-Man Trust is dedicated
to preserving its distinctly lush tree canopy by edu-
cating the public on the "proper care and protection
of these trees," and by urging developers and individ-
ual homebuilders to think twice before cutting them
down and instead consider alternatives.
This organization is partly responsible for saving
the trees that were knocked down last year by
Hurricane Wilma's violent winds. It's anyone's guess
just how many trees were replanted and saved by the
volunteers of the Trust, but take a look at the Grove
now and you can hardly tell a hurricane passed
through it.
These two organizations have had a tremendous
impact on the city's tree coverage and are only grow-
ing stronger. Taking this into consideration, the BBT
suggests these programs join forces and work togeth-
er to create a new organization that both donates trees
and educates their recipients on how to plant and care
for them properly. The Tree-Man Trust, or at least the
concept, should expand to cover all of Miami-Dade
County and not just Coconut Grove, so that all trees,
old and new, are taken care of and fought for when
developers want to cut them down. Because saving
the world one tree at a time doesn't just mean plant-
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Miami City Commission News & Notes

The Issue That Wouldn't Die:

Class 2 Permit Notifications
"There have been issues with Class 2 permits," said District 4
Commissioner Tomas Regalado at the Oct. 12 commission
meeting. "Some people have not been able to take action on
projects that affect their quality of life... The building boom has
affected so many lives... [and] all they want is information."
The City of Miami, however, seems to be responding to the
cry for information, which in recent months has moved from
the mouths of irate citizens to those on the dais. The Planning
Department now posts/updates Class 2 permit information daily
on its website (permit applications are up to a staggering 600 a
year), and the city's public access television station conducted
public service announcements throughout October explaining
how citizens can find out about them.
Wendy Stephan, head of the Buena Vista East Historic
Neighborhood Association, was again before commissioners to
advocate better and more transparent conveyance of public
information on construction projects.
Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones feels this issue is par-
ticularly significant to her constituents in District 5, where
poverty, a lack of education and language barriers often work
against citizens, leaving them uninformed of and ill-equipped
to challenge projects that could have a potentially negative
effect on their lives.
"Developers are not going to extend courtesy notices to peo-
ple they know will object," she said.
A speaker on behalf of developers' interests, however, con-
tended that notifications are mandatory and subject to a rigor-
ous verification process to ensure all addresses within the 500-
foot radius are contacted a process overseen by developers,
not the city.
"We've been saying 'One city, one future'," said Regalado,
"but people wake up and see a building going up... People here
welcome development, they just want to know about it. We can
change the code we change it every day."
Spence-Jones and District 2 Commissioner Linda Haskins
echoed Regalado's exasperation with the situation. Haskins
acknowledged the perceived 'conspiracy' and lack of care on
the city's end, noting, "People are getting very distrustful of
"The more the public is left out, the more this distrust
grows," Regalado said in closing. "It makes the work in this
city more difficult for everyone."
After staring at the ceiling for much of the discussion,
District 3 Commissioner Joe Sanchez expressed impatience
before ushering the meeting along to the next item.

Little Haiti Soccer

Park Funding Boosted
The City Commission approved a funding increase to the
design-build agreement with Recreational Design and
Construction, Inc. for the Little Haiti Soccer Park and
Recreational Center in order to accommodate "unforeseen con-
ditions and owner-requested changes," increasing the agreement
from $5.7 million to $8 million. One of the two major compo-

nents to the forthcoming 9-acre Little Haiti Park now under
construction (the cultural center on N.E. 2nd Avenue), the soc-
cer park and recreational facility are slated for completion by
May 2007. The entire $32 million project will occupy space
between N.E. 2nd and 4th Avenues, from N.E. 59th Street to
64th Terrace.

Zoning Board News
Two significant items went before the Zoning Board at
Miami City Hall this past month. On Oct. 16, Legion of Doom,
LLC, the new owners of what was once Grass at 28 N.E. 40th
St. in the Design District, faced Doubting Thomases on both
sides of dais as they made their case for a special exception to
allow their "supper club" to operate until 5 a.m.
Louis Terminello, on behalf of Anthony Capano and the four
other men who bought the property back in April and have
invested some $5 million into it, volunteered the testimony of
noise experts to convince the Board and neighbors that this
newest incarnation won't be at all like Grass, which garnered
complaints despite a similar vow to provide subdued nighttime
Wendy Stephan, head of the Buena Vista East Historic
Neighborhood Association, and Evelyn Andre, who recently
succeeded Susan Braun as president of the Buena Vista Heights
Homeowners Association, both spoke against the special excep-
The Board was similarly skeptical, saying they've heard
promises from nightclub owners about noise control before, and
inevitably they're broken. After a fair amount of back-and-
forth, the item was granted a continuance until November,
before which time Legion of Doom and their lawyers are to
negotiate a compromise with neighborhood leaders.
At that same meeting, a long-pressing issue in the Oakland
Grove neighborhood had its day. A large plot of land fronting
the Little River, at 399 N.E. 82nd Ter., which came before the
Board carrying a 7-0 denial recommendation from the Planning
Advisory Board, negative media attention and vocal opposition
from neighborhood leaders, was given a 5-1 denial recommen-
dation for its bid to rezone from R-1 Single-Family Residential
to R-3 Multifamily Medium-Density Residential.
After several continuances over recent months, A. Vicky
Garcia-Toledo, an oft-seen legal face at City Hall, made her
case on behalf of owner Katia Traikos, but in the end it wasn't
enough to stem the tide of opposition, which didn't want valu-
able waterfront green-space to turn into what they deemed an
overly dense and out-of-scale housing development. Despite
these two major denial recommendations, the rezoning bid will
go before the City Commission in the near future.

Downtown Miami Shores

Survey Underway
In lieu of improvements slated to occur over the next four
years, the Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce has taken the
reigns of public opinion by organizing a survey, available both

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in print and online, to gain insight into what residents
envision for the future of N.E. 2nd Avenue in down-
town Miami Shores.
Widened sidewalks, upgraded landscaping with irri-
gation, well-designed lampposts and signage, and
reduced traffic lanes in off-peak hours are some of the
proposed improvements. The completion of Shores
Theater improvements, which the BBT wrote about this
past spring, will be marked by a Nov. 11 ribbon-cutting
ceremony, symbolically commencing what residents,
Shores politicians and business-owners hope will be a
downtown renaissance.
The survey is available online at
www.miamishores.com or in paper form at the
Chamber of Commerce, 9701 N.E. 2nd Ave. in Miami

Miamians United

for Public Space
There is a new organization forming in Miami to bet-
ter represent residents at City Hall and combat the
influence of special interest parties like real estate
developers. The group's temporary name is Miamians
United for Public Space, and its committees are set to
include Preserving Our Parks, Public Access to Our
Shoreline, Public Plazas, Bus Shelters, Billboards,
Sidewalks and the Greening of Miami.

To learn more, email KeepParksGreen@aol.com with
your position on green issues in Miami and what you
might be able to contribute to the cause. This is a good
way to collectively influence future policy moves in a
city ranked last in the nation for per capital greenspace.

79th Street Study Delayed
After a heated meeting between Florida
Department of Transportation (FDOT) representa-
tives and Upper Eastside residents, held on Oct. 9 at
Legion Park by the Shorecrest Homeowners
Association, a vote on funding for a proposed study
by the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning
Organization was bumped from the County
Commission's Oct. 26 agenda.
The study will examine options to address prob-
lems along N.E. 79th Street, including re-striping the
road to two lanes in each direction, lane-width
changes, median landscaping and additional traffic
Before the Oct. 9 presentation was fully underway,
District 2 Interim Commissioner, Linda Haskins,
expressed her dissatisfaction with FDOT's handling
of public notice: "We need real notification. This is
not fair."
Alice Bravo, FDOT's district environmental man-
agement engineer, ensured those present that notices
were sent out in the mail, but several in the crowd
insisted they had not received any. Notification logis-
tics aside, Haskins also argued against the meeting

being held on Columbus Day, a federal holiday, and
said, "People are not feeling like their voices are get-
ting heard."
If the meeting itself is any indication, residents and
business-owners of Miami's Upper Eastside are eager
to provide input about the project. FDOT is looking
at several alternatives to help remedy the difficulties
posed by the layout of N.W./N.E. 79th, 81st and
82nd Streets, from N.W. 13th Court to Biscayne Bay.
The greatest concern expressed at the meeting was
the alarming speed at which drivers are currently
traveling. While business-owners along the 79th
Street Corridor worry that potential customers are too
hurriedly swept along to consider stopping and pur-
chasing so much as a cup of coffee, residents of 82nd
Street complained about living on a residential street-
cum-superhighway, as drivers coming off the
Kennedy Causeway are diverted through their neigh-
borhood at high speeds on their way to 1-95.
While many were eager to hear about possible
solutions, few seemed convinced that FDOT's pro-
posals would provide a substantial enough improve-
ment. FDOT suggested adding landscape buffers and
slimming lanes to discourage speeding, but business-
owners, hesitant to give up the first 15 feet of their
properties, resisted the idea. Rafael Marrero-Aristy,
who works with a new 79th Street gallery called
Artists in the Middle, suggested adding a traffic light
or two now to test solutions before committing to an
expensive public study. But Bravo maintained such
measures would be cost-prohibitive.

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Six New Volunteers

on Shores Board
Six new board members were nomi-
nated by the Director Nominating
Committee, along with three current
board members, and all have been elect-
ed to full, three-year terms on the Miami
Shores Chamber of Commerce's Board
of Directors.
Selected as new directors are Ann
Paton, vice-president for institutional
advancement at Barry University;
Tammy Austin, president of Doctors
Charter School Parent Teacher
Association; Eric Kuhnke, owner of Tiki
Botique; Madeleine Romanello, a broker
with Arcadia Real Estate; Becky
Ostendurp, owner of 9 to 5 Redesign,
LLC; and Mark Piper, with Northwestern
Mutual Financial Network.

Miami 21 Update
Luciana L. Gonzalez, special pro-
ject's coordinator for the City of
Miami Planning Department, said that
the Miami 21 team is currently in the
process of developing the actual code
that will become the zoning order and
posting documents for public review
on the Miami 21 website,
The Planning Department, she said,
is not yet moving towards adoption of
the East Quadrant, but will ideally
begin to do so during the first quarter
of 2007.
Concerning proposals for N.E. 79th
Street, Gonzalez said Miami 21 has
chosen a T6-80 transect zone. This
zoning allows developers to build
eight stories with the option to build
up to four additional ones. She noted,
though, that the ability to construct
these additional stories depends on the
lot size and that developers will have
to pay an additional amount for every
extra square foot. The City of Miami

will use this money for parking,
preservation, affordable housing, and
parks and open spaces.
The Planning Department intends to
hold a public meeting on Miami 21's
progress toward the end of December.

Fire Fee Update
In March of this year, Judge Peter
Lopez ordered each former plaintiff in
the fire fee suit to pay back their por-
tion of the $7 million settlement,
which Lopez voided. But that order,
said Patrick Scott, one of the attor-
neys representing the current plain-
tiffs, is being appealed.
The appellate court has ruled that
the former plaintiffs have to post a
bond, so there has been a motion by
the City of Miami to set the appropri-
ate bond. The hearing will be held on
November 15 at 9:30 a.m.
There is another matter at stake in
the ongoing case. The plaintiffs' origi-
nal complaint only contested fiscal
years 1997-1998 and 1998-1999 but
has since been allowed to include all
fiscal years. The City of Miami, how-
ever, is now calling to dismiss all fis-
cal years from 1999 to 2006. The city,
said Scott, is claiming that the statute
of limitations has run on fiscal years
1999-2000 and 2004-2005, and that
the fire fee collected for 2005-2006
was legal.
But Scott maintains it isn 't legal,
noting the Supreme Court ruling
which held that an ordinance impos-
ing a special assessment for emer-
gency medical services was unconsti-
"That's exactly what [those
involved in the former settlement]
were trying to do by paying [the origi-
nal plaintiffs] and keeping them
quiet," he said. A hearing to decide
what fiscal years the plaintiffs can
contest will be held on November 20
at 10 a.m.

Free Parking at

Midtown... Nope!
With commercial elements of
Midtown Miami starting to open to the
public, many have been surprised by one
unexpected fact: After an hour, Target
starts charging patrons to park in their
garage, which was paid for with $170
million in public funds. While store offi-
cials are trying to improve the situation,
Developers Diversified Realty, who own
and operated the 600,000-plus square
feet of retail space at Midtown, are
charging parking fees in order to pay the
City and County governments back for
the large investment of public funds.

City Attorney Nets

Prestigious Post

Despite Shaky Year
Jorge L. Fernandez, City Attorney for
the City of Miami, has been appointed
Chair of the American Bar Association's
Government and Public Sector
Lawyer's Division. The American Bar
Association is the largest voluntary pro-
fessional association in the world, with

more than 400,000 members.
The Government and Public Sector
Lawyer's Division provides representa-
tion within the ABA for government
and public sector lawyers, who make up
one-sixth of the legal profession. As this
year's Chair, Fernandez will represent
thousands of public attorneys.
"I am truly honored to have been
appointed by my colleagues and will do
my best to ensure that the voice of pub-
lic practitioners is heard and that they
are provided with the latest information
available on a myriad of issues includ-
ing government attorney-client privilege
and pro-bono work," he said.
This is a surprising announcement to
say the least, as Fernandez has been
under fire for the last year for his role in
the fire fee fiasco. The Florida Bar
Association has been investigating
Fernandez and former Assistant City
Attorney Charles Mayes since March,
along with fellow attorneys Mayor
Manny Diaz and Hank Adorno, counsel
to the seven plaintiffs who walked away
with $7 million in taxpayers' money.
The situation also sparked criticism of
Fernandez's significant pay-raise, which
despite the controversy now tops
$240,000, making him the highest paid
employee at the City of Miami.

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Majestic Properties Nets
Top National Ranking
Majestic Properties has been named the fastest-growing,
privately held, full-service real estate company in the United
States in nc. Magazine's 25th annual "Inc. 500" list. In all
industries nationwide, Majestic Properties ranks No.182,
with a three-year growth of 641.9 percent.
In addition to
its Inc. ranking,
Majestic is also
one of South
Florida's largest
privately owned
real estate com-
panies. Founded
in 1995 by Jeff
Morr, the com-
pany has more
than 300 sales
fluent in over 10
languages and
specializing in
residential and
commercial real
estate sales and
leasing. The
Collection, the
company's sales
and marketing
division, spe-
cializes in posi-
tioning and
sales of new ."
condominiums Majestic founder Jeff Morr.
and conversions.
Two new addi-
tions are Majestic at Home, an ultra-modem furniture show-
room and design studio, and Genesys Funding, a cutting-
edge mortgage lender providing construction and end loans.
According to Majestic, CEO Jeff Morr introduced into the
market several design innovations now considered standard
practice, including rooftop swimming pools and private ter-
races, deep living balconies and plasma wall divisions with
full-height sliding doors to separate rooms, rather than tradi-
tional full walls.
"If you want to find out which companies are going to
change the world, look at the Inc. 500," said Inc. editor Jane
Berentson. "These are the most innovative, dynamic, fast-
growth companies in the nation, the ones coming up with
solutions to some of our most intractable ills, creating sys-
tems that let us conduct business faster and easier, and man-
ufacturing products we soon discover we can't live without."
The 2006 "Inc. 500" list measures revenue growth from
2002 to 2005. To qualify, companies had to be U.S.-based,
privately held independents not subsidiaries or divisions of
other companies as of December 31, 2005, and have at
least $600,000 in net sales in the base year.

Biscayne Centre Opens
Sales Center on Premise
A new sales center is now open on the premise of
Biscayne Centre, SMK Cape Horn Development Group's
office condominium located at 11900 Biscayne Blvd. in
North Miami. South Beach-based Urbanica Group is design-
ing the 1,000-square-foot sales office, in addition to per-
forming all the renovations on the 156,000-square-foot
Class-A office building.
When renovations are complete, Biscayne Centre will be
an eight-story office complex pre-wired for smart technolo-
gy. Attached to the main building is a five-story garage with
450 parking spaces. Exterior renovations include additional
lighting, glass and metal cladding to the facade, and on the
interior, a fiber optic
network. Lobby ren-
ovations include
refurbished traver-
tine floors, walls and
ceilings, tenant sig-
nage and new carpet-
ing on each floor.
The common areas
will be furnished in
contemporary fash-
ion. An artist's rendering of the
The office-condos Biscayne Center lobby.
range in size from 1,000 to 25,000 square feet, and are
priced from the mid $200Ks. Biscayne Centre is situated on
the west side of Biscayne Boulevard in the City of North
Miami and offers access to all strategic points in Miami-
Dade County.
For more information, call Jennifer Alvarez or Daniel Gutt
at 305-893-6196 or visit www.biscaynecentre.com.

Boca Developers Named
"Big Business of the Year"
Boca Developers was named the "Big Business of the Year"
by the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce at the
organization's annual awards banquet on Oct. 5. Jeff Scott,
Boca Developers' divi-
sional president for the (R I |l
Biscayne Landing proj- NORH 'I1\
ect, received the award
on behalf of the comili ll%
and offered brief i nu i kls
to thank the chamber and
its members at the event. ,
Boca Developers
recently celebrated the
"topping out" of con-
struction of the first con-
dominium towers in the
new 193-acre master-
planned community in
North Miami.
"Biscayne Landing Jeff Scott, left, divisional
represents one of the president of Biscayne Landing,
most significant and accepts the award at the North
Miami Chamber of Commerce
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highly anticipated new communities in
all South Florida," said Scott. "The com-
munity epitomizes the potential for pub-
lic/private partnerships to create land-
mark new residential and commercial
real estate opportunities, and we hope
that it serves as a model for other cities
and developers to follow."
Biscayne Landing, Boca Developers'
flagship community, is located along
Biscayne Boulevard and N.E. 151st
Street. Set against the backdrop of an
adjacent 2,000-acre nature preserve, the
largest urban master-planned community
in Miami-Dade County will include
6,000 luxury condominiums, town-
homes, villas and lofts surrounding a
town center. Designed by Ehrenkrantz
Eckstut & Kuhn, the center will be the
hub of the community, with 200,000
square feet of offices, retail shops, a fit-
ness center and hotel. As part of their
public/private partnership with the City
of North Miami, Boca Developers will
also assist in the construction of afford-
able housing within city limits as well as
an Olympic training facility and a new
Additional information about Biscayne
Landing is available by calling 954-418-
0208 or visiting

Playne Jane Boutique
Opens in NoMi: Ain't
Nothing Plain About Jane
Playne Jayne is a specialty store that
carries its own clothing line Oliver
Place Designs catering to today's mod-
em women. At this quaint boutique,
owned and operated by Martha
Hemandez, one can purchase hip styles
as a well as classic staples at very low
prices, in keeping with their motto:

Pretty, chic and cheap.
Playne Jane's secret is in-house
designs made with handpicked fabrics,
giving customers unique items that won't
break the bank, a place where a fashion-
ista can have a shopping spree on a shoe-
string budget. Stop by and help Playne
Jane celebrate a November to remember,
at 713 N.E. 125th St. in North Miami;
for more info call 305-895-4155.

Commercial Space
for Sale at Kubik

An artist's rendering of Kubik.

Kubik, a residential loft development
on the Upper East Side, has released 17
commercial spaces for sale totaling
38,936 square feet. Square footage for
individual units ranges from 1,200 to
9,000 square feet, with prices from $545
a square foot. Bi-level working spaces -
some with patios are available, as are
ground-floor retail. The commercial
component hopes to add to 55th Street
Station, currently home to Andiamo's
Brick Oven Pizza.
"This is a prime location," said Jose
Camilo Lega, a principal of Lab Group
Developers, the company behind Kubik,
"being highly visible from Biscayne
Boulevard and across from many already
established shops and restaurants."
At present, Kubik is the only new con-
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Related Group's 'Attainable
Housing' Project, Loft 3

An artist's rendering of Loft 3.

