Episode 67 of the #OnlyInMiami Show featured a preview of the Calle 8 festival occurring this weekend in Little Havana in Miami.
First off, Grant Stern commented on the current status of the a portion of the Richmond pine rockland tract, which is currently owned by Ram Realty. Ram wants to develop the site to include apartment homes and a shopping complex, including a Walmart and an LA Fitness. At a county commission meeting last Tuesday, Commissioner Dennis Moss, whose district includes this endangered native forest, withdrew his bid to create a community redevelopment agency to spur development in the area. Further, Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Jimenez pledged to submit a request to the state legislature for Amendment 1 funds to acquire the lands and preserve them. Stay tuned to the #OnlyInMiami show for ongoing updates on this important environmental issue.
Then, Grant welcomed Tony Lorenzo, from Kiwanis of Little Havana to talk about the Calle 8 festival which is coming up this weekend. The event is a fundraiser for the charitable branch of the Kiwanis, which include over 40 full scholarships for college students across Florida and summer camps for area children. The event will feature live music across multiple stages and food from many local vendors. Grant and Tony were also joined by Miss Carnaval Kassandra Montandon, who talked about the the pageant process and her goals for her reign. She also helped to introduce the numerous musical selections throughout the show. For more information about the Calle 8 festival, visit carnavalmiami.com and click on Calle 8. You can also download the mobile app from the App Store or the Google Play Store. Finally, you can follow @Carnaval_Miami on Twitter for updates about the festival.
Grant was then joined by Jay Damante, a bachata singer who will be performing at the Calle 8 festival this weekend. He talked about the experience of performing at such a large festival and about his upcoming schedule. For more information about Jay, find him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JayD.AmanteOfficial
In the second hour, Grant was joined by Flash from Ploppy Palace Productions to talk about the 17th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert taking place this Saturday at Grand Central. The event will feature many live music performancs, as well as political activism including voter registration, a petition drive to place the legalization of medical marijuana on the ballot in 2016, and special speakers from many organizations.
Finally, Grant was joined by Smurfio from the local band Afrobeta and the Drastic Fanatic. They talked sports, specifically, the NBA’s Eastern Conference playoff picture and whether a first-round match-up between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat will take place. They also talked about the New York Jets and how they might be able to upgrade through free agency. Finally, they talked about Afrobeta’s upcoming performance schedule and their new recording project.
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