A MIAMI REAL ESTATE TOUR 2019 (Brickell, Downtown, Wynwood, Overtown)

We visit Brickell, Downtown, Discuss the east vs west, Wynwood, Overtown and discuss which areas are prime for real estate investment. Real Estate in Miami: there you don’t just buy a property you buy the whole neighborhood the whole lifestyle it’s a totally immersive experience; its diverse, exotic and the capital of latin america in the US, almost everybody there speaks Spanish. In this video we will see how the real estate works in a city like Miami and how is a lifestyle there. INVEST IN PASSIVE INCOME REAL ESTATE IN COLOMBIA & PUERTO RICO► http://sam.lifeafarinvestments.com/ Follow VACHI in Miami on instagram: @Vachimiami SUBSCRIBE FOR MORE WORLD-EXPANDING VIDEOS ► https://goo.gl/uxqNth BOOK A PLACE TO STAY IN COLOMBIA► http://sam.lifeafar.com/ WHAT IS LIFEAFAR? ► A mindset. Own it. Live your life afar, on your terms. We share ways to build passive income in real estate so you can start to define your terms. LIFEAFAR is built on the simple idea that you can live well while doing anything from anywhere. And we give you the tools for making it happen. We’re changing how real estate and life intersect, and reinventing how people experience places, spaces and home. http://www.lifeafar.com WHO AM I? ► My name is Sam Miller. I rode a motorbike from Canada to Argentina, discovered Colombia along the way and joined a group of real estate entrepreneurs with a plan to create a life afar. ► INSTAGRAM (@sam_lifeafar): https://www.instagram.com/sam_lifeafar/ ►TWITTER (@SamLifeAfar): https://twitter.com/samLifeAfar ►FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/samlifeafar ►LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samlifeafar *FOLLOW LIFEAFAR ON SOCIAL MEDIA* INSTAGRAM (@life_afar) ► https://www.instagram.com/Life_Afar TWITTER (@LIFEAFAR) ► https://twitter.com/lifeafar FACEBOOK ► https://www.facebook.com/lifeafar LINKEDIN ► https://www.linkedin.com/company/farinternational/

Read This: City of Girls

The glamour! The grit! The mayhem! The FUN! I just wrapped up my FAVORITE book of this summer — City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. And yes, we’re talking about the same author behind the #1 New York Times bestsellers Eat Pray Love and The Signature of all Things.

In a nutshell, City of Girls is a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don’t have to be a good girl to be a good person. Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love.

It’s the kind of book you can’t put down and are entirely sad when the journey is over. Trust!

Photo by Elizabeth Gilbert

Published at Sun, 11 Aug 2019 15:07:52 +0000

Dictate and Chill: Maduro Dodges U.S. Sanctions to Binge-Watch Netflix

Venezuela is crumbling. The once-wealthy South American nation’s economy is in free fall, doing more twists and flips on its way to rock bottom than Simone Biles at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships. Wide-ranging electrical blackouts, endemic levels of crime, and food shortages have contributed to the exodus of more than 4 million Venezuelans, many fleeing on foot.

At this time of historic crisis, one might expect the ostensible head of a failed state like Venezuela to at least feign concern for his country. But not Nicolás Maduro. No, this Venezuelan strongman has far better things to do, such as host the hemisphere’s largest gathering of socialists and communists in Caracas in July. The event, which cost the insolvent country a reported $200 million, must have really tuckered Maduro out, because a few days later, he used a public speech to confess his binge-watching habits. (Even dictators need to decompress every now and then!)

Maduro had just finished watching Netflix’s new 60-episode series, Bolívar, which recounts Venezuelan liberator Simón Bolívar’s campaign to attain independence from Spain for Venezuela and five other South American countries. Bolívar became the namesake of the “political revolution” started in 1998 by Hugo Chávez, then president of Venezuela, and passed on to Maduro. In 1999, Chavez helped change the country’s official name to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Maduro, who criticized the show in June on the grounds it was Colombian-produced and, therefore, certain to be riddled with “lies” and “trash,” apologized for his prejudgment. Maduro watched the show with his wife, Cilia Flores, and said the two were left “marveled” and “moved.”

