Briefcase South Florida

Fort Lauderdale Boat Show Returns

One of the region’s major annual economic drivers, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show drops anchor for a five-day run this fall—with enhanced safety protocols in place. The 61st annual edition, scheduled for Oct. 28-Nov. 1, will feature more than 1,300 boats on display and some 900 exhibitors—with more marine industry debuts of boats, yachts, superyachts, products and accessories than any boat show in the nation. Last year’s show had a statewide economic impact of approximately $1.3 billion, with more than $714 million in products sold.

FLIBS is increasing its six miles of floating docks to widths of up to 30 feet; there will be seven waterfront locations accessible by 16 show entrances. On the COVID front, FLIBS will follow all local and government safety and distancing regulations, as well as adhere to Informa Market’s enhanced “AllSecure” standards for events such as the boat show.

Among the highlights, expect the return of the Superyacht Village, located at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina’s “Pier South” property, adjacent to the southeast corner of the 17th Street Causeway Bridge. The 3.5-acre site, with a dedicated marina and on-land exhibition space, will host some of the world’s jaw-dropping superyachts, and luxury accessories that support the lifestyle.

The Windward VIP Club, on the main Boat Show dock at Bahia Mar (801 Seabreeze Blvd.), will sport outdoor terraces for shore and water views, along with a luxury premium open bar, gourmet food offerings and concierge for booking appointments with manufacturers and yacht brokers.

Ticketing starts at $35 for a one-day general admission pass (Oct. 29 to Nov. 1). Prime Time Preview tickets, good for early access, are $55 and good for Oct. 28. For additional ticket pricing and packages, including information about the Windward VIP Experience, visit


Soleste Grand Central Tops Off

An 18-story luxury rental development in Miami moved closer to its scheduled first-quarter 2021 completion. Soleste Grand Central, a 360-unit project co-developed by The Estate Companies and PTM Partners, celebrated its topping off. The 230,430-square-foot contemporary-style development (218 NW Eighth St.), only steps away from the Virgin MiamiCentral Station in downtown, promises studios, and one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments that range in size from 442 square feet to 1,082 square feet.

Project highlights include a ninth-floor deck with lounge areas and summer kitchens overlooking the Miami skyline; fourth-floor amenities, including a fitness center with virtual trainers, and a yoga and Pilates room; a resort-style pool; an in-house spa with relaxation and massage therapy rooms; and an indoor club room with billiards, shuffleboard and a large communal living room/viewing area. Residences boast modern kitchens, spacious walk-in closets and private balconies.

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New Senior Living in Broward

A growing need for elderly living options in central-western Broward County is being addressed by Avalina, a Sunrise-based senior community offering assisted living and memory care that’s slated for opening in the fourth quarter of 2020. Once the site of a Hilton hotel, this sprawling 110,000-square-foot, six-story project—which recently launched an early depositor program—will deliver 194 overall residences, with 167 dedicated to assisted living and 27 for memory care.

Floor plans for the studio, one-bedroom and one-bedroom deluxe apartments (starting at $2,800 per month, with co-living options available from $2,000 per month) include kitchenettes, European-style bathroom fixtures, wireless internet and television, individually controlled air conditioning, and several units with balconies. Community amenities include a host of dining venues, fitness center, salon and spa, movie theater, art studio, event center and game rooms.

The monthly rental includes services at Avalina—24-hour health monitoring and wellness support, scheduled transportation, housekeeping, and entertainment and social programs. Panther Management Services is the project developer. (


Business Announcements

Dawn Stagliano

Chad Van Horn

• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County: The nonprofit organization renowned for creating and supporting mentoring relationships for local youth elected a new executive committee for its board of directors.

New board chairman Chad Van Horn, founding partner at Van Horn Law Group, will lead the committee. Dawn Stagliano, director of government affairs and community investment at Comcast, will serve as board vice chair.

Chris Gentile

• Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward: The board of directors appointed co-CEOs to lead the nonprofit organization. Matt Organ and Chris Gentile, both with executive BGCBC experience, will oversee operations for the organization that serves more than 12,000 at-risk youth (ages 6-18) annually at its 12 Broward-area clubs.

Matt Organ

Organ, originally from Long Island, New York, has worked in the nonprofit sector and with the Boys & Girls Clubs since 1980. Gentile has been with the organization since 2015, serving as its chief development officer.


Patrick Mangan

Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter & Veil: The certified public accounting firm announced that CPA Patrick E. Mangan has been promoted to Shareholder. Mangan joined CDL’s 13 shareholders to advance client services and engagements, and help recruit professional talent for the firm.


Matthew Blair

• Florida’s Children First: The nonprofit group that focuses on the state’s most vulnerable children appointed Matthew Blair, a partner at the law firm Corcoran Partners, to its board of directors. Blair manages the lobbying practice and political operations branch at Corcoran.

• Gunster: One of the state’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms named Sebastian Fox as CEO of Premier Title Co., a Palm Beach-based affiliate of Gunster. Fox, who returned to the firm in June, also will join Premier’s real estate practice as an associate.


Doug Mandel

• Marcus & Millichap: Douglas Mandel, executive managing director of investments at the commercial real estate brokerage firm’s Fort Lauderdale office, was named 2019 broker of the year by the South Florida chapter of the National Association for Industrial and Office Parks. The award recognizes an industry professional whose achievements best exemplify leadership and innovation in the region’s commercial real estate market.


Ashley Gantt

• Shutts & Bowen: The full-service firm with offices in South Florida proudly announced that one its lawyers, Ashley Gantt, had been sworn in as president of the T.J. Reddick Bar Association. Over the next year, Gantt, a member of her firm’s class action and mass litigation practice group, will lead the organization dedicated to promoting the professional excellence of Black lawyers in Broward County.

