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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


August 2006

Volume IV Issue VI


Blame-Game Leads to Tuttle Neglect

By Christian Cipriani
BBT Editor

As one leaves the Miami mainland
traveling eastbound onto the Julia
Tuttle Causeway, the ramps converge
with 1-195 on a long island before the
first bridge. Standing bayside is Blue
Condominium, near the base of which
a long right-of-way extends eastward
onto the ramp island. To the north is
another right-of-way, and flanking the
north and south edges are long strips of
waterfront green-space.
Collectively, these
four sections of emaci-
ated greenery have As a we
been the subject of a
gateway t
complex puzzle over
who is responsible for is embarr
improving and main- more so in
training the landscaping, to the Miam
but the BBT unearthed with its trii
some answers. he
Over the past year,
the south right-of-way
was subject to damage
from hurricanes and construction vehi-
cles. Shares Da Costa USA (SDC), the
company contracted by Hyperion
Development to work on Blue, parked
more than 100 trucks a day in the grass,
leaving it very rundown. Further, the
banks suffer from aggressive exotic
plants, namely Brazilian Peppers and
Australian Pines species prohibited by
the County's Department of
Environmental Resources Management
(DERM) but allowed to remain, as they
existed before the policy went into
effect and because DERM only enforces
removal from developable lands.



Donald Shockey, an Upper Eastside
resident formerly with the Miami
Beach Planning Department, has tried
for a year to find who is responsible for
the site and demand they improve it; as
a westbound gateway to Miami it is
embarrassing, even more so in compar-
ison to the Miami Beach side, with its
trim grass and healthy palms.

Blue's Parking Lot
The Florida Department of
Transportation (FDOT) owns the entire
island, and according to Ron Steiner,
their head of mainte-
nance, FDOT tried all
tbound last year to stop SDC
Miami it from using the area as a
sing, even staging ground. But
even the state-level
comparison agency, with all its
Beach side, resources, was some-
grass and how unable to deter
palms. them. SDC continued
parking on using the
right-of-way, and
according to Kirk Kenyon, the project
manager, they did so with the City of
Miami's blessing granted they cut the
grass once finished. He couldn't speci-
fy when or between whom this agree-
ment was purportedly made.
Kenyon stressed that "this was nine
months ago and we haven't parked any
vehicles there since."
He's correct: The parking continued
unpunished until the end of summer
2005 despite being, as Steiner claims,
illegal (and not within the City of
Miami's rights to authorize).

Continued on page 58


Photo courtesy of Steve Spring
Forget about sharks, pirates and sea-monsters.
This frightening pipe, two miles off the shore of Haulover
Beach, spews our human waste 24/7 into the ocean.

By Jim Harper
BBT Columnist

You might want to think twice
before ordering the fish. If it was
caught nearby, it may have been filling
its belly with sewage, and that's not
what you want swimming in your
This is one of Southeast Florida's
dirtiest little secrets: Unlike the rest of
the state, we dump most of our waste-
water, including sewage, offshore
through giant pipes called ocean out-
falls. And where there are outfalls,

there are fish feeding on a fetid cock-
tail that I like to call "schmung." Some
fishermen simply call it "the stink
hole," and it is one of their dirty
secrets, too.
The two Miami-Dade pipes originate
from the wastewater treatment plants
on Virginia Key and in North Miami,
the latter located just north of N.E.
151st Street, east of Biscayne
Boulevard. From there, imagine a pipe
eight feet in diameter running east,
toward the beach at Haulover Park,

Continued on page 60

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dances alive
Page 20

iHay Bendito!

shows its
Rican pride
Page 70

Quit Buggin' Out...

...and get
schooled with
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Skip Van Cel
Christian Cipriani
Malika Bierstein
Victor Barrenechea, Matt Gajewski,
Vanessa Garcia, Jim W. Harper,
Derek M. McCann
Gabe Cortez, Hernan Pisano,
Lisa Hartman, Gilda Iriarte,
Jenni Person, Marc Stephens,
Gabrielle Redfern, Jeff Shimonski
Jos6 Enrique Cabrera
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Call 305-756-6200
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Corey Kingsbury
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The neighborhoods we cover include: Arch
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How Many More Must Die Before Leaders Act?

Miami had better get serious
about the recent wave of
violence that has swept over
the Northwest sector of our city. In
scenes reminiscent of the early '80s
and '90s, innocent children and adults
are being killed by bullets intended
for others. When the bad guys start
shooting at the bad guys they
inevitably miss, and playing children
seem to be in the way, an inconven-
ience usually explained away as being
in "their" neighborhood, not our own.
This head-in-the-sand mentality will
inevitably lead to greater violence that
will engulf the city if left unchecked.
First and foremost, Miami has to get
the guns off of the streets. Children
don't get killed by stray knives.
Children don't get killed by stray
fists. Children should not be going to
their playmates' funerals on a monthly
basis. We need to develop a compre-
hensive strategy to reduce the fire-
power now available to any street-
thug who wants to be boss of his
When I mention this to people, I
usually get a roll of the eyes as if to
say there is no way to do this. If we
believe it is impossible to reduce the
number of guns on the street, our bat-

tle is over and the enemy has won.
Personally, I believe it can be done
with strict enforcement of current gun
laws and an effective, weekly gun
buy-back that offers more than a $50
voucher for a weapon. AK-47's go for
$400 on the street, and that is what we
are going to need to pay to get them
off of the street.
One effective method would be to
visit pawnshops on a weekly basis and
buy any firearms left there beyond 30
days ones now eligible to be bought
and moved back onto the street. Buy
the firearms and crush them under a
bulldozer. This may sound expensive,
but not nearly as expensive as a front
page story documenting an upsurge of
violence that might be covered in The
New York Times or The Washington
Many municipalities have found it
feasible to sue gun manufacturers.
And if need be, challenge the federal
laws that make it legal to own assault
rifles. These are drastic measures, but
we are entering drastic times.
The other elephant in the room is
how to get witnesses of these horrific
crimes to speak out, to say, ..,t in
my front yard!" This will take a
tremendous amount of political will.

Are our elected officials up to it? If
the past is any indication, the answer
is no, since it will not involve promo-
tion of their own personalities.
When I saw the Miami Heat players
celebrating in front of the American
Airlines Arena, I saw a missed oppor-
tunity for our elected officials to take
the bull by the horns. Why not move
that celebration to the heart of the
city? Why didn't our elected officials
ask the Miami Heat players to show
up at the Unity for Peace rally held in
District 5 to protest the senseless
killings of 9-year-old Sherdavia
Jenkins and 18-month-old Zykarious
Athletes and celebrities are these
children' role models; therefore, why
not ask those that profess to love
Miami as their hometown to step up to
the plate? If they love Miami so
much, they should relish the prospect
of helping to stop the violence taking
our children. Of course, the big ques-
tion here is if our public officials will
take time out of patting each other on
the back to ask for the assistance of
these ambassadors to the inner-city.
This is political will, something which
our elected officials seem to lack.

Continued on page 10


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR .................................8

In Our Opinion:
How Many More Must Die Before Leaders Act? 4
My Side of the Street: Real Changing of the
Guard or Same Old, Same Old? ....................10

Magnolia Park:
Pallot Park Shoreline Mess, be Gone! ................12
City Extends Single-Family Rehab Program......16
Wynwood: Say Goodbye to My Little Friend.....22
Extended Briefs:
Commission Notes & Boulevard News..............24
Our History: Charles Torrey Simpson:
Unsung Miami Naturalist...................... ..30
Bunny Yeager: Queen of the Bikini....................52

Around Town: Culture Briefs ........................... 32
Community Calendar.......................................64

A rt L isting s .............. ............ .....................34
Gallery Peek .......................... ...... ............ 38
M iam i in Transition............................ ...........39
The Local Beat: Fabrika:
Sounds from the Latin Underground ..................40
Art Perspectives: The Measure of a City's Beat.42
The Screening Room: Black Cinema 101 ...........44

Your Finances: New Credit Scoring System......50
Jack King: More Dollars Down the Drain ........56
Condo Counsel:
How to Deal with a Board You Don't Trust.......57
Hot Kids in the City:
Parent to Parent, Neighbor to Neighbor ............63

Pet Personals .................................................. .. ..68
Pawsitively Pets: Who Will Watch My Pet? ......69

Business Directory.................... .............. 66-67

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Filter the Gene
Pool, Please
Dear BBT
It's not only the Miami drivers that
are certainly the worst in the United
States ... the pedestrians take a close
second. Please indulge me in venting,
as I'm still shaking from what just hap-
pened. While I was driving to work on
N.E. 2nd Avenue today at the 35 mph
posted speed limit with my dog in the
front seat next to me, a woman and
child walked into the street in front of
me (no, not in a crosswalk) without
bothering to look before crossing in
rush hour traffic in the middle of the
I slammed on the brake and blasted
the horn with my dog flying into the
dashboard. Fortunately my dog is
alright. The most disturbing part of this
is the woman simply glanced at me
through my windshield and continued
walking across the street at her same
pace. I don't think her heart even
skipped a beat as she and her approxi-
mately 4-year-old child were inches
from being killed. Of course I put my
window down and yelled and screamed
at her like every person in Miami does
when someone does something so stu-
pid, and of course she turned back at me
I and smiled like every person in Miami
does when they've done something so
S stupid (although they usually give you
% the finger too, but her fingers were
occupied holding the child's hand).
I've always thought people in Miami
Xini for the most part have very little regard
for others. Now, 15 years later, I've had
an epiphany and figured it out: The rea-
12 son is because they have very little
regard for themselves. People like this
certainly shouldn't be allowed to have

Dean Churack
". /.. .. 11.1, i esign District

Biscayne Pet House
Dear BBT
Great article on Biscayne Pet House!
I've been a customer for years and it's
great to hear all the good news about
our neighborhood pet store. Tom and
Bonnie are wonderful people and truly
make my dog and I feel like family.
Thanks for recognizing the mom-and-
pop businesses in our community.

Kelly Morales
Biscayne Shores

Thanks for the Article
Dear BBT
Thank you, Skip and Ivana, for the
wonderful article about our business. We
and our customers are enjoying it very
much. Great job!

Tom and Bonnie Klimetz
Biscayne Pet House

Mother Miffed!
Dear Editor
I just discovered that a review I provid-
ed of the Brainy Baby DVDs on
Amazon.com was used without my con-
sent in an article by K. Lee Sohn that
appeared in your paper and on your web-
site, slamming parents who use education-
al DVDs for their children. I am painted
in a highly offensive light for a product
review that I provided for other parents.
My words were taken out of context
and used to emphasize how shameful par-
ents are today by using technology to
assist them in the early weeks and months
of parenting by providing them with a
break. The article deals with literacy. I
have a B.A. in English Literature and am
a professional writer. My family is
extremely well-educated, articulate and
literate. My father-in-law is the former
Associate Chair of Psychiatry at Stanford
Medical School, and my husband is a
Stanford Alum. According to this article,
my daughter's mind is being harmed and
she is the victim of a growing trend of
negligent parenting in which TVs and
DVDs entertain our children for endless
hours to the detriment of their minds.
Have you met my daughter? Have you
met me? I have read every available
study on the effects of television-viewing
in infancy; I have absolutely no doubt
that I am far more informed than you,
and as far as I'm concerned, this falls
under the simple edict: All things in
moderation. My review of the Brainy
Baby DVDs, which the article doesn't
even refer to correctly (instead calling
them "Baby Genius"), was intended to
provide help to overworked, overtired
parents who occasionally need a break.
For my husband and I, who have no fam-
ily around to help, being able to eat a 15-
minute dinner together in those early
months of my daughter's life was impor-
tant to our marriage.
Letting my daughter work on her
shoulder and arm strength while correct-
ing torticollis by spending time on the
floor, with my by her side, watching
shapes and images on an educational
DVD, was helpful for her physical devel-
opment. She is bright and healthy. This
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Abay fEdmosont- Exp~ined & Quaed
* Miami-Dade County Commissioner
* Former Mayor of The Village of El Portal
SAsockate Degree Irom Miami Dade College
SBachelor lgeea from Florida International dignity
* Masters Degree from Barry Uninersity
* Member of Flrmia Asociation of Countles
SMember of South Florida Jobs for Jdlice
* Bom and raised in Miami
* kaduate of Miami Jackson High School
* Marred 3Z years and mother of 2
SEmpiloyed with Miami-Ilod Courty Publie Schools
As your County Commissioner
A frey Edmuonson has:
* Sponsored resution reqrikng traffic studies for
majof ~ostuetion projects
* Lead efforts to stop gun violence in nur Communily
* Prevented expanon of expressway through Overlown
* Co-Sponsared resolute~ to enhance the
beautllcation & maintenance of 1-5
* Provided grants to assist Moi & Pop husinoieas
* Sponsred relution to pressure TeUnporary
Priteclive Status for knmigrants
* Co-Sponsoed the iniliativc it develop a plan to
aasis children impoted by domestic violence
* Ikged Florda Leqgslaure Io enaci the Cownunhty
Wok force Hoiusing Innavatlon Program
* Inniated the revlttallon of the 5th Sleet Corridor
* Created a tek frae to help ensure saty of
heavy equumenat wodss
* Supported the allocallon of the $4 million Housing
Sutax Funds to increase Affrdable Housing



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Letters to the Editor
Continued from page 6
writer has attacked me over the most
deeply personal and significant part of
my life, without any knowledge of who I
am or what I value. Furthermore, she
lumped my daughter into some category
of negligence and illiteracy that is patent-
ly false. The next time you want to use
someone's Amazon.com product review
in an article, I suggest you ask them first.
Erinn Agras
Boulder CO

Little River Mixed-Use
Advocates Sound Off
Dear Editor
I am responding to your story from
the July 2006 issue entitled "N.E. 4th
Avenue Live-Work, Dead." There are
many mistakes with the story, starting
with the headline. Live-work or work-
live opportunities on N.E. 4th Avenue
are not dead. The truth is that one
application was denied. There are
projects currently in permitting for
N.E. 4th Avenue; they are on N.E.
55th and 58th Streets, and N.E. 58th

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The extremely well-known and
respected consultants working on
Miami 21 for the City of Miami see
the benefits of mixed-use zoning with-
in the 80 to 100 acres currently zoned
Industrial. (People call this area Little
River, Lemon City and Little Haiti.)
Goody Clancy, the city's consultants
working on the Parks Master Plan for
Miami 21, prepared a map with their
recommendations for our area. This
map is available to the public (and to
your reporters) on miami21.org. They
recommend mixed-use zoning in our
area to support the new $30 million
Little Haiti Park(s), to create a pedes-
trian friendly community and because
of its access to public transportation.
In addition, DPZ, the lead Miami 21
consultant, also sees the benefit of
buffering the new park(s) with resi-
dential housing to create users and to
provide "eyes on the street." Almost
everyone knows there is crime in this
area, and having eyes on the street
helps to deter illegal dumping, crack-
addicts and break-ins. Further, DPZ
recommends mixed-use zoning on
transit corridors such as N.E. 2nd
Avenue, N.E. 59th Street and the FEC
Corridor, all of which surround the
acreage to which I refer.
Your article also misrepresented one
of the opponents. Colleen Paul did not
claim to be "a rep for the LRID" (Little
River Industrial District). You should
have pointed out that Ms. Paul lives in
North Miami, not the City of Miami.
Either Ms. Paul has not driven through
the subject area or she is mischaracter-
izing it: she states, "...the whole com-
plex is vibrant with industrial jobs."
The complex is full of $3-an-hour
"workers," many of whom must stop
every two hours to smoke crack. Any
citizen who cares should be advocating
for real jobs that pay legal wages to
people who spend their money on legal

goods and legal services.
We are disappointed that
Commissioner Spence-Jones dislikes
change and does not want to "open a
can of worms," but change is
inevitable. (After all, Miami 21 is all
about change.) Who would have
thought the City of Miami would evict
jobs to create a $30 million residential
park in the middle of 100 acres zoned
Industrial, as they did several years
ago? Well, they did. (The City is using
13 to 14 acres for the park, but they
originally proposed taking up to 60
acres of our land. Many property-own-
ers are still under threat of eminent
Most importantly, the article failed
to make clear that the property-owner
of the subject site was attempting to
get permission to do an adaptive re-
use of an old warehouse building. His
plan might have created up to 70
spaces to house 70 to 140 jobs and/or
live-work units. Because
Commissioner Spence-Jones killed the
application, the property-owner, with-
out going back to the City
Commission, can now convert his
property to self-storage with no jobs
and no residences. How does that help
the residents of District 5?
We believe that when the
Commissioner learns the benefits of
"eyes on the street" and when she
learns that you cannot displace resi-
dents from an Industrial area, because
there aren't any, that she will be happy
to recommend mixed-use zoning. The
goal should be to bring confidence to
District 5 so residents and stakehold-
ers can prosper.
We covet mixed-use zoning and all
the benefits it will bring.

Peter Ehrlich
Lemon City Taxpayers Association

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Continued from page 8
Just to Clarify...
Dear Editor
Thank you for quoting me somewhat
accurately in your story, "N.E. 4th Ave.
Live-Work, Dead" (July 2006).
However, many stakeholders in the Little
River Industrial District, the area which
is the focus of this article, disagree with
your statement, "Neighborhood leaders
perceived the project as arrogant and
alien forces floating in to displace resi-
dents." The fact is, there are no residents
in the Little River Industrial District, so
none can be displaced.
In contrast, many of us advocate some
mixed-us, or T5 zoning under Miami 21,
for parts of this blighted area of District
5. Some mixed-use zoning in this area
would create an all-around win-win situ-
ation more and better jobs, additional
needed housing, reduction in commuting
time for area workers, safer and cleaner
streets, more life and more energy, better
sense of community, etc.
In addition, the prominent Miami 21
consultants, Economic Research
Associates and Goody Clancy, both rec-
ommend residential zoning around the
upcoming $30 million Little Haiti Park.
We remember that while planning for
this park, city officials had promised
more residences around the park.
The park's athletic and cultural compo-
nents are being built in the southwestern
section of the Little River Industrial
District, as many of your readers know.
We advocate mixed-use zoning around
this park, as well as all along the outer
borders and the transportation corridors of
this area. This includes N.E. 72nd Street
(the northern border of this industrial dis-
trict, where the two properties featured in
this story are located) Mixed-use, or T5,
zoning is also appropriate along the other
borders and transit corridors: N.E. 59th
and 61st Streets, N.E. 2nd Avenue, N.E.
4th Avenue and along the FEC Corridor.
Transportation experts publicize the FEC
Corridor as "the future of public trans-
portation in South Florida." The consult-
ants doing the FEC Corridor study have
asked for more density on the corridor so
they get more riders.
Thank you for publishing this letter so
that your well-informed readers can bet-
ter understand why so many of us favor
some mixed-use, or T5, zoning in Lemon
City/Little River/Little Haiti.

No Village Rivalry
Dear Editor
Although you quote North Miami
Mayor Kevin Burns as having said,
"Don't let a power line pit one commu-
nity against another" ("North Miami
Fights the Power," July 2006), your
article portrays a considerable inaccu-
racy in the opening paragraph by
stating, "the score stands at Miami
Shores 1, North Miami 0."
As one Miami Shores resident who
was considerably involved in the oppo-
sition to FPL's initial proposal for the
power line routes, I can assure you that
this was not a game or a sport between
two villages, and your sports metaphor
was rather inapt. Residents from the
areas affected joined together in a
"Coalition of the Villages" to oppose
the transmission lines being run
through any residential area and
favored the commercial or industrial
I witnessed no one at any of the
meetings or through the abundance of
emails received that advocated running
these lines through the residential areas
of North Miami.
The overwhelming choice among
residents is to bury all lines under-
ground, and FPL's lack of a credible or
reasonable response would be a far
more worthy subject of an investiga-
tion and article. After all, thousands of
communities across America work
hand-in-hand with their power compa-
nies to "go underground." Why can't
You might also consider investigat-
ing the impact the massive new devel-
opment, Biscayne Landing, will have
on the power grid in North Miami,
since this project appeared to be the
"sleeping giant" which the FPL offi-
cials treated dismissively and which
North Miami will be a major tax bene-
Are the developers of this former
waste-dump being asked to contribute
toward the burial of underground
lines? How about sharing some of the
revenue with the surrounding villages
that will shoulder some of the burden
in increased traffic?
There is indeed far more to the story
of the power line routes than ultimate-
ly pitting one community against

Silvia Wong
Little River Industrial District

David Curry
Miami Shores

Miami's Trolley Folly
Dear Editor
When you ask someone to design a
rail system you get a rail system design;
you don't get a recommendation for the
best method of moving people. I attend-
ed the first public hearing on the planned
rail system. This hearing was not to get
public input; it was to
introduce a cooked
and decided plan. A
cost of several hun-
dred million dollars
was tossed out as an
estimate. S n
When I questioned
the city official in L e t
charge of this folly, I -B :B-
found out that they
had not done a study
on alternate fuels, nor
had they figured in the
cost of moving all the underground utili-
ties that are in place on the streets along
which they plan to run the rail. Let's
look at this system.
The route they have planned was
picked to help eliminate traffic gridlock,
but the city could do that now by remov-
ing their parking meters, which would
open more lanes. They say that they are
going to do this when they lay down the

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rail. Why not do it now?
Further, once they lay down the rail
and put a trolley on it, a trolley that will
stop at almost every intersection (it is a
people-mover concept), that lane will
cause more gridlock.
The selection of an electric-run trolley
is plain stupid for today's transportation.
It takes fossil fuel
burned at a power
plant and delivered
to a trolley at a loss
A 3 of at least 80 percent
of its BTU value.
ourn The burning of fuel
at the power plant
Sd etorto increases air pollu-
tion and puts citizens
in competition for
the remaining fossil
fuel supplies and
increases their price.
The fuel oil portion of the fossil fuel,
being an imported product, won't be
available to make gasoline.
Also, electric trolleys won't run after a
hurricane, when they are needed most.
And electric trolleys may not be running
during the coming brownouts.
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Miami City Hall: Real Changing of the Guard or Same Old, Same Old?