The Related Group has announced
plans to build Loft 3, the third in their
"Loft" series of urban high rises and
the newest project from Related's
Attainable Housing Division. The
tower will be located at 201 N.E. 2nd
Ave., across from the Metromover and
Miami-Dade College; three blocks
from the courthouse; and just west of
Biscayne Boulevard, near Bayfront
Park and the American Airlines Arena.
Loft 3, designed by Cohen,
Freedman, Encinosa & Associates, will
stand 32 stories and include 495 resi-
dential units and approximately 15,000
square feet of ground-floor retail. To
help combat the significant issue of
unaffordable housing for many
Miamians, Loft 3 will offer 70 percent
of its units for less than $300,000.
Units start at $159,000 with a five per-
cent deposit.
The development aims to provide
luxury urban living to a diverse resi-
dent population at affordable prices.
Related is collaborating with the City
of Miami and Miami-Dade County to
inform civic employees about both the
project and homeownership opportuni-
"Our success to date on the Loft
projects is a clear indication of the

tremendous demand in the market
among both the upwardly mobile and
the workforce for a real live, work and
play environment," said Oscar
Rodriguez, vice-president of develop-
ment and head of the Attainable
Housing Division for The Related
The residences at Loft 3 will feature
ten-foot-high ceilings; one and two-
bedroom floor plans; terrazzo counter-
tops and energy-efficient stainless steel
appliances. Baths will include Italian
cabinetry and marble vanities, and
walk-in closets and balconies will be
standard features.
Loft 3 will have amenities including
manned security 24 hours a day; high-
speed elevators; a heated swimming
pool and wet bar on the 28th floor
recreation deck; spa, sauna, clubroom,
and fully equipped fitness center with
cardio theater and separate weight
training area; a great room; and out-
door barbeque area.
The Loft 3 sales center is located at
201 N.E. 2nd Ave. in Miami. For more
information on Loft 3, visit
www.loft3downtown.com or call 305-
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Fendi Casa and Luminaire
Expand in Design District
Fendi Casa, the fashion house's
home-wares division, and Luminaire
are expanding their respective show-
rooms in the Design District. Fendi
Casa, located at 90 N.E. 39th St., will
be taking additional space in the
Laveme Building, while Luminaire is
relocating to the first floor of the
Newton Building, at 3901 N.E. 2nd
Fendi's nearly doubling its show-
room to 13,000 square feet, making
their Design District location the
largest Fendi Casa in the world. The
expansion should be completed by
November 2007 to coincide with the
launch of a new indoor/outdoor furni-
ture collection.
Meanwhile, Luminaire's move to a
7,500-square-foot space in the Newton
Building should happen by January
2007. With almost double their current
floor space, the new showroom will
display new lines including Boffi,
Agape, Cappellini, Edra, Established &
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Skateboard Dog
Kidnapping Sparks Inquiry
500-Block ofN.E. 67th St.
Victim reported she secured her pure-
breed Husky in his pen on the porch of
her home. When she awoke the next
morning, the cage was empty and her
pure-breed gone. Victim told police the
dog, about 10 years old, does not have
the physical capability to jump the front
fence and that she suspected foul play: A
disheveled teenager on a skateboard had
complimented her on the dog the previ-
ous evening. Fortunately, the dog has a
microchip surgically implanted inside
him. At press time, there is no indication
that the dog has been returned to its
rightful owner, nor has the skateboarder

Desperate Weed-Eater
Thief Caught Red-Handed
Bell Meade
Plain clothed officer observed the
defendant walk up to the rear of a Blue
Dodge pick-up truck. The man promptly
pulled out a weed-eater from the back of
the vehicle. When approached, the thief
threw the weed-eater back into the truck
and ran from the scene. When appre-
hended by the officer, the man, who goes
by the name Cisco, admitted to being
desperate and that he was responsible for
the majority of weed-eater robberies in
the area. He also offered that a man by
the name of Nassau runs a prostitution
and drug ring in the neighborhood in the
hope he would get a lighter sentence.
This case, according to the police report,
was closed by the man's immediate

Caveat Emptor Part III
Victim had hired a recovering drug
addict to do work on her home. The man
did not have any certification and to the
victim's knowledge, no business regis-
tered in the State of Florida.
Nevertheless, she inexplicably wired the
recovering addict over $50,000 then
waited for the man to do the work. After
several weeks of no contact, she notified
police. The would-be contractor was also
observed by a neighbor removing items
from the condo the prior week. Police
determined this was a civil matter, since
the victim had voluntarily wired the
money to the addict. The case was subse-
quently closed.

A Plaintive Call for a Social
Security Check Increase
Biscayne Blvd. and N.E. 81st Street
While waiting in line at the
local McDonald's, victim
was bumped into by
an elderly man who
profusely apolo-
gized for his mistake.
The elderly man then
left the scene and
drove off in a blue
Ford Focus.
After ordering
his meal the
victim noticed
his wallet was
gone. No
arrests have
been made.

Could it have been the BBT?
Buena Vista
Man had become increasingly frustrat-
ed by a mysterious person stealing his
newspaper. After a month of frustration
he decided to tie the newspaper to a
hanging bell in the hope he would catch
the thief in the act. He did... the day
after he saw two people running away
with his newspaper. He followed them to
their apartment and threatened to call the
police. It is unknown at press time what
newspaper it was. But, for the record, the
Biscayne Boulevard Times is still free
and can be found at numerous locations
across the Biscayne Corridor.

Shameless Crook
Punks Disabled Man
A disabled elderly man had recently
hired a housekeeper to take care of his
affairs. One morning, he gave his atten-
dant his ATM card and pin number and
asked her to take out $150 for groceries.
The attendant returned with his money,
but the disabled man later discovered she
had taken out $400. When the man asked
his now fired attendant to return the
money, the attendant refused telling the
victim, "I don't owe you nothing."
Unfortunately, this shameless vulture

gave a bogus address to the victim and
police have been unable to track her

Next Time, Don't Take the Bus
7400-Block oJ i: ... ,i,.. Blvd.
Man had ridden his
bicycle to the bus stop
and rested on the
bench, with his bike
leaning against a pole.
Without warning or
provocation, a shirt-
less man in black
spandex shorts
S jumped on the bike
S and rode it down
Biscayne, making a
right on N.E. 74th
Street. The victim pur-
sued him but could not
keep up as
he helpless-
Sly saw the
man ride his
blue Huffy
bike down
74th Street. To add insult to injury, the
man missed his bus.

Tree Hugger Suspected in
Early Morning Robbery
Palm Bay
Victim had put out his green City of
Miami garbage pail as well as his blue
recycling bin on the street. The next
morning, the green bin was still present,
but the blue recycling bin was missing.
Allegedly, a neighbor had witnessed a
young woman, driving an old Ford
Escort filled with garbage, get out of her
car, then push the bin, unsuccessfully,
into her trunk. She drove off, leaving the
bin in the middle of the street. It is
unknown if the young woman returned
later that morning. If anything,
Boulevard denizens should be reminded
to: reduce, reuse and recycle.

Clean Underwear
a Big Commodity
Design District
Victim was doing his laundry and
walked away from the machine for an
hour. Later, he discovered that the door to
his dryer had been opened. Upon looking
inside the machine, he noticed that all of
his underwear was missing; the thief did
not take anything else. There was a pair

of underwear left on the ground, 20 feet
away from the dryer, apparently dropped
when the underwear thief made his reck-
less escape. There are no suspects.

One Night Stand
Leads to Big Score
Man had brought home a "strange
woman" from a nightclub back to his
apartment. According to the police report,
victim had "wanted to get laid." Victim
stated that both participants drank heavily
and were, admittedly, very drunk. Man
would eventually pass out on the sofa
and did not awake till late morning. The
strange woman was gone, as was nearly
$10,000 worth of items: jewelry, laptop
computer and an antique clock, amongst
other high-valued pieces.

Wannabe Handicapped
Crook Steals Permit
100-Block ofN.E. 24th St.
Handicapped man had parked his car in
its usual location. However, the next day
he found his passenger side window bro-
ken and his handicapped parking decal
gone. No other items were taken.

Even Crooks Must
Prepare For Hurricanes
Man's garage door had been compro-
mised with a crowbar. Ten canisters of
propane and a propane grill were taken,
as well as several pieces of plywood.
Two men were seen placing the items
inside a large white van, with the word
"repair" sprayed on the side.

A Perfect Case for PETA
Belle Meade
Police responded to a report of a rob-
bery at a residence's back cottage. When
they arrived they heard someone rum-
maging in the supposedly vacant cottage.
They gave chase when they saw a wiry
man running from the location. The K-9
unit was called in and the man was
stopped. However, he did not cooperate
with the arrest. He yelled out, "Get this
f***ing dog away from me." He then
kicked and punched the dog in the chest.
The stunned dog did not falter, and pro-
ceeded to bite the animal-hater in several
sensitive places. Man was arrested and
taken to the hospital for the bites.
Fortunately the pugnacious dog suffered
no injuries.

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the fact that neither the police nor the CSI were able
to find fingerprints or any other useful evidence in her
Another Shorecrest resident who also wished to
remain anonymous is less hopeful. She has lived near
N.E. 85th Street for about 22 years and claims burgla-
ries, drugs and car thefts occur "sporadically" in the
neighborhood. Only recently, however, has she feared
what she considers surging gang activity. About a
month ago, the woman's daughter and a group of
friends were out near Biscayne Bay when one of their
male acquaintances was physically assaulted. About
three weeks ago, the perpetrators were seen strolling
near her yard. "I am concerned," the woman said,
adding that she no longer lets her daughter out alone.
"I don't know how the police handle their business,
[and] I don't want to say anything negative, [but]
these guys are getting away with murder," she said,
unsatisfied with the Metro-Dade Police response,
which she deemed too slow. Although she feels more
attention is needed, the woman added that police are
already aware of the recent troubles and more policing
might not be the solution.
When asked what information he could provide on
possible gang activity around N.E. 85th Street, Cmdr.
Magnusson was quick to assert, "It's not a gang,"
instead referring to the group as "a bunch of thugs"
calling themselves The Zombies. State statute defines
what constitutes a street gang, and these so-called
Zombies do not fit the bill. Nonetheless, Cmdr.
Magnusson ensured the BBT that he and his col-
leagues are taking the matter very seriously.
"We've been out there in great force," he said.
The specific plan of attack has been dubbed
Operation Trident, which is a three-tiered approach
utilizing on-duty, off-duty and city resources to com-
bat the criminal activity in three areas, two within
Little Haiti and one in the Upper Eastside. Cmdr.
Magnusson described the tactic as a flexible one that
allows police to vary their focus as needed.
"Nothing's etched in stone," he said, but the overall
goal is to deprive the "thugs" of their comfort zone by
applying constant pressure.
Cmdr. Magnusson attributed part of the community
anxiety to a desire for overt not covert action, but

acknowledged the obvious limitation: An officer can-
not arrest someone who is just loitering, even if he or
she believes that person is up to no good. But mere
police presence, he said, helps to deter criminals.
This vigilance, according to him, takes several
forms, including constant raids, setting up surveillance
to keep an eye on suspected criminals, and more overt
tactics such as setting up traffic stops and DUI road-
Some neighbors are beginning to notice an improve-
ment. Peter Padowitz, a Shorecrest resident who has
resided on N.E. 79th Street near
Biscayne Bay for 30 years, feels
that the MPD has become more
efficient in pursuing crime over
the last two or three years. A Palm e are hea
Grove resident who wished to is down, but
withhold his name said, "I actually one is goinl
think crime is a little bit down...
break-ins are much slower than Fr
they've ever been." for District 2 Mi
But despite these apparent
improvements, other residents
gave the BBT a less than satis-
fied view of the area's current
public safety situation. A Mr. Maldonado, who pre-
ferred to withhold his first name, is selling his home
on N.E. 76th Street and moving out of the neighbor-
hood because results "have not been delivered as
eagerly as they were promised." Upset about not
seeing more cops on the streets to combat prostitu-
tion in the area despite a raise in taxes, Maldonado
called the circumstances "disheartening and disap-
Although his car, he said, has been broken into
twice, he has not reported the crimes. "Last time I
called them to report it," he said, "they told me to
drive the car to them, [and] I thought, 'I'm not going
to bother'."
Maldonado's comment is perhaps indicative of one
possible reason for the gap between impressions and
numbers. Richard Pleban, a Shorecrest resident and
property-owner, feels certain that "crime reporting is
down" because it is "not worth your effort" to go to
the station for petty crimes.
Pleban is particularly dismayed by the emphasis on
raising revenue for code enforcement. While viola-
tions are quickly identified and dealt with, he said,



"Crime remains unabated," leaving the community to
suffer from the same fundamental problems. He insists
that the focus is misplaced: "Are you here to protect
and serve or to harass us?"
Marc Sarnoff, a Coconut Grove attorney who's run-
ning for Miami's District 2 Commission seat, shares
Pleban's concern over police reports. NET
(Neighborhood Enhancement Team) offices are no
longer available as places where one can report nonvi-
olent crime, and the nearest station for residents of the
Upper Eastside is located at 1000 N.W. 62nd St., near
Liberty City. Sarnoff fears that
declassification of crime and an
inconvenient system for report-
ing is resulting in falsely
ing that crime encouraging figures, and sug-
he reality is no gested that the MPD's Assistant
to report it." Chief Louis A. Vega, "has a his-
tory of knowing how to reduce
k Rollason, candidate statistics."
mi City Commissioner Napier Velazquez, a former
dispatcher now with the MPD's
public information office,
described the history of crime-
reporting procedures as an ever-
changing one: T\\ ill) -dliuc years ago, they went out
on everything."
The wait for service depended upon the urgency of
the call, so to remedy long waits the police department
allowed petty crime victims to report at the main sta-
tion. But in-house backups forced them to offer call-
ins as an option. Callers were again sent physically to
stations, but two substations and NET offices had been
added. NET offices still serve the communities in
other ways, and so it was only a matter of time before
someone asked, "Why did we ever stop letting people
report crime there?"
At an October 20 debate between the candidates for
the District 2 Commission seat, they were in nearly
unanimous agreement that crime reporting at the NET
offices should be reinstituted. Frank Rollason garnered
applause after stating, "We are hearing that crime is
down, but the reality is no one is going to report it."
Only Seth Sklarey believed the NET offices are
unnecessary, but only because he feels they are "a
"They turned out to be neighborhood Nazis," he

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Women's Diagnostic
Imaging Project

Shaunie O'Neal and Ethel Blum-
Dublin, president of the Founders
of Mount Sinai, with Linda Gunn,
national sales director of Pippo
Italia Timepieces, showing off
their favorite Pippo timepieces.
With Shaunie O'Neal as its honorary
chair, The Cancer Lifeline officially
launched its Women's Diagnostic
Imaging Project during a cocktail party
on Oct. 19 at La Gorce Country Club.
"Our goal is to raise $500,000 to
purchase advanced imaging equipment
that will help in the early diagnosis

and treatment of cancer," said Marla
Bergmann, president of Mount Sinai
Medical Center Foundation. "The
equipment includes two ultrasound
scanners, two bone density scanners
and a computer-aided detection system
to enhance the quality of breast MRI
Central to the campaign is award-
winning Pippo Italia. The internation-
ally acclaimed designer is providing
200 limited edition watches that are
being sold for $2,500 to raise funds for
the project. Three watch styles are
available, including two women's
styles and one men's design.
Individuals who purchase a watch will
also receive a special gift provided by
Estee Lauder.
"By teaming up with The Cancer
Lifeline, Shaunie, Pippo Italia and
Estee Lauder are helping bring atten-
tion to our effort to save countless
lives and we are truly grateful," said
Bergmann, who hosted the event with
her husband, George.
For more information about the
luncheon and on purchasing Pippo
Italia timepieces in support of The
Cancer Lifeline, please call 305-674-

Quorum Network Partners
With Carnival Center

Quorum showroom
Quorum Network has forged an
alliance with the new Carnival Center for
the Performing Arts. The relationship
fuses two of Miami's burgeoning com-
munities to form a relationship that fos-
ters stability and economic growth in all
of the city's sectors.
Quorum Network researches and ana-
lyzes historic, current and future market
trends and tendencies, economic infra-
structures, demographics, industry, gov-
ernment strategies and private invest-
ments, offering brokers and investors
information available about develop-
ments in Miami and abroad. They func-
tion as a liaison between brokers, devel-
opers, government agencies and private
entities. Through this, Quorum is able to
offer developers a complete network of

local and international top-producing
"Quorum will help us build on the
intrinsic relationship between the local
real estate industry and the Center to cre-
ate significant business partnerships
between developers and their clients and
the Center," said Michael Hardy, presi-
dent and CEO of the Carnival Center.
This partnership, which developers are
starting to utilize, marks Quorum's one-
year anniversary. Cima, a forthcoming
waterfront condo tower from NEO
Development, has been the first to com-
mit, offering its residents the all-inclu-
sive Platinum Package, which includes
first-choice seats at Carnival Center per-
formances, early invitation to Carnival
Center programs and special events, and
VIP parking.
"Every sector and every developer...
should use the Center and should be
involved in what is quickly becoming the
most important [cultural] institution in
Miami," said Juan Carlos Pardo, Quorum
Network's founder and president.
The new Quorum Network Center will
soon open at 6400 Biscayne Blvd. For
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Two Community Forums Showcase Candidates to Voters
Sifting Through the Policies of a Strong and Sometimes Vitriolic Bunch
By Melissa Cueto
BBT Staff Writer

On November 2, a special election
will be held for a new District 2 Miami
City Commissioner (granted suspended
Commissioner Johnny Winton is not
acquitted at his Nov. 6 trial).
The seven candidates are Placido
Diaz, a real-estate investor and former
Miami-Dade Police Officer; Maria
"Betty" Gutierrez, Legislative Aide for
Miami-Dade District 5 Commissioner;
Linda M. Haskins, Interim District 2
City Commissioner; Michelet Philome;
Frank K. Rollason, former executive
director of two Community
Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs);
Marc David Sarnoff, attorney and pres-
ident of the Center Grove
Neighborhood Association; and Seth
Sklarey, an attorney and former politi-
cal editor for the Sun Reporter
Newspaper and Coconut Grove
All but Philome (despite our repeated
efforts to contact him) were present at
an Oct. 20 debate co-sponsored by the
BBT and Miami-Dade Commission on
Ethics and Public Trust, and an Oct. 24
forum at Legion Park sponsored by the
Shorecrest Homeowners Association.
Radio commentator Jim DeFede was
on hand at the BBT's debate to moder-
ate and provide some much-needed
humor, as simmering animosity
between Haskins and Sarnoff boiled
over into back-and-forth personal
Twice Sarnoff criticized Haskins
about her campaign advertisements cur-
rently displayed at shelter-less bus
stops along Biscayne Boulevard. He
also suggested she should have turned
down a pay raise: "When Linda
Haskins got a $13,000 bonus from the
[former] City Manager [Joe Arriola],
did she say, 'No, I've made enough?' "
Later, he spoke directly to Haskins:
"You're about to ask a bunch of people
[firefighters and police] to cut their
pension plans, and yet you're going to
be one of the biggest pension earners in
all of the City of Miami."
Haskins defended herself aggressive-
ly, stating that Sarnoff doesn't know
the city: "You know, the sound bites are
great, but you never have your facts
right. I don't belong to the pension plan
in the city never have."
By declaring "I love Many Diaz,"
though, Haskins did nothing to dispel

the impression that she is not suffi-
ciently distanced from the present
administration to take a strong stance
on behalf of the public if elected.
In an attempt to diffuse some of the
tension on stage, DeFede opted for a
new approach; for
one round, each
candidate could
pose a question to
a fellow candidate. Gutierrez,
This saw mixed more need
results, since three "Neighbort
of the candidates
(Diaz, Gutierrez uproar becai
and Haskins) not being
chose not to par-
ticipate or to sim-
ply ask themselves
a question,
prompting long self-aggrandizing
At the Oct. 24 Legion Park forum,
community members provided several
poignant questions, but the overall
atmosphere was more relaxed. Perhaps
having learned a lesson from the BBT
debate, candidates refrained from per-
sonal jabs and focused solely on their
Whatever the atmosphere, each can-
didate succeeded in detailing their
stances on the relevant issues for
District 2 at both events. Every candi-


date expressed a desire to reach a fair
settlement in the fire fee suit as soon as
possible and to eliminate the fee alto-
gether: "A settlement needs to be a real
settlement," said Haskins.
"It's got to be paid back with inter-
est," added
Sklarey, while
Diaz stressed the
importance of
however, felt accountability
to be done: within the City
ids are in an Commission, stat-
S ing, "There is no
their input is such thing as plau-
tened to." sible deniability."
Although all
agreed that more
aggressive meas-
ures are necessary
to ensure that the "lucky seven" return
their portions of the $7 million settle-
ment, Rollason noted that the process
will take a long time "Some people
haven't even been requested for the
money" and stated that priority
should therefore involve reaching a
new, just settlement.
Concerns about Miami 21 were also
discussed at both the debate and the
forum, and candidates were again in
agreement, all saying they would con-
sider a moratorium.
"I don't have a problem with a mora-

torium so long as it's legal," said
Haskins, who said she has encouraged
public input by setting up meetings in
which residents from District 2 neigh-
borhoods can dialogue with Miami 21
Gutierrez, however, felt more needed
to be done: "Neighborhoods are in an
uproar because their input is not being
listened to." Diaz echoed her reserve:
"There are many issues [Miami 21]
doesn't address."
Sklarey suggested Miami 21 should
have greater flexibility and a long-term
plan if it is to truly benefit the commu-
nity. While no candidate opposed a
moratorium, they all recognized an
urgent need for the Florida Department
of Transportation (FDOT) to complete
construction on Biscayne Boulevard,
especially this most recent and
delayed phase, from N.E. 67th to
78th Streets.
Gutierrez said she would work closer
with FDOT to ensure the project
adheres to its deadline, but Rollason
said the 18-month timetable is totally
unacceptable. He also recommended
providing grants for business-owners
along the Boulevard who have been
negatively impacted by the construc-
Interested in promoting small busi-

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NoMi Improvements: Trash Out, Garbage Cans In

By Jim W. Harper
BBT Contributing Writer

Concrete trash cans have been dumped
by the City of North Miami in favor of
green metal cylinders.
The sidewalks have been
scrubbed clean, and a
few unwanted trees have
been uprooted from cen-
tral N.E. 125th Street.
More housekeeping is
on the way for the city's
business district as a
part of its redevelop-
ment plan. Phase two,
pending approval by the
county, will fund a mas-
ter plan for improve-
ments along West Dixie Tony Crap
Highway, N.E. 125th Director c
Street and N.W. 7th Miami C
Avenue. Redevelopn
"Things are going
well," said Tony Crapp, executive direc-
tor of the North Miami Community
Redevelopment Agency, which is
responsible for eliminating blight within
the city. "Reactions have been all posi-


The changes will hopefully increase
pedestrian traffic, and residents have
been longing for their implementation,
he added.
The trees removed
were considered a safety
hazard, and will be
replaced with palms. The
hundreds of black birds
that roosted in them
nightly at the corner of
N.E. 6th Avenue and
125th Street must now
perch on wires above the
missing trees or else-
Their removal is no
problem to Debbie
Executive Graves, manager of
the North Jimmy's Place on N.W.
nmunity 7th Avenue, provided they
ent Agency are replaced. She is
pleased with the new
garbage cans, but she would like to see
the newsbins of free publications
removed from the sidewalk adjacent to
the diner.
"They use those as garbage cans," said

Graves. "I had 17 of them at one time."
The city removed what it considers
old-fashioned and unsightly concrete fur-
niture from the sidewalks near the
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
on 125th Street, where the plaza is also
under construction.
The cost of the Commercial Corridor
Improvement Program is estimated at
$431,000, which includes plans to hire
three staff members to maintain the busi-
ness corridors.

