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Beach Buzz: Renovated La Piaggia Beach Club reopens

La Piaggia General Manager Alex Maufroy, left, and owner Robert Pascal.
La Piaggia General Manager Alex Maufroy, left, and owner Robert Pascal.

La Piaggia Beach Club — closed for renovation during August and September, reopened Oct. 16 with a well-attended cocktail reception for South of Fifth residents and friends.

The evening featured hors d’oeuvres and flowing Chateau Barbeiranne rosé wine (a bar favorite). It was a kickoff of sorts for the club’s lunch service, which has reopened for the season daily (except Wednesdays) from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

According to general manager Alex Maufroy, the summer renovation included new flooring, new ceilings, new doors and a change of furniture — as well as an updated menu.

Owner Robert Pascal, who hails from St. Tropez, says another major grand opening is planned for Nov. 20 (by invite only), after which the club will officially open for dinner to the public on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Originally opened in 2002, La Piaggia is also known for its gregarious Sunday gatherings, which offer the club’s regular menu in the restaurant and poolside.

“We are looking forward to this new season. It will be better than ever,” promises Maufroy.

La Piaggia is at 1000 South Pointe Dr. For reservations, call 305-674-0647 or visit


Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine will host its third WellBeingWell conference on Nov. 6 from 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami hotel, 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way.

Highlights include keynote speakers Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (and a Miami Beach resident) and Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., PhD., scientist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.

The conference will feature presentations from Sylvester physicians, scientists and other nationally recognized healthcare leaders discussing topics including men’s and women’s health, preventive healthcare, nutrition, exercise, genetics, clinical trials and cancer treatment and survivorship.

“We know that there are critical steps we can all take to stave off many diseases, including cancer,” said Nimer, professor of medicine, biochemistry and molecular biology. “In hosting WellBeingWell, we hope to share those messages with as many people as possible, before they ever need to see us as patients. This conference is for people who want to learn about cancer prevention, healthy living, cancer detection and the latest individualized treatments.”

Co-chair for the event is Vivian Urbieta; vice chair is Nelly M. Farra. The event’s presenting sponsor is Chico’s.

For tickets ($125 including lunch) or further information, call 305-243-9088 or register online at


▪ Literary arts hotel The Betsy-South Beach and its BLT Steak will celebrate All Hallows Eve with a specialty cocktail in honor of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven and provide a copy of the poem to all hotel and restaurant guests. Available Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, the $16 Raven cocktail features one large organic egg, house-made coffee liqueur with vanilla bean, simple syrup and vodka (steeped for two to three days); Delamain Cognac, Grand Marnier, Velvet Felernum (clove-spiced liquor) and a dash of Fee Brothers bitters. Before downing the gourmet cocktail, it is advised to mutter under one’s breath, “Quoth the raven, ‘Nevermore.’” The Betsy is at 1440 Ocean Dr. For details, call 305-531-6100 or visit

▪ Better Days pop-up bar, 500 Brickell Building in Miami, will live on for 30 days more — including a week of Halloween festivities. Created by Challo Schott and owner Jeronimo Hirschfield, the independent bar will offer $3 tall boys for Manic Monday 80s on Oct. 27; “Dead Waiter” night on Oct. 28 recognizes industry members (with proof) 50 percent off; Oct. 29, after 9 p.m. guests will be receive free pumpkins and carving materials (while supplies last). Oct. 30 is Devils Night, followed by a Halloween Zombie Dance Party on Oct. 31. There will also be $3-$5 happy hours weekdays from 5-8 p.m. and a 5-5-5 happy hour on Saturdays, with $5 featured cocktails for five hours beginning at 5 p.m. To learn more, go to

▪ Dr. David Roth and Dr. Ashley Roth of Eye Desire, 1211 17th St. in Miami Beach, are offering Halloween Contact Lenses for $99. Designed by ClearColor Phantom, the lenses come in a wide variety of scary colors and patterns, including “Demonic Green,” “Undead Yellow,” “North Star” and “Heaven’s Eye.” The offer is valid for contact lens wearers with a current lens prescription (add $60 for a contact fitting). Regular price for the lenses and fitting is $260. For an appointment, call 305-673-1211 or visit

Beach Buzz appears every other Sunday, and focuses on people and businesses throughout the Beaches, Aventura and Miami. To reach Debra K. Leibowitz, call 305-531-7887 or email, or become a fan of her Beach Buzz page on Facebook.