December 2015


Season's Greetings!!!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It's hard to believe that we are already in December and looking towards 2016.
In this month's Key Insights, we have three Raffle Items that will help with all those New Year's Resolutions: three winners will each receive a private Personal Training Session with Donatella Dillon or Sangode Lowe. Their Bios are featured below, they are both very experienced trainers, the top in their fields. We will also announce the winner of last month's $500.00 Teeth Cleaning with Dr. Nilo Hernandez at Key Biscayne Dental.
This December Edition of Key Insights is chock full of many activities offered around our community and beyond for the Holidays. We have searched to find detailed Information of Great or Extra Value for the residents and frequent visitors of our Island  Paradise,  Key Biscayne and beyond. 
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As 2015 comes to an end, I want to sincerely THANK all of you for the wonderful feedback and interest in participating in my newsletter.


To enter December's raffle click the ticket :



Enter & WIN a Personal Training Session by Donatella Dillon or Sangode Lowe
Three winners will be announced!
Drawing on December 31 at 11:59
CLICK HERE to enter!

Start the New Year of Right by keeping that New Year's Resolution to be a Healthier You! Three lucky winners will win a Personal Training Session each.

Donatella Dillon 
was born and raised in Italy. She is a former high fashion model, theater and TV actress and stunt woman for close to 40 years.
She has always participated in competitive sports and has been in the Fitness Field for over 30 years. A certified Yoga and Tai-Chi Teacher, she has practiced martial Arts for 15 years and Yoga for 40. Certified Hypnotherapist, with psychology background and Reiki 2. Now concentrating on Baby Boomers Fitness: Balance, Strength, Stretch.
She has been working for the last 14 years in the Fitness Center at the Ritz Carlton in Key Biscayne as a Personal Trainer, Yoga and other classes Instructor. Before that she worked at the Grand Bay Club as Gym Supervisor, Personal Trainer and Instructor. She's been a Key Biscayne resident since 1976 and is Passionate about making people feel good with her knowledge of Fitness and Health. She also adores horses , Harley Davidsons,  skydiving , dance and writing poetry books. Donatella is available for Private Training Sessions at your Home or Gym. She can be reached at 305-361-6472.
Two Winners can choose between a a personal training session with a fitness evaluation or a yoga session.

Sangode Lowe 
Sangode Lowe (NASM CPT/CES, ISCA CPT, AFAA CPT) specializes in corrective exercise, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), and assisted stretch. All fitness levels are welcome. He started his training career working with dancers in 1992, and works with numerous modalities (Pilates floor mat, Yoga, weights, myo-fascial release, PNF (assisted stretching), etc. Attention to skeletal alignment, proper form, and working towards client goals are his greatest priorities. Sangode is available for Private Training Sessions at his Inner Strength Sudios at 604 Crandon Blvd. Suite 202 (Behind Winn Dixie) or at your home. He can be reached at 305-710-0756. 
One Winner can choose a personal training session at Inner Strength Studios or at their home.

18th ANNUAL Key Biscayne Winterfest
Sunday, December 6th, 2015
4pm - 7:30pm  at the Village Green
Fabulous Family Event! 
Enjoy a wonderful afternoon of exciting activities, live music, excellent food, photos with Santa and much more!
Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony will take place at 6:00 pm.


Sunday, December 6 from 11am to 5pm at 
Venture Hive in Downtown Miami 

This event is hosted by Komuns, a startup designed to help parents unplug kids from technology and reconnect with them through real life experiences. They do this through their website and app   and by hosting a hands-on event every quarter.  Nora Kurtin, the Founder and CEO of Komuns, is a Key Biscayne resident and also the founder of the multimedia company in Spain, Sapos y Princesas. 
Art in Komuns is a hands-on event for toddlers to teens where families move at their own pace through interactive spaces allowing parents and children to collaborate in different art projects. 
Art in Komuns will have over 25 activities and workshops.
CLICK HERE for more information.


ChristmasTree Lighting by the Bay at  Mercy Hospital's beautiful bayside campus includes a complimentary photo with Santa on his sleigh, special performances by local schools, Hot Chocolate and Churros. 


