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Episode 215: 05-23-2013

South Florida Land Rush – What Inning is It?

Neisen Kasdin serves as the office managing shareholder of Akerman Senterfitt’s Miami office. Neisen practices in the areas of land use and zoning, public-private partnerships, local government law, and procurement. Neisen was involved in the revitalization of South Beach through his service as chair of the Community Development Corporation for South Beach and as a city commissioner and mayor of Miami Beach.

He is governor and trustee of the Urban Land Institute. He currently serves as vice chair of the Board of Directors for the Miami Downtown Development Authority and as immediate past chairman of the Board of Trustees of the New World Symphony. Neisen has been recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 as one of the leading land use lawyers in Florida. Neisen provides land use advice and counsel to a who’s who of South Florida developers.

His practice is a leading indicator of the development and redevelopment business in South Florida. Listen in as two old friends discuss what is REALLY happening out there.

Lauren’s Kids and What You Can Do to Help

Lauren Book, founder of Lauren’s Kids, was a victim of childhood sexual abuse for six years at the hands of her nanny. Armed with the knowledge that 95 percent of sexual abuse is preventable through education, Lauren has worked to turn her horrific personal experience into a vehicle to prevent childhood sexual abuse and heal survivors by starting Lauren’s Kids. Lauren’s Kids encourages victims to “shine a light in dark places” and “shed the shame.” On March 19, Lauren embarked on her fourth annual 1,500-mile Walk in My Shoes education and awareness journey. This year’s Walk kicked off in the Florida Keys. Lauren will crisscross the state, traveling north and across the Panhandle, before concluding in Tallahassee for the Rally in Tally on the steps of Florida’s Historic Capitol on April 23, 2013. This year’s rally was especially meaningful, as April was National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the national 2013 theme is focused on the prevention of child sexual abuse.

One of our first weekly themes was signs of abuse – things like nightmares, regression, sexualized behavior, mood swings, aggression, eating disorders – these are short-term effects of abuse. However, the effects of sexual abuse extend beyond childhood and into survivors’ adult lives. Many adult survivors of child sexual abuse experience low self-esteem, depression, self-injury, lack of trust, re-victimization in abusive adult relationships and flashbacks. Some adult survivors even get into drugs, alcohol dependence or prostitution.

Even as victims go through the healing process of becoming survivors, the abuse they suffered will stay with them for the rest of their lives. We know that prevention is key – 95% of abuse is preventable through awareness and education.

During the 2013 Walk, Lauren highlighted a different key aspect of child sexual abuse each week: Signs; Disclosure and Reporting; Predators: Grooming/Pedophile Tactics; Prevalence and Healing; Effects of Child Sexual Abuse; Youth-Serving Organizations; Education and Prevention. To learn more about Lauren and her annual statewide Walk in My Shoes, visit

We spoke with Lauren from the road every week. This week’s topic: Reflections From the Walk.

Wellness Tips for the NFL Pro and You

Terek Maddox, B.S., exercise physiology, is an Exercise Science/Strength and Conditioning Coach for his firm ESPA Training, Inc., in South Florida. After a stint with the New York Jets‘ strength and conditioning department, Terek returned to Miami to head his own sports-training company for professional athletes in the South Florida area.

He currently works with athletes in the NBA and NFL, in addition to high-school and collegiate level athletes training to get to the next level of their specific sport. Terek is a member of The National Athletic Training Association Board of Certification. This week we discuss how to work out in the summer heat effectively.

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