Miami Dade County Community Forum

Friday, February 26, 2010

Miami Dade Parks Summit - March 5th with a Free Lunch! By Barbara Falsey

I will be attending the Park Summit event at Fairchild -- it is always a good event so let friends and co-workers know about the Miami Dade County Park Summit. This year’s theme will be Partnerships/An Economic, Social and Environmental Health Plan.

Please be sure to RSVP to as their will be a continental breakfast and box lunch.

After the 8 to 2pm program you can spend the rest of the day at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden.

The Miami Dade County Website says:

Miami-Dade County is facing the same population growth issues as many other metropolitan areas, a diminished quality of life, increased congestion, declining recreation and conservation open space, visual blight, limited transportation options and social inequities. With the population expected to increase by three million residents in the year 2025 and up to 4.5 million by 2060, additional pressure will be placed on an already stressed physical, social, and economic environment.

This Park and Open Space System Master Plan envisions that great parks, public spaces, natural and cultural areas, streets, greenways, blueways, and trails can form the framework for a more sustainable community. Such a plan for the public realm cannot be considered as an isolated system, but one that is integrated into the overall fabric of the community and one that will create the kind of place where residents want to live, employers want to do business, and tourists want to visit.

The goal of this Master Planning process is to “create a seamless, sustainable system of parks, recreation and conservation open spaces for this and future generations."

Thursday, February 25, 2010

UEL says, "Kudos to Governor Crist!"

Crist shakes up South Florida Water Management District Board!

Gov. Charlie Crist appointed two new members to the South Florida Water Management District and confirmed that he demanded assurances from the newcomers that they would support his plan for a $536-million purchase of U.S. Sugar property for Everglades restoration.

Crist appointed Anne "Sandy" Batchelor-Robjohns, 56, of Miami Beach, co-CEO of The Batchelor Foundation, and environmental and land use lawyer Glenn Waldman, 49, of Weston. Crist also reappointed Shannon Estenoz, 42, a research assistant at FAU, to a new four-year term. Batchelor-Robjohns will replace Gladys Perez on the five-member governing board, and Waldman will replace Michael Collins.

Crist's litmus-test approach to the water-board appointments recalls his insistence that new appointees to the Public Service Commission take a skeptical view of a major rate increase sought by Florida Power & Light.

"I did that personally. Damn right," Crist said. "The litmus test is, you'll protect the Everglades. You'll protect the environment. You'll protect the water down there. It is the Water Management District."

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

UEL March Dinner: Have Women Been the Major Visionaries for Historic Preservation?

The Urban Environment League & Dade Heritage Trust honor Women’s History Month and invite you to a panel discussion:

Have Women Been the Major Visionaries for Historic Preservation in Florida?

Panelists include: Sallye Jude, Kathleen Kauffman, Nancy Liebman, Frances 'Dolly MacIntyre', Arva Moore Parks and Enid Pinkney
Honorable Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick will Moderate

Wednesday, March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day)
at the Rusty Pelican on Virginia Key
$25 – 3 Course Dinner (tax & tip included)
$20 For Students - 7:30 Program Only FREE!
• 6 pm
Cocktail Meet-Up
With Cash Bar
• 6:30 pm
3 Course Dinner
• 7:30 Program free*
Use Paypal (above right side of page) or bring a check (made out to UEL) or cash
RSVP a must ASAP: - Phone: 786-472-0011

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Jeremy Glazer's Short Story "Souvenir". By Fran Bohnsack

The UEL is proud of our Board Members. You can hear Jeremy Glazer, UEL Board Member, read from his Story, Souvenir. The story is also reprinted below:

I had just finished swimming in the ocean and was walking back over the dunes when I saw a couple ambling towards me. As soon as I spotted them, I knew the peace of my morning was over.“Could you take our picture, please, sir?”

You wouldn’t believe how often I get this. Even when I’m walking down a crowded street with a group of friends, I’m the one who gets stopped. Either I have a trustworthy face, or somehow I look like a native. I usually pretend I can’t speak English. But I couldn’t really blame these two for picking me— I was the only other person on the beach.