Small business or property owners
along these corridors may apply for
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Continued from page 1
since December 2005. However, when
contacted by BBT, the owner was suc-
cinct: "I don't want to talk about it.
Thank you."
"The Best Value Inn was before the
board more than four times," said NAB
Chairman Robert Valledor. "Sometime in
the late 1990s, we wanted to close them
down, but their lawyer proposed they
would sue us on the grounds of lost
The appeal was based on St. Petersburg
vs. Bowen, a case in which the NAB
ordered the Lorraine Apartments closed
for a period of one year. As a conse-
quence of the ruling, Bowen was unable
to put Lorraine Apartments to any eco-
nomic use, and the property's market
value was substantially diminished. In
1996, the case was brought to the Florida
Supreme Court, and it was ruled that if
the state, through the use of its police
power, deprives an owner of an economi-
cally viable use of the property, then
he/she must be compensated.
"That's why we decided to close only
six units at the time," said Valledor,
speaking about Best Value Inn. "But
everybody was upset. The residents
wanted blood. So, finally we closed the

place down for a full year."
According to Valledor, Best Value Inn
appealed the case and asked for compen-
sation for lost income. However, in 2000
the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the
City of Miami doesn't have to compen-
sate the owner if a motel must be shut
down because it's overrun with prosti-
tutes and drugs.
No%\\ only the front story portion of
the motel is open," said Valledor, adding
that the owner, who was before board as
recently as June, "is doing the best she
can to prevent future crimes at the prop-
erty." As part of an agreement with the
board, the owner is required to evict ten-
ants and devise a performance plan.
Another target of residents' grievances
is Motel Blu, previously known as the
Gold Dust Inn, at 7700 Biscayne Blvd.
After more than 16 incident reports, the
motel was headed to the NAB. It
remained open, however, despite the dis-
approval of neighbors.
"The City attorney is the one who
dropped the charges," said Valledor. "We
are a quasi-judicial body that makes a
decision after the hearing, but we are not
the ones in power to file a complaint."
Motel Blu, owned by New York-based
NYMI Enterprise, initially appeared
before the board on March 20, but since

the owner's attorney Michael Addicott
disputed the legality of the complaints
and notifications, the board granted post-
ponement. However, on June 19,
Assistant City Attorney George Wysong
said he needed stronger evidence to
move ahead, so he dropped the case on
the grounds the defendant was likely to
appeal. Wysong could not be reached for
"The NAB has not done its service,"
said Margaret Tynan, president of the
Belle Meade Homeowners Association.
"I am deeply disappointed with their
decision. It was a complete fiasco.
Others motels straightened up, but not
Motel Blu. Their list of violations and
complaints is very long."
It seems, however, that they're at least
trying to shape up. According to
Valledor, the owners started improve-
ments immediately by closing voluntari-
ly, changing personnel, tightening securi-
ty and putting up lights.
"The case was dismissed," said man-
ager Rony Shova, who's been at his post
for four years. "We changed the rules.
Besides IDs, guests must have a credit
card. We don't work on a cash basis any
more. Nobody wants trouble, but I'm not
the police to do a criminal check on my
guests. It's a motel; people come in and
out. They can be arrested anywhere."
But Bob Powers, president of the Palm
Grove Neighborhood Association, point-
ed to additional improvements that could
change the neighborhood's face and
image permanently, as well as the type
of guests that stay at the motels:
"Most of the people bought cheap and
don't want to put in the money and fix
these motels. The owners say they have
no money to fix the buildings. I don't
know anybody who stays in business and
makes no money. If you want to attract
different customers, you must be willing
to invest in the business and renovate."
He also believes that "there are plenty
of grants to get, but the city doesn't pro-
vide programs that could teach the own-
ers how to get a hold of that money."
Even without economic incentives, the
once troubled Camelot Inn is a good
example of how to keep prostitutes and
drug dealers out of an establishment. Its
owner, Dinesh Paliwal, appeared before
the board eight times. He evicted most of
his tenants, improved security, put up
lights and even moved into the motel.
"I did everything I could to keep the
bad guys out," said Paliwal. "My main
concern now is the construction on the
Boulevard, and how it will affect the
businesses in the area."
The Camelot Inn was taken off the
board's list of nuisances this past June.

Cmdr. Magnusson said that although on
a day-to-day basis people hardly notice
any change, the necessary elements for
long-term change along the Boulevard
are being set in motion. According to
police statistics, burglaries and assaults
in the area dropped by 20 percent in the
last five years. Burglaries are down 30
But some motel owners feel that the
pendulum has swung too far in the oppo-
site direction. "We have been cleaned
up," said a woman who identified herself
as the owner of Biscayne Inn, but would
not give her name. "Too much cleaned
Biscayne Inn's former moniker, Star
Dust, is a common sight in past NAB fil-
ings. The 57-unit inn was shut down for
a year in 1992 by the NAB because of
drug activity and prostitution. When it
reopened, problems persisted. Several
times between 1996 and 1997, the board
ordered a partial closing, then again in
2001 and 2003. Meanwhile, the owners
asked for reimbursement for the lost
income, but under the 2000 Supreme
Court ruling, Miami wasn't obliged to
reimburse the losses.
"They are squeezing the soul out of the
small businesses," said the motel's
owner. No%, the government wants this
to be an historic district, but the city
doesn't give us any incentives. No aid, no
nothing! This is an historic district?! This
is a piece of junk!" As far as the criminal
activity in her lodging is concerned, she
said: "I'm not their mother! I don't
know!" before hanging up the phone.
Biscayne Inn has also over the past
year been fined numerous times for fail-
ing to remove a large illegal billboard for
Guinness beer hanging from its facade.
"We don't want the motel owners to
get too comfortable," said Cmdr.
Magnusson. "We have to keep them in
check all the time because crooks are
hanging around these motels like flies.
Police constantly need to be aggressive
by getting out of their cars, asking ques-
tions, checking IDs without patting on
the back nonsense."
The Boulevard seems to be slowly
shifting from a free-for-all to a legitimate
business district, although many resi-
dents doubt that will ever happen.
"I don't see that much of a difference,"
said Patricia Germeus, a Palm Grove res-
ident. "I still see the same elements and
unsightly things. They just moved away
from the main street to our backyards."

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Rearranging Space: Simon Lee and Yui Kugimiya
A Worthy Exhibit at Ingalls & Associates
By Victor Barrenechea
BBT Contributing Writer

Two artists and two separate shows "Imaginable Matters" by
Yui Kugimiya and N1%\\ Work" by Simon Lee at the Ingalls &
Associates gallery offer some extremely challenging artwork to
the art-going public, one artist oppressively so, while the other
remarkably so.
With Simon Lee, one confronts enormous photos of people
riding on a bus two daytime shots, two nighttime shots. The
expressions on people's faces: discomfort, anxiety, boredom,
these prints are overflowing with such emotions. Anyone who
has ever used public transportation will definitely be able to
These photos are great on their own, but where Lee starts to
slip is with the video component of the show. The video is just a
bunch of scenes from the bus, shot through what's supposed to
approximate a camera obscura lens, a precursor to modem pho-
tography in which the image always appears upside down.
Everything is shot from the bus's point of view. You see what
passengers would see, the bus essentially acting as the camera.
Because the images are always upside down, and because of
certain editing tricks employed by Lee, the view is distorted, and
what you're getting is a twisted perspective of what you'd regu-
larly see on a bus. If his point is that riding on the bus is a real
drag, all he needed to do was show us the photos.
More likely, Lee is interested in the bus-as-camera idea, and
the randomness inherent in it. And it is an interesting idea.
Riding a bus, you'll spot some really amazing things from time
to time. But unfortunately most of the scenes will be humdrum
and boring cars, buildings and people passing by.
Because of the randomness of his methodology, every dull
moment is picked up by the camera. To his credit, he captures
the tedium of public transportation quite well, but it's painful to
watch, which might be to some extent his point, but it's one he
got across much easier in his photographs.
Next we move over to Yui Kugimiya's work. Upon first
glance, her work looks really simple. The paintings are represen-
tational, quasi-impressionistic, always dealing with nature,
always depicting an animal. A snake coiled up in the center of
the canvas; a bird in another painting.
Then we get to the more interesting stuff: Two paintings on
square canvas, each the same size. The two canvases make up
the scene of two dogs on leashes. The twist is that they're back-
wards. It looks as though she's taken one large rectangular can-
vas, cut it in half, and switched the left side with the right.
Two paintings of the same two animals but switched around.
No big deal. But upon closer inspection, it appears the paintings
were both done separately. The leash from one canvas to the next
changes colors in a way that would indicate so.
Her next work is even more challenging: Two birds with half
a bird on one canvas and half on the other backwards. This
time, switching the two canvases over and connecting the images
is not enough. Viewing the canvas from left to right in that state,
you'd see the bird's head on the left canvas, and his tail, on the
right, only cut off at the end of the picture. But on the same can-
vas, instead of the head you see the end of a tail. Perhaps a third
bird that's tail only appears in the shot? Nevertheless, it matches
well with the cut-off portion of the tail on the right. Setting up
the canvases in a linear, left-to-right fashion produces a skewed
looping effect skewed because the little sliver of tail-end on the
left does not connect with the tail on the right unless you lower
or raise the canvas a few inches.

Don't try to put Yui Kugimiya's panels
in order, just enjoy the chaos.
And anyway, the paintings were not set up in a linear fashion,
so they produce an incredible effect, sending your mind twisting
in all different kinds of crazy directions trying to connect bird
heads to bodies, and tail-ends to tails. Kugimiya is adept at fool-
ing around with the natural narrative of a scene, taking the con-
ventional method of viewing and literally flipping it backwards.
The most stunning piece on display is a dark forest scene with
what appears to be a deer in the bushes. Four separate rectangular
canvases are lined up from top to bottom to create one image. But
of course, Kugimiya mixes things up. The deer's head is at the
top, the body with the neck cut out of the picture is two canvases
down. The painting with the legs appears between these two. The
more you look at this piece, the more frustrating it becomes
because your mind wants to stack the canvases into the right
order and make one complete image. This is impossible; no
amount of stacking can achieve this. Kugimiya has taken different
frames from the same scene, cut them out and strewn them about
haphazardly to give the illusion of order. What you have instead
is a complicated puzzle with no real solution in the end, and in
engendering such confusion Kugimiya succeeds quite well.

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A Visual Smorgasbord at Dorsch Gallery

By Victor Barrenechea
BBT Contributing Writer

Saturday October 14 at the Dorsch gallery was a lot
like an all-you-can-eat buffet with all appetizers. No one
thing to totally whet your appetite and keep you satisfied,
but a wide variety of tasty choices to load up on your
plate and keep you coming back for second helpings.
What we have are three totally different artists, each
brining their own interesting ideas to the table.
There was Magali Wilensky for instance, with her very
unique choice of materials. The pieces she produces are
something between sculpture and painting. They're made
of various fabrics rolled into tight coils, wrapped togeth-
er using different colors to create beautiful designs and
Remember your old high school science textbooks,
where they'd take a cell and shed layer after layer to
reveal its inner-workings, or a diagram of the Earth with
pieces cut off to reveal crust, mantle and core? You see
the same thing in Wilensky's work, where it always
appears as if layer after layer of something is being slow-
ly shed to reveal the inner-workings.
And Wilensky's work, though mostly abstract, seems
to sometimes be representative of nature. One piece
looks like a tree collecting energy and nutrients from the
soil. The layers of the tree and underground are all clear-
ly visible. Another piece looks like dozens of microbes
floating through the air, each one its own individual
sculpture. Others look like organs in the human body,

like a heart cut open to reveal the various valves and
arteries, or the stringy tissue that makes up muscles in
the human body.
The radiant colors and movement indicates wild activi-
ty. It's very reminiscent of looking through the lens of
thermal vision goggles, where splotches
of an image are color-coordinated based What's
on temperature. Ei
We move onto Elisabeth Condon, who e
creates incredibly surreal landscapes that remarkable
border on the abstract. Her work is clut- to repre
tered with ill-defined animals and bizarre even thouE
shapes coiling and floating across the can- in his pa
vas. It's often very difficult to tell up from often quit
down, as she sometimes employs a
skewed Escher-like perspective. Her work seems to cen-
ter around these dreamlike images of a whimsical, natu-
ral world that exists only in her imagination.
Her work is also highly stylized. You can look at it and
perhaps be reminded of psychedelic poster art from the
'70s, or the weird illustrations of Dr. Seuss books, only
much more twisted. It's fun to just stare at them and try
to decipher what's going on. Is that some sort of animal
in the comer there? And what is that a patch of grass?
A swath of hair? Feathers, maybe? And why is it side-
ways? As abstract works, the paintings contain enough to
keep the eye busy between the excellent color composi-
tions and the lively shapes floating, shooting and spiral-
ing out of control.
But the most interesting work of the bunch was a

series of acrylic-on-canvas paintings by Franklin
Einspruch. In these scenes of everyday city life,
Einspruch reduces figures to their barest essentials. The
paintings are flat; there are no outlines. The only thing to
separate an arm from a shirtsleeve is a different color.

;reat about
lch is how
y he manages
sent space
gh the scenes
intings are
;e cluttered.

The people in these paintings are feature-
less no eyes or nose, just blank faces.
Objects are rendered without detail. A
mail-box for instance, depicted as just a
lump of blue with nothing to indicate a
letter slot. Even in one painting of a nude
woman, Einspruch reduces her to just a
blob of skin-colored paint in the shape of
a woman.
What's great about Einspruch is how

remarkably he manages to represent space even though
the scenes in his paintings are often quite cluttered.
Buildings fill up the backgrounds, tight gatherings of
people the foreground. But with his reduction of detail,
the illusion of space always shines through.
"Shine" is perhaps not the right word, as his paintings
all have a certain sadness about them something deso-
late, though not oppressively so. More like a quietness or
peacefulness, almost like a pictorial whisper. It's quite a
contrast from the other work on display, which is wild
and expressive, even if often similarly minimal.
Einspruch might be the most impressive artist hanging
in Dorsch right now, but each has enough exciting and
unique elements in their work to keep gallery-goers

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November 11, 7 to 10 p.m.,
Opening for "The Young Artists
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3550 N. Miami Ave.
November 11, 7 to 10 p.m.,
Opening for "Matriarchs" by Hung

2234 N.W. 2nd Ave.
November 11, 7 to 10 p.m.,
Opening for "Night Air" by Wendy

2043 N. Miami Ave.
November 11, 7:30 to 10 p.m.,
Opening for "Altered States" by
various artists

2320 N. Miami Ave.
November 27, 7 to 10 p.m.,
Opening for "SIX-EIGHT" by
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151 N.W. 24th St.
November 25, 7 to 10 p.m.,
Opening for "20 Questions" by
Dorsch Gallery Artists


233 N.W. 36th St.

"911 Revisited" by Debra Holt,
through December 16.

2134 N.W. Miami Ct.
www.alejandravonhartz. net

181 N.W. 6th St.

811 N.E. 79th St.
Open by appointment only

769-771 N.E.125th St.
North Miami

1 N.E. 40th St., Suites 3, 6 & 7


"Mysteries and Masters," through
December 28.

130 N.E. 40th St. #2

Work by various artists, through
November 7.

777 NE 79 St., Suite 101

111 N.W. 1st St., Suite 625

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Hung Liu, Double Barrel (2006), Oil on canvas, 66 by 66 inches.
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Art Listings
Continued from page 34

561 N.W. 32nd St.

"Honoring Our Founders,"
November 9, Gala Dinner at The
Gorche Country Club
"Young Artist Exhibition,"
November 11 through
November 14.

2320 N. Miami Ave.

"Sex-Eight," November 23
through December 31.

3550 N. Miami Ave.

"Matriarchs," November 11
through January 4.

180 N.E. 39th St., Suite 210

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5582 N.E. 4th Ct.

2441 N.W. 2nd Ave.

"Fragments" and work by Rosa
Muhoz, through November 7.

Simon Lee, Bus Window Berlinel (The Thinker) (2006), 66 by 42 inches. Lambda print Showing at Ingalls & Associates

158 NW 91st St.
By appointment only:
carol@cjazzart. com

"Drawings," through November 25


282 N.W. 36th St.


2234 N.W. 2nd Ave.

"Night Air," November 11
through December 1.

3938 N.E. 39th St.

Work by Juana Valdes, through
November 26.

2043 N. Miami Ave.

"Altered States" November 11
through December 2.

151 N.W. 24th St.

"Live Shape" by Franklin
Einspruch, through November 11.

51 N.W. 36th St.
World Arts Building
2214 N. Miami Ave.


10 N.E. 40 St.
www. etrafineart. com

7128 N.W. 2nd Ct.

2320b N. Miami Ave.

2247 N.W. 1st PI.

194 N.W. 30th St.

"True Stories" by Sophie Calle
and Work by Leandro Erlich,
through November 26.

125 N.W. 23rd St.

"Imaginable Matters" and "New
Work," through November 8.
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    * E-panding green spaces
    * PIrotecting and increasing
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    * Fighting crime

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    Amendment 1: No
    Amendment 3: No
    Amendment 4: Yes
    Amendment 6: Yes
    Amendment 7: Yes
    Amendment 8: Yes

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    Art Listings
    Continued from page 35

    1929 N.W. 1st Ave.

    2249 N.W. 1st PI.

    3312 N. Miami Ave.

    6900 Biscayne Blvd.

    3930 N.W. 2nd Ave.

    Work by Erika Morales, through
    November 11

    105 N.W. 23rd St.

    98 N.W. 29th St.


    3900 N.E. 1st Ave.

    1501 Biscayne Blvd. Ste. 100

    4040 N.E. 2nd Ave., 2nd Floor

    "Room" and "Twilight Town,"
    through November 1.


    66 N.E. 40th St.

    7160 NW2 Ct.
    (St. Mary's Art District)

    Museum and

    Collection Exhibits:

    CIFO (Cisneros Fontanels Art

    1018 N. Miami Ave.


    World Class Boxing
    170 N.W. 23rd St.
    Appointment only: Contact
    dennis@worldclassboxing. net

    101 W. Flagler St.
    $5 adults, $2.50 seniors, free for
    children under 12 and students,
    free the second Sat. of each
    month from 1 to 4 p.m.
    Gifts from the Charles Cowles
    Photography Collection
    November 17 through
    February 25.

    770 N.E. 125th St.
    $5 adults, $3 seniors/students,
    free children under 12/North
    Miami residents, Tues. admission
    is by donation
    Bruce Nauman "Elusive Signs,"
    through January 7, 2007.

    404 N.W. 26 St.
    Thurs. to Sun., 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Admission is free for MOCA
    members, North Miami residents,
    City of North Miami employees
    and children under 12; general
    admission is $2

    591 N.W. 27 St.
    Wed. to Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Admission is free of charge.

    Send art listings/events to
    Times@biscayneboulevard. cor
    or Visit
    BiscayneBouelvard. cor
    to post your events in
    between issues.

    A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
    Based on a short story by Gabriel Garcia Marqu6z
    Adaptation and lyrics by Nilo Cruz
    * N m 1 a Magical mystery
    Brooklyn Bridge
    By Melissa James Gibson
    Contemporary adventure
    -* * I-
    The Creation of the
    World and Other Business
    ByArthur Miller
    Challenging drama

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    November 2006

    Im A &U TA

    Tubes II
    Mauro Giaconi
    117 by 60 inches
    Graphite on canvas
    Showing at Dot Fifty-One Art Space
    www.dotfiftyone. com
    In Mauro Giaconi's works, the repertory is aus-
    tere, though heavy at the same time, loaded with
    sense layers that the artist is particularly interested

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    - A Snapshot of Local Gallery Offerings
    Untitled (from the
    Nudes Series)
    Mathias Saillard
    20 by 25.5 inches
    Pilot pen on paper
    Carol Jazzar Fine Art
    www cjazzart. com
    Matthias Saillard, a
    graduate of the
    Beaux-Arts school of
    Lorient (France), uses
    a simple pilot pen as
    his sole material. His
    work is complex and
    refined, massive and
    fragile, the fruits of a
    graphic search that
    turns into obsession.
    not to show in a single shot. Much of his images In a series of nudes,
    and ideas are revealed in second delayed interpre- the lines stretch out
    stations on details. Giaconi works around the world of and intermingle; the ink darkens the paper, doubt settles in.
    construction. That certainty arises out of the borders Are we looking at bodies, a landscape and constellations? The
    of the things that the artist chooses to represent subject is but a pretext that becomes erased under the relent-
    bricks, scaffolds, tubes, wires, stairs. Nevertheless, lessness of the stroke or the repetition of the form.
    Giaconi's way of thinking goes far beyond shapes,
    materials or tools. Behind images there are underly-
    ing questions, fear clouds floating on the fragility of
    supports; the underlying fear that what seems solid
    may break into pieces at any moment.

