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WILLIAMSON CADILLAC Treating You Like Family Has Made Us 1 ILLIAMSON CADILLAC LOCATION 7815 SW 104TH St. Miami FL SALES 1-800-539-8849 Mon.-Fri. 9am - 8pm Sat. 9am - 6pm Sun. 11am - 5pm SERVICE 1-800-481-5831 Mon.-Fri. 8am - 7pm Sat. 8am - 5pm Sun. Closed 2016 GeWneral Motors. All Rights Reserved. Cadillac Christine stiphany Crs T 305.903.8845 EWM Realty International stiphany.c Celebrating Twenty Years With EWM Realty International - Beanie 1901 SW 5 Avenue the roAdS brickell AreA Gated tri-level estate on corner with 3 100 sf. 4br 4.5bA plus gorgeous wood floors metal roof impact windows and located near downtown Mary brickell fine dining shopping great schools and entertainment. lP 899 000 13637 deerinG bAy dr PAduA unit 221 corAl GAbleS Could this home be any more perfect Elegant & Cheerful 3BR Office or Nursery 3.5BA with beautiful views of the lagoon & resort-style pool from the wrap-around balcony. 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Sold 1 495 000 The highest priced home is 7 599 000 135 homes sold YTD between 1 1 17 & 8 1 17 The lowest priced sale was 420 000 The highest priced sale was 3 800 000 167 Days on Market was the average PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM SEPTEMBER 2017 3 TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES TAKE A TOUR OF A FEW OF MIAMI S UNIQUE SCULPTURES AND LEARN THE STORIES BEHIND THEM. MEET AND GREET 24 ALSO IN LIFESTYLE 6 8 12 14 16 18 20 22 28 30 32 46 EDITOR S LETTER AROUND TOWN CULTURAL CALENDAR THE SPLURGE PARK PARADISE BAR TALK BEAKER & GRAY GARDENING REAL ESTATE 5 QUESTIONS DAVID HARPER DINING GHEE INDIAN KITCHEN MIAMI SPICE DAY TRIPPER SEMINOLE HARD ROCK LIFESTYLE LIVE TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AFTER ANDREW BRYAN NORCROSS LOOKS BACK AT THE LIFE-ALTERING HURRICANE. WINDS OF CHANGE 36 THE PARENTS OF SLAIN JOURNALIST STEVEN SOTLOFF CHANNEL THEIR PAIN BY HONORING THEIR SON S LIFE. IN TERRORISM S WAKE 40 Cover Bryan Norcross in Miami Beach Photo by James Woodley This page Lion fish at Council Oak Steaks & Seafood Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood COVER TOC CREDITS 4 SEPTEMBER 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM HAZEL GOLDMAN 305-665-7383 hazel EVAN GOLDMAN 305-607-8880 evan OPENING DOORS ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDA BOATER S PARADISE AS GOOD AS IT GETS 625 Reinante Avenue 5 599 000 179 Feet of Prime Water Frontage Huge 26 100 Sqft Lot in Old Cutler Bay Nice Existing 5 6 P 2-Car Large Boats Welcome NE PINECREST MEDITERRANEAN MASTERPIECE 5940 SW 108 Street 3 599 000 2007 Hollub Built 6 7.5 6-Car P Motor Court Summer Kitchen BBall Court Movie Theatre & More MAGNIFICENT NEW PINECREST CONTEMPORARY 7000 Sqft of Quality 6 7 P 3-Car on Deep Acre Oversized Pool Gorgeous High-End Finishes 30x30 Porcelain Carrera Floors & More 11441 SW 77 Avenue 3 299 999 SO LD BEAUTIFUL NORTH PINECREST ACRE HOME Fully Updated 5 4 P 2-Car Quiet Cul-de-Sac St. 2016 Top-of-the-Line Kitchen All Impact Glass Metal Roof Acre w Tennis Court & More PINECREST ACRE LUXURY ESTATE 8001 SW 120 Street 1 399 000 1998 Built 4 3.5 P 3-Car w Soaring Ceilings Stunning 2015 Pool-Patio Area BBQ Marble Flrs. Gated Family Compound Awaits 7575 SW 115 Street 1 799 000 DECADENCE IN THE SOUTH GROVE 4128 Pamona Avenue 899 000 Fully Updated 3 2 Split Plan W 2000 Sqft 2012 Roof Wood Flrs Built-Ins & More INCREDIBLE PINECREST VALUE 7251 SW 129 Street 799 000 Great Bones Ideal Ranch to Remodel Over 4000 SqFt 2013 Roof Newer Plumbing Great Layout Large Pool-Patio GOLDMANRESIDENTIAL.COM PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM SEPTEMBER 2017 RE MAX ADVANCE REALTY 305-665-7383 RE EXCLUSIVE PINE BAY ESTATES SOUTH 7350 SW 153 Street 899 000 Updated 5 4.5 Pool 2-Car w 5000sqft Split Plan Roving Wackenhut Security in HOA Large Kitchen Lush & Spacious Pool-Patio Updated 3 2 on Large 12 500sqft Lot Keep As is Add On or Start Anew Opportunity Knocks in this Superb Location PR IC ED PRIME SOUTH GABLES VALUE 408 Bargello Avenue 799 000 5 EDITOR S letter or those of us who lived through it Hurricane Andrew remains a line in our South Florida sand. Prior to 1992 it had been 27 years since a storm with winds in excess of 100 mph (Betsy) had swept through the Keys--and 42 years since a major hurricane (King a Category 4) had reached Miami. Looking back perhaps we lived with a false sense of security when it came to Mother Nature. I certainly don t remember my antennae going up in those days just because the Atlantic hurricane season had started in June. But 25 years a few direct hits and several close calls later I ll quietly reference the checklist in our kitchen drawer the minute a local weatherman points to a developing system off the coast of Africa. A big reason why hurricane preparedness is even part of our local conversation can be traced to the work of our cover subject meteorologist Bryan Norcross. Not only did the former WTVJ weatherman talk us through Andrew in 92--how many of you like me listened to Norcross on a transistor radio hunkered down in the hallway after the power went out --but in the aftermath of the Category 5 storm he educated us. In the years to come as staff writer Keren Moros chronicles in her feature Norcross became a student of building codes and procedures a go-to expert on preparation hurricane history and everything in between. Norcross who now works for the Weather Channel was kind enough to invite our team to his residence in Miami Beach. He reflects on the 25th anniversary of Andrew and the game-changing impact it had on his career. We acknowledge another anniversary in this issue one that s connected to an unspeakable act of terrorism. It s been three years since ISIS abducted and killed freelance journalist Steven Sotloff who grew up in Pinecrest. Art and Shirley Sotloff spent time with writer Michelle Solomon and spoke candidly about their son s life death and legacy. Lifestyle is deeply honored to share the Sotloffs story with our readers. PINECREST F PUBLISHER Michelle Simon GROUP EDITOR Kevin Kaminski CREATIVE DIRECTOR Melanie Geronemus Smit EDITORIAL ASSISTANT EDITOR Alyssa Fisher ASSISTANT EDITOR Keren Moros COPY EDITOR Jason Davis EDITORIAL INTERN Robin Pereira CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Harvey Bernstein Clarissa Buch Kevin Gale Michelle F. Solomon CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Brett Hufziger Downtown Photo Eduardo Schneider James Woodley CREATIVE ART DIRECTOR Alexander Hernandez ART DIRECTOR Frank Papandrea ART DIRECTOR Evelyn Robles VICE PRESIDENT OF ADVERTISING DON FISCHER dfischer ADVERTISING SALES LORI CASTLE lcastle GEORGETTE EVANS gevans SHARI GLATTER sglatter DEBBY GOLD dgold HEIDI MCMILLAN hmcmillan BRITTNEY POLIAK bpoliak TRACY SHELOWITZ tracy DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & EVENTS Jennifer Barb MARKETING COORDINATOR Estefania Marin CHAIRMAN Gary Press CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Sandy Lechner CONTROLLER Josh Wachsman LIFESTYLE MEDIA GROUP 3511 W. Commercial Blvd. Suite 200 Fort Lauderdale Florida 33309 954.377.9470 fax 954.617.9418 2017 Pinecrest Lifestyle. Pinecrest Lifestyle magazine is published by Lifestyle Media Group all rights reserved. Pinecrest Lifestyle is a monthly advertising magazine. All contents are protected by copyright and may not be reproduced without written consent from the publisher. The advertiser is solely responsible for ad content and holds publisher harmless from any error. Kevin Kaminski Group Editor kkaminski 6 SEPTEMBER 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Around News & Notes from the Village town Tropical Paradise Sabal Development affiliate 8290 Partners and One Sotheby s International Realty have partnered to build Veridian Grove a 10.5-acre gated community of 20 custom-designed homes at 8290 SW 120th St. Each home will be built and designed by Sotolongo Salman Henderson Architects and by TOGU and feature details such as white-oak flooring marble countertops pool summer kitchen cameras speakers and smart technology. Tropical surroundings and landscapes designed by Deena Bell of Bell Landscape Architecture include native species such as cabada and coconut palms. The community also includes a playground a digital concierge and a wellness center with a steam room heated lap pool and aerobics and yoga studio. For more visit Renderings of Veridian Grove 8 SEPTEMBER 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Funding Local Arts Pinecrest Gardens recently received 10 000 from the National Endowment for the Arts. The money will fund the expansion of the Gardens 2017-18 South Motors Jazz Series and support the GenNext Jam program. The Gen-Next program allows students from the jazz magnet program at New World School of Arts to play with acts in this year s lineup which includes Ellis Marsalis Nestor Torres Brian Lynch and Spyro Gyra. NEA awarded us a generous grant for this initiative that will mark its seventh anniversary with the third year of an explosive expansion that will bring an exceptional caliber of internationally celebrated artists said Pinecrest Gardens director Alana Perez. The grant was part of more than 82 million in grants that the NEA awarded to local arts projects around the country. The arts reflect the vision energy and talent of America s artists and arts organizations said NEA chairman Jane Chu. The NEA is proud to support organizations such as Pinecrest Gardens in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences. New Director at South Beach Jewish Museum Susan Gladstone was appointed director of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. Gladstone previously was the museum s acting director and director of development for the museum and Florida International University s Jewish Strategic Initiatives. She also has a master s in social work from Yeshiva