Algae blooms that have been making people sick have spread to Martin and St. Lucie Counties in Florida, according to WPTV.
TCPalm reports that officials in both Martin and St. Lucie County have appealed to Florida Department of Environmental Regulation to test the water, determine what type of algae is in it, and see if it’s related to blue green algae linked to Lake Okeechobee’s freshwater discharges.
Tourism could be affected by the algae blooms.
Nerissa Okiye, who is the Marketing and Tourism Director for Martin County, told WPTV that she has been fielding questions from people who had placed trips to Martin County before the algae blooms began.
She told WPTV that “When they’re seeing this, it puts a hesitancy. Do I want to go there?”
The algae has been known to cause rashes and hay fever like symptoms in people that it has come in contact with, and nausea and vomiting in people who ingest it.
In the meantime, signs have been put up advising people not to approach the algae, and affected beaches have put up red flags as to advise swimmers.
Martin County Health Department spokesperson Renay Rouse told WPTV that “It is unusual…As a precaution we wanted to get the signage out there. The big message is if you see algae avoid contact with it.”
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One of the advantages of living in a city means you have options for Holiday cooking and entertaining, and thankfully Miami is no exception.
As a matter of fact, based on this list, NO ONE needs to shop, cook or entertain as so many of Miami’s top restaurants have created both traditional and not-so-traditional menus for the “Feast of Tryptophan”. So if you haven’t already secured that 24-30 lb bird, consider these options:
KLIMA Restaurant and Bar introduces its inaugural Thanksgiving Day a la carte offering prepared using Chef Rusti’s signature cooking techniques developed from his Barcelona roots. KLIMA’s Thanksgiving Day menu include Poulet Rouge with Foie entrée, a venerable heritage breed of chicken renowned for its rich flavor and thin skin that is cooked to a crisp perfection. The Thanksgiving Day menu at KLIMA Restaurant and Bar will be served on Thursday, November 26th between lunchtime hours of 12 Noon and 3:00pm and for dinner between 6:00pm and 2:00am. Reservations@klimamiami.com. KLIMA Restaurant and Bar 210 23rd Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139 786 453 2779
The Forge on Miami Beach is offering a 3 course plus dessert prix fixe Thanksgiving menu beginning at 5 pm. priced at $72 Per person $39 Children 8 years and younger. Reservations The Forge 432 41st St. Miami Beach, FL 305 538 8533.
The Restaurant at The Setai is celebrating Thanksgiving with an elaborate and untraditional brunch and prix fixe dinner menu. On November 26th, they will feature a Thanksgiving Day themed brunch with three seatings. Classic Thanksgiving dishes will be available including Turkey and Ham, Roasted Honey Glazed Leg of Lamb, Creekstone Strip Loin, Truffle Roasted Murray Farm Chicken, and BBQ Kurobuta Bershire Pork Ribs. An extensive array of seafood will be available. Lastly, the brunch will feature untraditional dishes including Indonesian Beef Rendang, Traditional Pad Thai,Chicken Panang Curry, and Singaporean Laksa. From 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., The Restaurant at The Setai offers a three-course dinner menu with a choice of appetizer, including a Foie Gras “Torchon”, Truffle Dumpling, “Thai Langoustine”, or Pumpkin Velouté. Guests will then choose between Maine Lobster, Roasted Turkey, and Wagyu Striploin. To finish their Thanksgiving meal, guests will have a choice of a delicious dessert. The prix fixe menu is $95 for adults and $48 for children. A vegetarian menu is available upon request. For reservations, please visit www.opentable.com/the-restaurant-at-the-setai. The Restaurant at The Setai 2001 Collins Ave. Miami Beach 305 520 6400.
