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Casey Patterson and Lolo Jones

Thousands of cheering beach volleyball fans came out to the multi-day Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series Finals, held on the shores of Fort Lauderdale Beach and sponsored by Venice magazine. In partnership with Red Bull, the global sporting event was televised nationally on NBC. At the tournament were some of the world’s top players, including gold medalist Phil Dalhausser and the top women’s volleyball duo of Ágatha Bednarczuk and Bárbara Seixas. VIP guests were welcomed into the exclusive, catered tent by Venice publisher, Carlos Suarez. In fitting South Florida spirit, the winning teams received signature trophies designed by artist Romero Britto. Other partners included Ed Morse Automotive Group, NBC 6, Red Bull, Bahia Mar, Peroni, Whispering Angel, Casamigos Tequila and Bar Stache. The Major Series Finals represents the culmination of an international year-long, four-stop volleyball series that has the top teams vying for points on their road to the Rio Olympics.

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Carlos and Lori Suarez with Hannes Jagerhofer
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Adam and Maria Sharif
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Amy and Lance Ross
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Miriam Holler, Hannes Arch and Allison McLeod
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Vikki and Bernhard Langer, Carlos Suarez, Jackie Langer and Jeff John
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Chad and Joan Love
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Diane Leighton, Susan Penrod and Deborah Houston
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Natalie Mescolotto and Courtney Jacobi
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Howard Greenberg, Keith Arnold, Ken Stiles and Terry Stiles

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Brad Minto and Nila Do Simon
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Erika and Sean Axani
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Jeff Wright and Tim Petrillo
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Jenna Ingraham with guest
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Daniel Cannata and Isabella Bianchi
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Margie and Todd Dettor
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Michele Addison, Chad Love and Katya Bravo
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Peter Luukko and Natalie Mescolotto
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Susan Penrod and Patrick Dupuis
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Paul Rabil, Jeff Duke and Susan Miller
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Audrey Adair-Keene, Sam Keene and Ben Jones
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Dr. Connie and Leo Dee
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Robert Stanfield and Jennifer Buchanon
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Stephanie Toothaker and Lee Feldman
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Yazmin and Christian Jagerhofer

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After much anticipation, Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort opened in mid-September, marking a revival of Hollywood Beach.

Broward County has a new resident, and it’s Jimmy Buffett. Well, sort of.

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, inspired by the famed singer/songwriter and his “no-worries-themed” songs, opened last week and represents a revitalization effort taking shape in Hollywood Beach, the character-filled seaside spot filled with unfussy mom-and-pop shops and casual beachside boutiques. If the $175 million project is anything, it’s the physical representation of Buffett’s well-known nibblin’-on-sponge-cake-watchin’-the-sun-bake lyrics.

Located between Hollywood’s Broadwalk and the Intracoastal, the 17-story, 349-room destination resort and entertainment complex brings of sense of escapism to South Florida’s bustling climate. The coastal-luxe guest rooms are filled with Key West-esque decor (think linen fabrics and pastel-colored louver doors), and a continuing theme of aqua blue, sea green and sand colors permeate throughout the hotel. All rooms have water views, whether it’s of the Atlantic Ocean or the Intracoastal. Some have both, thanks to their wrap-around balconies.

Room accents even include decor pillows with the words “Changes in Attitude” and “Changes in Latitude” stitched on them, echoing Buffett’s memorable lyrics. There’s even an 11th-floor rooftop pool deck that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and energetic Broadwalk, teasing guests with a beach that’s just steps away.

“Margaritaville Resort is the classic example of what South Florida is to other people,” says Cate Farmer, the resort’s general manager. “Hollywood is a great town for us to be in. You have the lively Broadwalk and the waterways from both sides. It doesn’t get much better.”

The resort will have eight diverse bar and restaurant concepts (with many opening late in October) that will offer a spectrum of options, from casual to upscale, all of which are open to all travelers and local residents. Open now is Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, named after the song that started it all. On the menu are sea-inspired, made-to-order dishes and hand-crafted cocktails. A nice local touch? The restaurant’s hand-painted ceiling includes the peninsula of Florida, with Hollywood boldly marked with a dot. And get this: There’s the option to dine inside a boat (just visit Margaritaville and you’ll see what we mean).

The restaurant is also one of several locations where you’ll find live entertainment. After an audition and vetting out process, artists were chosen to perform at the various live venues across the resort, including Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill and the famed Hollywood Bandshell, which the resort recently took over.

As the resort employees like to say, Jimmy Buffett’s lyrics are the DNA of the resort. And while resort guests don’t necessarily want to be Buffet, but they don’t mind living like him.

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort is located between Minnesota and Johnson streets on A1A in Hollywood, margaritavilleresorts.com.

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It basically has a cult following in Miami. Ask anyone in the 305 about the jugofresh, the organic cold-pressed juice and food company that originated in Miami in 2012, and no doubt a chorus of “mmmmm’s” will be audible.

It only made sense to bring the popular, good-for-you brand north to Fort Lauderdale, which welcomed its first Broward County spot in August, inside the Whole Foods Market off Federal Highway. And for those who can’t get enough of the juices, smoothies and vegan foods (all of which are made daily), there’s good news: five more jugofreshes are set to open in five other Whole Food Market locations in the next 5 months!

The company’s rapid expansion is largely due to the way South Florida as a community has embraced it. Events like “yoga del barrio”–a complimentary monthly yoga class lead by top teachers, which is now a fixture in both Wynwood, Coral Gables and North Miami (with it to debut in Fort Lauderdale shortly). Cheers to healthy drinking, eating and moving!

jugofresh is located inside Whole Foods Market, 2000 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale

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The acclaimed The Bazaar by José Andrés is starting the fall season off on a slightly new (and very exciting) foot. A revamped dinner menu captures a crossroads of cultures that speak to the essence of South Florida. New dishes include The Bazaar’s version of beef tartare, complete with touches of Asian flavors such as lemongrass, ginger, nori and aged soy, and its Yellowtail Hamachi, served with an olive oil yogurt. The notably inventive restaurant continues delivering with molecular gastronomy, as well as a sense of wonder and delight. The menu’s tapas and small plates feature a bold interplay between classic Spanish ingredients, fruits, vegetables and the coastal seafood of Miami’s environs.

The Bazaar by José Andrés is located inside the SLS Miami, 1701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
http://sbe.com/restaurants/brands/thebazaar

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The Octopus Romesco dish is comprised of potatoes, tomato comfit and seaweed.
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The Yellowtail Hamachi includes olive oil yogurt, grapes and radish topped with crispy rice.

The inaugural Venice Loves Dinner took place at the shores of Fort Lauderdale beach, at the pristine sales office of Auberge Beach Residences and Spa. Sponsored by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, the night included a dinner under the stars by Giovanni Rocchio and his team at Valentino Cucina Italiana, and live music performances by the Symphony of the Americas and bubbly by Vranken Pommery.

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