I come as early as I can on weekend mornings so it’s just me and the pelicans and a pack or two of kids stumbling off their hangovers. The light is magic at that time, when the sun is first up. It’s like the water has been turned on before the land, and the ocean is glowing while the shore remains in shadow. The world is divided.

These mornings remind me of what South Beach was like when I was kid. My family would come every Saturday. We’d park on Ocean Drive in front of decrepit buildings with decrepit senior citizens on their porches. Back then it was called ‘God’s waiting room.’

I keep a picture in my wallet from that time. It’s a shot of my family standing on the beach. We’re in the sand, in front of some palm trees with crumbling hotels behind us. The soft pink of the early-morning lights our faces, but the buildings behind remain in darkness. We look like we are glowing.

There’s one copy of the picture left. Since I’m the only one in my family still in Miami, I think it’s rightly mine. I carry it around because it reminds me of what this place used to feel like before it became so popular. Back before there were tourists like these two.

The couple walking toward me wore the standard tourist uniform: khaki shorts, uncomfortable sandals, shirts tucked in. In a place where everyone is trying to seem like something they aren’t, the honesty of their costume was touching.

I felt sorry for them. Sorry enough to agree to take their picture.

“Can we get it next to a palm tree, with some of the hotel signs behind us?” the woman asked, pointing to a particularly dense pack of neon. “It’ll look just like a postcard.”

They definitely felt small town, so I figured I’d have a little fun.

I said “Are you sure you want to hand me your camera? I might just run off,”

The woman suddenly seemed nervous and I felt bad.

I smiled.

“I’m just kidding,” I said.

She looked reassured and gave me the camera. I put my beach bag and towel down and stepped back to take the picture. When I looked through the lens, it reminded me of the family picture I carried around. The couple smiled and struck the uncomfortable-looking pose they all get—arching their backs a little, a hand on the palm tree as if they were pushing it away, awkward smiles, heads turned slightly to emphasize whichever side someone once told them looked good.

God I hate tourists.

I pressed the button to take the picture, but nothing happened. I tried again. They were so patient, standing stock still, and I realized the camera wasn’t on. I fumbled with it for a minute, but after several tries, I couldn’t get it to work. They broke their pose and walked over to me. The woman reached for the camera and tried to turn it on. The guy walked closer to the ocean.

“Look, honey,” he called out. “Isn’t that beautiful?”

Neither the woman or I could get the camera working.

“Batteries must be dead,” I told them.

There was silence for a second and they turned and looked at each other. They seemed so sad that I figured I should help out.

“Just walk down this street and you’ll see a CVS where you can get some.”

“We’ll just get ‘em downtown,” the man said. “We’re on our way to catch the bus there for some shopping.”

I couldn’t let that go. Downtown Miami on the weekends is a ghost town. I asked what they were looking to buy and they told me they wanted to go to a mall.

They said their hometown didn’t have big stores and they were looking for something fancy like Macy’s.

“You guys should go to Dadeland,” I said. “That will have everything you’re looking for. Just take the bus downtown and then transfer to the train going south. It ends right at the mall. Ask the busdriver, they’ll tell you how.”

“You must be a native,” the man said.

“Yeah” I replied. “I get that a lot.”

But this time, I didn’t mind. It even made me a little proud. And it softened me up.

“You know what,” I said, “while you’re at Dadeland, get some barbecue at Shorty’s. Right across from the train station. Classic Miami. And when you get back to the beach, try Tap-Tap for dinner. Cheap, good Haitian food—chicken, fish, rice and beans. You’ll like it.”

“Thanks,” the woman said. “You’re like the Miami ambassador.”

I smiled.

“One more thing. There’s a real Cuban place, Puerto Sagua, on 7th and Collins. It’s where the locals go. Try it. I hope you enjoy your stay,” I said.

And I really meant it. As they walked off I watched for a minute like a proud father. The woman turned around after about fifty yards, and waved.

I started home and thought about walking these same streets with my family on those Saturday mornings. They were all gone now, tired of Miami. Tired of the traffic, the constant change, the corruption, the perpetual fight not to get ripped off.

