MIA welcomes Amazon Air as company continues to expand


MIA welcomes Amazon Air as company continues to expand
Amazon Air now operates double-daily cargo flights out of MIA


(MIAMI, October 11, 2018) – Miami International Airport is now part of Amazon Air’s cargo flight operations. The company has launched double-daily freighter service at MIA to destinations across the U.S. The new cargo service is being operated by Atlas Air Worldwide with Boeing 767-300F aircraft, and includes an onsite facility to sort packages bound for their next destination.

“I proudly welcome Amazon Air’s expansion to Miami-Dade County, and appreciate its commitment of two daily flights at MIA,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “I wish them continued success and growth within our community.”

“We are excited to launch the Miami gateway to support our growing air operation,” said Sarah Rhoads, Director of Amazon Air. “Amazon has enjoyed being a part of the Miami-Dade community and are thrilled to continue our relationship.” 

Amazon already operates four warehouses in Miami-Dade County, all within 12 miles of MIA – the largest of which is a new 885,000-square-foot fulfillment center at Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport just completed this year.

Amazon Air’s launch comes nine months after Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) officials hosted its first e-Commerce strategy workshop with more than 30 local air cargo industry stakeholders, with the goal of establishing Miami-Dade County as one of the world’s leading e-commerce hubs. Market research firm eMarketer forecasts Latin America to be a strong e-commerce growth region during that span, with a projected doubling of annual sales from $47.4 billion in 2015 to $84.8 billion in 2019. MIA is America’s busiest airport for international freight and handles more freight to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport.

“Amazon Air’s two daily flights will add a significant boost to our domestic cargo traffic, which is already up 17 percent through August,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Lester Sola.


FONTAINEBLEAU MIAMI BEACH Celebrates Ten Years of Raising Awareness for Breast Cancer Research with Annual BLEAU GOES PINK® Campaign

StripSteak by Michael Mina, Scarpetta by Scott Conant and Hakkasan to offer special prix fixe dining

Monday, October 1, 2018 — Miami Beach, Fla. – This October, in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Fontainebleau Miami Beach has once again partnered with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Health System, South Florida’s leader in breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and care, to host the tenth Bleau Goes Pink campaign. To raise both awareness and funds for the cause, the iconic Miami Beach property is featuring month-long dining promotions at signature dining destinations, StripSteak by Michael Mina, Scarpetta by Scott Conant and Hakkasan in the form of specially priced three course prix-fixe menus. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit breast cancer research at Sylvester.

On MondayOctober 1st, the hotel will kick off Bleau Goes Pink by lighting the historic Chateau building in pink. The lighting which requires over 100 high-powered lighting fixtures will begin on Monday, October 1 and will resume from dusk to 10:00 p.m. each night throughout the month of October.

Three-course, prix-fixe dinner menus priced at $55 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, will be offered throughout October at StripSteak by Michael Mina, Scarpetta by Scott Conantand Hakkasan. Each menu will include an appetizer, entrée, dessert and a glass of rosé. For every dinner ordered, five dollars will be donated to Sylvester; menus follow.


APPETIZER – choose one

Burrata Heirloom Tomatoes, Basil Pesto & Balsamic Pearls

Mediterranean Octopus Potatoes, Capers, Olives & Smoked Crema

Creamy Polenta Fricassee of Truffled Mushrooms

ENTREE – choose one

Spaghetti Tomato & Basil

Roasted Branzino Sunchoke, Eggplant & Salmoriglio

Oven Roasted Chicken Swiss Chard, Pancetta, Black Garlic Gnudi, Pancetta & Fava Bean Purée