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    Natasha Tsa

    kos's Fourth Up Wake
    Miami Light Project Prote g Comes into Her Own


    By Victor Barrenechea
    BBT Contributing Writer

    Three large projection screens box-
    out to make up the set. One actor stands
    alone in front of them Zero, a male
    cartoonish figure who looks something
    like a cross between David Bowie and
    Roger Rabbit. On each screen a com-
    puter-animated cityscape is being pro-
    jected with skewed, oddly shaped build-
    ings dressed in pinstripe suits.
    Electronic music pulsates as the actor
    gyrates wildly to the beat, interacting
    the with computer animations flashing
    on the screens.
    Upon closer examination Zero is
    actually a she, dressed in a ridiculously
    dated suit-and-tie getup from the 1930s
    or '40s, with pinstripe pants and a
    bright blue tie that peers out the bottom
    of his jacket, not unlike Charlie
    Chaplin. Zero also carries his trademark
    suitcases, a recurring theme throughout
    the performance a mockup caricature
    of the nine-to-five businessman.
    What you're witnessing is Up Wake,
    essentially a one-man show that com-


    bines computer animation with dance,
    music and acting, which combine into
    an elaborately produced multi-mixed-
    media performance. Dozens of people
    help out behind the scenes, in every-
    thing from choreography to computer
    animation, design to wardrobe, and of
    course music, but it's Natasha Tsakos -

    director, producer, main actor and cre-
    ator of this new performance piece -
    who assumes the character of Zero to
    dance in this intricate and original per-
    "I've never liked institutions," she
    said. "I don't like conventions."
    Tsakos became involved with theater

    at the age of 12 and eventually moved
    to start writing and producing her own
    plays. The types of plays she's written
    are works such as Colours, a self-pro-
    claimed collection of "nonsense" and
    made-up words. The type of perform-
    ance art she dabbles in has its roots in
    street performing, and clowning. As a
    street clown she's performed on Ocean
    Drive, at the Sunset mall and various
    spots in downtown. With her clown
    character Kokoff, she would shock the
    average person on the street with things
    like clownishly exaggerated hiccup fits,
    sneezing fits or just plain falling down.
    And sometimes the reactions she got
    from the public were not always posi-
    tive. She admits she's had people attack
    her with her own props.
    "You have to be humble," said
    Tsakos. "You've taken a stage that
    belongs to everyone and no one."
    Tsakos takes the energy of street per-
    forming and clowning to her latest pro-
    duction, which is actually the fourth Up
    Wake, and story hasn't changed much.

    Continued on page 41

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    Up Wake
    Continued from page 40
    The character Zero is stuck between
    dream and reality. He contorts his body
    and interacts with a surreal landscape
    that's supposed to resemble the existen-
    tial drama of the modern times in which
    we live.
    "I'm touched whenever a story
    unfolds that exposes the vulnerable
    humanity in all of us," said Beth Boone,
    artistic director of the Miami Light
    Project, the organization that selected
    and commissioned the show's produc-
    tion. "I see all of those things in Zero,
    this character who's wrapped up in
    'keeping up,' and filled with emotion. I
    can relate to all of that."
    Through expressions of music, dance
    and clowning, Zero struggles for control
    and liberation, while symbolically purg-
    ing emotions like fear and anxiety
    through such gestures as smashing com-
    puter-animated glass; the broken shards
    subsequently shoot out and attack her.
    "We have moments of dreams, and
    moments of nightmares and moments of
    clarity," said Tsakos. "It speaks to the
    Western world and industrial countries.
    I think it's a very universal piece."
    The concept for Up Wake began when
    Tsakos took part in a performance piece
    by Nathan Rausch, also commissioned
    by the Miami Light Project.
    "He had Natasha perform certain por-
    tions of this work and it was great."
    said Boone.
    For a brief segment of this produc-
    tion, Tsakos interpreted a modern busi-
    nessman. "That was literally three min-
    utes in his show," she said. But those
    three minutes would go on to inspire the
    idea for the Up Wake series.
    The first installment was in 2004, and
    with each successive Up Wake the proj-
    ect has grown more and more ambi-
    With the first, the only thing for Zero
    to interact with was text being projected
    onto the screen. But in this most recent
    Up Wake, there's large-scale computer
    animation. For instance, in one scene,
    she interacts with a mirror image of her-
    self projected onto the screen. At first
    they stand in front of one another, as
    one would stand before a mirror, mim-
    icking one another's movements almost
    like the classic cartoon gag where two
    characters do this not realizing they're
    two separate people. Soon the two fig-
    ures merge, and with meticulous chore-
    ography, a dance of sorts occurs
    between the real life actor and the
    image on the screen.
    Other scenes involve a dark but surre-

    al city landscape with buildings aressea
    in pinstripe suits. As Zero walks down
    the street, the camera moves from
    screen to screen to give the illusion that
    she is actually moving and turning
    around corners. Misshapen doors appear
    behind black backdrops; she opens
    them. At one point Tsakos commands
    an army of empty suits and ties project-
    ed on the screen behind her, and they
    mimic her movements perfectly.
    Even the floor has images and anima-
    tion projected onto it. All projectors
    must be perfectly in sync. Timing is
    "We live in quick times," said Tsakos.
    "I want to adapt to the times we live in
    and the speed we live in."
    As a result, the show is so fast paced
    that one missed beat, one mistake could

    ruin everything. A selt-proclaimed per-
    fectionist, Tsakos wasn't actually very
    happy about the last Up Wake.

    "The third one is a disaster," she said.
    "It didn't match what I envisioned in
    my head."
    She complained that the feel of the
    third was too mechanical, too robotic,
    too dark. The surrealism and lightheart-
    edness originally envisioned was lost:
    "It's too easy to go with robots. The
    visual of a robot does not match the
    visual of Up Wake."
    The image she's going for this time
    around is more along the lines of a sur-
    real computer-animated cartoon. The
    streets are skewed and curvy. In fact,
    everything is skewed and stylized,
    almost like something out of Tim
    Burton film.
    "What makes this piece beautiful is
    this delicate balance between technolo-
    gy and pure humanity," said Boone.
    "The caution would be losing humanity
    in the process, and Natasha does not."
    Originally, all the other Up Wake
    shows had been performed at the Miami
    Light Project's Light Box performance
    space on Biscayne Boulevard, but this
    time around they are working in con-
    junction with the Carnival Center for
    the Performing Arts to bring Natasha's
    work to a larger venue, with hopefully a
    larger audience. Also, with this change,
    more money is being put into the pro-
    duction. According to Boone, moving it
    to the Carnival Center "opens up a
    whole new world."
    "I say she's one of the hardest work-
    ing artists I've ever worked with,"
    added Boone. "She's sort of never satis-
    fied. She's always working harder,
    harder, harder. Natasha will get her due.
    I think it's just the beginning for sure. I
    think she is going to go very far."
    Tsakos feels that this incarnation of
    Up Wake is closer to her vision than the
    preceding three, and will be the most
    fully realized version of her artistic
    vision to date. Up Wake premiers at the
    Carnival Center for the Performing
    Arts, Nov. 30 to Dec. 3.

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    Around Town: Culture Briefs

    Area Happeningsfor the Month of November

    Note: Due to a high volume of complaints,
    we must remind readers that this column is
    meant to be satirical, and that Tad is a
    force unto hinim'lf

    Bingo, bango, bongo. I'm just full of
    it this month! Since you're asking,
    Tad's had himself a grand few weeks,
    replete with many close encounters of
    the fabulous kind at sexy parties in
    very tall buildings. I would pat myself
    on the back, but I'm still plagued by a
    social faux pas involving an "antique"
    revolver and a Rich Latino Man's
    prized Italian greyhound.
    Hey! When you're looking in the
    mirror do you ever make the craziest
    faces you can just to gross yourself
    out? I do.
    But the first thing is first: My career
    as a watercolorist has taken a turn for
    the worse, but I persevere. A very
    "important" gallery-owner who's name
    is not Fred Snitzer refused an invite to
    my opening at Casa de Tadley, a new
    'thinkspace' located steps from my
    bedroom and overflowing with the sort
    of genius people in polite society do

    not address with words but acknowl-
    edge with a cool glance, because they
    get it.
    That's how Tad rolls.
    But despite having sent out 103
    hand-painted invitations, the crowd
    was sparse: Gathered in my kitchen to
    support my very first one-man show,
    One Fine Feline: Reflections on the
    Life of Good Sir Alan Goldberg (Tad's
    Cat), was me, a homeless man I
    befriended at a bus stop who agreed to
    DJ for two bottles of Night Train, my
    11-year-old cousin Margaret
    Simmons and Gram Gram, who joined
    us by phone from Fort Wayne, Indiana.
    You know w\ lI I don't even want
    to talk about this. I sent five invitations
    alone to Rick Ross. He didn't show,
    but I told Gram Gram he was there and
    made the homeless man mouth a few
    lines from "Hustling" into the phone.
    It's been a really good month other-
    wise. Really, it has.
    But I'm going to stop before I hunt-

    and-peck something I'll regret, for
    behind my warm smile this month lies
    a man forlorn. I shall rest my bones
    through November while I gear up for
    Art Basel. I've rented a booth to dis-
    play my latest collection, Who Knew?
    Portraits of a Seldom-Seen Tad, and
    it's going to knock Norman Braman
    on his ass.

    Design is, Like, the New
    Art, or Whatever, Right?
    A bunch of government and artsy
    people present How to Art Basel: A
    Survival Guide to the Fairs. Topics
    covered include "How Do I Look?",
    "Sounding Cultured Even When
    You've Been up All Night," and "Yeah,
    But is itArt?" Oh, I kid you Art Basel.
    The discussion takes place Nov. 4
    from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by a recep-
    tion at the Marcy Building, 3850 N.
    Miami Ave. in the Design District. It's
    free and open to the public, but RSVP
    to cgarcia@artcentersf.org or call 305-
    674-8278 x 14 for additional informa-
    "How to Art Basel" was created as a
    guide to the sometimes overwhelming
    marketplace for art amateurs (i.e. poor
    people). By addressing topics such as
    researching artists and galleries,
    approaching exhibition booths and
    negotiating pricing, it hopes to inspire
    them to visit the growing number of
    fairs equipped with more knowledge,
    key strategies and insider tips.
    There will be a separate discussion
    out back led by me called "Why
    Watercolors of Cats are the Absolute

    Hey Beavis,
    You Said "Bang"

    Duran Duran

    I went to Bang Music Festival's first
    run last year and it kicked the A in a
    major way, if you're picking up what
    I'm putting down. This year's lineup fea-
    tures Duran Duran, who will be thawed
    from their cryogenic tank live onstage,
    pumped full of cocaine and then set
    aboard a sailboat to collect everyone's
    Also headlining is Daft Punk, who
    also hail from somewhere beneath the
    Crown of Queen Elizabeth II. From
    Yankee shores we've got super-haute-
    right-now Gnarls Barkley, Modest
    Mouse, Common (who Tad says is any-
    ;iha but!), Damian "At Least I'm
    Better Than Sean Lennon" Marley and
    a boatload of human jukeboxes playing
    other peoples' records.
    Oh, and DJ TiEsto, who just so hap-
    pens to be the coolest thing to huff tur-
    pentine to this side of a Wurlitzer. It all
    starts Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. Get to
    Bicentennial Park at 10th and
    Biscayne early so you can overdose
    before the crowd gets too thick. Visit
    www.bangmusicfestival.com for info
    and tickets, which are now up to $75.

    Aural Assault
    Every drum and bass fan, all 15 of
    you, should be out in full force on Nov.
    4 for URBAN ASSAULT at Bullfrog
    Eatz. I kid, it's gonna be swell.
    Promoters are bringing in a very large
    sound system to pump a night's worth of
    relentless d'n'b mayhem, headlined by
    Soulslinger, a ubiquitous staple of the
    Northeast rave scene. He'll be celebrat-
    ing the release of his newest album on
    Junglesky Records.
    From Boston, it's War Stories live on
    three turning-tables, a live set from
    Assembly Station, Session 9 from NYC

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    Culture Briefs
    Continued from page 42
    and local jock Danny Bled. Best of all,
    they'll be giving away free crap all night.
    It's 18 and over, $12 in, $10 if you're in
    camouflage, free if you can prove you've
    killed a man in an act of war; 2344 N.E.
    2nd Ave.
    Booyakasha wa guan, respek!

    If You Listen, He Will Come
    In a world of chaos and unrest, what is
    the thing everyone wants more than any-
    thing? No, the answer is not more of
    both, plus strippers and midgets, though
    all that has its place. According to
    Lorenzo Rodriguez, it's peace and hap-
    piness, and he's gonna tell you just where
    to get them in his presentation, "Where
    the Shepherd Leads Peace and
    Happiness Follows," to be given at 5th
    Church of Christ Scientist, 1600 N. W.
    54th St. on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 3 p.m.
    Who is this Scientist Jesus, you ask? I
    don't know, but I think he works in the
    physics department at Barry. Rodriguez
    will address issues like the challenges
    involved with employment, income and
    relationships by giving examples from the
    Bible and Science and Health with Key to
    the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.
    Born in Cuba and raised in Mexico,
    Rodriguez has a B.S. in Chemical
    Engineering, but even since early child-
    hood he felt his calling was in the "help-
    ing" profession. Anyhow, go see it your-
    self so I can stop writing about it. They
    stress that no collection will be taken, just
    in case you thought he was some guru
    trying to take your money. Are you think-
    ing that? What a cynic. Visit www.loren-

    I Know You're White,
    but You're Still Invited
    On Saturday, Nov. 4 it's the Haitian
    Community Arts Festival, where kids of
    all ages can explore the world of Haitian
    traditions in a fun-filled day of dance,
    cooking, storytelling, drumming and
    much more. The events will be presented
    in a series of workshops, demonstrations
    and performances by local community
    artists. Raymonde Vertyl and Dieudonne
    Daphnis will be giving dance demonstra-
    tions while Emile Wilnord shows every-
    one what time it is on the drums, amongst
    other festivities.
    Ongoing throughout the day will be:
    Baked goods by Mona Baptiste and
    Fernande Beauzile, creating Carnival cos-
    tume hats with the Party Room Squad,

    making Haitian arts and crafts with
    Margaret Armand and playing traditional
    children's games with Edeline Clermont.
    The FREE fun goes from 1 to 4 p.m.
    at the Historical Museum of Southern
    Florida, 101 W. Flagler St. Call 305-375-
    1492 or visit www.hmsf.org for more

    Yaaaayyyyy, ICE CREAM!
    The 55th Street Station Center for
    Urban Living in cooperation with Gelato
    Station is holding a day of Art, Fashion
    and Live Music on Nov. 18. The event
    will be held in the 55th Street Station
    Courtyard, 5580 4th Ct. from 1 to 10
    If the show is successful, they hope to
    do it again during Art Basel in December,
    and possibly every successive year until
    the end of time. Local artists and their
    work will be on display, including the
    artist Victor Hugo, the fashions of Rucht
    D'Oleo and live music by Robin Avery.
    Participating sponsors include: Gelato
    Station, Soyka Restaurant, Kubik, Sushi
    Siam, Andiamo Pizza, The Urban
    Collective, Idol's Gym, The Architects
    Hall Designers, Illy Coffee and Pago

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    On Nov. 3 at 8:30 p.m. Electro
    Alliance's will celebrate their fifth
    anniversary by screening Darkbeat: An
    Electro World Voyage, directed by Iris B
    Cegarra, at the Miami Beach
    Cinematheque as part of the Music on
    Film. Wynwood-based 3GZ Productions
    and Mi Chica Chico Force bring to the
    screen a fresh interpretation of education-
    al music and underground culture docu-
    mentaries. This hour-long biopic on the
    electro music experience as told by artists
    past and present will stimulate audiences
    with cool visuals, fascinating interviews,
    archive clips and rare electro tunes for
    your aural enjoyment.
    Travel through space and time, from
    Miami, England, Spain and Holland, to
    Japan, NYC, Paris and Detroit and expe-
    rience the short but rich history of elec-

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    Life Imitating Art

    By Christian Cipriani
    BBT Editor

    Capturing the Friedmans
    Dir. Andrew Jarecki
    U.S., 2003
    DVD: HBO Video
    107 minutes

    At the heart of this is a documentary
    made largely from another documentary
    - that which the Friedman family made
    of their own demise. It is the fall of 1987
    and a middleclass Jewish family in Great
    Neck, New York, is about to have their
    lives torn open for all to see in the sort
    of high-profile case the media adores.
    After postal police bust Arnold
    Friedman, a well-respected educator and
    community member, importing child
    porn from The Netherlands, allegations
    soon arise that the computer classes he
    teaches in his home are a front for
    molestation sessions led by him and his
    18-year-old son Jesse, and the details are

    troves of m
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    vision of sa
    rotting front
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    situation to
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    from a but if that's not your bag, it'll at least
    e and per- scratch that CSI itch for a good crime
    on. But story, and then leave you scratching your
    d laver head for weeks.

    Hearts & Minds

    Out: Reality Television... In: Documentaries
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    * But the twist is that family's sto
    embedded crime drama, which t

    monstrously uncomfortable ambiguous that the burning que
    onstrously uncomfortable (and, in fact, the film's tagline)
    o shot by the three sons. This
    Why do you believe? At the top
    e Blue Velvet a voyeuristic documentary's list of achievemc
    Stcchare inside American suburbia absence of any clear answer to t
    a the insideuch an extreme tion. Even 20 years on, the truti
    :ommitting such an extreme as far away as ever.
    home video is bizarre in as far away as ever.
    This is a must-see for anyone
    ed by the dark underbelly of hui

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    mechanics are expected to be more ,y I 0'
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    by the shop's cost of doing business,
    and varies due to factors such as
    rent, taxes, insurance and all other
    costs of staying in business.
    Due to the complexity of cars
    today, diagnostic labor has become
    just as important as fixing the car.
    Usually the best technicians are the
    diagnostic techs. And yes, diagnos-
    tic labor is part of the cost of
    repairing a car today. No more
    throwing it in if you get the job.
    So, next time you get your repair
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    Dir. Peter Davis
    U.S., 1974
    DVD: The Criterion Collection

    Continued on page 44

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    Life Imitating Art
    Continued from page 44
    112 minutes

    Released at the tail end of the Vietnam War, and winner of
    the Academy Award for best documentary, Hearts & Minds is
    perhaps the definitive film on the subject. Its U.S. release was
    delayed, however, due to a frenzy of controversy in part
    because Davis's acceptance speech including reading a letter
    of "Greetings of Friendship to all American People" from the
    North Vietnamese government, which forced Frank Sinatra to
    read aloud a note from Bob Hope apologizing for politically
    charged statements.
    Being a Criterion release, this print comes with extremely
    helpful commentary. In one surprising snippet, Davis who
    by virtue of the film itself seem like a director with an agenda
    to damn the U.S. government explains how he agonized
    over where to place a clip of General Westmoreland, who
    commanded U.S. forces at the war's peak, saying: "The
    Oriental doesn't put the same high price on life as does a
    Westerner. Life is plentiful. Life is cheap in the Orient." The
    decision to place it directly after a heart-wrenching scene of a
    grieving Vietnamese family courted much criticism.
    One of the most interesting things about Hearts & Minds is
    that all those infamous photographs from Vietnam the nude
    little girl, stone-faced, burned with Agent Orange; the hand-
    cuffed man being shot point blank in the temple are brought
    to life from stock footage. The images are moving, the narra-
    tive well-organized and the end result a powerful and beautiful

    First and foremost, Kopple has a great eye for composition
    and the keen ability to capture real-life drama in such a way as
    to make it quite cinematic. At very, very few points does any-
    one address the camera, and the tense and violent strike plays
    out more like a well-written film than anything.
    Harlan County USA is a moving slice-of-life portrait of a
    people in flux, as the mine-workers reject the proverbial cave
    shadows and begin the painful process of breaking their chains
    and emerging into the light of unionization. And Koppel gets
    it all: The us-versus-them highs; the struggle to remain idealis-
    tic as desperate lives turns more so; the mine-sanctioned bul-
    lying and violence; the incredibly strong women who hold
    their men up, and often end up on the front lines; the reality of
    a hermetically sealed world defined by mining; and the test of
    human will all undergo in the effort to affect an industry sea-
    Hundreds of hours of film some obtained through great
    feats of fearlessness were carefully whittled down into a
    three-act high drama that will leave you in tears. Koppel's
    camera is not patronizing, nor does it seek to exploit these
    'salt of the earth' types; it sympathizes and encourages, and
    very literally may have saved lives.