University and a bachelor s in social work from FIU. As director of VeritageMiami Gladstone led fundraising efforts for its United Way of Miami-Dade program. She also taught at FIU s campus in Tianjin China directed sponsorship of the South Beach Food and Wine Festival and planned multimillion-dollar events as vice president at Logistics Management Group. The Jewish Museum of FloridaFIU is a true gem in this community Gladstone said. It is an honor for me to be chosen to both preserve its powerful heritage and lead the way toward an exciting new future in this rapidly changing world. As a lifelong member of the Jewish Community in Miami and the daughter of a rabbi who championed the importance of acceptance and tolerance I applaud FIU for its commitment to educating students about the diverse cultures that make this mosaic our home. The museum located at 301 Washington Ave. Miami Beach has more than 100 000 works on display and is composed of two buildings which are on the United States National Register of Historic Places. Learn more at Rock N Run Against Cancer Registration is open for the annual Rock N Run which raises money to support research for breast and ovarian cancers. The event has raised more than 200 000 during the last four years. The event includes a cardio-style dance class led by Rumbamania Dance and Videosync. The 5K run walk starts with a warmup hosted by Orange Theory Fitness. The event is Oct. 8 at Temple Beth Am s Yulman campus 5950 N. Kendall Drive. Early check-in begins at 6 30 a.m. and event starts at 7 45 a.m. Registration is 30 until Oct. 4. Event-day registration is 35. Visit to register. For information contact Amy Hollub at 305.305.0813 or amy From top The Jewish Museum of Florida Susan Gladstone PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM SEPTEMBER 2017 9 around town Police Train to Help the Disabled Pinecrest police officers are now trained to use and recognize The Wallet Card an identification card used by those with autism and other disabilities to communicate with police. The cards list the disability symptoms triggers name and emergency contact information of cardholders allowing first responders to understand their behavior. Margaux Early Childhood Says Hola Temple Judea s Margaux Early Childhood School has launched a Spanish immersion program for children ages 18 to 35 months. Teachers speak Spanish to children in both casual conversation as well as instruction. Jewish holidays are celebrated in both Hebrew and Spanish. In our global society there are increasing advantages to knowing more than one language said Beth Ellen Young the temple s director of education. This unique program developed in response to requests from members and the overall community cultivates a growth mindset for children in a nurturing and supportive environment. Margaux is located at the Frank Family Education Center which opened in October 2016. For more visit or call 305.667.9470. The Wallet Card representatives and the first group of trained police officers Supporting Breast Cancer Research Nonprofit organization Cancer Link holds its 30th anniversary luncheon Celebrate 30 at Jungle Island (1111 Parrot Jungle Trail) on Oct. 5. The event includes a fashion show by Julian Chang raffle silent auction and gift bag. Cancer Link is an all-volunteer organization that supports breast cancer research and University of Miami Miller School of Medicine s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center through community outreach sponsorships and luncheons. Cancer Link s events have raised more than 2 million for research at Sylvester. For reservations call 305.243.9088. For information call Marlene Berg at 305.665.2324. Fall Events at The Barnacle The Barnacle Historic State Park hosts several events through September. Visitors are encouraged to wear pajamas and enjoy a family-friendly movie with popcorn and a blanket during the Up Past Bedtime Movie Sept. 3 from 8 to 9 p.m. Price is 5 for ages 6 and 3 for ages 2-5. Bring chairs and a picnic meal to The Barnacle Under Moonlight Concert Sept. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. featuring the award-winning The Pitbull of Blues Band. Price is 10 for adults and 3 for ages 6-9. Barnacle Books Birds and Boats features activities such as storybook reading educational activities games and prizes. Event is Sept. 10 noon to 3 p.m. General admission is 2 and free for children under 6. Fee is waived for visitors who show a library card or library book or donate a book. The Barnacle hosts its Old Time Dance on Sept. 24--a contra dance with a caller and live band. Lessons begin at 6 30 p.m. Event ends at 10 p.m. Cost is 10 for adults and free for ages 9 and under. To learn more about the events visit or call 305.442.6866. Local School Debuts New Field Palmer Trinity School debuts its new main athletic field at its Sept. 15 homecoming football game against Somerset Academy Silver Palms. Students will use the venue for track and field football lacrosse and soccer. Community members also may host events at the field which is one of three in Miami-Dade County to have an eight-lane track. We are proud to have this premier field as part of our 55-acre campus said Patrick Roberts the head of school. And we look forward to experiencing many future victories and creating fond memories for both the school and the community. 10 SEPTEMBER 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM SPECIAL COMPASS Special Compass is a Non-Profit 501(c)3 organization. The purpose of Special Compass (SC) is to promote success for persons with disabilities by providing assistance to meet their individual needs and independence through recreation and sports as well as create Inclusion awareness and raise funds for their achievements. To become a Rider Power Buddy Engine or make a donation call 9 5 4 - 3 0 2 - 3 2 8 4 info 12330 S.W. 53 Street 707 708 Cooper City FL 33330 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM SEPTEMBER 2017 11 3 Best BETS Florida Is ... by Xavier Cortada Cortada has presented collaborative work around the world including in Cyprus Northern Ireland Bolivia and the North and South poles and has work on display at several South Florida museums. The new artist in residence at Pinecrest Gardens presents a show that features Florida s natural environment. Viewers can participate in the project at When Opening reception Sept. 13 6 p.m. exhibit runs to Oct. 8 Where Pinecrest Gardens Tickets Free with 5 park admission Info John Mulaney The Emmy Award-winning writer and comedian brings his self-deprecating humor to Miami. The recent star of Oh Hello on Broadway Mulaney started his career in New York s East Village and became a writer for Saturday Night Live in 2008. A year later he released his first comedy album The Top Part and has continued to write and star in numerous comedy specials. When Sept. 29 7 p.m. Where Adrienne Arsht Center Tickets Starting at 29 Info PINECREST GARDENS HIGHLIGHTS SELECT-A-SEAT Learn more about the South Motors Jazz Series and find the best remaining seats for the concerts. Enjoy free mimosas and croissants and learn about the benefits of a subscription. When Sept.10 10 30 a.m.-1 30 p.m. Tickets Free FARMERS MARKET Find the best of local produce and goods at Pinecrest Garden s farmers market. Vendors from farms in Homestead the Redlands and other Florida agricultural areas sell seasonal fruits and vegetables. Artisan producers sell goods such as cheese honey meats and more. When Sundays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets Free LITTLE LIZARDS Mumford & Sons The British band tours for the first time after the release of its 2016 EP Johannesburg. Their three studio albums have reached the top of both the UK albums chart and the Billboard 200. The band s classic folk vibe mixed with alternative rock sounds has fans packing arenas across the country. When Sept. 19 7 30 p.m. Where AmericanAirlines Arena Tickets Starting at 41 Info This program for children ages 3 to 10 explores a monthly theme through reading exploring and creating at Pinecrest Gardens picnic areas. No registration is required. September s theme Cool Creatures will have children exploring birds nests and the habitats of the Gardens creatures. When Fridays 1-3 p.m. Tickets Free with 5 park admission 12 SEPTEMBER 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM PARAMORE other A&e highlights FREEDOM Fronted by lead singer Hayley Williams the American rock band creates infectious tunes with an edge. Its steady rise in popularity over the years--from its 2005 gold-certified debut album to its 2015 Grammy win--has cemented its place in modern rock. When Sept. 8 8 p.m. Where The Fillmore Miami Beach Tickets Starting at 89 Info MIAMI S HEALTH HAPPINESS HOME CLEANING SERVICE DEPECHE MODE Since the 1980s Depeche Mode has taken their synth sounds across the globe with Top 40 hits in the United States and Europe and more than 100 million in album sales. Their legacy has demanded a world tour for their 14th album Spirit which released in March. When Sept. 15 7 30 p.m. Where AmericanAirlines Arena Tickets Starting at 35 Info AL PACINO ACLEANERIMAGEMIAMI.COM 305.233.0996 One of the most celebrated contemporary actors presents An Evening With Pacino in which he ll share his memories from his 50-year career as well as clips from his movies and an intimate question-and-answer session. When Sep. 15 8 p.m. Where The Fillmore Miami Beach Tickets Starting at 83 Info LAURYN HILL & NAS The hip-hop greats co-headline a national tour and bring their friends with them including reggae artist Chronnixx and rapper Nick Grant. Comedian Hannibal Buress warms the audience with laughs. When Sept. 22 6 30 p.m. Where Bayfront Park Amphitheater Tickets Starting at 27 Info EIGHTH ANNUAL BIRD FESTIVAL A variety of activities await bird lovers. The festival starts with bird habitat tours led by experts from the