Short Rib Agnolotti Dal Pin Horseradish, Brown Butter & Red Wine Reduction



Créme Fraiche Panna Cotta Mango, Coconut Crumble & Passion Fruit Bubbles

Amedei Chocolate Cake Fresh Mint Gel, Crémeux & Stracciatella Gelato



APPETIZER – choose one

Jumbo Gulf Shrimp Cocktail Sapphire Gin, Cocktail Sauce

“Instant Bacon” Braised Pork Belly, Smoked Pineapple, Radish Salad

BLT Wedge Salad  Blue Cheese, Cherry Tomato, Pickled Shallot, Crispy Bacon


ENTREE – choose one

Scottish Salmon Beluga Lentils, Vierge Provençale, Fino Sherry Butter

Black Truffle Risotto 63° Vidalia Onion, Green Apple, Celeriac

 8 oz Filet Mignon Charred Onion Soubise, Garlic Confit



Mocha Crème Brûlée Coconut, Smoked Butter Ice Cream

Warm Apple Cake Walnut, Miso Honey Ice Cream


HAKKASAN  (All dishes are served family style except the dessert)


Dim Sum Platter 

Har Gau

Scallop Shui Mai

Royal Trumpet & Morel Mushroom Dumpling

Black Rice Vegetable Dumpling



Seared Snapper with Supreme Homemade Soya Sauce

Stir-Fry Vegetarian Chicken with Black Pepper Sauce

Shrimp Fried Rice with Homemade XO Sauce


DESSERT (choose one)

Mango Custard Grapefruit, Calamansi, Coconut Sorbet

Warm Chocolate Fondant Passion Fruit, Banana, Soy Caramel Ice Cream


HAKKASAN | VEGETARIAN MENU (All dishes are served family style except the dessert)


Green Salad with Crispy Lotus Root in Plum Dressing


Tofu Clay Pot in Black Bean Sauce

Stir-fry Black Pepper Vegetarian Chicken

Taro Root Vegetable Fried Rice

DESSERT (choose one)

Mango Custard Grapefruit, Calamansi, Coconut Sorbet

Warm Chocolate Fondant Passion Fruit, Banana, Soy Caramel Ice Cream


Media contacts:                                       

Karen Barofsky | Larry Carrino | Marel Hinners l Sofia Terrazas                              Brustman Carrino Public Relations

Tel: 305.573.0658


Stephanie Giner, Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Tel: 305.535.3208


For more information about Bleau Goes Pink and to view menus, visit fontainebleau.com/bleaugoespink or call 877.326.7412

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About Fontainebleau Miami Beach

A spectacular blend of Golden Era glamour and modern luxury, Fontainebleau Miami Beach merges striking design, contemporary art, music, fashion and history into a vibrant guest experience. A revered landmark and symbol of style and sophistication since its opening in 1954, Fontainebleau Miami Beach boasts 1,504 guestrooms and suites appointed with lavish amenities; the world-renowned LIV™ Nightclub, 12 restaurants and lounges including two restaurants from Chef Michael Mina – StripSteak and Pizza & Burger; two AAA Four Diamond signature restaurants, Scarpetta and Hakkasan; the 40,000-square-foot Lapis spa with mineral-rich water therapies and invigorating treatments; a dramatic oceanfront pool-scape offering lush cabanas; and is home to BleauLive, the innovative concert series that combines intimate performances with memorable weekend escapes. For general information or accommodations at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, visit www.fontainebleau.com or call 1.877.512.8002

About Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is among the nation’s leading cancer centers and South Florida’s only Cancer Center of Excellence. A 2015 study by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that cancer patients treated at Sylvester have a 10 percent higher chance of survival than those treated at nearly any other cancer center in the nation. With the combined strength of more than 120 cancer researchers and 130 cancer specialists, Sylvester discovers, develops and delivers more targeted therapies, providing the next generation of cancer clinical care – precision cancer medicine – to each patient. Our comprehensive diagnostics, coupled with teams of scientific and clinical experts who specialize in just one type of cancer, enable us to better understand each patient’s individual cancer and develop treatments that target the cells and genes driving the cancer’s growth and survival, leading to better outcomes. At Sylvester, patients have access to more treatment options and more cancer clinical trials than most hospitals in the southeastern United States. To better serve current and future patients, Sylvester has a network of conveniently located outpatient treatment facilities in Miami, Coral Gables, Kendall, Hollywood, Plantation, Deerfield Beach and Coral Springs. For more information, visit sylvester.org.