Jean McIntyre

• Broward Education Foundation: The charitable organization dedicated to supporting Broward County Public Schools appointed new officers to its board of directors.

Myriam Campo Goldman

Dustin Jacobs

Tim Curtin

Tim Curtin, administrative director of community services for Memorial Healthcare System, is the new board chair; Jean McIntyre, CEO of the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce, is the chair-elect; Dustin Jacobs, vice president of marketing for BrightStar Credit Union, is treasurer; and Myriam Camp Goldman, founder and chief strategy officer of Harmony Development Center, is secretary.


Medical News & Notes

• New Branding at Holy Cross: Looking to better reflect its expanded footprint and holistic approach to community health, Holy Cross Hospital, Broward County’s only Catholic hospital, will rebrand as Holy Cross Health. Holy Cross, a mainstay in the community since 1955, is a 557-bed, nonprofit, teaching hospital located in Fort Lauderdale. It operates in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy and is a member of Trinity Health.

• BRRH Receives Significant Certification: Boca Raton Regional Hospital became the first hospital in Palm Beach County to receive certification from a nationally recognized certifying organization as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. The certification by DNV GL Healthcare acknowledges the highest level of competence for treatment of serious stroke events at BRRH’s Marcus Neuroscience Institute—including for endovascular embolization and surgical clipping of brain aneurysms, tPA administration, and mechanical endovascular thrombectomy, a minimally invasive procedure used to remove a blood clot from the brain during an ischemic stroke.

One Blood Drive

• One Blood Drive: Gulfstream Park Village (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach) is hosting a monthly blood drive through December in conjunction with One Blood. All donors receive a free COVID-19 antibody test, a One Blood tote bag and a wellness checkup (blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening). Future dates are Sept. 13, Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec. 13 (all dates from 1 to 7 p.m.)

• South Broward Hospital District Appointees: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Elizabeth Justen

Elizabeth Justen

Steven Harvey

and Steven Harvey to the board of commissioners of the South Broward Hospital District, which oversees all actions of the Memorial Healthcare System. Both of appointments are four-year terms.

Justen is the assistant executive director of the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County, a nonprofit organization which funds community programs and initiatives. She is also the key account manager at OFB Marketing and a principal at The Marketing Experience. Harvey is the assistant dean of operations and administration at Nova Southeastern University.

• New Pediatric Surgical Program at Joe D: A medical team at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood successfully performed its first pediatric surgery aimed at stopping seizures in children with epilepsy. The newly established pediatric epilepsy surgical program at the hospital’s neuroscience center is the first of its kind in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery at Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital

The medical team recently performed the four-hour surgery on a 10-year-old Broward child suffering from epileptic seizures for the last three years. The child had been on multiple daily medications and still continued to have seizures, doctors explained. Surgeons began by placing electrodes directly on the child’s brain. Neurologists and clinical technicians were inside the surgical suite and were able to monitor brain activities in real time. The surgeons safely removed the lesion without injuring the child’s brain, speech or motor functions.


Pizza With a Purpose

Since the onset of the pandemic, Stoner’s Pizza Joint ( in Fort Lauderdale has been a benevolent presence in the community, providing pizza to essentials workers, medical personnel and families struggling with food insecurity.

But the difference that owner John Stetson and his team continues to make doesn’t stop at free slices. Through a partnership with the Humane Society of Broward County, Stoner’s also is raising awareness about rescue pets. More than 500 flyers are attached to pizza boxes each week with information about dogs, cats and other pets available for adoption through the Humane Society.

How serious is Stetson about pet adoption? Anyone who adopts a pet from the flyer—and posts a photo to #adoptdontshop proving it—will receive a free year of pizza (one large pizza per week) from Stoner’s.

Stoner’s Pizza Joint Fort Lauderdale is at 1509 E. Las Olas Blvd., but the emphasis is on delivery and takeout. The menu includes specialty pizzas, calzones, strombolis, sandwiches, hickory-smoked chicken wings, freshly prepared salads, and freshly baked desserts. The organizations that Stoner’s has supported includes: Salvation Army, Broward Health, Covenant House Florida, Arc Broward, Memorial Regional Hospital, Hope South Florida, FLITE Center and Broward County Public Schools.

Club News

Already one of Boca Raton’s most prestigious private country club communities, Boca West is adding to its amenities footprint thanks to an approved $45 million improvement program. The plan calls for construction of an Aquatics Center and the expansion of its existing Sports Center Complex. Both projects are slated to be completed by November 2022.


The 96,000-square-foot Aquatics Center will feature the Splash Pool Bar & Grill, a multipurpose event space, two activity lawns—and five pools, including a four-lane lap pool, a family pool, a teaching pool, an adult pool (with submerged loungers), and a children’s pool with a splash pad. The revamped Sports Center Complex, scheduled to be enlarged to 72,000 square feet, will feature new cardio and core training studios/equipment, as well as an outdoor rooftop bar/terrace overlooking the Palmer Golf Course.


PBC Businesswoman Named NCRA President

The owner of Phipps Court Reporting in West Palm Beach, Christine Phipps, has been installed as the 2020-21 president of the National Court Reporters Association, the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters, captioners and legal videographers. Phipps assumed the role on Aug. 8 during the association’s “Connect 2020” virtual event.

Christine Phipps

Phipps, a court reporter with 27 years of experience, is only the second NCRA member from Florida to serve as the association’s president in its 121-year history. She founded Phipps Reporting, which now has offices throughout Florida as well as satellite offices in 47 states. Her firm was included in Inc. magazine’s “Fastest Growing Companies in America” in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

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