American Way: You've been on the cover of GQ and
you're considered one of the more fashion-conscious players in the
game. Where do you recommend heading for a day of shopping?
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
American Way: Be honest, did you ever sport the Miami
Vice look back in the day?
Rodriguez: No! [Laughs] I skipped that generation, I
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