The Traymore Restaurant and Bar at Metropolitan by COMO, presents its Thanksgiving Day menu from 6 pm to 11:00 pm, for those looking to spend the holiday festivities with the family, while offsetting the usual burden of catering for loved ones at home. The Traymore Restaurant and Bar at Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach offers all the festive trimmings as well as its signature seafood specialties the restaurant is known for. The talented culinary team, headed by Chef Juan Loasiaga in the kitchen and at the front-of-the-house by Restaurant Manager, Iain Harrison, has created a unique prix fix 3-course Thanksgiving Day menu priced at $80 pp for locals, visitors and hotel guests who are still looking for all the home-style delicacies that come with the classic Thanksgiving Day mealtime tradition. The Traymore at Metropolitan by COMO 2445 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL
The Dutch will offer a home style Thanksgiving prix-fixe dinner on Thursday, November 26th, with a specialty menu created by Chef de Cuisine Adonay Tafur and Executive Pastry Chef Josh Gripper. Priced at $55 per person (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity), the meal will feature cider brined turkey, whipped Yukon potatoes, butternut squash with Brussels sprouts and rutabaga,traditional turkey leg stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (305) 938-3111 or booking online at thru Open Table. The Dutch inside W South Beach Hotel & Residences, 2201 Collins Avenue, in Miami Beach 305 938 3111
Miami Beach steakhouse staple, Prime 112, announces exceptional offerings for guests along with its award-winning a la menu for Thanksgiving. No need to worry about stressful holiday cooking when you can enjoy Thanksgiving favorites like Slow Roasted Free Range Turkey with Cranberries & Gravy, Kobe Beef & Sausage Stuffing, Southern Fried Turkey Leg and more. Top off your decadent meal with a creative dessert that will put last year’s store-bought pumpkin pie to shame: Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting. Prime 112 112 Ocean Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139. 305 532 8112
On Thursday, November 26, join Chef Michael Pirolo at his new restaurant, Bazifor his bold flavors and exciting Asian-inspired dishes from 5PM – 10PM. At $55 per person the Thanksgiving feast kicks off with a bowl of turkey won ton soup, followed by gyoza, a popular dish consisting of shrimp & chive dumplings and sweet potato dumplings; the dinner continues with Peking turkey served with wasabi mashed potatoes and scallion pancakes; and for dessert, make room for one of the restaurant’s delicious sweet specials. The restaurant is open for dinner nightly at 6PM; the bar is open nightly at 5PM. Bazi at The Marlin Hotel, 1200 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach. 305 695 0101.
On Thursday, November 26. Acclaimed chef Sean Brasel’s sophisticated Meat Market will feature a la carte holiday-inspired favorites including a Bell and Evans fresh turkey leg roulade stuffed with sour dough, house smoked pork belly, and Peruvian corn with a side of fermented pomegranate, cranberry and ginger chutney, sweet corn hush puppies, and braised local greens a wood-grilled Bell and Evans fresh citrus and vanilla marinated sous vide turkey breast with cauliflower puree, roasted cauliflower, and candied bacon & tomato marmalade and a Mixed Grill of 3, which will allow diners to sample the turkey leg and sous vide breast, along with an American Bison short rib crusted with walnut praline demi and bone marrow flan Thanksgiving specials will also be available at Meat Market Palm Beach. For reservations, please call or book online on Open Table. Meat Market 915 Lincoln Road. Miami Beach, FL 305 532 0088
Miami Beach’s go-to dining destination for authentic Northern Italian cuisine, Quattro Gastronomia Italiana will offer a special holiday menu for Thanksgiving, in addition to the regular lunch and dinner menus. Diners can enjoy seasonal flavors of Quattro’s holiday-inspired dishes which will be offered a la carte. Antipasti starters range from crema de zucca – a richly flavored pumpkin soup with mascarpone mouse and onion chutney to insalata di arucola ,while main course choices on deck include tacchino ripieno alla piemontese – braised turkey breast stuffed with focaccia, Italian sausage and pistachio, and served with sage mashed potatoes and homemade gravy; risotto con zucca – traditional risotto with pumpkin, walnuts and gorgonzola cheese; Guests can end the meal with a torta di noci pecan – butter pecan pie topped with Torrone ice cream or monte blanco tradizionale – chestnut puree, meringue and whipped cream. Thanksgiving day hours of operation are 4PM – 11PM. Regular menu will also be available. For reservations, please call book online on Open Table. Quattro 1014 Lincoln Road. Miami Beach FL. 305 531 4833