Yet more than a carnival of bad optics, Maduro’s 60-hour TV binge might also be illegal. First flagged on Twitter by Bloomberg’s Venezuela correspondent Patricia Laya, Maduro’s Netflix consumption appears to be in violation of U.S. sanctions, which prohibit any U.S. person or entity from providing services to Maduro and members of his government. The sanctions were designed to starve the Maduro regime of funds and access to foreign credit markets but might also include internet services such as Netflix.

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which is responsible for issuing and enforcing sanctions, outlines hefty punishments for U.S. companies that violate sanctions. Violating an OFAC sanction can carry fines as high as $20 million and a prison sentence of up to 30 years.

“U.S. companies are responsible for complying with [Office of Foreign Assets Control] regulations and sanctions,” a Treasury Department spokesperson told New Times. “Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control does not comment on investigations, including to confirm whether or not one exists.”

Netflix told New Times that it complies with all OFAC sanctions, but didn’t add further detail. It’s unclear how the company can assure compliance with sanctions with total certainty, given Maduro’s recent binge-watching. Then again, Maduro could simply be using the Netflix account of someone not targeted by sanctions.
To expound on the inappropriateness of Maduro’s public Netflix confession, consider that a Netflix subscription is twice the monthly minimum wage in Venezuela. Maduro recommended Bolívar to anyone who could see it — immediately excluding millions of Venezuelans besieged by hyperinflation and food scarcity. Moreover, as the English-language Venezuelan news outlet Caracas Chronicles pointed out after the announcement, even those who can afford Netflix or a trip to the movies have other problems.

“Even if you find a way to join Netflix, or other streaming services, you’d have to deal with a slow internet connection… if there’s power. That goes for anyone trying to watch soccer or going to the movies,” journalist Gustavo Hernández writes. “Local moviegoers not only have to struggle with having no power at the theater, there’s also a reduced offering, since distributors have less incentives to release films here. Matter of fact, 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate dropped Venezuela from their distribution schedules.”

Published at Fri, 16 Aug 2019 15:00:00 +0000

My Go-To Vampire Facialist

If you follow me on Instagram stories, you know I recently received a Vampire Facial with Rachel Loren — my go-to Boca Raton-based medical aesthetician and laser technician (that’s her — the total boss babe in bold red lipstick photographed above). Celebs like Kim Kardashian are fans of the facial, which might look quite scary, but it boasts BIG TIME results.

So, what is a vampire facial and how does it work, exactly? The treatment is a combination of a microneedling (using a MDPen), followed by the application of your very own PRP (platelet-rich plasma) which is harvested through drawn blood and spun. The PRP is derived from the serum portion of the blood, which contains platelets. It looks, feels and smells a lot like egg yolk. The platelets contain high levels of growth factors, which, when applied to the skin, will stimulate cell turnover.

In laymen’s terms: It’s a facial that essentially uses, your own blood to help promote the healthy activity of your skin cells. 

Does it hurt? Not really. Rachel numbs the skin for 20 minutes prior to the microneedling process. For me, the only areas which feel uncomfortable are along the hairline. 

The downtime? You’ll emerge from treatment a bit red, almost like a sunburn, which means post-procedure sunscreen is highly recommended. Applying makeup, though, is discouraged. I looked super red for two days. No biggie. See?

The end result? Smaller pores, even skin tone and tighter and smoother skin. Obsessed.

To schedule your appointment with Rachel Loren, email [email protected] or get a free consult via micromemiami.com

Published at Mon, 12 Aug 2019 15:15:17 +0000

Read This: Three Women


The result of 8 years of reporting, Lisa Taddeo’s book Three Women braids together the accounts of a trio of American women who were willing to give the author untrammeled access to their most intimate thoughts. Although the book has a clear objective — to examine the private lives of modern women — I’ve never encountered a book as provocative and kinky as this titillating tome. From ménage à trois — to inappropriate relationships  — to steamy affairs — it’s all here in Three Women. This is vigilant reporting at its best.

So what are you waiting for?

