MIAMI LAKES, FL, October 24, 2011 - Miami Lakes will be featured on a national cable TV show that identifies some of the best unknown places to live, work and play in the country.

A nationally syndicated TV show hosted by football legend Terry Bradshaw has tapped Miami Lakes as one of the best undiscovered places to live in the country.  The town will be featured on the show Profiles in a segment called “America’s Hidden Gems to Live, Work and Play.”  The segment is a part of the show’s “Discover America” series.  The five-minute segment will be aired nationally in early 2012 on the Travel Channel and regionally on CNN Headline News and other local news networks.

“It’s a good opportunity to give Miami Lakes the recognition and exposure it deserves as maybe the greatest place to live in the country,” said Mayor Michael Pizzi.  The show profiles people and places that impact the business world.  After researching the area, the staff of Profiles thought that Miami Lakes would be a good fit for “Hidden Gems” because of the town’s diverse, largely educated population, commercial opportunities and residential activities. 

“We’re happy to be working with Miami Lakes,” said Jim Nicholas Veser, senior vice president of United States Media Television, the company that produces Profiles.  The show filmed the Miami Lake’s segment in early October, and Pizzi said the production crew hit all the Miami Lakes’ hotspots.  They visited Main Street, the heart of Miami Lakes’ downtown area, and interviewed patrons at the Spanish restaurant El Pimiento.  They visited senior citizens participating in a Tai Chi class and filmed children making arts and crafts at a community center.  The crew also peeked into the business-side of Miami Lakes, interviewing the vice-president of the Graham Cos., a large construction company that is responsible for much of the development of the town. Nutriforce, a vitamin manufacturing company in Miami Lakes that employs more than 500 people, also was filmed.

“It’s a great place to live because of the community involvement that is encouraged here,” said Maggie Suazo, chair of the town’s Cultural Affairs Committee.  Suazo, who is also the Wells Fargo Miami Lakes’ branch manager, was interviewed for the segment.  “There are many positives, we’re a beautiful town with beautiful people,” she said.

Incorporated in 2000, Miami Lakes has a population of approximately 30,000 residents and has a $14 million budget for the 2012 fiscal year.  “The rest of the country will now know what we know about Miami Lakes,” Pizzi said.  “I think the residents will be really proud.”


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