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    Miami Beach Mayor and Commission Votes to Fight for Their Lives



    The Miami Beach Mayor and Commission made a historic decision to approve Miami Beach as the host city for the March For Our Lives Miami rally. With leadership from Marjory Stoneman Douglas alumni and in partnership with Miami Beach High School students, the city will join the national movement advocating for gun control and mental health counseling on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

    “I believe this is their time, their moment to demand strong actions and necessary changes,” said Mayor Dan Gelber. “It is hard to believe, the Columbine High School massacre was almost 19 years ago and unfortunately not much progress has been achieved. As a nation, we continue to have the same ineffective dialogue about how to reduce gun violence in America. I am moved beyond words by the courage and remarkable wisdom of our youth, their voices, their message will ultimately carry us through and provide us a guiding light for the future.”





    The 2018 Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition Adds New Rides



    From the Debut of the Hyper Loop Plus Two Kiddie Rides, The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition is Back Bigger and Better Than Ever! The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition and North American Midway Entertainment (N.A.M.E) announced the addition of three new rides to the nearly 100 exciting rides this year, promising to give riders and fairgoers the ultimate Youth Fair experience.

    Adventure awaits as the 2018 Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition will take place at Tamiami Park on SW 107 Avenue & Coral Way, its home since 1972, from March 15 thru April 8, 2018, except March 19 & 20 and April 2 & 3. The 2018 Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition will provide 21 days of all-new surprises as well as breathtaking amusement rides, one-of-a-kind unique and delicious foods, free live outdoor entertainment, spectacular concert line-up, agricultural and academic student exhibits and much more.




    Barnacle Society’s annual ‘Bash on the Bay,’ March 24



    The Barnacle Estate in Coconut Gove has certainly weathered many storms over the last 121 years since it was built on the shore of Biscayne Bay – not the least of which was the hurricane of September 2017. Far from the worst hurricane to ever to hit this amazing historic home, Irma did take a toll on the estate’s boathouse, the sprawling grounds, and even washed up a couple of stray vessels that ultimately had to be removed.

    The impact of this super storm also took a bite out of the budget that The Barnacle Society oversees to support this lovely Historic State Park. Knowing this is what comes South Florida living – and surviving – the non-profit Barnacle Society continually hosts events that serve to buttress the costs associated with the upkeep such a vintage home demands.





    HistoryMiami Museum Hosted Its Second Annual Flamingo Ball



    HistoryMiami Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, transformed Hialeah Park into a tropical oasis with its second annual tropical nights-themed Flamingo Ball on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The star-studded ceremony was attended by over 250 guests, many of whom were dressed in vibrant-hued dresses, white dinner jackets and flower-adorned fascinators.

    As a bongo player accentuated the mood with his rhythmic beat, pink flamingo stilt walkers welcomed guests and accompanied them onto the step and repeat. Guests then made their way upstairs to the reception area to enjoy champagne and handcrafted cocktails, and were greeted by waterfalls filled with flamingos.




    Featured Restaurant: Amara at Paraiso



    Amara at Paraiso, Michael Schwartz’s latest restaurant, is behind a new waterfront Sunday brunch in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood. The toothsome affair, hosted every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., features a large selection of Latin American-influenced items washed down with a slate of tropical cocktails. The restaurant, which sports an indoor-outdoor dining room facing Biscayne Bay, opened January 11. Sunday brunch followed a month later. In addition to nearly two dozen plates, Schwartz’s meal includes roaming food carts, stocked with sweet and savory items, which periodically visit each table.