Published at Tue, 13 Aug 2019 14:50:25 +0000

The Frank presents New Industry: Contemporary Visions of the Industrial

The Frank art gallery in Pembroke Pines presents New Industry: Contemporary Visions of the Industrial, an exhibition focused on industrial aesthetic, blurring the lines between fine art, mechanical design and fabrication while also challenging traditional artmaking materials and techniques. New Industry is on display from August 29th through October 26th, 2019.

The public is invited to the New Industry opening reception on Thursday, August 29th from 6-9pm. Guests will be treated to a performance by top Miami rap artist and Pembroke Pines native, Sam Stan. Admission is free.

Nestor Arenas, “Spomenik-Pok No. 3”
Mixed Media on Canvas, 100″ x 54″

Curated by The Frank’s Chief Curator Joshua Carden, the new exhibition features the work of artists Nestor Arenas, Yves Gabriel, Kx2, Devora Perez and Norman Silva along with a video piece by Layne Hinton and Chris Foster. Each of the artists employ a minimalist tendency while engaging the viewer with work grounded in industrialization, gentrification and/or the notion of change through industrial materials.

Devora Perez, “Open”
Concrete, wood, metal, Plexiglas, 25″ x 25″

“Oftentimes, in urban environments, the viewer is met with a combination of aesthetics and materials. New Industry seeks to contextualize this industrial aesthetic as an artistic result of urbanization,” said Carden. “We are excited to showcase the unique work that these artists have created and hope that this compelling exhibition leaves visitors with a new perspective on the world around them.”

Norman Silva, “The Weapon II”
Steel and cement, 12″ x 11″ x 4″

In The Frank’s Third Space Gallery, which specifically focuses on supporting non-profit organizations, educational partners, underrepresented populations and community advocacy groups, an exhibition featuring artwork by students of Fletcher Art & Cultural Center in Pembroke Pines will be on display. Fletcher Art & Cultural Center provides year-round art, piano, guitar and drama classes for children and adults for all skill levels. As part of New Industry, The Frank also will offer free fun, engaging and educational workshops, lectures and events for children and adults. For more information, visit https://www.thefrankgallery.org/events.

Nestor Arenas, “Typologies: Structure No. 9”
Acrylic on Canvas, 77″ x 67″

The Frank is located in the Charles F. Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines at 601 City Center Way. Admission to The Frank is free. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about The Frank, call 954.392.2120, email thefrank@ppines.com or visit thefrankgallery.org.

Published at Thu, 08 Aug 2019 17:17:35 +0000

For Skip Hartzell, “The Dog Artist,” Inspiration Comes In The Form Of A Furry Friend

South Florida artist Skip Hartzell creates large paintings and works on paper that capture the essence of “dog”. He is best known for his unique sculptures recognized immediately by their distinct form and style that only Hartzell can produce. His painterly expression captures each dog’s own personality with beautiful textures, line and brush strokes using mixed media to bring each dog to life.

‘Raw Dog #1’, Mixed Materials with Burlap and Concrete, 75 x 45 x 35 Inches

Whether he’s painting or sculpting, Hartzell’s dogs have a wonderful quality of friendliness about them, and it’s hard to keep yourself from reaching out to touch. And that’s perfectly okay with Hartzell. He’s never been one to place a rope around his artwork.

Happy Skip Hartzell Collectors

“The texture is so important because the tactile experience of sculpture is so primal for me,” he says. “You grab with your hands and just start to mush things together and get your fingers on the materials, and there is just such a richness to the feel.” He says whenever he’s doing a show, he is quick to hand his sculptures to the patrons so they can enjoy the feeling, too. And whether it’s paint on canvas or sculpture, the texture is one of the most captivating and inviting parts of experiencing his artwork. Hartzell may not set out to mimic the look of someone’s beloved pet, but he says his sculptures and paintings often evoke a fond memory of a furry family member.

‘Swimmer No.1’, Flashe on Canvas, 72×72 Inches

“Dogs are always in the moment. Although nothing in life has held my attention longer or has been more fascinating to me than dogs, my work is about much more than that. It is about form, movement, color, and texture. The dogs are a recognizable common denominator that allows me to communicate my joy of living, passions, and sentiments,” explained Skip Hartzell.

