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Winterfest Boat Parade Sails Into the Holiday Season in Fort Lauderdale



The Winterfest Boat Parade sets sail Saturday night. There’s no better way to kick off the South Florida holiday season than to watch all the fabulous-ness float by.

We know of a few watch parties up in Fort Lauderdale, where the views, the food and the drinks are just perfect.

If you want to feel like you’re really a part of the Winterfest Boat parade, make it over to Shooter’s Waterfront.

Peter Lopez (he’s a striaght shooter): “It is the place to be ’cause we’ve got 340 feet of dock space, so you’re gonna get to see the boats the ships move right beside you.”

He’s not kidding! You’re so close to the boats, you’re almost in the water.

Shooter’s knows how to throw a parade party. They’ve been at it a while!

Peter Lopez: “Shooter’s has been around 39 years, and we’ve been fortunate enough to grow with the Fort Lauderdale Winterfest Boat Parade.”

The parade is a feast for your eyes and ears, but don’t worry, you won’t go hungry or thirsty.

Peter Lopez: “Not only can you have our famous seafood tower Norme de Mar with stone crabs, shrimp, lobster, oysters, you’re also gonna be treated to some filet mignon with crab, with lobster, and it’s a beautiful dish to pair with that night with some great wine and champagne. It’s the best party in Fort Lauderdale.”

When it comes to Winterfest, maybe you’d like to be above it all, no problem.

The Kimpton Goodland Hotel Fort Lauderdale Beach has a special spot picked out just for you.

Trish Pederson (up on the door): “So for the Winterfest Boat parade, they’re celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, and we are having a viewing event on our beautiful rooftop.”

Just perch yourself anywhere on the roof. You’ll catch every minute of the event.

Trish Pederson: “The view is stunning. It’s like no other view on the beach or in Fort Lauderdale.”

Your glass will be constantly filled, thanks to an open bar, and you can graze on some great stuff.

Trish Pederson: “The charcuterie board or the grazing table will be meats, cheeses, some fun sweets, jams, preserves, and have a little holiday flare to it.”

You can’t go wrong on the roof at the Kimpton Goodland.

Trish Pederson: “We have 180 degree views of the entire space. Here you’ll be able to see the entire parade from beginning to end.”

Winterfest is going to be “winner fest” for one lucky Deco viewer.

Yuppers! It’s time to find out who won the big giveaway.

Tonight, Deco Drive congratulates Gina Medina!

Gina is our Grand Marshal Experience winner, which pretty much makes her the envy of South Florida.

Congratulations, Gina! Another life made better by Deco Drive.

For more information on the Winterfest Boat parade, click here.

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Rosenberg Says He ’caused Discomfort for a Valued Colleague,’ Leading to Departure As FIU President



A statement from the now former president of Florida International University has provided new insight into his sudden departure.

In the statement, issued Sunday, Dr. Mark Rosenberg thanked the community for their concern and alluded to inappropriate conduct toward a colleague.

He said his exit from the post he held since 2009 came after years of being the caregiver for his wife.

Rosenberg wrote, “Rosalie, a Type 1 diabetic on insulin for 45 years, has advanced dementia, [multiple sclerosis], and is largely wheelchair bound. I have been her nightly caregiver for over a decade. But Rosalie’s condition entered a new stage in just the last few months, resulting in further cognitive debilitation. When I finally realized the impact that her condition had on my personal well-being in late October, 2021, I sought professional mental health services and am still under a specialist’s care.”

He went on to write, “Regrettably, these issues spilled over to my work, and I caused discomfort for a valued colleague. I unintentionally created emotional (not physical) entanglement. I have apologized. I apologize to you. I take full responsibility and regret my actions.”

Rosenberg then explained that, “In consultation with the Chair of the Board of Trustees, I realized that an immediate change would be healthy for all parties.”

Rosenberg’s departure on Friday night stunned students on campus.

“Honestly, I didn’t see it coming,” said FIU junior Maria Aguirre.

Rosenberg was the fifth president at FIU, taking the helm in 2009, and he was the first faculty member to ascend to that position. He’s credited with increasing enrollment to 58,000 students and improving the graduation rate by 23%.

“He was a really good president. I’m definitely going to remember him,” said FIU junior Katherine Cadavid.

But despite rave reviews and more than a decade of leadership, conspicuously missing from Friday afternoon’s Board of Trustees emergency meeting to appoint a new president was any mention of Rosenberg’s long list of accomplishments. In fact, his name was never mentioned at all.

The board addressed the matter in their own statement, also issued Sunday.

Dean Colson with FIU’s Board of Trustees wrote that Rosenberg’s statement “provides insight into why the Board did not believe Friday was the appropriate time to celebrate the many accomplishments of FIU the past 13 years. We are deeply saddened and disappointed by the events requiring his resignation.”

The only FIU official to mention his name publicly was the school’s new interim president, Dr. Kenneth Jessell, during a taped video message released Friday night.

“I want to thank former President Mark Rosenberg for his leadership and hard work in helping to make FIU what it is today. I know that we will continue to elevate our university to new heights.”

Rosenberg said he is now seeking additional help for his wife through the “inevitable progression of her condition.”

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Carvalho Hosts Last Meal Distribution in Miami Before Move to Los Angeles



Alberto Carvalho hosted his last meal distribution as superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

M-DCPS on Sunday provided 1,000 meals to local families who continue to struggle during the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, held near Northwest Eighth Street and 80th Avenue in Miami, is Carvalho’s last community feeding before he takes over the reins as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Through the Family Meals-on-the-Go program, M-DCPS has partnered with individual donors, local organizations and local restaurant owners who donate funds to purchase food from local restaurants.


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Miami-Dade School Board to Interview 3 Candidates Amid Superintendent Search



Who will be Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ next superintendent? An upcoming meeting will likely prove instrumental to the three candidates currently vying for the position.

The Miami-Dade School Board has set up a special meeting on Monday afternoon. The applicants will be interviewed during the meeting.

Outgoing M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho will be replaced by either Dr. Jose Dotres, Dr. Rafaela Espinal or Jacob Oliva.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at the School Board Administration Building in Miami.


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