A “Waterful” Way to Explore Fort Lauderdale: The District’s Waterful Tours Feature Cultural Sites and Water Taxi Pass, May 20 through Oct. 29

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — May 15, 2017 — Exploring Fort Lauderdale’s exciting cultural sites is a wonderful outing for both local residents and visitors and it’s an even better experience when traveling via Water Taxi! From May 20–Oct. 29, Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District is offering its Waterful Tours, which includes admission to the guest’s choice of two out of three cultural sites (admission to an optional third site is available for a nominal extra charge), and an all-day pass for Water Taxi.

The tours will be available daily for the Water Taxi, Historic Stranahan House Museum and History Museum Fort Lauderdale, beginning as early as 9:30 a.m., when beginning at History Museum Fort Lauderdale. Docent-led tours at History Museum Fort Lauderdale and Historic Stranahan House Museum are available at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. NSU Art Museum is open every day except Monday. Tour prices start at $38 per adult and $20 per child; children aged 5 and under are free. Waterful Tours will be available at this rate only from May 20 through Oct. 29, 2017.

“In the ‘Venice of America,’ as Fort Lauderdale is affectionately called, Waterful Tours are a great way to discover the city’s alluring culture and history,” said Carmen Ackerman, Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District project manager.

The Waterful Tours include:

One all-day Water Taxi pass. Guests can leave the traffic and parking behind, and board a Water Taxi to see the city, explore its history, attractions, eateries and shops along the way.

Admission to two of three cultural sites:

– NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is the hub of the South Florida Art Coast, nestled in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. NSU Art Museum’s 83,000-square-foot building contains 25,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 256-seat auditorium, Museum Store and Cafe. The museum’s celebrated permanent collection contains more than 6,000 works. Among its highlights are the country’s largest collection of paintings and drawings by the American realist William Glackens; the most extensive holding in the U.S. of works by post-World War II, avant-garde CoBrA artists; and extensive holdings of works by leading Latin American artists.

–  Historic Stranahan House Museum is the oldest surviving structure in Broward County and was built in 1901 as the original trading post for the early pioneers and Seminole Indians. The iconic structure along the New River served as the pioneer settlement’s town hall, post office, and first bank. Later it became a boarding house and restaurant. The Stranahan family is credited as being Fort Lauderdale’s founding family and the museum offers a glimpse the city’s beginning, their legacy, and the historic structure. The House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

– History Museum Fort Lauderdale is the only pioneer village in South Florida with the largest collection of historic buildings in Broward County. It’s a great place for adults and children to learn about the history of Fort Lauderdale, and how the city evolved from pioneer times through today. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Historical Society offers a unique glimpse into the past with guided tours conducted in period costumes.

Special discounts and offers from area restaurants and merchants and cultural site gift shops

$300 savings book from The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale mall

Visitors who would like to enjoy the third attraction can simply present their ticket stub at the chosen cultural site admission desk, and will receive a general admission one-day ticket ($10 for adults and $5 for children aged 6–12).

Waterful Tours can be booked by visiting www.riverwalkae.com/Waterfultours. Some venues are subject to closings and availability due to prior commitments; please check the designated cultural sites’ websites.

About Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District

Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District is a unique partnership of arts and entertainment organizations located along the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale with the express mission of promoting cultural tourism in South Florida. Presenting over 1000 individual events each year, The District attracts well over 1 million visitors annually. Partners of The District Consortium include Broward Center for the Performing Arts, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, the Historic Stranahan House Museum and Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. It is supported by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. For more information about The District and its partners, visit www.riverwalkae.com.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade to Host 6th Annual “Claws for Kids” Private Brunch at Joe’s Stone Crab on Sunday, May 7

Miami, Fla.  April 15, 2017 — Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami Beach will be the scene of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s May 7, 6th Annual “Claws for Kids” fundraising brunch. Not only will guests enjoy delicious stone crabs and other signature Joe’s cuisine without the wait, but proceeds will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s many positive programs, including after school programs, homework assistance, computer training, social skills, dance, arts & crafts, professional mentoring, and summer and athletic programs, for area children who need them the most. The event will kick off with a cocktail reception at 11:30 a.m., followed by brunch at 12:30 p.m.

Located at 11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, 33139, Joe’s will be open for brunch on May 7 only for supporters of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s “Claws for Kids.” Menu items will include stone crabs, coleslaw, hash brown potatoes, creamed spinach and Key Lime pie. For attendees who don’t eat stone crabs, main course options will be available.

Jimmy Morales, City Manager of the City of Miami Beach, will be honored at the event with Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s ‘From the Heart Award,’ which honors a person, family or organization that has shown “overwhelming” support and constant dedication to the children of the community, including members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade.

Frank Sinatra impersonator Jeff Grainger of Sinatra Sounds Entertainment will provide entertainment.

Judy Kramer is the chair of this year’s event. Kramer, who has chaired the event four times, is a retired Miami-Dade County Public Schools executive. Also on the “Claws for Kids” committee are Special Events Chair Olga Guilarte; Connie Rebozo; Lisa Kramer; Mark Walker, M.D.; Rae Stein, Willie Ho, Kerrin Bermont, Vanessa Bertran, and Pam Guilarte.