By Harry Emilio Gottlieb
Coconut Grove

The good news is that the showboating, argumenta-
tive, self-aggrandizing, caustic, ill-mannered City
Manager Joe Arriola and the arrogant, pugilistic,
developer's best friend, zoning variance-approving,
Home Depot-supporting, Pontius Pilot of a City
Commissioner, Johnny Winton, have finally been
The bad news is the fear that the slippery slope
Miami has been on may not change all that much.
Miami deserves and expects more than the "Same Old,
Same Old."
It is critical that Mayor Manny Diaz comprehend
that the citizens of Miami were not just disappointed
with the shenanigans of those guys. We have been
and remain very unhappy about the direction he has
been leading us into the future.
There are so many things wrong with Mayor Diaz's
policies that even the temporary distraction and ela-
tion of the Miami Heat battling tooth-and-nail to win
the NBA Championship cannot conceal them indefi-

nitely. If you recall, even the Roman gladiatorial
games at the Coliseum were also a distraction, but
eventually the truth was revealed that the empire was
in a downward spiral all along. The truth always
reveals itself no mater how hard it is spun, concealed
or denied.
We are most pleased that Arriola and Winton have
been replaced with quality, respectable, down-to-earth,
experienced, professionals like Pete Hernandez as City
Manager and Linda Haskins as the interim City
Commissioner. But let's be honest: This changing of
the guard has come about as a result of this city's
incompetence, arrogance and inability to comprehend
the needs and desires of the electorate. This recent and
long-overdue personnel change was not accomplished
as a result of Mayor Diaz's wisdom, free will, leader-
ship or love for Miami; it's an attempt to slow down
the political hemorrhaging and loss of public confi-
dence caused by the misbehavior of Arriola and
Winton. And the change is due in no small part to the
efforts of the outraged public and the revelations of
the media.
We hope and pray that these events turn out to be a

big wake-up call to Mayor Diaz, our City
Commissioners and all government administrators. It
is time to address the real issues that concern Miami.
It's interesting to note that the perception outside of
Miami of Mayor Diaz's policies has resulted in his
image being that of the "Green Mayor." But most of
us in Miami who have witnessed the frightening
results of some of his choices, policies and close ties
to developers think of him more as "Cement Manny."
We wish that City Manager Hernandez and the new
interim City Commissioner Haskins all the success in
the world in their soon-to-be stressful and challenging
jobs. We thank them for their love of Miami and
desire to make our city a better place. We hope they
will listen to the wishes of the citizens and not fall
into the same trap, arrogance and egotism as their
The changing of the guard must not be just cosmet-
ic, a Band-Aid for show. The changing of the guard
must be with the true intention of changing the disas-
trous course that Miami has been on for far too long.
We have been granted one more chance to make
things right. Let's not screw it up again.

Letters to the Editor
Continued from page 9
at substations and wiring over the route
of the trolley, as well as the cost of
relocating underground utilities and lay-
ing rails, will be many hundreds of mil-
lions of dollars a cost that could be
totally eliminated if this proposed trans-
portation system were using com-
pressed natural gas for fuel. The system
could be in place in a few months at a
savings of hundreds of millions of dol-
Further, if the proposed route is not
successful, a non-fixed rail people-
mover can quickly adjust to a different
Comparing Miami to Portland, Oregon,
for usage is wrong. In Portland, you can
walk a few blocks without getting soak-
ing wet from sweating. In Miami, a per-

son that walks a block quickly gets wet.
A working professional cannot be expect-
ed to give up parking in the office build-
ing downtown, and instead park outside
downtown, take a trolley that stops sever-
al blocks from his destination, and turn
up at the office in business dress wet with
sweat or rain.
Non-rail, rubber-wheeled people-
movers using compressed natural gas
could run a flexible route, cost less to set
up, less to operate and be in use within a
few months.
However, it won't be the hard-rail,
multimillion-dollar construction project,
with its resultant high operating cost and
bureaucratic agency with the image cache
that some want.

Richard Mason
Miami Shores

In Our Opinion
Continued from page 4
Cadillon could have been the
baby that grows up to be a Udonis
Haslem, the Miami Heat player,
who just so happens to come from
the same streets that took the life of
Jenkins, a straight-A student and
champion chess player who might
have become the woman that bro-
kers peace in the Middle East. We'll
never know. Two young lives
amongst many that have been taken.
I can only imagine Mayor Diaz's
reaction to a proposal by the BBT
to buy guns back at market rate; it
would probably be similar to the
quote he had about our proposal to
buy the Dupont property for public
use, to wit:
"If the Biscayne Boulevard Times

wants to write a check for it...."
Well, the check he wrote to him-
self for a $53,000 pay raise a few
months back would effectively take
133 AK-47s off of the street. No
small amount of firepower in my
No Miami Vice premieres or
NBA championships will save
Miami if we see a renewal of the
violence we experienced in the
past. The seeds are there, and they
are being pollinated by disenfran-
chised young people and watered
by the proliferation of readily
available firearms. It's time for
our city and county leaders to get
proactive instead of waiting until a
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Vote September 5 District 108S

Discaynle Shores Community Council
from 1996 presesf
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Floridnn Tiernatiin il Iiniversity
Mliami-Dade Community College
Degrees in Biusines AdmiLiuisti-riliun & Psycholugy

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Pilot fir American Airlines
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Pallot Park Shoreline Mess, be Gone!
SParks Dept. to Sweep Twice Weekly, Discuss Further Work

By Christian Cipriani
BBT Editor

In Magnolia Park, near the Miami
entrance to the Julia Tuttle, sits
Albert Pallot Park, a small swath of
green whose 350 feet of shoreline
suffers from debris incessantly
washed ashore by the lapping waters
of Biscayne Bay. It was here that
Raphael Gonzalez, Parks Operations
Coordinator for the City of Miami,
met with neighbors on July 24 to
discuss a solution to the bags, bot-
tles and even medical waste belched
onto the concrete-and-kelp 'beach'.
The plan is to double the city's
shoreline maintenance contract with
Sanchez Arango, a construction
company based on N.W. 70th Street,
upping efforts to twice a week. The
company also performs seaweed
removal every two months.
Residents plan to organize a Friends
of Magnolia Park coalition to aid in
the cleanup.
Present at the meeting was
Geoffery Bash, a Magnolia Park
neighborhood leader, who along
with Steven Ruggieri and others
took the initiative to approach the
City of Miami about numerous park
improvements. The two men plus
Gonzalez brainstormed methods to
reduce debris wash-up altogether;
however, a net or porous barrier of
some type, or a seawall, could
potentially just push trash else-
where, as in the case of Margaret
Pace Park further down the coast-

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Photos by Christian Cipriani

Raphael Gonzalez, left, Parks
Operations Coordinator for the
City of Miami, and Steven
Ruggieri, a Corona Bay resident,
survey the shoreline debris.


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The Candidates Forum at Legion Park

By: Malika Bierstein
BBT Staff Writer

In a July 25 public forum at Legion
Park co-hosted by the Shorecrest
Homeowners Association, the Upper
Eastside Miami Council and the Urban
Environment League, candidates for
the District 3 County Commission,
District 2 School Board, District 108
State Representative and County Court
judicial seats outlined campaign initia-
tives and answered questions posed by
audience members.
Questions were posed by moderator

Leah Simms to a panel that included
county commission candidates Bess
McElroy, incumbent Audrey
Edmonson, and former Miami City
Manager Howard Gary for County
Commissioner; Gepsie Metellus,
incumbent Solomon Stinson and for-
mer State Representative Darryl
Reaves for School Board
Representative; and Hans Laurenceau,
Kathy Emery, Ronald Bris6, Peter
Walsh and Prospero Herrera II for
State Representative, to replace incum-
bent Phillip Brutus.
Candidates were given two minutes

of response time and one minute of
rebuttal time to address a variety of
issues including the allocation of
funds, future development, the housing
crisis, healthcare, tax relief, the
restoration of civil rights for felons and
gay adoption. Herrero, a Republican,
was the only candidate to oppose gay
couples being able to adopt.
Simms interjected at one point in
opposition to a blanket statement made
by Laurenceau in which he declared
that judges would not keep felons on a
jury even if their civil rights had been
restored, a comment that did not sit

well with the judge.
E\cuIS: me," she said, "some of us
did quite a lot, some of us do and con-
tinue to, thank you very much." Her
response was met with explosive
applause from the audience.
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BBT Staff Writer

The Department of Community
Development has extended the dea
for $35,000 rehabilitation loans to
ble single-family homeowners in th
City of Miami on a first-come, firsi
served basis to repair their property
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Compliance Program, the rehabilita
assistance plan will provide three p
cent, non-amortizing, ten-year inter
deferred, forgivable loans to single
family homeowners in the City of
Miami. The city's aim is to improve
quality of residents' homes with a
imum assistance amount of $35,00(
Approved renovations include ro
ing, structural, electrical and plumb
repairs, in addition to other specific
improvements necessary to bring tl
house up to code and provide safe
sanitary living conditions. All work
be inspected by city employees and
contractors, and be paid for upon c
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ode households with income less than or Visit
Ition equal to 80 percent of the median, ment
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income to 120 percent. Eligible owners
e the must have the ability to afford a month-
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he more than one living unit. The loan BIS
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Politicians, Athletes Rally for Peace
Liberty City Residents Outraged over Recent Gun Violence
On Wednesday, July 13, at a McDonald's on N.W.
62nd Street in Liberty City, District 5 Commissioner
Michelle Spence-Jones joined WEDR 99 Jamz and the
OR .. Cn wgo- WEDR Hot 105 family for the Unity for Peace Rally.
S99JAMZ N JMZ 99 Radio broadcasts from the site started at 6 a.m., as
community members signed a giant "Unity for Peace"
petition. At 9 a.m., community leaders, representatives
from McDonalds, and local athletes such as former
Miami Dolphin Orande Gadsdenand and Patrick
Surtain, of the Kansas City Chiefs, spoke out against
recent gun violence in the community and encouraged
The rally was part of the Unite for Peace Campaign, a
public awareness initiative driven by youth to address
nonviolence and peace in the community. Drawing on
local influences, from artists to athletes, the campaign's
aim is to deter gun violence by reaching out to youth
and their families.
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Pallot Park
Continued from page 12

In addition, an offshore proj-
ect raises jurisdictional ques-
tions, and physically would
have to be carried out by the
Florida Department of
Transportation or the County's
Department of Environmental
Resource Management.
Recent park improvements
include the addition of a dog-
gie-bag dispenser near the
entrance, but Bash and compa-
ny are trying to organize
neighbors to ensure more
enhancements follow. District
2 Commissioner Linda
Haskins recently met with
locals to discuss several
issues, Pallot Park included,
and the winds of change are
picking up.
Important meetings about
the shoreline and the future of
the park's landscape will be
held soon; Magnolia Park resi-
dents should email magnolia-
park33137@yahoo.com to
receive updates.

Left: Geoffery Bash spearheaded efforts to
up Pallot Park cleanup to twice weekly.

Above: An asthma inhaler, among other
debris washed ashore.

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Ayizan Kreyol Brings Ancient Folkloric Dance to Little Haiti

By Malika Bierstein
BBT Staff Writer

You don't have to travel to Haiti to
take part in the beauty of its ancient folk-
loric dances to the beat of a live drum.
Three times a month, in a room at St.
Paul Episcopal Church, located at 6744
N. Miami Ave. in Little Haiti, members
of the Ayizan Kreyol Folkloric
Organization (AKFO) come together
with adults and children alike to take part
in these sacred dances.
"Right now we have classes only three
times a month," said Ingrid Llera, presi-
dent of the AKFO. "It's not easy to have
something like this. We have controllers,
the teachers, and it's very difficult. We
cannot pay everybody. All of the classes
for the month are $50, which averages
out to only like $5 to $10 a class."
Instructors Ovida Alva and Emmanuel
Merisier, who teach the monthly classes,
specialize in traditional folkloric dances
the Yanvalou, the Ibo, the Mahi, the
Petwo, the Banda,
the Contradance
and the Dahomen. "We' re
Alva, originally as we
from Haiti, has
more than 15 years far, s
of dance experience Everyb
from Haiti, Santo the
Domingo and
Miami. Live drum-
mers provide music
to the choreo-
graphed dances that
date back thousands
of years.
AKFO, which previously held classes
at the University Park Campus of Florida
International University and the
University Center for the Performing
Arts, has been using the church in Little
Haiti for the past month. Difficulty with
parents and children finding transporta-

Class instructor and professional
choreographer Ovida Alva leads
students in a Haitian dance class
at St. Paul Episcopal Church.
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tion to the Kendall campus motivated
them to find a new location in their own
backyard. Classes are currently a mix of
adults and children, but Llera and
Jacques Medard,
AKFO's vice-presi-
earning dent, hope to raise
enough money
0 SO through the church
good. to sponsor a sepa-
rate class for kids.
dy likes "It's a family
kout." thing on Saturday,
but during the
Ingrid Llera week it's hard,"
resident of the AKFO said Llera. "That's
why we're trying to
put together sepa-
rate classes for the children. It would be
much more organized, but the parents
cannot pay for them. We're hoping to be
able to do that soon. But it's a start, we're
learning as we go so far, so good.
Everybody likes the workout."

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Say Goodbye to My Little Friend

MPD Gun Buy-Back in Wynwood Nets Seven Firearms

By Christian Cipriani
BBT Editor

On Saturday, July 22, outside the Wynwood
Neighborhood Enhancement Team (NET) office on
N.W. 2nd Avenue at 29th Street, the Miami Police
Department (MPD) held a gun buy-back as part of their
"Do the Right Thing Program." In a parking lot adja-
cent to Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, officers from the
MPD Department of Community Affairs (DoCA)
teamed up with City of Miami Community Relations
employees, as well as staff from the Wynwood NET
and the office of State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-
Rundle, to offer $50 vouchers in exchange for weapons
and pass out a bevy of information on community ini-
Lieutenant Joe Schillaci, a DoCA spokesman, donned
sunglasses in the face of intense morning heat as he
optimistically explained the goal of this event, which
was advertised to neighbors via community announce-
ments and hand-delivered flyers:
"Even if we get just one gun, that's one more gun off
the street."
Once in police hands, a gun is logged, tagged, cross-
referenced with unsolved crime files and then
The event began at 10 a.m., but as the 1 p.m. cut-off
approached and volunteers moved quickly to dismantle
tables in the face of an approaching storm, it was in this
sort of idealism that everyone was forced to find satis-
faction, as the final collection numbers read: two BB
guns and five handguns, one of which was an antique
revolver, which Lt. Schillaci noted, "Probably hasn't
been used in God knows how long... but may be used
next week in a drive-by shooting."
According to Lt. Schillaci and his colleague, Officer

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Amos Pierre, 30-some weapons are normally acquired
during buy-backs, held roughly every three months in
roving locations. One of their highest counts came from
Liberty City, where a recent spike in gun violence
caused the death of 9-year-old Sherdavia Jenkins and
widespread community outrage. One 2004 buy-back
netted 83 guns, and according to Ofc. Pierre:
"When we did this in Overtown, we had a lot of
handguns, 45s, several shotguns, some old collector

Lt. Joe Schillaci
explains to a
news crew how
they destroy guns
collected at the

Photos by Christian Cipriani

guns and even AK-47s."
Most of these guns they said are legal weapons, so
the BBT asked why someone with a legal, presumably
expensive gun wouldn't obtain its real value via stan-
dard buy/sell channels. Lt. Schillaci responded:
"The money is not the key here, it's making a state-
ment like, 'Although I have a $1,000 AK-47, I don't
want this gun to be responsible for killing a 9-year-old

Left: Volunteers and employees from various community organizations were on hand to inform residents about child protection
programs, the National Night Out and other initiatives beyond the "Do The Right Thing" Gun Buy-Back.

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The day's first catch: An antique pistol

MPD Gun Buy-Back in Wynwood
Continued from page 22
girl playing in her front yard.' So the statement is, 'Sure, my gun is worth $1,000, but
that girl's life is worth a hell of a lot more'."
While those who turn up to sell their guns may be legitimate owners, the 'no ques-
tions asked' policy encourages gang members and such to, well, do the right thing,
even (or perhaps especially) if their weapon was used in a crime.
"When we did this in the Little Haiti/Buena Vista area, I noticed that one fellow
scoped the area out to see if it was legit, saw that his buddies turned in their guns, so
he came with his," said Ofc. Pierre.
Lt. Schillaci added: "The whole idea is for people to not think about the money
value, but the price of human life. That's what this is all about."
Among those present to dispense information was Lynda Roberts, a community
involvement specialist and native of Liberty City, where she's observed a concentra-
tion of firearms. Roberts was on hand to advertise, among other things, the MPD's
23rd Annual National Night
Out. The Miami chapter of
this August 1 nationwide
anti-crime rally will begin
at 6 p.m. at the Orange
Bowl and culminate down-
town, with Mayor Diaz
expected to address the
Staff from the State
Attorney's office was there I n
to push an initiative aimed
at stopping crimes against
children, whereby finger-
prints and DNA (collected
on a Band-Aid provided in
the signup package) are
collected and stored as ref-
erence in the event of a
While not expressly
organized in response to the
Jenkins murder, the inci-
dent which rode the tip of
everyone's tongue that
morning informed the
buy-back with a certain
vigilante undertone, a sign
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Lawson City Commission Notes

Out with the Bold, In with the New
The City Commission unanimously approved Mayor Manny Diaz's appointment of
NEP.90 -r' x Pedro "Pete" Hernandez to replace Joe Arriola as City Manager. In his previous role
Miiaimi Sluo, F0 .33 Lr 3K as Deputy County Manager under George Burgess, Hernandez oversaw numerous
departments and brings with him 33 years of public sector experience and a calm
demeanor. Arriola's departure closes an interesting chapter in Miami politics, and he
leaves behind a legacy of professional effectiveness dressed in outbursts of colorful
language and machismo.

Brainstorms on the Vacant Lot Problem
In a discussion item led by District 2 Commissioner Linda Haskins, she outlined a
program that would require the registration of vacant or abandoned properties. Among
the various ideas in her plan, code enforcers would be deployed to ensure a vacant or
abandoned facade is not covered in plywood and looks presentable from street. She
"The vision for this is that once we have registered the property... we can bring in
[Community Development Block Grant] and affordable housing people and either
rehabilitate these lots or sell them... to create more affordable housing."
In support, Commissioner Regalado cited a County study, which noted that out of
600 such lots, 400 were in bad shape, and recommended providing Facade Program
workers with community development funds for improvement efforts.
"We could set aside taxes incrementally from these properties to contribute [to their
rehabilitation]," Haskins added.

k. Notification Radius Should Not Include Fish
District 4 Commissioner Tomas Regalado led a discussion to address the perennial
issue of which citizens are notified of impending development. In what commissioners
hope will turn into an amendment drafted by City Attorney Jorge Fernandez for the
Planning and Zoning Department, highways, bodies of water, parks, public spaces and
the like will not be considered part of the standard 500-foot notification radius.
"I think that's a big issue," said Commissioner Spence-Jones. "Whether it's 500 feet
or not, people may still be affected by development in their neighborhood."
This comment, as with the entire discussion, was a direct response to growing pub-
lic frustration over feeling uninformed or informed in such small numbers to the
point of paralyzing their capacity to affect change.
But as Atty. Fernandez advised with his usual dose of measured caution: "This
[radius] has been on the books for a long time and it's just a policy decision... At the
end of the day this becomes a cost to the applicant, because you have to notify more
people... [and] depending on the geography, there will no longer be a simple radius."
District 3 Commissioner Joe Sanchez, looking bored, called the discussion to and end.

Lotus House Gets $50K Boost
The City Commission transferred $50,000 from the community-based nonprofit
Better Way of Miami, Inc., which provides shelter and treatment to homeless and
drug-addicted persons, to the Sundari Foundation, for emergency shelter and transi-
tional operating costs at the Lotus House, a holistic women's shelter in Overtown.
The BBT paid a visit there over the winter to meet Constance Collins, the head of
both Sundari and Lotus House, who explained the high cost of running a nonprofit
shelter. Various grants, like the $10,000 they received this year from the Women's
Fund of Miami-Dade, help cover the bills, and this most recent gift is surely welcome.
To make a donation in support of Sundari endeavors, or to learn more information,
visit www.sundarifoundation.com or call 305-438-0556.

Leader of District 2, is it Me or is it You?
Elections for the City of Miami District 2 Commission seat will be held on
November 7, with a qualifying window open between September 8 and September 23
at 6 p.m. If need be, a run-off election will be held November 21. Commissioner
Haskins in the meantime promises to hold down the fort.
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City Commission Notes
Continued from page 24

My What a Large Gorilla, I Never Noticed It
After representatives of the Capital Improvements Projects (CIP) department
approached the podium seeking a 50 percent increase in funds for
supervisors/inspectors of the Flagler Street Marketplace (FSM) project,
Commissioner Haskins asked the pink elephant question: Why at every commis-
sion meeting does CIP request large contract increases, and why does the city
grant them without any real public explanation as to why?
According to CIP Director Mary Conway, these are no-bid contracts given to the
best-qualified company and estimated based on an hourly rate and projected time
frame. It's not, she added, an issue of additional costs but of unforeseen delays
that draw proportionate spending increases (which, in the case of FSM, were
caused by last year's hurricanes).
Commissioner Sanchez delivered a gruff, to-the-point lecture outlining the con-
sequences of this sort of behavior in the private sector:
"There you're expected to get the job done in a certain time frame for a certain
amount of money, and ... you can't just go asking for more of either... We need to
put down some rules...that say you cannot come back revising your contract... I
want to back away from this pattern of constantly coming before the commission
for more money."
The newly minted City Manager, Pete Hernandez, proffered firm but respectful
advice, a sound not heard from that corner of the dais since time immemorial:
"We have to be vigilant on the contract and construction period, and hold to
those limits as closely as possible."
But speaking from personal experience, he explained the reality of public proj-
ects: They require extensive inspections, which can be costly.
CIP currently maintains several hundred million dollars in projects all over city,
and while total regulation and accountability are difficult to enforce, one glaring
problem is the tendency for private companies to delay fulfilling city contracts in
favor of private ones, as penalties only exist for neglecting the latter.
The barrage of comments continued with Commissioner Spence-Jones "I've
got two County projects in [District 5] that have changed contractors three or four
times over the past several years" and Commissioner Regalado "If we pay
people to make other people work, why do we have to pay more money to fix
what they should have been doing from the beginning?"
But City Atty. Jorge Fernandez breathed a sigh of balance to the debate: "The
consequences of voting against this [contract increase] would be further financial
setbacks for the whole project [and a] prolonged termination date."
Commission Chair Gonzalez concurred, but agreed with his colleagues' overall
sentiment and echoed widespread concerns about this government's reliance on
high-priced consultants:
"There is a problem with these consultants we're paying...millions of dollars...
If the situation with these consultants doesn't change today, this commission will
vote against spending more money on them in the future."