Just in time for the holidays, guests can celebrate Thanksgiving at TALDE and Seagrape, both located within the glamorous Thompson Miami Beach Hotel. Known for its inventive yet approachable Asian-American fare, diners at TALDE are invited to treat themselves to a delicious $25 holiday special Thanksgiving Ramen for 2, served with creamed spinach wontons, stuffing croquets, pickled cranberries, kizami-nori, young corn, sliced turkey breast, and mushroom gravy tare. Also found within the Thompson is Chef Michelle Bernstein’s Seagrape, featuring unique Florida-inspired fare in a chic, retro dining room space. The restaurant will be offering a special prix-fixe, family style dinner for $65 per person (excluding gratuity). The Thompson Miami Beach 4041 Collins Ave. Miami Beach. 786 605 4041
Executive Chef John Iatrellis of Miami Beach’s seafood hotspot, Lure Fishbar,will be serving a delectable Thanksgiving tasting menu for $45 per person (excluding gratuity). The dinner begins with a butternut squash bisque served with toasted pumpkin seeds and crème, followed by a roasted pear and shallot salad topped with endive, bleu cheese, and toasted walnut vinaigrette. For the entrée, guests can enjoy roasted Carolina turkey with all of the fixings served family-style including maple roasted yams, whipped potatoes, wheat berry stuffing, and Italian sausage stuffing. Dessert will include pumpkin panna cotta and tasty pecan squares. The restaurant is open for dinner nightly at 6PM. Valet parking is available. Lure Fishbar in the historic St. Moritz Hotel building at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel at 1600 Collins Avenue. 305 695 4550
One of 2015’s hottest new restaurants, Quality Meats will be open from 4PM to 10PM on Thanksgiving Day. In addition to its regular a la carte dinner menu, a special Thanksgiving dish has been added – herb-roasted heritage turkey, cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, spiced sweet potato fries ($42) accompanied with local honey butter, giblet gravy and Quality cranberry sauce. Reservations required. Quality Meats Miami Beach 1501 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 305 340 3333
In the Fontainebleau, StripSteak by Michael Mina – Fontainebleau’s newest restaurant – is offering a Thanksgiving a prix-fixe dinner for $75 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Guests will savor roasted baby beets with dried cranberries, hazelnuts, and goat cheese, topped with walnut vinaigrette followed by roasted turkey breast with turkey leg confit, and chorizo cornbread stuffing; and for dessert, pumpkin pie topped with cinnamon whipped creamand spiced caramel sauce. The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 877 326 7412
Scarpetta, the hotel’s acclaimed Italian eatery will offer a three-course prix-fixe dinner for $75 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Guests will enjoy butternut squash soup fregato with toasted focaccia and roasted mushrooms followed by the roast turkey porchetta with cranberry mostarda and brussels sprouts. Dessert will feature pumpkin tiramisu, crafted with spiced pumpkin mascarpone and served beside Marsala soaked ladyfingers, mocha espuma, and cinnamon gelato. The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 877 326 7412
Michael Mina 74 will offer the regular lunch menu at the bar with football games airing from 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and a special Thanksgiving specials offered from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. A hearty turkey breast roulade with confit leg , sage stuffing, brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, and turkey gravy will entice guests along with a mouthwatering pumpkin cheesecake topped with spiced Jamaican anglaise and orange compote. The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 877 326 7412
First of all Don’t forget the pies! Crumb on Parchment: There’s no better way to dazzle your family and friends than with dessert, and this year Crumb on Parchment is celebrating Thanksgiving with $20 pies crafted by James Beard Award-winning Chef Michelle Bernstein. Choose between a tasty selection, including apple pear pie, gingersnap crust pumpkin pie, bourbon pecan pie, or chocolate pecan pie. Place your orders by noon on Monday, November 23, and pick up your pies at noon, Wednesday, November 25. Crumb on Parchment is located at 3930 NE 2nd Avenue in the Miami Design District. Telephone: 305 572 9444.