Miami Beach Goes Above and Beyond in its Water Monitoring Program

September 28, 2018

Miami Beach Goes Above and Beyond in its Water Monitoring Program

  • Proactively Launching Municipal Water Quality Program with No Major Issues Identified in First Year—

 Miami Beach, FL –To monitor the health of Miami Beach waterways and better inform stormwater management decisions, the City voluntarily launched a water quality sampling program in late 2016 that expands upon Miami-Dade County’s existing sampling network. The program added more than 60 sampling points throughout Miami Beach that build upon the nearly 90 stations countywide and provided a more robust snapshot of local water quality.

Upon completion of the first year of sampling, the City retained a third-party water quality expert, Dr. Charles Rowney, to analyze the data collected by the City’s sampling program and evaluate the program design. Dr. Rowney has over 35 years of experience in assessing, implementing, and interpreting water quality programs.

“In my view, the monitoring program launched by the City has been highly productive,” noted Dr. Rowney. “It has not only provided immediate value by generating new data, but it has shed light on a number of factors of importance in effectively monitoring and managing this system. The foundation of understanding developed in year one has the potential to materially benefit water quality management efforts going forward, by guiding future monitoring activity towards even better outcomes, leading to a better understanding of factors affecting water quality and ultimately to implementation of the best protective measures possible.”

At a technical water quality discussion held this week with representatives from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami and other regional stakeholders, Dr. Rowney shared his findings. Based on his analysis of the Miami Beach water quality sampling program and the data collected during the monitoring period, there is no indication of gross or persistent sanitary system contamination into Biscayne Bay from Miami Beach.

“The bottom line is that after carefully evaluating 62 strategic locations – no major discharges from our sanitary system were detected in the waters of the Bay adjacent to Miami Beach. We will continue to be extremely proactive in our environmental monitoring and do what is best for our community and natural ecosystem,” stated Commissioner John Elizabeth Alemán.

As the Miami Beach water quality monitoring program nears the completion of its second year, it will continue to serve as a useful screening level program for early detection of major or potentially chronic water quality concerns that could impact Biscayne Bay so the City can address them swiftly.

“We are excited that we were able to set an example by launching one of the only municipal water quality sampling programs in the region,” explained Assistant Director of Environment and Sustainability Margarita Wells. “The program is crucial in ensuring that our decisions are data-driven.”

While at this time no major issues have been identified, the City is consistently evaluating its stormwater management program to go above and beyond in protecting this regional resource.

“As the Director of Public Works, I have no greater responsibility than protecting public health and safety by operating the wastewater and stormwater systems appropriately,” expressed Director of Public Works Roy Coley. “What Dr. Rowney’s report has confirmed is that the City of Miami Beach does not have systematic issues with sewerage being discharged into Biscayne Bay.”



MIA one of two U.S. airports chosen for TSA perimeter security program Lessons learned will be considered by the TSA for airports nationwide


(MIAMI, September 25, 2018) – Miami International Airport (MIA) has been selected by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as one of only two test sites for emerging perimeter intrusion detection and deterrence technologies that have been developed and tested in other high-risk transportation and public area venues. The lessons gained from the pilot program in the airport environment could be replicated by TSA nationwide.

“Having MIA tapped to play a key role in evaluating cutting-edge security technologies for airports across the United States is an absolute honor for our County,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “We appreciate our federal partners at the TSA for their collaboration and funding in this endeavor.”

The new perimeter intrusion detection and deterrence technologies at MIA are estimated to cost approximately $5 million. Full funding was made possible through Congress’ passage of the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, which allocated TSA the funding necessary to develop a multi-year plan to analyze and test perimeter intrusion detection and deterrence technologies at airports.

TSA officials will send a survey team visit to MIA by mid-November to assess the potential scope and direction of the project, and will work alongside the airport for the procurement and installation of the technology, selected jointly by the TSA and the airport. Advanced technology solutions will be implemented in key areas of airport perimeters, and the agency will collaborate with airport authorities regarding locations and technologies to be installed. 

