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Florida and it’s cousins Mr. Hurricane and the “OTHERS”

Thursday, January 7th, 2016


Have you heard of a Floridian that has never gone thru a hurricane or any other natural disaster?

Me neither!!!

Florida, known for natural disasters such as hurricanes, and wild life feared such as alligators. There is more to this state when it comes to the worry list of nature however, sinkholes. At any moment, the possibility of the Earth devouring an entire neighborhood does indeed exist.

In this photo released by Guatemala's Presidency on Monday May 31, 2010, a  sinkhole covers a street intersection in downtown Guatemala City, Monday May 31, 2010. A day earlier authorities blamed the heavy rains caused by tropical storm Agatha as the cause of the crater that swallowed a a three-story building but now say they will be conducting further studies to determine the cause. Last April 2007, another giant sinkhole in the same area killed 3 people.(AP Photo/Guatemala's Presidency, Luis Echeverria)

Being the home to more sinkholes recorded than the rest of the nation, local agencies that oversee insurance regulation and complaisance have reported at least three sinkholes in three consecutive months: Winter Haven in May, Jonesville in June, and Spring Hill in July.

InSAR, or Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar, is a new form of technology that was developed by NASA to predict and detect sinkhole formations via remote sensor. Acting similar to an ultrasound for our mother Earth, InSAR utilizes satellites and drones to study the altering ground elevations over time determining which changes could raise a vulnerability of sinkholes to an area.

Ronald Blom, a geologist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory quotes, “The InSAR uses a technique that accurately examines repeat radar studies to detect subtle elevation shifts of the surface of the Earth basically.” He goes on to discuss how sinkholes cannot predict every sinkhole collapse as not all present surface deformation. “InSAR could still be a very useful tool in the grand scheme of observational purposes, however.”

In theory, a sinkhole can form anywhere across the state due to the carbonate rocks that underlay its entirety.

With hopes of learning more about the program and positive applications to Florida regarding the terrain change detection, Jim Lamar (Spokesman For Department of Environmental Protection of Florida) quoted “Though no response has yet been received, we have reached out to NASA.” Being the technology used in a NASA campaign to monitor the shifting of the ground following the Louisiana Gulf in March of 2014, the question is raised, what is the cause of these earth devours?

A paper titled “What’s Up with All the Sinkholes?” was written by a geologist for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection named Clint Kromhout. He addresses the cause of sinkholes by describing not only the natural phenomena such as heavy rainfall and tropical storms, but identifies man made triggers for sinkholes like extensive pumping of groundwater, excavation, and drilling.

There is no guarantee that you could ever choose a region that is safe from sinkholes. The Florida Geological Survey states that the U.S Geological Survey doesn’t follow the frequency of sinkholes, “It is complicating to do so.” says a supervisory geologist with the agency.

Though the frequency of sinkholes may be lessened, there is evidence of more individuals being affected by them. The Office of Insurance Regulation of the state reports that there were over 6,000 sinkhole related claims in 2010 as opposed to the 2,400 filed in 2006. Kromhout states “It is likely impossible to prevent a gigantic sinkhole like the Winter Park sinkhole which devoured too much of its’ entirety to even consider leaving it alone, and remain quite.

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Are you a REAL Floridian?

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Are you really an Orange Baby?

If you want to discover whether or not you are truly a South Floridian, here are 7 ways to find out. Skip to Number 1 if you choose:

7. Not originating from here is a conversation starter, meeting someone who is native to Southern Florida is a rare occurrence seeing as how most residence relocate here to be under the shade of a palm tree, with ocean breeze blowing through their hair.

palm tree

6. You see mini lobster season as a major holiday! You see, Mini Lobster season is actually quite popular and signifies the 48 hour period before the regular beginning of lobster season. Mini Lobster season occurs in late July where numerous Fishermen (as well as women) enter a lobster catching frenzy in South Florida.


5. Umbrellas are a fashion statement, and everyday accommodation. The normal afternoon sprinkle, I mean shower, or downpour is no joke. You keep an umbrella within arms length at all times, its a South Florida thing! That is why you will always have a carpet cleaning company or a cleaning company in general on speed dial, so that you don’t live with filthy floors/carpets…


4. Cuban Coffee is your main fuel source! All legitimate South Florida coffee drinkers have indulged in the unique sweet java that is Cuban culture. No matter if you order a Colada, Cortadito, Cafecito, or the basic Cafe Con Leche, Cafe Americano doesn’t compare to Cubano alternatives for South Floridians, no matter their origination.


3. Dolphin is delicious, though the animal lovers in the north cry out against us South Floridians eating flipper, ordering blackened dolphin from the local raw bar is a regular occurrence. However, we then have to explain to them that it is just another name for Mahi Mahi, which is in abundance in the Southern Florida waterways.


