South Beach 17000 Square Foot Residence Over Garage

Haute 100 Update Miami: Russell Galbut Building 17,000 Square Foot Residence Over Garage In SoFi"Miami business mogul and Haute 100 lister Russell Galbut is marking his territory in another spot on Miami Beach in the form of a sprawling 17,000 sq. ft. mansion in the sky. Starting on the third floor and rising up to the rooftop terraces on the seventh, the mega-apartment will be situated near Alton in South of Fifth. The bold build-out is fitting for Galbut, who made much of his fortune in South Beach real estate."

South Beach's Mokai Lounge Closing for Renovation With "Everything Must Go" Party: "...Apparently, though, according to club reps, the shutdown is only temporary..."

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Feds investigate Club Madonna on Miami Beach

Feds investigate Club Madonna to determine whether it violated labor laws - Miami Beach - "The U.S. Department of Labor is investigating the Miami Beach strip club where police say a 13-year old danced for money. Four people were arrested in January for pimping the runaway teen, but club management had escaped scrutiny until now...."

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South Beach Wine & Food Festival spillover parties

South Beach Wine & Food Festival spurs plenty of spillover parties - Miami-Dade - " . . . . Miami restaurateur Michael Schwartz is not personally participating in any official festival events this year, but his Genuine Hospitality Group is bringing in out-of-town chefs to host pop-up dinners at Harry’s Pizzeria and Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink, in addition to the Gramercy Tavern dinner at Cypress Room. Other events you won’t find on the festival’s website: Pubbelly Steak had a $125-a-person wine dinner Wednesday, and its flagship sibling Pubbelly will be passing out free bites of pork after midnight. New York bar The Dead Rabbit is taking over the stick at Patpong Road on Friday and Saturday, and master mixologist Jacques Bezuidenhout will shake up free tequila cocktails at the Social Club on Friday. Riding the festival’s coattails makes good business sense, said Pagano of Naked Taco. “For chefs, hospitality and service-industry pros, this week is our Super Bowl,” he said."

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Miami Beach Convention Center project restart

Miami Beach starts new process to redevelop Convention Center - Miami Beach - "Miami Beach on Wednesday officially started a new process to overhaul its convention center — a project about a decade in the making. Commissioners want to use a “design-build” process for the project, meaning the same firm would plan and build the project...."

Miami Beach to spend up to $400 million to deal with flooding issues - Miami Beach - "Miami Beach, which sometimes floods from the bay even on a sunny day, is taking major steps to stay dry, with commissioners voting Wednesday to factor in higher tides and sea levels when planning for city projects.  The move is expected to double to $400  million the cost of keeping water out of Miami Beach’s streets...."

Cuba once again suspends visa services - Nation - " . . . The Havana Consulting Group estimates that Cuban-Americans and other Americans on so-called people-to-people exchanges made an estimated 600,000 trips last year. ..."

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Miami Beach, namesake sunscreen, online store

City wants to start Miami Beach-themed online store - Miami Beach - "Miami Beach is looking to capitalize on its brand by launching an official online store to sell beach towels, sunglasses and souvenirs. The city will ask companies to bid on the opportunity to make, sell, market, promote and distribute official city gear. Think snow globes, replicas of city art, t-shirts and the like. Miami Beach hopes the online store will build Miami Beach’s brand and help boost its budget...."

Miami Beach launches namesake sunscreen - Miami Beach - "Each of the five products will sell for $14.95 and will be available at retail locations including CVS, Ulta and Bed Bath & Beyond and online at"

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The Legendary, Soon-to-Be-Revived, Surf Club, Miami Beach

“When I die, I don’t want to go to heaven. I want to go to the Surf Club.” -- Miami society reporter 1962 (from new photobook from Assouline)