'Tis the season for giving!
The Key Biscayne Yacht Cub is an official drop-off location for Toys For Tots.
Please drop off NEW unwrapped toys to 180 Harbor Drive
Tuesday - Saturday from 9am to 5pm
Please help make the Holidays happy for many less fortunate children!

Toys For Tots is a Top-Rated Charity
Over 97% of your donations goes to our mission of providing toys, books, and other gifts to less fortunate children.
Less than 3% is spent on fundraising and overhead. 
The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is directed by the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve, with the assistance of his staff, from the Marine Forces Reserve Headquarters in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Come out and see the 2015 
Key Biscayne Winterfest Boat Parade 
DECEMBER 12, 2015
6pm - 8:30pm

No Name Harbor
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
1200 Crandon Boulevard
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

Contact: Community Center Front Desk
Phone: (305) 365-8900
Celebrate the holiday season by watching the parade of creatively lit boats.  Admission is free  & open to the Public

12 Days of Christmas  Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

12 Days of Christmas at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

Sand Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Sunday, December 6 
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 
The twelve days of Christmas begins with a Sandy Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Join us at the Grand Lawn as we light up our Tropical Sand Christmas Tree with music, face painting, arts-n- crafts, music, and seasons cheers ! Event and valet is complimentary. Food and beverages will be available. Prices may vary. 

Christmas Magic Show 
Monday, December 7 
4 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
Be mesmerized and fascinated by the Holly Jolly tricks a very special magician has to show you! Event is complimentary. 

Face Painting with Elves 
Tuesday, December 8 
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
Santa's Elves have escaped the North Pole and are coming directly to you and coming to the resort with colors, brushes and a little bit of magic. Event is complimentary. 

Ginger Bread Factory 
Wednesday, December 9 
4 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
Delivered directly from the North Pole, join Santa's party chefs for an afternoon of sweet treats and ginger bread house decorating. $25 per person. Adults must accompany child during activity. Reservations required by calling (305) 365-4500. 

Holly Jolly Arts-n-Crafts 
Thursday, December 10 
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Our little guests can create Christmas gifts, cards, ornaments and other sparkling crafts. Prices vary by craft. Located in the Lobby Lounge. 

Santa's Helpers 
Saturday, December 12 
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
Get in the holiday spirit, as we wrap toys with Santa for our local children's charity. As the wrapping continues, enjoy Gingerbread cookies and hot cocoa. Unwrapped toy required. Event is complimentary and the hotel will provide all materials to wrap the gifts. 

Magical Spa Day with American Doll 
Tuesday, December 15
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Bring your American Doll and let us spread the "spa-liday" cheer with sparkling mini polish and relaxing day full of catering. Mini mani's available on a first come basis. Adults must accompany child during activity. 
Reservations are required by calling The Ritz-Carlton Spa Key Biscayne, Miami at (305) 365-4197

Season Smiles with Santa 
Sunday, December 13 
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. 
Whatever you do ,don't miss a photoshoot with Santa that will last a life time! Photo session is complimentary. Prices may vary. 

Movie Under the Stars 
Monday, December 14 
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
With the Atlantic Ocean as the background and underneath the bright stars, enjoy a family-friendly movie of the movie frozen with complimentary popcorn and seasonal drinks. Located on the Grand Lawn. Blankets welcomed. Event is complimentary. Food and beverage available.

Fighting through the Snow... with the Minions all the way! 
Thursday, December 10
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Don't miss a one in a lifetime experience with the minions themselves. Event is complimentary. 

Mom & Me Holiday Clinic 
Wednesday, December 16
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
Wear your Holiday sports gear and join the Cliff Drysdale tennis pros for an afternoon of drills, volleys and non-stop fun! Moms can enjoy a cardio workout, as little ones participate in reindeer games. 
Class is limited to the first 15 Mothers and 15 Children ages 5-9. 
Reservations are required by calling (305) 365-4300 

A Very Merry Celebration 
Thursday, December 17 
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 
The twelve days of Christmas conclude with A Very Merry Farewell Celebration completes with Christmas caroling throughout the resort. Event is complimentary and begins in the main lobby.

