It was one of those perfect Miami nights when the weather respected the pomp and circumstance surrounding a very special event. In this case it was a dinner at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens honoring the king and queen of Spain. The flowers were fresh, the food delectable, the dignitaries gracious. The April 2 affair was heralded as a showcase of Miami's elite, more than 400 of the area's most respected business, civic, and cultural leaders. Yet as Spanish royalty broke bread with the cream of Miami, a nagging question lingered in the fragrant air: Who selected this privileged assemblage of South Florida aristocracy? The short answer: Herman Echevarria, Hialeah power broker and advisor to Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas. It was he who marshaled the $80,000 in private donations for the affair, and he who largely named those worthy of a coveted... More >>>