News: Beach Outdoor Cinema Series Gets Infusion

The Marilyn and Edward Gadinsky Charitable Foundation Funds The Films

The SoundScape Cinema Series, received a very welcome cash infusion this month, through long-time Miami Beach residents Marilyn and Ed Gadinsky and their Charitable Foundation.

“Marilyn and I are delighted to join with the city to present this season’s SoundScape Cinema Series in the magnificent SoundScape park,” said Ed Gadinsky. “We share a commitment to provide access to free quality entertainment for Miami Beach residents, families and visitors.”

Featuring free weekly movies in the park, the very popular local outdoor movie series returns for a second consecutive year with an extended eight-month season. The Series kicks off at SoundScape on Wednesday, October 5 at 8pm. with “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

At a time when funding for arts and cultural programs for the public has become a challenge, the Gadinsky’s agreed to a cash donation of $36,376 to cover the costs associated with licensing fees for the movies and technical staff for the event.

“Our staff has worked diligently to identify funding sources to off-set the costs of producing this event that provides a unique cultural experience for our residents and visitors,” said Miami Beach City Manager Jorge M. Gonzalez.

The Gadinskys moved to Miami Beach in 1965. Edward Gadinsky is a successful Florida real estate developer and Marilyn Lane Gadinsky is a former Miami News reporter, award-winning photojournalist, and head of her own public relations firm. She is a founding member of the Miami Children’s Museum where, until recently, she served on the board of directors. The Gadinskys are patrons of arts whose charitable endeavors include the Miami Children’s Museum, the Miami City Ballet, and the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

A beach chair or towel is all moviegoers need to enjoy cinema under the stars on the manicured grounds of SoundScape. The films are projected onto a 7,000 square foot wall of the New World Center through a freestanding state-of-the art visual and audio system. SoundScape is located at the southwest corner of Washington Avenue and 17 Street. For info: mbculture. com or 305.673.7577.

Miami Beach Announces Hispanic Heritage Month Award Winners

The City of Miami Beach Hispanic Affairs Committee will honor Miami Beach’s Hispanic community leaders at the city’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month Festival that will be held on Friday, October 14, at 6:00 p.m. The event will be held at North Shore Park & Youth Center, located at 501 72 Street, Miami Beach.

The Hispanic Heritage Month Award honors Hispanic individuals who have made a difference to the Miami Beach community. Each of the awardees is actively involved in fostering positive change in the community through involvement in civic and/or professional activities. This year, the Committee honors the following individuals in six categories: Ana Bolt, (artist)Artistic director at Nautilus Middle School; Becky Kobrowski-Cohen, (resident) President of the Friends of North Beach Elementary; Magnolia Martinez, (social services) Family Self-sufficiency and Home Ownership programs at Rebecca Towers; German Pena, (business) Publix by the Bay store manager; Susana Riener (education) Assistant teacher and tutor at North Beach Elementary; and Cristian Shmith, (youth) Athlete.

“Hispanics are a powerful voice on Miami Beach,” said Frankie Trullenque, chairperson, Miami Beach Hispanic Affairs Committee. “And the winners exemplify the values that we most cherish – integrity, professionalism and a true caring for the community in which we live.”

The Hispanic Affairs Committee serves as a vehicle for responsible persons to utilize and consult with, in attempting to understand and resolve the concerns of the Hispanic community, and make recommendations to the City Commission.

Leaders of Resorts World Miami To Address Beach TaxPayers Association

At this month’s meeting of The Miami Beach Taxpayers Association a vote will take place to approve going on record in support of Casino Licensed operations in Dade County. One the potential licensees is Resorts World Miami a multi-billion dollar project to be built at the present site of The Miami Herald.

The association’s board of directors recommended that the group endorse the concept of several legalized Casinos in Dade County and believe that the Genting concept plan which includes a gaming casino and four large hotels with shops and restaurants should be studied seriously.

To help clarify the vote, The Miami Beach Taxpayers Association has invited two people involved in the project to speak at the meeting. Jessica Hoppe, general counsel and vice president for governmental affairs of the Genting Group, and Sergio Bakkas, senior project architect who is with Arquitectonica. Former Miami Beach Mayor Neisen Kasdin, an attorney for the Genting Organization, will join in the presentation.

According to Jared Galbut, President of the Taxpayers Association, a key element of the gaming concept and its endorsement from the Taxpayers Association is the expansion of the Downtown People Mover from downtown Miami to the Miami Beach Convention Center.

“This link tying in the Beach hotels must be an integrated part of the plan.” he said.

The tram would stop at Beach hotel and loop across 395 up Collins to 21st Street and then back down the Alton Road corridor and then back to downtown Miami. The board of Directors has further emplored the Miami Beach City Commission to study the effects of the development and the methodologies that should be employed to further link Resorts World Miami’s project or others with the Miami Beach Convention Center.

This vote will take place at a general meeting of the Miami Beach Taxpayers Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Shelborne Hotel, 1801 Collins Ave. The general public is invited and there is no cost to attend.

On other matters, the association’s board also recommended that the City of Miami Beach institute a Business Mentor Program designed to help individuals or companies seeking to open or expand businesses to have guidance through the process.

The meeting begins at 8:30am at the Shelborne and is free and open to all Miami Beach residents and taxpayers. A continental breakfast will be served. For info: 305 792-9711 or miamibeachtaxpayers.org.

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