db Bistro Moderne invites families and friends to enjoy a three-course, prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner prepared by Chef Jason Pringle. The festive menu is filled with seasonal dishes such as Pumpkin Soup with Caramelized Apple, Spiced Crème Fraîche, Traditional Roast Turkey with Chestnut Dressing, Cranberry Chutney Brussels Sprouts, Whipped Sweet Potato, Gravy, and the Green Apple Mille-Feuille with Granny Smith Apple, Butternut Crémeux, Puff Pastry Smoked Vanilla Ice Cream. Embracing in the giving this season brings, db Bistro Moderne will be sending each guest home with a complimentary Turkey Sandwich to-go, to enjoy the following day. Adults: $65 Kids 12 & Younger: $35 (excludes Tax & Gratuity). db Bistro Moderne 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way Miami, FL 33131 305 421 8800.
Mandarin Oriental: La Mar by Gaston Acurio and Azul: Both top restaurants, La Mar and Azul are hosting Thanksgiving dinners. Azul offers a more traditional 3 course prix fixe plus dessert menu for $95 pp and Azul has created a Peruvian inspired a la carte menu that includes Jumbo Turkey winds and Huachana Duck “Guiso”. MO Bar + Lounge will also be hosting cocktail specials in keeping with the holiday. 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, Mandarin Oriental; 305-913-8358.
Novecento: Guests can pre-order for take out or dine in at restaurants located inBrickell, Aventura and Midtown. Reservations and deposit for groups of 6 or larger are required. Brickell & Aventura will be open from 2-10pm; Midtown will be open 1-9pm. Menu is $39 per person including one glass of sangria, cabernet sauvignon or chardonnay. 1414 Brickell Ave. Miami, 305 403 0900; 18831 N. Biscayne Blvd. Aventura, 305 466 0900; 3201 Buena Vista Blvd., Miami, 305 576 744
SUGARCANE raw bar grill: Chef Timon Balloo and team offers a 3 course a la carte special menu which includes entrees of romesco rubbed confit turkey | pumpkin seed & dried cranberry bread pudding, and robata grilled beef strip | potato fondue, bone marrow herbbutter open 11:30 a.m. to midnight. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill 3252 Northeast First Avenue, Miami; 786 369 0353
SUSHISAMBA: A special menu a la carte is available that includes short rib gyoza and Mojo roasted organic turkey; and a seasonally inspired Butternut squash and Clementine Bellini, with Clementine and butternut squash reduction spritzed with Prosecco. 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. 180 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, 305-448-4990; 600 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-673-5337
The Federal Food, Drink and Provisions : Special on-site prix fixe menu is $45 plus tax and tip. Regular menu and take-out available. And make sure you get some of those ‘biskits”! Every person receives a welcome glass of champagne upon arrival and cookies to take home. All other beverages are a la carte. The Federal 5132 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305 758 9559.
( Information provided by various sources and subject to change. Please confirm ahead availability, prices and other details and HAPPY THANKSGIVING! )
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By Leslie Ovalle
In 1977, after one year in prison for discussing his political beliefs, Jean-Claude Exulien—a secondary school history professor—decided to flee his home in Haiti.
Exulien said that there are times in history when a government cannot be criticized, but he is also quick to remind that as an intellectual and educator, it is impossible to suppress critical discussions.
