My family and I have lived and worked in Northeast Miami-Dade County for 36 years. We include the so called named areas of The Château, Coventry, Highland Lakes, Oak Forest, Oak Hammock, Ojus, Presidential Estates, Skylake, Sunswept, etc. We are 18,000 strong. Many things have changed over these years — guard gates, increased home invasions, common areas in need of repair, overcrowded roads, expanding development.
The city of Sunny Isles Beach has reached a tentative agreement to end years of litigation with a synagogue claiming its religious freedom was violated when the city declared the building a historic landmark.
Along with Dadeland Mall, which launched the Microsoft’s YouthSpark Summer Camp last year, the new Microsoft store at Aventura Mall also will offer free week-long programs for children interested in technology and multimedia.
The closing of several big chain bookstores has left a wide geographical void in south Broward and northern Miami-Dade counties. Bereft booklovers say e-books and Amazon can’t replace paper or the community experience of bricks-and-mortar stores.