Miami Beach: ASHA’s 2006 Convention White sand beaches, warm aquamarine waters, 78-degree days—and ASHA. That is your scenario this fall at ASHA’s annual Convention Nov. 16–18 in Miami Beach. Near to the Art Deco and South Beach districts, the Miami Beach Convention Center spans four city blocks. It’s a short walk to one of America’s ... ASHA Convention Coverage
ASHA Convention Coverage  |   June 01, 2006
Miami Beach: ASHA’s 2006 Convention
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Miami Beach: ASHA’s 2006 Convention
The ASHA Leader, June 2006, Vol. 11, 10-12. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC.11082006.10
The ASHA Leader, June 2006, Vol. 11, 10-12. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC.11082006.10
White sand beaches, warm aquamarine waters, 78-degree days—and ASHA. That is your scenario this fall at ASHA’s annual Convention Nov. 16–18 in Miami Beach. Near to the Art Deco and South Beach districts, the Miami Beach Convention Center spans four city blocks. It’s a short walk to one of America’s most beautiful beaches.
Se habla espanol? If you want to practice your Spanish, this is the place. The Hispanic or Latino population stands at 65%, according to the 2000 Census.
An international city with seemingly endless attractions, Miami is long used to playing host. But its bounty can create dilemmas for visitors, such as narrowing down what to do in your free time away from sessions. The ASHA Leader will try to help. The question of where to eat is worth another whole article, but a selection of restaurants are in the sidebar, “Cheryl’s Picks.”
Art and History
Where to go in Miami really depends on what you want to do. The Miami Art Museum (MAM) reflects a dedication to international art of the 20th and 21st centuries. You might even visit it the first day of the ASHA Convention, when MAM holds its “Third Thursday.” This monthly happy hour from 5 to 8:30 p.m. features music by local DJs, cocktails, and a Starbucks Coffee bar.
Learn how Miami changed from a mangrove-covered sandbar in 1910 into a world-famous resort city at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida in downtown Miami. You can enter a replica of an Art Deco hotel lobby, sign in at the reception desk, and sit on period furniture.
Vizcaya (pronounced Vihz-sky-ah), a National Historic Landmark, was built by James Deering, an agricultural industrialist who spent winters there in the early 1900s. The European-inspired estate includes a main house filled with art and furnishings, 10 acres of gardens on Biscayne Bay, a forest made up of the native tree called hardwood hammock, and an historic village that is being restored. The museum is in the Coconut Grove neighborhood.
“The Grove” offers more, of course. While visiting Vizcaya, stop off for lunch or dinner at a variety of restaurants. It is a popular destination for tourists and locals, who come for the leisure-time options, including CocoWalk Mall and a number of festivals and waterfront parks.
Nature Paths
Boat tours are an easy way to see the city. Some tours offer spa treatment, including massage, yoga, and gourmet meals. Others cruise the Miami waterways, stopping off at waterfront restaurants and bars, while allowing passengers a peek at celebrity mansions.
Perhaps nature attracts you. The Miami Seaquarium offers shows, exhibits and educational presentations in a beautifully landscaped park overlooking Biscayne Bay. Daily admission includes marine-life shows and exhibits on 38 acres. Bus transportation to the Seaquarium is available from hotels throughout the Miami metropolitan area.
Tropical birds have the run of Parrot Jungle Island, an island park off MacArthur Causeway. Approximately 1,100 macaws, parrots, and other winged residents join giant reptiles and exotic primates. The 18 landscaped acres showcase some 500 species of plants and flowers. Shows include “Reptile Giants,” with snakes, alligators, and crocodiles, and “Wild Encounters,” featuring apes, tigers, and more.
Shopping and People-Watching
A different sort of wildlife is on display at South Beach or SoBe. Located in the Art Deco District, its brightly colored boutique hotels line the beach. Ocean Drive is the place to be with its fashionable restaurants and sidewalk cafés. Walking and bicycle tours give visitors a look at more than 400 registered historic buildings, and Ocean, Washington, and Fifth offer multiple shopping opportunities.
The Design District is a combination of design outlets, art galleries, home decor stores, antique shops, restaurants, and clubs. Stores devoted to design and architecture occupy warehouse-like fronts in an area between North Miami Avenue and North Second Avenue.
Coral Gables, originally developed by George Merrick in 1925, is so picturesque that it’s been nicknamed “The City Beautiful.” Streets like De Soto Boulevard are adorned with fountains, and the luxurious Biltmore Hotel, which Merrick helped establish, is a landmark. The neighborhood offers some of Miami’s most exclusive retail venues at the Miracle Mile.
Located near NE 2nd Ave., Little Haiti is the center of Miami’s Haitian culture, and the aroma of Caribbean cooking and the rhythms of compas music fill its streets. This could be the place to find out about traditional voodoo practices. Arts and crafts are for sale in many independent shops.
A visit to Miami isn’t complete without visiting Little Havana-or trying some Cuban food. The main street, Calle Ocho (or Southwest Eighth Street), is the place to indulge in empanadas, media noche, or café con leche. Try an authentic Cuban restaurant, like Casa Lario on W. Flagler Ave. (You can also stay close to the Convention Center and visit Yucca’s on Lincoln Road.)
Miami is known for its music. Get a sampling at Florida International University’s annual fall music festival, which offers classical, jazz, big band, Caribbean, and Latin American music in addition to special performances for children. The event runs through Nov. 30.
Undoubtedly, ASHA has a few sports fans. The Miami Dolphins will be playing Minnesota at home on Nov. 19. As for the Miami Heat, check in August for that schedule.
Building Bridges
There’s more to Miami, of course-like the ASHA Convention.
The 2006 theme is “Building Bridges Through Communication,” in keeping with all those bridges around Miami and the city’s multicultural nature. Convention co-chair Lynn Flahive said the convention theme focuses on how different professions can work together in improving communication skills.
The Convention has been designed to recognize the multidisciplinary nature of service delivery and will highlight advances in other fields such as genetics, physics, and linguistics. For more details on the Convention, see the March 21 issue of The ASHA Leader, “2006 Convention Builds Bridges.”
Cheryl’s Restaurant Picks

by Cheryl Russell

Miami and Miami Beach are world-known for their restaurants and night life. Listed here are just a few restaurants that await you during the ASHA Convention.