Tropical Audubon Society. Afterward enjoy bird walks an amateur bird photo contest exhibit and presentations by bird experts. The 79th annual Members Day Plant Sale will be held with the festival so you can purchase plants to make your home a bird paradise. When Oct. 5-8 Where Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Tickets 25 adults 18 seniors 12 children Info PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM SEPTEMBER 2017 13 T H E splurge Park Paradise New beachfront condominiums offer inspired natural backdrops amid the bustle of Miami The lowdown Known for his work in Paris with the renowned interior design company RDAI for Herm s Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano brings his eye for design to Miami with new beachfront condominium building Eighty Seven Park. It s ultra-exclusive--only 70 private residences--and is the only South Florida building that s both on the beach and nestled between two parks. The details Eighty Seven Park units each ranging from 1 400 square feet to 7 000 square feet have expansive outdoor balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows with uninterrupted views. Residents who want to catch some rays can lounge poolside in the series of cabanas that overlook the shoreline. Those who want to relax with a drink can head to the shaded Fugo Bar. Modern equipment occupies the gym where private and group classes are available. After residents get their sweat on they can head over to the spa and indulge in the sauna or steam rooms or request a private treatment. Eighty Seven Park is close to Bal Harbour shopping Surfside and Miami s exclusive Indian Creek district. Residents also have access to a private two-acre park on the north side of the building. The prices Available units are listed between 2.4 million and 14.5 million. Contact Sales gallery at 8701 Collins Ave. Miami 305.834.4999 info --Robin Pereira 14 SEPTEMBER 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM B A r ta l k LAVAGAVE INGREDIENTS 1 1 2 ounces Don Julio Blanco tequila 1 2 ounce Gracias a Dios mezcal 3 4 ounce lavender agave 1 2 ounce grapefruit juice 1 2 ounce lime juice 2 dashes of Bittercube cherry bark vanilla bitters 3 4 ounce egg white DIRECTIONS Add ingredients to a shaker tin and shake for five to 10 seconds without ice. Shake ingredients again with ice. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with crushed dry lavender buds and express the essence of a grapefruit peel over the top. Up in Smoke A TEQUILA SOUR BECOMES A FAVORITE AT BEAKER & GRAY I -- KEREN MOROS 16 SEPTEMBER 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM PHOTO BY BRETT HUFZIGER n the ever-changing local restaurant scene Ben Potts is determined to stay ahead of the curve. The bar manager at Beaker & Gray (2637 N. Miami Ave.) uses skills picked up from a past career in investment banking to maximize his productivity behind the bar and keeps customers coming by cutting the worstperforming 25 percent of the cocktail menu each month or so. That means he always has the greatest hits playing he says. One of the greatest hits is the Lavagave which has consistently survived the chopping block since Potts and business partner and chef Brian Nasajon opened Beaker & Gray in late 2015. The sour includes both mezcal and tequila (itself a kind of mezcal). The two base spirits complement each other and lend smokiness that Potts says works well with the bright acidity and floral notes of grapefruit juice and lavender agave. The ingredient also signals a shift in cocktail trends. Instead of using mezcal I could ve used Laphroaig [a Scotch whisky] Potts says. Maybe 15 years ago when cocktails were being made with smoky ingredients a lot of people probably turned to Laphroaig or another scotch but nowadays we have lots of mezcal in the market. Another defining ingredient is vanilla bitters which is measured carefully. The vanilla quality helps tie together any sweet ingredient with the sour and with the base spirit in a way that changes the entire cocktail Potts says. If I put two or three dashes in a cocktail or I don t it s a completely different drink. Potts credits the idea for the mixture to his former boss at The Broken Shaker in Miami Beach who suggested that the unlikely combination of mezcal lavender and grapefruit would be a hit. He s modified the original recipe to appeal to customers who may be afraid of the main ingredient which Potts says people either love or hate. People who are afraid of mezcal and try this cocktail are almost never turned off by it--unless they come in with a really strong distaste for it he says. Most of the time people say it s really very good. 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Dixie H wy Ste 101 Pinecrest FL 33156 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM SEPTEMBER 2017 17 gardening The Past and Future of Public Gardens S BY HARVEY BERNSTEIN outh Florida s public gardens are the descendants of European spaces designed for privileged pleasure and the study and display of scientific collections medicinal plants and botanical curiosities. Gardens especially in the British Empire during the Age of Exploration were tasked with discovering and cultivating plants that could be eaten or had economic uses. The concept of the botanic garden--where plants are not just displayed but also identified and categorized--became an important organizing principle for many of the world s great public institutions. The expansion of trade in the New World Africa and parts of Asia sparked an explosion of exotic species that could be described and studied. Later in the 19th and early 20th centuries wealthy Americans developed gardens and parks to benefit the public seeking to ensure social stability for the poor urban-dwelling masses. City dwellers gained access to unpolluted landscaped beauty once available only to the rich allowing opportunities to commune with nature. Today public gardens are embracing the changing needs of our times. Present-day gardens maintaining scientific collections as living botanical museums arrange their plants by geographical region or ecological communities rather than the cumbersome historic way of family or type. Instead of displaying trophy plants gardens actively engage in conservation and the preservation of natural areas. They have become centers of accessible information about green initiatives social justice issues centering on health and fresh food accessibility and the changing role of gardening today. An important role of modern public gardens is their educational programming and environmental awareness particularly about climate change and their fostering of science appreciation. Gardens have also expanded their outreach efforts and celebrations drawing in diverse communities and groups. As part of the integration of culture in public gardens many have become beguiling centers of visual and performing arts. Gardens partner with community organizations that promote the arts education history and horticulture. At Pinecrest Gardens the village of Pinecrest is making a substantial commitment to arts and culture. Something is always happening at the Gardens including curated art performance festival events and classes. The facilities at this historic garden are being upgraded or renovated. The gardens themselves are being renewed with new designs and plantings. As at many other gardens staff members constantly seek ways to increase the Gardens importance and role in the community and greater region. The root of public gardens planted in the past nourishes us as we grow into the future. Harvey Bernstein is the horticulturist at Pinecrest Gardens. 18 SEPTEMBER 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM SCHOOL REINVENTED Be Part of the Revolution. Grades 6-12 Education Your way Introducing a private school that allows students to choose their path and their pace. 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An eat-in kitchen upstairs and downstairs family rooms a backyard pool and a summer kitchen make it an ideal home for families. 20 SEPTEMBER 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM 9226 SW 67th Ave. Listing Price 2 885 000 Listing Agent Zahyly Heravi divadesign007 305.975.3115 Specs 8 454 square feet 5 bedrooms 8 bathrooms High ceilings custom moldings stained glass windows chandeliers and coffered ceilings add high-end character to this Mediterranean estate which includes a gourmet kitchen and billiard room. The backyard is designed for day parties and nighttime elegance with a basketball court and a large covered patio with fans and a grill. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM SEPTEMBER 2017 21 5 1 2 22 questions with Architect BY KEREN MOROS DAVID HARPER From the time he could walk David Harper worked on building sites with his father who owned a construction company. He d make me do the hardest jobs out on the construction site I think to show that he wasn t [showing favoritism] Harper says. But he also used it as a way of saying Do well in school ... and you won t have to be out here digging ditches and laying concrete blocks. When a young Harper learned that the nicely dressed men carrying rolls of paper on a site were architects he became interested in the creative side of the buildings his father constructed. The Atlanta-born Harper graduated from the University of Miami and opened his own architectural firm HADP Architecture originally called Harper Partners. The company worked on projects such as a renovation at The Biltmore and the construction of American Airlines World Gateway terminal at Miami International Airport. Harper became especially invested in South Florida building when he assisted in recovery efforts in Pinecrest and Homestead after the area was devastated by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. He became the chair of the South Florida Building Code committee created after the hurricane to rewrite building codes which are still used today. In October 2012 Harper s company merged with HKS an architectural design firm where he is the global director of higher education. He develops buildings at universities such as construction of Florida International University s health and wellness center. Of all his projects Harper s most personal is his home. He and his wife Jennifer decided to build a functional and environmentally sustainable home for their family of two younger children and two college-aged children. They designed and built the Domus Alba which received the 2014 U.S. Green Building Council South Florida Award for most outstanding leadership in energy and environmental design among homes or single-family projects. It was the first LEED gold-certified home in Pinecrest. Pinecrest Lifestyle asked Harper a few questions about his career and home. Jennifer and David Harper buildings--the faculty professors and students--take the long view of their buildings. They re not developers they re not people who are just putting up a project and selling it and stepping away. They have a long view of the investment that they re making so they re serious about the quality of the building about the long-term maintenance of those buildings and about how they will stand against the test of time. 3 What inspires you when you re working on a project I try to be inspired by the context and by the environment. Every location is different. I try to take advantage of climate weather topography and vegetation. The design responses that I would do in Miami are different from what I do when I m in Ohio different still from what I do in California. I try to be contextual and very much about the place and the time. When we re building in Atlanta or Ohio we frequently use brick. When we build in Miami we use stucco concrete and glass. When we build in California we sometimes use facing material with wood in addition to concrete and steel. Why was it important that your Pinecrest home be sustainable My wife worked on the largest existing LEED gold-certified building project [on a university campus] at Georgia Tech. After she came out of that project she had a passion for green living and sustainability so that added to my own inclinations. It created a fervor in us to build a house that responded to those aspirational beliefs we held important. We realized that even in a great place like Pinecrest few houses are designed to take advantage of the climate and conserve energy. [We wanted] to set an example for our children--to show that all of these values are important and to really walk the talk. Many architects say you should protect the environment but unless you have a chance to design and live in your own home where you ve had a chance to make the decisions you can t live it. Why did you choose to build in Pinecrest I had lived in Pinecrest years before and sold the house. Then we had a condo in downtown Miami and a home in Atlanta. We were bouncing back and forth. [Because of our little kids] we decided we needed to settle down in one spot. We decided Pinecrest was where we wanted to be because it s a great family community and has nice heavily landscaped lots. So you could be close to urban areas like Coral Gables and Miami but you re in a residential resort-like area. 4 How did your construction experience influence your architecture career When people go to architecture school most of them have no background in actually understanding what it takes to build it s all theoretical. I had the practical application side from the beginning. When I drew something I had a better insight into the ramifications of that drawing in terms of getting it built. I think that was a tremendous benefit. I ve continued to have a strong involvement in actual construction throughout my career as well. What do you enjoy about designing buildings for highereducation institutions One of the things I enjoy most is the fact that the users of these SEPTEMBER 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM 5 M I A M I S N EWE ST WAT E R F R O N T D I N I N G A N D E V E N T S PA C E B O O K T H I S S PA C E CORPORATE EVENTS SOCIAL CELEBRATIONS AND MORE Book your special e vent at Miami s ne west venue overlooking Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. 601 features two le vels of flexible e vent space floor to ceiling windows and an outdoor lounge. DINE WITH US A LA CARTE CHEF TABLE LOUNGE AND B AR Game Day dining is open to all HEAT fans before during and after games. Come early stay late and enjoy fan favorites or dine in style in the Private Dining Room. Sample from the craft beer wall in the Decanter Bar or enjoy mixology specialties in the Tumbler Bar. G AT H E R AND CHEER GROUP HOSPITALIT Y AND GAME TICKETS Group dining and meeting space is available in 601 s chic outdoor Cabana or Private Dining Room with a waterfront vie w followed by all the excitement of Miami HEAT basketball. BOOK YOUR 601 EXPERIENCE TODAY. C O N TA C T A DA M R A M O S S E N I O R M A N A G E R K E Y A C C O U N T S & S P E C I A L E V E N T S A R A M O S H E A T . C O M 6 0 1 B I S C A Y N E B LV D M I A M I F L 3 3 1 3 2 7 8 6 - 7 7 7 - 4 2 8 9 Looking Into My Dreams Awilda MEET AND GREET South Florida s public sculptures have stories to tell BY MICHELLE F. SOLOMON Le Corbusier S outh Florida s public art is just as colorful and creative as its millions of residents. Craig Robins an art collector and developer of Miami s Design District says public art gives people a sense of place. Developer Jorge M. Perez who is responsible for Miami becoming the permanent home to Awilda a 39-foot sculpture of a Dominican girl s face believes works like it establish a city s unique identity. For any public art to come to life it needs to be involved in human interaction says Bonnie Clearwater director and chief curator of Fort Lauderdale s NSU Art Museum. Then there s give back what the art returns to its viewer. Successful public art offers respite from the structured urban environment and moments of contemplation for visitors in parks and plazas she says. Take our tour of four of the most interesting public art people in Miami-Dade. You can easily see all four works in under an hour. But before you go learn the stories of how each became a permanent part of the SoFla landscape. Millennium Park where it was installed in 2014. That s where Perez saw it and purchased it as a promised gift to the Perez Art Museum Miami. For Awilda Miami is the perfect place to live. Water is the main public space in the world Plensa says. The head is made of marble resin and fiberglass and is composed of 15 individual pieces which are dismantled when Awilda is moved. Le Corbusier by Xavier Veilhan Miami Design District Palm Court second level near Panerai 140 NE 39th St. The French artist s fiberglass sculpture of architect Charles-Edouard Jeanneret aka Le Corbusier is one of Miami s most-photographed selfie spots. The 10foot waist-up bust of one of the pioneers of modern architecture is dressed in a suit coat and bow tie with pen in hand deep in thought creating one of his drawings. Veilhan based the sculpture on a photo he saw of Le Corbusier. The larger-than-life depiction originally was installed atop the Cit Radieuse ( Radiant City ) in Marseilles France one of Le Corbusier s most famous buildings. The artwork which Robins purchased for the Design District fit with the developer s idea of the district being a creative center as well as a luxury shopping mecca. Looking Into My Dreams Awilda by Jaume Plensa East end of Museum Park 1075 Biscayne Blvd. The Spanish artist who created it in 2012 invites visitors to stand in front of his gigantic sculpture and feel as if they are looking into a mirror. His message is that the head is the power of big dreams. The piece initially was shown in Rio de Janeiro and then traveled to Chicago s A Meditation on the Possibility of Romantic Love or Where You Goin with that Gun In Your Hand Bobby Seale and Huey Newton Discuss 26 SEPTEMBER 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM the Relationships Between Expressionism and Social Reality in Hitler s Paintings by Daniel Joseph Martinez Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum Florida International University 10975 SW 17th St. To look at the two nondescript silhouettes standing about 6 feet and made of white Carrara marble you d never know they were meant to make a big political statement. Martinez s work depicts an infamous 1960s photograph of Black Panther revolutionaries Bobby Seal and Huey P. Newton. Martinez was inspired by large-scale sculptures that would stand guard before palaces and tombs in ancient Egypt Greece and A Meditation on the Possibility of Romantic Love or Where You Goin Rome and he reimagined the pair as with that Gun In Your Hand Bobby Seale and Huey Newton Discuss the Relationships Between Expressionism and Social Reality in Hitler s Paintings protectors of civil rights and liberties. The sculpture created in 2005 was part of the Frost Art Museum s exhibit Because I Say So ... in 2009. The owners of the work Miami Beach art collectors Dennis La Danse and Debra Scholl decided that the piece should make a permanent statement at the university museum and they donated it in 2016. La Danse by Alice Pittaluga Pinecrest Gardens Hammock Pavilion 11000 Red Road The Brazilian artist s creation was inspired by Henri Matisse s 1910 painting of the same name. Fascinated by movement she created a three-dimensional representation of the work in sculpture. In her homage five male and female nudes whirl in a frenzy. It s one of two such tributes to La Danse one resides at Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden this one was donated to the village of Pinecrest in January 2014 by Pittaluga s husband Carlos Bueno after her death. Alana S. Perez director of Pinecrest Gardens says the Bueno and Bonnier families were instrumental in making the sculpture an important part of the Gardens. Carlos son Roberto Bueno and his wife Tora Bonnier Bueno are Pinecrest residents. Tora is an art consultant and curator and served as curator of the Garden Gallery. Tora s mother Annette Bonnier also a Pinecrest resident and photographer is a founding member and on the board of The Garden Fund which has done so much for the botanical well-being and beautification of the Gardens Perez says. The Bueno and Bonnier families are truly philanthropic artistic and cultured in every way. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM SEPTEMBER 2017 27 DINING GHEE INDIAN KITCHEN Location 8965 SW 72nd Place Miami Hours Tuesday-Thursday 5-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday 5-11 p.m. Sunday brunch noon-3 30 p.m. Contact 305.968.1850 Locally sourced ingredients are the foundation of Ghee Indian Kitchen s ever-changing menu BY CLARISSA BUCH Passage to India Niven Patel at his Homestead farm In the Miami neighborhood of Kendall the new Indian restaurant Ghee Indian Kitchen brings a taste of home for its owner and executive chef Niven Patel. Created by the Michael s Genuine Food & Drink alumnus and his wife Shivani the restaurant modernizes Gujarati cuisine rooted in India s westernmost state. The bright industrially designed space invites diners to sample unfamiliar foods such as lamb kofta (small balls of meat flavored with cashews raisins and spinach) and backyard pakora crispy vegetable fritters made with produce from Patel s family farm in Homestead. The restaurant is located inside Downtown Dadeland and unlike neighboring restaurants such as Harry s Pizzeria and Pubbelly Sushi Ghee highlights cuisine that many have never tasted. What we re doing here is different from any other restaurant Patel says. Most people who know Indian food only know one type and it s not like this. Patel named the restaurant after a type of clarified butter that is commonly used in cooking and medicine. Inspired by the concept of purity in Indian-style cooking Patel uses unalloyed spices to enhance flavor instead of thick sauces and curry powders that overtake a plate. The way we cook and eat is so unique he says. The flavors and their profiles are something that many people have never tried. Ghee s menu is best described as a selection of dishes you would find on Patel s dinner table. Plates rotate almost nightly with Patel designing each one Top from left Ceviche with turmeric wahoo sesame and bhel puri lobster curry with white asparagus and peas Left Citrus-cured cobio with bhel puri avocado and chili oil based on what is available on his two-acre farm named Rancho Patel. He sources ingredients that he cannot grow or produce himself from other local purveyors. The restaurant s menus are printed daily so there s no guarantee a dish available during one visit will be there again. However as the restaurant develops Patel says he will create a lineup of staples that will be offered for longer periods of time. One of Patel s favorite dishes is green millet which he describes as Indian-style polenta. Each plate has its beginnings in a small Indian village where Patel s ancestors grew up. We connected with local farmers there where they grow amazing grains that they harvest and ship to the restaurant he says. Every time someone orders the dish they re supporting the village in rural India. Other popular plates which are likely to stick around for some time include chicken tikka masala smoked-chicken samosas aged-cheddar naan and saffron swordfish. The restaurant offers a family-style tasting menu which serves three large plates designed to feed a whole table. The restaurant partnered with J. Wakefield Brewing to create a unique beer menu including Paan Wala a saison (pale ale) with mangoes fennel seeds and coriander served in a golden can that features an illustration of Patel. Ghee also offers organic wines with a sake-based cocktail menu in the works. It all depends on what we feel like cooking that day Patel says. That s the fun part of being a chef and running a restaurant. It s totally different from day to day. Since Ghee opened in May Patel says the restaurant is doing better than expected. The 70-seat space designed by Patel and Shivani was custom-made in India including the mango wood tables and the lighting. The restaurant s spice wall features more than 240 varieties all sourced from India and blended by Patel. What I want is to create more of a neighborhood restaurant where people feel at home he says. It s about having a great meal and not having to get all dressed up. For now Patel is focused on growing Ghee into a Miami culinary mainstay. But he is open to expanding the concept down the line. I m pleasantly surprised with the way Miami has reacted to our food he says. I m really enjoying this right now and I want to enjoy it all before I do it again. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM SEPTEMBER 2017 29 Flan de coco from Bulla Gastrobar Miami Spice the annual culinary event wraps up at the end of the month BY ROBIN PEREIRA the spice of life Caffe Vialetto Here s your last chance to get a taste of the region s richest dishes at bargain prices. South Florida s popular annual culinary event Miami Spice closes its two-month run Sept. 30. Participating restaurants feature specialty dishes by renowned chefs at a special rate Lunch and brunch offers are 23 per person and dinners are 39. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Menus are subject to change. Here s a look at what some restaurants are serving up. Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar and LatAM Grill 3067 Grand Ave. Coconut Grove 305.444.0216 Executive chef Oscar del Rivero offers a menu full of Latin American flavor. Appetizers for lunch include arrumadinho du Brazil (black bean vinaigrette pickled red onions tomatoes and hearts of palm with mixed watercress and pea shoots salad topped with pan-roasted pork and farofa) and shrimp nuevo ceviche (shrimp with yellow pepper sauce). Entrees include lomo saltado (beef tenderloin strips potatoes red onions tomatoes soy-yellow pepper sauce and quail egg served with white rice) and moqueca de camarao (saut ed shrimp with tomatoes onion garlic coconut milk malgueta peppers dende oil and chocolate flakes). Dessert of choice is flan de queso served with almond-raisin Florentine. 4019 Le Jeune Road Coral Gables 305.446.5659 For 18 years the Italian fusion dishes here have left guests hungry for more. Dinner appetizers include polenta meatballs (Buffalo meatballs with ricotta cheese tomato ragout and cheese polenta) and duck confit tacos (Asianstyle shredded duck confit caramelized onion pineapple cilantro with sriracha mayonnaise and wontons). Larger plates include risotto oreganato with langostino (arborio rice oregano tomato mozzarella and prawn) and chicken Parmesan (lightly breaded chicken tomato sauce provolone cheese and Champagne risotto). Desserts include Nutella pana cotta and coconut flan. Bulla Gastrobar 2500 Ponce De Leon Blvd. Coral Gables 305.441.0107 Lunch at this casual and fun establishment features tapas--small plates including bu uelos de bacalao (codfish fritters with homemade tartar sauce) and chilled vegetable soup. Entrees include ensalada de lenteja y queso de cabra (beluga lentils beets shaved celery pomegranate and Leonara cheese) jamon serrano with ham tomatoes stracciatella basil and patatas bravas and pescado a la vasca seared 30 SEPTEMBER 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Left Arroz con mariscos from La Mar Below Salmon crudo from River Yacht Club fish served with asparagus and roasted potatoes. Churros a traditional fried dough served with chocolate and dulce de leche sauces are for dessert. ice cream topped with dulce de leche foam ginger jelly and orange sauce. Le Bouchon du Grove 3430 Main Highway Miami 305.448.6060 French flavors and fresh ingredients reign supreme. Lunch starters include Bouchon salad (with warm goat cheese and red wine dressing) and beef oxtail pate. Entrees include seared salmon escalope (with ravioles du royan and white vermouth sauce) and roasted organic chicken breast (served with snow peas and black truffle butter in a light tarragon gravy). The dessert menu includes tarte tatin (a caramelized warm apple pie) and chocolate terrine with pomelo confit and cr me anglaise. La Mar by Gaston Acurio Mandarin Oriental 500 Brickell Key Drive Miami 305.913.8358 miami Enjoy Peruvian flavors at three bars and indoor and outdoor seating overlooking Biscayne Bay. Starters for dinner include the tiradito bachiche (sea urchin oysters and scallops in an avocado leche de tigre). Lunch brings la casera (potato causa shredded chicken avocado tomato and hardboiled egg with a huanca na sauce. Lunch options include cachetes de ternere (veal cheeks in a chicha morada sauce with lima beans mushrooms and roasted cipollini onions) and hummus salad (mixed peppers heirloom cherry tomatoes red onion Peruvian botija olives feta cheese fava bean hummus and pita bread with a Greek yogurt-yellow pepper vinaigrette. Finish your dinner with coconut River Yacht Club 401 SW Third Ave. Miami 305.200.5716 Innovative cuisine is served with a waterfront view. At dinner begin with an appetizer of salmon crudo (with orange dressing horseradish cream and seaweed) or kalua pork belly (with pineapple radish salad and microherbs). Entrees include pan-seared snapper (with black lentils a tomato-onion relish and crunchy plantain chips) skirt steak (with caramelized shallots mashed potatoes and shishito peppers) and risotto (with summer vegetables mushrooms and Parmesan cheese). Finish with a selection of pastries. Villa Azur 309 23rd St. Miami Beach 305.763.8688 French Mediterranean dishes with Italian twists are found here. Starters include smoked scallops carpaccio in a shell served with apple wood