‘Dog No.130’, Papercrete and Resin, 15 x 12 Inches

The artist has held numerous solo exhibitions at notable art galleries and prestigious art fairs such as Art Palm Beach, A.E. Backus Museum, ArtHouse 429, Paul Fisher Gallery, Aqua Art Fair during Art Basel Miami Beach and many more.

Wall Display of (4) Oil and Graphite Paintings on Canvas, each 20×16 Inches

Skip Hartzell is very passionate about his subject matter, he is a longtime supporter of no-kill animal rescues and donates proceeds from the sale of his artworks to animal-rescue, no kill shelters. For sales, commissions, general inquiries or future show information, email: skipperhartzell@yahoo.com / visit www.skiphartzell.com

Published at Fri, 09 Aug 2019 18:07:43 +0000

Miami's Finest in Luxury – Julian Johnston – Million Dollar Listing

One of Miami’s most expensive homes on the market, this home is a masterpiece. With the best views of Miami from the Venetian Islands, and its amazing indoor-outdoor living this home feels more like a resort then it does a home. Address – 212 W. Di Lido, Miami Beach, FL.

Five Places in Miami Where You’re Being Surveilled

Protecting your private data in 2019 is a struggle, to say the least. Even something as innocuous as an app that makes your face look old might secretly be storing all your photos and creating a database of faces in a Russian basement somewhere. It’s next to impossible to track who’s got a hold of your data at any one moment.

But New Times is here to help. For years, we’ve been keeping track of the various ways in which police departments and other government agencies suck up your photos, identifying characteristics, biometric data, and all sorts of other pieces of information about you. So, as surveillance scandals continue to break around the world (companies getting hacked, etc.), here’s a handy list of the places in Miami-Dade County where you’re most likely to get tracked.

1. Miami Beach on any big weekend:

For the past several years, Miami Beach Police have been using automatic license-plate readers to scan each and every car traveling to the city over Memorial Day weekend — an effort known to cause bumper-to-bumper traffic on the MacArthur and Julia Tuttle Causeways. While critics say the technology is unnecessary at best and an invasion of privacy at worst, police have argued the license-plate readers help catch wanted criminals and track down stolen vehicles.

This year’s numbers from the holiday weekend, however, show the vast majority of drivers were just regular, law-abiding citizens. This morning, MBPD released Memorial Day license-plate reader statistics — and despite the dragnet approach, police made only a handful of arrests.

Over the four days from Friday to Monday, Miami Beach cops scanned more than 36,000 license plates but issued just 303 criminal tickets. And the number of arrests was even smaller: Police made 13 for felonies and 11 for misdemeanors.

In the meantime, drivers sat in traffic on the two main causeways into South Beach so police could methodically scan their license plates. On the MacArthur, which has been under construction for about a year, the license-plate readers forced all eastbound cars into just one lane.

The city has even been using a surveillance blimp at some big events too!

2. Coral Gables:

In the seven years since Coral Gables began installing automatic license-plate readers, resident Raul Mas Canosa estimates the city has captured images of his car “thousands of times.” It’s a reasonable guess: By the end of the year, the City Beautiful is on track to scan more than 30 million license plates despite having a population of only 50,000.

In a new lawsuit, Mas Canosa — the youngest brother of Cuban exile leader Jorge Mas Canosa — claims those photos are a massive invasion of his privacy. On October 5, he filed a complaint against the City of Coral Gables, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Florida Department of State in which he calls the license-plate readers unconstitutional.

“Where your car moves in space over time is very invasive, and the license-plate readers that are set up by Coral Gables are essentially like the police are following you around 24 hours a day, anywhere your car goes,” says Caleb Kruckenberg, an attorney with the Washington, D.C.-based New Civil Liberties Alliance, which is representing Mas Canosa.

Coral Gables City Attorney Miriam Soler Ramos told New Times the city was served with the lawsuit Friday but declined to comment further.

