Artist, advertising aid and everything in-between, give most of our Magic City populace the base tools of sand and water, and what would be produced could only be described as muck. Give the same elements to world-renowned Matt “Sandman” Long, however, and what results is stunning in every sense of the word. Winner of multiple world championships in sand sculpting and an indispensable aspect of the advertising campaigns of such global brands as American Express, McDonald’s, Disney and many, many more, where exactly did this South Florida-based phenomenon first get the inspiration to shape minerals into miracles of structural engineering and artistry? “I started carving sand on the beach with my kids when they were young,” says Long, whose resume includes two seasons on Travel Channel’s Sand Masters. “They grew out of it but I guess I never did!”; SandSculptor.com.
Toby & Bill Rohrer have dedicated their time, talent and treasure to causes they passionately believe in — and their efforts have not only changed countless lives, they’ve also inspired others to make a difference with their own contributions.
Key Biscayne is recognized around the world for the generosity and philanthropic endeavors of its residents. Meet a few islanders dedicating their free time toward causes they are passionate about in the hopes of doing their part to help make our community a better place to live, work and prosper.