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New Camillus House Site

May (Finally) Take Flight
Camillus House leaders came compromise the safety of her daugh-
before the City Commission on July ter, employees and customers, and
27 for the final thumbs-up on plans another man, who has lived in the
for a rescue mission and 340-bed neighborhood for 32 of his 34 years,
shelter at 1603-27 N.W. 7th Ave. and complained that every time someone
662 N.W. 20th St. The commission builds a shelter or halfway house, they
unanimously passed the item. drop it in Overtown or Allapattah, and
The former property is owned by locals are tired of bearing the brunt of
the University of Miami, on which the city's downtrodden.
they plan to build a 1,000-employee Dr. Paul Ahr, president of Camillus
biomedical research facility; the latter House, said: "We have agreed to a
is currently owned by the Seaboard no-loitering, drug-free zone... We are
Coastline Railroad Company. converting the parking lot into a plaza
Numerous residents and business- area for people that normally hang
owners lined up to voice opinions on out in front... We have agreed to the
the project, the loudest of which came conditions of many community
from fierce opponents concerned groups... and will operate perimeter
about sexual predators and drug security at our own expense."
addicts lingering within a few hun- As far as enforcement, he contin-
dred feet of schools and parks. ued: "The ultimate control is actually
Rend Walker, a resident of N.W. 7th through law enforcement... we have
Avenue, claimed this will violate no authority other than to notify the
Florida State Statute 893, which Homeless Assistance Program and the
requires a 1000-foot drug-free radius police."
around schools. One local business- The debate weathered on for more
w om an is terrified the shelter w ill ....................................................................................
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Boulevard Corridor News & Notes

By Malika Bierstein
BBT Staff Writer

Buena Vista Heights
Breaks Ground on
Improvements Project
Mayor Manny Diaz and District 5
Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones
joined city administrators, civic leaders
and local residents at the intersection of

N.W. 39th Street and N.W. 1st Avenue
on July 18 to announce phase one of the
Buena Vista Heights Road Improvements
The groundbreaking ceremony, which
included a community tree-planting of a
Golden Shower Cassia along the south-
east corer of N.W. 1st Avenue and 39th
Street, announced plans to revamp the
area bounded by N.W. 38th Street, from
N. Miami Avenue to N.W 2nd Avenue;

N.W. 39th Street, from N. Miami Avenue
to N.E. 2nd Avenue; N.W 40th Street,
from N. Miami Avenue to N.E.
2ndAvenue; and N.W. 1st Avenue,
between N.W. 30th and 48th Streets.
The roadway improvement project, at
an estimated cost of $695,357, will
include street milling and resurfacing,
sidewalk repairs, ADA ramps, re-sodding
of swale areas, reconstruction of curbs
and gutters, pavement markings, limited
landscaping and storm drainage, as need-
ed. Funding was secured by the Local
Option Gas Tax and Homeland Defense
Neighborhood Improvement Bond dol-
Phase two will cost $5.5 million and
begin next year. For additional informa-
tion, please contact the Department of
Capital Improvements at (305) 416-

Morningside Civic
Association: Not Going
Down Without a Fight
On June 10, members of the
Morningside Civic Association (MCA)

filed a petition for writ of certiorari
against the Miami City Commission,
developers Kubik LLC and Biscayne
Premier Investments, Inc.
The petition aims to overturn the City
Commission's granting of a Major Use
Special Permit (MUSP) for Kubik, a
151-foot condominium planned for the
vacant lot north of 55th Street Station.
Concessions in regard to height, parking
and retail space have already been made,
a move that many neighborhood repre-
sentatives have met with compliance, but
members of the MCA maintain the pro-
ject's inconsistency with Miami
Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan
guidelines and hope to see the City
Commission's ruling overturned.
The MCA believes Kubik is in viola-
tion of Section 1305.2 of the Miami
Zoning Code Ordinance by providing
what they've described as inadequate
open space for convenient public access
from the sidewalk. The MCA also calls
the design inconsistent with local height
and density patterns.
The plaintiffs, who include MCA

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Blvd. News & Notes
Continued from page 26
members Cesar Hernandez-Canton, Elvis
Cruz, William Hopper, Jack Wolfe and
Al Sasiadek, advocate that upper
Biscayne Boulevard, between N.E. 48th
and 87th Streets, should remain
low/medium density, and that mixed-use
high rise projects should remain down-
town, where adequate infrastructure and
compatible uses exist.
A previous loophole in the city's zoning
ordinance allowed developers to evade
the public hearing process and go directly
to the city's Planning and Zoning Board
for building approval. The MUSP was
originally approved by the Miami City
Commission June 10, 2004. An appeal
made by the MCA was unanimously
rejected by Commission members.

Biscayne Blvd.
Reconstruction Projects
Nearing Completion
Two of the Florida Department of
Transportation's (FDOT) Biscayne
Boulevard Reconstruction Projects, rang-
ing from N.E. 87th Street to N.E. 104th,
Street and N.E. 104th Street to N.E.
123rd Street, are nearing completion
after almost two years of ongoing con-
According to Herbert Ammons,
FDOT's public information officer, the
two projects should be completed in
about two weeks, providing no major
unknowns arise. The projects, estimated
at an average individual cost of $7.9 mil-
lion, will conclude total reconstruction of
the drainage system, roadway, sidewalks,
decorative lighting, landscaping, signing
and pavement markings.
Remaining tasks include final signal
and lighting inspections, reapplication of
pavement markings, minor irrigation
repairs, mowing and landscaping, and a
project-wide miscellaneous cleanup. For
further information and project updates,
visit www.biscaynereconstruction.com.

Nirvana to Receive
Long-Awaited Upgrades
Residents of Nirvana Condominiums,
located on N.E. 6th Avenue, at 64th
Street, may soon find a pool and gym on
the property. Following a lengthy permit-
ting process that has delayed construc-
tion and frustrated residents, the devel-
opment is now awaiting the city's deliv-
ery of a water meter in order to complete
the project.
"We have completed everything we
possibly can up to the installation of the

water meter," said Brett Cary, with the
Midtown Group. "Once the city delivers
the water meter it should only be about
two weeks until it is completed."
Nirvana was built by Casam
Developers, a partnership between East
Coast real estate developers Samuel &
Co. and Midtown Equities, LLC.

City of Miami
Emergency Website Live
The City of Miami has launched its
Emergency Management Information
(EMI) webpage. The page provides tips
and contact information to help residents
prepare for and deal with emergencies
both natural and manmade. The EMI
page can be accessed through
Within EMI, residents can find safety
tips and contact information for local
agencies such as City of Miami Fire
Rescue, FEMA, the American Red Cross
and the Humane Society. Visitors can
also find helpful information such as
phone numbers to local consulates and

Shell Station to
be Converted
Owners of the Shell gas station located
at 8690 Biscayne Blvd. have plans in the
works to convert the now defunct prop-
erty into a business that will better suit
the surrounding area. Possible uses
include enlarging the adjacent antiques
plaza or a mixed-use condominium/retail
project, though no final decision has
been made.
"Right now we are doing some market
research and feasibility studies to deter-
mine which use would best fit the area,"
said Danny Reyes, a representative for
the owner. "We should have something
more concrete in the next 30 days or so."
Though the site's use is as yet uncon-
firmed, Reyes said it will not be reopen-
ing as a gas station.

Miami Streetcar
Open House Forum
The City of Miami, in conjunction
with Metro 1 Properties, hosted a Miami
Streetcar Open House/Happy Hour at the
Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation on
July 21. Members of the project team
were available for questioning following
a presentation by Project Manager
Winsome Bowen.
Local residents voiced concern over
the electrically run system in a city
where power is often lost in the wake of
hurricanes and tropical storms. Questions
were raised as to why, in 2006, a better

method had yet to be established.
Comparisons were made by Bowen to
Portland's current streetcar system, one
that some attendees called inefficient.
"There is no other system tested and
certified in this country," said Bowen. "We
are using technology that is being used
here, not using something that is techno-
logically innovative and could wind up
being more costly in the long run."
He added: "One of the statistical ele-
ments of the study in Portland shows that
20 percent of the people who moved to
the downtown area moved there because
they did not have to buy a car. We are
trying to draw people to the area by cre-
ating a pedestrian-oriented environment
where they can live and work."
Bowen declared the electronic system
more cost-efficient than compressed nat-
ural gas, though exact cost-per-ride fig-
ures were unavailable upon request.
The $200 million proposed streetcar
project, which consists of two loops, will
run from the Government Center in
downtown Miami through Park West, the
Entertainment District,
Wynnwood/Edgewater, Midtown Miami
to the Design District and Buena Vista
East. The City of Miami expects to
receive commission approval by

Balans to Open
Biscayne Location
Balans, a British company with head-
quarters in London, plans to expand their
Miami base with the opening of a new
location on Biscayne Boulevard at N.E.
68th Street.
Balans Miami will be situated in a
brand new, two-story mixed-use facility,
which will house the "urban Zen" restau-
rant, a coffee shop and a convenience
store on the ground floor, with residen-
tial units on the first floor. While the
restaurant's aesthetic design will differ
from the Lincoln Road location, the
menu and hours of operation will be sim-
Balans Miami, which will sit in close
proximity to the Design District,
Wynwood and the soon-to-be completed
Carnival Performing Arts Center, is
scheduled to open in the last quarter of
2007. Visit www.balans.co.uk for addi-
tional information and menu items.

County Previews
Hybrid Buses
As part of continuing efforts by
Miami-Dade County to cut back in fuel

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consumption for county vehicles and provide residents
with the latest in bus technology, Miami-Dade Transit
(MDT) introduced residents and officials to the hybrid
passenger bus in a July 20 gathering at the South Miami-
Dade Busway.
The buses, one model 42 feet long and one model 60
feet in length, will operate routes with heavy passenger
usage and in Bus Rapid Transit corridors (BRTs) such as
Kendall Drive, Biscayne Boulevard and Flagler Street.
The hybrid buses typically save 25 percent in fuel costs,
are quieter, run smoother and have lower emissions.
A 60-foot bus seats 55 to 60 passengers, while the 42-
foot bus carries 39 to 46. MDT plans to purchase 39 of
the 60-foot model by 2008, and 180 of the 42-foot models
between 2009 and 2012.



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County Among Top 100
Places for IT Jobs
Computerworld magazine rated Miami-Dade County
among the best 100 places to work in the Information
Technology (IT) field. The honor is part of the weekly
publication's "13th Annual Best Places to Work in IT"
survey, published in print and online at
www. ComputerWorld.com.
"This year's Best Places to Work rankings represent
companies across the industry that recognize how a strong
commitment to and investment in employees is synony-
mous with creating a great IT work environment," said
Don Tennant, editor-in-chief of Computerworld. "Our
Best Places companies not only offer these benefits, but
do so in a manner that goes well above industry norms."
More than 600 employees work in the IT field for
Miami-Dade. During the last four years, Miami-Dade has
focused efforts to use technology to deliver services to
residents in an efficient way.
"We've been making great strides in improving the way
we assist our residents," said Judi Zito, director of the
Miami-Dade Government Information Center. "Adding
new technologies that enhance the way we do business
has opened up new jobs in the IT field and we are hon-
ored to be selected as one of the best places to work in
this area."
Recent IT projects include the development of a system
supporting the computer-aided dispatch of 911 calls, a
new web portal www.miamidade.gov and the county's
311 Answer Center, which provides a single point of con-
tact for information about county services.

"I wouldn't be a good public
servant if I didn't tell you the
District 5 Commissioner Michelle
Spence-Jones, at the July 27 City
Commission meeting

"FDOT is notorious for being
evasive and trying to push mainte-
nance responsibilities onto local
City of Miami engineer,
speaking anonymously

"I have to ask, am I causing you
any pain today?"

Spence-Jones, after
Santiago Echemendia, attorney for
Camillus House, called her "Spence-
Paine twice at the July 27 City
Commission meeting

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Zoning Board Updates

Oakland Grove Decision
Rescheduled for Ominous Date
On Monday, July 10, members of the
City of Miami Zoning Board slowly
trickled into the commission chambers
to face a grueling agenda, which could
have been worse had several high-
stakes items not sought continuances to
the September 11 meeting. As it went, a
re-zoning bid for 399 N.E. 82nd Terrace
in Oakland Grove was rescheduled to
that date, along with two other items.
The Oakland Grove property was the
subject of last month's BBT cover story,
which detailed the Planning Advisory
Board's unanimous recommendation to
deny owner Katia Traikos's plan to
rezone the R-1 site to R-3 Medium-
Density Multifamily, for the purpose of
constructing more than 100 town-
Her re-zoning effort tabled until
September, Traikos was looking at nine
weeks to negotiate with residents, some
of whom worried that increased density
would prove both a communal loss of
green-space and a boon to the aging
neighborhood of single-family
dwellings; the waterfront land fronts the
only natural bend in the Little River.
Oakland Grove neighborhood leader
Gus Newell was present at the chambers
to speak on behalf of homeowners.

Neighbors Feel Hotdog
Man's Got Tunnell-Vision
Bob Powers, president of the Palm
Grove Neighborhood Association, and
Eileen Bottari, an ex-Association pres-
ident and fellow activist, opposed a
bid by David Tunnell, owner of
Karma, at 7000 Biscayne Blvd., and

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Wilbert Roman, owner of the N.E.
71st Street property directly behind
Dogma, for an SD-12 Buffer Overlay.
Collectively, the Dogma/Karma site is
owned by Todd Leoni and his compa-
ny TNA Palms.
The overlay, explained Atty. Ben
Fernandez, will allow commercial park-
ing on Roman's property with continued
residential use. At the moment, Dogma
patrons park on the Karma site, a less
viable now that it's open for business.
"We do not want developers
encroaching on residential lands and
turning them into parking lots," said
Powers. "The issue is that our neighbor-
hood is two blocks wide and is being
assaulted by Boulevard [expansion]."
Fernandez rebutted, addressing
Powers as "Mr. Flanders," an amusing
blunder upstaged only by Atty. Lucia
Dougherty, who previously stood with
hand raised while the Zoning Board
swore in "everyone who isn't a lawyer."
"This business and its owner work
favorably with the neighborhood," said
Board member Joseph Ganguzza.
Despite the Planning Advisory
Board's denial recommendation, they

voted in favor of the overlay. Powers
and Bottari vowed to continue the fight
before the City Commission. Tunnell,
for his part, had a long talk with the
pair outside the commission chambers.

You Could Hear a Pin Drop
In decidedly stark contrast to nearly
every other item, a bid to rezone the last
portion of N. Bayshore Drive, across
from Margaret Pace Park, from R-4 to
SD-6 Central Commercial-Residential
went through without a word from
either the Board or the public.
Atty. A. Vicky Garcia-Toledo, on
behalf of On the Park Properties, LLC,
nabbed unanimous Board support for
the rezone, bringing the properties at
1770 & 1778 N. Bayshore Dr., 1799
N.E. 4th Ave. and 430 N.E. 18th St.,
into a zoning classification consistent
with the neighborhood.
The project, she said, will also allow
Public Works to raise the street, which
should end common flooding problems.
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Charles Torrey Sim

Unsung Miami Naturalist
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Charles Torrey Simpson may be a South Florida his-
torical figure, but he is hardly remembered today.
"Most people don't have the foggiest idea who
Simpson was," said Rick Ferrer, of the Miami-Dade
County Office of Historic Preservation. "He's sort of an
unsung hero."
From the turn of the century until his death in 1932,
Simpson was an important naturalist. But drive down
N.E. 69th Street today and you'll find no trace of
Simpson's spectacular spread, which once extended all
the way out to Biscayne Bay. You won't see the magnif-
icent two-story homestead or the acres of rare and beau-
tiful subtropical plant life that comprised his estate.
By the time Simpson moved to Florida, he had been
all over the Caribbean, from Cuba to Haiti, Jamaica and
the Bahamas. But the beauty of South Florida attracted
him most. He wanted to explore and protect its wildlife,
so he moved to Lemon City, a few miles north of down-
town Miami.
"He settled in South Florida in 1902, a time when the
vast expanse of islands and marshes that comprise the
Everglades still teemed with panthers, crocodiles, and
great flocks of flamingos, egrets, ibis, herons and wood
storks," said Simpson biographer Elizabeth Rothra.
"Simpson devoted his last 30 years to interpreting the
subtropical plants and animals he found, becoming the
environmental spokesman to the droves of settlers and
tourists who invaded and developed the Sunshine State
in the 1920s."
Born in 1846, Simpson started out obsessively collect-
ing shells as a child. He continued this practice well into
adulthood and by the 1880s was a well-known conchol-
ogist an expert on various species
of shelled animals. He didn't oper-
ate from a stiff academic perspec- "Simpson d
tive, but was self-taught. He could 30 years to ii
identify some 10,000 shells by subtropical ph
sight, and give their Latin names, he found,
By 1889, with barely a high school
education, he was hired by the
Smithsonian. droves of settle
In 1881, Simpson made his first who invaded a
trip to Florida with friends, and fell Sunshine Stat
instantly in love with the beautiful
and exotic terrain. At age 56, he
retired to Lemon City, but little did
he know a whole new second
career was about to unfold for him.
"It was truly a golden age for naturalists," said
Rothra. "They were enamored with the newly discov-
ered 'tropics' on the American continent, more properly
called the 'subtropics' of course. They were absolutely
wild about the possibility of growing tropical plants in
Simpson wrote four important books about nature in
South Florida (Ornamental Gardening in Florida, In
Lower Florida Wilds, Out Doors in Florida, and Florida
Wild Life) as well as various articles for magazines and



newspapers. He had such affection for plant-life in his
writings that he often personified them as inventors.
He built his lushly landscaped estate surrounded by
acres of rare foliage. The building, propped up on stilts
with verandas, was unusual looking even back then.
Two tall Caribbean pine trees stood guard on his front
lawn, and so he dubbed his property the Sentinels.
And through the years he had visitors to the Senitnals.
David Fairchild and Marjory Stoneman Douglas were
among his friends and contemporaries.
"You could say the whole envi-
ronmentalist movement in South
voted his last Florida began with him," said
erpreting the Antolin G Carbonell, who worked
its and animals for the aviation department in Dade
coming the County and studied Simpson
)okesman to the At the Sentinels, Simpson held
rs and tourists the first meetings to preserve the
d developed the Everglades. He consulted with
in the 1920s." Charles Deering on the landscap-
ing for what today makes up the
Elizabeth Rothra, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
.s a .In his garden, Simpson had some
pson biographer 3,000 different types of plants,
including several different species
of palms, orchids and fruits. He was a proponent of
local vegetation, but also brought in plants from other
countries that would thrive here, many of which are now
extinct from the Florida landscape.
"He was really a recorder of what was here," said
Ferrer. "He was able to see things that today we can
only image and dream about."
Simpson was so passionate about diverse plant life
that for every new plant he bought, he'd go without a
meal in order to pay for it.


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Personally, he was something of an eccentric in his
time. He would go on days-long excursions to explore
the wilds. Even in his late 50s, old age at the time, he'd
go for long periods without food and shelter. As a result,
some locals regarded him a dangerous semi-lunatic.
Sometimes he was mistaken as homeless, and was even
once almost arrested for vagrancy.
On one outing, Simpson approached a man who
refused to give him a drink of water or let him spend the
night sleeping on his floor. He shooed Simpson away,
thinking he was either homeless or "a bad man."
Simpson pulled out his gold watch and showed it to
him, and asked if bad men carried such things, and then
pulled out a $10 bill as further proof. The man smiled,
and let Simpson sleep on his floor.
In 1923, at the age of 77, he received the Meyer
Medal, a great honor in the world of botany. The
University of Miami gave him an honorary doctorate of
science degree in 1927, the first one ever awarded by
the university.
In December of 1932, Simpson suffered a heart attack
working at his desk and died, but not before writing
Florida Wild Life in his final year. The book contains a
warning about the destruction of nature at the hands of
man, as he feared technology and civilization would ruin
the natural world.
If Simpson were to ever see Miami today, Carbonell
believes: "He'd be appalled by all these condominiums.
I think he would've wanted friendlier and less dense
development, because he was for growth and progress."
"He would've been shocked to see what happened,
obviously," said Ferrer. "It would be like someone arriv-
ing from another planet."
From 1932 to 1944, talks took place about making the
Simpson estate a public park, like what became of
Fairchild Park in Coconut Grove, but the idea never
The property was ultimately left to his daughter
Marion, who sold the land that made up the Sentinels,
save for the one acre on which the house stood. She died
in 1963, and there was a push to tear the house down,
deemed an eyesore by many in the community.
A lengthy court battle ensued regarding how the house
was to be disposed of, during which time thieves broke
in several times and stole important documents and pho-
tographs. The UM degree and Meyer Medal were also
taken. They broke windows, and on more than one occa-
sion the house caught fire.
Today, along N.E. 69th Street, one can see what
stands today on the Sentinels: The Palm Bay Club and
Marina, a 26-story condominium and waterfront. On a
green lawn immediately behind a white wall, nothing
remains but an acre's worth of empty space. That empty
space is where Simpson's house once stood.
Simpson Park, at 55 S.W. 17th Rd., is the only memo-
rial left in his honor. There he hangs, immortalized in an
oil painting.
"I think it's unfortunate that people have forgotten
about him," said Carbonell. "One of the things he was
trying to do is make people comfortable with the trop-

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a Baby and Blew it Up...
On Thursday, August 10, 2006 at 8
p.m., the Luna Star Caf6 presents
"Nature, Nukes and Nationalism." A
bevy of off-center performers promise
a fun and reflective evening of poetry,
prose and music. Scheduled around the
61st anniversaries of the atomic bomb-
ings of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki,
the night will be given to exploration
of these powerful forces in our world.
There will be free giveaways, special
themed refreshments and opportunities
for (sanctioned) audience participation.
Hippies will also be passing informa-
tion about environmental, alternative
energy and anti-nuclear groups, as well

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August Events
2344 N.E. 2nd Avenue
Aug. 18: Suenalo Sound System
Aug. 19: Bacon Bits Live
Aug. 25: Fitzroy Live

as other places one can score drugs.
Be there or be square: 8 p.m., 775
N.E. 125th St., North Miami. Visit
www.LiterarySalon-Miami.com or
call 305-799-7123 for more info. It
will be a blast!

Dip it Low, Girl
On August 14, The District Lounge
presents Big Dada recording artist
Diplo. The Tupelo, Mississippi, native
spent his formative years here in the
Sunshine State, talking gators with an
uncle and dreaming of swamp mon-
sters. Somehow those dreams turned
into a nice little producer/DJ career,
and since his debut album Florida hit
the shelves in 2004, Diplo's collabora-
tor list has grown to include top-shelf
names like M.I.A., DJ Shadow,
Prefuse 73, RJD2, Roots Manuva and
Le Tigre. Keep your eye on
www.epoplife.com for ticket informa-
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St., at 305-576-7242.

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The Single
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Friday night gather-
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restaurants all over
Miami, but they
don't advertise
locations because
once capacity is
reached, people
tend to stampede.
Sounds intriguing!
Call 305-371-8717
for info on booking
reservations and
locations for
upcoming events.
Secret locations, an
info-line? It's like
an old-school rave
without all the
pacifiers and nar-

Diplo plays

Grimey Timey
Get down with one of the longest-run-
ning players in drum n' bass: It's DJ
Rap on the ones-and-twos, everyone's
favorite pretty good and pretty hot
female DJ. The bass drops August 11,
10 p.m. at the Pawn Shop Lounge,
1222 N.E. 2nd Ave. Call 305-373-3511
or visit www.thepawnshoplounge.com
for more info.

The Dingo Ate Your Camera
Three cheers for this ridiculously
named event. The Second Dixie
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t Lounge August 14.

Festival has invited eight strangers to
make eight super-8 films: Super!
When I invite strangers to make low-
budget films it often results in a
restraining order, but one man's mis-
ery is another man's film festival.
Participants range from a genuine
Rastafarian to a UM hunger-striker
(a sensible pair, if you think about it).
Animated trailers by Miami's TM
Sisters and DJ Le Spam on the after-
party beats. August 8, at 8 p.m.
Dorsch Gallery, 151 N.W. 24th St.,
Wynwood, 305-775-6417.

