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

     

     

    ‘Cars & Cigars’ for Father’s Day at The Barnacle
     

     

    Get ready to roll down Memory Lane at “Cars and Cigars,” the annual Father’s day event at The Barnacle Historic State Park. This year, The Barnacle Society presents its classic Miami tradition, June 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the grounds of the beautiful Barnacle, home of one of Coconut Grove’s founding fathers, Commodore Ralph Munroe. The event offers a full day of fun activities with something for every member of the family to enjoy, including voting for your favorite classic car, a biergarten, cigar roller, kid’s crafts, and 70s Country Rock music by the Tall Boys. “Cars & Cigars” is one of my favorite events at The Barnacle,” says John Palenchar, President of The Barnacle Society. “It has the elegant feel of a classic car show, the relaxed ambiance of The Barnacle grounds, and great activities for everyone in the family. Kids can make crafts for their dad, grownups can enjoy a beer in the biergarten while listening to great live music – and as always The Barnacle is a perfect place for a picnic. Dad can even enjoy a hand-rolled cigar if he is so inclined.”

     

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    UM Students First In Real Estate Impact Investing Competition

     

    A team of University of Miami students took first place in the second annual Impact Investing in Commercial Real Estate competition hosted by the UM School of Business on Apr. 6 at the Conrad Miami. Brandon Sultanik, MBA ’18; Karl Thomson, MBA ’17, and Erin Sutherland, a graduate student in the School of Architecture, captured the $12,500 award for their innovative “NoBe Town Center” project for North Miami Beach. “All four finalist teams gave excellent presentations, including innovative approaches to public-private financing,” said Andrea Heuson, professor of finance, adding that a Cornell University team took the $7,500 second place award, a Rutgers University team received the $5,000 third place award and a New York University team took fourth place.

     

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    Missing Sharks Found Through DNA In Water Samples

     

    As sharks disappear from key locations, scientists are using environmental DNA to find a small number that may actually be hanging on. Years of visual surveys have left scientists worried that some species completely disappeared from areas where they were once abundant. An international team of researchers has used a revolutionary technology to retrieve fragments of DNA from shark skin, excretions and blood in the water to determine that somewhere in the area, these missing sharks still reside. The team detected the presence of more shark species in just 22 samples of seawater filtered for DNA fragments than observed during 3,000 dives and 400 baited videos in New Caledonia, a French South Pacific territory. The results were consistent in remote areas along pristine coral reefs and near more impacted areas where sharks are scarce.

     

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    Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute Adds 24 Cardiologists To The Team

     

    Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida and the region’s largest and most comprehensive cardiovascular facility, announces its integration with South Florida’s premier cardiology group, HeartWell, LLC. The strategic alignment includes the addition of 24 physicians to the Institute’s team of cardiovascular specialists and six practice sites to its portfolio of locations. “The integration of Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute and HeartWell accelerates the strategic development of the Institute’s clinical services,” said Jack A. Ziffer, Ph.D., M.D., executive vice president and chief clinical officer of Baptist Health South Florida. “It brings together the best and brightest minds in medicine and science to provide our patients with the most comprehensive cardiovascular care.”

     

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    Craft Cafe Opens in South Beach With Indulgent Coffee Desserts

     

    Inside the Avalon Hotel, the upscale restaurant A Fish Called Avalon lures diners via local seafood married with Asian and Caribbean flavors. But for nearly 30 years, the space has remained empty during the day. Craft Café, a new java joint, now gives it life. Occupying the chic art deco locale, the concept brings artisanal brews and bites with European flair to South Beach. But what sets this shop apart from dozens of other Miami-based, international-style coffee outposts are its deconstructed coffee desserts — nicknamed “Café Extravaganza” — which transform ordinary java into decadent treats. They’re made by pouring a coffee base into an elegant glass and piling it with sweet toppings such as pillowy torched marshmallows, caramel popcorn, and chocolate-covered pretzels. “The way I see it is a cup of coffee isn’t just a cup of coffee,” says Pascal Pinault, Craft Café’s food and beverage director. “It’s a moment. We want to give guests memorable moments with every sip they take.”

     

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