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    ples of documentary filmmaking you're ever likely to see, and
    a grand achievement on so many levels. In 1973, Barbara
    Kopple was an aspiring New York filmmaker on a road trip
    through the South. A stop in Harlan County, Kentucky, in the
    midst of a mineworker strike led to her and her crew start
    casually documenting the strangely unself-conscious locals.

    The premise behind the Up series is deceptively simple -
    take a cross-section of children at age 7, ask them about their
    hopes for the future and then return every seven years to mark
    their progress. However, the results of these experiments,
    launched in 1963 by Britain's Granada Television, are any-
    thing but mundane, and their revelations about society, matu-
    ration and the human condition were compiled into six
    extraordinary films. We meet the 14 children whose lives we
    will follow for the next 36 years in Seven Up, an episode of
    the television series The World in Action and directed by Paul
    Almond. What becomes evident almost immediately is that
    class and background will have an indelible effect on the kids
    for the rest of their lives; the upper-class boys and girls seem
    confident to the point of boorishness, while the middle- and

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    What Would You Change About N.E. 79th Street?

    By Victor Barrenechea-

    BBT Contributing Writer

    Alex Puntes Derkis Sanchez
    "It's a little dangerous to parallel park the car "Two lanes in each direction and a
    as far as getting into a space here." traffic light at 8th Court."

    Emilio Herrera
    "The traffic here is really not bad. I never
    see it backup. I wouldn't want to see the
    negative consequences of a road blockage
    [due to construction]."

    Omar Lopez
    "Some parking on the north side would
    be great. I guess widen it maybe mark
    parking areas."

    Rafael Marrero-Aristy
    "The speed limit: Put a traffic light at
    8th Court and slow people down so they
    see the businesses."

    Tatiana Ribas
    "The crackheads on every corer."

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    tronic music. Guests will be treated to an
    electro set by DJ Uprokk before and
    after the film's screening. Early release
    DVDs of Darkbeat will also be on hand!
    The Miami Beach Cinematheque &
    Gallery is located at 512 Espanola
    Way. Call 305-673-4567 or visit
    www.mbcinema.com for details. For
    more info on the filmmakers visit

    The 23rd Miami Book
    Fair International
    Opening on Sunday, Nov. 12 and
    running through Sunday, Nov. 19, the
    Miami Book Fair International will
    present a world-class roster authors at
    Miami Dade College's Wolfson
    Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave. This
    year's theme is "flirting with the clas-
    sics," celebrating classic art and its role
    in contemporary society with special
    commemorations of Shakespeare,
    Mozart and children's book characters
    Curious George, Arthur and Wilbur of
    Charlotte Web. During the Street Fair,
    on the final weekend Nov. 17 to 19,

    November 12-19, 2006 Slreet Fair: November 17-19
    ".Mim Did. Collag. ldto{p Clmp~rn kDntomn MlmM. M I Lk"
    roaming musicians and street perform-
    ers will entertain and amuse the crowd,
    filling the streets with color, dance and
    The E\ c i ngs With.." series kicks-
    off Nov. 12 with Pulitzer-winning mem-
    oirist Frank McCourt and continues
    throughout the week with other
    Pulitzer-winners, including Edward P.

    Jones and Richard Ford, plus best-sell-
    ing novelist Isabel Allende, political
    pundit Arianna Huffington and histori-
    an Thomas Cahill.
    Fairgoers can also expect to see dur-
    ing the Congress of Authors John
    Berendt, Nora Ephron, Jonathan
    Franzen, Mary Gordon, Jay Mclnerny,
    Doris Kearns Goodwin, U.S. Senator
    Barack Obama, Robert Olen Butler,
    Francine Prose, Helen Thomas, Meg
    Tilly, and Gary Wills, among others.
    The Ibero-American Authors Program
    will return stronger than ever in 2006,
    with readings scheduled to take place
    every evening during the week and all
    day during the weekend. Among the
    celebrated authors in attendance this
    year are Jorge Ramos, Daina Chaviano,
    Jorge Edwards, Edmundo Paz Soldhn,
    Gioconda Belli, former Miami Mayor
    Maurice Ferr6, Santiago Roncagliolo,
    Andres Oppenheimer, Gonzalo Rojas,
    Maria Kodama, Borges' widow, and
    dozens of others from Latin America,
    Spain and the U.S. The Miami Book
    Fair is the only festival of its kind in the
    country to present such a consistently
    strong line-up of writers of Spanish-lan-
    guage literature.
    On the evening of Nov. 16, the
    International Pavilions will open to

    showcase the literature, fine art, music,
    and culinary traditions of Brazil, China,
    Dominican Republic, Haiti, Israel and
    Spain. For the first time in the history
    of the Fair, the World Art Gallery will
    showcase artwork by artists from the
    featured countries.
    On Nov. 17, the Street Fair will kick-
    off, offering the chance to see more
    than 250 publishers and booksellers
    exhibit and sell books in a festive
    atmosphere. Rare book aficionados
    will find first editions, antique maps
    and other collectibles at the Antiquarian
    Annex, and mystery lovers, history
    buffs and bargain hunters will also have
    bookstores catering to their whims. The
    Rockbottom Remainders, a fairgoers
    favorite, come back this year with
    authors (moonlighting as musicians)
    Dave Barry, Ridley Pierson, Greg Iles,
    Kathi Goldmark, Aron Ralston, and
    Andy Borowitz.
    All that and much, much more will
    happening at the 2006 Miami Book Fair
    International, so log onto www.miami-
    bookfair.com for ticket information and
    a complete schedule of events.

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    working-class children seem resigned to
    a life of hard work or inevitable failure
    due to their backgrounds. How their
    lives actually unfold, however, is surpris-
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    On the northwest side of Milwaukee,
    Mark Borchardt dreams the American
    dream: For him, it's making movies.
    Using relatives, local theater talent,
    slacker friends, his Mastercard and
    $3,000 from his Uncle Bill, Mark strives
    over three years to finish Coven, a short
    horror film. His own personal demons
    (alcohol, gambling, a dysfunctional fami-
    ly) plague him, but he desperately wants
    to overcome self-doubt and avoid failure.
    In moments of reflection, Mark sees his
    story as quintessentially American, and
    it's the nature and nuance of his dream
    that this film explores.

    Crumb (1995)
    Dir. Terry Zwigoff
    This movie chronicles the life and
    times of R. Crumb. Robert Crumb is the
    cartoonist/artist who drew Keep On
    Truckin', Fritz the Cat and played a
    major pioneering role in the genesis of
    underground 'comix'.
    Through interviews with his mother,
    two brothers, wife and ex-girlfriends,
    as well as selections from his vast
    quantity of graphic art, we are treated
    SS to a darkly comic ride through one
    man's subconscious mind. As stream-

    Gates of Heaven (1978)

    of-consciousness images incessantly
    flow forth from the tip of his pen, bit-
    ing social satire is revealed, often along
    with a disturbing and haunting vision
    of Crumb's own betes noires and inade-
    As his acid-trip-induced images
    flicker across our own retinas, we gain
    a little insight into this complex and
    highly creative individual.
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    Funny, inspiring and bizarre, Gates of
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    documentary that is in reality an
    unorthodox look at life. Inspired by an
    article entitled "450 Dead Pets Going to
    Napa Valley," Errol Morris set out to
    capture the event, which centered around
    the transport of hundreds of animal
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    The Man in the Moon

    By Jeffrey Warren Hyman
    BBT Contributing Writer

    How to Dressfor the Moon
    If you know the position of the
    moon, you should know the prevailing
    mood and the appropriate clothes to
    wear. Now, the type of clothes you
    wear one night may not work on anoth-
    er night, even with the same people at
    the same place. For this reason, a smart
    hostess often calls everyone up and
    says that people are dressing up or that
    everyone is casual. Expensive clothes
    and good taste aren't always the
    answer either, as there are nights you
    regret not dressing with more pizzazz
    or you over did it and looked foolish.
    Many people instinctively know what
    to wear without ever consulting the
    moon, but lunar insight helps you to
    plan ahead. For example, you want to
    take the right clothes when you can
    only pack a few things on a mini-vaca-
    tion. Another example is when a
    woman buys a dress for a special occa-
    sion and later on doesn't feel comfort-
    able wearing it. That's why a woman
    should always buy a new outfit on the
    same or similar moon phase as when
    she will be wearing it. Lunar insight
    takes away the guess work.

    The Waxing Moon: 13 days (2 days
    after the new moon 1 day before the
    full moon)
    Dress is conservative. Women should
    have their hair up and wear a one-piece
    bathing suit at the beach. Men are
    never out of place wearing a tie and
    jacket now.

    The Third Quarter: 8 days (full moon
    the day of the last quarter)
    Anything goes. A great time for bright
    colors, huge earrings, revealing outfits
    and lots of jewelry. This is when a
    woman should consider going topless
    at the beach.

    The New Moon Syndrome: 7 days (5
    days before the new moon 1 day after
    the new moon)
    Wear subdued outfits and colors. Tone
    it down now during this compulsive
    and explosive period.

    The Full Moon: 3 days (the day before,
    of and after the full moon)
    Wear your best clothing. If you attend a
    black tie optional affair during the full
    moon period, then go formal. The word
    formal even sounds like full moon

    when you say it fast. Also, make sure
    that your clothing is loose-fitting, as
    blood pressure may be on the rise now.

    The Quarter Moons: 2 days (the day of
    the first quarter and the day of last
    Dress is casual. On these mellow days,
    people are tired and could care less
    about their clothing.

    Which Performance
    to Attend
    A dilemma we sometimes face is
    whether to attend an early or a late
    performance. Many of us instinctively
    feel that the late show will be better or
    hipper, but this is not always the case.
    You first need to check out the moon.
    Look for a good lunar transit, when the
    moon is either overhead or directly
    underfoot, because this is when it
    exerts its maximum force on tides and
    on people. As a rule of thumb, attend
    the early show if the performance takes
    place near the day of the first quarter
    or the day of the last quarter. Go to the
    late show if the performance is near
    the time of the full moon or the new
    If you write for tickets to the
    Letterman or Leno shows, request the
    waxing moon period. This is from two
    days after the new moon through one
    day before the full moon. The likeli-
    hood of a substitute host increases

    once the moon starts to wane. Also, it
    is better to travel when the moon is

    The best performances tend to occur
    during the waxing moon period, espe-
    cially on six, five, four and three days
    before the full moon. The reason is
    the moon is always at its zenith then
    between 7 and 10 p.m., and the energy
    at this time is electric.
    A good example was the Monterey
    Pop Festival. This took place on June
    14, 1967, three days before the full
    moon. Many people regard this con-
    cert as having some of the most mem-
    orable rock performances ever.
    For performances during the third
    quarter of the moon, from the full
    moon to the day of the last quarter,
    anticipate that the band will be flat or
    that foul-ups may occur. During the
    fourth quarter of the moon from the
    day of last quarter to the new moon,
    look for stressed-out band members,
    such as when Ringo quit the Beatles
    on August 22, 1968, two days before
    the new moon, or rowdy crowds, like
    we saw at the Rolling Stones concert
    at Altamont Speedway on December
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    Anyone who knows me well
    knows that when my beloved
    calls me, my cell phone plays
    Birdhouse in Your Soul by They Might
    Be Giants. Knowing that about me, you
    can imagine my delight
    when shortly after
    Goldi was born, a
    dear friend presented
    us with a copy of
    NO!, a They Might
    Be Giants album for
    kids. I was in heav-
    en. This friend told
    us that she had gone
    to a free TMBG
    park concert in
    Atlanta only to dis-
    cover a big lawn full
    of toddlers bopping By Jen
    to the good feelings
    of the Giants' accordion-laced grooves.
    A couple of months later, during an
    otherwise unfortunate three-month stay in
    New York, I was initiated into the world
    of Musicfor Aardvarks something of
    an urban parents' response to other such
    research-based baby and toddler music
    programs that we take here (and advo-


    cate) because they are our only choices.
    We leave our cringes at the door as we
    are submerged in their mind-numbing
    'cuteness'. At Aardvarks, we really got
    into songs like Modern Art and Playdate,
    which feature not only
    rock guitars, pound-
    ing electric bass and
    slamming percus-
    sion, but also lyrics
    that are relevant to
    our life like:
    "Modern Art!
    Modern Art! It can
    be alplm a- or a
    sculpture in the
    park. Take a bus or
    n a train, it 's not very
    far, down in the
    i Person museum you can see
    Modern Art!"
    Seeking out palatable kids' music con-
    tinues to be something of a mission for
    us. And when I say palatable, I am not
    only wanting my kids to rock I also
    want them to be exposed to music of sub-
    stance, not just single-line melodies and
    dorky lyrics, but layered textures, music
    influenced by important styles and cul-

    tures, music and lyrics that challenge
    their brains and expand on their cognitive
    development by not being predictable.
    Some of the music of my childhood such
    as Free To Be... You and Me as well as
    Carol King and Maurice Sendak's Really
    Rosie became part of our regular fare as
    did the strong-but-very-serious collec-
    tions for kids from Putamayo and even
    some of Elvis' more danceable record-
    ings, but we were still hungry to provide
    Luckily, we quickly discovered more
    cool options compilations by mostly
    alternative rock artists covering kids
    songs, or including their own songs that
    seemed to fit the kid bill: Mary Had
    Little Amp (i.e. Graham Nash, REM, Lou
    Reed, Indigo Girls, the Dixie Chicks),
    For the Kids (i.e. Barenaked Ladies,
    Sarah McLachlan, Sixpence None the
    Richer, Darius Rucker) and For the Kids
    Too (i.e. They Might Be Giants, Lisa
    Loeb, Matthew Sweet). Both these latter
    albums support VH-1's Save the Music
    Foundation, which supports music educa-
    tion in schools. Goldi has grown up on
    this music but still gravitates to so much
    other stuff because most of her friends
    aren't growing up on it.
    And then we discovered Noggin's
    musical interludes, which feature some
    pretty cool stuff with the exception of the
    overplaying of Laurie Berkner videos
    (kids really seem to love this universally

    Lisa Mathews and
    Mikel Gehl are
    Milkshake, part of a
    new breed of chil-
    dren's musicians
    that parents will like,

    Photo courtesy
    of Steve Parke

    so my hat is off to her; I don't turn it off
    like I do the Wiggles). Some really
    rockin' people are making kids' music
    now, as evidenced not only in the collec-
    tions cited above, but also on Noggin
    between in the interludes and the very
    groovy Jack's Big Music /I,. 'i. We've
    seen Lisa Loeb on Noggin, Sweet Honey
    in the Rock, Music for Aardvarks is fea-
    tured, as well as some kid-specific bands
    made up of real rockers like Dan Zanes,
    Milkshake, the Dirty Sock Band and Hot
    Peas 'N Butter. I only wished these musi-
    cians played shows here like the com-
    mercial ones that parents are always
    bending over backwards to get tickets to
    at major venues.
    And then one day I caught a very
    promising announcement on Noggin: A
    very cool music show for kids did exist,
    but I had to wait a year for it to even get
    "If you're old enough to walk, you're
    old enough to rock," goes the motto of
    Jamarama Live's Kidfest, which is much
    like a Lollapalooza for the car seat set.
    But more importantly, Jamarama Live
    boasts music their Baby Boomer and
    Gen-X parents want to bop to along with
    them. Featuring the smart, musically
    sound and lyrically relevant music fea-
    tured on Noggin, Jamarama Live is the
    hip parents' antidote to packaged com-
    mercial kids' music shows featuring the

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    A photograph of Jamarama the closest thing to Woodstock for knee-highs

    Jamarama Live!

    Saturday, November 11
    at 1 p.m.
    Pompano Beach Amphitheatre,
    1801 N.E. 6th St.
    Tickets $25, available via the
    box office 954-946-2402 or
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    If you can't catch the show live
    or can't get enough of it, get
    your family the recently
    released DVD featuring live
    footage from the first leg of the
    tour, including performances by
    Laurie Berkner, Milkshake and
    The Ohmies, an interactive
    yoga and music act.

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    Continued from page 50
    overly sugary offerings of purple
    dinosaurs and other such characters we
    get enough of in Central Florida.
    Parents who found themselves in the
    mosh pit of Lollapalooza at Bayfront Park
    in the '90s will be happy to rock to the
    grooves of indie-rockers-tured-parents
    Milkshake and others with their kids
    between dives in the My Gym play area.
    And those who piled into their cars with
    five other friends to drive to Tennessee
    for Lilith Fair can relive the thrill in their
    mommy-mobiles on the way to the
    Pompano Beach Amphitheatre for the
    show featuring Noggin's born-from-litera-
    ture characters (rather than vice versa)
    such as Miffy, from award-winning chil-
    dren's author Dick Bruna, as well as char-
    acters from Lazytown, the anti-junk-food,
    pro-exercise adventure series that mixes
    people and puppets in flamboyant colorful
    sets and costumes.
    OK, that was Goldi and Izzi's parents at
    Lollapalooza and Lilith Fair, but it's the
    kids who will now reap the rewards. This
    is the place to be on November 11 if you
    are a family with little kids. Pompano
    Beach may seem like a schlep with all the
    kid gear and required snacks and favorite
    possessions, but it will be worth it. I have
    this fantasy that it will be some sort of

    Mecca-like merging of what formed me
    and who I am now with a family.
    Jamarama has been touring the country
    since last year. It was borne out of the
    producers' quest much like ours for
    their kids to rock to good, solid music. In
    its first leg, many of the show dates were
    played in hip clubs where parents may
    have hung out pre-kids (specifically, I
    noticed I had hung out at some of the
    clubs in the different cities), but apparent-
    ly the sound worked out better in more
    traditional venues, so this year's leg is
    scheduled mostly in more theatre-like
    venues. But at least our show date is
    scheduled in an outdoor venue, helping it
    ooze with the coolness of Woodstock and
    its aforementioned '90s offspring.
    We LieberPersons, unfortunately, are
    booked that day, but after a year of wait-
    ing for the show to come within an hour's
    drive of us, we'll be road-tripping to
    Clearwater to catch the show in the much
    less rock-and-roll venue of Ruth Eckerd
    Hall! Luckily, as you dear regular readers
    by now all know, we are road-warriors;
    it'll truly be like reliving the trip from
    Miami Beach to Nashville for Lilith Fair!
    Except with a diaper bag and an Angelina
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    By Jack King
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    One my first conversations with our for-
    mer city commissioner Johnny Winton
    was about what to do with downtown's
    Bicentennial Park, or as it is now called,
    Museum Park. The Florida Marlins were
    in a full court press to snatch the property
    for their new stadium. What more could
    they ask for? Free land, on the water, and
    then the city and county would dump mil-
    lions more into the construction costs.
    What a deal!
    Winton went on to lead the charge to
    keep the Marlins off the bay, and then he
    started a study to see just what should go
    into Bicentennial Park. What we have
    ended up with is the Museum of Science
    and the Miami Art Museum. Sort of.
    After several years of studies, communi-
    ty meetings, planning charettes and God
    knows what else, those two became the
    heirs apparent to the city's most expen-
    sive free property. Only there was a small
    hitch. Both the Science Museum and the
    Art Museum were essentially broke. They
    had no chance to build anything in the
    park even with the free land. You would
    think that would have been a wakeup call
    for the city, and it was. But rather than
    dump them and find more worthy tenants,
    the city just borrowed the money and
    gave it to them. Or at least they told them
    they would, but the two museums have to
    raise at least half the amount. So far, nei-
    ther museum has even come close.
    So, more than six years later nothing
    has happened in Bicentennial Park.
    Millions have been spent and, with the
    exception of a new sea wall, nothing has
    happened. Our wonderful mayor, Manny
    "Concrete Manny" Diaz takes all the
    credit for the rebirth of Miami, but so far
    he has been unable, or more correctly
    incapable, of doing anything with
    Bicentennial Park. Six years. Millions of
    dollars. Nothing accomplished.
    Bicentennial Park is a mess, but it's just
    one of many messes in the parks system
    in the city. Take a look at Grapeland
    Heights Park on Douglas Road just north
    of the Don Shula. It had multiple baseball
    fields and was used extensively by the
    local community. It is next door to the
    Melreese Golf course, one of the best
    public courses in the nation. So, Mayor
    Concrete Manny and his developer min-
    ions decided that such a large piece of
    public land that wasn't being used the
    way they thought it should be, should be
    used for a new upscale hotel. Forget that
    the ball fields were in use daily by hun-

    dreds of residents and that no one both-
    ered to do any marketing studies to see if
    their was any reason to build a hotel.
    They got some of Manny's concrete
    clowns to bid on the program and then the
    city flattened the ball fields, and the com-
    munity center. Then, with the economy
    crashing, the bidders took a walk. That
    left the city with a huge vacant lot and
    another park with no use to the residents
    of Miami. Way to go, Manny. Buy more
    of those green vehicles and park them on
    the concrete. Millions gone again and no
    plan for the people who actually live here.
    I know that every neighborhood in
    Miami has its stories about how the city
    has abused them, but having lived in
    Coconut Grove for the past 25 years, I
    can tell you we are at the top of the list.
    You might argue that the Black sections
    of Miami are more abused, but that's just
    not true. They are just ignored. And every
    time the city wants to do something stu-
    pid in the Grove, the residents catch on
    and stop it. Then the city orders a "study"
    to buy some time in the hopes that every-
    one goes on vacation.
    That is what is going on right now.
    Manny and his minions, led by none other
    than former Commissioner Winton, want-
    ed to build a vaporous strip mall on the
    waterfront, but the community said no
    way. Along came a study, but this time the
    study was done by a respectable firm that
    wouldn't roll over for the city. Thanks in
    no small part to a group of dedicated citi-
    zens, the city accidentally did something
    right and selected the firm of Sasaki to
    come up with a waterfront plan for the
    grove. They did such a good job that the
    city immediately rejected their proposals,
    saying that wasn't what the city wanted.
    The city then went on the offensive,
    placing blame everywhere they could, but
    not on themselves. Now, the city is fum-
    bling and mumbling around, trying to
    make the study go away. Sure, why not.
    Three years later and $600,000 down the
    drain, and there are more broken promises
    to the residents of the Grove. Yes, but
    we're used to it. This is the fourth study
    that will not be implemented in the past
    20 years. We're hanging tough, but it's
    not easy. Every time we go on vacation,
    another concrete pouring plan pops up in
    the Grove.
    When I get back from this trip I have no
    doubt that the new plan for a Marlins sta-
    dium surrounded by a strip mall with a 50
    foot statue of Mayor Concrete Manny to
    be built on the site of the Dinner Key
    Convention Center will be well in the