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Around Town
Continued from page 32
Ten-Buck Tease
Tired of pushing society forward and
trying to solve the problems of humani-
ty? You and me both! Relax and get
gross at Cunnilinguisitcs, a tasteful,
monthly event for erotic poetry. Join
your fellow laureates for an evening of
tongue gymnastics at Power Studios,

3701 N.E. 2nd
Ave. in the
Design District;
$10 to attend,
free if you're
willing to get
onstage and
recite perverse
limericks; 305-
576-1336 for

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Channel fodder
and water you
drink; apparent-
ly a number of
people on the
continent now
have cameras.
Come see the
cradle of
humanity in all
its present glory,
through the
lenses of 35
African photog-
raphers. Miami
Art Central
presents Snap
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in Contemporary African
Photography curated but Okwui
Enwezor (get a discount for saying that
10 times fast). The first major U.S.
exhibition of its kind in a decade, SJ
encompasses a range of African culture
from the Northern Muslims to the sub-
Saharans. MAC is located at 5960 S.W.
57th Ave.; www.miamiartcentral.org
or 305-455-3333 for more info,

NoMi Caffe Does
the Gallery Thang
Michele European Bakery, Gelateria
& Caffe, owned by pastry chef
Michele Pompei, has started Gallery
Nights to display and sell works by
local artists. Come also for the live
jazz and chocolate fountain.
The North Miami spot opened in
December of last year to strong
reviews, offering European pastries &
desserts as well as breakfast, lunch
and dinner; pastas, gourmet pizzas,

salads, paninis, wraps, and 22 flavors
of authentic Italian Gelato are on
hand to tempt your heart condition.
Free wireless access is also available
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282 N.W 36th St.
July 8 through September 17:
"Woman of the World," featuring
work by Max Narbero and Elyane


2234 N.W 2nd Ave.

3938 N.E. 39th St.
August 10 through September 23:
"Brave New World," featuring work
by Caroline Holder


151 N.W 24th St.
Through September 2:
"Amoeba," by William Keddell.

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194 N.W 30th St.

125 N.W 23rd St.

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105 N.W. 23rd St.

98 N.W 29th St.

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Beth Reisman, Skyscape
(Sisters), 60 by 60
inches, 2006, $9,500

Beth Reisman is a
Brooklyn-based artist rep-
resented by the David
Castillo Gallery in Miami.
Her work began years ago
with painting the individual
female silhouette from
fashion magazines, gener-
ally on newspaper print.
That evolved into works of
silhouettes forming land-
scapes painted on alu-
minum. The latest body of
work, which will be shown
for the first time anywhere at the David Castillo Gallery in the Wynwood
Arts District in Miami, with an opening reception on September 9, from 7 to
10 p.m., Reisman takes the work one step further with silhouettes mor-
phed into completely abstract, vibrantly painted landscapes. Reisman has
had shows in Chicago, New York, Paris, Miami and many other venues.

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Gallery Moves
The Barbara Gillman Gallery has moved
back to the Design District. The gallery's
new home is at 4141 N.E. 2nd Avenue

The current exhibit is Moved, Unpacked
Unwrapped, and has artwork on the floor
and on the wall.

The gallery will be open as of Friday
August 4, 2006. Ms. Gillman invites all to
come by and help her make room for the
new season opening in September.

August hours are as follows:
Friday, August 4th from 12 until 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 5th from 12 until 6 p.m.
Wednesday Friday 12 to 6 p.m.
and Saturday, August 12, Design District
Gallery Walk 6 to 10 p.m.

Gallery Offerings
Carlos Gonzalez
Solar Storm, Cor-ten steel
sculpture, 8 by 8 by 6 feet,
2005, $25,000

Part of the younger "Cuban
Renaissance" artists who
migrated to Miami in the
1990s, Carlos Gonzalez's
work is distinguished for its
bravura, balance and breath-
taking beauty. In the words
of essayist Carlos de la
Fuente, "the technical purity
and impeccable finish" of a
Gonzalez sculpture compli-
ments its "graceful composi-
tion and movement of the
forms," which resemble "pri-
mal faunas, galactic animals,
ancestral monuments or sim-
ply... forms dialoging with space." For inquiries and commissioned works
please contact the gallery.

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2441 N.W 2nd Ave.

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Miami in Transition

MAM Exhibit Explores Our Evolving Metropolis

By Victor Barrenechea
BBT Contributing Writer

Real estate development and specula-
tion have drastically changed the land-
scape of Miami within the last few years.
At the Miami Art Museum's Miami in
Transition exhibition, local artists tackle
the complicated issues that arise when a
city experiences an urban building boom.
Wandering into the exhibit, one expects
to find art that makes black-and-white
judgments about whether or not Miami's
current development craze is good or bad.
But really what's presented is a collection
of complex analyses that capture the gray
nuances of a city in the midst of transi-
tion. The Miami high rises surrounded by
clouds in Vicenta Casafi's beautifully shot
Castles in the Air are dreamy and myste-
rious, but at the same time her message is
not a clear-cut yes/no, black/white.
Miami's elegant condos are modem day
castles, and those who can afford to live
there are something of a modem-day aris-
tocracy. Glitz, glamour and decadence are
part of the illusion of living down here,
the same currency in which Casafi's pho-
tos trade. Shrouded in clouds, the viewer
is shown a dream, a fantasy. But where's
the everyday reality? Where's the addict
hounding you for spare change? They're
far below the floating castles and by
default, not addressed in these photos. Are
you in for a rude awakening once you
take the elevator from your penthouse
down to ground level? Casafi lets that
question linger.
Two looping videos from Natalia
Benedetti, meanwhile, splash against the
museum's walls; the first of which, Atom
#3, shows a mesmerizing view of water
reflecting off a condo window. The intent,
according to the artist, is to convey the

lazy idyllic lifestyle of condo living, and
the way in which water moves across the
glass is indeed mesmerizing, but ultimate-
ly boring.
But her second video, Dream Bond, of
birds hovering around a crane is a much
more haunting portrayal of technology
and progress invading the natural sphere,
and nature's persistence in spite of it.
Mark Handforth mixes the representa-
tive and abstract, toeing the line between
the two. One piece, White Lightning, is an
instillation made of fully functioning
office light-fixtures, but shaped in a light-
ning bolt pattern. Some are bright white,
but the ones in the center are of an off-
white shade. The lightning-bolt pattern in
the middle is more pronounced, with a
subtle effect achieved through different
colored light bulbs.
They evoke movement a jolt of elec-
tricity. The cool light bulbs give off an
essence of cleanliness, and remind one of
the mundane rat-race feel of downtown
office buildings. But the winding and
angular shape and placement of the light
fixtures evokes the energy of the city -
technology, urbanization, modernity, also,
excitement, action, adventure, and of
course, power.
In Handforth's second unnamed piece,
the viewer confronts bright yellow pipe
fixtures, winding and curving fluid
movement once again reflecting the city's
manic energy. The colors draw attention,
and evoke a sense of mirth and playful-
The medium of aluminum pipes is
unusual, especially when tangled into
these odd winding shapes, like a twisted
paper clip. The curves, while fluid, also
produce tension. They remind one of the
urban maze of one-way streets that make
up downtown Miami, with 1-95 cutting

through. We've all been there before,
driving through the city late at night, the
stop lights all flashing red and yellow,
unsure where you're headed, nervous
confusion in the air.
Congestion, traffic and overcrowding
are becoming big issues in Miami, and
the 24-Inch House addresses these. In this
piece, Patricia Cuello offers a design for a
multiple-story building that would fit
within the space of a narrow (24-inch)
alleyway. The piece plays with the idea of
functionality in modem day architecture.
How can you possibly get anymore func-
tional? There are neither frills nor space-
to-spare in this design; the surfaces are
flat, stairs unfurl from the ceilings. The
whiteness and cleanliness of the build-
ing's model convey a sense of sleek effi-
ciency. You can build twice, thrice,
quadruple even the number of apart-
ments in the space of one complex, but
you pay a price for efficiency and func-
tionality: The inside of the building is
uncomfortable and unlivable.
Nearby are Purvis Young's paintings.
There is something primal about this self-
taught artists' work, something instinctive

and visceral. He works with paint on dis-
carded scraps of wood, mixing childlike
naivete with the harshness of German
The most prominently placed "canvas"
features what appears to be a fire burning
through a city, Liberty City. The fire
seems to represent 1-95's symbolic path of
destruction, wreaking havoc right down
the center of his landscape, and in its
wake buildings melting, figurine splotch-
es writhing in agony. The medium of beat
up scraps of wood helps add to the gritti-
ness of the piece.
Some statements are more obvious than
others, like Xavier Cortada's wall of pho-
tographs of Miami locales, underneath all
of which a memory is scrawled about
what used to stand there, pre-develop-
ment. Or the work of Michael Loveland,
who puts objects on display, such as old
mom and pop store signs, and advertise-
ments that have become extinct due to
Miami's ongoing development.
Nevertheless, the overall response to a
growing and changing Miami is varied
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Faibrika: Sounds from the Latin Underground

By Matt Gajewski
BBT Contributing Writer

Quick, name your favorite Latin alter-
native band. If you're stumped, don't
feel bad even in Miami, the "Capital of
Latin America," Latin alternative music
is a well-kept secret, ignored by com-
mercial radio stations and the main-
stream press. However, there is more to
Latin music than salsa, reggaeton, and J.
Lo, and a local multimedia company
called Fabrika is doing its dardest to let
the secret out.
Born in 2001 as a party at Two Last
Shoes, a now-defunct Wynwood bar,
Fabrika is the brainchild of photographer
Claudia Calle and Toto Gonzalez, a
graphic designer and drummer. Needing
rehearsal space for his group S6niko,
Toto hosted a weekly Latin underground
night to pay for use of the building's
empty second floor for band practice.
Showcasing local acts Locos Por Juana
and Estaci6n Local, as well as S6niko,
Fabrika gave eager crowds a taste of the
eclectic sounds bubbling beneath the sur-
face of saccharine Latin pop.
Like American alternative music, a
label used to describe artists as disparate

as Sonic Youth and Matchbox Twenty,
Latin alternative is a nebulous category
that encompasses everything from the
rock en Espafiol of Colombia's
Aterciopelados, to the electro-pop of
Kinky and the cosmopolitan experimen-
tation of Parisian-born Manu Chao. In
simplistic terms, Latin alternative is too
alternative for Latin stations and too
Latin for alternative stations.
According to Toto, the foundation of
Latin alternative, or "world indie music"
as he prefers to call it, is Anglo rock:
The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and The
Rolling Stones. Many kids throughout
the Spanish-speaking world, particularly
Mexico, Spain, and Argentina, grow up
worshipping John Lennon and Jimmy
Page, while at the same time subcon-
sciously absorbing the traditional music
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Britain and you get punk mixed with
Nortefio, hip-hop blended with cumbia,
and metal married to tango.
In Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela,
Gonzalez's hometown, there was an
active Goth scene inspired by The Cure,
and Gonzalez played drums for bands
influenced by Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam
and Jesus Jones. In the '80s, Venezuela's
foremost underground rock band was
Sentimiento Muerto, and their use of
self-made cassette tapes, graffiti and free
concerts to promote their music intro-
duced Gonzalez to the concept of gueril-
la marketing, a valuable tool for his later
forays into the music industry.
In the early '90s he moved to Miami
to study graphic design at the
International Fine Art College (now the
Art Institute), and worked for music
magazines and websites. He met Calle
through mutual friends, and the two
immediately began living and working
together, pooling their talents and dream-
ing of success in the entertainment
"We started at the bottom," said
Gonzalez, "moving from Kendall to
South Beach with nothing in our hands.
We were hippies, then everything started
Spurred by the success of the Two
Last Shoes parties, Calle and Gonzalez
decided to expand Fabrika into a full-
fledged company, devoted to promoting
Miami's Latin alternative artists. Having
recently done web design for
www.LaMusica.com, a national Latin
music portal, he built a similar website
for Fabrika, with event listings, band
interviews and CD reviews written most-
ly by interns from Miami-Dade College,
FIU and the University of Miami.
At the same time, S6niko had complet-
ed an album and was shopping it around
to major labels with no success.
Remembering the DIY aesthetic of
Sentimiento Muerto, Gonzalez formed
his own label to release S6niko's record-
ings, Fibrika Music, and slowly built
contacts within the industry. Three years
later, his band had a distribution deal
with Sony BMG three videos on MTV
Espafiol, and an invitation to the South
by Southwest music festival in Austin,
Texas. Still, S6niko faced the same hur-
dles as any Latin alternative band, such
as getting radio play and booking tours
in a country mostly unfamiliar with Latin
"It's hard to play in certain places,"

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said Gonzalez. "With Latin you get
immediately related
to salsa, maracas and
As for the radio,
Latin alternative is
relegated to specialty
shows on college
stations and a hand-
ful of public and
commercial stations
like L.A.'s KCRW
and Indie 103.1.
Internet radio has the
potential to reach a
wider audience (the
recently launched
Fabrika Radio Toto Gonzalez
broadcasts a free
stream of "world
indie music"), but most Latin alternative
artists gain exposure through music
videos on cable stations like Mun2
(MunDos) and MTV Espafiol (soon to be
MTV Tr3s). These stations are aimed at
U.S. Hispanics and non-video content is
mostly in English.
In Miami, Fibrika is spreading the
Latin indie gospel with a pair of weekly
parties: Saturday's Noches de Fibrika at
La Covacha in Doral, and Thursday's
Noches Indie/gentes at PS14 in the
Design District. Noches Indie/gentes fea-
tures a cast of rotating DJs, everyone
from musicians to fashion designers to
celebrities, spinning a variety of
American and Latin indie music (The
Strokes alongside Caf6 Tacuba), while
Noches de Fhbrika has more of a tropical
Fdbrika's website,
www.Fabrikalink.com, has expanded to
cover films and literature as well as
music, and recently switched to English
after four years of Spanish content. It
contains links to Fhbrika's many permu-

stations (Fhbrika Radio, Fabrika Store,
Fhbrikarte, Fhbrika Music) and employs
writers from California, New York,
Mexico, South America and Spain.
Fhbrika Music now
represents six
artists, three of
whom (Minimal,
Monte*Rosa and
Sacha Nairobi) will
play at this year's
Latin Alternative
Music Conference
in New York.
The website is
funded through
Fibrika Media,
with Gonzalez
doing graphic
design for clients
nd Claudia Calle like Sony, EMI and
Univision, and
Calle photographing artists such as Ricky
Martin and Robi Draco Rosa. Future
plans include hosting special parties for
movie releases and bringing Latin music
to local art gallery openings. With
40,000 subscribers to its regular
newsletter and a steady supply of curi-
ous scenesters catching onto their thriv-
ing parties, Fibrika is doing its part to
unite the worlds of Latin culture and
indie cool.
"The most rewarding part was to see
how all the bands and the people got
together to fight for the same purpose
and to actually become friends," said
Calle. "Share instruments, shows, and
contacts. This was not happening before
and does not happen that often in other
Noches de Fdbrika is every Saturday
evening at La Covacha, 10730 N. W 25th
St.t, and Noches Indie/gentes is every
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The Measure of a City's Beat

SMetro Pictures (Part II) at the MOCA

By Vanessa Garcia
BBT Columnist

The street beats differently depending
on where you live. But every city beats,
that much is certain
- whether rhythmi-
cally like a hip-hop
'80s New York side- MOCA @ J(
walk, or hard like a Building: 770 I
rainy day in North
Overtown. 305-89
Sometimes, when www.moc
you're lucky, the Hours: TL
beat is gentle and 11 a.m.
bright, and it shows Sun, Noor
you some sort of Admission
light; the slight tap $3 senior
and gesture of a
stranger-cum-friend; a
joint sigh. All of these beats are heard
through the Museum of Contemporary
Art's (MOCA) current show, appropriate-
ly called, "Metro Pictures."
For as long as urban life has existed,
artists have been living through the city
and recording it, as voyeurs, friends and
critics alike of the urban landscape. And

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it is The City that takes center stage in
Metro Pictures, a two-part exhibition of
mixed-media approaches from artists
around the globe. The exhibit brings
together two of Miami's most respected
contemporary art ven-
S ues: The Moore
Space, on N.E. 2nd
in Lehman Avenue at 40th
E. 125th St., Street in the Design
liami District, and the
-6211 MOCA, on N.E.
nomi.org 125th Street in
s Sat, North Miami.
5 p.m. At this point,
o 5 p.m. you've missed part
$5 adults one at The Moore
students Space, but still have
a chance to catch the
second-half of the
show at the MOCA, which runs through
September 17. And don't worry, it's just
like in the movies: It helps to have seen
the first part, but it's not necessary for
your understanding of the second.
Part Two, shining with gems through-
out, has two artists particularly worthy of
mention. The first is almost-native-son

S- George Sanchez-
Calderon's After


gold-plated man made of plaster and
paint way up at the top of it, close to the
ceiling. A knife sticks into/out of the
man's back. Behind this scene is a photo-
mural of Downtown Miami, specifically
Overtown, where the artist has his studio.
The last work, a digital photograph
titled The Artist Father: Luis Sanchez-
Lopez, is a picture of the artist's father
standing in the niche. Quiet and moving,
the artist's sad-eyed dad takes center-
stage, if only for a moment, within the
life of his son's work.
The three pieces take up an entire
gallery in the museum and are worth
more than their weight in "gold," so to
speak. Here, before even delving too
deeply into what this piece makes you
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George Sanchez-Calderon (raised in
Miami after arriving from New York at
the age of five). The second is Kianga
Ford, who lives and works in L.A., but
developed her project for the show as an
artist-in-residence at the MOCA. Ford's
piece, called The Complex, is an explo-
ration of the stories shared and overheard
in an urban neighborhood, and murmurs
with depth and cocoon-shell beauty.
For wont of space, however, we'll
focus on Sanchez-Calderon, arguably the
show's standout artist.
For the MOCA, Sanchez-Calderon cre-
ated three pieces: The one titled Niche is
just that, an empty, spot-lit, wooden niche
carved into a wall. The second piece is
entitled After Direr, and consists of a
metal pedestal spare and cold with a

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feel (which is quite a bit), the curators
rightly point out the following (on a long
label on the wall which I usually stray
from, but in this case find some worth):
"Sanchez-Calderon borrows [the]
Warholian concept of "15 minutes of
fame" as he relates this work to Miami as
a site of constant flux, both architectural-
ly and socially, in which new protago-
nists rise and fall continually."
It is evident that Sanchez-Calderon, who
has an MFA from the Rhode Island
School of Design, and who is currently
undertaking another master's degree in
architecture at FIU, responds to his sur-
roundings. The act of responding to the
city that surrounds him is a "conscious
choice," says the artist. And hence, he is
an exemplary choice for the exhibition.
"Architecture," he added, i.il just
building, it says a lot about who we
are... our culture."
Sanchez-Calderon's studio is near to the

new Performing Arts Center, and his
Pieces, which he sometimes places out-
side in his neighborhood, are often
replaced by the palm trees of gentrifica-
tion. "But it's still the ghetto," he said,
with everything the "ghetto" entails.
For Metro Pictures (Part I), at The
Moore Space, Sanchez-Calderon created
Plinth/Monument/Stoop, which, as the
Title suggests, served many purposes.
When he finished the stoop, he placed it
around his neighborhood, and people
stood, sat and rested on it. Sanchez-
Calderon would pass by, at odd hours of
the night, and catch people venturing
onto the plank of wood, and would pho-
Stograph them. A book of the pictures he
took evidence of the life of
SPlinth/Monument/Stoop sat atop the
stoop in The Moore Space. Some of the
pictures show a longing for rest; a man
Simply sitting down in a spot, quieting
Shis bones. Others stand tall and proud,
i longing for something else, perhaps a
soapbox on which to voice their woes.
And still others stand timid with trepida-
tions of what this temporary power might
"All the work relates to monumentali-
ty," said the artist, which leads straight
from Plinth to After Diirer, the previously
mentioned pedestal with gold-cast man
above, knife in back. Many things cross
one's mind at the sight of this man, high
above a cube of metal stilts. Consider the
death of those "15 minutes of fame," and
then think of a piece of art, long forgot-
ten, and gathering dust in a museum, des-
tined for a storage bin.
In the end, both are viable, considering
that the piece is a replica of sorts of one
conceptualized by the 16th-century artist
Albrecht Diirer, intended as a monument
to a peasant revolt but never realized.
Here, Sanchez-Calderon, centuries later,
brings the design to life, using it as a
model for the cast, "a guy who's been
around [the artist's] studio for five
years," he said. It's a cast of someone
from the neighborhood, a resident of his
city's beat.
George Sanchez-Calderon was raised
by and lives through Miami. Today he
finds himself, with what he calls a
"responsibility, as an artist," to record
and interpret what he sees. He talks about
not working for the money, but for the
sake of the work itself. At 38, Sanchez-
Calderon is way past his teenage years,
where such platitudes run rampant, evi-
dence of his dedication to this city. He's
here in Miami creating not for the love of
money or the riches Art Basel has
brought, but for the rhythm that runs
through her, pulse by pulse and beat by

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actress with 1997's Jackie Brown, but 30 years prior Grier was
stripping down and kicking ass all over the women-in-prison
subgenre in such classics as Black Mama, White Mama (1972).
As Coffy, she's just as sexed-up and violent, but exploits her-
self for a just cause and comes out a hero.
Many things make this film worthy of repeat viewings
beyond the fact that I've never seen a roomful of people not
love it. A young Sid Haig, recently back in action as the patri-
arch of a murderous family in Rob Zombie's two films, does a
great job as a sadistic thug; Roy Ayers' soundtrack is snappy-
as-hell; and Grier's unmatched screen presence and palpable
sexuality bode well with her tough-mama dialogue.
I also like watching how no one ever catches one of my
favorite onscreen throwaway jokes, when Grier mutters, "You
shouldn't have made me laugh," an easily missed adults-only
punchline (watch it, you'll see).
Coffy isn't going to net any retrospective Academy nods, but
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Blaxploitation: Where would cinema be without? Probably in
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Beginning in the early 1970s, studios churned out a winning
Afrocentric formula of superfly slang, outrageous costumes,
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What made Coffy so refreshing an addition to the genre was a
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I've seen Do the Right Thing five times now, and continue to
find it fresh and rank it among my all-time favorites. The pho-
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tastic more so considering it was Lee's
debut effort and as a film it's lost none
of its impact. It is a time capsule of a
bygone Brooklyn era of ghetto blasters,
stoop-lounging and fresh Air Jordans, a
time when hip-hop had just started to
unite black youths as a generation distinct
from their parents, and in terms beyond
If blaxploitation was escapism and
hyperbole, Lee and his contemporaries,
like John Singleton, whose stellar debut
Boyz N the Hood was nearly reviewed in
place of this, brought inner-city Reality,
warts and all, to mainstream audiences.
This is the story of a sweltering sum-
mer day in the Bedford-Stuyevesant
neighborhood, on a block where every-
one knows one another and at least gets
along. Racial tensions exist between
black locals and the Italian family that
runs Sal's Famous Pizzeria, but the heat
puts everyone's nerves so on edge that
pedestrian cultural tensions take an unex-
pected turn for the worse.
DTRT met enormous controversy for

Lee's ambiguous message about race and
violence. Many called the film an incite-
ment, its director irresponsible, but more
measured critics heralded not only its cin-
ematic merits which are numerous,
from explosive colors to great use of
sound, from natural performances to
interesting directorial solutions in a one-
block set but as the most honest por-
trayal of urban America yet seen on film.
In this ambiguity in that there are no
clear heroes and villains, in that certain
actions look senseless while other beg to
happen but never do, in that no higher
message can be derived other than
"People are complex, and when life heats
up the bubbles will fly" there is power.
Lee captures that black limbo between
MLK Jr. and Malcolm X with startling
If you haven't seen this film it's a
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In The Trenches: Today's Corporate Networks

This month we're pleased to have Mark
Borrow of Citrix Systems with us to dis-
cuss the latest in corporate network
infrastructure. Mark prowls the data-
centers of some of the nation 's largest
Fortune 500 companies, with hardcore
knowledge of today's hardware and
security challenges. If there 's a hard-
ware front line' in the world of
Information Technology, he 's on it.

