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Mayors Cindy Lerner and Phillip Stoddard Talk Conservation and Energy – Only In Miami, Ep. 66

3 March 2015

Mayors Cindy Lerner and Phillip Stoddard Talk Conservation and Energy – Only In Miami, Ep. 66

Episode 66 of the #OnlyInMiami Show began with an editorial by Grant Stern urging residents who care about preserving what is left of native Florida habitat to make their voices heard at the County Commission meeting on Tuesday, March 3 in opposition to the plan to pave over a native pine rockland forest adjacent to Zoo Miami. For ongoing information, visit the Miami Pine Rockland Coalition website, connect with them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.

Sebastian Rusk then joined the show to talk about his book, “Social Media Sucks (if you don’t know what you’re doing).” He will be having a book signing at Books and Books next Monday. For more information, visit his website:

Then, Grant was joined by Pinecrest mayor Cindy Lerner, who talked about her city and her views on conservation, development, and smart growth. Mayor Lerner was then joined by South Miami mayor Phillip Stoddart who talked about FPL’s plan to construct transmission lines along US-1 through Pinecrest, South Miami, and Coral Gables. The two mayors discussed the reasons why FPL was resistant to alternative alignments or underground lines.

JennyLee Molina joined the show to discuss 305 Cafecito and their upcoming event, 305 Day. For more information, visit

In the second hour, Grant was joined by Josie Romero of the Miami-Dade Public Schools to talk about the upcoming Parade of the Stars talent show sponsored by the school district. For more information, or to apply to perform, call 305.261.8383 or e-mail

Drastic Fanatic joined the show to talk a little sports, including a preview of the upcoming baseball season, specifically, the state of the NL East.

Bea Garcia joined the show to talk about the upcoming Formula E series race that will be held on the street of downtown Miami in a few weeks. The motorsports series features electric racecars on city center street courses.

Finally, Sol Ruiz of Picadillo joined the show to talk about her Miami roots, her band Picadillo, and their upcoming performance at Carnaval on the Mile. For more information about the festival, visit

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Mike Fernandez Talks About His Memoir, Humbled By the Journey

11 February 2015

Mike Fernandez Talks About His Memoir, Humbled By the Journey

On episode 62 of the Only In Miami Show, we interviewed Mike Fernandez, author of the book, Humbled By the Journey: Life Lessons For My Family…And Yours. In it, Mike tells his #OnlyInMiami story. Mike arrived in the United States from Cuba in the early 70s as a penniless immigrant to a philanthropic business mogul.  Since then he’s bought, built and/or sold 25 local companies, the most recent of which being the Navarro Pharmacy chain.

In HUMBLED BY THE JOURNEY:  Life Lessons For My Family…And Yours, from which the proceeds will go to The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation, Miguel “Mike” Benito Fernandez takes readers on parallel journeys:  A 508-mile pilgrimage along El Camino de Santiago from France through Spain – and from a dirt road Cuban town to the pinnacles of U.S. business success. The book shines a light on the lessons Mike has learned over a lifetime of working tirelessly, overcoming obstacles and “showing up.” The most important lesson: “You have to take care of those who come after you.”

In 2013, Mike hiked along El Camino — an ancient, spiritual trail that attracts “pilgrims” from around the world — with a pledge for each mile that led to more than $5 million for a children’s hospital. The experience was challenging and rigorous and provided Mike with a unique opportunity to embrace his life in a deep, meaningful way.  In fact, he has done this trip three times. HUMBLED BY THE JOURNEY is part self-portrait, part adventure story, and shuttles readers back and forth between Mike’s path on El Camino and his journey through life.  El Camino becomes a metaphorical backdrop as Mike narrates the details of his 62 years of living.

Find the memoir at Books & Book or online here:

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