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4 February 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 62 of the Only In Miami Show began with a remembrance of Jackie Jimenez – who ran #WPMIA and was very involved in building the Miami social media community. Jackie passed away unexpectedly this past week at the age of 28.
This episode features an interview with Mike B. Fernandez, local entrepreneur who discussed his recent memoir, Humbled By the Journey, and his personal #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.
Find the memoir at Books & Book or online here: http://www.booksandbooks.com/book/9780990520528
We also interviewed recording artist Chantil Dukart, who’s performing on Sunday, Feb. 22nd at the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival. You can find out more about her music, featured throughout the episode at www.chantilmusic.com and more about the festival at virginiakeygrassroots.org
29 January 2015 Brandon Mowry
On episode 61, Adam Gersten, proprietor of Gramps, a bar in Wynwood, stopped by the show to talk about the challenges of being a small business owner in Miami. He also talked about his previous career as an assistant state’s attorney in Key West and about the changes that have come to Downtown Miami and Wynwood in the past couple of decades. Grant and Adam discussed the state of local politics and government, as the vast majority of Miami’s elected officials are term-limited, creating a situation of extreme turnover in local government. Finally, Grant and Adam spent some time reminiscing about being students at New World School of the Arts.
27 January 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 61 of the Only In Miami Show featured a special commentary from Grant Stern on developments in Tallahassee, where Governor Rick Scott unilaterally demanded the resignation of Gerald Bailey, the former head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, whose agency is tasked with investigating government dealings to ensure accountability and transparency. Grant urged all Floridians to stand up for good government.
Adam Gersten, the bar barrister from Gramps (@grampswynwood), joined the show to talk about the joys and challenges of being a small business owner in Miami. He also talked about his time as an assistant state attorney in Key West and being involved in the public sector. Additionally, Adam and Grant spent a good deal of time speaking about the state of politics in the city of Miami and about growing up at the New World School of the Arts.
Also in the first hour, Megan Hull called in to discuss the plan to release genetically modified mosquitos into the Keys to combate Dengue Fever, which actually can’t be found in the Keys. The plan is to release sterile males to mate with the native females to produce offspring that will die off. This may endanger the natural balance and have undesired effects up and down the food chain. The Only In Miami Show will stay on top of this story and keep you updated.
In the second hour, Grant was joined by Fabi Patiño of Lanzallamas. The group will be performing at the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival in February, and Fabi talked about their inspirations and influences.
Grand then heard from Steve Roitstein, of the Afro-Cuban Funk Band PALO!, who have been nominated for a Grammy for their album PALO! Live. He talked about the differences between the Latin Grammys (for which the band was nominated in 2014) and the “big” Grammy awards.
Finally, Grant was joined as always by the Drastic Fanatic to discuss the wide world of sports, including a little football game coming up in Phoenix this weekend. They also talked about the goings-on in the NBA, including Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, and the Miami Heat (can anyone say, “Hassanity?”).
22 January 2015 Brandon Mowry
Howard Tonkin joined the show to talk about the neighborhood’s viewpoint regarding a North Miami Walmart plan to build over the last flyspeck of old growth palms in a drainage easement.
North Miami residents are also opposing the construction of a Walmart Neighborhood Market in their community.
It seems that Walmart is trying to take over South Florida piece by piece, and yet, many residents are fighting back against Walmart sprawl.
The proposal to build a Walmart store in Midtown has been met with significant local opposition, and the residents of Kendall are up in arms over the proposal to develop a the last major portion of native pine rocklands adjacent to Zoo Miami off of Coral Reef Drive to include a Walmart.
8 January 2015 Grant Stern
Downtown Miami is in the midst of remaking itself, positioning itself as a great place for young professionals to work and live. Redevelopment is fueling this renaissance, and new retail establishments are helping to make downtown into an urban center.
National specialty food retailer Whole Foods Market will be having a grand opening for its new downtown Miami store on Wednesday morning, January 14. Marketing team leader Janelle Sapero joined the show to talk about the grand opening plans, and to talk about how Whole Foods is committed to the local community. In fact, the store invited local street artists to turn their parking garage into an art gallery. This curated collection will be only one more reason to visit the new grocery store. For more information and updates, follow Whole Foods Market Florida on Twitter – the handle is @WFMFlorida.
8 January 2015 Grant Stern
On Episode 58 of the Only In Miami Show, longtime local journalist Al Sunshine joined Grant Stern to discuss plans created by real estate developers to build a commercial center, apartments, and a theme park on the environmentally-sensitive pine rockland tracts adjacent to Zoo Miami in southern Miami-Dade County. Recently, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis Moss put out a proposal that would declare the area a “blighted slum” and establish a community redevelopment agency to oversee future plans for the area. This appears to be an plan to make an end-run around environmental regulations that would protect an area like this. A rally is planned for Saturday, January 17 at 2pm – for more details, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1518501615081294/?fref=ts.
17 December 2014 Brandon Mowry
Board of County Commissioners
Commissioner Dennis Moss
Florida City Office
In an ongoing demonstration of how the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners believe the exist only to serve big business, Commissioner Dennis Moss, whose district includes the environmentally-sensitive tract of pine rockland habitat adjacent to Zoo Miami, has drafted a resolution to declare that area “blighted slum” in an effort to circumvent environmental protection laws. The area in question, whose rich biodiversity provides a habitat for many unique organisms, including the Miami tiger beetle once thought to be extinct, was recently sold by the University of Miami to a developer who intends to construct apartments and retail spaces, including a Walmart. A full hearing will be held in January; stay connected to the Only In Miami Show for ongoing updates. In the meantime, feel free to let Commissioner Moss know how you feel about the project. His contact information appears to the right.