Who are you, and what do you do?
I'm a senior systems engineer for the
Citrix Systems Application Networking
group. Our hardware group was formed
by Citrix when they purchased
Netscaler and Teros. I do mainly pre-
sales and initial implementation/support
for enterprise customers. Rather than
strategy or planning, we tend to be the
solution to a problem, and were
brought in to make network infrastruc-
ture more efficient.

What's hot in datacenter/network
management right now? What are
the benefits?
The 'application front-end' appliance
market is exploding. After Netscaler
installed their performance-enhance-
ment appliances in the largest
service/content providers (Google,
Amazon, eBay, etc.), Citrix bought
Netscaler and created the Application
Networking Group. Since then, other
companies have followed suit and cre-
ated internal groups that are focused
specifically on increasing performance
and application efficiency for corpora-
tions and content providers. The bene-
fits of these types of appliances are
many consolidation of many network
products (load-balancing, compression,
proxy servers), better transaction per-
formance for clients and servers, and
more efficient use of server infrastruc-
ture. The Citrix Netscaler, for instance,
can allow a customer to host an appli-
cation on fewer servers, or grow the
application using existing infrastruc-
ture, all by offloading much of the pro-
cessing overhead a server normally has
to deal with.

What's the latest word in network
threats and data security? Are most
of these threats web-related? How
involved are you in the effort to pro-
tect your clients' resources?
The biggest threats now are applica-
tion-layer attacks such as SQL-injec-
tion, forced-browsing, session hijacking
and cross-site scripting.
These are application
requests that resem-
ble 'good' traffic to a
normal network fire-
wall, and even to
most intrusion-pre-
vention systems. The
goal of most of these
attacks is to compro-
mise network data
(i.e. identity theft,
bank account num-
bers, social security
numbers). The Citrix
Application Firewall
examines each net- By Marc S
work request,
response and packet-load using what is
called a 'positive security model'. This
means no signatures are required to
protect the application. Basically, we
train the firewall to
recognize what 'good'
network traffic should
look like and reject "The appli
everything else. The
firewall also has built- security
in features to recog- about to
nize certain com-
mands and data pat-
terns, such as social
security numbers, that should be

Would you say IT spending in your
area has gone up, down or stayed the
same in the past two or three years?
Definitely up. Companies are consol-
idating their datacenters, moving more
of them in-house. Now that the fallout
from the dot-com crash has shaken out
a bit, customers are once again trying
to maximize their Return on Investment
(ROI) for technology. In our particular


market, corporate investment can gen-
erate ROI very quickly, leading cus-
tomers to spend more money faster.

How have Sarbanes-Oxley, internal
QA paperwork, or other compli-
ance/auditing schemes affected your
line of work? Is such oversight
worthwhile or overblown?
Since we deal extensively
with financial institutions,
Sarbanes-Oxley comes up
often. The rules have actu-
ally been good for our
company, as we accelerate
and optimize encrypted
transactions as well as
plaintext. Sarbanes-Oxley
has also been a boon to
application and data secu-
rity sales. Personally, I
think it's a good idea to
raise data-security aware-
ness, though I also believe
the law overreaches in
ephens spots and can be virtually
unenforceable if you fol-
low it to the letter.

How would you rate corporate
America's networks, data architec-
ture and business
efforts? Are estab-
lished companies like
ation-layer your clients taking
full advantage of
market is information technol-
xplode." ogy?
I deal with a lot of
educational institu-
tions (colleges and
universities), which are generally fairly
cutting edge. Businesses for their part
are still very much bottom-line driven,
which can cause them to move either
very slow or very fast. Our products are
designed to make business processes
faster and more efficient, meaning that
businesses are often willing to invest in
the latest technology to wring more
productivity from workers while saving
money on overall infrastructure. The
content/service providers I work with
are still a few years ahead of most
enterprise customers, and are also will-
ing to employ the hottest bleeding-edge
technology. Our big enterprise cus-
tomers (E-Trade, Bank of America,
Tyco) are typically a year or two
behind when it comes to firmware/soft-
ware upgrades, because they're more
cautious about deploying them to pro-

What do the next five years hold for
your tech segment of American busi-
I think that when it comes to hot
technology, the application-layer secu-
rity market is about to explode. Too
many incidents of mass identity theft
have occurred for people not to notice
these types of application exploits.
Banks have adopted this technology
already (the 'positive security model'
described above, which scrutinizes
application data patterns), and I suspect
many companies will follow suit to
protect their data.

Have a tech question? Email it to Marc
Stephens at tectalk@bellsouth.net.

Tech Talk Q&A

Dear Tech Talk,
I did not understand your
statement about switching off
the read-only regarding
CD/DVDs. If it is read-only,
what would switching it off do?
I am rather a novice so I did not
understand what I am supposed
to do in both cases. Appreciate
your help.

Hubert Harriman

Thanks for writing. The read-only
issue arises when restoring files from
backup CDs or DVDs to your hard
drive. When you back-up data files to
a CD or DVD, they automatically
become "read-only" files. This means
that the read-only file attribute is set to
ON. If you restore these files from
CD/DVD back to your hard drive, this
attribute is retained as ON. Such files
may be opened but can only be
saved under a different name; the
original restored file usually cannot be
written over as is. You must turn off
the read-only attribute after restoring
the file in order to use and save it
under the same name, as you would
with any other normal data file on
your hard drive.
Hope this answers your question!

Marc Stephens
Tech Talk

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The Environmental Lawn

By Jeff Shimonski
Tropical Designs of Florida

To most people, a lawn is an open area
that surrounds a home planted as a
monoculture with a single species of
grass. Often these lawns are maintained
at great cost and with much effort.
Nationwide, the cost of irrigation, fertil-
izer, pesticides and mowing runs into an
astronomical amount of money. A very
lucrative industry has grown up around
the myth of creating and maintaining the
"perfect" green lawn.
The term "Industrial Lawn" was
coined in the first edition of Redesigning
the American Lawn, published in 1993
by Yale University Press. It was a primer
toward sustainable lawn management
and very applicable to our situation here
in South Florida.
Because of our climate and soil condi-
tions, most lawns down here consist of
one of the following exotic species of
grass the very common lawn grass "St.
Augustine" Stenotaphrum secundatum,
Bermuda grass Cynodon spp., the tough
expressway grass Bahia, or one of the
Zoysia species. Some of these grasses
can be very difficult to grow and keep as
a perfect monoculture. Fungal problems,
chinch bugs or army worms are always
ready to take advantage of the lush
grass, or a fast-growing "weed" is
always there to outgrow and take over
the lawn.
Did you know that the fatal palm dis-
ease Lethal Yellowing (LY) is vectored
by an insect called a Planthopper,
Myndus crudus, and that the immature
stages of this insect develop on all com-
mon turf grasses popular in Florida?
They feed upon palms and transmit LY
as adults. Dicotyledonous (dicots)
groundcovers that have been tested do
not support the development of this

insect. Dicots are .. wasps are very
considered the dependent upon
woody plants and food plants to
grasses are con- realize their
sidered monocots high reproduc-
(monocotyledo- tive potential,
nous). thereby
Add up the enabling them
cost of maintain- to control a
ing your lawn for greater percent-
an entire year: .age of our plant
Do you pay a pests.
service to come The
and cut, spray Environmental
and fertilize, or Lawn also func-
do you ownyour Above: A Cernanus Blue butterfly on the tions as a but-
own lawn mower picnic lawn, Parrot Jungle Island. One of terfly garden.
and fight the bat- dozens of butterflies that day The plants found
tle of the Below: The Environmental Lawn at in this habitat are
Industrial Lawn Flamingo Lake, Parrot Jungle Island. very attractive
yourself? for nectar-gather-
There is anoth- ing and egg-lay-
er option to ing. Throughout
growing and the year when
financing this there is a profu-
Industrial Lawn. sion of tiny
That option is the flowers in
Environmental bloom, dozens
Lawn. This is a of butterflies
garden that can be seen
requires no input feeding from
of fertilizers or the flowers.
pesticides. It can The lawns at
be home to many Parrot Jungle
species of grass- .Island (PJI)
es, sedges or were all grown
even tiny dicots. One of the functions of as Environmental Lawns. The area that is
an Environmental Lawn (aside from the called Flamingo Lake is approximately
aesthetic) is a place where beneficial one acre, with half of the area lawn. This
insects can gather pollen and nectar from exhibit was designed as a basin with the
the tiny dicot flowers that abound in this lake at the bottom to protect the flamin-
habitat. Many of the tiny parasitic wasps goes from hurricanes. The wind will
that prey upon scale insects, caterpillars blow above them as they seek refuge in
and other plant pests take nectar from the lake during a storm. With the lawn
plants with tiny flowers that present on a slope, any chemicals or fertilizers
small, open nectaries. Many species of that are put onto the lawn will eventually

runoff into the lake potentially harming
the fish and other animals that live in the
water. The picnic area next to the chil-
dren's playground is another half acre of
lawn. This is an area the public has con-
stant access to, and any pesticides or fer-
tilizers put down can possibly expose
them to harmful chemicals. These lawn
areas are also only eight feet or so above
the water table. Many fertilizers can
leach out of the root-zone quite rapidly
and enter the water table; this causes pol-
lution and is not very eco-efficient (eco-
efficiency is fundamentally a ratio of
some measure of economic value added
to some measure of environmental
impact). The Environmental Lawn uses
less water, less or no chemicals, and less
labor; this is eco-efficient.
A decision was made when PJI opened
three years ago to grow lawns (actually
the entire landscape) that would not use
pesticides, fungicides, nematicides or
commercial fertilizers. These lawns are
now very attractive and green, and while
not what some would consider perfect by
conventional standards, they are perfect
when considered from an environmental
and ecological point of view.
Establishing an Environmental Lawn
in South Florida can be easily done with
patience and common sense. Stop or
slow down your fertilizing and spraying;
see what will grow in your garden.

.i. \li,,,,. i,,I.,, is an ISA Certified
MunicipalArborist, license #FL-
1052AM, with many years of tree experi-
ence as principal of his company,
Tropical Designs ofFlorida. Ifyou have
any concerns about the plant life on your
property, Jeff is a great resource.
Contact him by email at
jeffta trpic ahle.,.lign. c ,in or log onto his
website, www.tropicaldesigns.com, for
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Local Attorney in Italy for
Equity Roundtable
Arthur Furia, and Italian-American
law partner at Gunster, Yoakley &
Stewart, P.A., in Miami, vice-president
of the National Italian American
Foundation (NIAF) and a resident of the
Grand Condominium on Bayshore Drive,
recently participated in the NIAF delega-
tion in Rome for a major roundtable
hosted by Ronald Spogli, the U.S.
Ambassador to Italy.
Furia traveled to Italy to meet with
Italian public officials, including Italy's
new President Giorgio Napolitano and
the president of the Italian Chamber of
Deputies, at a roundtable on private
equity held at Ambassador Spogli's resi-
dence, Villa Taverna.
Through the course of several meetings
during their stay in Italy, Furia and
Italian officials discussed the heightened
importance of private equity in Italy.
"Better communication of the purpose
of private equity investment, along with
the generational shift and adaptation of
cultural influences has now brought
Italian businesses to the cusp of

increased private equity interest from
multi-national private equity firms,"
Furia said.
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pants included executives from
Sinergetica, MedioBanca, Baker Capital,
Templeton International, J.P Morgan,
Advent, and Telecom Italia.
Furia has a long history of promoting
trade between Italy and Florida. In addi-
tion to being a member of the NIAF
board of directors, he is a board member
of the Italy-America Chamber of
Commerce. He is also the Florida repre-
sentative of the American Chamber of
Commerce in Italy and founding chair-
man of the board of the Primo Camera
Foundation. In 2000, the President of
Italy designated him "cavaliere," the
highest distinction awarded by the Italian

BGT Partners Receives
Multiple Design Honors
BGT Partners, a full-service interac-
tive marketing and technology consultan-
cy with offices at 3800 N.E. 2nd Ave., is
proud to announce several awards for
excellence and industry leadership,
among them: A top ranking by South
Florida Business Journal in the Large IT
Consulting category; a Best in Class
Public Relations Site award from the
Interactive Media Council; three top
honors at the Web Marketing
Association's 2006 Internet Advertising
Competition (IAC) Awards; three awards
at the 5th Annual Horizon Interactive
Awards Competition; and two "Stevies"
at the American Business Awards.

Left to Right: Arthur Furia
with Dean Mark Sargent, of
Villanova Law School, and Prof.
Gianfranco Mossetto, former
CEO of Telecom Italia.
"Our work goes beyond great strategy,
technology and creative design," said
David Clarke, managing partner and
SVP for BGT Partners. "These awards,
however, are a great honor, and serve as
the icing on the cake. We look forward
to continued success and industry leader-
For more information on BGT Partners
visit www.bgtpartners.com.

Forkosh Group
Brings Rental Community
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Aja on the Bay

Aja on the Bay, a 12-story residential
community located at 700 N.E. 26th Ter.,
is now operational, with 58 units avail-
able for rental by August. Previously
named Electra on the Bay, Aja on the
Bay was bought and is being rented by
New York-based Forkosh Development
From 800 square feet to 1,300 square
feet, each residential unit has a view of
Biscayne Bay, private balcony, intercom
system, brand new appliances and free
intemet. The pet-friendly building con-
tains covered parking, a pool, sauna,
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gym, on-site management office and 24-hour security.
Aja on the Bay is being exclusively leased by Capital
Holdings Group Inc., a Miami-based brokerage firm
located at 2413 Biscayne Blvd. For more information
visit www.caphol.com or call 305-576-3221

Passionately Pink for the Cure
The inaugural campaign for Passionately Pink for the
Cure, a breast cancer fundraiser endorsed by the Susan
G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation that will involve
local businesses, schools, religious and/or social organi-
zations and individual residents in a month-long cam-
paign to raise money for breast cancer research, kicks
off this October.
Participants pick a day in October, National Breast
Cancer Awareness month, and make a $5 or more per-
sonal contribution to the Komen Foundation as they
wear pink as a sign of sharing in Komen's promise of
finding a cure for breast cancer.
To participate in the initiative, interested parties must
register online at www.komen.org. Following registra-
tion, participants will receive a Passionately Pink kit
that includes ideas to help plan and encourage partici-
pant support, pink Komen Share the Promise wrist-
bands for participants, and educational materials about
breast cancer.
For more information call the local Komen chapter at
305-383-7116 or send an email to komenmiamit@earth-

L to R: Camilo Alvarado Boshell, design princi-
pal for Kubik; Miriam Varela, Fortune House;
Jose Camilo Lega, principal of Lab Group
Developers; Sheila Bokstein, Fortune House.

Lab Group Developers (LAB) hosted an open house
at Kubik's onsite sales center to celebrate the official
launch of the condominium project, to be situated at
5700 Biscayne Blvd. just north of 55th Street Station.
At the all-day event, LAB presented Kubik's design and
outlined to brokers a generous incentive program.
"This event is a great opportunity for us to... cement
their grass-root support, which is vital to [our] success,"
said Jose Camilo Lega, principal of LAB.
Throughout the day, many brokers visited the sales
center at 5582 N.E. 4th Ct. to meet LAB's sales staff;
the event also attracted many first-time visitors. Guests

enjoyed complimentary wine, cheese and dessert.
The twin-tower, 16-story design will comprise a 183-
unit south tower, and one to the north containing 116
units. There will also be 41,745 square feet of commer-
cial space for sale. Pricing for the residential units
range from the high $300s to $2.5 million. Construction
is slated to begin October 2006, with completion sched-
uled for spring 2008.

Haitian Dance
Continued from page 20
In addition to traditional Haitian dances offered
throughout the month, Corina Fitch also teaches a
Belly Dancing for Birthing class on Wednesday
nights. The class focuses on belly dancing techniques
and encourages women to explore the fertility of their
bodies through the slow, circular movements of the
pelvis and hips and the undulation of the torso. This
dance is intended to loosen a woman's body and pre-
pare it for labor as they "dance" their babies out of
their bodies. Fitch is a licensed midwife, as well as a
professional dancer and percussionist. A Drum
Aerobics class is also available by reservation.
A nonrefundable fee of $20 is required annually to
register for classes. For more information on details
and schedules, or to donate money for the children's
class, please contact the St. Paul Episcopal Church at
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Credit Bureaus Unveil New Credit Scoring System

By Gilda Iriarte
BBT Columnist

Something good has come from the
epidemic of identity theft that has
plagued many people in recent years: We
have finally caught on to the important
truth that credit counts. As a result, we
have learned how important it is to mon-
itor our credit reports.
Last year the federal government
required the three credit bureaus to pro-
vide one free credit report each year to
anyone who requests it at www.annual-
creditreport.com. Credit scores, generally
called FICO scores, are not included in
the free reports, but FICO sells the
scores and each bureau will provide
them for a nominal fee. Fair, Isaac &
Company provides the formula and soft-
ware for determining FICO scores.
These scores are widely used by credit
grantors banks, mortgage lenders, cred-
it card companies and auto dealers but
the three credit bureaus, Equifax,
Experian and TransUnion, have utilized
and marketed their own credit scores.
Thus a borrower will often find that he
or she has three scores that can be quite
different. That's because each bureau

uses a different formula to generate the
score. To reconcile the three scores, a
mortgage lender will typically use the
middle score. FICO scores use a scale
from roughly 300 to 900, with a score
less than 620 considered sub-prime.
Last March, the three credit bureaus
released a jointly developed credit-scor-
ing system called VantageScore. They
claim it will provide more consistency,
as all three bureaus will use the same
formula to compute the VantageScore.
However, your score with each of the
bureaus will probably vary due to data
differences among each consumer credit
The new credit scoring system uses a
different numerical scale. The
VantageScore ranges from 501 to 990.
Like FICO, the higher the score, the less
risk you represent to a lender and the
more likely you are to be approved for
the best rate. The system also assigns a
letter grade to consumers within certain
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801-900: B
701-800: C
601-700: D
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tary school report card. However, it does
not solve many of the major problems
consumers have with credit reports, such

Dissimilar databases: The information
in the credit bureau databases differs due
to the fact that creditors may report to
one bureau and not to the others. Or, you
may have successfully disputed an error
at two of the bureaus only to have a third
refuse to erase the bad entry.

Incorrect or missing information: This
is not just from data entry errors but
from creditors not reporting paid bills,
closed accounts or transferred accounts.

Credit card companies refusing to
report credit limits: Why is this impor-
tant? In the credit scoring formula, your
balance is measured against your credit
limit to determine your credit utilization
rate, which accounts for 30 percent of
your score in the FICO model. A balance
of 30 percent or more of your credit limit
lowers your score.

Collection agencies' practice of report-
ing inaccurate information to credit
bureaus and of illegally "re-aging"
debts on credit reports: The collectors

tell the bureaus that an old debt is, in
fact, a new one in order to extend the
seven-year limit on reporting negative

So will VantageScore replace FICO?
Right now, it doesn't look like it but
we'll have to wait and see. FICO scores
are entrenched in the financial world
and it seems the bureaus have ignored
the major players in developing this new
scoring system. It's not just lenders with
their automated underwriting systems
that rely on FICO. Most loans are bun-
dled and sold on Wall Street to institu-
tional investors who depend on the scor-
ing system to determine how much risk
they're taking with these investments.
So is the new VantageScore a benefit
to the consumer? Maybe. VantageScores
can be purchased by creditors but will
not be available to consumers until late
this year. The bureaus have promised to
provide clearer guidance about what
goes into the scores and how consumers
can better their numbers. If the new
scoring system serves to educate the
public, that will be a benefit. Only time
will tell.

Gilda Iriarte is a real estate and mort-
gage consultant in Miami with a
Harvard MBA and 25 years experience.
She can be reached at giriarte@bell-
south.net or 305-984-1101.

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Why Are We So Trashy?

By Priscilla Arias
BBT Contributing Writer

Every Saturday morning I walk onto
my balcony and stretch. I look to the
west and see cozy homes hugged by tall,
beautiful green trees; I look to the east
and am pleased to see a small glimpse of
the bay; then I look down and see large
piles of garbage strewn about. It's really
quite discouraging. Sometimes it seems
like I can't turn a corer around my
neighborhood in my unincorporated
Miami-Dade community of Biscayne
Shores without running into a pile of
trash along the sidewalk. There are old
pieces of wood, computer monitors, bro-
ken strollers and chairs, ratty couches,
tree branches, old refrigerators and so on.
True, my neighborhood isn't an affluent
one, but is that a good enough excuse for
us to use sidewalks and vacant lots as our
own personal landfills?
These eyesores aren't exclusive to
Biscayne Shores, mind you. I've noticed
them all along the Corridor, and some of
them were there for months before finally
being removed. I believe the reason we
are relinquishing responsibility of our
unwanted litter is because we don't know
what else to do with it. Well, ladies and

gentleman, that ends today. Below is
information that may be useful should
you ever need to get rid of bulk trash:

Miami Shores Village Sanitation
Division 305-795-2207
You do not have to schedule a pickup
Sanitation Division has bulk trash collec-
tion every 2 to 3 weeks, depending on the
They collect up to three cubic yards of
debris, including wood, branches, white
goods (stoves, refrigerators, etc), furni-
ture, and other bulk items except haz-
ardous materials or building materials
(see website for more info)
Leave your items in a pile on a desig-
nated corer or curb in your area
To find out exactly where to leave
your items or for more information, go to
rks/sanitation division.htm

City of Miami Solid Waste Department
- 305-575-5106 ext. 100
You cannot schedule a pickup
The city established the Solid Waste
Mini-Dump, specifically for the disposal
of bulk trash:
Location: 1290 N.W. 20th St.
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Remember, install a
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fuel filter every 20,000
miles, check tire pres-
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and check alignment
every 6,000 miles.

