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



    Fellowship Church team up to help neighbors in need after Irma



    As “Uncle Bobby” Holland lay in his bed the night Hurricane Irma came ripping through South Miami, he knew something bad was happening outside. But it wasn’t until the morning light that he realized just how lucky he was. What he witnessed when he opened the front door literally took his breath away.


    The giant tree that had gently adorned his home of more than 22 years had been violently split in two and strewn about like kindling – one huge limb barely missing his corner bedroom.





    Biscayne Bay Kiwanis distributes school supplies to inner-city kids



    The Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club (, one of South Florida’s most active community service organizations, recently distributed backpacks containing one week’s school uniforms, school supplies, and lunch boxes to 100 inner-city children from five different elementary schools.


    This year the club also supplied the backpacks to 25 homeless children not affiliated with its partner schools. In total, Biscayne Bay Kiwanis provided more than $10,000 worth of items with this annual project.





    The Biltmore Ball, Oct. 20, to benefit Coral Gables Community Foundation



    The Coral Gables Community Foundation gala committee is looking to the landmark Biltmore Hotel and the city’s Spanish architectural roots as inspiration for the Gables’ most anticipated and elegant annual affair.


    Newly renamed “The Biltmore Ball to Benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation,” the black-tie fundraiser is a time-honored tradition for the “City Beautiful.” It is an event that benefits the pivotal outreach efforts of the Coral Gables Community Foundation.




    Giralda Plaza – The Vision Comes to Life



    The City of Coral Gables is proud to unveil a reimagined avenue that captures the warmth and charm of a European piazza featuring al fresco dining, seasonal entertainment, and the unique élan of a pedestrian-only destination. Giralda Avenue, known as “Restaurant Row,” is now Giralda Plaza – and there is no other place like it in all of South Florida.


    Gone are the sidewalks and curbs. Now, beautifully-crafted and hand-laid stone pavers define a public space framed with majestic Date Palms and Bridalveil trees and illuminated by suspended cable lights. Giralda Plaza is a seamless experience from indoor to al fresco dining.




    Featured Restaurant: GreenStreet Cafe



    GreenStreet is the patio café of Coconut Grove. Disagree? Take it up with the hordes of local lunchers crammed into the lush, umbrella-canopied spot on the corner of Main Highway and Commodore Plaza. The crowd gets even thicker Tuesday evening for the two-for-one mojito happy hour. But it isn”t the drink menu – although the watermelon lemonade and just-right bloody marys are stellar – that keeps folks coming. It”s the giant portions of eggs Benedict, French toast, burgers, and pastas.