“‘Claws for Kids’ continues to get better and better every year,” said Kramer. “We are pleased to invite guests to enjoy Joe’s delectable cuisine — without any wait — and raise funds to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s many programs.”

“Claws for Kids” sponsorship opportunities are available. Table sponsorships range from $2,000 to $10,000. Underwriting opportunities are available, and individual tickets are priced at $250.

For more information about sponsorships, underwriting or tickets, please contact Anneleise Sanchez at (305) 446-9910 ext. 30, or via email at asanchez@bgcmia.org.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade  

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade has been serving youth in the community since 1940. What once was a single building and site for boys has grown to five Clubs serving thousands of boys and girls year-round, providing programs in the areas of character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life skills, cultural arts and sports, fitness and recreation. Club staffing, initiatives, and programs are designed to inspire and enable young people and provide them with the resources to succeed and share in the American Dream. For more information, please visit www.bgcmia.org.

About Joe’s Stone Crab

Joe’s Stone Crab, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013, was established when Joseph Weiss came to Miami for a change of climate to help his asthma. Weiss opened a lunch stand, originally offering fish and fries, on Miami Beach, which eventually evolved into today’s establishment. It is located at 11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, visit www.joesstonecrab.com.

Sabbia Beach, Pompano Beach’s First Ultra-Luxury Oceanfront Residential Development in Nearly a Decade, Now Over 75 Percent Sold

Pompano Beach, Fla. — April 10, 2017 Sabbia Beach, the first ultra-luxury oceanfront residential development in Pompano Beach in almost a decade, is now over 75 percent sold with $20 million in sales, in the first quarter 2017. Fifty percent of the buyers are empty nesters/baby boomers, who are getting closer to retirement and selling their estates for the convenience of living the elegant “toes-in-the-sand” lifestyle that Sabbia Beach presents.

Sabbia Beach is 100 percent funded with construction financing provided by Ocean Bank, the largest independent state chartered commercial bank headquartered in Florida. Sabbia Beach is now under construction, and the concrete slab for the 8th floor was recently completed. Topping off is slated to take place in summer 2017. Sabbia Beach has an estimated completion date of one year from now.

“We are very pleased to have sold over 75 percent of our residences at Sabbia Beach,” said Danny Salvatore, a partner in Fernbrook Florida, LLLP, the developer of Sabbia Beach. “Many empty nesters/baby boomers are looking to enjoy a luxurious oceanfront lifestyle, and half of our buyers fit this description. Sabbia Beach offers a very unique opportunity in South Florida to own a new construction oceanfront luxury residence, with a private beach, in a sophisticated market.”

Sabbia Beach, a boutique-style development, is located directly on 200 linear feet of shoreline and features a 30,000-square-foot private beach — which is very unique in South Florida luxury developments. Located between Sabbia Beach’s pool deck and the public beach, the elegant, private beach embodies a quiet escape, with lounge chairs and umbrellas, plus beach and pool service. Sabbia Beach’s catering kitchen can also be used for private events on the beach.

Presenting only 68 residences, Sabbia Beach is designed by renowned Miami firm Arquitectonica. Interior design is by the prolific, award-winning designers at Interiors by Steven G. Each residence is luxuriously appointed with large living areas; floor-to-ceiling glass; spacious wraparound terraces featuring awe-inspiring ocean, city or Intracoastal views; and gourmet kitchens.

Sabbia Beach’s resort-style amenities include an exotic, oceanside ultra-contemporary heated pool; state-of-the-art fitness center that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, spa with massage treatment rooms, his and hers steam rooms and saunas. The building features a yoga area, plus a 3,600-square-foot multi-purpose social room. Additional luxurious features include 24-hour valet parking, as well as Tesla charging stations.

Sabbia Beach is part of a renaissance in Pompano Beach, which is becoming a vibrant, sophisticated, multidimensional destination. Coming to life is a creative arts district and cultural center, upscale shops and restaurants, a $7 million soon-to-be renovated fishing pier, $16 million parking garage, planned Class A office space, boutique hotels, and more. Pompano Beach is quickly becoming a desired area for those who want to shop, play, work and live on the ocean.

Sabbia Beach offers two-, three- and four-bedroom residences priced from the $900,000s, and one remaining penthouse priced at $5.9 million.

For more information or to schedule a private preview, please call 954-781-9700 or visit www.SabbiaBeachCondos.com. The Sabbia Beach Sales Gallery is located at 723 North Ocean Blvd.

About Sabbia Beach

Sabbia Beach is the shared vision of prominent builders who collectively have more than 55 years of experience in creating unique, luxurious, waterfront residential communities across the Western Hemisphere. It is the first ultra-luxury “toes-in-the-sand” oceanfront residential development in Pompano Beach in almost a decade. Offering only 68 luxurious condominiums and extraordinary resort-style amenities, Sabbia Beach, featuring 19 floors, is situated less than a mile north of the Pompano Beach pier, close to high-end oceanfront outdoor shops, live entertainment and fine dining. Sabbia Beach is presented by developers Fernbrook Homes of Ontario, Canada and Grupo Fernandez of Venezuela. Sabbia Beach is now under construction; estimated completion is scheduled for approximately a year from now. Sabbia Beach is located at 730 N Ocean Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL 33062. For more information on Sabbia Beach or to schedule an appointment, please contact 954-781-9700 or visit www.SabbiaBeachCondos.com.