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FIRST AT FIU: Florida International University has
named Leonard Strickman, former dean of the law school at the University of Arkansas,
its first-ever dean of the FIU College of Law, recently approved for development.
"It's fundamentally important that we start our college of law on the right
foot," said FIU President Modesto A. Maidique. "Dean Strickman is precisely
the right person to do that." Dr. Strickman has been dean of the Northern
Illinois University College of Law and has served on the minority counsel for
the US Senate Select Committee on Equal Educational Opportunity. He has been a
professor of law at Boston College and an associate professor of law at Boston
INTERNATIONAL CULTURE: International links of arts
and culture in Miami will be the topic of a Miami Today International Roundtable
at 5 p.m. Jan. 11 in the Miami City Club on the 55th floor at 200 S Biscayne Blvd.
The session is co-sponsored by the Miami Art Museum and the Miami City Club. Reservations:
Jody Bray, (305) 358-2663.
INCENTIVES LURE CRUISE FIRM: Florida has approved
$2.2 million in incentives to lure American Classic Voyages Co. from Chicago and
New Orleans into a new corporate headquarters in Sunrise that is to employ 725
persons. The tax refunds under the state's Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund
Program are part of a $4.2 million package approved by Broward County and Sunrise.
Other incentives include state job-training funds and cash grants. The company's
vessels cruise America's rivers and sail in Hawaii.
CHAMBER ELECTS LEADERS: Joann Soman of Kennedy Wilson
Florida Management has been elected president of the Doral & Airport West Chamber
of Commerce for 2001. Felipe E. Madrigal of Green Guard First Aid & Safety Equipment
has been elected vice president. Jennifer Enos of The Tower Group is the new secretary;
Orlando Roche of Northern Trust Bank the treasurer.
STATES-MANSHIP: Speaking under a title usually used
by the mayor, outgoing County Manager Merrett Stierheim will give his own "State
of the County" address at the monthly lunch of the Doral & Airport West Chamber
of Commerce. The meeting is at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 16 in the Holiday Inn Miami Airport
West, 3255 NW 87th Ave. Details: (305) 592-5141.
KEEP IT HOLSTERED: Miami-Dade Commissioners Betty
Ferguson and Barbara Carey-Shuler plan a press conference Friday to ask for a
halt to the tradition of shooting guns at midnight on New Year's Eve. Ms. Carey-Shuler
said she began a nationwide campaign to stop the practice in 1977.
IT'S HISTORY: Paul George is offering two classes
in local history open to the public starting in early January. "The History
of Florida" will be taught from 5:40-8:15 p.m. Thursdays on M-DCC's Wolfson
campus. "A History of Miami & South Florida" will be offered by M-DCC
at Miami Beach High School from 5:40-8:15 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost is $148.95. Details:
NEW BANK: Fort Lauderdale-based BankAtlantic opened
its 13th Miami-Dade branch at 7900 Flagler St. Alexandra Pataky, who most recently
managed Bank of America offices in Medley, is manager.
BUILDING SALE: Mario and Sonia Espineira bought a
28,000-square-foot building on 7.68 acres at 25400 SW 139th Ave. for $750,000.
It will be renovated for the expansion of Deco Truss Co. Ron and Ed Redlich of
ComReal Realtors represented the sellers, Larry Heinl and Wes LaPradd, in the
transaction. ComReal is now listing the former Deco Truss building at 25475 SW
142nd Ave. for $875,000.
MISSING BROKER: Grubb & Ellis broker John Erixon was
omitted in our Dec. 21 coverage of Teleglobe's lease at Doral eCommerce Park.
Grubb & Ellis was local representative for RTE Realty, which handles Teleglobe's
real estate needs nationally.
NO MARLINS IN PARK: The Urban Environment League of
Greater Miami has passed a resolution that calls Bicentennial Park's future "a
defining issue for our community" and states that the group "firml colot;
opposes putting a baseball stadium on the land.