I crossed the street and went in to Puerto Sagua. It was the first place I had ever tasted Cuban coffee when I was little and it was still a part of my morning ritual. I sat at the counter, nodded at the familiar cashier, and ordered a cafe con leche. I looked around at the faces. They might as well have been the same people sitting there since I was a kid. Even here with all the change, things do become familiar. Maybe that’s what being a native means.

I finished the coffee and reached in my bag to get my wallet to pay, but it was gone.

It took me a minute, but then I knew what had happened. Camera with no batteries, just enough confusion to get me to forget about my beachbag for a minute. Did I really just fall for that?

I thought back to the couple. Their perfect tourist uniforms, their wide-eyed wonder. Now I hated them. I hated that they had fooled me. I hated that I was going to have to blow my Saturday reversing the damage of a stolen wallet.

The cashier noticed me rummaging through my bag.

“Don’t worry,” he said. “Next time pay for two.”

I shrugged a thank you. I was too embarrassed to explain. And then I remembered the one thing I was not going to be able to replace from my wallet–the old family picture.

Now it was going to be even harder for me to remember how this place used to feel.

You can contact Jeremy Glazer at

Monday, February 22, 2010

Losses to our community. By Albert Harum-Alvarez

Two longtime UEL members lost a parent this week. Thorn Grafton lost his mother Martha French Pancoast Grafton and Alan Farago lost his father Peter Farago.

On behalf of the UEL Board of Directors, we send our condolences to both men in their time of sorrow.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Panther Habitat Lawsuit Filed by 5 Environmental Groups

Five conservation groups, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, the Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER,) and the Council for Civic Associations, filed a lawsuit on February 18, 2010 in Federal District Court in Fort Myers, Florida against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the Service’s failure to protect the Florida Panther.

Less than 100 Florida Panthers survive in the wild – clinging to less than five percent of their historic range. Their entire remaining habitat is located in a handful of South Florida Counties. It is the last of the eastern cougars which once roamed across the southern U.S., and is the last species of large cat east of the Mississippi River.

Although the panther has been listed as an endangered species since 1967, the Service has never designated critical habitat for the species. Critical habitat is a geographic area necessary to help an endangered species recover its population, and its designation is a critical tool within the Endangered Species Act. By its refusal to make this designation, only the panther is protected. But its habitat – the living and breeding space it must have to survive – is not.

In 2009 the five groups petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to designate critical habitat for the Florida panther. After more than a year of dithering, on February 11, 2010 the Service gave notice to the groups that it was denying their petitions and refusing to designate critical habitat. As a result, the groups are taking this action to protect the panther’s last remaining habitat, before it is irreversibly lost due to over-development and climate change.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Miami Dade County Park Summit is March 5th

UEL Members have participated in the Park Summit in the past. It is an informative event.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tomas Regalado at the UEL Dinner Last Night

Pictured: Mayor Tomas Regalado joined by daughter Raquel and son Jose Francisco.

About 75 people were in attendance for a delicious dinner at the Rusty Pelican to hear Tomas Regalado speak about his vision for Miami. The interview was informative and can be viewed soon on the UEL website. The Mayor spoke about his Pedro Pan background, arriving in 1962 at 14 years old. He said he was committed to restoring Marine Stadium and did not want a lot of development. He wanted to see a few restaurants. He advocates for the former comprehensive master plan language on the Miami River regarding water dependent uses. He talked about his frustration with coming into office simultaneous to two Commissioners being removed from office. He called it a Christmas present from Katherine Fernandez Rundle. He also said he is a big supporter of the Science Museum, having taken his son there many times over the years but he doubts that they can raise the money to finance the museum in Bicentennial Park. This led to a discussion on his recollection of the Adrienne Arsht Center funding, how it started out and then ballooned to a staggering amount over the years.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

UEL Board Member, Albert Harum-Alvarez is running for office!

We were surprised when we read it in the Miami Herald yesterday:

Now, more fresh faces are starting to pop up. For Sorenson's seat, they include Homestead businesswoman Pam Gray, Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene Flinn and software-design consultant Albert Harum-Alvarez.

If you haven't heard of these people, it's not because they've been making themselves scarce. Harum-Alvarez, for example, has been active in a wide range of community issues for more than a decade. Among other things, he helped plan the concept for a downtown Kendall.


