Ocean Drive editor with various Miami personalities
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: With Find. Eat. Drink. exec Robin Dorian and Sorel’s Jack Summers at Ocean Drive and Find. Eat. Drink.’s party in Brickell; With Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian at the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore launch at 1111 Lincoln Road; Celebrating our October Men’s Issue at PM Fish & Steak House in Brickell with 88 Rue du Rhone’s Elena Vertlib and Gary Schneider.

In Miami, “’Tis the season” takes on a new meaning. Whereas most areas of our country are anticipating snow and eggnog, for those of us in Miami, the “season” means it’s time to kick up our game. Tourists pack the hotels, snowbirds roll into town, and a table at Joe’s Stone Crab or Prime One Twelve is a bit harder to come by. Not that we’re complaining; as the world descends on our town for Art Basel Miami Beach 2013, we have more to show off. To start, our new art mecca, the Pérez Art Museum Miami, will undoubtedly wow the crowds with the best of what South Florida has to offer in all aspects of the arts. For as many people that are coming over the bridge to South Beach, an equal number will be shuttling the other way to PAMM or to mingle, party, and peruse the satellite shows in the Design District and Wynwood. Finally, an influx of world-class restaurants flooding downtown and Brickell—not to mention the Miami Heat’s quest for a three-peat—erases any doubts that Miami has arrived.

Starting the party off for us is this month’s sexy cover star, Zoe Saldana, currently headlining in the much buzzed-about Oscar contender Out of the Furnace. Count her as one of those frequent visitors: En route to her childhood home in the Dominican Republic, she considered her layovers in Miami a “bonus”! From visitors to standout staples, don’t miss our profile on one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Hispanics in America, Jorge Pérez. He’s built or managed 60,000-plus apartments and condominium residences, making his Related Group the largest Hispanic-owned business in the US.

2013 has been an amazing year full of celebrations, triumphs, and tragedies. If you live here or have even visited, you know that Miami’s evolution this year was unprecedented and I’m sure only a precursor to what we can expect in 2014. To quote just about everyone in our city: “This town is on fire!”

Happy Holidays, and ’tis our season!

 

JARED SHAPIRO

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