green apple dressing lime zest and crispy iberico lomo. Entrees include surf and turf for two (with prime beef tenderloin and four tiger prawns with b arnaise sauce sweet potato fries and roasted jumbo asparagus) and roasted seabass (with fingerling potatoes and green asparagus). End with something sweet such as Caramelia chocolate and pineapple panna cotta or a strawberry and basil salad with watermelon dressing. Tuna tataki style from Villa Azur PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM SEPTEMBER 2017 31 D A Y tripper Poolside at Hard Rock Below Man Cave cabana Seminole Hard Rock The popular hotel and casino goes all in with current and future offerings BY KEVIN KAMINSKI As difficult as it might be for high rollers and penny-slot enthusiasts to steer clear of the gaming offered at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino there s far more to the Hollywoodbased complex than electronic craps Diamond Lotto and Texas Hold em. Yes the AAA Four Diamond-rated resort (1 Seminole Way 866.502.7529 features table games and slot machines as far as the eye can see. But as guests can attest Seminole Hard Rock also deals in chic and spacious contemporary-style rooms accented with rock n roll photography and artifacts. A Rock Spa that sports a variety of full-body wraps and exfoliations smoothing facials and more than a half-dozen stress-busting massages. And dining to satisfy every craving and price point. But that s not the half of it. WET AND WILD The over-the-top vibe that permeates Seminole Hard Rock extends to a sprawling 4.5-acre pool complex that s built around a soaring rock mountain. Elements such as a 182-foot waterslide elevated hot tub and scattered waterfalls add to the scenery but the real eye-catcher especially for larger groups is the 520-square-foot deluxe chickee inspired by the DIY Network s Man Cave show. This cave has it all--a plunge pool seven lounge chairs a cutting-edge entertainment system (including a 70-inch HDTV and PlayStation system) cooling misters and a stocked refrigerator. For those looking to up the ante custom options include a blackjack table barbecue grill personal massages and a private disc jockey. Tracy Morgan CENTER STAGE Hard Rock Live the complex s 5 500-seat arena has emerged as one of the premier concert venues in South Florida. Musicians find the space intimate compared to sports arenas and top comics can play to larger audiences. Already this year the likes of Don Henley Chris Rock and Rod Stewart have taken the stage--and the hits just keep on coming. During a one-week stretch this fall Santana (Oct. 28) The Who s Roger Daltrey (Nov. 1) and 30 Rock co-star Tracy Morgan (Nov. 4) are all slated to play Hard Rock Live. GOOD TO THE LAST BITE There s no rolling the dice when it comes to the fine-dining options inside Seminole Hard Rock--both Kuro and Council Oak Steaks & Seafood are sure bets setting the foodie bar wildly high in their respective categories. At Kuro executive chef Alex Becker spins contemporary Japanese fare into visual and culinary works of art. The exquisitely curated menu includes nigiri sushi tempura offerings and specialty seafood and land entrees. At Council Oak the USDA prime dry-aged beef and wagyu selections are matched by an award-winning wine menu (more than 350 selections) and one of the most popular Sunday brunches in all of Broward County. The restaurant s luxury spirits program--the One Ounce Club--recently added a limited edition Pappy Van Winkle 25 offering an exclusive pour from one of only six bottles in Florida goes for 495. Mussels at Council Oak GOOD TO THE LAST DROP Just off the casino floor the resort s L Bar is the epicenter of cocktail cool the kind of hip artistic space that would have embraced an Andy Warhol party back in the day. The lounge features live acts and DJs on Thursdays Fridays and Saturdays with music that cuts across a variety of genres (neo-folk nu disco funk R&B Latin). The fully stocked bar boasts premium tequilas craft beers and a variety of handcrafted cocktails. The WAX music amenity program goes vinyl. L Bar ACES HIGH Card sharks from all over the world are expected to descend upon the resort from Sept. 21 through Oct. 2 thanks to a partnership between Seminole Gaming and the World Series of Poker--but that s hardly the only poker being played at Seminole Hard Rock. In addition to daily promotions the 36-table poker room hosts special tournaments throughout the year. Visit for details. SPIN THE BLACK CIRCLE You don t have to toss a high-definition TV into the pool to feel like a rock star when staying at the hotel. Just call room service and reserve one of the 20 Fender guitars available (along with an amplifier and headphones). For those who don t know a whammy bar from a Hershey s bar go old-school with the WAX program and check out a Crosley record player complete with a curated collection of vinyl--from classic rock to one of the artists with which Hard Rock has partnered including Michelle Branch and Evan Rachel Wood s band Rebel and a Basketcase. THE FUTURE The outdoor shops and restaurants that once comprised Seminole Paradise have been cleared paving the way for a mammoth expansion project that will be completed in time for the Super Bowl s return to Miami in 2020. Expect all new dining retail and nightlife additional casino gaming--and a 36-story 800-room hotel tower shaped like a guitar. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM SEPTEMBER 2017 33 SPECIAL MARKETING FEATURE W H O S W HO S E NI O R LUX LIVING UNITED HOMECARE Corporate Headquarters 8400 NW 33rd Street Suite 400 Miami FL 33122 (305) 716-0710 C E R T I F I C A T I O N S AHCA Licensed Assisted Living Facility AL12782 AHCA Licensed Home Health Agency 21213096 AHCA Licensed Medicare Agency 299991265 B U I L D I N G L E E D C E R T I F I C A T I O N First U.S. Agency to implement the AoA s Community REACH II Program for enhancing caregiver health First Designated Home Health Teaching Agency designated by the Florida Legislature. A M E N I T I E S 2015- 2017 South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SFLHCC) Leadership Award & President s Distinguished Community Service Award - Carlos L. Martinez President & CEO State of Florida Community Care for the Elderly Lead Agency Designation Miami Today Gold Medal Awards Panel Bronze Medal 2012- 2014 Beacon Council Beacon Award (for their significant contribution to Miami-Dade s economy in the areas of job creation business expansion corporate citizenship and leadership) 2010 & 2011 Today s Caregiver Magazine Caregiver Friendly Award 2010 Great Miami Chamber of Commerce GMCC NOVO Award (for best non-profit organization recognizing their work in TeleHealth) The Residences of United HomeCare is an upscale assisted living community for seniors age 65 and over located in a newly developed neighborhood of West Kendall within walking distance to hospital facilities and shopping centers. This brand new 4-story LEED-certified building is storm safe and offers 122 studios and one-bedroom private units plus a host of attractive amenities and services in a hotel-style modern facility. Long-stay rental options are available to seniors and short-stay is offered when family caregivers are in need of respite or vacation time. Caring staff set high standards at The Residences always professional and attentive to each resident s needs. The supportive and assistive services offered help seniors to live well independent healthy and socially engaged lives. Licensed by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) on-site services include 24 7 access to medical and nursing staff and a team of trained licensed and certified professionals. Residents enjoy gourmet meals access to the library a fully equipped gym hair salon barber shop as well as open recreation spaces including a lake view walking path. Concierge services are offered and ample parking spaces are available in addition to free transportation within 10 miles of the facility. 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As evidenced by a recent signing for his new book My Hurricane Andrew Story time has done nothing to diminish their affection for Norcross and what he meant to them that night. I did a signing at Books & Books in Coral Gables and the room was packed Norcross says. People were still in tears talking about their stories. They want to express their gratitude and they want to talk about what happened. Every single person who went through Hurricane Andrew has a story that s one of the most intense stories of their life. Every single person. The curious part of Norcross story is that his careerdefining date with Andrew almost didn t happen. Norcross started working at WTVJ in January 1990 on a three-year contract to help improve the NBC-owned station s ratings. Norcross made it a point to make WTVJ the destination for hurricane information branding its efforts Storm Center. But almost three years later WPLG was still the area s top station. The top bosses in New York told management in Miami to make changes. My contract was the only contract coming up [at the end of the year] and so in June 1992 the news director who was my boss told my agent that she didn t have any choice--she had to go in a different direction with weather Norcross recalls. Norcross landed a job at CBS in New York and was set to fly there for a final meeting on Monday Aug. 24. When Andrew which had lost some of its steam the previous Thursday gathered strength on Friday Norcross put off his New York meeting and stayed in Miami. It was the best decision he ever made. IN THE BEGINNING Norcross was a teenager when he had his first brush with the power of a hurricane. His family had moved to the beach town of Indialantic after his father took a job as a NASA engineer at Cape Canaveral. As Hurricane Betsy approached the East Coast in 1965 Norcross took his board and went headfirst