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City Commissioner Tom s Regalado will ask the commission to consider Orange Bowl
Stadium as a possible site for a baseball stadium for the Florida Marlins. "There
are many reasons the Orange Bowl site could work," Mr. Regalado said. "It
has almost 40 acres. It has a debt of $13 million only. It is easily accessible.
And it is being under-used with just one tenant, the University of Miami, which
plays six games a year. The stadium is in immediate need for repair. From 1998
to 2000, we spent $1 million and a half in repairs and now we are about to spend
another half a million."
The City of Miami Commission today (2/8) is expected to confirm Jim Jenkins as
executive director of the Miami Sports & Exhibition Authority. The authority,
which owns the Miami Arena, has an operating budget of $750,000 and $1.2 million
in estimated revenues for 2001. The authority was created to bring sports franchises
and exhibitions to town, Mr. Jenkins said. He said he would promote the use of
the arena for family-oriented shows as well as Latin American events.
Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas is leading a trade mission to Uruguay through Saturday
to sign a sister port agreement with the Port of Montevideo. Mr. Penelas said
Uruguay President Jorge Batlle invited him to spend a few days in Montevideo,
home to Mercosur and a sister city and the mayor would use the opportunity to
convince Mr. Batlle of the advantages of having the permanent headquarters of
the Free Trade Area of the Americas in Miami. Uruguay is one of 34 countries in
the western hemisphere deciding the future of the secretariat, to be created by
2005, a self-imposed deadline.
HOMESTEAD PLOT: ComReal Miami brokers Ron and Ed Redlich
reported sale for $330,000 of 3.8 acres in Homestead known as the Sands Pointe
parcel, Southwest 304th Street at Old Dixie Highway. Buyer Alexander Burnet, ComReal
reports, plans a commercial project on the site.
FIRST LEASE: The law firm Lott & Friedland took 8,130
square feet for seven years effective June 1 in 355 Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables,
according to Donna Abood, president of Abood & Associations, which represented
the tenant in the transaction. Ms. Abood said it's the first lease signed for
the building, owned by 355 Alhambra Plaza.
JURASSIC JOB: The Florida Institute of Paleontology
at the Graves Museum of Archaeology & Natural History in Dania Beach is seeking
volunteers "to prepare dinosaur bones" for an exhibit. Those selected
will have to attend classes in mid-March. Details: Chip Robelen, (954) 925-7770,
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COMBO BUY: The Miami-based accounting firm Berenfeld
Spritzer Shechter & Sheer and the commercial real estate company Larkin-Schmidt
joined forces to buy a 29-year-old office building at 9655 S Dixie Hwy. for $2.15
million in the Pinecrest-Kendall area. Philip Shechter, senior partner with Berenfeld
Spritzer, and Jeremy Larkin, president of Larkin-Schmidt, said the firms will
spend about $850,000 renovating the property. The 30,000-square-foot interior
has been gutted, Mr. Shechter said, and modernized, including a new lobby, marble
floors and new fire and security systems. Berenfeld Spritzer will occupy the entire
third floor, or about a third of the building's space. Larkin-Schmidt will use
2,700 on the second floor.
NEW BANK POST: Union Planters Bank named Sara B. Herald
executive vice president of organizational and human resource excellence, a new
post "created by the bank to focus on customer service excellence,"
said a Union Planters publicist. Ms. Herald had been regional vice president for
the Children's Home Society of Florida and was executive director for the nonprofit's
southeastern division before that.
ACCOUNTING MERGER: The accounting firm Goldstein Schechter
Price Lucas Horwitz & Co. in Coral Gables announced a merger with Silverman &
Vicens. "Our practice," said Saul Silver, Silverman & Vicens senior
partner, who joins Goldstein Schechter as a partner, "reached a level that
requires the type of support a large firm can provide." Financial details
of the merger were not released.
BUREAU NOTES: Members of the marketing and tourism
staff at the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau are in Uruguay through
Saturday to sign a sister port agreement with Uruguay's national port authority
in Montevideo. The bureau this week also announced the return of Ibis Romero,
former bureau sales director for Latin America, as associate vice president of
membership after a stint as sales director for the Ocean Pointe Hotel in Sunny
SUNDAY BANKING: In order to drive home the point that
it's open Sundays, Beach Bank will hold a "grand opening ceremony" at
1:30 p.m. Sunday at 555 Arthur Godfrey Road, Miami Beach. A ribbon-cutting and
music by a 25-piece band are planned. Beach Bank opened in Miami Beach in May
last year. Details: (305) 695-7400.
TITANIC RUG: Miami philanthropist Micky Wolfson said
he recently bought a large remnant of a carpet used in the ill-fated Titanic from
a collector in Ireland. Mr. Wolfson said the remnant was left over from the White
Star Line's original order for carpet to outfit the Titanic and sister ship Olympic.
The remnant, he said, will be added to the Mitchell Wolfson Jr. Collection and
displayed at some point in The Wolfsonian FIU in Miami Beach.