As we note the coming of fall, we’re now just settling into a new collegiate and NFL schedule, TV network premieres,  school projects for kids (and parents too!) and so much more.  Facial hair is in as seen on popular hosts Alex Trebeck and late night host Stephen Colbert.  Let’s see how long that will last.

With October, there’s another new iPhone – right on cue — and we welcome a new volume year of SOMI Magazine – our fourteenth.  Thanks to all those retail business, restaurants, institutions and service providers who have contributed to the success of this publication with their advertising and, in many cases, their personal support over past thirteen years.  

I hope you like what we’ve done with the graphics and content on some of our regular features. We continue the magazine’s commitment to promote and support those regional cultural institutions and resources in our “backyard,” however, this time in the bay with the story of Stiltsville. Many readers have favorably commented and appreciate the magazine’s coverage of these local treasures. 

Another well-received feature of SOMI Magazine is the focus on businesses observing milestone years: 10, 20, 25 and more years here in our hometown.  On page 24, we single out Myra and Company, observing 40 years in South Miami.  Congratulations Myra!

SHOP SMALL IN SOMI is not just a one-day-of-the-year campaign.  In each issue of Volume XIV, SOMI Magazine will be singling out our “SOMI SIX” in a special two page spread.  Take a look at just some of the businesses that make SOMI SO SPECIAL ().

October as we well know is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   Here in South Miami, Hope 4 L.Y.F.E. presents the SOMI 3K Breast Cancer Walk  – a great event.  We all know someone, some family affected by the scourge of cancer.  Come out and support a great cause. 

Big changes loom here in South Miami.   The City of South Miami is in the process of finalizing plans for the redevelopment of the City Hall campus, which will provide for residential apartments, retail and a new city administration building.   The South Miami electorate voted in favor of amending the city charter to provide for an absolute majority vote (4/5) of the commission in matters dealing with increased development in the “commercial core.”  (The city charter had required a unanimous 5/5 vote prior.)  The Shops at Sunset Place is getting ready to submit plans to the city for a hotel, two apartment buildings and a multifaceted “revitalization” of its nine-acre site.  The city’s elected officials should embrace with open arms this $175+ million commitment of the owners and give them the four votes they need to move forward.  It’s time to act; this redevelopment.  It is critical for the life of our shopping and dining district and for the city itself. 

In the world of cycling, you’ll learn about a new mountain bike trail at the Key Biscayne trails (see page 30), and catch up on the latest developments and programs of The Underline (page 38).  For recreational cyclists of note is the acquisition by Miami-Dade County of the FEC lines running from Dadeland to MIA getting ready for the “Ludlam Trail.”  SOMI Magazine will be informing our readership about this development in an upcoming issue.

That’s about it from me.  Now it’s your turn to BE PART OF THE CONVERSATIONsm.  Let us know your take on our magazine changes and happenings in SOMI, and please visit SOMI Magazine ONLINE at somimag.loc. 

Enjoy the start of Volume XIV and thanks for sharing SOMI Magazine with friends.

Best wishes for a blessedThanksgiving shared with family and friends.





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