City of Progress

By Kevin Gale

Welcome to our 2017 City Report on Hallandale Beach. We developed our concept in cooperation with the city, so a note of thanks to Mayor Joy Cooper, Vice Mayor Keith London, commissioners Anabelle Taub and Michele Lazarow, and City Manager Roger M. Carlton and his team.

Our report is well timed because Hallandale Beach has emerged as a major center of development in South Florida. The trend has spilled over from high-rises on the beach to mixed-use, office and residential projects on the mainland.

The trend is adding a lot of dimensions to the city, which is known to many South Floridians as the home of Mardi Gras Casino and Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino. Mardi Gras is contemplating new development. The Stronach family has invested heavily at Gulfstream, creating The Village at Gulfstream Park and building the towering “Pegasus and Dragon” statue along Federal Highway.

Tibor Hollo’s Florida East Coast Realty is planning the 297-unit Gulfstream Point at 918 S. Federal Highway. New York’s KAR Properties plans to break ground on the 64-unit 2000 Ocean in early 2018.

Integra Investment’s Hallandale ArtSquare, which will combine 350 luxury rental apartments, 10 live-and-work lofts and 12,000 square feet of retail, would be right at home in Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village.

Elias Benaim’s Grupo Eco has the two-phase Atlantic Village project near Mardi Gras. The first, which will be a foodie paradise, is opening in December, and construction is beginning on the second, which will include retail space and a six-story office tower. Grupo Eco already has opened a plaza on Hallandale Beach Boulevard.

Chateau Group is seeking to finalize plans that initially called for a $375 million project with 726 residential units, 137,384 square feet of retail and 280 hotel rooms. It would be quite a statement at the corner of Federal Highway and Hallandale Beach Boulevard. Down the boulevard, Romagnole Investment Properties is planning two 26-story residential buildings with 250 units each and more than 93,000 square-feet of commercial and office area.

It’s clear Hallandale Beach is moving out of the shadows of its neighboring cities and creating its own sense of identity. Congratulations to the city leadership and private sector visionaries who are making it happen.

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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.