Exulien fled Haiti during the rule of the dictator “Baby Doc”, or Jean-Claude Duvalier, seeking his own and his family’s safety. He said that if it hadn’t been for Haiti’s suppressive regime many Haitians, including himself, would not have fled the land they feel such patriotism for.
His office in North Miami, decorated with Haitian flags and cultural photographs, is evidence to his love of country.
“I’m a big witness, I would say, of what happened in Haiti during the dictatorship of Francois Duvalier and Jean-Claude Duvalier,” said Exulien, “Haitian intellectuals were obliged to leave the country to save their lives.”
Many Haitians fleeing the regime of the time decided to migrate to Montreal, Canada. This is something that crossed Exulien’s mind, but a summer school teaching opportunity and family here in South Florida is what pushed him to make this city his new home.
“Some friend told me one time ‘it’s not difficult for you, because you used to teach at a higher level.’ I said ‘no it’s not a problem because I love these people, they are my people’. Until today that is my job, to teach them how to write in French, Creole, and English,” explains Exulien.
Knowing Creole, French, English, and Spanish, Exulien embodies the importance of knowing multiple languages in a place as diverse as South Florida.
On his office desk lays an ocean of newspapers—which he refers to as his tools—and in this ocean you can find all four languages. He jokes, although in a serious manner, saying that nowadays if you speak only one language you are handicap.
“Sometimes there are news in El Nuevo Herald or Las Americas and you cannot find the same news in The Herald, for example, so we have to read more than one newspaper and in more than one language,” he said.On the side of his office cabinet hangs a quote by John Dewey, the liberal philosopher that reads, in all caps: “education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.”
Exulien takes education beyond the classroom, besides teaching literacy, history, and anthropology he has a radio show on 1700 AM Radio Mega every Saturday at 11am.
“This is a class, it’s not a radio show,” Exulien said.
His radio segment is 90% Creole and 10% English; where he discusses current events, ideas, and history with his listeners.
A very proud man of his country’s history, he is one of the founders of the Haitian American Historical Society—a non-profit organization seeking the recognition and accuracy of historical events pertaining to Haitians and those of Haitian descent.
In 2007, the organization erected a monument of Les Chasseurs Volontaires de Saint Domingue in Savannah, Gerogia. Les Chasseurs Volontaires de Saint Domingue was a group of Haitian free men who volunteered to fight in The Siege of Savannah on October 9th, 1779 against the British.
“Haitian people died there, in Franklin Square, for the independence of the United States,” said Exulien.
The organization is now working on erecting yet another monument, in St. Augustine, Florida, commemorating General Georges Biassou—a Haitian forefather who fought with Spanish royalists.
Exulien is also the president of the organization Haitian League for Human Rights, INC.
“We created this organization one year ago, because of the situation of [our Haitian] brothers and sisters in Santo Domingo,” said Exulien.
This article was originally published on Rise Miami News.
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A Tuscaloosa man was reportedly beaten up last Friday by two men after they asked him whether he was gay.
The alleged attack took place outside of the Green Bar according to WIAT.
The victim in the case, Johnny Bishop said that two men attacked him after they peppered him with questions about his sexuality. There was also a woman involved in the incident, she seems to have served as the driver of the getaway car.
“Despite the fact that my face was gushing blood and I was sitting on the pavement and the assailant was right there next to us, police said they could not make an arrest at that point,” Johnny Bishop the victim in the case told WIAT.
Bishop was with his friend Katherine Snider during the time of the incident.
She also spoke to local tv about the situation.
“He was bleeding so badly, I’m not sure where the third guy was, at about that time they drove out of here in the SUV with the girl driving, she had the window down and was kind of smirking,” Snider told WIAT. “This is extremely traumatic, I’m scared to go to my favorite bar now, I’m scared to go to any bar in Tuscaloosa now.”
Both Bishop and Snider are Tuscaloosa residents.
Tuscaloosa police obtained a warrant to arrest one of the suspects in the beating.
WATCH: WIAT interview with Bishop
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