Find out where the beautiful people hangout


Lois Whitman-Hess
Miami Life Editor
The Three Tomatoes, #16

Ever hear of Governor’s Cut? Well Eliot Hess captured it in this photo of the Miami skyline. Want to hang with the beautiful people? Check out Joia Beach Club, one of the new hotspots that makes you feel like you entered the world of the rich and famous. If you ever wished you had a secret garden, I have just the place for you. We bought tickets to see the limited run of Joan Didion’s “The Year of Magical Thinking,” at GableStage, the theater at the Biltmore Hotel. I am super excited to see it. 

Where The Beautiful People Hangout  

If you are in the mood to completely change your environment on Sundays when you are off from your daily responsibilities, I would like to suggest the Joia Beach Club. So many of my friends say it’s where Miami meets St. Tropez. The Sunday brunch is an extravagant daytime experience unlike any other in Miami. It’s fun to see JLo, The Kardashian’s, the Williams sisters, Madonna, Cher, Heidi Klum, Leonardo DiCaprio, sitting at a nearby table. 


Your New Secret Garden

My friends introduced me to Glass & Vine at the beginning of the pandemic and it quickly became my go to place to safely socialize and dine. The big attraction is that it’s totally casual and relaxed. The tables are spread out amongst the trees and bushes, so the entire place definitely looks more like a park than a restaurant. 


“The Year of Magical Thinking” at GableStage’s 

I am super excited to see Joan Didion’s “The Year of Magical Thinking,” at GableStage, the theater at the Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables. The play is only being performed through June 26. I understand from the reviews, that the performance with actress Sara Morsey as Didion, is a one-of-a-kind experience. 


What Is Government Cut? 

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Every time someone looks out my window, they ask me about the body of water below. “What is that?” I say, “Government Cut.” They say, “Government what?” It’s really an easy explanation and I decided to detail it now because Eliot took the most magnificent photos of the Miami skyline which also includes Government Cut.

Government Cut is a manmade shipping channel between Miami Beach and Fisher Island, which allows better access to the Port of Miami in MiamiFlorida. Before the cut was established, a single peninsula of dry land stretched from what is now Miami Beach to what is now Fisher Island, and boats destined for the port at the mouth of the Miami River had to pass around Cape Florida, to the south of Key Biscayne.

Opened in 1905, the cut across the peninsula that is now Miami Beach was authorized by the U.S. government (hence the name), in order to provide a direct route from the Atlantic Ocean on the east to the seaport on Biscayne Bay to the west, without having to detoursouthward. The cut across the mangroves and beach at the southern end of the peninsula created Fisher Island, which except for the extreme northeast corner, is part of unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida. The now-famous South Beach is to the north of the cut.

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