into the storm. I lost my board way out there and it was only because I was a gymnast and I was in great shape that I was able to swim in against the current Norcross says. It was scary getting in but it was a thrilling ride. ... It was like skiing off the top of a mountain. The drop was great. But even that wasn t enough for Norcross to begin analyzing weather patterns. He was a math major at researching the segment. More than once he came across photos of the destruction caused by past hurricanes in South Florida. Nobody was really thinking about hurricanes in the 80s Norcross says. I had in my mind that if I were ever chief meteorologist and we had a hurricane everybody [would] look at me and go What do we do now EYE OF THE STORM When Norcross became chief meteorologist at WTVJ he and his team highlighted hurricanes with the support of the station. They produced hurricane specials formed relationships with the National Hurricane Center and local emergency management professionals and installed a connection with radio station Y-100 to broadcast audio during a storm. Norcross also collaborated with the National Hurricane Center on a version of the cone imagery that s now a staple of storm coverage. Though they were prepared the team s biggest test came early on the morning of Aug. 24 1992. By the time Andrew was finished churning through South Florida 15 people were dead more than 100 000 homes were damaged nearly 200 000 people were left homeless--and more than 25 billion worth of destruction had been caused. Norcross was on the air for all of it. Like the host of a telethon he kept viewers and listeners informed for 23 consecutive hours. In his book he wrote that the extended coverage damaged his vocal cords which had the effect of actually improving his broadcast voice. For the families huddled in their hallways ears glued to their transistor radios his was the voice of calm amid the storm. He tracked Andrew s path. He took phone calls. He directed people to shelters. At one point during the broadcast he recalled From top Video of Norcross reporting on the storm from WTVJ part of the Hurricane Andrew exhibit in HistoryMiami Museum a glimpse at the destruction Andrew caused Florida State University where he also spent time as a disc jockey before landing his first TV job at WFSU loading videotape machines. After working at TV stations in Atlanta and Denver he served as news director for a Louisville Kentucky station. When that station s weather personality quit Norcross found his calling. I went out looking offering more and more money to hire a meteorologist he says. I realized that meteorology on TV really was the confluence of broadcasting and science. I thought You know before I turn 30 I really ought to see if I can do it. He returned to Florida State and earned a master s in meteorology. After he graduated Norcross snagged his first weather job in June 1980 with CNN in Atlanta. Eventually he landed a job at Miami s WPLG where in 1984 he launched a live segment called Neighborhood Weather which combined the weather report with a human-interest story. Norcross spent time at HistoryMiami Museum while 38 OCTOBER 2016 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM PHOTOS COURTESY OF HISTORYMIAMI MUSEUM a book by L.F. Reardon about the author s experiences in Coral Gables during the 1926 hurricane. The book recounted how he hid his children in a laundry tub and placed a mattress over it. I [told listeners] OK friends here s what I want you to do. I want you to take the mattress off the bed and get ready. When this gets bad you re going to go in the closet or in your safe place in the bathroom and get under the mattress and ride this out. Thousands and thousands of people ended up under mattresses Norcross says. That was the first smartest thing I ever said--in my life. About 2 30 a.m. Norcross had another thought. The roof of the station wasn t made of concrete like the rest of the structure. On camera we talked to the studio manager and said Can you set up a safe place for us to broadcast from that s not under this roof He and the crew whipped up a spot that was a storage closet Norcross says. At 3 30 we did the move on camera. That was the second smartest idea I ever had because that prompted an untold number of people to take action. LOOKING FOR ANSWERS THE AFTERMATH Two days after the hurricane hit Norcross saw the destruction firsthand from a helicopter. We picked up Bob Sheets [then director of the National Hurricane Center] in Coral Gables and went looking for his home [in Perrine] Norcross says. It was really hard dramatically hard to figure out where you were because nothing looked the same. I never imagined the scale of it would be ... just destruction as far as you can see. Everybody who went down there says to this day If you weren t there to see it you can t imagine it. As he continued to report on Andrew s impact Norcross heard the stories of people who focused on his voice and relied on his advice during the hurricane. [One family s] safe place was the bathroom but the bathroom door was weak and battered with the wind they had three people holding it trying to keep it from breaking in Norcross says. Somebody else decided to go in the closet and when they moved their mattress they could see the sky. Every story is a bit different but the fear factor and the sense of When is it going to end -- everybody felt that. He also received hundreds of letters poems and cassette tapes from people expressing their gratitude which he donated recently to the HistoryMiami Museum. He became known as the man who talked South Florida through Andrew. While Norcross and the station won multiple awards for its coverage he turned down the New York job and renewed his contract with WTVJ. I was looking forward to the New York job and there were a lot of components to it that just seemed fun Norcross says. But I quickly realized that if I left at that point for some bigger job it would be exploitive. Everybody else was still here trying to recover--all these people in South Dade. People were still living in tents eight months later. After the storm he says hurricanes became my life. Norcross became To commemorate a nonstop student Hurricane Andrew s of building codes and 25th anniversary procedures a go-to expert Norcross gueston preparation hurricane curated an exhibit at history and everything in HistoryMiami Museum between. documenting the That became a real storm s formation responsibility--to be able and aftermath. The to answer questions about 5 000-square-foot hurricane protection and exhibit includes video construction he says. footage photography Back then you had few artifacts and more-- people who could answer some of it from [those kinds of] questions. Norcross personal He eventually left WTVJ collection of Andrew in 1996 and served as memorabilia including a hurricane analyst for cassettes from people WFOR and CBS in New who wrote songs York from 1996 to 2008. In about the storm. the meantime he wrote While we pay two hurricane almanacs. attention to the threat Since 2010 Norcross has from sea-level rise been the senior hurricane and climate change specialist at The Weather in general he says Channel and the station s we cannot take our senior executive director eye off the ball of the of weather content and yearly hurricane threat presentation. that has the potential Though he says he s of altering the way we in quasi-retirement live. there s more to teach about hurricanes. Today The exhibit runs everyone wants to know if through Jan. 14. Visit or how climate change is affecting hurricanes. There were about three times as many Category 3 and above hurricanes in the first 60 years of the 20th century than in the last 50 years-- more than 3-to-1 difference he says. So the question is open whether the warmer planet has affected hurricane tracks or is it just a natural cycle that will go back to being the way it was. As the planet continues to warm and weather patterns change will that change it back to where more hurricanes hit We don t know the answers to those questions. Norcross does know that the past informs the present which is one of the reasons he wrote his book to coincide with the storm s anniversary. With it he s continuing to inform the public on how to prepare for the next Andrew--just like he did 25 years ago. There s nothing to say that this [month] there isn t going to be another event just like [Andrew] he says. If we don t remember what we did what happened what went well and what went badly then that opportunity would be lost. Remembering Andrew In Terrorism s Wake Three years after Islamic State militants killed their son the parents of journalist Steven Sotloff work to channel their pain BY MICHELLE F. SOLOMON PHOTOGRAPHY BY EDUARDO SCHNEIDER Art and Shirley Sotloff at their son s memorial site in Pinecrest Gardens PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM JUNE 2017 41 Steven Sotloff A rt Sotloff remembers the nightly video calls with his son Steven as if they were yesterday. No matter where he was in Syria or Turkey in Egypt we would talk even if it was 3 or 4 in the morning here. Steven and Art would chat about their favorite sports teams the Miami Heat and the Miami Dolphins. Steven would ask how Art s golf game was shaping up. The last time he spoke to his father Art recalls Steven told him not to worry. That was easier said than done for Art and Shirley Sotloff. Their son was working as a freelance journalist in some of the most dangerous parts of the Middle East. In August 2013 the night of his final Skype session with Art Steven was in Turkey. The next day he had plans to cross the border into Syria to cover the civil war in Aleppo. Steven said something that evening to his father that he never had uttered before If Art didn t hear from his son within four days he should notify one of Steven s colleagues. The memory