San Jose International Airport (SJC) is the only other airport in the program. Once the installation phase is completed at both sites, TSA will continue assessments, testing, data collection and operational refinements through August 2019. Key findings are expected in September of next year.

“We look forward to being on the frontline of this cutting-edge security technology,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Lester Sola.  “Opportunities like this, which assist us in providing a safer and more efficient airport for passengers and business partners alike, will always be welcomed with open arms.”


Miami Beach Wins Two 2018 World Travel Awards:

The Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority announces that both Miami Beach and the MBVCA earned 2018 World Travel Awards, the travel industry’s most prestigious awards program! 

Miami Beach has been recognized as North America’s Leading Honeymoon Destination, and the MBVCA is touted as North America’s Leading Tourist Board – adding to a long list of accolades proving Miami Beach is truly like no other place in the world!  The MBVCA took top billing over category nominees including  Choose Chicago, Destination DC, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, NYC & Company, Visit California, Visit Orlando and Visit Florida.  

We’re looking forward to new property openings and events slated for 2019, including more award wins for the city.

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MIA celebrates 90th birthday with archive exhibition, photo contest


MIA celebrates 90th birthday with archive exhibition, photo contest
Homecoming for Honor Flight veterans caps off anniversary of first flight

(MIAMI, September 19, 2018) – On September 13, officials from Miami International Airport and HistoryMiami Museum, as well as airport and airline employees past and present, gathered at MIA to kick off celebrations for MIA’s 90th birthday. The festivities began with the unveiling of Miami International Airport: A Hub for History, an exhibition highlighting important milestones from the airport’s past nine decades. Developed in partnership with HistoryMiami Museum, the exhibit includes photographs, artifacts, uniforms and archival video from the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives, featuring celebrity MIA arrivals and other notable events since the airport’s first flight on September 15, 1928 to now.

“As it has for the past 90 years, Miami International Airport continues to play a significant role in the global aviation industry and in Miami-Dade County’s economy,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “Congratulations to the dedicated men and women who make MIA what it is today, and to HistoryMiami for producing this tribute to MIA’s history.”

MIA’s 90th anniversary – which happened to fall on a Saturday, just like that first flight in 1928 – coincided with the airport’s latest Honor Flight, hosted in collaboration with Honor Flight South Florida (HFSF) and Allegiant Air. More than 70 local World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans departed MIA Saturday morning for a day trip to visit the war memorials in Washington, D.C. that were created in their honor. When the veterans – four of whom were also born in 1928 – arrived back at MIA that evening, they were welcomed home by an energetic receiving line full of friends, family, community groups, military representatives and local officials.

“Miami-Dade County has been fortunate to have the unparalleled gateway of the Americas in our community for 90 years and counting,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, Chairwoman of the County’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee. “I wish our community’s largest economic engine many more years of success.”

To continue the celebration, MIA has also launched the #MIAmemories photo contest. Whether it’s a first arrival to the U.S., the start of a favorite vacation, or a long-awaited reunion with loved ones, travelers are invited to post photos of their most memorable moments at MIA on social media using the hashtag, with the chance to be randomly chosen to win two American Airlines tickets to any destination in the continental U.S.

“MIA has come a long way from one small terminal building, two hangars and two runways in 1928,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Lester Sola. “As we continue to expand our route network into untapped markets around the world and enhance our customer service delivery, I am convinced that some of our best years are still to come.”


Miami-Dade College Chef Coat Ceremony Fall 2018

GMBHA President & CEO, Wendy Kallergis, had the pleasure of attending the Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus Chef Coat Ceremony on Monday, September 17th with Chef Aaron Brooks, Executive Chef, Edge Steak & Bar, Four Seasons Hotel. Building upon Miami Dade College’s rich history as the largest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the most highly regarded colleges in the nation, Miami Culinary Institute is a recipe for culinary excellence in the 21st century. Mixing a blend of classic skills and innovative techniques used by the world’s best chefs, Miami Culinary Institute offers an educational experience that is at the cutting edge of the industry. This year, Miami Culinary Institute will have over 70 students graduate from their program! 

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