It began 50 years ago when Donald Soffer arrived in South Florida with a vision and unwavering determination. Acting purely on instinct, Soffer purchased a 785-acre tract of submerged, undeveloped swamp and marshland facing the Intracoastal Waterway in North Dade County. From little more than a sketch on a cocktail napkin, he began building his vision. He began building Aventura.

Over the next 40 years, Soffer transformed that land into the world-famous Turnberry Isle Miami, Aventura Mall, thousands of luxury condominiums and class "A" office buildings. Today, Aventura is one of Florida's most prestigious addresses and bears a strong resemblance to that napkin sketch drawn in 1967.