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They will take your bulk items,
including construction or demolition
debris and up to four automobile tires, at
no charge
Do not take household garbage, haz-
ardous waste, chemicals, paint containers,
or automobile parts, such as batteries, gas
tanks, cylinders or drums
The service is available to residents
serviced by the Solid Waste Department,
and must provide proof of residency
If items are left abandoned on side-
walk, the City of Miami will schedule a
"special pickup" and send an inspector to
investigate. The person or people found
guilty will be fined
If items are left abandoned on vacant
property, the property-owner is responsi-
ble for removal and will be fined
For more information, go to
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You can schedule a bulky waste pick-
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calling 305-594-1500. Expect to wait

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Services residents of Unincorporated
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from mailboxes, parked cars, trees and
other obstructions
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tree-cuttings, and construction materials
limited to 1 cubic yard or less
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Bunny Yeager, Queen of the Bikini

SAs the Two-Piece Turns 60, the Renowned Photographer in Her Own Words

I was doing test shots for the City of
Miami Beach with photographer Don
Duffy in 1949, and he asked me if I had
a two-piece bathing suit. All I brought
was my store-bought, regular one-piece
suit, the only one I owned (most girls at
that time only had one). I didn't realize
that it might be more useful to a photog-
rapher to have several suits on hand.
"No, but I will try to make one," I
told Don. "I sew a lot of my clothes
because I am tall [5' 10"] and it's hard
for me to find clothes that fit. Most
skirts and dresses are too short, and even
bathing suits are not long enough. They
pull down at the top and ride up at the
bottom. What color is good for you?"
"Red is always good," he replied.
"Don't give me white or black."
So I went to the store and picked out
two yards of red cloth printed with
white seagulls. I had no idea what I
needed but thought that was more than
enough, then I took a strapless bra for
the top and sewed the material on by
I didn't have a pattern for the bottom,

so I cut two triangular pieces of material
and made it like a diaper. After I sewed
them together, the point at the top of the
triangle became the crotch. The long end
of the triangle, which would be the
front, I tied at my
back, and then I
pulled the other
part through my
legs and brought "That's
the two points there's too n
together into a bow Could you
up front. I put the and tie the tv
top on and looked
to make a p
in the mirror and
the suit looked cute
to me. It fit okay
and was a two-
pieced suit, so I just
hoped the photographer would be
Don took a few photos and then said,
"Could you untie that big bow in the
front and hold out each side, pulling it
"Sure," I said. I was still perfectly
covered and didn't think it would be bad




or unwise to do this. But after some
more shots he said, "That's good, but
there's too much material. Could you
untie the back and tie the two ends on
each to make a pair of bows?"
Afraid the suit
was going to fall
off altogether, I sat
down on a log and
ood, but adjusted it like he
ich material, instructed.
itie the back Then Don said,
* ends on each "Roll the edges
So b under to get rid of
ir of bows?"
some of the mate-
rial, both in the
front and back."
I did this and
then stood up to
see how it felt to me and to get his
approval. "That's perfect," he said. I
could tell he was pleased. I had no mir-
ror and didn't really know how brief it
looked, but I was comfortable and he
seemed very happy. We shot a lot of
The City of Miami Beach would later
send these photos to the wire services to
be printed in countries all over the
world, and the Miami Beach Publicity
Department sent them to newspapers all
over the U.S.

In a July 7 interview for the bikini '
60th anniversary with Jim Bitterman of
CNN and Kelly Killoren Bensimon,
author of The Bikini Book, Bunny
recalled her mother s reaction when she
saw her on the front of the Miami
Hurricane. She gasped, "How could you
do that! You 're nude!"

This was not only my first bikini, but
also probably Miami and Miami Beach's
first bikini, besides the original French
one designed in 1946, three years before
mine. My bikini design wasn't about
rebellion or sexiness, or even comfort,
and I have no idea how other girls felt
about me. I knew men admired me, but I
also knew I had done nothing wrong and
my suit covered me decently.
I found that by designing and making
my own bikini suits, I was in demand at
the publicity departments in both Miami
and Miami Beach. They always called
me to model a new design, as it made
for a good variety of news/publicity
photos. They used me more than anyone
else and I became the most pho-
tographed model in Florida.

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When I graduated from Miami Edison
High School (at N.W. 5th Court and
62nd Street), I spent the summer at the
beach working on my tan and meeting
guys. I met Chuck Schwind, a handsome
blue-eyed, blonde body-builder, and we
made a striking couple walking along
the water's edge together. He was a pho-
tography student at Lindsey Hopkins
Technical Education Center on N.W.
20th Street and asked me to pose for
him during one of his classes. I saw how
photos were developed and printed and
wanted to know more about it, perhaps
even take a course.
But my father suggested I look for a
job instead of going to the beach every-
day. I looked in the classified section of
The Miami Herald and starting going on
interviews, but nobody wanted me
because I had no experience in anything.
One day, though, I interviewed at
General Acceptance Corp., at the
Seybold Building in downtown Miami.
It was a simple job filing, taking loan
applications, checking credit but for
me it was a big deal. They gave me my
own desk and telephone, and unlike my
high school and home the office was air-
conditioned, at that time an altogether
new thing. I came on board fulltime at
$30 a week and immediately tried to
learn other jobs around the office so I
could ask for a raise regularly.
Even though I held a steady job I still
modeled when I could. One photogra-
pher who liked to work with me was
Roy Pinney of New York. He flew down
once a year and called for me at the
modeling agency, asking, "What's new
in your life?"
I told him I'd enrolled in photography
classes at Lindsey Hopkins and, very
excited, he got this idea to make a story
about me as a girl photographer. I told
Roy I wasn't one yet and didn't plan on
making it my career, but he promised it
would make an interesting story and to
leave it to him.
So in August 1952 Roy put me on the
cover of U.S. Camera Magazine wear-
ing a bikini. On year later and I was
back on the cover, this time with the
headline "World's Prettiest
Photographer." Inside were several
pages of photos showing me working
with a model, sewing my bikinis, etc.
The tagline stuck and I was instantly a
I was modeling and doing photogra-
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I still shoot models today, but for a
long time I put my camera down
because the pinup market became too
clinically explicit. I didn't feel comfort-
able shooting the kinds of photos they
were publishing in the late '70s and for
all of the '80s.
Magazines didn't
want to buy my work
anymore, so I stopped .
and for 12 years pub-
lished an entertain- I
ment newspaper
called Florida Stage .
and Screen News.
But then something
happened: People
once again started
seeking me out for
photos. I realized I
could shoot my old- Bu y th
fashioned way and way toan
Jim Bitte
still enjoy public
embrace. So today when I shoot, I shoot
how I want and when I want old
becomes new. I'm always on the lookout
for attractive girl subjects, and a number
of professional pinup models have con-
tacted me on the internet and come to
Miami at their own expense just to pose
for me so they can put it on their
resumes. Making pretty women/girls


look even more beautiful by my posing
them, using my knowledge of lighting -
both existing light and that in a studio or
home location is what I do best and I
enjoy it.
I don't miss the good old days
because I am
doing much the
same thing, and I
love finding a girl
who has never
thought about pos-
ing before and
developing her
beauty in front of
the camera.
I've always
worked more or
less alone, with no
assistants except
;July on her
on large assign-
nterview with
ments. I like it that
nan of CNN.
way. In the old
days I even did the hair and the makeup
because many of my models were inex-
perienced young girls who didn't know
how to make the most of themselves. Of
course I made most of the outfits, both
bikinis and lingerie, but I don't have to
do that today, although once in awhile I
still like to. Today's clothing is very
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Bunny Yeager in the 1950s, wearing a bikini she designed.

Bunny Yeager
Continued from page 52
phy at the same time, plus my regular
job. One day the boss called me into his
office and asked me to decide whether I
wanted to stay working at my job or
give up modeling. When I won beauty
contests, sometimes as a prize there was
a trip here or there. My boss had been
kind enough to let me take off to collect
my trips to New York and Mexico, but
now felt I was missing too many days.
I thought about it. Could I support
myself just modeling and maybe some
photography? I decided to take that
chance and quit my job. Fortunately I
was a success.

I was able to find models to pose for
pinup work that I could sell to men's
magazines, most of which didn't feature
nudes, only bikini shots and pinups. I
came along when there were more men's
magazines than at any other time in his-
tory, and they bought nearly everything I
shot. They didn't give assignments and I
took my chances when selecting models
and how I posed them. It didn't matter
that I was a woman in a man's world -
it never crossed my mind. I knew what
the magazines wanted and I gave it to
them. I developed a reputation for shoot-
ing glamour with good taste, nothing
raunchy. My photos were clean and
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Gen Art & Perrier Present Shop Miami

Fashion Show and Design Unveiling at Moore Building

By Malika Bierstein
BBT Staff Writer

More than 40 emerging designers and
boutiques, fashionistas and consumers
alike gathered at the Design District's
Moore Building Thursday, July 27 for a
New York style sample sale and the debut
of Zoe Hong's winning design for the
Perrier Bubbling Under Award.
"Shop Miami is a program that we have
done in every other market, and this is the
first time that we've brought it to Miami,"
said Julia Brown, director of Gen Art
Miami. "Sample sales are really a way of
life for New Yorkers and other major met-
ropolitan areas, and it's something that
hasn't really hit here yet. We're excited to
be the first to present this in a dynamic
way with such an incredible roster of
Hong, the designer who flew in from
San Francisco to unveil her design, was
awarded $10,000 by Perrier for winning
their "Sparkle"-themed competition.
Based on submissions of sketches from
designers and fashion students all over the
U.S. and Canada, the decision was made
by a panel of judges including Nicole
Miller and Diane Von Furstenberg.
Attendees enjoyed cocktails and browsed
clothes, shoes and jewelry available for
sale in each designer's booth before taking
in a 30 minute fashion show. The show
unveiled Hong's winning design and a
sneak preview of what we can expect to
see in select designer's new lines. Music
was provided by DJ Induce.
Hong, who lives and works in San
Francisco as the head designer of a men's
and women's outerwear company, finds
her inspiration in "mismatched layers,
photos of old-school redneck truckers,
Dvorak, Camus, tangled wires and opaque
nude hose." She maintains a witty blog

Left: Julia Brown, Director of
Gen Art Miami, talks BBT Staff
Writer Malika Bierstein.

Below: Miami's golden boy, Red

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Samples of her work are also showcased
Gen Art, an arts and entertainment
organization dedicated to showcasing
emerging fashion designers, filmmakers,
musicians and visual artists, has offices in
New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco,
Miami and Chicago. They produce more
than 100 events annually, ranging from a
week-long film festival to fashion shows,
DJ competitions, art exhibitions and multi-
media events. And they've helped launch
the careers of many current prominent
designers, including Zac Posen, Rebecca
Taylor and Shoshanna.
A myriad of local designers were pres-
ent, including local golden-boy Red
Carter, Karelle Levy and former model
Raiza, in addition to some 35 other nation-
ally known names in fashion who offered
advice to novices and admitted that so
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'It takes a lot of work to make it happen
d it takes a lot of money and a lot of
is," said Levy, who was born in Paris
d raised in Miami. "You have to really
nt to do it because it's very difficult."
e received a BFA in Textile Design
m the Rhode Island School of Design.
-evy's line, KRELwear, was recognized
Gen Art's "Fresh Faces of Fashion"
d has been worn by Alanis Morrissette,
ristina Ricci, Carmen Electra, Pink,
meron Diaz and Natasha Lyonne. The
e is available in boutiques around the
S. and Japan.
Carter, who in 2003 relocated to Miami
m San Francisco, has since made quite
ame for himself with a swimwear line
pired by his grandmother's antique gar-

ments. His dream is to bring Miami to the
forefront, as he believes it's "a place
where all culture meets, [a place that] has
been very influential to me as a designer."
His words of advice for fledgling
designers: "Pay your dues. Learn from
someone else. I spent 12 or 15 years
behind someone else's name Oscar de la
Renta, Victoria's Secret, Sports Illustrated,
you name it. I never wanted to take the
spotlight, but when I finally stood out I
had experience. Take a deep breath. It's
okay to be patient with your talent."
For a full list of participating designers
or more information about Gen Art com-
petitions and programs, visit
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By Richard Nixon, L.P.N.
Nurse Manager Miami Beach Community
Health Center, Beverly Press Site

Asthma is a chronic disease that
affects your airways, which are the tubes
that carry air in and out of the lungs. If
someone has asthma, the inside walls of
the airways become swollen or
inflamed. This inflammation makes the
airways very sensitive; they react
strongly to things to which they are
allergic or find irritating. When the air-
ways react, they get smaller or narrower,
and less air is able to flow through them
to the lung tissue. This will cause symp-
toms like wheezing (a whistling sound
when someone breathes), coughing,
chest tightness, and trouble breathing.
This can occur especially at night and in
the early morning.
In the United States, about 20 million
people have been diagnosed with asth-
ma; nearly 9 million of them are chil-
dren. Although asthma affects people of
all ages, it often starts in childhood.
More boys have asthma than girls, but in
adulthood more women have asthma
than men. Nearly one in five of all pedi-

Tending to Asthma
atric emergency room visits is asthma- attacks could be: allergens, animal
related, and asthma attacks contribute to der (from the skin, hair, or feather
parents making nearly a million emer- animals), dust mites (contained in
agency room visits every year in the U.S. dust), cockroaches, pollen from tr
In 2002 alone, more than 25,000 hospi- and grass, and mold (indoor and o
talizations in Florida were due to asth- door). Irritants like cigarette smok
ma. During that school-year, a total of pollution, cold air or changes in w
97,386 children were diagnosed asth- strong odors from painting or cool
matics. Although it's an incurable condi- scented products, strong emotion
tion, most people with asthma can con- expression (including crying or lai
trol their symptoms and live normal, hard) and stress are also factors. C
active lives, potential triggers include medicine
If you have asthma you should see as aspirin and beta-blockers; sulfit
your doctor regularly. You will need to food (dried fruit) or beverages (wi
learn what causes your asthma symp- condition called gastro esophageal
toms and how to avoid them. Taking reflux disease (GERD) that causes
care of your asthma is an important part bur and can worsen asthma symp
of your life, and involves working close- especially at night; irritants or alle
ly with your doctor to learn what to do, that you may be exposed to at you
staying away from things that bother work, such as special chemicals or
your airways and monitoring your asth- and infections.
ma so that you can respond quickly to It is not known how to prevent
signs of an attack, ma, but there are some things that
There are many things in our environ- lower the chances of having an ast
ment that can bring on asthma symp- attack. Learn about your asthma ai
toms and lead to asthma attacks. Some how to control it. Use medicines a
of the more common triggers include directed by your doctor to prevent
exercise, allergens, irritants, and viral stop attacks and avoid things as m
infections. Other triggers of asthma possible that can worsen your asth

s of
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uch as

Regular checkups with your doctor are
also key.
At the Miami Beach Community
Health Center, asthma patients are direct-
ly involved in their own care. The office
visit changed from one of being reactive
to one that is proactive; patients are
taught how to manage their asthma. This
means that they take ownership of their
disease and learn to identify their trig-
gers. Once a patient can identify what
causes an asthma attack, he or she can
take the necessary steps to avoid and/or
reduce exposure to these things. The goal
of the best practice model is to reduce the
number of asthma episodes a patient has,
thus improving his or her overall health.
Proper management of the disease will
reduce the number of emergency room
visits, reduce the number of missed work
or school days, and increase the number
of symptom-free days.

Miami Beach Community Health Center
has sites at 710 Alton Road and 1221
71st Street in Miami Beach, and at the
NANAY Health Center, 12340 N.E. 6th
Court in North Miami. The contact num-
berfor all sites is 305-538-8835.

Bunny Yeager
Continued from page 53
brief in itself, and sexual. Girls are more aware
of their bodies today and want to look glam-
orous and sexy. Unlike in 1949 when I went to
pose for Don Duffy with one bathing suit, these
days I tell my models to bring all of their biki-
nis and they turn up with a bagful. Nobody had
bikinis in the 1950s and they only started to
show up in stores over the next decade.
Bettie Page was my first centerfold Playmate.
I originally took photos of her thinking I could
sell them to a calendar company, but I didn't
know of any. In the meantime, I saw a copy of
the new magazine called Playboy on a news-
stand and bought it. It looked like the kind of
magazine that might be interested in my pho-

Tell them you

saw it in the



tography, so I sent in the shots of Bettie Page.
I was unknown as a photographer then, but
they were new too and Hugh Hefner liked my
work. He didn't answer with a letter, but
instead called me from Chicago and told me he
wanted to buy one of my photos of Bettie for
$100 for their holiday issue. That sounded good
to me! Hef and I are still friends all these years
later, and last month he told me he has never
been happier in his life.
I've published more than 25 books about
glamour photography and am currently finish-
ing my latest, Flirty Females of the Fifties,
which will come out near the end of this year. I
have a home and a studio, both in Miami
Shores, and I am single now, having twice been
widowed. They were both very happy mar-
riages the first lasted 27 years and the second
22, and I have two grown daughters from my
first husband.
What does the future hold for me? No slow-
ing down: My big project is working on my
autobiography and I am also working on ideas
for more glamour photography books.

For more information about Bunny and exam-
ples of her work, visit www.BunnyYeager com.
Her books and photos are also widely available
on eBay, but be prepared for an investment:
Last month one autographed book was up for
sale by a London auctioneer for nearly $1,200.

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More Dollars Down the Drain...

By Jack King
BBT Columnist

Cruising through the Grove on one of my morning
walks, I wandered under the marquee of the now-shut-
tered Coconut Grove Playhouse and thought to myself,
"How did this happen?" After all, local, county and state
governments, along with hundreds of private donors,
tossed millions of dollars at the Playhouse over the past
50 years. Why wasn't it a success? Of course the obvious
answer is bad management and zero board oversight.
But there has to be more to it than that. Is this type of
behavior so endemic to Miami that it can never be
changed? I'm beginning to think so. As the Playhouse
was crashing under the weight of its own debt, Arnold
Mittelman, the guru of bad theater, was taking a
$125,000 grant that was earmarked to do repairs to the
building and paying his own salary. Of course the con-
tractor who was doing the work outside was diligently
working away, fully expecting to get paid. He didn't and
the work has not been finished.
But all these nails in the Playhouse coffin do not stop
the same people who put the nails there from plotting
even more insanity. The operators and owners are now
planning, along with the City of Miami's Department of
Off-Street Parking (DOSP), to erect a parking garage on
part of the property. Now that's just what the Grove
needs is another parking garage to sit empty. We already
have two of them, even though the reason they are empty
is that they are in the wrong places. But never fear,
DOSP says they will do a study to make sure the garage

is needed. Love those studies: You tell them what you
want it to say and that's the way it comes back.
And not to be left out of study business, the county has
now thrown their hat into the ring, promising $150,000
to the Playhouse for legal assistance in the debt mess and
to do another study as to how best to operate the facility.
Of course, this study will cost $250,000. No word on
where the rest of the money will come from.
The legal issue is one of life and death for the
Playhouse. The State of Florida gave the property to the
Playhouse and the agreement has a reverter clause that
returns the property to the state if certain requirements
are not met. Right now they are not being met, and the
ability of the Playhouse to fulfill these tenets is being
seriously jeopardized by the $4 million debt and its asso-
ciated lawsuits.
I think the best solution to this mess would be for the
state to step in, take the property and give it the
University of Miami or FIU to operate as a regional, edu-
cational theater. This area deserves good theater, but not
the kind that happens behind the closed doors of the
Playhouse board, the Miami City Commission or the
County Commission.

I got a couple of phone calls after my last column
about Jason Walker and Linda Haskins. She is the
appointed replacement for suspended commissioner
Johnny Winton, and he works in the commissioner's
office. He called first, taking exception to my comments
about him that included ". .given his past history. ."
He then began to lecture and question me simultaneously

without ever letting me say ain\ hinii' not that I really
wanted to. Experience has taught me that when public
officials call you about something they don't like, it is
best to just listen and let them hang themselves. The con-
versation with Walker ended abruptly with his comment
that he just wanted to understand what I was saying
before turning the information over to his attorney.
Govern yourself accordingly.
And then not minutes later, Haskins called. She took
exception to my comment that she had been fired from
the city manager's office in 2000. She emphatically
denied that she had ever been fired from any job, saying
"I have a reputation to uphold."
A little background here: When you get to a certain
level in both the public and private sector, few people get
"fired." They are given a chance to resign and "pursue
other interests." And that's what happened to her. She
was no longer wanted in the city manager's office so
they offered her the chance to resign. She did. The little
people get fired and the big ones resign to pursue other
Regardless of how you look at this situation one thing
is certain: Like others who sat in the District 2 chair,
Haskins can turn a phrase that will stick around. Her "I
have a reputation to uphold" is way over the top for a
politician, even a rookie. Her predecessor Johnny Winton
was also golden with "Do you know who I am?" And
years ago I wrote something about former Commissioner
J.L. Plummer that he did not appreciate. He grabbed me
aside and said, "Listen, I don't care what you say about
me. Just spell my name right!"


Stress, Insomnia, Anxiety?

Stop Thinking About it and Get off the Couch!

By Hernan Pisano
BBT Columnist

Let's assume you weren't bor rich
and famous... and that you have a boss.
Likely, that's reason enough for you to
be stressed. Add a husband/wife, a cou-
ple of kids, and other responsibilities
and you get the perfect combo: stressed,
restless, sleepless, anxious...
When stress becomes unbearable, we
might develop one of what modern psy-
chologists name "anxiety disorders,"
among others, generalized anxiety disor-
der, different types of panic disorders,
various phobias and post-traumatic
stress disorder. The latest research indi-
cates that the tendency to be anxious
runs in families, and different genes
contribute to make people vulnerable to
anxiety. Psycho-social factors do the rest
- marriage difficulties, work challenges
and so on. As you might imagine, anxi-
ety usually teams up with depression,
and it's particularly pervasive in

America, affecting men and women,
young and old alike. Some hallmarks of
anxiety are muscle tension, restlessness,
flight of ideas and apprehension about
the future. Sound familiar?
Psychotherapy claims to be effective
in the treatment of anxiety and certain
drugs seem to provide significant relief.
If you are not so inclined to drug-related
solutions, several alternatives are avail-
Along the lines of re-establishing
some chemical balance, Chamomile (an
herb sold at almost any grocery store)
has been effective for centuries. Swap
your coffee for Chamomile! At night, try
the old-time warm milk and honey
before bed (combined in the human
body, they create a powerful anxiety
reducing chemical).
Other answers come from the nutrition
arena: It is well-known that stimulants
like caffeine increase anxiety. Research
suggests that excessive sugar consump-
tion (including soda) may increase anxi-

ety, as might white bread, pasta and sim-
ilar foods.
The third big set of answers comes
from the exercise psychology field. The
results in this field are incredible.
According to current scientific research,
a single exercise session reduces cir-
cumstantial anxiety significantly.
Moreover, trait anxiety is also reduced if
the exercise is continued. For best
results, 12 weeks of three 90-minute ses-
sions is recommended. It is interesting
to note that one consequence of being
stressed is that you don't have time for
anything... even for exercise. This cre-
ates a vicious cycle, so keep this in mind
when you are anxious. Exercise can be
as effective as any other stress reduction
method or therapy, including drugs and
psychotherapy. Considering the relative
ease and low cost of exercise, it should
be the treatment of choice.
Meditation can also release both neu-
rotransmitters and stress-reducing hor-
mones, significantly decreasing anxiety.

