Mizell Center Will Be Redeveloped To Create New Opportunities

(Fort Lauderdale, FL – August 31, 2017) – The L.A. Lee Family YMCA, oldest YMCA in Broward County and serving the Fort Lauderdale community for over 70 years with diverse programs for all ages, was awarded $10 million dollars by the City of Fort Lauderdale Northwest-Progresso-Flagler Community Redevelopment Agency (NPFCRA) for the redevelopment of the first Black hospital, the Mizell Center, located at 1409 NW 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311. The Fort Lauderdale City Commission voted in favor of the redevelopment project on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

Founded in the 1930s by Fort Lauderdale’s first Black surgeon, Dr. Von D. Mizell, the Mizell Center’s revitalization aligns with the NPFCRA’s goals and vision of pursuing the redevelopment of vacant properties, strategically redevelop large-underutilized sites, and create and implement area-wide design guidelines. The NPFCRA provides a sustainable development plan that has a positive impact on the district and improves the lives of the residents, as well as attracts new visitors and developments to the area.

The YMCA has named the center L.A. Lee YMCA Mizell Center in order to preserve the community and center’s rich history. The YMCA will utilize the new development to expand current programs, engage the community in development of programs and services that meet their needs and increase economic development in the community.

The new YMCA’s design is comprised of four floors, which will include child development and youth zones, outdoor play zone, gymnasium, wellness and aerobic space, theater, and retail and community offices spaces, which will increase job creation in the community. The YMCA’s purpose is to provide programs and services that focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility that result in strengthening the foundations of the community.

For additional information about the NPFCRA, go to http://fortlauderdalecra.com/ or call (954) 828-6130.

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(West Palm Beach – August 7, 2017) – On Wednesday, August 2, 2017, over 100 community
members joined the Tabernacle Learning Center (TLC) Board of Directors, elected officials and
parishioners from the historic Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church at the Soft Opening and Ribbon
Cutting ceremony for the new U.B. Kinsey Educational & Community Center located at 720 8th Street in
West Palm Beach.

Festival style calypso beats welcomed visitors as they entered the Center’s magnificent rotunda. The
skillful Steel Drum Band of Faith’s Place Center for Arts & Education dazzled guests with Caribbean renditions of popular tunes. A Tabernacle Youth Choir trio added to the youthful entertainment. Remarks were given by Reverend Gerald D. Kisner, TLC Board Vice Chair; West Palm Beach District 4 Commissioner, Keith James; Cassandra Kinsey Scott, and LaVoise T. Smith, TLC Board Chair.

Attendees had an exclusive first look at the $5 million, 10,000-sq. ft., two-story Center, the first of its kind
in the Northwest District thanks to a generous contribution from North Palm Beach residents Jeff
and Lynda Jacobs. The Center architectural style is compatible with the historic church and features a
dome that symbolizes a beacon of hope when illuminated at night.

“We are excited that the U.B. Kinsey Educational & Community Center will be another light upon the hill,
bringing hope and the alleviation of suffering to a neighborhood that has long been neglected”, expressed
Reverend Kisner. “We prayer full yen vision a Center with innovative programs and vital services that can
bring about positive transformation in the lives of young people, adult and senior residents in the
Northwest community, and beyond”.

Named for longtime Palm Beach County educator, Ulysses Bradshaw Kinsey, the Center will offer
modern classrooms, a school library, after-school youth tutorial, mentoring and senior programs, plus a
large community room for civic meetings, and a complete kitchen. The Center’s construction was
completed by D & D Constantakos, Inc., of Jupiter.

For more information about U.B. Kinsey Educational & Community Center and how to donate or
volunteer, contact LaVoise Taylor Smith at 561.267.4929 or [email protected]

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The Mosaic Group is a full service events management, marketing and public relations firm, which employ experienced specialists to make any event, campaign and community involvement effort successful. Our clients are organizations that are interested in diversification, increasing their visibility in the community and developing mass marketing opportunities.

August is National Black Business Month.  In celebration, The Mosaic Group, in partnership with the Urban League of Broward County, will host the 7th Annual South Florida Black Economic Forum & Awards Reception, Friday, August 4, 2017 at the Urban League of Broward County located at 560 NW 27th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311. Networking and Lunch begins at 11:00 am, with panel discussions to begin at 2 pm and an awards reception beginning at 5:30 pm.

This year’s theme is “Cornerstones of Wealth” and will feature a Luncheon and screening of the film Generation One: The Search for Black Wealth, along with panel discussions covering the following topics:  Opportunities in South Florida’s Leading Growth Industries; Smart Investments: Creating Multi-Generational Wealth; and Reclaiming Our Communities Block by Block.  Five deserving community leaders and organizations will be recognized with the prestigious Vanguard Award for their leadership, dedication, and advocacy for black-owned businesses and black professionals in South Florida.