Pacific Time

915 Lincoln Rd.

(305) 534-5979

Pacific Time is located in “South Beach” on Lincoln Road, a unique pedestrian environment. Plan some time to enjoy the many Lincoln Road boutiques and art galleries either before or after dinner.

The style of food is Asian/Pacific. The service was excellent. When we arrived at 6 p.m. it was empty, but by the time we left at 7:30 p.m., the restaurant was full. However, we never felt rushed.

Joe’s Stone Crab

11 Washington Avenue

Joe’s does not take reservations. If you have a group of 20 or more, call 305-673-0365 after 3 p.m. Program co-chair Lynn Flahive noted that she arrived at the restaurant at 5:15 p.m. on a Friday. “By 6 p.m. there was a wait. It’s a great atmosphere and the food was wonderful.”

Joe’s Stone Crabs is an icon in Miami Beach, with the charm of old-world elegance. The season for stone crabs is October through May-so the convention is a perfect time to try them. The stone crabs with mustard sauce delights anyone. Prices vary from season to season, but they are typically expensive. Every side dish is a la carte, although they are large enough to share. You don’t need to order the jumbo claws-the medium claws at a lower price can be filling and very satisfying. Joe’s also serves a variety of fresh fish as well as steak, chops, and fowl.

Tobacco Road

626 S. Miami Avenue

(305) 374-1198

Another old-time favorite, Tobacco Road was established in 1912 and has a somewhat shady history of run-ins with local law enforcement which only spices up its attraction. It is very small, very rustic, and has the absolute best greasy hamburgers I have ever eaten. So put on your casual clothes and join the locals in great food and the chance to hear some of the best live blues music in the country.

Joe Allen Miami Beach

1787 Purdy Avenue

(305) 531-7007

In a neighborhood of condos and shops, this casual, upscale eatery is a hangout for locals who crave good food with a menu that changes daily. They serve everything from pizzas to calf’s liver to steaks. I had one of the best salads—arugula with pear, prosciutto, and parmesan with a lemon-shallot dressing—I have had in years. Desserts include banana cream pie, and ice cream and cookie sandwiches. This is a reasonably priced restaurant.

Perricone’s Marketplace and Café

15 S.E. 10th Street

(305) 374-9449

Brickell Avenue south of the Miami River is the place to go if you want an Italian restaurant. Perricone’s, located in a 120-year-old barn that came from Vermont, is the most popular among them. The recipes were handed down from grandmother to mother to daughter, and the cooking is simple and good. Purchase your wine from the deli and bring it to your table for a small corkage fee. The generous antipasto can be shared by a group. Linguine with a sauté of jumbo shrimp, fresh asparagus, and chopped tomatoes were among my favorites, and the bread is great!

510 Ocean

510 Ocean Drive

(305) 531-1788

In this restaurant on famous Ocean Drive, you can dine on the front patio with its warm ocean breeze or in the lush garden that is home to an onyx waterfall. The inside dining room offers nightly entertainment. The restaurant features some different and interesting dishes such as panko-crusted goat cheese with tomato-basil fondue and garlic crostinis and fresh fish prepared with the extra twist that the chef is known for. Entrées range from $25 to $40.

Cheryl Russell, a.k.a. ASHA’s resident food critic, is director of Convention and Meetings. Contact her at

A Brief History of Miami

The city’s name comes from Mayaimi, which means “very large lake” and probably refers to Lake Okeechobee. The Miami River marked the beginning of a canoe trail through the Everglades to the big lake.

When European ships first arrived on the South Florida coast, Native American people called the Tequesta inhabited the area. Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon, who was searching for riches and the fountain of youth, claimed the land for Spain. He named it “Pascua de Florida” (feast of flowers) because the sailors spotted land on April 2, 1513, Palm Sunday.

The Spanish controlled Florida for the next 250 years, bringing with them modern weapons and diseases that eventually caused the Tequestas to vanish. The Seminole Indian Wars began in 1818, finally ending in 1858.

Spain sold Florida to the United States for $5 million in 1821. When the United States gained possession of Florida, the major industry was “wrecking”-living off the spoils from shipwrecks caused by sailing too close to the coral reefs.

The modern era began with the arrival of Henry Flagler’s railroad in 1896. Rapid development followed the arrival of the railroad 1896. The City of Miami was incorporated later that year with 344 voters.

A system of drainage canals began to crisscross the area after the turn of the century, creating new land for settlers. In the 1920s a real estate boom hit and new subdivisions and tourist resorts were built. During World War II the military brought thousands of troops to the area for training. When the war ended many veterans returned with their families to make the city their home. A growth surge in population followed the war and the number of tourists began a steady increase as transportation advancements helped Miami become a year-round resort.

In the 1960s thousands of refugees from Cuba began coming into the area. In the 1980s Haitians fled their homeland to seek a better life. Today many different ethnic groups and cultures share this modern metropolitan community.

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