Archive for March 2014

David Beckham’s Miami Plan

One of the worlds most beloved and famed soccer players, David Beckham has big plans for Miami. Like many Englishmen, he wants more time in the sun and to plant some roots in this vibrant city. His plan is to bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami and wants the city to help build a new arena in PortMiami. But there are few problems.

David Beckham Miami

First, the world’s busiest cruise port also houses the world’s 2nd biggest cruise company, Royal Carribean. They argue that added traffic would interfere with their cruise line operations and add to congestion in the Biscayne Bay area. Coincidentally, the world’s largest cruise line and Royal Carribean’s top competitors, Carnival Cruises is owned by Micky Arison, the owner of the Miami Heat.

The second problem is tax payer funding but if they built an arena for the Miami Marlins you’d have to think they’d grant David Beckham’s wishes. David Beckham isn’t taking any chances and has even hired a lobbyist to help convince the Florida legislature to help him fund the project.

Miami has no lack of celebrity athletes but Miami always has room for more. Just take a look down the road from where David Beckham wants to build a stadium – the two-time defending champions Miami Heat, which features a super-star trio of Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh. Celebrity wise, David Beckham is on the same level as Lebron James, if you consider they both raked in $42 million in endorsement deals in 2013, according to Forbes magazine. There have already been rumors circulating on the internet that Lebron James could join the ownership group headed by David Beckham. Would Lebron James team up with another major athlete? He’s already done it before (Dwayne Wade) so who knows?

First off, Mr. Beckham has to convince Miami-Dade to lease them the ultra-valuable space. He envisions the new soccer stadium ushering in a new commercial district that could house new hotels, shops, and retail space. I say, give Mr. Beckham his stadium and let him bring another major league sports championship to Miami. After all, he’s shown that he is an astute business man; already having negotiated a Major League Soccer franchising fee of $25 million (other owners pay $70 million). Only time will tell it Miami can finally become the soccer town that everyone thinks it could be.

Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Miami Beach

Saint Patrick’s Day Miami Beach 2014

This weekend, everyone is Irish!  Saint Patrick’s Day isn’t until Monday, March 17, but with a holiday America has centered around fun times, green beer, yummy food, and sing-a-long music and dancing, it’s sure to attract some celebrating the weekend prior as well as the holiday itself.

What to do in Miami Beach for Saint Patrick's Day

Miami has tons to choose from for St. Paddy’s celebrating, so you will need to narrow down your choices.  Although there are a ton of activities and parties all over Brickell, Coral Gables and Tobacco Road, don’t rule out South Beach for having some of the best times for Irish Cheer this weekend and on Monday.

Here are some places around Miami Beach that are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with events, specials, music, and of course plenty of fun.

Playwright Irish Pub

Here it’s always Irish, so even though their main St. Patrick’s Day Celebration is on Monday, there will be the traditional Irish fare on menu, Irish whiskey and beers to pour, and the atmosphere will make you think you could be in a pub in Ireland.  Try a night out for dinner Saturday, for a loud but laid-back time.

On Monday, stop by Playwright for an Irish coffee to start off your day, as they open nice and early.  Fill yourself up with a traditional Irish breakfast.  Of course they will have all the favorite Irish food like corned beef and cabbage and shepherd’s pie, and plenty of green pints to wash it all down with.  A classic rock band will hit their stage later to keep the celebrating going into the night.

Radio Bar

This eclectic, cozy bar is gearing up for St. Paddy’s celebrations all weekend long.  They will be having drink specials Saturday, Sunday, and Monday as well as a fun St. Patrick’s day contest.  Here you can get an Irish Car Bomb or shot of Jameson for $5.  Or try one of their tasty, unique cocktails on special too.


Monty’s Sunset

Monty’s Sunset is a casual restaurant right on the water even with their own pool.  Even if you drive or walk, you’ll feel like you just got off a boat.  Typically known for their seafood, Monty’s is feeling Irish with St. Patrick’s Day specials.  They are offering a delicious corned beef and cabbage meal served with a tall, refreshing Guinness for $19.95.  Another special for the holiday is $5 pickle backs.


For more information about events happening around Miami for Saint Patrick’s Day, check out what New Times,, and Miami Herald have to say.

Watch The Miami International Film Festival 2014 at Regal South Beach

Miami International Film Festival 2014The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) has been opening its doors to enlighten us with truly artistic expression on the silver screen since 1984.  The internationally renowned festival has introduced us to promising filmmakers, and is a nice change of pace to the hundreds of commercial movies advertised to us more often than we’d like.  Famed Hollywood actors come out in droves to experience this truly special event. Everybody from Viggo Mortensen to Kate Hudson has walked the MIFF’s red carpets.

This year’s MIFF kicked off on March 7th and will host daily viewings at multiple venues until March 16th. Luckily for us, many of the viewings are in walking distance from Chic Place at Lincoln! The Regal South Beach, located at 1100 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, is arguably the best place to be to experience the most of the this year’s Miami International Film Festival. MIFF films will be shown every day of the 10 day event at 4 of the cinema’s 18 theaters. To see the full schedule of all the viewings at the Regal South Beach visit the Miami International Film Festival’s official website.

For a truly special event, visit the Miami Beach Cinematheque on Washington Avenue in Miami Beach. Renovated by the Miami Beach Films Society, this cinema hall is South Beach’s premier viewing destination. Many of MIFF’s special events such as the master classes, panels, and industry programs will be hosted at the Miami Beach Cinematheque.

If you find yourself outside of Miami Beach, there are a number of great venues to enjoy the Film Festival such as the Olympia Theater at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, the Paragon Grove in Coconut Grove, the Coral Gables Art Cinema, and the O Cinema in Wynwood.

The Immigrant, MIFF Miami Beach

Marion Cotillard, actress in “The Immigrant”, A Must-See at this year’s Miami International Film Festival

With over 100 films being shown during the 10 days of the festival, it’s difficult to narrow it down but thankfully Miami NewTimes contributor Hans Morgenstern has provided us with some guidance. In his well-written blog “Five Must-See Films at the Miami International Film Festival This Weekend” he challenges his readers to catch all 5 of these films:

  1. The Congress
  2. The Immigrant
  3. The Sacrament
  4. Locations: Looking for Rusty James
  5. Young and Beautiful

If you can’t catch them all and want to narrow it down even further the Miami NewTimes article has trailers posted for each and a short description.

There are a variety of festival packages and tickets for everyone from die-hard movie buffs to first timers. To purchase tickets for the event visit the Miami International Film Festival’s website and if you would like to be in walking distance to the viewings, check room availability Chic Place at Lincoln.

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