Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Miami Tower Still Shines

Beautiful iconic Miami Tower just sold for a ripe 105.5 Million to a Chicago Investment Group. Built back in 1987 the 47-story three glass tier 600,000 square foot building designed by I.M. Pei is well known to locals for it's illuminating evolving palette of color schemes ranging from a Christmas blue with white snowflakes to a perfect pink for Valentine's Day, & a stunning purple Halloween display. Number one priority will be looking for a new tenant with Bank of America now gone. Would work for free just for the views...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

No Boobs in Boca

What is art...who knows? Most of us would hesitate before answering, humbled by what we don't know, only awed by what we've been given over the ages. It's been said that art is the signature of civilizations, perhaps a belief the city of Boca Raton does not subscribe to. Ask local South Florida sculptress Mary Eiland whose marble carved nude female torsos were removed from public display by a park director at Patch Reef Park who cited the art as 'inappropriate'. Art in Public Places regulations allow the city to reject any artwork considered inappropriate for public display, although there is no specific criteria except it appears art in Boca better not contain any tatas. Boca is well known for it's lovely landscaped streets, luxurious high end homes...let's hope it doesn't get an equally well deserved reputation for being a cultural wasteland.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Florida Sold for 73 Million!

Florida has reached a new all time low...not only do we graduate terrorists but now we have Rick Scott as governor?

Scott's Columbia/HCA company, the largest private for-profit health care company in the US, had to pay a record $1.7 billion dollar fine for defrauding Medicare. During deposition he pleaded the Fifth Amendment 75 times. He was forced to resign as CEO back in 1997, with his company admitting to 14 felonies. Since then Scott has been involved with multiple businesses, primarily health care and pharmaceutical related but claims no lobby ties.
Deciding to run for political office in April 2010 to oppose health care reform with his health insurance buds, Scott paid over 70 million campaign dollars out of his own pockets...not to mention the backing received from lobbyists, Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Seminoles, & Sugar Industry. A special thanks to the GOP who after calling first him a crook did a full 360 & gave him $$$ support.
Floridians you have opened the monster's cage. Don't complain when you find your fingers missing...
Kyrie Eleison.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Looks like the Miami Heat is doing it's part to help the Miami condo market rebound. The LeBron Effect just might be the answer to some condo developer prayers...even now the ching ching of luxury condo buyers across from the Arena is making some sweet music. Some of the buildings offer top of the line amenities at off-peak prices & this just may be the shot in the arm downtown Miami has been needing. We're talking a knockout skyline of Marina Blue, Marquis Residences, 900 Biscayne Bay & Ten Museum Park towers...downtown restaurants & retail businesses. All hoping some of that Heat starlight will cast downtown in hipper light.

Be nice to see downtown Miami back & kicking like it used to.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Lobsters Beware

Love to eat them with hot butter mingled with guilt. Just don't like to look at them alive & wiggling.
Something so sad about a creature that has managed to live fifty to a hundred years only to be boiled alive. Some studies even showing that lobsters genuinely feel pain. It leaves one hoping that the law of karma will not catch up to everything we do. With that in mind, be advised lobster season has begun...you who are truly heartless may want to try your hunting luck just a little south of the Deersfield Beach pier where this big boy was snared. But if you, like me, prefer to leave the guilt and simply enjoy the plate, better you head over to 15th Street Fisheries for the best & freshest Florida lobster. Far less chance of karma hitting you over the head.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Snail Coladas

Adding once again to our favorite South Flo cocktail menu we now have the special family Snail Juice recipe, courtesy of a Hialeah man who uses these illegal 10 inch snails as part of his "El Africano'' or "Oloye Ifatoku" African religion Ifa Orisha, not to be confused with Cuban SanterĂ­a.
Claiming it can cure a variety of ailments (probably promising male virility no doubt), Mr. Charles Stewart pours snail juice aka snail mucous down the gullets of his patients....so sickening them as to bring it to the attention of the authorities who conducted a snail raid! Turns out he was aided in his snail smuggling efforts by a high priestess who smuggled them in under her dress...a vision possibly more nauseating than the snails themselves....snails that can consume up to 500 species of plants, as well as plaster and stucco.
Authorities are putting out bolos warning South Florida residents to report any sightings of the giant suckers...bet they start to turn up on a few local menus before long.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Hottest South Florida Hotels

With Super Bowl weekend right around the corner you might want to check out the list of the hottest hotels to be found anywhere in South Florida.

At the top of the list is the Epic Hotel, 54 stories worth of Bay and Miami skyline views. But if it's sail shaped night lit spectacle doesn't send you you could always try the Ritz Carlton on Ft. Lauderdale beach. Every room at the Ritz has an ocean or intracoastal view, with a 29,000-square-foot sundeck on the 27th floor complete with an infinity pool, private cabanas and a bar. Or like Truman used to do make your way down to Islamorada to visit the famous & now renovated historic (1946)Cheeca Lodge which would be my preference. So check out the hottest South Florida hotel list for yourself right here.
Now all you have to do is afford it.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Super Bowl Party Guide

Super Bowl is on it's way & South Florida is in a buzz.

So here is your guide to which parties you want to be seen at & never will, the ones that everyone can get in including your crackhead grandmother and beer guzzling golden retriever.

You can forget crashing the GQ Party at the Bud Light Hotel & don't hold your breath waiting for an invite to the Maxim Party at the Raleigh in South Beach. But if you don't mind shelling out anywhere from 350. to 850. you can make it inside Leather & Laces which boasts the sexiest Super Bowl Party (see last years shindig below), or for a mere 1000K join Hef and his bunnies at the Sagamore.

Or stay home with the retriever & friends & have your own Super Bowl party. Gee, such decisions...

Monday, January 25, 2010

Killer Goggles

Have you seen these?
If you have you'll want to contact Boca Police with any info that may help solve the Boca Town Center Mall killings of Nancy Bochicchio and her 7 year old daughter. Boca Police need help to identify the make or manufacturer of the yellow-framed, plastic goggles with removable black lenses and a black elastic headband which were left on the victims back in Dec. 12, 2007. Mother & daughter were found shot to death in their black SUV in the Town Center parking lot, bound with plastic ties, handcuffs, with one of them wearing the swim goggles. They were last seen leaving, walking into the mall parking lot in the middle of the afternoon just a few days before the little girl's birthday. Just 4 months earlier, a woman and her toddler were abducted from the same mall, taken to an ATM to withdraw money, found bound in their car, but survived. There's been criticism that Boca police have too much Mizner attitude, too little detective know how....the serial mall killer still hasn't been found. But forget that, if you can help, call Detective Jeff Clare at 561-338-1246 or Crimestoppers at 800-458-8477.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Florida on Ice

Snow in Orlando with flurries expected in North Palm Beach...Governor declares weather emergency due to freezing temps causing agricultural disaster...frost on the windshields and frozen iguanas falling from trees (don't pick them up & drive them to the wild life shelter because they will recover en route...think Jurassic Park venom spitting Dilophosauruses and you get the idea).

South Floridians are in full panic mode. What do we wear when we can't use flip flops or tank tops? We own maybe three sweaters, some sweathoods and one maybe two leather jackets and that's just for show. Crisis, pure crisis. Here South Beachers spend their entire lives making sure there isn't a single layer of fat to ruin a bathing suit only to find out they could be frozen solid as a result. Just the idea of switching from the a/c to a heat cycle is unnerving especially when you can't remember how to do it.

So God if you're listening please bring back the iced lattes & mojitos, cancer growing sun rays and jungle humidity...just stop torturing us with temps under 70 degrees.