2. You laugh at those who purchase their mangoes and avocados in the grocery store. Not only do we get the advantages of no winters, gorgeous sunsets, and the Atlantic Ocean, there is more than enough mango and avocado trees growing, and South Floridians love to share.

mango avocado

1. You frequently boat, even if you don’t own one. Due to the fact that this state is a peninsula surrounded by water, boating is a cultural lifestyle of South Florida. Whether you prefer deep sea fishing, snorkeling, or cruising the dockside venues, everyone has their preference in boating purposes. The best thing about this is, you don’t have to own a boat to experience the boating way of life. All over the world, you are able to go out on a boat through boat sharing which can keep private owners and non-owners happier.


South Florida and its mobile perks

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

South Florida and its mobile perks…

Have you ever been to South Florida?

Actually, let me rephrase the question…have you ever been to Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala, France, Italy, China, Japan, Africa, Alaska, Antartica, Australia, states within the U.S.A., cities within Florida such as Fort Lauderdale, Coral Gables, Aventura, Coconut Grove, Miami Beach or anywhere and everywhere around the whole universe and more?


If your answer is NO, than I got a budget friendly way for you to go around the world…and extremely simple…take notes please: spend your next summer vacation in Miami, the sunshine state, where there isn’t just sun throughout the year but a cultural diversity overwhelmingly refreshing…when you know that every other individual is either from a different country speaking a different language, or an American son or daughter who grew up with an non-American parents!


Wanna talk bad behind someones back? Not a good quality brothers and sisters, but if you must, be very careful because in Miami, most people speak 2 languages or more…so either be respectful and hush those lips or be a ‘’butt hole’’ and get your ‘’butt hole’’ kicked.


As with many popular states that are more like vacation spots than an ordinary everyday place, many businesses uses the sun-all-year-long to advertise and commercialize everything and anything they can possibly sell so tourists can buy buy buy, and take home a little piece of paradise.

So how do this companies advertize exactly?


Well, if you haven’t heard about the newest technology explosion lately, it is called the Proximity Marketing, the first and most advanced direct response marketing that will
monetized your FREE WiFi Services…Press me to know more in detail…

So how does it work?

As we all know, everyone and their cousins have a mobile device, just put in your phone number, accept the propaganda advertizing that will be sent to you once in a while (of course, for the things you are currently looking for – Google knows people!) and voila!


So next time you visit Miami and its people, remember to speak about others NEVER and go ahead and get your free WiFi at locations that offer this awesome WIFI proximity mobile tech, getting cool deals on the things that interest you most is a pretty cool way to save for that ice cold pina colada  that you must drink walking down the strip in Miami Beach…Enjoy the sunshine state, enjoy the free WIFI and enjoy the margarita!!!

We all want a place that we can call home!

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Whether in the US or anywhere the world, having a place that you can call home is undeniably a blessing.

It can be that cute little home with the picket fence, a 5K sq Feet plus mansion or an oceanfront apartment…it is a dream of yours since you can remember, and believe it or not, Miami is a spot where many wishes to make it their”permanent home”.

feature pic executive estates

What many “outsiders” don’t know is that you CAN have that piece of real estate here in Miami with a moderate low budget, you just have to know where to look, how to get there first, negotiating skills and a great decorator and general contractor.

Excuse me? I though we were talking about my dream home?

Well we still are indeed, like I mentioned previously, if you want that piece of property that is nothing but the best you must be willing to live under construction for a little while, but take in consideration that you will be living in Miami and will be a local.

With that in mind, remodeling is a great way to personalize most spots inside and outside the property, using a fresh paint  job from a reputable painting company click here, checking the plumbing, securing all the rest and you will have you dream real estate with your dream location in no time…

You will then become that local, that Floridian, miamian local that you have been dreaming of!

Don’t forget that having a great Realtor is just as important as having great financing, a great general contractor and an awesome home designer , it just have to be part of the team!

A Realtor must be able to not only find THAT perfect nest for you, but be able to negotiate an unreal price deal as-well, because as we all know, without a great infrastructure there will never be an awe-inspiring interior structure.

What all South Floridians have in common?

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

When in need, call me…said millions of store owners across South Florida!

Either you a Florida resident, or just loves Florida so much that you have become more attached to this state than where ever you are from, there is one think that all locals here knows:  “the right people”…


Knowing people here is what will get you thru the right door, what will get the work done right, on time and as you have requested.

When I say the right people I am speaking in all since including knowing who’s  your neighbor (and what they are up to), being friendly to your mailperson and have your local electricians number in hand.


Trusting is a very difficult word which has been beaten up so many times and yet we shall never give in, because one thing I can promise you, here in South Florida your job is only as good as your work!

Florida is very big, and when a state is very big it tends to get a little harder to choose “the right peeps” to work with and/or do the work for you!

florida sign


You tend to get lost in the 100,000 stores for a single type of bulb.

But remember that as a Florida resident you should have all your “local” numbers for specific jobs on speed dial.



Why everybody wants to come to Florida?

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Don’t you love to be in a sunny place where everybody just want to have fun and live life to the fullest?