Village Approves High-End Street Signs and Other News Items in 2012 | Local

sign of the times

Now that the Village of Key Biscayne has become one of the most upscale and unique communities in Miami-Dade County, it’s time for its street signage to reflect the new image.

With that in mind, village council members responded enthusiastically on October 23 to a proposal from local architect Tom Weber who took on the design of the street signs on a pro bono basis.

The verdict: blue panels with raised white letters. The panels will be positioned on top of each other in a crossed manner. The top panel will have an arch in the middle that includes an image of a lighthouse with the words “Village of Key Biscayne” curved above it.

Council members enthusiastically thanked Weber for “helping so much to ensure that the signs enhance our experience as residents.”

60th anniversary of the beach club

Lynn Nelson, Kathy Vale and Barbara Thomas.

Key Biscayne Beach Club members celebrated the organization’s 60th anniversary with a party featuring the music of former Key resident Louie Archambeau.

Cailen Caplan joins Colgate

Colgate University has a new student named Cailen Caplan. She is the daughter of Frank Caplan and Gina Coleman.

A graduate of Ransom Everglades School, Caplan is among 757 students who entered Colgate this fall as a member of the class of 2016. Selected from an applicant pool of nearly 7,500 students from 50 states, 127 countries and the district from Columbia, the class of 2016 is one of the strongest and most diverse in Colgates history.

Where in the world is the Islander News?

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Tilky and Merino Lopez-Blanco, and their children, recently took a cruise on the Danube. They stopped in Prague, Czech Republic, at the Hotel Don Giovanni to pick up a copy of the Island News they brought from home.

Kick off the tasting

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Alice and Stephen Takach.

The Rotary Club of Key Biscayne hosted a kick-off party for its annual Wine and Food Festival, to be held Friday at The Links.

Wanninkhof joins Teach For America

Patrick Wanninkhof has been accepted into the 2012 Teach for America National Corps, a program in which top recent graduates and professionals commit to teaching for two years in urban and rural public schools. Teach for America participants become lifelong leaders in the pursuit of educational opportunities for all students.

Wanninkhof, a 2008 graduate of Coral Gables High School and a 2012 graduate of the University of Florida, was selected from an applicant pool of more than 48,000 to join Teach For America’s 23rd incoming corps. He will be teaching in New York this fall.

Fiesta Key Biscayne


Marilyn Kreisberg and Marilyn Myles.

Fiesta Key Biscayne celebrated the diverse cultures of island residents with a celebration at the community center.

EWM sponsor seminar


Sonja Bogensperger, Ronald Shuffield and Vivian Galego-Mendez.

EWM Realty International hosted a business seminar titled “What’s Happening in Downtown Miami” last week featuring Sonja Bogensperger, Senior Director of the Miami Downtown Development Authority. Attendees included EWM Chairman Ronald Shuffield and EWM Chief Broker Vivian Galego-Mendez.

Reserved swimming area for Nixon Beach

After a long process, buoys could come in as soon as this month to delineate a “swimming-only” area behind half a dozen properties on Nixon Beach.

The village council approved a 200ft vessel exclusion zone last year in hopes of improving safety for swimmers and reducing noise and nuisance complaints about unruly behavior by boaters.

Beach consultant Coastal Systems International recently cleared the last major hurdle by authorizing the project by asking the six owners of Nixon Beach to sign letters of consent. The letters were submitted to the Miami-Dade County Department of Permits, Environment and Regulatory Affairs.

At one point, the waters behind Nixon Beach were marked with buoys that provided residents with 300 feet of vessel-free swimming space. These markers were removed a few years ago because they were installed without the proper permits.

Out and about

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Bob and Lydia Brookes.

The new PTA president, Manny Cambó, has ambitious plans

Manuel A. Cambó, director of commercial real estate brokerage firm Square Foot Real Estate, LLC, was elected president of the Parent Teacher Association of the Key Biscayne K-8 Center. As Cambó envisions, the primary undertaking of the PTA Board of Trustees this school year will be “to engage in open communications with the Miami-Dade Public Schools Facilities Department regarding the planned design and renovation. for the K-8 Center”.

Cambó admits that “dissuading the district from spending $2 million to upgrade the 55-year-old elementary portion of the school” is an ambitious goal. Instead, he believes, “the school building should be demolished, and [we] will request that money be set aside until a new neutral third party facility safety inspection analysis can be performed.

A Blue Ribbon “A” school for 11 years, the K-8 Center is currently ranked second among all colleges in Miami-Dade County.