Rodriguez: I'd definitely recommend taking a drive to the Bal Harbour Shops in Miami Beach. They have beautiful stores there. Bal Harbour has Giorgio Armani, Cartier, Zegna, Dolce & Gabbana, and something like a hundred other shops. It's the best of the best.
American Way: Be honest, did you ever sport the Miami Vice look back in the day?
Rodriguez: No! [Laughs] I skipped that generation, I guess.
American Way: Miami is famous for sun, sand, and surf. Where's your favorite public beach?
Rodriguez: I like to take Ocean Drive and end up somewhere around 21st Street, where the boardwalk starts. You can lay out and it's a little bit quieter there. The water and the sand are really nice and relaxing there, too.
American Way: You don't have any kids yet, but give me a fun spot for families in the city.
Rodriguez: For a family, I think there's no better place than Key Biscayne. It's very safe, you have the open bay water, excellent golf courses like the Crandon Park Golf Course, and great resorts and hotels like the Ritz-Carlton.
American Way: Lenny Bruce used to say that Miami Beach is where neon goes to die, but the city has really enjoyed a renaissance of sorts in the past few years, hasn't it?
Rodriguez: Yes, I think Miami is growing every day. For the most part, I think it's seen as a very young city, with the new Performing Arts Center, the new hotels, and the whole Biscayne area blowing up like it is. I think these new elements mesh well with the older, more traditional aspects to help the city become richer in tradition.