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    eBay: America's New Marketplace

    Much like such proprietary terms
    as Frisbee or Kleenex, the con-
    cept of "selling it on eBay" has
    entered the cultural lexicon as a universal-
    ly recognized reference point. The ubiqui-
    tous online auction site has become the
    world's flea market of first refusal, the
    default place for finding rare or bargain
    items and/or unloading same. Oddly
    enough, many people mouthing the term
    "eBay" have never even visited the site,
    and plenty of habitual tchotchke buyers
    out there don't know the first thing about
    the art of selling, having never hawked so
    much as a paper clip on the site. There's
    also a big difference between pawning a
    few used CDs and marketing bigger-ticket
    items. Moreover, one could fill an ency-
    clopedia with the particulars of eBay's
    wide-ranging impact on societal and busi-
    ness customs, and the ways such factors
    influence buying and selling on the site.
    So, having sold six cars on eBay myself,
    here's a primer on what I've learned, what
    to watch out for and how to protect your-
    First off, there's no doubt that if you're
    looking to buy or sell just about l\ thini
    it behooves you to include eBay in your
    calculations. The site has truly altered the
    dynamics of U.S. and world commerce,
    introducing an essentially limitless virtual
    marketplace and facilitating the transac-
    tions of millions of buyers and sellers.
    Compare eBay's global reach with the
    old-school methods of buying and selling
    - garage sales, newspaper classified,
    word of mouth, etc and one immediate-
    ly grasps the awe-inspiring power inher-
    ent in enabling anyone with a computer to
    access so many potential buyers and sell-
    ers from the comfort of one's living room.
    Many formerly local distributors of spe-
    cialized consumer goods now boast eBay
    or Amazon storefronts, allowing them to
    sell to anyone in the country. And the
    wider your potential customer base, the
    higher your potential sales. From the
    buyer's perspective, such a wide auction-
    oriented marketplace with so many sellers
    just about guarantees a lower price for
    any conceivable purchase.
    The company got its start in 1995, in
    Pierre Omidyar's California house. The
    secret to its phenomenal success is one of
    critical mass: It was the first decent auc-
    tion site on the scene and quickly built the
    huge customer base coveted by any thriv-
    ing auction house. Like a self-fulfilling
    prophecy, everybody started using eBay to
    buy and sell, simply because that's where
    everybody else was. Needless to say the
    site also appealed to that opportunistic flea

    market bargain-hunter inside all of us.
    Isn't 'cutting out the middleman' fun? You
    bet it is. Lucrative, too. And eBay makes
    its money all along the way,
    via marketing and listing
    fees charged on most
    But buying and selling
    on eBay is not always
    easy, or safe. The 'Buy It
    Now' option is simple
    enough a set price that,
    once met, means the sale
    is immediately consum-
    mated. But a lot of peo-
    ple don't understand
    what a 'reserve auction'
    is, or what it takes to
    win a listed item. (I By Marc
    myself have had to give
    basic eBay user lessons to gruff buyers
    asking me to 'please send their won item
    posthaste', when the auction isn't even
    over yet!) Simply put, a reserve auction
    allows me to set a secret minimum price
    at which I must sell the listed item, should
    a buyer meet or exceed that price. That
    secret reserve price is only revealed when
    a buyer meets it during the course of the
    timed auction, at which point I am obli-
    gated to sell the item to whoever winds
    up bidding the most. (Coincidentally,
    once the reserve is met, the winning bid-
    der is also obligated to buy.) Should the
    auction expire without any buyers meet-
    ing my minimum price, then I do not
    have to sell the item; in this case I am
    always free to make deals with any extant
    bidders, though none are obligated to me
    in any way. So the reserve is the least I'll
    take, but there is no maximum only the
    limit of how much people are willing to
    Here we come to the bumpy part:
    Assuming a consummated sale, money
    must at some point be exchanged remote-
    ly between total strangers in different
    cities, and no sane seller is going to part
    with any item without first receiving pay-
    ment. So this necessarily entails a level of
    trust on the buyer's part, routing money
    into the ether (either via U.S. Mail or an
    electronic payment service such as
    PayPal) without knowing for certain
    whether the seller will reciprocate. In this
    arena eBay is for the most part self-polic-
    ing, with an intricate system of customer
    ratings and comments letting you know
    how other people felt about doing busi-
    ness with your buyer or seller.
    Unfortunately this is of no use with
    unrated novices, which is how everybody
    starts out; such is also the M.O. of most


    eBay fraudsters, who create new unrated
    identities after every swindle so that one
    never knows whether you're dealing with
    a genuine novice or a serial
    crook. There's been much
    discussion and speculation
    about just how much
    fraud is perpetrated on
    eBay every year; it stands
    to reason that manage-
    ment would want to
    downplay those numbers,
    so nobody's really sure.
    But I've seen and heard a
    few examples myself, and
    eBay scams run the
    .gamut from simple non-
    payment or nonshipment
    tephens rip-offs, to classic bait-
    and-switch ruses, to more
    elaborate big-ticket cons. One zero-rated
    guy tried to get me to ship a load of print-
    er equipment to Canada before having
    received a penny from him ("The check's
    on the way!"); I've also heard stories
    about buyers conning money out of naive
    sellers to help 'facilitate' high-value trans-
    actions, and then vanishing without a
    trace. As a seller, the rule is simple: If it

    sounds like a scam it probably is. Don't
    send nuthin' till the cash is in hand! As
    for buyers, go by a seller's rating whenev-
    er you can, and only buy big-ticket items
    (like cars) face-to-face. Most eBay users
    become targeted at one point or another,
    and spoof emails are a constant threat; the
    site does have extensive fraud protection
    guidelines, so obey them.
    There are a couple of other tenets for
    happy eBay transactions. Remember, an
    auction is an auction. Meaning whatever
    you're selling, be honest about its details
    and condition, and your buyers will then
    offer whatever they feel it's worth. I once
    sold a piece-of-****, beat up old Nissan
    coupe to some guy for 25 percent of its
    Blue Book value. He knew exactly what
    was wrong with the car (everything!), but
    he paid me what he felt it was worth and
    everyone drove away happy. Also, be
    aware that specialized auction sites might
    be better for certain items (guns and
    boats aren't usually allowed or seen on
    eBay, for example). Otherwise, happy

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    Parmesan-herb polenta
    5 cups chicken stock
    1 to 2 cups milk
    3 cups instant Polenta
    1 cup grated parmesan
    1/2 stick butter
    1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs
    (rosemary, thyme, sage)

    Mix the chicken stock and milk in a
    deep saucepan and bring to a boil.
    Add the polenta and stir with a wire
    whisk (in order to avoid lumps) for
    about 5 minutes. When the polenta
    reaches a thick consistency, remove
    from the heat and add the butter,
    grated cheese and chopped herbs -
    mix well. Pour into a square glass
    pan to cool. Invert the cool polenta
    on a cutting board and slice about
    1/2 inch thick. Lightly flour each piece
    and fry in olive oil until golden.

    3 large Portobello mushrooms,
    cleaned and sliced
    Chopped garlic
    Chopped parsley
    Olive oil
    Tomato puree
    White wine
    Salt and fresh ground pepper
    Crumbled gorgonzola cheese

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    Budget Blues Take Your Green

    Change in seasons, changes in
    spending: Your condominium
    association, like your private
    home, may budget an average monthly
    expense account that you hope will even
    out in the end, yet the end of the year sees
    an increase in expenses. The fall brings
    relief to common area air-
    conditioning bills, but an
    increase in pool heating
    costs may offset any sav-
    ings. The end of daylight
    savings time makes lights
    go on earlier, using even
    more precious energy dol-
    lars. Snowbirds flock to
    our warmer climes, adding
    to your buildings census
    with additional residents
    and guests straining staff
    and services. Holiday
    lights sure look nice, but
    at what cost? What is a
    money-cruncher to do? B
    Now is the annual time
    to reassess your common expenses, and in
    light of what you can learn, plan for next
    year. Start, as always, by reading your
    documents to see if there are any clauses
    or requirements above and beyond the
    Florida Statutes for drafting, notifying
    homeowners and adopting your budget.
    One tower I manage on Miami Beach
    requires that the new budget be passed 45
    days before the start of the new fiscal
    year. For us, that makes the budget meet-
    ing mid-November. Couple that with the
    30-day mailing requirement, the advance
    notice we must provide for our homeown-
    ers with the notice of the budget meeting
    and a draft of the budget with proposed
    reserves, our budget was inked in early
    October. January is a long way away.
    Next December, where the numbers you
    come up with now will really count, is
    even further a field. Planning that far
    ahead can be a daunting task, especially
    when you want to be a correct as possible.
    The presentation of the next year's operat-
    ing budget is the first and foremost
    responsibility of the board of directors.
    Begin by looking at your third-quarter
    to date actual expenses. Divide the num-
    bers by 9 then multiply that number by
    12; that should give you a quick and dirty
    projection of where your expenses will
    land at the end of your fiscal year. Some
    numbers will have to be adjusted, espe-
    cially those one-time expenses, based on
    your knowledge of the management of the
    Now look at those year end numbers to
    start thinking about next year's budget:

    Are there reasons your office supply line
    is over budget by 125 percent? Can you
    expect those needs to reoccur next year,
    or does the emergency purchase of the
    new computer for the front desk explain
    it? Water, electric, gas and trash pick-up:
    Have you stayed on track, or can you

    dare to budget a five per-
    cent reduction for next
    year as FPL forecasts, or
    is it better to keep that
    line flat with actual pro-
    jected year-end expenses
    and hope for a surplus? I
    like fat budgets that are
    within reason and do not
    burst the bank. Reach out
    to vendors and contrac-
    tors for next year's
    increases; add 10 percent
    to this year's actual pro-
    l ejected costs. Look at the
    S ed a numbers then and see
    what makes sense, and be
    sure to annotate your decisions, line-by-
    line, so when the assumptions change, or
    homeowners have questions (which they
    will), you will have a basis for the num-
    bers. Does your building have a staff?
    Have you tied staff expenses to the actual
    schedule to see if it is realistic? Will there
    be increases or decreases in the level of
    services you offer in the future? And what
    about healthcare, emergency overtime for
    hurricanes and vacation coverage: Do you
    have that budgeted correctly as well?
    Capitol projects: Do you want to
    upgrade the landscaping, put in a new
    decorative fountain or buy a new 52-inch
    plasma-screen TV for the recreation
    room? Budget for all those things and
    make sure you make them happen, or
    trust will be lost and money for those
    kind of projects harder to come by in the
    The big wildcard in all this is your
    insurance renewal. If your association was
    not hit with an eye-popping renewal cost
    this year, you can almost bank on it for
    the next. One building I manage was
    lucky in 2006: Their renewal date was
    mid-May, just a few weeks before the
    new insurance schedules kicked in.
    Additionally, their windstorm continued
    to be bundled in with their condominium
    package insurance. Although the building
    does carry over a half million dollar hurri-
    cane deductible (which we do not reserve
    for), the premium itself was quite reason-
    able. Now next year, we have been
    warned, and I am sharing that warning
    with you, that if our carrier chooses to

    write our policy with wind protection
    excluded, we will be forced, like many of
    you, to seek windstorm insurance from
    Citizens, the state-funded insurer of last
    resort. Our cost could
    go as high as $1.09
    for each $100 of cov-
    erage, just for wind- Our cost co
    storm. On a as $1.09 for
    $20,000,000 building, coverage, jus
    that is $218,000. How On a $20,001
    do you budget for
    that? that is $218
    You don't. That is, you budg
    at least, one choice.
    This board, when
    faced with that possible reality, (consider-
    ing the tower is not fitted with hurricane-
    rated glass, or shuttered 100 percent),
    chose to keep insurance budget lines rela-
    tively flat, based on other line projections
    provided by our agent. They then warned
    the homeowners in writing when sending
    out the proposed budget, that should the
    insurance rates reach stratospheric
    heights, the association would assess the
    premium as a special assessment. Usually,
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    they are due, and in this climate those fig-
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    realistic you are, however, in your finan-
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    will be needed on the fly next year. You
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    This Person's Transportation Plan: Scooters!

    By Jim W. Harper
    BBT Columnist

    Live where you work. Work where
    you live.
    That's the best prospect for people
    concerned about the environmental
    impact of their commute. It's also a
    necessity in our increasingly urbanized
    world, so we better figure out how to
    make our cities more livable and sus-
    Until we create those walkable,
    affordable neighborhoods in Miami-
    Dade, we will spend countless hours
    alone in our cars, growing angrier and
    unhealthier each day.
    We are addicted to traffic. Admitting
    it is the first step.
    The congestion is so bad that in 2002
    the people of Miami-Dade voted in a
    half-penny tax and the People's
    Transportation Plan, which are sup-
    posed to get us out of this mess in 25
    years at a price tag of $17 billion.
    But what about the state of public
    transportation today?
    I bought a one-month metro pass in
    September to see how much I could use
    mass transit. Silly me. I had no idea
    what I was up against. I should have
    read the transit chronicles Confessions
    of an Ex-Busrider in this paper by
    Priscilla Arias.
    My experiment was hindered by one
    small caveat: I own a car. Anyone in
    Miami who owns a car will not ride the
    bus more than twice. This equation is
    immutable. But I did come up with a
    brilliant compromise while waiting for
    the bus on day two. Watching the cars
    whiz by, you notice that most of them
    are occupied by only one person. And
    one person does not need four wheels.
    Instead of cars, we should all be driv-
    ing scooters! We could become the

    scooter capital of the Americas. After
    all, Ft. Lauderdale proclaims itself as
    the "Venice of America," so why can't
    Miami become Vespa's "Home Away
    from Rome"?
    Scooters use much less gas, take up
    much less space and require much less
    raw materials to build than SUVs. And
    they are cool even Hollywood Stars
    Living in London (Gwyneth) ride them.
    You help the environment and you look
    fashionable doing it. Win-win.
    Avoid scooters that sound like lawn-
    mowers (using a two-stroke engine) in
    favor of beefier four-stroke models,
    which actually have cleaner emissions.
    Better yet, search for a hybrid or elec-

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    tric model. Or go completely
    Flintstones with a foot-powered manual.
    If I were implementing the People's
    Transportation Plan, I would set aside
    rebates for residents who purchase
    scooters. Then I might be able to afford
    a trendy hybrid model.
    But for most people, the bus remains
    the most affordable and comprehensive
    mass transit option. People unable to
    purchase scooters must ride the bus, and
    they deserve to be comforted during the
    hours they spend each day waiting for
    one to arrive. Tell your municipality to
    give them shelters, now! Don't make
    these good people suffer tomorrow
    when they are helping to relieve traffic
    congestion and air pollution today.
    Bus shelters can't happen fast
    In the good news column, Miami-
    Dade has plans to purchase hybrid
    buses using cleaner technologies. Great
    move. The basic problem with buses,
    however, is that they are stuck in traffic
    instead of getting you out of it. Mass
    transportation works best when it takes
    you over, under or around street traffic.
    The current push for streetcars in the
    City of Miami needs this reality-check.
    They will be glued to tracks built into
    the asphalt. Enough said.
    Now, onto the trains. We actually
    have them in Miami, and one is com-

    pletely free! You really should try the
    Metromover, if only for the views of
    downtown. It has a Disney-esque feel-
    ing, like the monorail around the Magic
    Kingdom. Is that why they call it The
    Magic City?
    As for the MetroRail, it only has one
    line, and that line has nothing to do
    with our part of town. Imagine New
    York City if the subway only went to
    the Bronx. But with some expansion,
    the MetroRail could become a real
    park-and-ride option.
    For us, the best bet is the proposed
    conversion of the FEC Railway into a
    commuter line (see
    www.sfeccstudy.com). The next public
    meeting about this proposal is
    November 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Gwen
    Margolis Center in North Miami.
    Until that golden train comes shining
    through, most of us will still need a car.
    But you do not have to drive it alone.
    An immediate solution is Vanpooling,
    a service offered by South Florida
    Commuter Services (see
    www.1800234ride.com). They match
    riders and provide a van for a group of
    commuters, who each pay around $80
    per month to ride. Currently only 73
    such vehicles operate in Miami-Dade,
    according to Guy Milord of SF
    Commuter Services. But that number
    equates to over 400 cars out of traffic.
    Getting cars off the road leads to
    cleaner air as well as saner traffic.
    Good intentions, however, do not
    equal cleaner air. You may want to ride
    your bike to work, but you don't. Do
    you have any idea how much pollution
    you create by driving everywhere?
    There is a personal price to carbon
    dioxide emissions, and online calcula-
    tors such as the one at
    Americanforests.org will give you an
    exact number. It also tells you how
    many trees you need to buy to pay your
    penance. Know your environmental
    footprint and take steps of remediation
    You could also volunteer for
    TREEmendous Miami, which plants
    trees for the elderly and needy. Call
    305-378-1863 for details. Trees are hug-
    gable; cars are not.
    Whenever you can, take a walk, ride
    a bike or skateboard to your next desti-
    nation. When you get there, you will
    have done something better for the air
    we breathe, and you will feel better, too.
    Maybe we didn't build 1-95, but we
    can take part in imagining and creating
    its alternatives.

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    Building a Better Financial Future

    By Kevin C. McCarthy
    President, McCarthy
    Financial Group, P.A.

    This column is designed to give you a
    clear picture of what equity indexed
    annuities (EIAs) are about. Kevin C.
    McCarthy, President of McCarthy
    Financial Group, explains the pros and
    cons behind this popular investment

    In the past, the road to accumulating
    assets led almost exclusively to banks for
    all but the most sophisticated investors.
    Today, there are hundreds of investment
    paths people can take. One of the fastest-
    growing choices is the annuity.
    According to the Financial Services Fact
    Book, in 2003 Americans owned more
    than $1 trillion in annuities.
    Now, most of us have heard of annu-
    ities. But, honestly, does anyone really
    know what they are? Simply stated, an
    annuity is issued by an insurance compa-
    ny and it can offer unique benefits. There
    are two types of annuities:
    Fixed Annuities As the name sug-
    gests, your money earns a fixed interest
    rate of return. When you decide to take
    money out, you can elect to receive a
    guaranteed fixed payout every month,
    partial payout or lump sum at the end of
    the term.
    The relative newcomer in this category
    - the product I call the better mousetrap
    - is the equity indexed annuity, or EIA.
    It pays a minimum fixed interest rate of
    return, and you might earn interest based
    on a generally used stock market barom-
    eter such as the S&P 5001 Index. And
    market risk of principal is eliminated.
    Variable Annuities With this type of
    annuity, your money is invested in sub-
    accounts that can be invested in stocks,
    bonds or cash. These sub-accounts are
    considered securities, and as such are
    subject to market risks and fluctuations.
    The value of this type of annuity is based
    on how well these sub-accounts perform.
    Benefits can be a blur to help you
    remember all of them, all you have to
    know is the acronym STYLE.
    Safety With an EIA, there is a guar-
    anteed minimum account value, a guar-
    anteed minimum interest rate, no stock
    market risk to your principal and the
    backing of the issuing insurance compa-
    Tax Deferral Your gains accumulate
    tax-deferred, helping lower your current
    tax bill while you build assets for the
    future. Plus, the deferred income is not


    Fixed Annuities

    Guaranteed Fixed Rate

    Low Risk

    Variable Annuitues Based on Performance Subject to Market
    Risks & Fluctuations
    Equity Indexed Fixed Rate plus Interest Eliminates Market
    FixedAnnuities RISK to Principal
    Annuities RISK to Principal

    included when calculating federal
    income taxes on Social Security benefits,
    helping some pay less or no tax on their
    monthly Social Security benefits.
    Yield/Rate The potential for greater
    earnings is based on the performance of
    the applicable index. Some EIAs offer
    interest rate bonuses in the first years)
    of the contract.
    Liquidity EIAs generally allow you
    to withdraw up to 10 percent of your
    assets penalty free. Once you are past the
    period in which surrender charges apply,
    you have full access to your money.
    Also, surrender charges are often waived
    in the event of disability or the need for
    nursing home care.
    Estate Benefits For those concerned
    about estate planning, EIAs can provide
    beneficiaries with an immediate cash
    payment. When paid to a properly desig-
    nated/named beneficiary (other than your
    estate), EIAs are not usually subject to
    the administrative costs, fees, delays and
    publicity of probate.

