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Man Shot, Killed While Driving With 2 Children In Car Near Zoo Miami




SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE (CBSMiami) – A man driving a Toyota Camry was shot and killed Friday afternoon while he was driving near Zoo Miami.

Authorities said there were two children in the car at the time of the shooting, a five-year-old and a one-year-old. Those children were not hurt.

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There was also a woman in the Camry. She was unhurt.

It happened at the intersection of SW 127 Avenue and 152 Street, at the entrance of the Deerwood community, across the street from Zoo Miami.

“Once officers arrived is when they discovered in a Toyota 4-door that the driver was suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Once fire rescue responded, they were able to pronounce the driver deceased here on the scene,” said Miami-Dade Police Public Information Officer Alvaro Zabaleta.

Police said the shots were fired from a gray Lexus, which fled the scene after the shooting.

“The victim, in this case, was at the intersection of 152 Street and 127th Avenue getting ready to make a right to go eastbound on 152 Street. When an unknown vehicle, a Lexus approached him from the driver’s side and opened fire and then fled westbound,” addes Zabaleta.

Police had placed dozens of yellow evidence markers on the ground.

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The driver of the Camry was declared dead at the scene.

Authorities did not say if this was a targeted shooting or a case of road rage.


Video from Chopper 4 showed two cars in the intersection, one of them has a yellow tarp hanging over the windshield and front hood.

There is speculation that rapper Wavy Navy Pooh was the victim in this case. His record label posted on social media that he had passed away, but did not release any details of his death.

Police have not confirmed the identity of the man who was killed.

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Meanwhile, the coronavirus testing site at the Zoo Miami remained closed while the investigation continued.

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Smorgasburg to make Miami debut in Wynwood in March



Smorgasburg to make Miami debut in Wynwood in March
Smorgasburg regularly attracts upwards of 10,000 weekend visitors in New York City.

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Smorgasburg, the largest open air food market in America with locations in New York and Los Angeles, is launching in Miami in the heart of Wynwood, 2612 NW Second Ave., in March.

A play on the Swedish word “smorgasbord,” meaning a wide array of foods, and the location for the market’s debut in Williamsburg, upon opening in 2011, Smorgasburg instantly became a popular destination for New Yorkers regularly drawing upwards of 10,000 weekend visitors in search of a great afternoon of eating, drinking and meeting up with friends.

At the same time, the market served as an affordable starting point for food vendors wanting to test out their concepts for a large audience without the overhead and risk of a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Known as the place to go for creative, often groundbreaking food and drink, the concept’s Williamsburg success led to a Los Angeles expansion in 2016, satellite locations in Jersey City and Lower Manhattan and annual pop ups in Sao Paulo and Japan, making Smorgasburg a global phenomenon.

Gaston Becherano Cohen, owner of Omotenashi Group, a collection of hospitality driven enterprises that includes Aventura Gardens Market, Bonsai Café, and Motorcycle Matcha, is the man bringing Smorgasburg to Miami.

His first exposure to the concept was as a vendor in New York, where he launched the first iteration of Bonsai, selling kakigori — hand-cranked Japanese shaved ice. The popularity he experienced with Bonsai at Smorgasburg paved the way for a brick-and-mortar restaurant on the Lower East Side, and that’s the type of opportunity he is interested in extending to Miami’s culinary community. Born in Mexico and raised in Miami, he has spent the past few years getting to know the community and believes the time is ripe for Smorgasburg Miami.

According to Becherano Cohen, “Over the past couple of years, the culinary scene of Miami has evolved at a breakneck pace. There are dozens of new underground food concepts in Miami that are top-class. We are bringing Smorgasburg to Miami to provide the right spotlight and conditions for these vendors to flourish and grow and to build a market that represents the talent and diversity of the South Florida food scene. At its core, Smorgasburg allows vendors to launch their own successful food concept without having to take the risk and undergo the headaches associated with opening up a brick and mortar.”

Smorgasburg Miami will be open on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will occupy prime real estate in the epicenter of Wynwood — adjacent to the Wynwood Walls, the 50,000-square-foot park-like setting will ultimately host 60 food vendors and about 10 interesting retail vendors.

Visitors will enter Smorgasburg on either NW Second Avenue or 26th Street. Vendors will be positioned around the perimeter of the space with central seating comprised of different colored picnic tables. The bar area will have its own seating and be located on the southwest corner of the market.

Representative of Becherano’s philosophy of By Miami, For Miami, the bulk of the vendors will be local with a smattering of some beloved concepts that were hatched in Brooklyn and

LA. Some of the confirmed vendors visitors can expect to see include:

Ted’s Burgers • @teds_burgers (Miami-based)

Drinking Pig BBQ • @drinkingpigbbq (Miami-based)

Sandwiches from Eleventh Street Pizza • @eleventhstreetpizza (Miami-based)

The Sister Yard • @thesisteryard (Miami-based)

El Diner Latino by the team behind La Natural • @eldinerlatino (Miami-based)

The Maiz Project • @themaizproject (Miami-based)

Bona Bona Ice Cream • @bonabonaicecream (NYC-based)

Becherano Cohen has been searching for vendors for the past year and has discovered quite a few concepts that will surprise and delight visitors. Now is the time for local culinary talent interested in being part of Smorgasburg to submit an application here as the market gears up for its March opening — in New York and Los Angeles, thousands of applications from vendors cognizant of the path to success are submitted every year for just a handful of vacancies.