Gallery | A New Book Looks Back at Miami Beach's Legendary, Soon-to-Be-Revived Surf Club:
"Opened in 1930, the Surf Club was situated on more than six acres of prime beachfront property in the Surfside neighborhood. The Mediterranean-revival-style villa, designed by Russell Pancoast, was decorated with zebra-skin sofas and cabanas as far as the eye could see, and offered a signature drink — the Mangareva cocktail — as well as poolside fashion shows, debutante balls and black-tie boxing nights, all for the enjoyment of its gilded guests. And there were plenty of them — from Hollywood royalty such as Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra to political dignitaries including the Shah of Iran and Winston Churchill. The former prime minister spent so much time at the Surf Club, in fact, that he had two cabanas at his disposal: one for afternoon naps, and the other used for painting. . . ." (read more at link above) For more information on the revival of the Surf Club, go to: (Hotel and Residences)

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2014 Yacht & Brokerage Show, Miami Beach, February 13-17

The 2014 Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach - Yacht Shows - "The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, Miami’s in-water yacht show, is set for February 13-17 and will attract thousands of people from around the world to a spectacular display of yachts and marine products, directly across Collins Avenue from the legendary Fontainebleau and Eden Roc hotels in the heart of Miami Beach...." More info:

Chicago chef Tony Mantuano gives South Beach a try with Lorenzo - Miami-Dade Dining - "Lorenzo in the Redbury Hotel should be great. The elegant South Beach eatery was created by James Beard Award-winning chef Tony Mantuano, whose Michelin-starred Spiaggia in Chicago — a favorite of President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle — is a standard by which other Italian restaurants are measured...."

Light rail service from Miami to Miami Beach under discussion again - Miami Beach - "Transportation planners have unveiled potential routes for a light rail link between Miami and Miami Beach with one line crossing Biscayne Bay over the MacArthur Causeway and another via the Julia Tuttle Causeway. . . ."

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The Beatles, Deauville Beach Resort, Miami Beach

For those who remember --

Beatles '14: Two Hotels Celebrate an Anniversary - "In February 1964, the Beatles made their first trip to the United States, igniting Beatlemania stateside from New York to Miami. Fifty years later, hotels the band visited then are marking the anniversary in ways small and large. In the token-nod department, the Plaza in New York, where the quartet stayed, will shake up three Beatles-themed cocktails including Strawberry Fields and Drive My Side Car. On a larger scale, the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami, where the Beatles taped their second appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” will pay homage with concerts by a Beatles cover band called 1964 The Tribute on Feb. 15 and 16 (tickets $64). Andy Babiuk, author of the book “Beatles Gear,” will warm up the audience for the Saturday night show with a lecture that will include  rare photos and outtake audio clips (admission $15)...." (read more at link above)

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South Beach, new every visit

- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "... My husband, Bob, and I return to Miami's South Beach because it is never the same. This Southern city-that-never-sleeps is vibrant with cutting-edge art, restaurants, architecture and intensity. South Beach constantly reimagines and reinvents itself. When our luck holds, the weather is balmy, the food is exciting, and even though the vacationing mostly international population transports itself by taxi, bus, bike, trike, vintage auto, Rollerblade, stroller, scooter and Segway, we prefer good old shank's mare, and we log several miles a day. A good thing, too, because our travels usually involve a lot of calories. When we heard that our friend, celebrity chef Jose Andres, opened a new place on the beach, that was excuse enough to book a trip. The Bazaar by Jose Andres, billed as a traditional and modern tapas restaurant, is in the SLS Hotel South Beach on Collins Avenue. The pairing is brilliant...."

The Hilton Bentley South Beach Erases All Traces of The Kardashians
When Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian took Miami back in 2010 they holed themselves up in a top-floor suite at the all-suite Hilton Bentley South ...

Taking a Moral Stand in the Investing World - MoneyBeat - WSJ: "Should morality play into your investment decisions? Yes, says Ronnie Moas, who runs the one-man shop StandPoint Research out of Miami Beach, Fla. Last week, Mr. Moas downgraded Apple Inc., Philip MorrisPM -0.88%, and on what he said were moral grounds. Since then, he’s only reiterated his calls, and has been defending them passionately...."

