MIAMI BY MARTIN July 2008
A monthly column from Martin Crossland
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Current Miami Temperature: 83 balmy degrees
Current Miami Beach Surf Temperature: 83 degrees
Saving the Everglades
The languishing effort to revive and restore the Everglades — one of the
most ambitious environmental initiatives on the planet — received an unexpected
and potentially spectacular boost on Tuesday when Gov. Charlie Crist announced
that Florida had agreed in principle to buy 187,000 acres of farmland from the
United States Sugar Corporation, the nation’s largest sugar-cane producer.
The farmland, located along the southern edge
of Lake Okeechobee, would be converted into reservoirs to store water and artificial
marshes to help clean it.
The US$1.75 billion deal would remove a big
source of phosphorus pollution, which sugar-cane farming produces in abundance.
The greater benefit would come from restoring a good part of the historic water
flow between Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades — a flow that sustained
the Everglades for centuries but has since been diverted (at great cost to the
ecosystem and its wildlife) to Florida’s cities and farms.
New York Times
Miami's Cultured Campaign
The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau has rolled out a new ad campaign
focused on Miami's art and culture scene in the hopes of targeting a more sophisticated
and wealthy crowd
to our sunny city. The campaign, titled "Miami: Express Yourself",
features local artists in surreal Miami landscapes. The campaign is a departure
from past promotions witch focused more the sexy aesthetic of the city.
The city is also targeting more refined outlets
for the ads to run in such as Architectural Digest, Gourmet and the New Yorker.
Miami Nights posted an intelligent and appropriately
snarky post on the ad campaign. Click here
to visit the official site of "Miami: Express Yourself"
Plum Miami Beach
Miami Spa Month
Living in a city where the year-round dress code calls for minimal clothing,
keeping up a strict beauty regimen is a must. However, affording spa and facial
treatments leave us looking great but feeling broke. Enter Miami Spa Month.
For the first year ever, July marks the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors
Bureau launch of discounted treatments and specials at some of Miami’s
most favorite places of beauty. Foodies get Miami Spice Month and now, facial
and spa aficionados have Miami Spa Month. For just $99, more than twenty of
Miami’s spas offer their most popular treatments at the discounted rate.
American Express is sponsoring the month, and if you use your AMEX card to pay,
you can receive an additional 10% off spa services and products. Click here
for more information on Miami Spa Month including a complete listing of participating
Brothel on Wheels
Leave it to the entrepreneurs on Miami Beach to come up with this gem. A young
madame named Christine Morteh operated her brothel on wheels, a sleek, black
limo bus. She offered an all-you-can-drink ride for $40. For this you got to
jump on the skank wagon which had a fully stocked bar, prostitutes and a few
fat sweaty techy guys. Their enterprise came to a screeching halt at 3:15 Sunday
morning, when they picked up the wrong fare -- three undercover Miami Beach
cops -- within walking distance of the police station. They quickly learned
that Morteh was pimping out the girls on board. The girls took their clothes
off, performed lap dances, and for $125, beckoned their clients to the VIP room
-- a curtained-off area in the bus -- according to the report and a detective's
testimony in court.
Then there was the money -- more than $2,000
in the cash drawer alone. ''It was spread out all over the place,'' a detective,
whose name is being withheld, said in bond court. “In 19 years, I've never
seen anything this.''
Miami Beach July 4th. Independence Day Celebration.
Celebrate America’s birthday in the heart of sizzling South Beach. The
City of Miami Beach proudly presents its annual Fourth of July patriotic celebration
of music and fireworks, with music by DJ Irie. The event is free and open to
the public. Everyone is encouraged to arrive early, bring beach chairs and towels.
No coolers or bottles will be permitted on the beach. The celebration takes
place July 4, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. at 8th Street and Ocean Drive on Miami Beach.
Public parking is available at the 7th Street and Collins Avenue Garage and
other conveniently located public garages on Miami Beach.
EVENTS IN GREATER MIAMI & THE BEACHES
An American Celebration
July 4th on Miami Beach
Fourth of July at
Miami Bayfront Park
Miccosukee's Zo's Summer Groove
(ZSG) Introducing D. Wade
XXIII International Hispanic
Arsht Centre for the Performimg Arts
Fruit and Spice Park
International Mango Festival
GALA Choruses Festival 8
Arsht Centre for the Perfoming Arts
South Florida Film Festival
vs. Philadelphia Phillies
At Dolphin Stadium
IFE-ILE Afro Cuban Dance Festival
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Miami
Various location on Miami beach
Arsht Centre for the Performing Arts
Cabaret Concert Series
Deering Estate at Cutler Ridge
7th Miami Salsa Congress
Miami Beach and Coral Gables
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