``I've been doing community work for free for 15 years,'' he says, ``so a $6,000 [commissioner's] salary would be a raise for me.''

Harum-Alvarez, who has yet to file the paperwork to run for Sorenson's seat, is joking, but he represents a serious reality: talented local leaders -- from municipal mayors to community activists -- rarely have a realistic shot at a county-wide platform.

We wish Albert well and the other candidates in the race.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Last chance to Reserve for UEL Dinner!!!

Contact TODAY if you want to attend the UEL dinner with guest speaker, Mayor Regalado.

Melt is at the Actor's Playhouse in Coral Gables

Melt tells the story of an African American brother and sister, a Jewish father and son and a Hispanic mother and her son living in South Florida who find their lives intertwining over social and moral issues as seen from the perspective of each culture.

If you are interested in attending the play, please e-mail me or visit Actor’s Playhouse. It will be running February 18, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28.

Monday, February 15, 2010

More of the Dolphin Stadium Funding

This letter appeared in the Miami Herald, it was written by Marty Margulies. The Urban Environment League has worked with Marty on issues over the years and we thought this letter worth a reprint:

Another stadium 'giveaway' looms
On the heels of the greatest giveaway in the history of baseball -- the Marlins stadium -- it's no wonder that the NFL is lining up to get its slice of the pie for another taxpayer giveaway.

The NFL and the Miami Dolphins ownership are trying to cash in on the hype of the Super Bowl by asking the citizens of Miami-Dade County to fund a roof and 3,000 additional seats for Dolphin Stadium, now Sun Life Stadium.

The roof is a cover-up, both literally and figuratively, for the real reason. It's not about a game that might or might not be given to South Florida every four or five years; it's that 3,000 more revenue-producing seats will be pure profit for the Dolphins and actually work against the taxpayers.

Fans may not even be able to view the games on television because if the seats are not sold out, the games will be blacked out.

Despite joblessness, home foreclosures, Jackson Memorial Hospital losing $14 million per month and severe government budget problems, you can bet that the Miami-Dade County Commission will not put this to a vote, and may even foolishly vote for this even with the constituency of the third-world conditions in the communities of Overtown, Liberty City, Little Haiti and Little Havana.

This would be -- plain and simple -- another giveaway to a private owner who is very capable of funding the improvements to his stadium.


Friday, February 12, 2010

The County Commission District 8 Seat.

Commissioner Katy Sorenson is not running for reelection. With an open seat, many citizens are considering a run. Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene Flinn has an early start, announcing his candidacy at the Sorenson press conference. There are, however, other candidates that are weighing their options and considering the run.

We are sorry to see Commissioner Sorenson go, she has been a longtime supporter of the UEL, however, we look forward to a fresh face on the Commission that will bring new ideas to County government.

UEL Dinner Reminder: Time to RSVP is now!

The Urban Environment League Dinner February 17th is approaching fast and the time to RSVP is now. We have City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado as our guest speaker. It is being held at the Rusty Pelican. The cost of the 3-course dinner is $20 for students and $25 for everyone else. The price includes tax and tips.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Miami Beach Parking Problems

In yesterday's Miami Herald, Daniel Shoer Roth wrote about the parking shortage on Miami Beach and the impact on the Beach's residents. He quoted activist and longtime friend of the Urban Environment League, Frank Del Vecchio:

"The problem is not development but the failure to regulate development."

The article says:

One culprit for the decline in quality of life is what urban planners call "intensity of use.'' Take, for example, a 150-room hotel. By Miami Beach code, it must have one parking space per room. But one day, looking for additional revenue, the hotel opens a nightclub with a capacity of hundreds of customers. The hotel has no obligation to provide more parking.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Recommendations for The Rickenbacker Causeway

The Blog Transit Miami has compiled recommendations to make Rickenbacker Causeway safer for bikes, cars and pedestrians. Recently a bike enthusiast was killed by a hit and run driver which sparked the community's interest in addressing safety. Transit Miami's recommendations include:

Short Term Goals for the Rickenbacker Causeway

* Enforcement of the 45 mph speed limit
* Reduce speed limit to 35 mph
* Close the right lane of traffic in both directions on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6:00 am to 10:00am.
* Better signage
* Motorist and bicyclist education campaign