The case appears to be the first in Florida targeting the use of automatic license-plate readers. State legislators passed rules about the new technology in 2014, after which the Florida Department of Law Enforcement determined that license-plate data could be stored for up to three years. Mas Canosa’s lawsuit takes issue with the fact that FDLE did not create formal rules for municipalities, only a document outlining “best practices.”

With new advances in technology, Kruckenberg says, it’s now entirely possible — and legal — for Florida governments to track drivers anywhere they’ve been for up to three years.

“It’s church, it’s the doctor, it’s how often you go to the liquor store, anything that you might think is private, and suddenly the police can just pull it up whenever they want to,” the attorney says.

3. Wynwood soon, too:

Over the last handful of years, Miami Beach officials have pushed plans to blanket South Beach — South Florida’s top tourist destination — with a gigantic array of security cameras and police-monitored license plate readers. Civil liberty advocates have repeatedly warned that the city appears to be creating a gigantic and potentially unnecessary surveillance network that could infringe on people’s basic right to move around without being tracked at all times.

Now Wynwood, the Magic City’s second-largest tourist epicenter, appears to be following suit. According to Miami City Commission documents, the Wynwood Business Improvement District (BID) — a group of local officials who approve neighborhood changes — plans to donate $181,034.37 to the Miami Police Department. If the city signs off on the deal, MPD will use that money to buy 48 new surveillance cameras and two new license plate readers to track drivers who pass through the area.

“The acceptance of this donation will be beneficial… to curtail or prevent crime in the Wynwood Business Improvement District, such as robberies, assaults, burglaries and other related offenses, which will increase public safety and the quality of life for the residents, businesses, and visitors of the City of Miami,” the documents state. The commission will consider the proposal at its next meeting on July 11.

The Wynwood BID oversees an arts district that is roughly 50 blocks in size, which means if the plan is approved, the police department will be placing an average of one security camera on nearly every block in Wynwood.

4. The Miami International Airport:

Few American airports shuttle more travelers out of the country than Miami International. But many travelers who’ve flown internationally from MIA since October have been stopped by agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and guided to a small kiosk with a camera inside that resembles an iPhone the size of a shoebox.

The tiny boxes take facial scans of thousands of travelers departing from nine airports — in Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, New York City, Houston, D.C., and Miami. Homeland Security rolled out the so-called biometric exit technology at MIA in October, but a group of Georgetown University legal advocates released a report just before Christmas detailing the many terrifying and unanswered questions about the new data-collection program. They demanded the federal government stop needlessly collecting sensitive data on thousands, if not millions, of people exiting the country.

The Georgetown legal experts call the program a “solution in search of a problem” and say that “neither Congress nor DHS has ever justified the need for the program.” Homeland Security claims the cameras could stop impostors from fleeing the country under fake names, but privacy advocates note “neither Congress nor DHS has ever justified the need for the program.”

In fact, the lawyers claim Homeland Security installed the $1 billion national camera system (raised from surcharges on certain visa applications) without following proper federal rules, so the entire program might be illegal.

5. Doral:

Last Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case about whether cops are allowed to access cell-phone location data without a warrant — the latest in a growing legal battle over the limits of police surveillance using new technology.

Amid that debate, Miami cities have increasingly adopted one piece of tracking tech: Automatic license-plate readers, which log every car cruising on a stretch of road. And no city had been quite as enthusiastic about the readers as Doral — home to a major military command and one of President Donald Trump’s crown-jewel golf courses.

For the past seven years, Doral has been quietly installing a plate surveillance grid across almost the entire city. According to Maggie Santos, a spokesperson for the city, Doral has at least 99 operational plate readers installed around the city, with more on the way. The city has plans for 143 plate readers, and Santos says the city expects to install even more by September 2020.

What exactly is Doral doing with all of that data about everyone driving in the city? That’s the key question police and city officials need to be upfront about to avoid violating the First and Fourth Amendments by stifling free speech or covertly tracking political and religious events.

“That’s something we’ve been very loud about,” says Jackie Azis, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. “They need to be open about their use.”

