Issue – March 2008


Fortune International Realty and The Related Group recently joined forces to create FRIS: Fortune Related International Sales, a joint effort that has all of South Florida buzzing. They celebrated the partnership with a Key Biscayne fiesta to promote Icon Vallarta on Mexico’s Gold Coast, one of the many projects that represent the joint venture’s $2 billion in developments throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.


Chef Pascal Tingaud, Moët & Chandon’s private chef at the exclusive French Chateau de Saran, made a rare appearance stateside to host a private dinner with Cioppino Chef de Cuisine Ramon Guerrero and Sommelier Jorge Mendoza at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. Thirty-two exclusive VIPs enjoyed this gastronomic rarity with each course designed to expertly match tastes from the Moët & Chandon range. Trés chic!


The Mount Sinai Medical Center Key Biscayne opened its doors recently, providing residents of the island with the high-quality care they deserve and the convenience they desire. Residents joined community leaders and Mount Sinai President and CEO Steven Sonenreich for a VIP tour of the new facility, located in Key Colony Plaza at 200 Crandon Boulevard. The facility offers adult primary care, consultations in internal medicine, geriatrics, physical exams, preventive medicine and routine diagnostic testing. To make an appointment, call 305.674.2599.


The 11th Annual Miami Jewish Film Festival presented by the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education offered an exceptional lineup of award-winning domestic and international features and documentaries to sold-out audiences. The celebration began Opening Night with the presentation of the Community Arts Award to Nancy and Norman Lipoff. Under the guidance of MJFF Director Ellen Wedner, filmmakers, directors, actors and special guests enhanced the screenings by lending insight into the filmmaking process.

Parents’ Night Out

The Key Biscayne Community Church Day School PTA hosted a “Parents Night Out” Spanish dinner to raise money to purchase additional computers for the early literacy program classrooms in their school. Parents and teachers alike enjoyed a marvelous evening of paella, dancing, Flamenco show and renewing friendships.


Mike Aixala and Brigitte Nachtigall hosted a fundraiser at their home on Key Biscayne for the campaign of State Attorney Kathy Fernandez-Rundle. More than 120 guests including family and friends took part in the beautiful evening full of joy and glamour.


In celebration of the launch of her new website,, artist and illustrator Isa Zapata hosted a cocktail party on Key Biscayne that showcased her fresh concept in design for children’s rooms as well as some of her captivating artwork.

Key Players

Meet the people who are shaping the future of the communities they live in while inspiring everyone they meet along the way. Though their stories are all different and their backgrounds, histories, hopes and dreams vary, the one thing each has in common is a passion for what they do and their ability to see past themselves to the benefit of others. In the following pages, you’ll meet this issue’s Key Players and get a brief glimpse into their lives. If you happen to run into one of them during your daily routine, take a moment to salute them. They’ve earned it.


If you’ve been in search of the perfect abode but have yet to find it, the ladies at B:a Design Group might be able to help you create the home of your dreams in no time.


If you’ve been awaiting your weight-loss reality check, this might be it. At the very least, you’ll start thinking about shedding those extra pounds you’ve been dying to drop.

Sports Buzz

Nothing says the great outdoors like a mint julep served up in a hefty silver glass. Even though it’s the traditional libation of the Kentucky Derby since 1938, we have a feeling fans of the Sony Ericsson Open will give equestrian lovers the world over a run for their money — and their drink — this year.


Your guide to the best entertainment, shopping, dining, libations & relaxation in South Florida.


The new way to seal the deal is to be immortalized in the world’s largest underwater memorial, the Atlantis Memorial Reef, right off Key Biscayne. The best part? It’s modeled after the most mythical of all cities: Atlantis. Herewith: your ticket to eternity.


Known as a man who defies all odds, James Blake is geared up for a big finish at the Sony Ericsson Open this year — just don’t let his smile distract you from the play-by-play.


Island Hop

A glimpse into Key Biscayne’s dynamic social scene

Island Moves

From strength Training to endurance exercises and flexibility, meet a few key biscayners balancing their mind, body and soul to yield a life well-lived in paradise.