Stories written by Ana Cecilia Velasco

Miami Beach Experiences China

Miami Beach Experiences China

  Members of the community joined the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce on an event-packed tour of the Gold Coast of China! This unlikely group of people who signed on through newspaper ads, social media ads and as members of the Chamber became close travelling companions as the trip progressed. The days began at 8:00 […]

Hispanic Heritage on the Beach

October 15th brings the end to Hispanic Heritage month and it is worth a nod to the majority of Miami Beach’s population whose roots are based in some kind of Hispanic background. The term “Hispanic” was one derived from the US Census Bureau in order to create a count of the many peoples emigrating from […]

November Elections are important to locals:Will you vote?


In November, not only will Miami Beach voters elect a new Mayor and City Commissioners, but they will have the opportunity to vote on a referendum allowing a final decision to be advanced regarding the much awaited enhancement and expansion of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Last August 14th during a special election the voters […]

Alan Lips sworn in as new Chairman of the Board


The City of Miami Beach is entering a critical stage and the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce has maintained a strong leadership from local business to assist in keeping the city in the forefront of the economy. At the 2012 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 2nd the Honorable Katherine Fernandez Rundle, State Attorney for Miami-Dade […]

Tony Was Here… Miami Beach loses The Visionary King of Ocean Drive


At the memorial service of Tony Goldman on Friday, September 14th, the program read the eloquently simple phrase “Tony Was Here.” These three humble words relayed this influential man’s mission: to create a better environment out of places that had seen better days – better but not forgotten, not in his mind. Among the infamous […]

Business Leaders meet for the Letter from the Chair Chamber’s Quarterly Pillar Breakfast


On April 20th, the City Manager Jorge M. Gonzalez spoke at the Miami Beach Chamber’s Quarterly Pillar Breakfast addressing nearly 200 of the community’s business leaders. He had been scheduled to speak for some time, but in light of recent events involving corruption of key city employees, attendees were looking to the Manager to answer […]

Community comes together on gaming issue


At the Gaming Forum sponsored by the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, the panelists and the community acknowledged a basic fact: there is much to be learned about any proposed gaming on or near Miami Beach. Mayor Bower set the tone by welcoming everyone to the learning experience. “I will bet that you will leave […]

Miami Beach Hosts Visit by Mayor Elect from Isla Mujeres


By Ana Cecilia Velasco…. Isla Mujeres, the Island of Women is one of the nine municipalities of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo and has much in common with Miami Beach of old. Located just eight miles across the Bahia de Mujeres (Bay of Women) from Cancun, it is comparable to the relationship that Miami […]

The ‘New-Now’ Real Estate Business on the Upswing in South Florida

Katy Stroka, Perci Pietro

By Ana Cecilia Velasco…. Real Estate professionals are pulling together to work in this fluctuating economy with new and innovative strategies, as presented at a panel discussion held September 21st.  Two hundred and twenty professionals in Real Estate and related fields came to the luncheon, which was sponsored by and held at The W Hotel […]

Congressional Candidate Forum Held on Miami Beach

Candidate for U.S. Senate Kendrick Meek with questioners Ale

By Ana Cecilia Velasco…. On September 14th the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce hosted a Congressional Candidates Forum featuring Kendrick Meek. The Forum was the first of this election season. This event was structured as an opportunity to include the youth of the Community to become involved and for the Chamber of Commerce to engage […]

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