Tis the season...

To put your home on the market!

That's right! With the coming of the holiday season to all, in South Florida so come potential buyers. While winter in most parts of the world means frigid cold nights, we in South Florida enjoy wonderful weather that allows us to play on the beaches by day and party through the nights with a plethora of entertainment options. 
"High Season" as it is often called, runs from January to April and it's when hotel rates climb and restaurants and beaches get crowded. Each year the season seems to get started earlier than the previous year and 2015-16 season is starting off on Dec.2nd with Art Basel and here locally on Key Biscayne we kickoff the season with Winterfest on Sunday December 6th. So get ready, because here come the snow birds, vacationers and travelers. They are coming in by the millions to South Florida!
With all these people in town it's a great time to showcase your home. Put it on the market and take advantage of all the potential buyers. And if you are considering buying, selling or renting, look no further than Padovan Realty. This family owned, full-service Residential Real Estate firm was established in 1991 making them the most experienced boutique Real Estate Firm on Key Biscayne. 
Contact Paola Padovan today to get your free Comparative Market Analysis and or a list of what is available for rent or sale. Paola has been serving her community for over 25 years and she is more than eager to serve you as well. 
Contact her at: 305 915-4044 or visit 
or click Padovan Realty Corp.

Holidays are soon approaching! While many associate the holidays with times of joy, if you are alone you may associate them with sadness and anxiety .  This may be the first holiday season without your children, without your significant other, or without  your family. The following 10 tips may help brighten this holiday season.
1) Be Proactive - Make plans with friends or other people who are alone during the holidays. Being proactive by making plans, rather than waiting for an invitation, gives you some degree of  control and assures that you will not be alone.
2)Volunteer - The positive feeling you get from sharing and giving to others goes a long way. There are numerous opportunities to volunteer during the holidays. As a bonus, you will be meeting others who enjoy the act of giving.
3) Start new traditions - Be festive and let your creativity flow. It is yours to start!
4) Meet-up groups - This is a good opportunity to meet people who have similar interests. The meet-ups cover a wide range of people and interests. From vegetarians to nightlife, all happening  in your city. Who knows, you may meet your next significant other or at least a few new friends.
5) Exercise- Feel energized and look fit! Nature's way to combat the blues!
6) Humor-Studies show that laughter also combats the blues! You can watch a funny movie, play, or series, and your mood will improve.
7) Pamper yourself- Go to a spa, travel, shop, play golf, go to a ballet; it is ok to self-indulge.
8) Self-reflection- Where have you been and where do you want to be? Take the time to establish goals for upcoming year.
9) Enjoy being with you- Get to know the person you spend all your time with.
10) Emotional Support-  A psychotherapist can help you deal with your feelings of sadness, loss, and anxiety, and can offer appropriate coping strategies.
Even a small change in how you approach the holidays, can make a big difference in how you feel!
Ronda Fuchs, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Holiday Luncheon 2015
You are invited to our Annual Holiday Luncheon and General Membership Meeting.  The new Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Officers will be installed by Mayor Mayra P. Lindsay.

It should be fun- we may have a surprise speaker. Seating is limited, tickets will not be sold at the door, so please rsvp today. $35 including valet parking.

                                                             To RSVP, CLICK HERE!
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Alicia Ortiz & Ronda Fuchs, Psy.D for sharing their KEY INSIGHTS with us so we can share them with all of you!!!!

Congrats To November's raffle Winner!

Winning our November 2015
$500.00 Teeth Cleaning Raffle

We want to thank my dentist, Dr.Nilo Hernandez of Key Biscayne Dental  for the wonderful gift! My family and I are always treated with great warmth at Key Biscayne Dental. 
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PS Are you sick of scouring the paper and MLS sites looking for homes?  Tired of playing telephone tag with agents only to hear the home's already sold?  Sit back, relax and let me do the work for you! 

Just visit MY WEBSITE and check off the features you're looking for.  Whenever a home matching your criteria hits the market, it'll be automatically flagged and emailed to you so you'll never have to worry about missing your dream home.

Did you miss previous issues of KEY INSIGHTS? 
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