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Key Biscayne’s Cape Florida State Park was the
only South Florida beach to make it into Dr.
Stephen P. Leatherman’s Top 10 Best Beaches
rankings for 2008. Dubbed “Dr. Beach,”
Leatherman takes into account 50 criteria when
judging including water tests, sand quality and
surrounding amenities. Open every day from
sunrise to sunset, Cape Florida State Park has been
a staple of sorts on Dr. Beach’s annual survey, a
list he’s released since 1991. Part of the charm
is not only the beach’s history as one of the first
stops of Ponce de Leon, but also the accessible
lighthouse onsite and the clean, warm waters. A
family atmosphere reigns here and that’s a far cry
from other South Florida beaches where chiseled
bodies and bikinis rule.
I’m a wife and mother in her mid-40s and I’ve never
had to deal with insecurity issues before. Recently,
my husband and I have decided we need to get more
involved in the community so we have been attending
more charitable and social events on the island and I
think this has contributed to my realizing that I really
don’t look that great for my age, despite what my
friends, husband and children say. The women on Key
Biscayne are just so beautiful...I’m not sure I can keep
up. I feel like I constantly have to compete with many
of them. Help!
A: The Key Biscayne U9 boys’ soccer team has
struck gold with their recent win at the Disney
Memorial Day Cup. So how are the kids feeling
after becoming mini-celebs on the island? “I
heard they all went to school with their medals
to show them off to their friends and teachers,”
says Coach Hugo Munoz-Lopez. “Every time
that I tried to tell a friend about the tournament, they already knew.” Upon
returning home from their win, the players were personally congratulated
by Key Biscayne Mayor Chip Iglesias at the Village offices. If you missed
the tournament, Coach’s passionate words will make you feel like you were
there even if you weren’t. “You had to be there to live the emotions, my little
boys had touched heaven with their hands, they were crying, running and
expressing their joy in every way possible,” says Munoz-Lopez.
Q: Lately my self-esteem has been on the floor.
As we plan for our forthcoming Style Issue, we
want to hear about some of the fashion blunders
you’ve experienced recently. From mistakenly
putting on a mismatching pair of shoes and not
realizing it until lunchtime to wearing that red
pleather jacket your aunt gave you for Christmas
in public, don’t hold back…the wilder your story,
the more likely it is that we’ll print it. If you
think you have what it takes for your story and
photo to appear in our Sept/Oct issue on this
page, email a paragraph-length blurb to Editor@
KeyBiscayneMag.com along with your name,
phone number and a hi-res digital photo of yourself wearing the item or items.
Make sure to include detailed accounts of the reactions you received from
others along with your own impressions. The deadline for submissions is Aug. 1.
If you’re able to admire the beauty of others, you,
too, are truly beautiful! Taking care of your family
and finding time to do charity work can take its toll
on anyone. Despite our efforts, research shows that our
body starts to change at 40. My recommendation is
to replace the feelings of insecurity with actions that
can help you to feel and look in optimum condition.
Eat healthy, take vitamins, drink plenty of fluids to
maintain your skin hydrated, exercise approximately
three hours a week, and sleep a minimum of eight
hours a day. To relax, do things you enjoy and that
bring you satisfaction. There are many medical and
surgical procedures that can help us delay the aging
process and keep you looking younger. I congratulate
you and your husband for giving back to the
community by becoming involved in charitable events.
Your commitment to your community is what makes
you a beautiful person.
› Lisette N. Beraja of Beraja Counseling Center is a Licensed
Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 10 years
of experience working with children, adults, couples and
families. If you have a question you’d like answered in a
future edition of Key Biscayne Magazine, email it to Editor@
KeyBiscayneMag.com or Lisette@Beraja.com. Due to high
volume, we will not be able to respond to all submissions. All
names will be withheld to ensure the privacy of our readers.
“Women’s modesty generally
increases with their beauty.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche
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“For Sale” sign in front of
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