Briefing Room: Intel and Objects for November

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This Mid-Beach site doesn’t have your typical development history. In 1925 it was constructed as the King Cole Hotel; in the 1940s, the parcel was redeveloped as the Miami Heart Institute, which operated until 2004. And now? Step into luxury hospitality at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach (featured image here and above). Developed by Lionheart Capital, with Stantec as the architect of record, the project came to fruition through the talents of Italian master architect, Piero Lissoni. Stantec took on the task of converting the former hospital by transforming six hospital buildings into a premier multi-family condo totaling approximately 678,000 gross square feet. With notable amenities, such as a residential art studio and 36 private boat dockages, The Ritz-Carlton Residences impresses as an exclusive collection of 111 units, including lofts and penthouses ranging in size from 2,000 to more than 10,000 square feet. And the wow factor: an astounding 26,000-square-foot rooftop pool boasting views from ocean to bay.

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For those awaiting news on the status of one of South Beach’s most beloved hotels: Real estate owner and developer Michael Shvo just won coveted approval from the Historic Preservation Board of the City of Miami Beach to move forward with the three-acre development and restoration of the beachfront Raleigh Hotel, together with the adjacent South Seas and Richmond hotel properties.

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Top Miami interior design firm Britto Charette has won acclaim for their Wasi porcelains, a line of desk-ready Peruvian-influenced accessories, such as the Kinchu porcelain box (shown in gold; platinum also available). Captivated by an exhibit of Peruvian art at the MET, Jay Britto and David Charette took their inspiration for Wasi (the Quechua word for “home”) from the tools and artifacts of the ancient Inca.

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The commercial real estate company Metro-1 is moving its corporate offices to Miami’s culturally vibrant neighborhood of Little Haiti. The move coincides with founder Tony Cho’s promotion of Andres Nava to managing director and broker of the Miami office. Nava, who has been with the firm for 7 years, has notched more than 200 transactions totaling over $300 million in value.

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Crafted from 100 percent reclaimed leather, this timeless Armani Casa globe, which sits on a stone base, is perfect for a traditional or home office. The Armani Casa showroom in the Miami Design District offers a trove of accessories as well as furnishings from the revered Italian brand.


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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.