hangs heavy in the air as Art and Shirley sit briefly in silence inside the Pinecrest home where Steven grew up. Steven Joel Sotloff will be remembered as a casualty of war but his life and legacy represent more. He became an international symbol of the terror perpetuated by the militant Islamic State group--aka ISIS--which abducted him at the Aleppo border on Aug. 4 2013 three months after his 30th birthday and held him hostage for 13 months. On Sept. 2 2014 the group posted a video of Steven s beheading the graphic murder his executioner would say on the video was in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes against the group in Iraq. Art pages through a 3-inch thick three-holed binder that contains clippings and other papers neatly indexed. There s the ransom letter emailed to five addresses that the captors took from Steven s computer. It got to two of the names his mother says. Then the FBI got it and contacted the Sotloffs. One hundred million euros There s an emptiness there s a big hole and quite honestly I don t know how to get out of it shirley says. I have a tough time. People say I admire you but ... She trails off. ( 137 million in 2014) would secure Steven s release. There s the final letter to his parents and sister Lauren in Steven s handwriting. It was his goodbye to us Art says. It was smuggled out by one of the hostages in April 2014. In the letter he was more worried about us than anything. He was apologizing and saying he was sorry for what he was putting us through. He said that we should hug and kiss each other every day have dinner together every night and don t fight over stupid things. Instead of writing about his situation he was communicating to us that we should find closure and that was very sad. One of the quotes in the letter has become the statement the family uses for 2Lives the foundation dedicated to the safety and education of journalists that the Sotloffs launched to keep Steven s name alive says Shirley a preschool teacher at Temple Beth Am Day School. Everyone has two lives Steven writes in the letter. The second one begins when you realize you only have one. DEALING WITH THE UNTHINKABLE Art continues flipping through the binder. There is more indexed information a paper with an image of a Google satellite view of the compound where they believe Steven had been held. There are also emails from people asking the family for help. Art reads one aloud. We get these all the time I just got this one the other day. Hello Mr. and Mrs. Sotloff. In 2016 kidnappers took my work buddies. I want to know what I can do to help their release. One is a U.S. citizen and one is Australian. Art pauses. What can I do for him when I couldn t even save my own son he says. The Sotloffs tried to have their son released. Going through the turmoil of knowing Steven was alive and in captivity they joined together with other American families whose children had been abducted. John and Diane Foley whose son James also was a journalist became allies. While the stories about the closed doors they found at the White House and in Washington D.C. are too many to recount Shirley says they learned far more than they wanted to about the U.S. government and the troubles in the Middle East. We tried for a whole year and more says Art a longtime sales executive with Home Show Management Corp. We went to Washington for three trips during the 13 months that Steven was being held. After their son was shown alive in an Aug. 19 2014 video that included Foley s execution--it also stated Steven would be the next to die--the Sotloffs thought there might be hope to have their son released. That video was the first time in [more than a year] that we had proof he was still alive Art says. After they saw the ransom letter Art and Shirley wondered how they could possibly raise the money. But the wheels started turning. When it is your child or a family member you ll do anything to get them back Shirley says. Only they couldn t. U.S. policy prohibits ransoms to be paid to terrorists. The Sotloffs were told that they would be prosecuted and their donors could be prosecuted as well. In June 2015 the policy changed slightly according to information posted on the White House s press office page. The U.S. Department of Justice does not intend to add to families pain in such cases by suggesting that they could face criminal prosecution. However the no concessions policy remained. Lisa Monaco assistant to President Barack Obama during the time of Steven s capture said the policy was difficult because innocent lives are put at risk. On the other hand this fuels the activity that puts them at risk in the first place. Shirley believes that had they been able to pay the ransom they could have saved Steven s life. in the letter he was more worried about us than anything. He was apologizing and saying he was sorry for what he was putting us through. He said that we should hug and kiss each other every day have dinner together every night and don t fight over stupid things. The Sotloffs at their Pinecrest home A LIFE IN PRINT The media circus that started after the Foley video added insult to injury and was almost unbearable the Sotloffs recall. From the minute that Steven appeared on TV and it was said that he was the next to die there must have been 25 television trucks outside my front lawn Art says. After Steven was murdered they were back and relentless. Curiously Steven never dreamed of becoming a reporter although as a child he wrote horror stories. Art remembers when his son dropped out of the University of Central Florida after three years. It was 2005 and he had taken a trip to Israel sponsored by the Taglit-Birthright Israel Foundation. He had gone on a previous trip during his freshman year but this time he had changed. When they are 18 they come back from being abroad and they are different he says. That happened to him and then he went on a Birthright and stayed an extra week. I asked him when he was going back to school. He said I decided I don t want to go to UCF anymore. He returned to Israel in 2008 to finish his undergraduate degree at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. After graduation Steven began his freelance journalism career filing stories for the Jerusalem Post newspaper and Jerusalem Report magazine. He contributed to Time Foreign Policy The Christian Science Monitor and The Media Line which covers the Middle East. When he crossed into Aleppo before his abduction it wasn t his first trek there in search of stories about its civil war. In 2013 he visited a Syrian refugee camp where he walked among the refugees. In a story in Foreign Policy a magazine which frequently bought his articles from the front lines he wrote that he had asked a woman why she didn t have a blanket like everyone else at the camp. [She] shrugged and looked down. I sold it to buy bread for my children Steven wrote. Everyone said what he wrote was so [deep] Art says with a father s pride. He had this ability to sit down with people and they would open up to him. HONORING THEIR SON Art and Shirley spend time at Pinecrest Gardens where the Steven Sotloff Memorial Garden was dedicated on Sept. 12 2015. The 5-foot-tall memorial makes no mention of Steven s death its message is the wish for peace that Steven sought through journalism. Located under the Great Banyan Tree in a shaded area with nearby seating the garden is centered on three water features referring to Heaven Earth and Man. In the backyard of the couple s Pinecrest home in a gated community just beyond the pool where Art says he swims every day there s a headstone and a magnolia tree that the Foley family sent them because someone had given one to them. The Pinecrest home has become a refuge for Art and Shirley. There are family pictures on a table in the living room. Shirley says she keeps some out in view but others she s put away. Maybe she ll be able to show them all again some day she confides. On a mantel across from the table is a photo of a smiling Steven with a saying printed next to it Courage is fear that prayed and decided to move forward anyways. It holds a double meaning for the Sotloffs because it was made for them by board member Frank Urrutia of their 2Lives Foundation. Art and Shirley credit Urrutia and Tracy Ellyn of the board with advancing the foundation s many causes-- among them offering scholarships at the University of Miami and at the boarding school Steven attended in New Hampshire Kimball Union and partnering with ACOS Alliance a coalition to develop protection standards for freelance journalists and Hostage US which supports hostages and their families during a kidnapping crisis. Art is especially proud of 2Lives latest pet project. We re raising funds to begin a sustainable program to provide pro bono training to at least 16 qualified freelance journalists to come to the University of Miami by the summer of 2018 he says. Working with a company called Global Journalist Security 2Lives would teach students how to work in hostile environments and prepare journalism students to cover dangerous assignments both at home and overseas. The Sotloffs heard from another journalist who had been sitting with Steven the day before he crossed the border into Syria. Steven [told him] he was tired of being pepper sprayed and shot at Art says. This was going to be his last trip. He was going to come back home and get his master s degree maybe get married and have a 9 to 5 job. Shirley says while time has passed the wound remains fresh. There s an emptiness there s a big hole and quite honestly I don t know how to get out of it. I have a tough time. People say I admire you but ... . She trails off. Steven s body never was found. She says from the videotape it looks like maybe he was slain at the edge of Raqqa. We will never see his body Shirley says. 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