Read about some of the most exciting new occurrences in Miami in our OPTIMAR Observer.



    Dolphin Southwest Extension promises to provide relief



    The long-held idea that “you can’t always get what you want” is on the way out for western Miami-Dade County residents – as a new extension of the SR 836 Dolphin Expressway is on its way in for tens of thousands of residents there who feel choked off from the rest of the world.


    But in 2018, they will be singing a new tune as a proposed new transportation corridor frees them up to swiftly access existing highways and modern transit to and from the rest of the metropolitan area. Yes transit, too!





    Homestead National Parks Trolley riders can take new tour



    Riders on the Homestead National Parks Trolley can now travel back in time to the high stakes era of the Cold War when defense against Soviet attack was paramount to our nation’s security and the Everglades was central to this mission. Thanks to a partnership with the Florida National Parks Association, trolley riders can access free tours of the Historic Nike Missile Site at Everglades National Park every Saturday through the end of April. Tours at the site last approximately 90 minutes and visitors can expect to return to Royal Palm by 4 p.m. There are no restrooms or food/drink vendors at the Nike missile site. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own snacks, water, and bug spray.




    Society for Financial Awareness provides financial workshops



    The Society for Financial Awareness (SOFA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation whose mission is to provide financial education across America, one community at a time. SOFA is comprised of professionals throughout the nation, with varying specialties.

    These professionals provide valuable services to their communities by offering FREE informational workshops that are presented to employees of companies and organizations of all types and sizes. These workshops are designed to educate and help attendees understand and address a variety of financial topics and concerns.





    Junior League’s 2018 Showhouse to transform Historic Deering Estate



    The Junior League of Miami has partnered with the Deering Estate Foundation to host its 2018 Miami Showhouse at the historic Deering Estate, which spans more than 450 acres along Biscayne Bay in Palmetto Bay. The biennial event, which took a 30-year hiatus until 2016, is hosted by the Junior League of Miami to increase awareness and financial capability for the 91-year-old nonprofit organization to continue its work helping at-risk families in Miami.

    The highly anticipated design event will inspire dozens of the most sought-after interior designers to temporarily transform interior and exterior spaces in the former home of industrial magnate Charles Deering. From Apr. 14 to 29, the public will have the unique opportunity to explore the residence reinterpreted with modern touches in an estate dating back to 1916.




    Featured Restaurant: Roots Juicebar



    This light, airy juicery is all about the positive vibes. If you forget to turn your frown upside down before entering, an array of inspirational signs will remind you. And if all else fails, the prices are sure to put a smile on your face. Cold-pressed juices in a rainbow of hues cost only $8 each — maybe Miami’s tastiest cheap drink. Try the Got the Beet, an infusion of beet, carrot, celery, apple, and lemon. Down the Love Potion #9, a concoction of pear, pineapple, beet, chia, and ginger. Or sip the Essential, a verdant mix of green apple, cucumber, celery, kale, spinach, ginger, lemon, and spirulina. And liquid magic isn’t the only thing on the menu.