Currently, diverse meditation techniques
are taught in 60 percent of American
medical schools.

Yoga, a form of moving meditation,
combines all the above "active ingredi-
ents" in a beautiful recipe against anxi-
ety: It is strong exercise with a medita-
tive dimension into it, and it tends to
help people shift their minds from a
reactive to a preventive mode of life,
affecting their nutrition and other life
choices, before problems arise. Its care-
ful, choreographic routine incorporates a
strong aerobic exercise at the beginning
- the 'sun salutations' then moves
trough the standing (triangle) poses,
increasing body awareness (the aware-
ness necessary to be able to relax specif-
ic muscles).
These are followed by balancing
poses, where the mind must focus 'here-
and-now' in order to balance in a tree

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How to Deal with a Board You Don't Trust

he condo lifestyle is carefree,
as shared maintenance can lead
to less burdensome responsibil-
ities than a single-family homeowner
must shoulder.
Amenities are often available to you
that you just cannot find
or afford when not part
of a cooperative living
arrangement. The
affairs of the
Association, from the
maintenance to the
procuring of insurance
and bill-paying, are
governed by a board of
directors, made up of
several fellow condo-
owners who volunteer
their considerable time
and talents to oversee
your home, as well as C N q
This can be quite a
thankless job, and we trust that the
folks we elect to the board will keep
the best interests of the association in
mind and keep things running as
smoothly and cost-effectively as possi-
bly. But what if, what if...
You can always register a complaint
with the Florida Department of
Business and Professional Regulation,
Division of Florida Land Sales,
Condominiums and Mobile Homes.
The complaint form is located on the
web at http://www.state.fl.us/dbpr/lsc/
You will be asked to provide basic
information about your association and
reference the provisions of the statute
that governs condominium and cooper-
ative life that you believe has been
violated. The state will investigate, not
on your behalf but on behalf of the
State of Florida, which has a vested
interest in keeping you safe and happy
in this cooperative living environment.
However, the best proactive tool
condo-owners have to protect their
investment is to participate in activi-
ties that govern the association.
Barring that, one should exercise their
right to choose their leaders through
the annual election process; that means
reading the ballot information when it
arrives, learning about the candidates'
backgrounds and viewpoints, and vot-
ing for whoever you feel most aligned
with. But what if, what if...
What if year after year, you feel that
things are just not right, that the same
folks get reelected with no opposition,

or opposition that is unable to achieve
a majority? What if assessments keep
increasing due to costs not associated
with insurance or utilities, budgets are
mismanaged and repairs not effected?
What if elections are months away and
you and your neighbors
begin to fear for the
future of your homes?
If your documents do
not make provisions for
removing board mem-
bers, also known as a
'recall', the state statute
section 718.112 (2) (j)
lays out steps for chang-
ing one or all members
of the board before or
even the day after an
election. Any board
member may be
removed from office
Sa l with or without cause
by the vote or agree-
ment in writing by a majority of all
the voting interests. It takes only ten
percent of owners to call a special
meeting of the association for the pur-
pose of a recall.
The first step is to identify who the
owners are so you can reach out to
them with your concerns. You can do
this out by looking at the recorded
deeds held by the clerk of your county
court, records generally available
online. This provides the most accu-
rate list of homeowners, so you're not
relying on records maintained by a
board you find suspect. The meeting
must be properly noticed, mailed to
each homeowner at least 14 days in
advance, and must state the reason for
meeting. The statute also clearly states
that you may not use e-mail for the
You can also circulate a written
recall agreement; rule 61B-23.0028 of
the Florida Administrative Code gov-
erns recall by written agreement, ver-
sus calling a special meeting. The
same written recall ballot may be used
in successive recall efforts, and revo-
cation of signed and submitted recall
agreements by owners must be done in
writing prior to the delivery of the
petition to the board.
The written agreement should list
any and all of the current board mem-
bers you wish to remove from office;
you're basically asking others to vote
on removing or retaining them. The
written agreement should also include
the proposed names of individuals

willing to serve in the place of
recalled board members. You cannot
vote for more replacements than you
recall, and write-in candidates are
You can also appoint a third-party
Representative," to
whom agreements
can be sent and
who will present The best p
the current board condo-ow
with the verdict. protect the
protect their
This person can
also act as a clear- to participa
inghouse for that govern
homeowners' ques-
tions about this
painful process,
and help the issue
remain focused so it doesn't become a
matter of personal disagreements.
When the recall is approved by a
majority of all voting interests, the
board must hold another meeting with-
in five business days, at which time
they can either certify the recall, effec-
tive immediately with five days to turn
over all records and property of the


association, or protest the recall by fil-
ing a petition for arbitration, as also
set out in the Florida Statutes.
If the recall is being sought in writ-
ing through the majority of voting
interests, the agreements must be
delivered to the
board either by
certified mail or
personal service.
active tool The board must
ers have to then notice and
investment is hold a meeting
.acti s within five busi-
in ness days, where
ie association. again, they must
either agree with
the written recall
and or file their
Although the process is straightfor-
ward, it is fraught with hurt and suspi-
cion. It should only be used as a last
resort, and not in lieu of a proper elec-
tions cycle. The most important thing
is that you, as a condo-owner, feel
confident that your association is
being managed as best as it can.

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Continued from page 1
Eventually FDOT erected "No Parking on Right of
Way" signs, but by then construction on Blue was all
but complete and the area pretty well trashed. After
unsuccessful attempts to force Hyperion into re-land-
scaping, FDOT went in after SDC cut the lawn and
planted coconut trees and Sea Grapes, which were soon
ravaged by Hurricane Wilma.
In July of this year, FDOT laid down sod and braced
the trees, all at their own expense, with the hope of recov-
ering costs from Hyperion at a later date. It is in this state
- overgrown banks flanking rights-of-way littered with
sparse and feeble palms that the site remains.

The Responsibility Spider- Web
What made this situation unique was that it suffered
from an unusually intense bout of round-the-table fin-
ger-pointing. When the BBT went looking for informa-
tion, FDOT, the City of Miami, the County and the City
of Miami Beach all had conflicting ideas about who
was responsible for the island.

After months of inquiring, Donald Shockey had only
a bare-bones explanation spliced together by various
government agencies, and his frustration brewed to the
familiar rage of a citizen paralyzed by public-sector
Once the BBT started asking, it took FDOT a week
to determine their actual ownership of the land, during
which time they suggested it was the vanguard of every
local municipality within sight. Then they had it: City
of Miami Beach Public Works is responsible, to which
MB officials responded:

"[The City of Miami Beach] is not responsible for
maintaining the landscaping on the western side of
the Julia Tuttle [Causeway]."
Fred Beckmann, director MB Public Works

"The parcels in question fall on the west side of the
City of Miami Beach city limits. Therefore, it is
FDOT's responsibility to maintain the landscap-
Mike Alvarez, assistant director, MB Public

The City of Miami had a similar response, and one
engineer from the Public Works Department, speaking
anonymously, commented that, "FDOT is notorious for
being evasive and trying to push maintenance responsi-
bilities onto local municipalities."
The reality of that sentiment notwithstanding, to Ron
Steiner's credit, he worked vigorously with the BBT to
educate himself on the issue, and eventually cut through
the confusion to provide solid answers.

Unraveling the Knot
The confusion arose in part because FDOT generally
landscapes as part of a construction project, and paid to
landscape the central and eastern portions of the Tuttle
Causeway as part of a 1995 City of Miami Beach
Capital Improvements project. They continue to pay
Miami Beach to maintain these sites, but city limits fall
right in the middle of the Causeway, so the western por-
tion is not theirs to maintain, as FDOT believed. It is
within this type of state/local partnership that FDOT

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The Anatomy of Chicken

Where s the Best Bird in the Corridor?

By J.P. Chops
BBT Contributing Writer

Steroid injected vs. free range. Perdue vs. Bell &
Evans. Bird flu. Salmonella. Organic. No hormones.
These are all subjects which have a profound effect
on poultry. These are also issues that we will leave to
food scientists to discuss.
The meat of the matter is this: Where do we prof-
fer a tasty bird? In our fair city the answer is easy -
stick with the ethnic eateries. It must be something
about having to eat the same thing day in day out
that makes them so good at making chicken taste
yummy. Let's venture to say that 90 percent of Third
World countries eat chicken at least 10 percent more
than all other meats, what with the lack of necessary
sprawling ranches in which to raise big bovines and
the roosters just roaming about the streets of these
foreign lands. Take for example my homeland,
Wynwood; on any given Sunday, one awakes to
crows from nearby alleys.
A Jamaican once said, "Man, you cook chicken
better than my momma. "
This is further proof that foreign hands, and for-
eign lands, prepare better pollo.

Chez Rosie is an excellent starting point. Deep in


Lil Hades (5961 N.W. 2nd Ave.) lies the link to lus-
cious libations. Go for the fried chicken plate no

batter, just crisp, bone-in bird seasoned to succu-
lence. Also of mentionable honors is the stew chick-
The islands in general are reliable producers of
fine poultry. Clive's (the Jamaican joint at 2818 N.
Miami Ave.) is a surefire bet. Must be Monday's that
the grill is fired out back for the jerk chicken special;
unctuous crust of spice and heat and goodness sur-
rounds spoon-tender meat. Once again, we find stew
chicken, the staple brown stew.
Wash it down with ginger beer.
Last, and most likely at the top of the chicken
chain, don't peck at Peruvian pollo.
Sure ceviche is the national plato del dia, but fear
not when cured fish becomes mundane the pio pio

On Woodhaven Boulevard in Flushing, Queens,
you can obtain the world's greatest chickens hot off
the rotis for less than $10. Closer to home, in the
prospering ghetto, is Delicias del Mar Peruano at
2937 Biscayne Blvd. Here you will find chicken on a
stick, rubbed with aji chilies, and copious amounts of
salt, cooked to juicy perfection with a delectable
The bottom line? Forget gourmet: poor people
make the best chicken.

Tuttle Causeway
Continued from page 58
does their gardening.
Although FDOT planted coconut trees
and such along western right-of-way, no
one neither Steiner's people nor any
local municipality actively maintained
them because no partnership existed.
Hurricane Wilma left the palms broken
and bent, and by springtime fronds were
starting to wither from dehydration while
the grass remained burnt-out from vehi-
cle abuse, and still no state or municipal
department stepped in.
FDOT did the re-sod essentially
because no one else would. That work fin-
ished on July 20. The island's banks, once
a popular fishing destination and 'Lover's
Lane' of sorts, remain a tangled mess.
FDOT's final word on the matter is
this: They own the land but have a main-
tenance contract with Infrastructure
Corporation of America (ICA), an asset
management firm that maintains limited-
access expressways across the county,
including 1-395. ICA is contracted to
maintain (not improve) the existing land-
scape in accordance with FDOT depart-
ment standards, which Steiner says they
have done. Problematically, however,
under the routine maintenance provisions
ICA has no obligation to actually

enhance the site.
Alyce Robertson was an assistant
director at DERM for ten years and now
staffs the Miami-Dade Image Advisory
Board, a body which builds partnerships
between municipalities and FDOT, with
a focus on gateways. As she explained:
"Ultimately this is FDOT's roadway,
but they have this policy that says if you
want this road to look better than it looks,
you [the municipality] have to come up
with the initiative and the money."
According to Jose Gonzalez, an
FDOT liaison from the City of Miami's
Transportation Department, to properly
transform the area into a stunning gate-
way, the City of Miami Public Works
department must petition FDOT to pay
for and execute improvements, which
the city will then be responsible to
maintain. But he said no such petition
is either pending or planned for the
near future.
Local residents, either individually, as
an informal group or through their home-
owners association, who wish to see the
area improved can act through District 2
Commissioner Linda Haskins, available
by phone at 305-250-5333, by email at
lhaskins@ci.miami.fl.us or by writing to
the Office of Commission Haskins, 3500
Pan American Dr., Coconut Grove, FL

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You Are What You Fish
Continued from page 1

and then two miles out to sea (hopefully with-
out too many leaks). Upon resurfacing, it leaves
a fresh, chlorinated scent in the air.
It's ironic that a place built on the good for-
tune of its coastline would treat it like a
cesspool, but that has been the practice for the
last few decades in Miami-Dade, Broward and
Palm Beach Counties, which have two ocean
outfalls apiece. Every day these six pipes send
close to 400 million gallons of partially treated
wastewater into the sea.
Partially or secondarily treated wastewater
contains high levels of nitrogen and does not
filter out the parasites Cryptosporidium or
Giardia, which cause severe diarrhea and dead-
ly infections in immuno-compromised individu-
als. In marine fish, this type of effluent causes
boy fish to become girly-fish, according to a
study published last year by the Southern
California Coastal Water Research Project.
You know something is wrong when your
flounder with lemon turns out to be a sweet
Still, the outfalls' effects are mainly invisible,
especially in Miami-Dade County, where the
pipes' endpoints are located two miles offshore
in 100-foot-deep water. But the other four pipes
are closer to shore and are major suspects in the
sharp decline of our reefs.
This potential threat has earned greater scruti-
ny this year, particularly now that two species
of coral in South Florida's waters have been
listed as "threatened" under the federal
Endangered Species Act. Preliminary scientific
studies point toward the obvious: These outfalls
are coral assassins, not to mention a serious
kink in our local seafood supply.
A new report by the University of Florida on
South Florida's six outfalls lays out their cur-
rent status and sounds the call for alternatives.
(Google "Ocean Outfall Study" to get the full
241-page report, which was funded by the
Florida Department of Environmental
Protection.) The leading alternative is to reuse
as much water as possible (see last month's col-
umn on this topic). It is both environmentally
responsible and relatively affordable for our
counties, according to the report's projections.
Other alternatives to reduce the impact of
ocean outfalls include the diversion of waste-
water to deep-injection wells or additional
cleansing prior to release. But these options
compare poorly with the state's priority, which
is reuse.
It seems that Miami-Dade County would
rather wait until a tourist gets run over by a
mutant fish before making any responsible
changes. Instead, the Miami-Dade Water and
Sewer Department has plans to open up two
new ocean outfalls, according to the report.
Such plans should not even be on the table.

Continued on page 61

Photos courtesy of Steve Spring
"This is one of Southeast Florida's dirtiest little secrets: Unlike the rest of the state, we dump most
of our wastewater, including sewage, offshore through giant pipes called ocean outfalls."

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In fact, the state wants us to shift
into reverse. Instead of pouring waste-
water out, we should be finding ways
to pour it back onto the earth as irriga-
tion, for example. The new require-

ments are spelled out in last year's law
based on Senate Bill 444.
This law demands responsible water
management by making it a prerequi-
site for all new development. Already
nine construction projects in Miami-
Dade have been rejected due their
inability to demonstrate responsible

water management,
and more are going to
be canned until the
county gets serious
About large-scale water
wt conservation.
This is a serious
dilemma for construc-
tion-crazed Miami. It's
as if the state is look-
ing us in the eye and
saying: "Read my lips.
No new condos." Want
to keep on building,
Miami? Then reduce,
reuse, and recycle your
water, and decrease or
cease dumping it at
Broward County has
plans to shut down its
ocean outfalls and
move toward 100 per-
cent reuse of its waste-
water within ten years, that according
to the South Florida Water
Management District. Palm Beach
already leads the three counties in
reuse, and its outfalls are under con-
stant attack by the Palm Beach County
Reef Rescue, a group which monitors
sewer outfalls' impact on the reef sys-

tem and reviews the discharge monitor-
ing reports from sewer plants. Sounds
like a plan that could work here, too.
What's a conscientious Miamian to
do? After contacting the County
Commission, pause for a moment
before fertilizing your lawn. Fertilizers
spread during the wet season are more
likely to wash away into our already-
stressed waterways and out to sea.
Save it for the dry season, and even
then, tread lightly by using a low-nitro-
gen fertilizer.
Also, the next time you do eat fish,
find out where it comes from and try to
get an idea of what it has been eating.
The same principle applies all across
the food chain: You are what you eat.



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Bad Management Leads to Theft Getaway Garbage Pails
700-Block ofN.E. 23rd Street N.E. 5th Avenue at 62nd Street
Victim secured his door and went to visit a friend. Home was broken into and many electronics items
Upon his return, the door was wide open and several were removed. A neighbor had witnessed a suspicious
items, including a beige ottoman, had been taken. man with a goatee and afro pushing a City of
Investigation by police determined that the lock to Miami green garbage container down the
the door was faulty at best and the criminal made block. He followed the
little effort in opening it. Victim later stated thai man around the cor-
most of the locks of this apartment building arc ner and saw two
faulty and can easily be opened by merely puslunii, i lic more of the green
door; he had complained to the building manage i canisters. When
to no avail. New locks were installed, but the police arrived, the
lock replacement, unfortunately, was a classic suspect hid behind
case of too little too late. the canisters and
A was quickly appre-
Witness's Vivid Description ended by police.
All of the missing
Apparently Not Unique All of the missing
electronics items
Enough for Boulevard's Scum were discovered
Omni Inside the bins
Tipster notified police of a possible break- drenched in garbage
in at a local business. A loot of (including
$30,000 was pilfered, including kitty litter).
cash, jewelry and electronics A Suspect
equipment. The tipster stated was arrest-
that tIAn o11 nicinou hnomeless ed.

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people (man and a woman) were
seen in the area shortly before
the crime. The suspected homeless man wore a fashion-
able goatee and was dressed all in white. The woman
had blonde hair and "pimples." She also had a "go
funny, tricky" eye which blinked uncontrollably. Police
canvassed the area, yet found quite a few people along
the corridor matched the tipster's descriptions. As of
press time, no one has been arrested.

Sweaty Man In Need of a Salon
N.E. First Court at 54th Street
Dispatched to the scene of a suspected robbery,
police found a panting man, sweating profusely and
wearing a fanny-pack. The sweating man was ordered
at gunpoint to lay face down on the pavement. The
fanny-pack revealed a sharpened screw driver and a
bottle of Got2B \h,,-. ,.. / Out Hair Gel. A makeshift
crowbar was found by the door with accompanying pry
marks by the door's lock. The doorknob of the business
was broken. The man stated he had an appointment but
neglected to write the correct time in his PDA. Man
was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

What Nicotine Addiction
Can Lead To
Palm Grove
Man was observed running from the area of a local
establishment, carrying a white pail. He stopped traffic
on Biscayne and ran west of the Boulevard. The man
had stolen 12 cartons of Marlboro Light 100s valued at
$385. He was eventually arrested but not before he was
seen lighting up.

Television Banking Not a Good Idea
5600-Block ofN.E. Miami Ave.
Couple arrived home disenchanted to find their
recently purchased 32-inch Sony television had been
taken. The suspect gained entry through a Florida room
and had broken the lock on the doorknob. If this wasn't
enough, $1500 was also stolen as the money was locat-
ed under the television. No arrests have been made.

Non-Participation in Conversation
Leads to Violence
100-Block of N.E. 68th Terrace
Victim was sitting on patio, enjoying the night, when
a young hoodlum aggressively started a conversation
with him. Unwilling to contribute to the discussion, vic-
tim walked back to his front door. The conversationalist
then hit him from behind, causing a laceration on his
face, and entered the home. The perp hid out for several
minutes before exiting through the front window. The
suspect, who was already running from the law, was
caught a block away as the result of a perimeter search.

Caveat Emptor, You Fool
Palm Grove
Victim was strolling down Biscayne Boulevard when
he was stopped by an enterprising salesman carrying a
small cardboard box containing a digital video camera.
Apparently, the salesman claimed, the retail value of the
camera was $1,000, but he was willing to cut the poten-
tial customer a break and sell it for $400. Inexplicably,
the so-called victim ventured to a nearby ATM machine

Police Reports
and gave the man the loot. Upon later inspection, the
video camera was found to be non-operational. This
victim called police, but police determined no crime
was committed and he should have been more vigilant
because there is no legal guarantee on merchandise pur-
chased on the street.

Expensive Protein Diets
Can Lead to Thievery
4800-Block ofBiscayne Blvd.
Well-built defendant wearing a muscle shirt was
observed placing two Myoplex protein bars inside his
waist as well as a canister of Soy Protein Mix inside
of a carry-on bag. Store personnel trailed him to the
frozen section where the suspect found more protein
- a package of mozzarella sticks. He made no attempt
to pay, exited the store, and much to his dismay found
his 18-inch arms handcuffed in the parking lot.

The Power of the Knock-Off Rolex
5400-Block ofN. Miami Avenue
Door was open when victim arrived home. Several
pieces of furniture were moved from their original
location and bathroom items were strewn upon the
floor. Laptop and other valuable items were still in
their place. Strangely enough, the only item missing
was a phony, imitation Rolex watch worth about $15
on the street.

Dial S for Stolen
2500-Block ofBiscayne Boulevard
Female victim noticed her cell phone was missing;
she had left it on the counter of a popular local eatery.
She asked several people if they had seen it but there
were no witnesses. She called her cell phone from
another line and a husky, male voice answered. The
agitated male voice asked the victim not to call him

Crack Whore's Agony
Woman called police pertaining to a man attacking
and robbing her. The suspect had dragged her by her
silver necklace until the chain broke from her neck.
The victim said she was smoking crack and agreed to
have sex with the man on certain conditions (these
conditions were not elaborated on in the police
report). According to police, woman was clearly
under the influence and was told to leave the area.

Bad Place to Stop for a Fix
Morningside Area
Police were doing routine rounds when they saw a
man curled up in the fetal position behind the gate of
a construction site. When they approached, they
noticed the man was smoking crack; he immediately
tossed his glass crack pipe on the ground when he
saw the officers. Two baggies of crack were found in
his sock.

