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Archive for July, 2012

Village of Merrick Park Gets a New Name! July 27th, 2012

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As reported in today's Miami Herald, the Village of Merrick Park, Coral Gable's fabulous shopping mecca, has changed its name.  The new title: Merrick Shops.  The reasoning behind this change: “The Village of Merrick Park name really didn’t reasonate with shoppers,” said Kerem Kayser, senior general manager. “We believe it caused a lot of confusion in the maketplace. We wanted our name to distinctly represent that we are an exclusive shopping destination.” I'd love to know your thoughts on how this...

Where Have the Peacocks Gone? July 25th, 2012

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The Coconut Grove peacocks are missing!  How could that be, and who would get rid of them and why?  These are the questions on minds of many Groveites recently.  Certainly, this is not a case of the peacocks wandering off on their own to check out another neighborhood to call home.  This is serious news because our brilliantly colored, feathered friends don’t just venture away from home here in the Grove on their own.  It is bothersome to learn that...

UPDATE: Scotty’s Landing Fate is Now Uncertain July 16th, 2012

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Just three weeks ago, I wrote a blog post to update you all on the status of a beloved Coconut Grove establishment, Scotty's Landing.  It seems that as of last week things have changed, and now all the proposals presented to Miami officials, including the "winning" one, have been scrapped.  The city officials will now start from scratch to find the new tenant to take over the land that has long been home to Scotty's Landing and Grove Key Marina...

It’s Another Wonderful Day in Our Miami Heat Neighborhood! So . . . Is Everybody Happy? July 11th, 2012

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Welcome  to Miami, Mr. Lewis and Mr. Allen!  You better believe "Your Miami Heat” fans share my sentiments all the same: "We are crazy-happy about having you join our Championship NBA Miami Heat team!"  According to today's Miami Herald (oh, yeah, and all over Facebook and Twitter), Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis have officially teamed up with the Big Three for what is sure to be another exciting season!  Priorities shifting by the day in Miami--with all the buzz.  Just gotta...

Spa Month Miami – Are You Worthy? July 10th, 2012

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Lapis Spa at Fountainebleau Some of us find it nearly impossible to set aside time and money for some much needed and well-deserved pampering, so right about now is a good time to be wondering, “is this any way to treat ourselves?"  We know all the familiar excuses, such as "we don't have the time”, “we should be saving instead of spending lavishly," blah, blah, blah!  So instead, we conjure up lots of other comfortless things to be doing instead if...

Luxury Rental with Country Club Appeal! July 6th, 2012

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Secure and private best describes the approach to this sprawling residence on 1.33 acres of manicured landscaping with fruit and colorful blooms.  This tranquil Killian neighborhood is home to this two-story gated estate which boasts a spacious floor plan encompassing approx. 4,700 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen overlooking a pool/spa & entertainment pavilion and a north/south tennis court.  Now is the perfect time to lease this  beautiful estate for those planning for the upcoming school year, also...