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NOT SO PERFECT ATTENDANCE?: After minutes
were read during a recent Metropolitan Planning Organization, Miami
Commissioner Arthur Teele Jr., who also sits on the organization
board, expressed concerns about the reporting of attendance at the
meetings: "The minutes always show who was here when the meeting
started. Does it ever show who was here for real?"
COUNTY SWIM TEAM: County
Commissioner Natacha Seijas commented on some Fisher Island residents'
request to become a city by saying that even though islanders would
use Miami-Dade's police and fire rescue services it would not be
an easy transition: "What are we going to do, have them scuba
dive over there every day?" she asked. Commissioners have denied
a proposal to let the island incorporate.
HOTEL OPEN: The newly renovated Claridge
Hotel at 3500 Collins Avenue is set to open Oct. 15, hotel executives
say. The boutique hotel, built in 1928, has 52 guest-rooms and features
a Mediterranean cuisine restaurant. Details: (888) 422-9111.
FRENCH HONORS: Miami-Dade County Superintendent
of Schools Roger C. Cuevas was given the top academic medal of France,
the Commandeur dans l'orde des Palmes Academiques. Consul General
Philippe Chatignoux presented the medal to Mr. Cuevas at the last
Miami-Dade County School Board meeting. The honor was given for
local academic programs such as the International Baccalaureate
magnet, which promotes French language programs, among other things.
The Mercury Theatre, an arts cinema along Biscayne Boulevard at
5580 NE Fourth Ct. next to Soyka's restaurant, is set to open by
early October, organizers said. The theater seats 113 and will house
a coffee shop, they said.
NEW LAW FIRM:
Attorney Michael S. Budwick announced formation of a private practice
at 2420 First Union Financial Center, 200 S Biscyne Blvd., with
a concentration in business and consumer bankruptcy and commercial
litigation. Mr. Budwick had been a senior bankruptcy associate with
Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton and for the past two years has served
on the board of directors for the Bankruptcy Bar Assocation of the
Southern District of Florida.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. named Craig Stephan Milan president
of Royal Celebrity Tours, the new spinoff company it launched last
year. Mr. Milan, a 20-year industry veteran, had been vice president
of e-commerce for the North American Leisure Group and is former
president and CEO of SunTrips Sunquest Inc., an Airtours subsidiary.
At his new post, Royal Caribbean says, he will direct all aspects
of the new business, which starts operations in Alaska next year.
The Association for Security Administration Professionals and the
Greater Miami & Beaches Hotel Association are co-sponsoring the
7th annual South Florida Safety & Security Conference Oct. 27 in
the Eden Roc Hotel, Miami Beach. Scheduled speakers include police
officers from the Miami-Dade, Miami Beach and Miami police departments
as well as a special agent for the FBI. Topics include doing business
in international markets and protecting computer information. Cost
is $125; $95 in advance for members. Details: (305) 375-4447 or
The Doral and Airport West Chamber of Commerce is holding a business
card exchange and "Karoke Night" from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct.
4. Details: (305) 592-5141.
The first Miami Today International Roundtable of the season will
examine Miami as a dot-com center at 5 p.m. today (9/28) in CommerceBank,
220 Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables. One previously announced panelist
has been replaced. New panelists are Manuel Medina, president of
Terremark; William Greene, director of business development for
Cenetec; Alllison K. Hift, attorney with Becker & Poliakoff, and
William McCullough, chairman of the Internet Practice Group at Shutts
& Bowen. Reservations required. Details: Jody Bray, (305) 358-2663.
The Mortgage Bankers Association of Florida elected Alan Robbins
president at its annual conference earlier this year. Mr. Robbins
is senior vice president of residential leading for MetroBank. During
his term as association president, Mr. Robbins said, he will focus
on using new technology to integrate services with members and continue
the organization's legislative and educational endeavors. Last year,
the Mortgage Bankers group gave Mr. Robbins its Whatley award for
SCHOLARLY HOSPITALITY: Miami-based
Interval International announced it has set up a scholarship fund
in an arrangement with the Florida International University School
of Hospitality Management. Applications can be obtained by writing
Dean Adele Smith at the FIU school, 3000 NE 151st St., North Miami
The law firm of Leibowitz & Associates has renewed its lease for
7,035 square feet at SunTrust International Center. Terremark Realty
negotiated the transaction.
Americas Bazzar took 6,000 square feet in Museum Tower, 150 W Flagler
St. Jay Perkins of Perkins Realty Advisors represented the tenant
in the transaction.
The Doral and Airport West Chamber of Commerce is moving to new
offices at 8181 NW 36th St., Suite 3. A ribbon-cutting ceremony
with refreshments is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Nov. 1. Details: (305)
TURNER TURNOVER: Turner
Construction announced nationwide sales figures of more than $1.5
billion in new contracts secured during second-quarter 2000, a record
for the company.
LATIN CREDIT: The
fourth annual Latin American Bank Card Management Institute will
be held Oct.15-20 at UM. Visa International and UM are co-sponsors.
Details: Rolando Fleites, (305) 551-5945.
FREE TRADE DELAY?:
Miami may be the best headquarters for the Free Trade Area of the
Americas but not as soon as we think, says Guenter Burghardt,
head of the delegation of the European Union Commission to the United
States. Hailing the "cohabitation of various cultures and civilizations"
in Miami, he told a luncheon on "The European Union & the Americas"
Monday at the Hotel Inter-Continental, "what better place than
Miami to be capital of such a great venture?" But don't count
on making the 2005 target to establish the free trade area, he said.
"It seems that the initial push for this grand design has been
running out of steam more recently, suggesting that the timetable
may have to be revisited."