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



    Palmetto Bay’s Plans for a New Downtown



    The Palmetto Bay Village Council is moving forward with its plans to build a downtown. The village council will enter contract negotiations with Acosta Tractors Inc., the first step to building an urban area that’s been in the works for more than a decade, according to the Miami Herald. Palmetto Bay will review a final contract in September.


    The project is expected to cost between $10 million and $12 million and would be financed via a county general obligation bond, a grant and other fees. New developments, like FCI Residential’s Atlantico at Palmetto Bay, are in the pipeline.





    Miami Spa Month Comes Back July 1


    If you’re in need of some rest and relaxation, good news: Miami Spa Month returns July 1. That 90-minute hot stone massage you’ve been eyeing? It’s time to make a reservation.


    The citywide initiative, curated by the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, runs until the end of August. This year’s spread includes a range of services, including poolside massages inside personal cabanas, facials, hot stones, tea-inspired aromatherapy, and boozy mashups. Expect sizable savings, such as treatments priced at $109 or $139 for 30- to 90-minute sessions.





    Black Point Park and Marina Independence Day Celebration


    There is no better way to celebrate America’s birthday than by doing it up Miami-style, enjoying day-long fun and recreation by the sea, and capping it off with a star-spangled fireworks show!


    The 2017 Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Show is made possible by Miami-Dade County, the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, Miami-Dade County District 8 Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, Cutler Bay Parks & Recreation, Baptist Health South Florida, Publix, Black Point Ocean Grill, Black Point Yacht Club, TowboatUS South Dade, and Waste Management of Florida.





    Electric Run 5K, All-Star Zumba part of MLB All-Star Fitness Weekend


    Major League Baseball (MLB) has joined forces with Electric Run and Zumba to bring Miami two events in conjunction with the 2017 MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard — Electric Run MLB All-Star 5K, Presented by Nike on Saturday, July 8, and MLB All-Star Zumba on Sunday, July 9. Both events are taking place at Bayfront Park.


    Electric Run MLB All-Star 5K, Presented by Nike will start when the sun goes down. Runners will hit the course when the beat drops under the Miami stars, partying their way through five mind-blowing “worlds” that will create an electrifying experience.





    Featured Restaurant: Point Royal


    The dinner at Point Royal at the newly renovated Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood Beach was nothing short of extraordinary. While it goes without saying that the food is exceptional, the coastal American restaurant, is as welcoming, elegant and larger-than-life as chef/partner Zakarian himself. Picture an expansive, perfectly-lit space with a soothing color palate of earth tones, gold and gradient hues of blue, illuminated by enormous lanterns and filled with comfortable, cozy booths so well-positioned that there isn’t a bad seat in the place.