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Some tips for meeting your New Year’s health goals




Some tips for meeting your New Year’s health goals

When the calendar flipped to 2022, 55 percent of Americans made New Year’s resolutions to improve their health, according to a new UnitedHealthcare survey.

Among those, 26 percent hope to lose weight, 24 percent plan to exercise more, and 21 percent intend to eat a healthier diet. To achieve those goals, Dr. Donna O’Shea, chief medical officer of population health for UnitedHealthcare, offers the following tips:

Get a Digital Fitness App. The COVID-19 pandemic prompted some people to avoid public gyms and the potential risk for exposure to the coronavirus, contributing to a surge in the popularity of at-home fitness routines. In fact, 30 percent of Americans surveyed said they had used a digital fitness app as part of their fitness regimen since COVID-19 emerged.

Look for apps that are available for free with thousands of live and on-demand workouts.

Check with your health plan to see if it includes access to subsidized subscriptions to digital fitness apps, in some cases at no additional cost.

Find a Fitness Tracker. Wearable devices are becoming increasingly popular and sophisticated, enabling people to track their daily steps, monitor their heart rate and analyze sleep patterns among other measures. Some smartwatches even sync with digital fitness apps, offering personalized feedback to help track individual workouts and progress over time.

Some employers and health plans are including fitness trackers as part of wellness programs. In some cases, the programs enable people to earn more than $1,000 a year in incentives by meeting certain daily activity goals, such as walking, running, swimming or strength training.

Pass on Tobacco. Kicking the smoking habit can help support your health — both in the short and long term — while avoiding an estimated $1 million or more in lifetime costs associated with cigarette use. While smoking rates declined over the past few decades, 14 percent of Americans are consistent smokers with cigarette use ranking as the leading cause of preventable death nationwide. For support, many health plans offer smoking cessation programs, which may include — at no additional cost — nicotine gum or patches, online tools and one-on-one coaching.

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Negotiating Lower Group Health Plans




Cynthia Borkoski

Do you understand how your organization’s health plan renewal is calculated? Employers are often confused and left with no explanation when final health plan renewal rates are 5% to 7% lower than the initial proposed renewal.

Frequently, the difference between the initial renewal proposal and the final rates can be attributed to competitive threats. The insurer anticipates that the broker may threaten to market the account to other carriers if the renewal rates are too high. This broker strategy is fundamentally flawed, as the starting point of negotiations are artificially inflated, resulting in discounts that leave a significant amount of excess profit for the insurer in the rates.

A thorough review of a renewal often exposes these areas of concern in renewal pricing, such as when the insurer uses overly conservative medical trends, inconsistent credibility weighting, and inflated claims reserves to generate additional revenue. Additionally, some insurers also inflate their administrative fees by using an inconspicuous mix of Per Member Per Month (PMPM) fees and Per Employee Per Month (PEPM) fees. This can result in fees that are too high if the wrong exposure base is used. These inflations are often unbeknownst to the employer, and serve as hidden revenue streams for the insurer that can easily add thousands of dollars to the renewal if left unchecked during the renewal process.

To protect employees and the bottom line of employers, companies must work with a broker with access to an in-depth understanding of the various financing and plan design tactics insurers utilize to generate profit. This understanding can only come by having a supporting team of underwriters, actuaries, and analysts sitting on their side of the table to advocate on their behalf.

These team members work collaboratively with benefits consultants to review and negotiate health plan renewals. The team starts by first utilizing claims data and underwriting principles to model what a fair renewal should be for a client so then it can be compared to the renewal proposed by the insurer and identifying the differences between them. This information is used to begin negotiations with the carrier, which often leads to an additional 3% to 6% reduction in renewal premium for the employer. This reduction, combined with the rate decreases of 5% to 7% as a result of competitive threats, can lead to final renewals being 8% to 13% lower than the initial proposals.

To help employers understand what is impacting their renewal increases, talk to your advisor about some of the following key components of a renewal workup:

Claims forecast

Hidden profits


Manual rating credibility

Pooling and large claims

This deep-dive analysis demonstrates the areas of inflation within the renewal that provide critical opportunities for negotiation with insurers.

Cynthia Borkoski is a Licensed Employee Benefits Consultant with USI Insurance Services. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business and earned her Master’s in Sales Management. Prior to joining USI Cynthia has been consulting businesses for the last 12 years helping business owners and executives with strategies to mitigate risk, increase employee engagement and manage healthcare benefits. For more information, contact your insurance broker or she can be reached at (786) 785-1173 or by email at

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