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Miami-Dade County commissioners have passed an ordinance 8-0 requiring
the taping of all proceedings of selection and negotiating committees.
There was no previous requirement to record those meetings.
NAMES TRADE CHIEF:
Spain's new trade commissioner in Miami is Begoža Cristeto. She
took office Sept. 1, replacing Joaquin de la Herran, who returned
to Spain in private industry. Ms. Cristeto, a native of Salamanca,
spent the past two years in the Institute of Foreign Trade directing
high-tech communications operations designed to improve Spanish
presence in other nations.
The first Miami Today International Roundtable of the season will
examine Miami as a dot-com center at 5 p.m. Sept. 28 in CommerceBank,
220 Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables. Scheduled panelists are Manuel
Medina, president of Terremark; William Greene, director of business
development for Cenetec; Andre L. Vanyi-Robin, president and CEO
of Visualcom and founder & president of the Miami Internet Alliance,
and William McCullough, chairman of the Internet Practice Group
at Shutts & Bowen. Michael Hayes, Miami Today international editor,
will moderate. CommerceBank is co-sponsor for the free event. Reservations
are required. Details: Jody Bray, (305) 358-2663.
When Mary Ann Wolfe flew to Miami from Washington, DC, in 1979,
the wife of the incoming president of Florida International University,
Gregory Wolfe, said she couldn't find anyone who knew where the
campus of the young university was. On Sept. 8 this year, everyone
knew the university named its Biscayne Bay Campus auditorium
in her honor. She told the guests: "I am happy to have been
one of the team helping to build a great public institution."
A Netherlands American Chamber of Commerce of Florida has been formed,
with offices at 1920 E Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale Beach.
Jaap Donath, a director of research with the Beacon Council, has
been elected chairman. Other inaugural officers are Ernst Swikker,
secretary, and Dirk de Groen, treasurer. The chamber's stated mission
is "to create linkages between Florida companies with interests
in the Netherlands and providing information and contacts for companies
and individuals from the Netherlands entering the Florida market."
Networkers will be held under the banner "Business Bier & Bitterbailen"
on the first Wednesday of each month in the Hotel Inter-Continental
Miami. Details: (305) 537-4088.
The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce elected five new board members,
re-elected five for three-year terms and four to one-year terms.
Newly elected are Marlo Courtney, director of operations for Goldman
Properties; Roberto Datorre, president of the Miami Beach Development
Corp.; Saul Gross, president of Streamline Properties Inc.; Jay
Scharer, executive vice president and COO for Cisneros Television
Group, and Doug Tober, general manager with SMG for the Miami Beach
Board members who were re-elected to three-year terms on the Miami
Beach Chamber of Commerce and their business affiliation are Eva
Barreto, Ocean Bank; Tony Bello, Charter Communications; Wendy Hart,
Island Outpost; Katrina Peebles, Royal Palm Hotel Limited Co., and
Alex Tachmes, a lawyer. Re-elected to one-year terms were James
Boucher, Boucher Bros. Management; Joseph Comras, Comras Cos.; Gus
Hernandez, Miami Beach Ocean Resort, and Cathy Leff, director of
the Wolfsonian-Florida International University.
Florida Philharmonic named Jo-Michael Sheibe chorus director and
Jeffri Bantz associate director. Dr. Sheibe, who replaces the late
Paul Eisenhart, is professor and program director of choral studies
at the University of Miami and music & artistic director for the
Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. Mr. Bantz is director of music at the
First Presbyterian Church of Pompano Beach and past dean of the
local chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Harper Partners announced it has started the $4.3 million expansion
for Miami-Dade County Public Schools at the Baker Aviation Training
Center, 3275 NW 42nd Ave., with an April 2003 completion date. The
job calls for a hangar, classrooms and an overhaul of labs.
County Public Schools and the Dade Coalition for Community Education
are holding the 14th annual Scholarship Ball and silent auction
Oct. 27 in the Hyatt Regency Miami. Cost is $55. Details: Diana
Venturini, (305) 995-1215.
Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce is holding a Women's Business Luncheon
talk, "Mastering the Art of a Good Self Introduction,"
at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 28 in the UM Faculty Club. Jaqueline Valdespino
of Valdespino & Associates is guest speaker. Cost is $18; $12 for
members. Details: (305) 467-1657.
The National Association of Women Business Owners of Miami is holding
a networking program, "Branding: Your Corporate Tattoo,"
at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Doral Golf Resort & Spa. Organizers say
a panel of experts is being scheduled to speak. Cost is $35; $30
for members. RSVP. Details: (305) 444-4437.
The Orange Bowl Committee is seeking volunteers for the upcoming
67th Orange Bowl Festival. Details: (305) 371-4600, ext. 155.
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the consulates of France,
Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK have teamed up with the European
Chambers of Commerce for a conference and luncheon, "The European
Union & the Americas," at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Hotel
Inter-Continental, 100 Chopin Plaza. Ambassador Guenter Burghardt,
head of the EUC delegation to the US, is featured speaker and is
due to discuss transatlantic relations, the Euro Union free-trade
pact with Mexico and relations between union nations and the Caribbean.
Cost is $45; $40 for members. Details: Michelle Mataillet, (305)
Downtown Fort Lauderdale's 30-story AutoNation Tower, the tallest
office building in Broward County, was bought for $53.5 million,
or $137.06 a square foot, by Dallas-based Genesis Capital Advisors.
Mark Gilbert and Adam Feinstein of Cushman & Wakefield's Miami office
represented the seller, AutoNation subsidiary Corporate Properties
Holdings, in the transaction, as well as a leaseback deal giving
AutoNation use of the property for 10 years, with extension options.
Department of Wellness & Recreation received a $1 million anonymous
donation for the renovation and relocation of its intramural playing
fields from San Amaro Drive to a site directly behind the George
Smathers Wellness Center. Work is scheduled to begin in December,
with a target completion date of August 2001.
Local historian Paul George is accepting applications for a course
in the history of Florida, meeting 5:40-8 p.m. Wednesdays through
mid-December at Miami Beach High School. Courses include lectures,
videos, slides and Dr. George's trademark historic walking tours.
Details: (305) 237-3723 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The JW Marriott, 1111 Brickell Ave. Miami's first new five-star
hotel celebrated its soft opening with the registration of
its first guest last Friday. The hotel, developed by MDM Hotel Group
in conjunction with Barclays Financial Center, plans a grand opening
County commissioners also approved 8-0 a 10-year class I permit
for staffers at Biscayne National Park to conduct sea-grass restoration
within the park's boundaries.
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Carey-Shuler responded to
a new ordinance to consider allowing corporate sponsorships of such
county facilities as the MetroZoo by wondering if that would affect
the commission's personal choices. "I don't want to have to
be forced to drink Coke," she said. "I'm a Pepsi girl."
IN A NAME?
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Natacha Seijas-Millan announced last
week that she wishes to be referred to as Natacha Seijas from now
on. Millan is the surname of her ex-husband.