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Miami Beach, a Reel Miami short film

Miami Beach, an original Reel Miami short film, follows Mason (Eric Aragon) and Kassandra (Elisabetta Fantone) as they visit Miami Beach for the weekend. Their adventure begins the moment they realize they've picked up the wrong suitcase at the airport. Their leisurely vacation soon turns into a dangerous thrill ride across Miami Beach as their curiosity digs them deeper and deeper into trouble in the magic city.

Starring Eric Aragon, Elisabetta Fantone, Carlos Mena, Christian Ochoa, David Porras, Brigitte Kali and Stephanie Hernandez

Written & Directed by Carlos Gutierrez
Executive Produced by Frank Kelly
Director of Photography Sherman Johnson
Edited by Jeff Sternberger
Original Music by David Miranda
Produced by Eddie del Carmen and Danny Mendoza
Colored and composited by Leo Lovera & Oscar Martinez
Sound Design by Daniel Leprevanche
Published on Jan 26, 2014, Reel Miami Project - Discover Miami through short films

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Adidas by Stella McCartney, Free People, Miami Beach

First adidas by Stella McCartney store in the U.S. opens in Miami Beach -Domain Name Registration | Domain Name Search | Business -"The first standalone adidas by Stella McCartney store in the United States opened this week in Miami Beach, the company said Friday. The 1,000 square-foot, custom-built adidas by Stella McCartney store, at 1111 Lincoln Rd. in Miami Beach, offers a selection of pieces from the new adidas by Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2014 collection, including apparel, footwear and accessories. The only other adidas by Stella McCartney is in London. It opened in 2012, the company said."

Free People opening first South Florida stores, at Dadeland Mall and on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach - Business - "Free People said it first will open a 2,500-square-foot store at Dadeland Mall’s new Kendall wing, on Jan. 31. Next, a 2,600-square-foot free-standing boutique at 650 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach, will open on Feb. 28."

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Hugo & Victor first US location, The Webster, Miami Beach

Hugo & Victor opens first U.S. location, inside The Webster in Miami Beach - Business - "Hugo & Victor, a Parisian pastry and chocolate shop with a season-based pastry menu, has opened its first permanent location in the United States, inside The Webster Miami, at 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach...."

Megayachts may have trouble reaching boat show berths - Miami Beach - "An environmental project linked to the PortMiami expansion may be blocking the route megayachts take to Indian Creek berths for next month’s annual Yacht & Brokerage Show...."

Miami Beach, Coast Guard agree to work on yacht traffic problem - Miami-Dade - "A contractor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, preparing to plant sea grass in the area to mitigate PortMiami expansion, has erected pilings and silt curtains that squeeze a deep channel used by large yachts to reach their berths in Indian Creek for the annual Yacht & Brokerage Show...."

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South Beach, Where to Stay

What You Get for... $650000
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MIAMI BEACH ... high-end hotel construction that has swept South Beach over the last 10 or 15 years, followed by restaurants, nightclubs and stores...

Growing South Beach Group keeps hotel business in the family | " . . . “I think we’re finally ready, we feel like we have a machine going to the point where we can start opening properties a lot faster,” said Nathan Lieberman, 34. “I would say Fort Lauderdale all the way down along the beach, anywhere near the beach is a great place to build a hotel right now”... the company now boasts nearly 1,000 rooms in 12 different hotels with about 500 more rooms in development. In addition to the 100-room Croydon Arms, some other upcoming projects include short-term furnished apartments at 75th and Collins and a building around 36th and Collins, which Alan Lieberman hopes will close sometime this year. That would be the company’s first hotel directly on the beach...."

Where to stay in South Beach, Florida
Accommodations that are best suited for the following traveler types . . . (go to link above for more info)

Members of historic Miami Beach church vote in support of leasing
The congregants of Miami Beach Community Church showed ... about the possibility of being an even a greater ministry in South Beach,” said ...

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