47th Annual Golden Coconut Awards Winners Announced

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THE COCONUT GROVE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CONGRATULATES THE RECIPIENTS OF THE 47TH GOLDEN COCONUT AWARDS
Recognizing individuals and businesses whose efforts make our community better & brighter!

ENTREPRENEURIAL START-UP BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

DAVID KURZ REAL ESTATE

David Kurz has created a collaborate environment in the Village West not only for his agents but also for other companies by bringing in a graphic design company, a mortgage firm, a capital firm, and a title firm in-house. That’s why David Adam Kurz, a leading real estate broker, hopes to change this sector of Miami for the better.

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SERVICE INDUSTRY LEADER OF THE YEAR

MERCY HOSPITAL

Mercy Hospital, a 488 bed acute care HCA hospital which has received the Magnet recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Centers, has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and whose hyperbaric and wound-care center has been designated as the Divers Alert Network (DAN) regional coordinator for Florida and the Caribbean. CEP Dale Alward is an experienced healthcare executive with 33 plus years of experience in a wide variety of healthcare management settings

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LOCALLY-OWNED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

H&H JEWELS

Raised in Miami Beach, Florida, H Bredemeier is like his business and designs one of a kind! In 1984, when H was a teenager, his uncle suggested that he go to Coconut Grove to try to sell some of his costume jewelry. H set up a street stand on Commodore Plaza and that was the beginning of H&H Jewels. Thirty years later, H is a world-renowned designer, who believes in doing things the old-fashioned way.

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HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY LEADER OF THE YEAR

GROVE BAY HOSPITALITY GROUP

Grove Bay Hospitality Group was created in 2010 with the idea that it would be fully connected to the community. They plan to grow the 2 restaurants they currently have in the Grove with the new location on the bay, just north of City Hall which will include 3 restaurants and retail.

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RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

STRADA IN THE GROVE

Authentic Italian in an urban garden.

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CHEF OF THE YEAR

CHEF TED MENDEZ, SPARTICO (at Mayfair Hotel & Spa)

Chef Ted says his mama’s cooking gives new meaning to “love what you do” and it shows in his short ribs. He grew up in our South Florida and gives back to 33133 every month with the Women’s Monday event and more. (Chef Ted shown below with event Co-Chair Wendy Zane.

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HOTEL OF THE YEAR

THE MUTINY/PROVIDENT HOTELS

The Mutiny is one of the names that goes way back when people think of Coconut Grove. However today, the Mutiny Hotel has transformed into a unique luxurious all suites property with a luscious tropical pool oasis that is a popular location for the Community of today.

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GM of THE YEAR

CURTIS CRIDER, SONESTA COCONUT GROVE

The pride of his hospitality is recognized every time you experience the signature aroma as you step into the lobby, fresh green plants, strategic lighting to accent the local and original gallery art displayed on the walls. He takes pride from small details of the building, rooms and dining everyday to make sure each guest experience is exceptional. As a long-time member of the Coconut Grove business community, he is vested in the economical growth and development of Coconut Grove.

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RETAILER OF THE YEAR - BRICKS & MORTAR

SHELL LUMBER & HARDWARE

100+ enthusiastic and dedicated staff available 6 days a week to provide immediate personal attention for all of your retail and trade requests.. Supporting Local Economic Growth! They are also active supporters of the Community – donating lumber to raise trees with TreeWatch, providing a location for Shakespeare in the Park when park costs became expensive are just 2 examples of their involvement.

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BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

TERRA

Progressive, open-minded and transparent, Terra creates sustainable, design-driven communities that bring people together through philanthropy, collaboration and responsible development. We engage in our community through service, volunteering, board memberships, fundraisers, sponsorships and donations. At Terra, we believe that charitable and civic involvement projects are carried out most effectively and passionately when they coincide with an individual’s interests, and an acknowledged responsibility to give back to the communities in which we live.

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SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - LESS THAN 10 EMPLOYEES

RILEY SMITH GROUP

The Riley Smith Group has a well-deserved reputation as the most successful real estate group in Coconut Grove and one of the most successful in all of South Florida. They understand the market in a way that will impress even the most sophisticated analytic sellers and buyers. (show with even co-chair Rebecca Smith)

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SMALL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR

COCONUT GROVE SAILING CLUB

Since 1946, CGSC serves the community in any way including with Miami Dade County Public Schools serving disadvantaged children with weekday clinics. GCSC works with community leaders on Regatta Park, Center Grove City Council, Biscayne Bay Foundation and the Waterfront Advisory Council. The club manages Clarington Island Clean-up to keep our community clean. (LB Carpenter, Commodore Janice Pruett and Alyn Pruett)

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LARGE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR

COCONUT GROVE ARTS FESTIVAL

For 54 years, the Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association is a year-round non-profit organization whose mission is to foster culture in all its forms and provide access to a broad and diverse array of Arts experiences and activities while enhancing art appreciation, art education and the community at large.

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OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

MAJOR MANNY MORALES, CITY OF MIAMI POLICE

Served as Commander in Coconut Grove for 3 years, during which crime rate dropped by 10% per year! Attended to the needs every organization and was present at all community events and meetings.

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BOARD MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Board of Directors cast their vote for the MVP of the Board, whose, efforts and work have positively impacted the organization.

ED PRELAZ, Cushman-Wakefield

Director since 2008, Current Treasurer. Reliable. Resilient. He is the go-to person for his fellow board members.

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PRESIDENT'S AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Given out by the President from the President to a dedicated BOD member with outstanding qualities in leadership, dedication, community.

MONTY TRAINER, Coconut Grove Arts Festival President

For the indelible mark he has made in Coconut Grove.

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GOLDEN COCONUT 47

ARQUITECTONICA

World-renown, yet home grown. Chamber Trustees. We like what they’ve done with Brickell City Centre, but love what they’ve done for the Engle building, and can’t wait to see what they do with the Playhouse!

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SPECIAL THANKS TO

Our Hostess Mostest, Lynette Janac,
Publisher of South Florida Luxury Guide
and our Co-Chairs Extraordinaires,
Rebecca J. Smith and Wendy D. Zane

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THANK YOU ALSO TO OUR TERRIFIC STAFF

Director Howard Kane and Tee Sorrentino, and Volunteer throughout the years, Lisa Shallenberger

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