    Now that you know the benefits, it's
    important to know the downfalls of the
    EIA. Annuities are sometimes marketed
    by providing higher interest rates the
    first year and lower rates in succeeding
    years. Make sure you ask about rates
    before committing to an investment.
    Another thing buyers need to take into
    consideration is the insurance company
    that's backing the annuity. The annuity is
    only as good as the insurance company,
    so deal with a top-quality provider.
    Remember, your guaranteed return is
    only as good as the insurance company
    that gives it. While it is not a common
    occurrence that a life insurance company
    is unable to meet its obligations, it hap-
    pens. There are several private compa-
    nies that rate an insurance company's
    financial strength. The guaranteed mini-
    mum return for an EIA is typically 90
    percent of the premium paid at a three
    percent annual interest rate. However, if
    you surrender your EIA early, you may
    have to pay a significant surrender
    charge and a 10 percent tax penalty that
    will reduce or eliminate any return.

    You should have a better understanding
    of annuities and more confidence in
    deciding if EIAs are right for you. When
    it comes to your retirement, today more
    than ever, investors need to work with
    someone they can trust. If you would
    like to attend one of my free educational
    luncheons on E\po.inig the Myths of
    Annuities," please contact Vivian Cruz at
    305-945-7630 for a list of upcoming
    dates and restaurants. You may also con-
    tact Vivian if you would like to receive a
    free brochure about annuities.

    Editor 's Note on disclosures: The
    information provided is for educational
    purposes and is not a solicitation for any
    specific annuity or security. ElAs are not
    guaranteed by banks or insured by the
    FDIC. The guarantees provided in annu-

    ity contracts are c. ,,,I i,rn.t on the
    claims-paying ability of the issuing
    insurance company. Surrendering any
    annuity before the surrender period has
    passed will cause surrender charges, if
    any, to be applied. Interest accumulated
    in an annuity is generally tax-deferred
    until withdrawn. Withdrawals or distri-
    butionsfrom an annuity may be fully or
    partially subjected to federal and state
    income taxes and will decrease any
    death benefits. If the holder is under the
    age of 59-and-a-half when a withdrawal
    is made, there may be a 10 percent
    penalty. Beneficiaries of EAs are not
    ,nl... / ../the step-up benefit that is avail-
    able to beneficiaries of stocks and mutu-
    alfunds, and are subject to income tax
    on the amounts attributable to earnings
    when withdrawn.

    1 "S&P 500" is a registered trademark
    of The McGraw-Hill Companies.
    Individuals cannot invest directly in an
    index. When you own an EIA, you do
    not own shares of any stock index. The
    values of the various indices vary from
    day-to-day and are not predictable.

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    One Fitness

    Marketing mongrels from various companies have made
    dieting harder and harder for the average individual to
    understand and follow a good eating plan. Fat is bad, no
    wait fat is good; carbs are bad, no wait carbs are good. You
    don't know what to believe or what to do.
    First off, calories are calories no matter what source they
    come from fat, carbohydrates or protein. So if you eat too
    much of any source of calories you will gain weight. It's
    simple: If you eat more than you expend you will gain
    weight, and if you eat less then you expend you will lose
    There are basic differences between each macronutrient.
    When it comes to diet, each gram of protein has a value of 4
    Kcal. Carbohydrates also have a value of 4 Kcal per gram.
    But fat, on the other hand, has 9 Kcal per gram. So it is eas-
    ier to eat more calories of fat than protein and carbohydrates
    because for each serving you get more calories.
    This is the first marketing tool that was popular, which
    said fat will get you fat. Now it is easier for your body to
    store fat if you consume more fat, but remember that calo-
    ries are calories no matter where you get them from.
    When it comes to carbohydrates, it has nothing to do with
    the serving size but how much we consume. Americans are a
    carbohydrate society. Breakfast (cereal, bagels), lunch and
    dinner (rice, bread), and snacks (chips, cookies) are all carb-
    heavy, so it is easy for to us to eat too many calories from

    Protein, on the other hand, we don't eat at every meal, and
    the amount that we eat is not enough. This is a bad practice
    because protein is involved with almost every aspect of
    growth and repair in your body. Basically, it helps you heal.
    Everybody always forgets the most important thing that
    our body needs: food. It's our source of fuel, so eating
    smaller amounts of food more frequently throughout the
    day, every two to four hours, is more effective.
    The conclusion is that we don't eat enough protein, too
    many carbohydrates and, because fat tastes good, too much
    of it, which has too many calories per serving. So our pro-
    portions are all messed up. There literally is no balance in
    our diet.
    Therefore, what does all this information tell you? Have
    smaller meals every two to four hours rich in protein with
    minimum carbohydrates, and try not to eat foods that have
    fat because of the amount of calories per serving. That's it!
    Any more complications makes it unrealistic for everyday
    Food is a pleasure of life and you should eat what you
    want; don't suffer to lose weight. If you follow this simple
    advice you will lose weight and be healthy.

    For more advice on diet and exercise contact Jairo Morales
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    Sustainable Landscaping

    and Horticulture

    A view of Parrot Jungle Island's tree canopy, October 2006.
    This was grown in a sustainable manner without the
    use of any pesticides or fertilizer.

    By Jeff Shimonski
    Tropical Designs of Florida

    A couple of weeks ago I gave a pres-
    entation on sustainable landscaping at
    the 2006 American Society of
    Landscape Architects
    Annual Meeting &
    Expo and the Sust
    International Sustaab
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    Landscape Architects different I
    43rd World Congress. think this ci
    This came about include loi
    through my involve-
    ment with the short-t
    Protection Agency's
    GreenScapes landscape program.
    Sustainable landscaping means differ-
    ent things to different people, but I think
    this concept should include long-term
    and short-term goals. An appropriate
    design that is functional for the site and
    climate, cost-efficient and environmen-
    tally benign is a good short-term goal.
    Long-term goals should take into con-
    sideration the rate of growth and lifes-
    pan of the plants, irrigation and mainte-
    nance needs and a plan for soil health.
    Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and
    Plant Health Care (PHC) programs and
    systems are the core of sustainable land-
    scaping for any size project.

    - I


    Below are factors that I believe
    should be taken into consideration for
    the planning phase or a redesign phase
    of a project, no matter if it is a residence
    or a theme park-sized property.
    What kind of soil is available? If the
    soil is in poor condi-
    tion with little or no
    biological activity that
    landscaping can promote healthy
    ent things to and active roots, then
    ople, but I are you going to
    Icept should depend on constant
    g-term and fertilization and spray-
    ing? You can create a
    m goals. more sustainable plan
    that will depend on the
    use of compost and
    mulch to create beneficial biological
    activity around the root systems.
    Another benefit of added compost and
    mulch is that for every extra kilogram of
    organic matter added to sandy soil, you
    increase the soil's water-storage capaci-
    ty by approximately two liters. That
    means better water-retention and less
    Those plants in your garden that are
    always yellow and chlorotic, and always
    need fertilizer to stay green perhaps
    need more acidic conditions. But we can
    only offer alkaline soil in our area of
    South Florida, so select plants that grow
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    Continued from page 59
    well in your specific soil conditions.
    There are so many species of plants that
    will do well in our local conditions, and
    native plants can be quite attractive in a
    well-designed landscape and require
    minimal 'chemical care'.
    What is the year-round climate? Even
    though our winters are milder than they
    used to be, some plants just don't do
    well when exposed to a windy cold
    front, sometimes taking months to
    recover. Check out Yellow Malayan
    coconut palms or Carpentaria palms
    after winter. They usually look terrible.
    Since hurricanes are not uncommon
    and most of us live in exposed areas on
    the coast, are you planting to mitigate
    hurricane damage? You can create aerial
    roots on many species of Ficus trees so
    they can withstand hurricane force
    winds. Really! Are you pruning your
    trees properly? Think about selecting
    trees and palms that are from hurricane
    or typhoon-prone areas and look at
    which ones survive the best.
    What kind of horticultural mainte-
    nance will be available? What is your
    budget? If you are planning minimal
    maintenance and your budget is tight,

    then sustainable landscaping is the way
    to go. You won't be dependent on
    expensive 'chemical horticulture'.
    Think about species diversity:
    Remember, a monoculture is vulnerable
    to diseases and pathogenic insects. If
    you plant large expanses of one type or
    species of plant and a pathogenic insect
    or disease gets started, you will have a
    tough (and probably expensive) fight
    ahead to keep those plants alive. How
    much do you spend a year just to keep
    your lawn looking green and pest-free?
    Diversity promotes a healthy ecosys-

    tem, and if you do get a problem it will
    be more localized and easier to cope
    with. You could just prune back or cut
    the plant out completely.
    Some of the slower-growing and
    longer-living species of trees are very
    much desired for landscaping, but either
    they take too long to mature or are very
    expensive to purchase as larger speci-
    mens. Why not plant what you can
    afford and then use faster-growing,
    short-lived some would say, 'weedier'
    - species to plant above and amongst
    the slower-growing trees to create a

    'quick' canopy. As the slower growing
    trees mature, simply remove the other
    trees. You can say that R-selected plant
    species are to be used as 'quick' canopy
    and filler; K-selected species will
    replace them.
    During my presentation at the ASLA
    conference, I constantly made the point
    that sustainable landscaping was not
    only cost-effective but also value-
    added. I will leave you with a quote that
    I used in the presentation: "Eco-effi-
    ciency is increased by 'activities that
    create economic value while continu-
    ously reducing ecological impact and
    the use of natural resources'." If this
    idea piques your interest, check out the
    source: De Simone and Popoff's 1997
    book Eco-efficiency: The Business Link
    to Sustainable Development, published
    by MIT Press.

    Jeff Shimonski is an ISA Certified
    MunicipalArborist, license #FL-
    1052AM, with many years of tree expe-
    rience as principal of his company,
    Tropical Designs of Florida. Ifyou have
    any concerns about the plant life on
    your property, Jeff is a great resource.
    Contact him by email atjeff@tropi-
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    Key Facts about Influenza and the Influenza Vaccine

    By Sorangely Menjivar, R.N.
    Executive Vice President
    Patient Services Miami Beach
    Community Health Center

    The Centers for Disease Control and
    Prevention (CDC) estimate that 5 to 20
    percent of Americans come down with
    the flu during each flu season, which
    typically lasts from November to March.
    Children are two to three times more
    likely than adults to get sick with the flu,
    and children frequently spread the virus
    to others. Although most people recover
    from the illness, the CDC estimates that
    in the United States more than 200,000
    people are hospitalized and about 36,000
    people die from the flu and its complica-
    tions every year.
    Influenza, or flu, is a respiratory infec-
    tion caused by a variety of flu viruses,
    which spreads from person to person
    through coughing or sneezing. The flu
    differs in several ways from the common
    cold, a respiratory infection also caused
    by viruses. For example, people with
    colds rarely get fevers or headaches or
    suffer from extreme exhaustion that flu
    viruses cause.

    Continued from page 24
    Cmdr. Magnusson, while cognizant
    of the inconvenience of having to drive
    to any station, said that it's more
    important to ensure that officers are
    proactively patrolling the street rather
    than responding to petty crime.
    Despite his discontent with police
    response, Pleban said officers seem
    overextended and doesn't fault them
    altogether, and suggested they might be
    disillusioned because of low pay and
    lack of respect.
    "We are losing police officers to
    Broward and Miami Beach," he said.
    Donna Stavel, a resident of El Portal
    since 2003, said police "are not getting
    what they need." She claimed her
    Sherwood Forest neighborhood is
    "plagued with theft and vandalism,"
    and was outraged to hear suggestions
    at Village Hall budget talks about hir-
    ing a new code enforcement officer,
    buying more real estate and undertak-
    ing a new beautification project.
    Officer Andres Mendoza, with the El
    Portal police department, was dis-
    patched to Stavel's home after the rob-
    bery. At the time, only one policeman

    Flu outbreaks usually begin suddenly
    and occur mainly in the late fall and win-
    ter. Besides the rapid start of the out-
    breaks and the large numbers of people
    affected, the flu is an important disease
    that can cause serious complications.
    Most people who get the flu recover
    within a week, but for elderly people,
    newborn babies and
    people with certain
    chronic illnesses,
    the flu and its com- The best time
    plications can be vaccine is bel
    life-threatening, and Decembe
    Influenza vaccine
    need only one
    can prevent influen-
    za. There are two
    types of influenza
    vaccine, an inactivated (kill) vaccine, or
    'flu shot', has been used in the United
    States for many years. It is given by
    injection. A live, weakened vaccine was
    licensed in 2003. It is sprayed into the
    nostrils. Influenza viruses are always
    changing; therefore, influenza vaccines
    are updated every year, and an annual
    vaccination is recommended.
    It takes about two weeks for protection
    to develop after the vaccination, and pro-

    was on duty for each eight-hour shift,
    but that has since changed. Officer
    Ernie Ruiz said that, on average, there
    are now two or three police officers on
    duty each shift. Officer Mendoza was
    more conservative in his estimate: "We
    try to have at least two on-duty cops in
    the neighborhood." Both officers noted
    that more police have not been hired
    for the night shift.
    But Stavel, for one, feels more polic-
    ing is necessary, but doesn't hold the
    El Portal police department account-
    able "I really commend the police
    department in the area." Rather she
    faults Mayor Mariette SaintVil, who
    "does not feel it's important to have
    adequate police protection."
    Residents of the Upper Eastside are
    making two fundamental demands: 1)
    A more fair and efficient system for
    reporting crime, and 2) increased
    police protection. Their personal safety,
    as Stavel phrased it, is being sacrificed
    in favor of "making sure the grass isn't
    longer than eight inches."


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    tection can last up to a year. Influenza
    vaccine is recommended for people who
    are at risk of complications from flu, and
    for people who can spread it to those at
    high risk.
    Those at high risk include:
    People 65 years of age or older.
    Residents of long-term care facilities
    housing persons
    with chronic med-
    ical conditions.
    Sget influenza Patients with long-
    een October term health prob-
    Most people lems:
    Heart disease
    hot each year. Kidney disease
    Kidney disease
    Lung disease
    Metabolic disease,
    such as diabetes
    Anemia, and other blood disorders
    People with a weakened immune sys-
    tem due to:
    HIV/AIDS or other diseases that affect
    the immune system
    Treatment with drugs such as long-term
    Cancer treatment with x-rays or drugs
    Women who will be pregnant during

    influenza season
    * Physicians, nurses or anyone else com-
    ing in close contact with people at risk of
    serious influenza
    * People who provide essential commu-
    nity services
    * All children 6-59 months of age
    * Students and staff at schools and col-
    leges, to prevent outbreaks
    * Anyone who wants to reduce their
    chance of catching influenza

    The best time to get influenza vaccine
    is between October and December. Most
    people need only one shot each year.
    Children under 9 years of age receiving
    flu vaccines for the first time should get
    two doses. Influenza vaccine can be
    given at the same time as other vaccines,
    including pneumococcal vaccine. To
    learn more about the flu vaccine visit the
    CDC's website at
    The Miami Beach Community Health
    Center is located at 710 Alton Rd. in
    Miami Beach, 1221 71st St. in Miami
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    Continued from page 27
    nesses along Biscayne Boulevard,
    Sarnoff stressed the importance of
    enterprising and suggested grants and
    loans be offered.
    Heavy construction throughout the
    City of Miami in recent years has fur-
    ther highlighted quality-of-life con-
    cerns within the community. One such
    concern is scarcity of green-space,
    namely parks and tree canopy.
    Sarnoff pointed out that the City of
    Miami placed last in a survey of 55
    cities for total tree canopy, and would
    consider adopting Broward County's
    tree ordinance, which penalizes people
    for taking down trees: "We should pla-
    giarize Broward County's ordinance
    lock, stock and barrel."
    Rollason agreed that "the tree ordi-
    nance being provided does not go far
    enough ahead," and noted that to accu-
    mulate valuable park land, impact fees
    need to be leveled.
    Sklarey said he has personally plant-
    ed more than 10,000 trees in District
    2, and suggested the community
    become more proactive by educating
    children about planting trees and car-
    rying out smaller projects throughout
    the various neighborhoods.

    Pointing again to her record as
    Interim City Commissioner, Haskins
    opined that the city needs to get cre-
    ative by partnering with organizations
    like the School Board and the YMCA
    to make use of their vast property
    holdings for green-space. She also
    noted the potential for utilizing avail-
    able space on Brickell Avenue: "All of
    these initiatives have been started in
    the last few months."
    Another problem facing the City of
    Miami in lieu of the development
    boom is an underdeveloped public
    transit system plagued by filthy
    Metromovers and shelter-less bus
    stops. At both debates, candidates
    were asked to comment on the heat-
    retaining metal bus benches and the
    need for bus shelters.
    Haskins, Rollason, and Sarnoff all
    blamed the City Commission for
    spending money on unusable benches.
    Haskins faulted former City Manager
    Joe Arriola (from whom she's made
    very vocal efforts to distance herself
    since leaving her post under him), and
    Sarnoff blamed all the members of the
    City Commission, saying they did not
    carefully read the contract (Sarnoff's
    legal skills are one of his major cam-
    paign selling-points). Rollason agreed

    that the necessary political will was
    sorely lacking.
    Meanwhile, Sklarey proposed priva-
    tization as a viable alternative, saying
    that competition would produce the
    most efficient bench design.
    There was greater disagreement,
    however, over whether or not to use
    city funds for bus shelters. Gutierrez
    felt that a cost/benefit analysis should
    be done before the matter was decided,
    but Haskins and Rollason had their
    minds made up.
    "To be more responsive," said
    Haskins, "the city should take [bus
    shelters] under its control," which
    Rollason countered by arguing, "The
    city can hardly maintain anything."
    On matters of public safety, resi-
    dents will continue to depend on the
    city, but Miami Police Department
    officers have been demanding higher
    pay. Candidates were asked what they
    would do to attract quality police and
    Sklarey reasoned, "To have good
    people, you need to have good morale,
    a good working environment and an
    attractive salary." Diaz, a career offi-
    cer with the MPD, said, "Our employ-
    ees across the board are fed up... We
    can't retain an employee here."
    Sarnoff again blamed irresponsible
    government: "The city did not proper-
    ly fund its pensions for many years
    [and did not] plan for a rainy day."
    Rollason and Gutierrez both empha-
    sized negotiating pension contracts.
    "The pension is a red herring," said
    Rollason. "The city mishandled the
    Haskins said the city should increase
    the starting pay for police, but said,
    "We don't need to pay firefighters
    See this month's center spread for a
    further breakdown of the candidates'
    policy points and backgrounds, and
    remember to vote on Nov. 7.

    My Side of the Street
    Continued from page 10
    major city collecting record tax revenues
    would still pay cops a $36,000 starting
    salary or teachers $32,000? Bienvenidos
    a Miami. The dysfunction is so comical
    that it borders on the poetic. Portland,
    Oregon, has none of these problems and
    is often referred to as a model of urban
    planning. Yet when I lived there, I often
    longed to deliver the city a massive
    shock, not unlike that of a heart defibril-
    lator. The place was so provincial I
    could barely find a pulse.
    Every day I speak Spanish and
    English. I love hearing Creole on the
    street. There's a reassuring level of inte-
    gration among minorities and socioeco-
    nomic classes not seen in too many
    other places. Miami's cacophony of cul-
    tures feeds a raw cosmopolitanism that
    makes it ground zero for the new
    American demographic. As this city
    dives headfirst into the future with often
    questionable results, ample opportunity
    abounds for artists and writers to reflect
    in their work the travails of this fresh
    demographic. It is the city becoming,
    which in my mind makes it such an
    exciting place. Miami is somewhere on
    the road between the "Cocaine
    Cowboys" days and "The City of the
    Future," a phrase I often hear in refer-
    ence to our fair city. I even saw it in a
    display at the History Museum down-
    town, where the exhibits stall out some-
    where around 1989. Hope springs eter-
    nal, I guess.
    Progressive rock oracle Neil Peart
    once wrote, "The point of the journey is
    not to arrive." What he meant is that the
    fun is in the journey, or in our case, in
    the act of becoming. There's plenty of
    time for Miami to mature, gentrify and
    create a well-worn cliche. When that
    happens, I probably won't be here. For
    now, I'll sit back and enjoy the ride at
    least I know it'll never be boring.


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    The United Nations of Sandwich

    Our Foodie Returns, Enamored of Bread

    By J.P Chops
    BBT Columnist

    Ed's note: After a three-week absence we
    received the following telegram from
    missing columnist J.P Chops. No one
    knows what it means, except that he s

    Sandwich. Sangwitch. Funny how
    Italian grandmothers pronounce certain
    things their whole lives thinking it's cor-
    rect. They think they're dead sure, but for
    some odd reason spell your name wrong
    consistently and eternally.
    Allow us to delve into the possibilities
    of a fine 'cram'. What is a sandwich? Or
    should we ask, "What is it to sandwich?"
    A-ha!1 In short, slap some meat between
    a few loaves, lather generously with
    condiment of choice.

