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SWIRE TO TRY AGAIN: Stephen Owens, president of Swire
Properties, said he is not giving up to the idea of having a marina on Brickell
Key. After Gov. Jeb Bush and the Florida Cabinet denied the approval of a proposal
to build a 70-slip marina, cabinet members invited Swire to come up with a new
proposal that better protects manatees. "We are," Mr. Owens said, "going
to review our plans and may come back this legislative session or next. Our plans
were environmentally sensitive and compatible with the manatees' protection. I
thought our plan was reasonable, but we have to work harder next time."
WATSON ANGLE?: Unless Swire comes back with a plan
to protect manatees, Mr. Owens said, "I don't see how anyone will be able
to develop a marina on Watson Island," just across the water. Locally, he
said, Brickell Key residents have been waiting for the marina for 10 years. Swire's
original plan calls for 153 slips. Mr. Owens said the proposal will have to go
before 13 different entities before it could go before the Miami City Commission
for approval. The City of Miami was Swire Property's co-applicant in Tallahassee.
MEGA SIX: Six mega cruise ships vessels capable
of carrying more than 1,700 passengers will dock at the Port of Miami Saturday
as part of fleets assembled by Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian cruise
lines. Five ships will be bumper-to-bumper on the north side of the Port of Miami
while a sixth will dock on the south side at Terminal 12. This is the first time
six mega ships have docked at the port on the same day, says Charles A. Towsley,
seaport director. The ships can handle 13,790 passengers.
DOWNTOWN SITE: A downtown warehouse, staging and parking
area for a hospitality industry equipment supplier will be demolished following
sale of their 38,750-square-foot site at 1001 North Miami Ave. for $1.95 million
to Greg Mirmelli, who says he plans to use the space for a parking lot serving
nightclubs on 11th Street. ComReal Miami's Robert Lee Bryant, who specializes
in downtown properties, handled the sale and said the seller Dr. Mark Lazarus
and his family have owned the 0.89-acre site for almost five decades.
SHOPPES OF TROY: Troy, MI-based Hayman Co. acquired
the Shoppes of Dadeland across from the Dadeland Mall for an undisclosed amount.
The more than 104,000-square-foot center is 100% occupied, according to Hayman
CO. executive Andrew E. Hayman. Tenants include The Container Store, 7200 SW 88th
LARGEST EVER: Florida International University reports
Jean-Claude Garcia-Zamor donated $300,000 for a scholarship fund for Haitian-Americans,
the largest gift the school has ever received from a faculty member. "It's
very rare and equally as special," said Mark B. Rosenberg, FIU provost and
executive vice president, "to see a faculty member who is able and willing
to demonstrate this level of generosity." Dr. Garcia-Zamor, who was born
and raised in Haiti, is a professor of public administration on FIU's Biscayne
Bay campus. "This," he said, "is something I've wanted to do since
starting at FIU 11 years ago." In addition to FIU, he taught for years in
Brazil and is an adjunct faculty member at Leipzig University in Germany.
HEALTHY FORUM: A forum, "The Next Generation
of Health-Care Marketing," is being presented by the South Florida chapter
of the American Marketing Association from 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 29 in Conference
Center rooms B & C, Mercy Hospital, 3663 S Miami Ave. Orlando Alvarez, chief marketing
& development officer with Mercy Health Systems, is scheduled speaker. Cost is
$35; $25 for members. Details by fax: (817) 548-9262.
MEXICAN TRADE: "The Outlook for Business with
Mexico: Trade, Investment & Capital Markets" is the topic of a panel scheduled
from 8:30-10 a.m. March 29 in the Wyndham Miami Biscayne Bay Hotel, 1601 Biscayne
Blvd. Speakers are John Price, president & co-founder of InfoAmericas, and Faquiry
Diaz Cal , financial consultant with Merrill Lynch. Jerry Haar, senior research
associate at the UM North-South Center, will moderate. RSVP by March 27. Cost
is $25. Details: Tania Valenzuela, (305) 577-5472.
REAL MEET: A conference on "Latin America-Caribbean
Real Estate & Lending Transactions" will be held March 29-30 in the J.W.
Marriott, 1111 Brickell Ave. Organizers say topics include resort transactions,
the registry system, title insurance coverage and mortgage securitization. Cost
is $395. Details: (407) 481-8181.
E-PANEL: The Miami Internet Alliance is holding a
presentation and networker, "From Bricks to Clicks," at 6:30 p.m. March
29 in the JW Marriott Hotel, 1111 Brickell Ave. Details: (305) 448-6111.
JAPAN IN FOCUS: A breakfast briefing, "Revival
of the Japanese Economy," is scheduled from 8:30-10 a.m. April 4 in the Wyndham
Miami Biscayne Bay Hotel, 1601 Biscayne Blvd. Taichi Sakaiya, special advisor
to the prime minister of Japan and former minister of state for economic planning
for the Land of the Rising Sun, is scheduled speaker. Cost is $25. Details: Tania
Valenzuela, (305) 577-5472.
ART & POLITICS: A free lecture on "The Politics
of Photo Montage from Berlin Dada to the Present." is being offered at 7
p.m. today (3/22) in the Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Erika
Wolf, an assistant professor at the University of Rochester, is scheduled speaker.
Details: (305) 531-1001.
REGIONAL ART: The second annual "Celebration
of Art & Culture" is scheduled at 7 p.m. March 29 in the Country Club Ballroom,
Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. The exhibit of fine art from
the Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago was organized by Stella Holmes
of Arts Maga Inc. and artist Tina Spiro with support of the diplomatic missions
of the nations whose works are showcased. Details: (305) 372-1411.
SO MANY CHOICES: Former Miami-Dade County Manager
Merrett Stierheim was officially free of his county commitment March 15, but that
hasn't made his choice of the next move easier. With his time now his own, "my
job offers went up, not down," he said Monday. "I've never had that
type of situation before. It's always been: 'Take another job or stay where I
am?'" Now he has "three, four, five suitors, so to speak. They all have
their advantages and disadvantages." No decision yet. "It's more complicated
this way." He was back at county hall Monday afternoon, where he met for
several hours with Mayor Alex Penelas, topic unannounced.