In addition, Mosaic Group will also launch blackbusinessloop.com – an online source for black owned businesses, events, and community resources. The online platform will promote businesses and events year-round and encourage the public to support the businesses.  As the website develops, additional features and information will be added including a blog.  “The Forum and blackbusinessloop.com were both created to empower and inform members of our community to take the necessary steps to grow and develop their enterprise, create wealth for their families and support black businesses throughout the region, says Ann Marie Sorrell, President & CEO, The Mosaic Group. We aim to foster growth and sustainability while reducing unemployment and bridging the wealth gap in South Florida”.

Attendees can register for The South Florida Black Economic Forum at blackbusinessloop.com.  Registration for the full day (Lunch & Film Screening, Panel Discussions, and Awards Reception) is $50, Luncheon Only is $25, and the Panel Discussions and Reception is $25).  Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities are available.


  • Registration/Meet & Greet 11:00 am – 1130 am
  • Luncheon & Movie Screening- Generation One: In Search of Black Wealth 11:30 am –1:45 pm
  • Panel 1: Opportunities in South Florida’s Leading Growth Industries 2:00 pm –  3:00 pm
  • Panel 2: Smart Investments – Creating Generational Wealth 3:10 pm –   4:10 pm
  • Panel 3: Reclaiming Our Communities Block by Block 4:20 pm –  5:20 pm
  • Networking & Awards Reception


LUNCHEON & FILM SCREENING HOST/MODERATOR: Generation One, In Search of Black Wealth

Dr. Latasha Russell, Psychologist, Creator & Host of Drive-by Therapy

PANEL I: Opportunities in South Florida’s Growth Industries

Moderator:  Tony Lesesne, President & CEO, Lesesne Media Group & In-Focus Magazine

Thought Leaders:

  • Gordon Eric Knowles, President and CEO Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce
  • Ron Drew, Sr. Vice President Marketing and Communications, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance
  • Bruce Lewis, President, Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County

PANEL II: Smart Investments: Creating Multi-Generational Wealth

Moderator: Anthony Jackson, Partner, The Marome Agency

Thought Leaders:

  • Robert Owens, Investment Bank Officer, Wells Fargo
  • Chuck West, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley
  • Nia D. Johnson, Esq., Attorney/Estate Planner, Law Office of Nia D. Johnson
  • Frederick W. Mclendon, Owner, McLendon Investments Inc.
  • Karen Nichol Holloway, CLTC, Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual

PANEL III: Reclaiming Our Communities Block by Block

Moderator:         Ann Marie Sorrell, President & CEO, The Mosaic Group

Thought Leaders:

  • Clarence E. Woods, III, Executive Director, Southeast Overtown/Park West CRA
  • Annetta Jenkins, Director of Neighborhood Services, Rivera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency
  • Natasha Hampton, Assistant City Manager, City of Miramar
  • Kevin Morris, Real Estate Investor, Colliers International South Florida, LLC
  • Brian Boysaw, Attorney, Law Office of Bryan Boysaw & Associates, PA
  • Bryan Finnie, Vice President of Development, Housing Trust Group
  • Beethoven Francois, Owner, Kafe Hub


  • Felecia Hatcher, Black Tech Week
  • Jerome Hutchinson, ICABA
  • Beethoven Francois, Kafe Hub
  • Honorable Commissioner Keon Hardemon, City of Miami
  • Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (SEOPW CRA)

The South Florida Black Economic Forum is an annual initiative to connect, engage, and inform black business owners and professionals about opportunities, resources, and programs that will increase the number and scale of African/Caribbean-American owned businesses in South Florida. For further information about the South Florida Black Economic Forum, please contact The Mosaic Group at (561) 651‐9565 or via email, [email protected]

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The West Palm Beach Housing Authority will celebrate the opening of the Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior Complex at 820 Grant Street on Friday, August 11, 2017, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  A tour of the 99 unit senior apartment complex, featuring the free standing club house, fitness center, and activity rooms, will include light refreshments and conversations with those who worked long and hard to bring this facility to reality. 

“The Dunbar site is hallowed ground, and has served a public purpose for over 77 years”, said Laurel Robinson, housing authority Executive Director.  “It is now entering a new phase of life, which will reignite the pride from the past as well as bring a new vitality to the future.”  The 17 acre site will also be home to Silver Palm Place, a 120 unit family development and Royal Palm Place, 125 units of senior housing with a preference for veterans.  The property is designed as a walkable space, re-establishing its connectivity to the Coleman Park community.   The Silver Palm complex is scheduled to open approximately October 1, 2017; Royal Palm Place Apartments will break ground before the end of the year.  Future plans also include headquarters for “The Housing Center of the Palm Beaches” an umbrella designation for multiple housing authority activities.

The West Palm Beach Housing Authority welcomes the community to join in the celebration of the new Dunbar Communities and looks forward to their continued success.

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