Long Term Goals for the Rickenbacker Causeway

A major capital improvements project needs to happen and all users must be considered. Below are a few of the major improvements that need to occur:

* Paint bicycle lanes green (see below: intersections should include peg-a-traking and Chevron arrows)
* Create a 3 foot unprotected buffer between the roadway and the bicycle lane
* Major road diet. Narrowing of traffic lanes to discourage speeding (11 foot lane)
* Proper crosswalks, with stop lights, that can be activated by pedestrians.(see below: off-setting crosswalks)
* A separate path for pedestrians (pedestrians and bicyclist should not coexist)
* Consider physical separation as a feature in dangerous areas such as bridges and marked buffers along trajectory of bike lane
* Motorist and bicyclist education campaign

Be sure to hit on the link, there are pictures and more information.

Monday, February 8, 2010

County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa Joins South Florida Regional Planning Council

According to the South Florida Regional Planning Council website Katy Sorsenson, Barbara Jordan and Carlos Gimenez are on the Council. The Miami Herald did not say who Sosa would be replacing. Also on the Council from Miami Dade Couny is Joseph Kelley, Mayor of Opa-Locka; Marta Perez, School Board; Councilman Michael Blynn appointed by the League of Cities and Jose Riesco, who was appointed by the Governor.

The SFRPC, in Hollywood, is staffed by the State of Florida. The Council itself is a tri-county Board, made up of members from Monroe, Broward and Miami Dade County. The website says:

The Council's mission is to identify the long-term challenges and opportunities facing Southeast Florida and assist the Region's leaders in developing and implementing creative strategies that result in more prosperous and equitable communities, a healthier and cleaner environment, and a more vibrant economy.

The Council is a planning and public policy agency. Activities respond to statutory requirements as well as the needs of member units of local government. The policy document that guides all of the Council's activities is the Strategic Regional Policy Plan for South Florida.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Katy Sorenson will not seek re-election as County Commissioner By Fran Bohnsack

Katy Sorenson's announcement yesterday that she will not be seeking re-election to the Miami-Dade County Commission in District 8 came as a shock, not because I don't think that 16 years of service is enough, but because Commissioner Sorenson has been the embodiment of a respected public servant that it is so much needed in our county. My fears that her absence from the public weal would create a role model vacuum were quickly assuaged, however, as I learned of her intention to collaborate with the University of Miami to develop a community initiative on Excellence in Public Service. Certainly the UEL has taken steps in this direction, as has a small coalition of activists led by Marty Margulies and others, but obstacles for organizations without significant fiscal resources -- where the work is undertaken by volunteers -- usually mean that the work is piecemeal and the vision never fully realized.

So I am encouraged that Katy Sorenson has decided to use her talents in this way. And I am pleased with the support of the Knight Foundation and the Dade Community Foundation, two venerable institutions of positive influence. As Sorenson describes it, the interdisciplinary effort "will seek to train, advise, and hone the skills of current and potential political leaders in order to foster professionalism, knowledge and ethics among the elected officials who serve this community." I think we can agree that these goals are laudable, and these skills are much needed.

But can Katy really accomplish something along these lines in a community that has so often been intractable? I think she can. When she first ran for office in a crowded field of eight, she was a stand out and she turned the race upside down. My political intuition is telling me that she's just about to shift the paradigm again -- for a greater good that reaches beyond District 8. I say "Congratulations, Katy -- and thank you." Really.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

What's in store for Miami's Future? Our Feb. 17 Dinner Subject

It seems that the good Mayor of Miami is everywhere talking about the City right now. The Urban Environment League wants to take a unique approach in our interview with Mayor Tomas Regalado. We want to flesh out his vision for the City, we want to hear the bigger picture. We hope that we can accomplish this task.

You can email us any questions you might have for him, and we will consider asking them. Our email is: Thank you.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Eulogy for Dan Paul

Dan Paul was always a friend to the Urban Environment League. When we fought the American Airlines Arena on City owned land, he was also fighting the good fight. He advised us on many issues and came to some of our events. We decided to post his Eulogy, written by John R. Harrison, in his honor:

DAN PAUL, Attorney. DAN PAUL, Activist. DAN PAUL, Friend.

