Monthly Archives: January 2014

Duffys Sports Grill hosts Mike Dee, Miami Dolphins

Aventura Marketing Council members recently huddled with Mike Dee, CEO of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium when the new Duffy’s Sports Grill in North Miami Beach hosted the AMC’s July Chairman’s Roundtable luncheon.
Kicking off the event, AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman along with Duffy’s leadership team of Jay and Jason Emmett welcomed business and community leaders to Duffy’s – the official sports grill of favorite teams including the Miami Dolphins.
Recently celebrating the grand opening of its first Miami-Dade location at the Intracoastal Mall, Duffy’s spans over 25,000 square feet with 700 seats, 200 plasma TVs and 500 feet of dockage. Named “Best Sports Bar” by Channel 10 News, Duffy’s is renowned for the $6.99 weekday lunch; $7.95 weekend brunch; 2-4-1 daily Happy Hours; six styles of chicken wings; express takeout; plus party menus perfect for social and corporate events.
When the microphone was passed to Mike Dee, he spoke about his long-time friendship with the Emmet family and emphasized Duffy’s is “a great corporate citizen,” partnering in worthy causes including youth sports programs and the Miami Dolphins Cycling Challenge benefiting the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center. “This year our goal is to double the number of riders to 600 and raise over one million dollars,” Dee said.
Turning to football news, Dee predicted, “Hopefully we can expect football to be back ‘fast and furious’ and the momentum behind those at the negotiation table will carry us across the goal line. If that happens, football fans will see off-season activity condensed into five to seven days before training camp would open the weekend of July 29.”
Tackling the prospect of bringing Super Bowls back to Sun Life Stadium, Dee explained, “The next Super Bowl up for bid is the 50th anniversary game that will be played in February of 2016. What better place to have it than here in South Florida - host of more Super Bowls than any other community. It also happens to be the 50th anniversary of the Dolphins - so wouldn’t it be great to win it on our home field!”
Before the meeting’s two-minute warning, Dee encouraged everyone to take advantage of great season ticket packages. “The season starts Monday night September 12 with the Dolphins first game of the year against the New England Patriots. We hope to see you at Sun Life Stadium and here at Duffy’s. If you’re a football junkie and Dolphins fan, stay tuned to for all your news and information.”
For more information about Duffy’s Sports Grill, phone 305-760-2124 or visit To support the Dolphins Cycling Challenge, visit

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez hosted by Greenberg Traurig


When Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez was first sworn in two years ago, one of his first public appearances was at an Aventura Marketing Council Chairman’s Roundtable meeting hosted by the powerhouse law firm Greenberg Traurig (GT). Recently returning for an encore appearance, Mayor Alvarez focused on “What Lies on the Horizon” for Miami-Dade – and once again, Greenberg Traurig raised the bar for hosting AMC meetings with the most illustrious guest speakers.

Mayors, commissioners and police chiefs from neighboring municipalities were invited to join AMC business and community leaders at the Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort for the October networking luncheon. GT principal shareholder Cliff Schulman who serves as AMC Chairman of the Board recognized GT president/CEO Cesar Alvarez and introduced GT attorneys contributing to the firm’s phenomenal success.

“Greenberg Traurig was founded in 1967 by Larry Hoffman, Bob Traurig and Mel Greenberg,” Schulman explained. “We’re now the seventh largest law firm in the country with over 1,500 lawyers – many of whom are featured in Best Lawyers in America.”

Schulman went on to celebrate cultural diversity, noting, “GT is ranked the number one law firm in the U.S. for having the most minority partners and the most Hispanic attorneys...We have professional offices throughout the United States and key markets around the world including Tokyo, Brussels, London, Rome, Zurich and Amsterdam...If you have a legal problem – GT has a legal solution for you.”

Taking the podium, Mayor Alvarez expounded on his dedication to serving the community. Born in Cuba, Alvarez has resided in Miami-Dade for over 40 years. After graduating from FIU, he joined the Miami-Dade Police Department in 1976 - starting out as a police officer on the midnight shift and working his way up the ranks until being appointed Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department in 1997.

During his mayoral campaign, one of Alvarez’s strongest messages was about “reform and accountability” in county government. “I believe the mayor should have certain authorities and responsibilities,” he said. “The mayor gets to appoint the county manager - but he doesn’t get to deal with department directors...Within the next 90 days [from Oct. 25] voters will have the opportunity to change the system of government in Miami-Dade County.”

If passed, the “strong mayor” plan would dramatically expand the county mayor’s authority by giving him the power to hire and fire department heads and the county manager. It also would give the mayor more control over contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

“Even though some commissioners oppose what I’m proposing, they felt very strongly that it had gotten to the point where it should be up to the voters to decide,” Alvarez said. “My philosophical view is shared by at least 124,000 people who signed a petition...I believe a mayor who has to run county-wide should be able to get involved with the day-to-day operations of county government without having to go through the county manager.

“Stay informed and exercise your right to vote...This is not about ‘personalities’ - this is about an issue...Major cities around the world have a strong mayor. I believe it will cut through the beaurocrocy and make Miami-Dade more efficient.”

For more information about Greenberg Traurig Attorneys at Law, phone: (305) 579-0613 or visit the website