Doral began acquiring readers in 2010 after receiving a $405,000 U.S. Department of Justice C.O.P.S. “Secure Our Schools” grant — which required matching city funds — to install readers around certain schools, according to city documents.

Published at Sun, 11 Aug 2019 13:00:00 +0000

Pellet-Gun-Toting Teens Hunt Iguanas for Cash in Neighborhood Where Pool Boy Was Shot

Just weeks after a pool boy was accidentally shot by an iguana hunter in their neighborhood, two enterprising Boca Raton teens began stuffing mailboxes with flyers advertising the pair’s extermination services. Working under the name “Park Avenue Iguana Control,” the teenagers use pellet guns to hunt the scaly creatures and charge $25 per iguana killed.

“Our work is very fast and efficient, which I personally know everybody in our neighborhood wants,” a flyer obtained by New Times says. “We will be at your property regularly taking care of your little green pests.”

Parkside, an affluent gated community in southern Boca Raton, has been the source of much iguana drama as of late. It all began in early July, when the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) made the controversial decision to declare open season on green iguanas, which are an invasive species and considered pests. Homeowners were encouraged to kill iguanas on their properties and on public land as they pleased, with no permit required. Of course, it didn’t take long for an accident to happen: Within a week of the announcement, a young man servicing a pool in Parkside was shot in the leg by an errant pellet from the gun of a hunter who was hired to kill iguanas.

Local and national press fell upon Parkside in the following days. The owner of the pool being serviced, E’Lyn Bryan, said her neighbors reacted to the shooting with terror and told reporters she was worried for children who might get hurt. Later than month, FWC released a statement lamenting that anyone would think the agency was asking the public to “just go out there” and “shoot them up.”

Far from dissuaded by the recent bad press, the two Parkside teens rode skateboards around their neighborhood a few days after the FWC clarification, stuffing mailboxes with Park Avenue Iguana Control advertisements. One of the teens told New Times they’d already found a few paying clients since distributing the flyers.

A flyer advertises iguana-extermination services.

A flyer advertises iguana-extermination services.

Reader-submitted photo

Local teens abandoning lemonade stands in favor of shooting iguanas for an extra buck might be taken as a sign that FWC’s regulations on hunting the reptiles don’t go far enough. FWC advised Floridians to call professional help if they are not capable of “safely removing iguanas” from their properties, but the agency does not seem to exercise any oversight on such removals. The state keeps a list of wildlife trappers and hunters as a public service but lacks a certification process for any of the iguana hunters listed.

Animal advocates have responded to the “open season” declaration with outrage. An online petition to reverse the directive has gathered more than 24,000 signatures from around the world. Last month, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent a letter to FWC demanding the agency provide more information about which methods of killing iguanas are acceptable.

FWC did not respond to repeated requests from New Times for further information about humane killing of iguanas and regulations on iguana hunters.

Iguanas are protected by Florida anti-cruelty laws and must be killed humanely, but FWC has yet to offer explicit directions on which methods of killing are humane. Last week, a disturbing Instagram video surfaced showing a group of people torturing an iguana as it tried to get away. FWC executive director Eric Sutton called the behavior “despicable,” and FWC officials say they are investigating the incident. 

Native to Latin America, iguanas first arrived in Florida as exotic pets and either escaped or were set free by irresponsible owners. First reported in the Miami area in the ’60s, iguana populations have expanded across South Florida, where warm temperatures and a lack of natural predators have allowed the reptiles to thrive. Chomping on landscape plants and leaving droppings in pools that can spread diseases like salmonella, iguanas can be a serious headache for homeowners. The animals, which are capable of growing to five feet in length, are natural burrowers, and their tunnels can damage sidewalks and seawalls.

Officials in the Miami area have begun to consider more regulated approaches to decreasing iguana populations. Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales recently informed commissioners that the city will start a pilot program to trap or snare iguanas in five locations: Muss Park, Pinetree Park, Brittany Bay Park, the Scott Rakow Youth Center, and Flamingo Park. Depending upon the success of the program, it might be expanded to other areas of Miami Beach. 

Published at Fri, 09 Aug 2019 15:00:00 +0000