Gardner Cowles introduced Dan Paul to me saying, “ I want you to meet my personal lawyer, Dan Paul. He’s the smartest man you’ll ever know.” Mr. Cowles was right. My wife and I rank Dan Paul’s brilliance right up there with Larry Summers in no particular order.

Seated at the large round table at Sunday lunch in the Cowles Indian Creek house were Jack Knight, Jack Howard, Kay Graham, Paul Miller, Norman Chandler and Dan Paul along with Mr. Cowles, my wife and me. For several hours Dan’s piercing, provocative but always respectful questions electrified the room full of media moguls. Moving into the living room for coffee Mr. Cowles said to me in a whisper, “What did I tell ‘ya?”

Dan Paul, Attorney, represented the elite of the newspaper world – New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald, International Herald Tribune, et al. Dan Paul, attorney, before the United States Supreme Court successfully overturned the Florida Supreme Court ruling on the “right of reply” statute. “Right of reply”? Of course a politician has the “right of reply” to a newspaper’s criticism. Sounds only fair. But, not to Dan Paul. In a brilliant brief, redolent with Harvard expository writing, Dan persuaded the Supreme Court that “if you can’t tell a newspaper what not to print, then you can’t tell them what to print” or you erode the freedom of speech clause of the First Amendment. It’s a masterpiece. I recommend it to you written with the majestic cadence of Gibbons, the power of Macauley, the elegance of Edmund Burke. It is a case made with brevity, clarity and prickly good sense.

Dan Paul, Activist. He was the attorney for the National Audubon Society that successfully prevented building the jetport in the Everglades. He was the attorney who successfully reapportioned the state of Florida to give equitable distribution of the legislative and congressional seats to urban areas. The so-called rural “Pork Chop Gang” who ruled Florida’s treasury for decades met their nemesis in a short, distinguished Harvard man…of course wearing a bow tie. He successfully obtained a 50-foot setback for buildings along the Florida waterfront. He was, in the words of Miami mayor, Maurice Ferre, “the conscience of the community”. His proactive life served to remind us of the simple pleasures and inalienable rights of a vanishing Florida. Some of the same values of Harvard’s Dan Paul Professorship.

Dan Paul, Friend. For two decades my wife and I travelled the world with Dan Paul. Jack Bates – Dan’s lifetime partner, my wife and I reveled in Dan Paul metaphors: “ subtle as cellophane”, “with the impact of a rose petal falling in the Grand Canyon.” Dan Paul took my three sons and me to the Super Bowl to sit in the owner’s box with Joe Robie, his client. Shortly before the half the stadium announcer said The Supremes were performing at halftime. Sotto voce, Dan asked my son, “What are the Supremes?” Later Mr. Robie turned and smilingly asked Dan, “Danny, how do you score in football?” ……long pause…we held our breath, “You kick the ball into the net,” the former Harvard crew cox confidently answered.

Oh yes, this singular instrument for the common good in Florida, lit by radiant promise, had his frailties. But, is there one among us who doesn’t?

So, Dan, friends and family today…
Cherish the lamp that lit your life shining upon the eternal verities of merit, loyalty and intellect. We wish you well as you begin your long journey accompanied by the Gregorian Chants of the Benedictine monks and the words of the Greek poet, Constantine Cavafy.
As the monks sing

“Blessed the Man who stands the proof, because once he is tested he will receive the crown of life”
the poet says
“When you start on your journey to Ithaka, then pray that road is long, full of adventure, full of knowledge..,
That the summer mornings are many, that you will enter ports seen for the first time with such pleasure, with such joy!
Always keep Ithaka fixed in your mind. To arrive there is your ultimate goal. But do not hurry the voyage at all. It is better to let it last for long years…..”

Thank you for the privilege of letting me speak to you of Dan Paul today.

Written by John R. Harrison, Retired Vice President of The New York Times Company & Pulitzer Prize Winner – In honor and memoriam of Dan Paul. Presented at Dan Paul’s funeral service at The Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Miami, Florida on Thursday January 28, 2010.