    Origin: Dominican Republic
    Name: Derivative of chimichurri, the
    Argentinian steak sauce
    History: Rumor has it the first chimi cart
    served a steak sandwich, which over the
    years morphed into what is now more
    like a sausage patty. Dominicans have a
    knack for chopping words, thusly, to
    make it quicker and a lil' more slick to
    Pronunciation: ; rhymes with
    "Mimi" or "here it be."
    Breakdown: Pan de agua (a roll not
    unlike Cuban bread); secret sausage patty
    with garlic and oregano (no relation to
    Jimmy Dean); standard fare special sauce
    of equal parts ketchup and mayo; shred-
    ded cabbage; toasted and served warm.
    Beverage of choice: Ice cold Presidente
    or chinola (passion fruit punch)

    Roti pate (warm & gooey), and hot sauce.
    Origin: West Indies; Trini & Tobago Contents may vary, as different types
    Name: Short for 'rotisserie' exist. Garnish consists of fresh cilantro
    History: An easy way to serve spit-fired with stem and all, further crunchy, crispy
    meats; takes from the Indian culture of goodness arrives from carrot and daikon
    eating with your hands, facilitated by shreds.
    pulling a piece of bread. Heavily sauced Beverage of choice: Fresh-squeezed
    meats are traditional to many cultures. grapefruit mixed with sugar cane juice
    Multi-spiced, long-cooked cheap cuts of

    animals are also popular.2
    Breakdown: Flatbread filled with curried
    chicken cooked on the bone, spiced,
    boiled potatoes and cooked onions.
    Beverage of choice: Ginger beer (Rasta-
    style, contains no alcohol.)

    Bahn Mi
    Origin: Vietnam
    Name: Funny. Sounds like 'bathe me,' or
    the end of 'champagne'.
    History: Heavy French influence on this
    Asian cuisine. Results are quite phenome-
    Breakdown: Warm, toasted, crusty
    baguette sliced lengthwise and filled with
    charcueterie, Vietnamese-style bologna,

    is they are usually around or under $6,
    plus your authentic beverage of choice to
    wash it all down. This is a veritable bar-
    gain at less than a ten-spot for such a ful-
    filling meal. This ain't PB&J or grilled
    1 Popular '80s group with a few top ten hits,
    such as "Take On Me."
    2 Due to lack of proper refrigeration, spices
    cover the unpleasant scent of aged meats.

    3ut mte Key question remains: wliere
    do we find these little buggers when not
    on their homeland? The best roti in
    Miami is at Christine's Roti Shop at
    16721 N.E. 6th Ave.
    in North Miami Beach. You can score a
    good chimi at Primo's, a van in the park-
    ing lot of L'Boulevard on N.W. 27th
    Avenue. Hit it up between 3 and 4 a.m. on
    a weekend for some excellent personali-
    ties, rim and dubs, and bring someone
    who speaks Spanish if you don't. As per
    bahn mi, haven't found a local provider.
    Although in New York's Chinatown you
    can find one at the corer of Mott Street
    and Grand.
    The beauty of these delectable delights

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    7 p.m.
    Planning Advisory Board
    Miami City Hall
    3500 Pan American Dr.

    7 p.m.
    City of North Miami
    Town Hall Meeting on Charter
    Amendment Vote
    Sunkist Community Center
    12500 N.W 13th Ave.

    Housing Fair in
    North Miami
    The Nanay Housing Resource
    Center, in Partnership with the
    Miami-Dade Neighborhood
    Housing Service, presents the "I
    Need Help with my Housing"
    Housing Fair and Expo. The free
    event is on Saturday, Nov. 4, from
    10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 659 N.E.
    125th St. in North Miami. Learn
    how you can qualify for homeown-
    ership, obtain government down-
    payment assistance, evaluate
    mortgage products, reduce your
    debt and determine affordability.
    Door prizes and refreshments will
    be offered. For more information
    call Bennie at 305-981-3232 or

    City of North Miami
    Town Hall Meeting on Charter
    Amendment Vote
    Margolis Center
    1590 N.E. 123rd St.

    7:30 pm
    Biscayne Gardens Civic
    15000 N. Miami Ave.

    Arch Creek
    Native Plant Sale
    Arch Creek Trust presents its
    semiannual Native Plant Sale on
    Saturday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 2
    p.m. The event will be held at Arch
    Creek Park, 1855 N.E. 135th St.
    (half a block west of Biscayne
    Boulevard). The sale will feature a
    large assortment of Florida Native
    flowers, plants and shrubs. In
    addition, there will be a variety of
    butterfly-attracting flowers and
    plants, colorful garden flowers and
    palm trees. Cash or checks
    accepted. After the sale, stay for a
    self-guided trail walk. Admission is
    free; for more information call
    Carol at 305-681-6319 or Arch
    Creek Park at 305-944-6111.

    7 p.m.
    Greater NoMi Historical
    Chamber of Commerce
    13100 W Dixie Hwy.

    3 p.m.
    Historic & Environmental
    Preservation Board
    Miami City Hall
    3500 Pan American Dr.

    7 p.m.
    Bayside Residents Association
    Legion Park
    6445 N.E. 7th Ave.

    9 a.m.
    City Commission
    Miami City Hall
    3500 Pan American Dr.

    7 p.m.
    Zoning Board
    Miami City Hall
    3500 Pan American Dr.
    www. miamigov. com

    7 p.m.
    Planning Advisory Board
    Miami City Hall
    3500 Pan American Dr.
    www. miamigov. com

    7 p.m.
    El Portal Council Meeting
    Village Hall
    500 N.E. 87th St.

    Greater NoMi
    Business Expo
    The Greater North Miami
    Commerce will hold its 18th
    Annual Business Expo on Nov. 2
    from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Miami
    Shores Country Club, 10000
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    Tents Pitched Over Housing Iniquity

    SLiberty City Activists Hope Government Heeds Message

    Story and Photos by
    Christian Cipriani & Victor

    On a dusty, city-owned vacant lot on
    N.W. 17th Avenue at 62nd Street, a mot-
    ley crew of homeless people, grassroots
    black activists and self-described white
    'anarchists' erected tents on the evening
    of Monday, Oct. 23. The shantytown and
    its inhabitants grew throughout the week
    to include a cluster of shelters and
    makeshift kitchen area, all around which
    flew hand-painted banners with slogans
    like "Take Back the Land" and "Housing
    "If we wait for the county and the gov-
    ernment to provide housing, we're going
    to be waiting forever," said Andrea
    Seaton, one of the organizers. Another
    volunteer, a young white man named
    Cody Galligan from Lake Worth there
    with other social activists, described the
    atmosphere as "very chill."
    Miami Police Department officers'
    first response was to try and break up the
    enclave, but those gathered defended
    their right to remain under the auspices
    of the landmark 1998 case Pottinger v.
    The City of Miami, which ruled that
    police must not disturb any homeless
    person on public property engaged in a
    life-sustaining activity, such as bathing
    or relieving oneself, when shelter is
    This is all coming as the issue of hous-
    ing in South Florida reaches a boiling

    point: The Miami-Dade Housing Agency
    is recovering from a major misspending
    scandal; the lack of truly affordable
    housing rides high on political agendas
    for the upcoming election; Miami's black
    communities are becoming increasingly
    gentrified; and while home prices are
    dropping slightly, insurance and taxes
    continue to price many South Floridians
    out of the market.
    Clayton Dawkins's 3 and 4-year-old
    daughters ran around a large tent laugh-
    ing and smiling, too young to understand
    what was going on, but he expressed his
    position quite clearly:

    "I really think [erecting tent city] is the
    right thing because nobody's trying to
    hear us. The commissioner, the govern-
    ment, you know... they are walking all
    over us."
    Homelessness in Miami is a major
    problem, which the BBT expounded
    upon in an extensive investigation this
    past July. Of the 4,800 or so homeless in
    Miami-Dade County, some 800 of these
    are chronic, meaning they've been on the
    streets continuously for a year or experi-
    enced four or more episodes of home-
    lessness in the past three years. While
    shelters and support bodies do exist, the

    homeless problem is augmented by men-
    tal illness and substance abuse issues,
    and the resources to eradicate the prob-
    lem simply do not exist.
    While this tent city, with its large, mil-
    itant slogans waving in the wind, might
    seem like a media stunt to attract the
    attention of government officials, the
    Center for Pan-African Development
    (CPAD) the force behind the initiative
    - didn't notify the City of Miami of any
    plans to take over the lot and plan to
    continue housing and feeding the home-
    less for as long as possible.
    The first night drew around 40 partici-
    pants, but by the next afternoon many
    were off working or doing whatever it is
    they do by day. When the BBT visited,
    CAPD members and several men from
    Brothers of the Same Mind, an affiliated
    black activist group, milled about labor-
    ing while the others cooked food and
    constructed a new kitchen area out of
    forklift skids. Most of the materials -
    cooking instruments, tents, sign materi-
    als, etc were donated.
    As long as the project remains safe
    and sustainable, and interest doesn't
    wane, this tent city could grow and
    remain almost indefinitely. Galligan
    noted that neighbors have been very sup-
    portive, both practically and ideological-
    "The city and the county have no
    interest in housing poor black people,"
    said Max Rameau, one of the organizers,
    "so we will do it ourselves."

    Clayton Dawkins, a tent city resident, with his daughters.

    Large hand-painted banners announce the shantytown to passersby.

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    Adams Veterinary
    672 NE 79 Street
    Page 69
    America's Best Landscaping
    Page 34
    A.V. Grill & Wine Bar
    3055 N.E. 163rd St.
    North Miami Beach
    Page 63
    Keith Bacon
    Page 42
    Steven K. Baird, PA
    5981 NE Sixth Ave.
    179 N.E. 96th Street
    Miami Shores
    Page 12
    Feng Shui Products
    4600 NE 2nd Ave.
    Page 58
    Barker Group Real Estate
    Investments & Financing
    Page 24
    Bay Oaks
    435 NE 34th St.
    Page 26
    Biscayne Pet House
    10789 Biscayne Blvd
    Page 68
    Dan Blakeman
    The Palms Condominiums
    Page 26
    Bohio Home Collection
    8990 Biscayne Blvd.
    Page 14

    Bon Vivant
    Furniture Liquidation
    120 N.E. 27th St. #700
    Page 62
    Jane Buffington
    Jack Coden
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    Casa Toscana
    7001 Biscayne Boulevard
    Page 32
    The Changing Room
    English Hair Design
    15939 Biscayne Blvd.
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    Curb Apeal
    Landscape Services
    Kelly Crawford
    phone: 305-756-5452
    cell: 305-308-0151
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    Duffy Realty
    Biscayne Breeze Condos
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    Page 58
    First United
    Methodist Church
    400 Biscayne Blvd.
    Page 17
    Flora's East Side Pizza
    731 NE 79th St
    Page 57
    Foster's Windows & Shutters
    715 NE 79th Street, Miami, FL
    Page 29
    Maji Pace Ramos
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    Hiperfit Personal Training
    7120 Biscayne Blvd.
    1420 Alton Rd.
    Page 25
    Hiro's Sushi
    5140 Biscayne Blvd.
    Page 42
    Insurance Planners Group
    Page 51
    Investor Realty Group
    7100 Biscayne Blvd. Suite 105
    Page 47
    Jontiff & Jontiff
    Personal Injury Lawyers
    3550 Biscayne Blvd.
    Suite 510
    Page 25
    Keller Williams/Eagle Realty
    700 NE 90th St. Miami Shores
    Nancy Dowson 305-694-2166
    Page 40
    Ron Platt 305-694-5361
    Page 71
    Charles Kluck
    Mortgage Lender &
    Financial Planner
    Page 29
    Lambda Passages
    7545 Biscayne Blvd.
    Page 64
    Leiter Gallery
    6900 Biscayne Blvd.
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    Louie's Brick Oven
    15979 Biscayne Blvd.
    North Miami Beach
    Page 44
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    5046 Biscayne Blvd.
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    Miami Shores
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    Page 55
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    9712 NE 2nd Ave.
    Page 41
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    16121 Biscayne Blvd.
    Page 48
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    555 N.E. 15th Street,
    9th Floor
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    Page 49
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    Majestic Properties
    Page 16
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    Medical Center
    4300 Alton Road
    Miami Beach
    Page 21

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    Page 52
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    7550 Biscayne Boulevard
    Page 54
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    610 N.E. 124th St.
    Page 33
    Oceanview International Realty
    11900 Biscayne Blvd.
    Suite 200
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    3550 Biscayne Blvd. Suite 700
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    14230 W. Dixie Hwy.
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    14230 West Dixie Highway
    North Miami
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    800 NW 36 St.
    Page 30
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    8214 Biscayne Blvd.
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    713 N.E. 125th St.
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    3005 NE 2nd Ave.
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    4029 N. Miami Ave.
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    2601 NE 2nd Ave
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    7310 Biscayne Blvd.
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    "My owner moved and dumped me here. I
    don't think that's very lucky! But if someone
    takes me home, that will be my lucky day! My
    name is Calie and I am a 3-year-old spayed
    female. I am sweet and cuddly and I am look-
    ing for a family that can show me that I am
    worthwhile and that can give me the love and
    stability that I so desperately long for."

    We are Socks and Oreo and
    we are both 2-year-old
    neutered male terrier mixes.
    We are brothers and victims of
    extreme cruelty to animals.
    Picture a small box about the
    size of a cat
    carrier. We
    crammed into
    that box so
    tightly that
    you couldn't
    tell where one
    of us ended
    and the other
    one began. A
    blob of black
    and white fur
    is all we were. Luckily, our
    human angel who works at the
    shelter found us. We'd been
    so abused by our miserable
    family that we could only
    cower and snarl. Our angel
    brought us inside and the staff
    helped us get healthy again.
    However, there were so many
    obstacles for us to overcome.
    We are not only brothers, we

    function like one dog. We play
    together, eat together, sleep
    together and walk together.
    Neither one of us can rest
    unless the other one is there.
    The staff worked so hard to
    gain our trust and
    "socialize" us.
    Now, except for
    the fact that we
    must always be
    together, we are
    happy, well-
    adjusted dogs
    looking for a lov-
    ing, safe home.
    We are currently
    enrolled in obedi-
    ence class and
    we are on our way to graduat-
    ing with honors. We are shy
    guys at first but once we know
    you we love to play and give
    and receive lots of love and
    kisses. Children over 12 would
    be great and we like cats and
    most other dogs! We would
    love to find a family that will
    adopt us both and love us for-
    ever and ever.

    The adoption fee for a dog or a puppy is
    now $90 (and still includes: spay/neuter,
    up-to-date vaccinations including rabies if
    dog is four months or older, de-worming,
    microchip identification, Miami-Dade
    County dog license or puppy tag, dogs six
    months and older are tested for heartworm
    disease and Ehrlichiosis, free puppy train-
    ing or low-cost dog obedience classes,
    and new parent support)
    The adoption fee for a cat or a kitten is
    now $60 (and still includes: spay/neuter,
    up-to-date vaccinations including rabies if
    cat is four months or older, de-worming,
    microchip identification, FeLV and FIV
    tests, cardboard cat carrier, and new
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    "Maybe I look like a cow, but I'm a sweet
    loveable doggie through and through. My
    name is Spike and I am a 7-year-old
    neutered male. I love to go for long
    walks on the beach. I would even be
    content with staying home and watching
    a movie. I am picky about my doggie
    friends so it would be best if I were the
    only doggie man in your life. Please take
    me home with you. I promise I will make
    you so happy."


    A Day in the Life of a Dog Trainer and Her Rescue Dog

    any people who meet my dog
    and I think, "Oh sure, her dog
    can do it. She's a trainer!"
    Sometimes clients and people ask me
    how I train my dog or what it's like to
    live in my house. Frankly, it is probably
    not that different than living at yours
    with your dog. There is no hocus-pocus;
    if I don't work with my dog, he doesn't
    get trained, period. In fact, I might take
    longer to teach my dog something than
    the average person, as I am not in a rush
    and I don't want him to experience any
    negative side effects of inhumane meth-
    ods or stress. Of course, some things are
    learned faster. So for all of you who
    have asked or wondered what life is like
    for Jay Jay and I, here is a peek into our
    After my last Dalmatian, Kody,
    passed away two years ago, I decided I
    would look for a
    young rescue dog
    that showed some
    aptitude to learn
    that I could use as There is no
    my assistant/ if I don't v
    demonstration dog
    in group training or dog, he
    at events. Well, this trainee
    is not what hap-
    pened. As a rescuer,
    I was fostering
    some Dalmatians,
    forever finding
    them homes and looking for more to
    save. I came across a beautiful
    Dalmatian on Petfinder.com living at an
    animal control shelter in Connecticut.
    Originally from a pet store/mill, he was
    18 months old and had been living there
    for the last seven months. Five people
    adopted him and all gave him back
    within a week. His time was up. A great
    rescue friend arranged his flights and
    transport down to Miami and I picked
    him up at the airport.
    Jay came home, ran around my house,
    did not care to socialize with me or any-
    one else, was not housebroken, and was
    hyper from living in a kennel so long.
    He growled or lunged at everyone he
    met, ran around looking for things to
    chew, and didn't care what kind of treats
    or toys I had. I decided to work with
    him for fear that someone else might
    hurt or kill him.
    First, he had to learn the commands
    'leave it' and 'come'; I needed some
    control over my new charge. He also
    had to learn to like humans, as he had
    no experience with them, unless you
    count the workers at the pet store who




    cleaned his cage and the officers at ani-
    mal control. All my free hours were
    spent play-training him, making myself
    look like an invaluable source of food
    and fun. All praise and love were lost on
    the poor boy. He didn't care or know
    about touching, belly-rubs, kisses, etc.
    He looked at me with a
    blank stare for weeks.
    Every morning we
    went out for a walk,
    where out of fear he t
    would behave badly,
    growling and lunging
    like a lunatic at anyone
    who passed, unless
    they had a dog. I found
    he was wonderful with
    dogs, probably very
    used to them from his By Lisa
    pet store days. Good!
    He was comfort-
    able with people
    with dogs.
    He thought kids
    locus-pocus; were squirrels, and
    )rk with my his very high prey-
    drive meant any-
    oesn't get thing moving had
    period. to be tackled as
    well. For months
    he was walked at
    least twice a day,
    as well as taken to
    the dog park daily
    to give him new experiences. This went
    on for months and is ongoing. I have
    now had him one year. How things will
    change! Jay is a very good boy most of
    the time, and comes with me to many
    doggy events. Being a Dalmatian he has
    a silly streak, but this is what I love
    most about the breed so it's fun for me.
    Now he is super sweet and loving to me
    and his friends, and courteous to others.
    He still gets spooked by a few people
    but is so much better.
    Jay Jay has by far been the slowest
    learner of all my clients, but he catches
    on more quickly everyday. And so what?
    He is not going to Harvard or being
    graded. He is my pet and companion
    first and foremost. He knows sit, down,
    stay, leave it, drop it, heel, bring, target,
    come, turn on or off the lights, spin
    right, left, high-five, wave, sit pretty, be
    a bear, crawl, roll over and some other
    silly stuff for fun. He chases the opos-
    sums and squirrels. He checks trees for
    new scents. He is and is allowed to be a
    A typical day for us starts at sunrise.
    Jay Jay slips beside me for our five-


    minute morning snuggle session. Then
    he dances around talking until I get up
    to let him out and feed him breakfast.
    Twenty minutes later we are off for the
    real walk which lasts one hour or longer.
    Sometimes we go to the park, some-
    times the lakes near home. I try to mix
    up our route. At home he
    drinks some water,
    dances around some
    more and by 10 a.m. he
    Si is exhausted, and it's
    back to bed for a nap
    while I go to work.
    Usually I come back
    around 3 p.m. when
    it's more dancing from
    y. Jay, lizard hunting in
    the backyard and hope-
    -artman fully time for a quick
    training session. After
    his 4 p.m. dinner, it's more backyard
    lizard hunting. These days we work on
    agility or tricks, but sometimes I see
    more clients and am too tired to work
    with him in the evenings. By dark, Jay
    Jay is tired of catching cane toads and is
    ready to come in, and by 8 p.m. he's
    done for the day.
    So you see, our life is not so different


    than that of other pet-owners. He had a
    neglected past, but hopefully a bright
    future. The only difference with Jay Jay
    is that someone had the patience and
    fortitude to work with him as long as it
    was going to take. He will never be
    perfect nothing living is but I am
    very proud of him for how far he's
    Dogs can only learn what someone is
    willing to take the time and teach them.
    They are a privilege to own. Hopefully
    every dog will be admired not for what
    they can't do, but for the individual they
    are and what they teach us.
    If you are looking for a pet compan-
    ion, consider adoption. Most dogs are
    abandoned because their owner didn't
    care enough to make time for them not
    a major problem that cannot be fixed.
    Most small adoption agencies work hard
    to make a good match and carefully
    screen the dogs. All ages and breeds
    come through rescue! For more info
    visit www.petfinder.com, or

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