Florida Residents Dive Into Animal Encounter Deals at Miami Seaquarium


Sunshine state residents are in for a special dolphin, seal and reef encounter deal. Starting April 28th through June 5, 2014, Florida residents will enjoy up to 30 percent off animal encounter programs at Miami Seaquarium including dolphin interaction programs at Dolphin Harbor, Seal Swim and the Sea Trek Reef Encounter.  This Florida resident discount fee includes same day admission to the park.  Proof of Florida residency is required.  For more information go to MiamiSeaquarium.com/Flresident or to make a reservation please call (305) 365-2501.

Experience firsthand a new animal encounter program at Miami Seaquarium, “Seal Swim.”  Miami Seaquarium is the only attraction in the U.S. to offer this exceptional animal encounter.  Led by the park’s marine mammal training staff, guests will experience Harbor Seal behavior up-close and in an intimate setting. The “Seal Swim” experience includes an interactive educational segment and a 15-20 minute swim with harbor seals in the park’s seal exhibit pool.  The program provides a unique in-water interaction where you’ll swim freely alongside the seals.  In addition, trainers will personally introduce participants to a seal and receive hugs, kisses, and take part in a fun training session with these inquisitive marine mammals.  Prices start at $68 (plus tax).

Dolphin Harbor, home to fourteen Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins and the park’s dolphin interaction programs,features a 12,000 square foot, 700,000 gallon dolphin pool surrounded by an 8,000 square foot facility that includes a reception area, education seminar room, changing facilities and rest rooms.

Dolphin Harbor offers guests two different dolphin interaction programs.  Dolphin Odyssey is a two-hour experience, which includes feeding, touching and learning about these magnificent animals plus the opportunity for a deep-water interaction with a dolphin. Guests must be at least 52 inches tall to participate in the Dolphin Odyssey program.   Dolphin Encounter is the program that allows guests to wade out into the pool and have a shallow water experience meeting the dolphins. The two-hour program features an educational seminar and the chance to feed and touch a dolphin as well as learn about dolphin training techniques. Dolphin Encounterparticipants must be at least five years of age and for those children under 9 years, an older sibling or adult must accompany the child as a participant. Prices start at $68 (plus tax).

The Sea Trek Reef Encounter is an underwater helmet diving experience that allows guests to dive 15 feet below the surface of the water in the 300,000 gallon reef aquarium and be eye to eye with marine life.  Feels like walking on the moon, only you are submerged in a surreal underwater paradise where colorful tropical fish, large groupers, lobsters, cownose stingrays and moray eels abound.  Sea Trekking, developed by Sub Sea Systems, Inc. can be experienced by non-divers, ages 10 and above – no certification or swimming skills are necessary.  Unlike deep sea diving, the participant’s entire head stays dry throughout the entire experience.  Expectant mothers are not allowed to participate in animal interaction programs. Florida resident participant rate is $79 (plus tax).

Miami Seaquarium, South Florida’s most popular tourist attraction, is a family-oriented marine-life park open to the public 365 days a year.  The park provides visitors with a greater understanding and appreciation for marine life through shows, presentations and marine-life exhibits.  More information on Miami Seaquarium is available atwww.miamiseaquarium.com.

Reinaldo Borges Speaks on eMerge Americas Panel


Reinaldo Borges headshotReinaldo Borges, Principal-CEO of Borges and Associates, and chair of our Real Estate Council, will be a panelist on the cities part of the eMerge Americas Conference on May 6th.

The panel will focus on the impacts of Sea Level Rise on Cities. Mayor Phillip Levine and Jeroen Schuuring of Dutch Docklands will also be on the  panel.

For more information go to http://emergeamericas.org





Letter from the Chairman

Michael Goldberg

(As appeared in Miami Beach Community Newspaper)

It’s hard to believe we are just a few weeks away from the Chamber’s 92nd Annual Dinner Gala and Silent Auction! Over a 1,300 attendees are expected to gather on Saturday, May 10, at the glamorous Fontainebleau Miami Beach for an evening that will showcase the city’s contribution to film production throughout the years. The 2014 Gala will be the biggest and largest event in Chamber history! The event is almost sold out but we still have sponsorship opportunities available and are accepting items for our silent and live auction. This year, we have partnered with BidPal, which is a phone app that will conveniently allow for guests to bid through their wireless device. The service will also allow for anyone to bid on auction items before the gala even begins. Check out the Chamber website for more information on how to bid. By now you’ve probably realized that I’m a fan of recognizing the accomplishments of hard working individuals. I would like to thank our Gala committee co-chairs Robin Jacobs and Sherry Kaplan Roberts who have made the planning process as seamless as possible. I hope to see you there among the revelers. To purchase an individual ticket, for sponsorship opportunities and/or for more information on the Gala, please feel free to contact the Miami Beach Chamber at 305 674 1300 for more information.

Now, let’s party!
Michael S. Goldberg

Chamber Honors Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales at 92nd Annual Gala

City Manager Jimmy Morales

The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) will honor four pillars of the community while celebrating its 92nd Annual Dinner Gala and Silent Auction hosted by media personality Ana Quincoces and Chamber Chairman and SVP of Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust Michael S. Goldberg. Over a 1,000 attendees are expected to gather on Saturday, May 10, at the glamorous Fontainebleau Miami Beach for the event that will showcase the city’s contribution to film production throughout the years. Party goers will enjoy an entertaining evening of surprises along with an auction, dinner, dancing, and much more. “This year’s award recipients depict the strengths of Miami Beach in their own unique way,” said Goldberg. “From running an internationally recognized educational institution, to pioneering Ocean Drive, to showing leadership and passion through a long career of City and County leadership and to being a leader with civic organizations which contribute in elevating those in need at the same time running one of the premiere private banking and wealth management companies – these honorees are true pillars of the community.” The honorees include: Dr. Mark Rosenberg, President of Florida International University, as the Lifetime Achievement honoree; David Wallack, Owner of Mango’s Tropical Café, as the Excellence in Tourism honoree; Jimmy Morales, City Manager of the City of Miami Beach, as the City National Bank Hi-Tides Outstanding Achievement Honoree; and Adolfo Henriques, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust, as the Distinguished Service honoree. City National Bank Hi-Tides Outstanding Achievement Honoree Jimmy Morales has nearly 20 years of experience in government serving as a local attorney, administrator and public servant. His significant roles in government administration and elected office have earned him a reputation as an advocate for citizens and ethics. Now, the accomplished attorney is committed to bringing his passion for executive leadership and serving others to his hometown as the city manager for Miami Beach. Born and raised in Miami Beach, Morales graduated as salutatorian from Miami Beach Senior High School. In 1984, he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and was inducted as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to graduate magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1987. The City National Bank Hi-Tides Outstanding Achievement Award was created two years ago to honor an outstanding business professional who began in Miami Beach and whose achievements have extended into assisting the greater economy. For more information on the Gala please contact Danny Diaz at 305-674-1300. To purchase tickets and/or inquire about sponsorship opportunities contact Valerie Roy at 786-683-6397. – See more at: http://www.communitynewspapers.com/miami-beach/chamber-honors-miami-beach-city-manager-jimmy-morales-at-92nd-annual-gala/#sthash.bN3hVE6J.dpuf