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- Parent to Parent, Neighbor to Neighbor

First met fellow Biscayne corridor
mom Sandy Smith-Moise almost
two years ago on the playground at
Morningside Park. We ran into each
other there a few times back then and
eventually got to talking about things
like our kids, the neighborhoods and of
course education. I learned back then
that Sandy has two kids, Emma, who is
now four, and Julien, who is now two-
and-a-half. I also learned that her inter-
esting hyphenated last name is the result
of being married to Ary Moise, a realtor
and medical clinic owner, who brings
his Haitian heritage to her otherwise
very normal American moniker (Smith)
- also marking theirs as a truly Miami
family, as culturally diverse as the city
Together they own four houses and a
couple of empty lots in the Corridor, all
of which they smartly purchased years
ago for next to nothing as people told
them they were crazy but they loved
the area and its diversity, and its prox-
imity to downtown while still offering
family neighborhoods. As Upper
Eastside parents, we did the usual play-
ground chat compar-
ing notes about pre-
school programs
and examining our
respective families'
longer-term needs
for, and expecta-
tions of, elementary
school and beyond.
I learned that Sandy
was an educator and
a vice-principal at
the time at William
H. Turner Technical By Jen
Arts High School.
One day I ran into Sandy in Publix,
her youngest in her arms. I had my
youngest gestating. After congratulating
me on my pregnancy, she excitedly told
me that she had a new job and would
soon be starting as the Dean of Miami-
Dade County Public Schools' (MDCPS)
Parent Academy, a new initiative
focused on training parents to capably
and self-assuredly participate in their
kids' learning. It sounded pretty cool, so
I asked her to keep me updated about
the initiative's work.
Before I knew it I was at a huge event
at Parrot Jungle featuring Leonard Pitts,
whose inspiring words marked the first
public event of the Parent Academy,
two days after Sandy first reported to
her new job. Pitts' words made me feel
proud to be a parent and eager to confi-

dently soar in every responsibility asso-
ciated with that job. This feeling, I
determined, was the goal of the Parent
Now, a year later, I
was having break-
fast with Sandy at
The Daily and got
caught up on the
first year of this
important program
that she, with her
extensive profes-
sional background
in adult and com-
y munity education,
has brought to life
i Person from a proposal
originally put forth
by MDCPS Superintendent Rudy Crew.
In addition to her years running adult
education and family literacy programs,
Sandy has also taught parenting and
child development in high schools,
using her degree in family and con-
sumer sciences. So it is no wonder that
she fit so smoothly into her role at the
Parent Academy. She is passionate
about the work of the Academy and
connects on a core level to Crew's
"Rudy Crew has a great vision," she
said, and went on discuss what he's
done, especially in zone schools. "We
are very lucky to have a leader who
believes in parents and truly practices
what he believes that parents are their
child's first and most important teach-

She added that, "Parents do play a
critical role in their child's success in
school and in life, [and Crew] under-
stands that and worked very hard to
establish the Parent Academy for that

For more information about
the Parent Academy go to
www.the pare ntacademy.net

In addition to offering ongoing class-
es for parents, the Parent Academy also
partners with local bookstores for story-
telling programs, parks for weekend and
evening family programs, and many
institutions throughout Dade County,
like Parrot Jungle and Fairchild
Tropical Gardens, to provide special
informational programs to foster
extraordinary family outings year-
One thing that Sandy is really clear
about is that the Parent Academy is for
every single parent in Miami-Dade,
because all parents regardless of
demographics, regardless of whether
their kids are in public or private school
- want what's best for their children,
and all parents struggle every day with

Continued on page 66

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6 p.m.
Buena Vista Heights
Coral Rock Church
N.W. First Ave. at N.W. 46th

7 p.m.
Greater North Miami
Historical Society
N. Miami Chamber of
13100 W. Dixie Hwy.

6:30 p.m.
San Souci Homeowners
1800 N.E. 118th Rd., North
halddsl @bellsouth.net, 305-

7 p.m.
Biscayne Park Commission
(Budget workshops, Aug. 15

& 29, 6 p.m.)
Village Hall, 640 N.E. 114th

7 p.m.
Bayside Residents
Legion Park, 6447 N.E. 7th

7 p.m.
Alhambra Heights
12250 N.W. 2nd Ave.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
5th Annual Randy Burgess
Health Fair
Immunizations, screenings,
school supplies
Dental care supplies, all
Marianne, 305-685-5461, for
Sunkist Grove Community
12500 N.W. 13th Ave.

7:30 p.m.
Biscayne Gardens Civic

15000 N. Miami Ave.
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7 p.m.
Central NoMi Homeowners
Griffing Senior Center
12290 Griffing Blvd.

7:30 p.m.
Keystone Point Homeowners
12555 Biscayne Blvd.

7 p.m.
Sunkist Grove Homeowners
Sunkist Grove Community
12500 N.W. 13th Ave.

Continued from page 56
pose, for instance. The inversions help
shift one's blood patterns, irrigating
the top part of our brain where the
cognitive capabilities reside. The
spine-twisting massages internal
organs such as the liver, the pancreas
and the kidneys, and the back-bending
stimulates our nervous system. The
fish pose helps stimulate our thyroid
gland, and some versions of it also
stimulate the pituitary gland, both
neuro-hormone generators associated
with stress-release.
If at this point you are still reading
and getting anxious, why don't you
check the rates at your closest gym or
yoga studio and get off the couch?

Hernan Pisano is an MBA and yoga
teacher at Miami Shores Yoga. You can
reach him by email at Hernan@next-
logica. com.

7 to 9 p.m.
Optic Nerve @ MOCA
Local short-film festival
305-893-6211 to reserve
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7 p.m.
North Miami Council Meeting
776 N.E. 125th St.

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

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Upper Eastside Miami Council Town Hall Meeting
www. uppereastsidemiami. org
The next board meeting will feature representatives from the City of Miami, and
the Police and Fire Depts., to address emergency management, particularly in the
case of a hurricane. The UEMC is coordinating disaster preparedness with the
various homeowners associations and are looking for volunteers for the disaster
preparedness committee. The meeting is on Monday, August 28 at 7 p.m. at the
Legion Park Community Center.
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Much Ado About Eggplant

By Chef Jeremiah
Bullfrog Eatz

The BBT welcomes back ChefJeremiah as
the resident chef Visit him at his
cafe/bistro, Bullfrog Eatz, located at 2344
N.E. 2ndAve.

Often viewed as the most versatile fruit
in an arsenal, eagerly awaiting its chance
to be featured on Iron Chef is the egg-
plant. Here we have an excerpt from the
as-yet-unwritten tome 1001 Ways to Deal
with Eggplant, and a surefire veggie-
friendly favorite. The main component to
this meal is the meaty eggplant, fried
crisp, served as one with a salad and
Slice a large eggplant into thick slabs.
You'll want to grab some dark purple ones
with no soft spots or dark patches. (Also
good advice when seeking new friends in
unfamiliar places.)
Place the eggplant in a huge bowl and coat with
copious amounts of salt, preferably kosher. Nothing to
do with religion here, just that the sodium helps bring
bitterness to the surface (sorry, does not work the same
with exes). Allow this to macerate for as long as it
takes to get a few glasses of wine in your system, then
thoroughly rinse in cold water and pat dry.
Prepare three separate bowls big enough to fit the
slabs into easily; this technique of breading is essential
to a perfect finished product. The first bowl is sea-

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soned flour, the next is seasoned eggs beaten lightly
and the last is seasoned bread crumbs. Douse your egg-
plant in each, one by one. It is important to season
your ingredients, as it's often asked why a particular
dish tastes like cardboard: It's because it wasn't sea-
soned (i.e. use your salt n' peppa). You aren't mortar-
ing cement blocks, just enough to coat, and shake off
the excess.
Place a large saut6 (I 1 in,' i pan on low heat, and
when ready to cook (mis en place), coat the pan with
an inch or so of olive oil. A nice mixture of oils works

well to ensure a higher smoking point, so
try a 50-50 mix of olive and canola. The
proper temperature for frying here is hot.
(When you flick a drop of water in, it
should crackle and pop like Rice Crispies
on steroids.) Now the easy part: Gently
place the breaded eggplant slices into the
hot oil.
If the grease is not hot enough, the egg-
plant can't swim happily. Be patient.
Once they reach a golden brown hue on
the edges, turn over carefully. Remove
and drain on paper towels and dust evenly
with fine salt.

Fresh Tomatoes, rough chop
Red Bell Peppers, dice
Onion, dice
Garlic, mince
Balsamic vinegar
Salt & pepper
Olive oil
Coat the bottom of a sauce pan with olive oil, then
quickly saut6 first the onion and then the garlic. Add
your peppers and tomatoes and allow everything to
cook down, then season with salt to help release their
natural juices. Keep the heat fairly high and everything
moving around. Deglaze with a big splash of vinegar,
and balance with sugar. Toss nice salad greens in the
warm vinaigrette, and serve over crispy eggplant.

Hot Kids in The City
Continued from page 63
what they can do to help them.
The Academy offers an incredibly
broad range of classes and programs
for all parents, ranging from early
childhood programs including sessions
on early literacy strategies; to develop-
ing financial, language and technology
skills; to parenting skills like active
communication; to helping your child
learn by offering support in test prepa-
ration as well as an intimate explo-
ration of county schools and all their
offerings; to personal growth topics
like workforce preparation and GED
preparation; to health and wellness
topics, including one topic inherently
and universally necessary in parenting:
Stress management.
And speaking of parental stress, as
she enthusiastically enlightened me on
the mass spectrum of parent education
available through the Academy, Sandy
stopped, smiled, and got real for a
minute: "Do I feel pressure?"
You bet she does! She is constantly
faced with examining what kind of

parent she is as a result of her work -
through both designing and imple-
menting the Academy's program but
also while fielding the constant influx
of inquiry directed at her office, which
has become a clearinghouse of parent-
ing skills and resources. Sandy spends
a lot of her time in the office address-
ing calls, emails, and walk-ins par-
ents seeking help especially during
the school year when random calls
come in about such things as where to
get tutoring for students or how to
navigate the MDCPS systems.
But Sandy, even when faced with
the "perfect parent" expectations asso-
ciated with her role as Professional
Mom, is, thank God, human.
"I am just trying to do the best I can,
but I've had my moments when I
question my parenting," she said. "All
we can do is always let our kids know
that we love them and we're there for
And that is exactly what she is help-
ing thousands of Miami parents do.

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Continued from page 25
than an hour, a drop-in-the-bucket com-
pared with how long the issue has
endured as a political and social light-
ning rod.
"[Arguments over Camillus] have
been going on for 20 years, and this par-
ticular issue has been going on for seven
years," said District 3 Commissioner Joe
Sanchez. "God knows how many meet-
ings there have been."
Sanchez cut what were often personal
and long-winded pleas from the public,
demanding order and nudging along pro-
tocol, which threatened to deteriorate at
the hands of energized citizens.
"Where the homeless' rights end, the
residents' and homeowners' rights
begin," was his definitive position. "The
one thing this commission has empha-
sized is that Camillus House work with
[the community]... If we don't act now,
20 years on we'll still be feeling the
effects of homelessness in this city."
Other commissioners weighed in at
length. District 5's Michelle Spence-
Jones, who remained quiet through

much of the debate, made her position
known with force:
"I live and eat and breathe my dis-
trict... Reality is that this [project] will
have an effect... The long-term issue is
yes, we have to address homelessness...
[but] they have to go somewhere... I'm
a strong supporter of Camillus House
because they do great work."
Camillus previously agreed to her
insistence on a city-sanctioned
Community Advisory Board, through
which residents and business-owners
could help provide oversight. She also
asked that leaders aggressively educate
locals about plans:
"There might be seven people here
from Overtown against the project, but
there are 7,000 more who don't know
the project is coming."
Among the agreed to stipulations:
Drugs, alcohol and weapons will be
strictly prohibited; security will involve
off-duty Miami police officers; priority
will be given to street-dwellers within a
mile and a half of the facility, which will
be maintained in pristine condition; and
a good-faith effort will be made to see
that it's operational within 36 months.

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AAA Miami Locksmith
3531 NE 2nd Avenue
Page 45
Ace Hardware
284 N.E. 79th St.
Aventura Hardgoods Co.
17811 Biscayne Blvd.
South Beach Hardgoods Co.
1668 Alton Rd.
Page 26
Adams Veterinary
672 NE 79 Street
Page 69
America's Best Landscaping
Page 25
A.V. Grill & Wine Bar
3055 N.E. 163rd St.
North Miami Beach
Page 25
Steven K. Baird, PA
5981 NE Sixth Ave.
179 N.E. 96th Street
Miami Shores
Page 9
Feng Shui Products
4600 NE 2nd Ave.
Page 39
Bay Oaks
435 NE 34th St.
Page 40
Biscayne Cove Condominiums
665 NE 83rd Terr.
Page 49
Biscayne Pet House
10789 Biscayne Blvd
Page 68

Bohio Home Collection
8990 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 8
Bon Vivant
Furniture Liquidation
120 N.E. 27th St. #700
Page 32
Jane Buffington
Carson Realty
Page 29
Capital Holdings
2413 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 36 & 37
Chi Tae Kwon Do
9699 NE 2nd Ave.
Page 40
Curb Apeal
Landscape Services
Kelly Crawford
phone: 305-756-5452
cell: 305-308-0151
Page 23
Dart Maintenance
Page 52
Duffy Realty
Biscayne Breeze Condos
Patrick L. Duffy
Page 33
First United
Methodist Church
400 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 43
Flora's East Side Pizza
731 NE 79th St
Page 32
Fold Lifestyle Store
6900 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 44

Globelend Mortgage
8833 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 45
Granite Transformations
2700 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 14
Felix Guzman
La Playa Properties
Page 26
Hiperfit Personal Training
7120 Biscayne Blvd.
1420 Alton Rd.
Page 21
Hiro's Sushi
5140 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 34
Insurance Planners Group
Page 8
IRA Properties
4300 Biscayne Blvd.
Suite 203
305-576-2242 office
305-576-4866 fax
Page 61
Jontiff & Jontiff
Personal Injury Lawyers
3550 Biscayne Blvd.
Suite 510
Page 21
Keller Williams/Eagle Realty
700 NE 90th St. Miami Shores
Nancy Dowson 305-694-2166
Page 28
Susie Lawson 305-694-5355
Page 24
Ron Platt 305-694-5361
Page 16
Kidstown Pediatrics
4112 NE 1st Ave.
Page 60

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Mortgage Lender &
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Page 57
Lambda Passages
7545 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 12
Leiter Gallery
6900 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 34
Louie's Brick Oven
15979 Biscayne Blvd.
North Miami Beach
Page 55
Magy Interiors
215 NW 36th St.
Page 33
Majestic Properties
5046 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 72
Metrol Real Estate
120 NE 27th St. Bay 200
Page 2
Miami Beach
Community Health Center
1221 71 St. Miami Beach
710 Alton Road, Miami Beach
12340 NE 6th Court, North Miami
Page 51
Miami Parking Authority
Page 20
Miami Shores Realty
9301 NE 6th Ave.
Miami Shores
305-754-5546 /
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Miami Shores Yoga
9712 NE 2nd Ave.
Page 54

Mike's at Venetia Sports Bar
555 N.E. 15th Street,
9th Floor
Page 6
Maji Pace Ramos
Page 47
Mount Sinai
Medical Center
4300 Alton Road
Miami Beach
Page 7
No Fear Computer
7550 Biscayne Boulevard
Page 14
North Miami Dental
Dr. Robert Holtz
610 N.E. 124th St.
Page 50
International Realty
Corporate Headquarters:
11900 Biscayne Blvd.
Suite 200
Pages 13 & 15
Gerardo Lopez
Page 17
Palm Realty
3550 Biscayne Blvd. Suite 700
Page 41
Air Conditioning
14230 W. Dixie Hwy.
North Miami
Page 48
Penguin Cove
Stained Glass
14230 West Dixie Highway
North Miami
Page 48

Peter's Doors
800 NW 36 St.
Page 53
Pineapple Blossom
Tea Room
8214 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 16
Plaza Tire and Auto
3005 NE 2nd Ave.
Page 27
Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant
4029 N. Miami Ave.
Page 42
Smiling Pets
7310 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 68
South Beach Investment Realty
828 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach
6815 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
Page 19
Temple Israel
137 NE 19 St
Page 59
Tiki Boutique
9702 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami Shores
Page 10
UVA Cafe
6900 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 41
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Gray & Associates Properties
Page 3

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Please help us find a home for Greywall! This 5
year old Shepherd mix has been waiting for 2 years
to find his forever home. Greywall is very well
behaved and he is absolutely obsessed with play-
ing fetch with tennis balls. He is a loveable teddy
bear and he would love to cuddle with you on the
sofa. Greywall is at our Soffer and Fine Adoption
Center, 16101 West Dixie Highway, North Miami
Beach, 305-696-0800.

Please help us find a home for Johnnie! This 11 year old
Labrador mix has been waiting patiently for 7 years to
find his forever home. Johnnie is very well behaved and
walks very well on a leash. He is picky about his doggie
friends so he would do best in a home with out other
dogs. Johnnie is at our Soffer and Fine Adoption Center,
16101 West Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, 305-

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These pets can be found at our brand new
shelter, the Soffer and Fine Adoption Center,
located at 16101 West Dixie Highway in
North Miami Beach. The center is open for
adoptions Mondays and Wednesday through
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and
Sunday from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. (closed
Tuesdays. Thank you!
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 training or low-cost
dog obedience classes, and new parent sup-
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 parent support).

Sayuri is a sweet and loving 8 month old
spayed female! She is very affectionate
and she will steal your heart if you give
her a chance. Please adopt Sayuri from
our Soffer and fine adoption center at
16101 West Dixie Highway, North Miami
Beach, 305-696-0800.

South Miami-Dade Shelter
16601 S.W 117th Ave.
Miami, FL 33177
(305) 252-3389

North Miami- Dade Shelter
2101 N.W. 95th St.
Miami, FL 33147
(305) 696-0800

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Who Will Watch My Pet?

SChoosing a Pet-Care Provider

Ah, summer! It is the season of
vacations, family reunions, and
unfortunately for us, hurricanes.
Choosing someone you can trust to take
care of your pets can be quite a chal-
lenge. There are many choices friends,
relatives, doggy daycares, night-cares,
pet-sitters, kennels and veterinarians'
offices. In this month's column we will
explore a few of the options and what
you need to know to make an informed
For some people, picking the right per-
son to watch their pet while on vacation
is harder then finding their human child a
babysitter. There is no perfect way to go
about it, but referrals are a great place to
start. Ask close friends with whom do
they trust their pets. Then, you will need
to consider the temperament of your dog.
Is he friendly with strangers and other
dogs? Will your pet allow a stranger into
your home? Also, the overall health and
mobility of your pets will play a roll in
what kind of facility you choose.

The Professional Pet-Sitter
One of the most popular options today
is the professional pet-sitter. For those of
you who don't want to rely on family, or
are afraid the person you ask will not be
around as much you like, paying a pro-
fessional to do the job is a great way to
go. Many pet-sitters have flexible servic-
es and will either take your pet to their
house, visit your pet at your house, or
even sleep in at your home. Sitters are
generally paid for the amount of time and
animals involved, and tend to be pet-
lovers who decided to work fulltime with
First, make sure they belong to a pro-
fessional affiliation such as Pet Sitters
International, and that they are bonded
and insured. Next, set up a few inter-
views. Look for someone who seems to
have a good rapport with your pet, or at
least someone Pet Sitters International
whom the pet seems comfortable. You
must be at ease with them as well, as this
person might be looking after both your
home and your best friend. A good pet-
sitter will ask many questions and seem
to have your pets' best interest at heart. If
your pet is shy, you may want to check
that the same person will be caring for
your pet and home everyday, as some big
companies act as agencies for pet-sitters.

Doggy Daycare

and Night-Care
For those of you with dogs who love
dogs, doggy daycare is a wonderful
option. Dogs play with each other all day
and return to a kennel at
night (or in the case of
Phoebe and Friends, on
South Beach, to individ-
ual beds with nannies).
Some daycares have
indoor/outdoor play
areas, either with or
without pools, and
some inside facilities
take dogs for long
walks several times a
day. Dogs must pass an By Lisa
evaluation first, and
show proof they are up to date (UTD) on
shots. As far as I know, none will take a
dog that isn't spayed or neutered.
Cleanliness of the daycare and constant
supervision are crucial as well.
If you decide to leave your pet at a
kennel or vets office, it is very important
to visit the area where your pet will be
kenneled, as services vary. Ask what the
office hours are, which can be limited,
especially on Sundays. At most vets, your
dog will be in a crate with two to five
walks per day. A few vets offer large ken-
nels or a choice thereof, usually on a first
come, first serve basis. Be sure that your
pet will not be near sick animals. You
should also ask whether you're expected
to pay if your pet does get sick while in
their care.

Don't Get Caught in the Storm
As soon as that hurricane is seen on the
radar, pet-care providers are inundated
with calls and spots reserved. We are in-
season, so you must be prepared before
the storm comes. Your flight might be
delayed or cancelled, your pet-sitter
swamped by regular customers, or your
vet's office will lose power. It is impor-
tant to be prepared now. Here are a few
1. Make sure your pet is up to date on
shots and healthy and have recent paper
copies of all documentation. Remember,
if you lose power, you cannot print or
email and no daycare and most pet-sitters
will not take your pet without proof of
good health.
2. Meet with pet-care professionals
now. You will not get an interview in the
advent of a storm.
3. Keep collars on pets at all times,
which is especially important during our


bad weather season. Many pets were lost,
disoriented by fallen trees and wires, and
scared off by noise from heavy winds,
broken glass and generators. If your pet
is found and the roadways blocked, the
person will not be run-
ning to a shelter to scan
your pet for a
4. Speaking of,
microchip or tattoo
your pet as backup in
case the collar comes
5. Make copies of
s Ps recent photos of your
pet, including its most
lartman recent haircut. You can
post them or show peo-

your home.
8. Spay and neuter your animals! No
daycare and most people will not take
another animal that will drive their ani-
mals crazy (yet another good reason to
spay and neuter).

Do Not Leave Your Pet Behind
Do not tie him to anything either. The
best option is to take him with you. Ask
friends if it's okay to take your pets to
their house. If you will be driving to a
hotel, Loews, Motel 6 and 8, La Quinta
and some other chains welcome pets.
Find out what their specific policies are
and always supervise and clean up after
your pet!
Think ahead. Do not wait for an emer-
gencv. With a little careful Dlannina and a

plef e an emergency bag with sev- trustworthy person to look after your pet,
eral days' food, water, dishes, leash, you will both sleep better at night!
records, photo and any medicine. If a
friend must evacuate your pet for you, Lisa Hartman is head Dog Trainer and
they can quickly grab "the green bag by Pet Sitter for Pawsitively Pets! For addi-
the door." tional information you can contact her at
7. Have numbers on hand to healthcare pI" t .. i, '- l...i I toll.... ,.. ,, or
providers and everyone who has keys to visit www.pawsitivelypetsonline.com.

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;Hay Bendito!

Wynwood Celebrates Puerto Rican Day at DeHostos Center

Photos by Christian Cipriani
BBT Editor

On Tuesday, July 25, Miami-Dade County's Department of
Human Services welcomed the community and local leaders in
a celebration of Puerto Rican Day at the De Hostos
Neighborhood Center in Wynwood. Former City of Miami
Mayor Maurice Ferr6 and District 2 Commissioner Linda
Haskins were among those who took to the podium to express
appreciation for the impact of many Puerto Rican-Miamians on
Wynwood and the city at large.
In addition to these speeches, Skip Chavez, president of the
PR Chamber of Commerce, challenged County Mayor Carlos
S' Alvarez and current Miami Mayor Manny Diaz to a game of
dominos. The traditional Little Havana vs. Wynwood Domino
Championship was played out amidst other festivities, like the
dance competition, music, prizes and traditional food.

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Weren't You a Little Sad to see Miami City Manager Joe Arriola Resign?

By Victor Barrenechea BBT Contributing Writer

Cordell Willis
"I hadn't realized he resigned yet. I'm not
really into politics."

Kandra Velez Alissa Levin
"No, I'm not sad because I didn't "If he was a Republican then I'm not sad,
really follow him." and if he was a Democrat then I'm very
sad. I am very, very liberal."

J.D. Lorenzo
"If I had known him I probably
would've felt worse."

Bill Lacey
"No. I just retired from working
for the City of Miami, so I know all
the B.S. that goes on."

Gio Riolla
"Yeah, and one day you'll say that
fat guy and that funny-looking mayor
really knew what they were doing."

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