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9/11 National Moment of Remembrance

It’s hard to beleive that 10 years have passed since the horrific events of 9/11. In honor of the victims and their families, the nation is participating in “Stop and Remember.”

At 1 pm EST on September 11, we are asked to observe a one minute moment of silence to remember those that were lost and those that lost loved ones. Sirens and bells will  sound from first responders, houses of worship and other means- a way to remind us to stop and remember the tragedy that changed the way we live.

We Will Never Forget.

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First Hurricane of 2011 Heads Towards the U.S.

As Hurricane Irene continues to pose a threat to South Florida, there are some things you should keep in mind in preparation for the storm. Remember to fill your cars with gas, as it’s hard to come by if we lose power. Stock up on water, non-perishable goods, dog food and medications. Make sure important documents are safe by placing them in plastic ziploc bags or plastic containers. Have cash on hand, as ATMs won’t work if there is no power. Have batteries, candles and flashlights as well. If the power goes out, you can use buckets of pool water to flush toilets.
Put up shutters when the watches are issued. Most importantly, stay calm and stay indoors. If you’re prepared, you’ll be ready to ride out the storm.

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New Phone App for Back to School

Just in time for the new school year, Miami Dade County Public Schools has a new way for parents to keep in touch – a phone app. Parents can get updates on grades, assignments and can even be notified if their child is absent from school! All parents have to do is obtain the school’s PIN number and voila, you’re connected!

Here’s the story, as aired on NBC6 Miami.

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Florida Sales Tax Holiday

Summer is nearing it’s end and it’s time to head back to school. You can take advantage of the tax break from August 12-14. That tax break is valid on school related items such as clothing (not to exceed $75) and school supplies (not more than $15).

Before you head out, take an inventory of last year’s supplies so you don’t duplicate. Make heading back to class one step easier by taking advantage of the 2 days of tax breaks on the necessities.

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Miami Spice 2011

Looking for a fun activity this summer? Miami Spice is back for it’s 10th year! Get out and enjoy delicious meals from fabulous retaurants like Morton’s, Christy’s, Por Fin and Two Chef’s, just to name a few. Miami Spice runs from August 1 to September 30. Feast on $22 lunches and $35 dinners at some great local spots. Here’s a complete list of participating restaurants. Bon Appetit!

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Talking about Miami … or Europe? Miami Ranks #8 as a WALKABLE CITY …

Of the top 50 cities in the US, in terms of size, The Miami Herald reports that MIAMI ranks #8 in terms of walkability, per the latest survey by Walk Score.

Brickell, Miami Beach, Downtown, the South Grove (in Coconut Grove), and the Heart of Coral Gables lend themselves to strolling, biking, meandering …   and we are seeing increased interest from home-buyers, attracted to Miami by the opportunity to ditch their cars (and avoid the soaring gas prices)…. living within easy access of amenities in walker-friendly neighborhoods

Walkable neighborhoods, that offer dining, shopping, dry-cleaning, bookstores, and cafes with easy access are drawing in home-buyers who are looking for that more European lifestyle.

If you are interested in relocating to Miami, or buying or selling property here, Alexandra and I would welcome the opportunity to work with you.  Call any time at 305 793-1365  or connect with us directly here.

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A New Way To Find Lost Pets in Pinecrest … Facebook

Losing a pet is a horrible feeling, and finding them can be a challenge. In Pinecrest, there is now one more way to help find a lost pet…Facebook. The Village of Pinecrest has created a Lost and Found Facebook Page where residents may post information about their pet as well as where to return them. With the popularity of the social networking site, this is one more way to help bring your lost pet home.

Miami Dade County Animal Services is another resource for you. Call them at 311 or visit their website to report your lost pet. Other ways to keep track of your pets are to make sure they have a collar with their address on it and / or have a chip put in your pet, which can track your pet and get them home to you.


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The MacArthur Causeway … Connecting Miami and South Beach

In 1917, construction on the causeway began, after  the  Collins Bridge  (known as the Venetian Causeway today) was deteriorating. The Bridge was the only route that connected mainland Miami with iami Beach. In 1920, construction was completed on the causeway.

 In 1942, the Florida State Road Board voted to change the name of the causeway to MacArthur Causeway, after WWII General Douglas MacArthur. Today, the road is a six-lane causeway, connecting Downtown Miami and South Beach by cossing over Biscayne Bay.

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Henry Flagler: The Father of Miami

Henry Morrison Flagler wore many hats – railroad developer, real estate mogul and a partner of John D. Rockefeller in Standard Oil. Flagler founded Palm Beach and what became known as the Florida East Coast Railway. Born in 1830, he received an 8th grade education and began working in hos cousin’ store at age 14. He was promoted through the ranks and eventually left to form his own business, the Flagler and York Salt Company- a salt mining business – which collapsed and left Flagler in debt. He entered into the grain business and became acquainted with John Rockefeller. After several years, the two became partners in the Standard Oil Company.

In 1876, Henry Flagler and Mary (his first wife) traveled to Jacksonvile, where Mary died of illness two years later. Flagler remarried Alice and they went to St. Augustine, where he found the transportation system and hotel facilities to be sub-par. He offered to buy Villa Zorayda, for his honeymoon, from builder Franklin W. Smith, who denied the purchase. With this, Flagler began construction of the Ponce de Leon Hotel and purchased what would become the Florida East Coast Railway. The Flagler Hotel opened on January 10, 1888. Today, it is part of Flagler College.

His real estate ventures did not stop there, purchasing the Hotel Ormond (near Daytona), he built a private residence in St. Augustine (Kirkside) and the Royal Poinciana Hotel in Palm Beach. The Royal Poinciana was at time the largest wooden structure in the world. In  1896, Henry Flagler built the Palm Beach Inn in Palm Beach, renamed the Breakers Hotel Complex in 1901.

Flagler also extended the railroad to Palm Beach and he eventually founded Palm Beach and West Palm Beach by 1894 and by 1896, after pairing up with Julia Tuttle, the Florida East Coast Railway reached as far as Biscayne Bay. In 1912, the Florida Overseas Railway was completed, expanding to Key West.

 Henry Flagler built streets, instituted the first water and power systems, dredged a channel and financed The Metropolis, the city’s first newspaper. The City was incorporated in 1896. Citizens wanted the city to be named “Flagler” in honor of Henry Flagler but he declined and instead persuaded the people to name it “Mayaimi,” and old Indian Name. He opened the Royal Palm Hotel in Miami and became known as the Father of Miami.

In 1913, Henry Flagler fell down a flight of stairs and never recovered from his injuries. On May 20, at 83 years old, Henry Flagler passed away, leaving behind three children and a fabulous legacy.Miami’s main east-west street is named Flagler Street in his honor.

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Fourth of July Activities in Miami

Fourth of July is here and there are many local events and places to watch fireworks. On Key Biscayne, the annual 4th of July Parade will take place at 11 am. In Coconut Grove, the 4th of July Celebration in Peacock Park takes place from 2-9 pm and will feature food, live music, a kids zone and fireworks. America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park will feature food, drinks, kids activities and fireworks. The kid zone is from 3-7 and fireworks begin at 9 pm.


Miami Beach will hold An American Celebration – 4th of July on Miami Beach, offering food, drinks and free live music. Bring towels and beach blankets, as the event takes place on the beach (8th St and Ocean Dr). The event is free and open to the public. 4th of July BBQ and Fireworks at Jungle Island will feature an all you can eat BBQ buffet, animal interactions and fireworks among other things.

These are just a sampling of local events to celebrate the 4th of July. Get out there and have fun!

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