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CIVIL LIBERTIES PICK:
Colombia-born Lida Rodriguez-Taseff has been was elected president of the Miami
chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, replacing four-year president John
de Leon, who is taking a job in Bogotá. Ms. Rodriguez-Taseff, a partner in the
Miami office of the Duane, Morris & Heckscher law firm, assumes her duties with
the civil liberties group July 1.
Air freight carried through Miami International airport is down slightly for the
year, the county's aviation department says. But as United Parcel Service continues
to expand operations here, integrating the international route system of Challenge
Air Cargo, domestic freight has steadily increased for the past year, the department
says. Domestic freight rose 10.1% in April to 25,185 tons while international
freight declined 1.8% to 149,043 tons.
STAY IN BRICKELL: Extended Stay America, a corporation
founded in 1995 by H. Wayne Huizenga and CEO George D. Johnson Jr., has opened
a six-story, 107-room hotel at 298 SW 15th Road in the Brickell area. It's one
of the chain's 28 Florida properties. Weekly rates are $349-$379; nightly rates
start at $65.
WINGING IT: "Flamingos in Paradise," a communitywide
art installation of larger-than-life flamingo sculptures, will host an invitation-only
corporate kick-off and reception featuring talk show host Rosie O'Donnell June
18 at the Roney Palace Beach Resort. Officials will unveil artist-created flamingo
designs and provide a preview of what hundreds of corporate-sponsored flamingos
will look like when they appear throughout Miami-Dade County from December 2002
through April 2003. Corporations, non-profit organizations and individuals can
support sponsor an 8-foot flamingo while promoting arts in the community. Details:
(305) 945-6305 or www.flamingosinparadise.com.
PALMIER DAYS: Owners Hans-Joachim Krause and Ursula
Krause are converting the 242-room Miami Beach Ocean Resort, 3025 Collins Ave.,
into The Palms - a $5 million makeover. The hotel is to reopen Nov. 1 with 7,000
square feet of meeting space, including six breakout rooms.
DIVERSITY HONORED: The Florida Bar Association has
given its first annual Diversity Award to the Miami law firm Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton.
The firm's offices are at 200 S Biscayne Blvd.
GETTING A PAL: The Pharmed Group last week acquired
PBA/PAL Laboratories, a 70-employeee Miami manufacturer of vitamins, minerals
and nutritional supplements. PAL was founded almost a decade ago by Dr. Alberto
Guzman, who remains medical director. Pharmed, with more than 155 employees before
the acquisition, won the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Cutting Edge Award
this year for its innovative techniques in the distribution of health care products.
WINGING TO PARIS: Beacon Council President Frank Nero
and Chairman Mario L. del Valle will head a delegation from Miami-Dade County
at the Paris Air Show June 16-24, where the council will have an 8-foot by 8-foot
booth and expects to hand out 25,000 pieces of literature touting Miami-Dade County
as the Aviation Center of the Americas. With 300,000 persons expected at the show,
Mr. Nero said, "We'll have a major presence for the aviation industry."
TRANSPORTATION HUDDLE: Miami-Dade Aviation Department
Director Angela Gittens will be one of many speakers at the annual national conference
for The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials June 19-23 at Biscayne
Bay Marriott. The organization is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Other local
transportation officials scheduled to speak are Danny Alvarez, director, Miami-Dade
County Transit; Servando Parapar, executive director, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority;
Joseph Giulietti, executive director of Tri-Rail, and Harold Johnson, deputy director
for community affairs. Miami World Gateway. Details: (305) 876-7017.
MOVING UP: Adolfo Henriques, who was CEO of Union
Planters Bank for Florida, was promoted Monday to group CEO for the southern district,
which includes Louisiana and Texas. Florida, at $4.5 billion, is the bulk of the
region's $7 billion. The $35.4 billion bank, based in Memphis, TN, is the nation's
27th largest. Mr. Henriques also took charge Monday of corporate banking nationally.
He will remain in Coral Gables. With his promotion, the Florida bank will divide
operations into Miami-Dade, Broward/Palm Beach, and international. Angel Medina
will head Miami-Dade operations. That job too has been expanded, and all consumer,
mortgage and small business banking in the area now report to Mr. Medina.
SEARCH IS ON: Fred Messing, chief operating officer
of Baptist Health Systems, was named Friday to head a team that includes the five
most recent heads of the Beacon Council to nominate a chairman for the organization.
The chairmanship of Mario L. del Valle, president of BankAtlantic for Miami-Dade,
expires in October. Adrienne Arsht, chairman of Total Bank and the council's chairman
elect, resigned unexpectedly last week from the board of the public-private development
organization for Miami-Dade County. Mr. Messing's team has a second seat to fill
as well: John Fox of Royal Caribbean Cruises resigned to move to Seattle in a
BACKING EQUALITY: The board of the Beacon Council
on Friday voted unanimously to support efforts to keep intact Miami-Dade County's
Equal Opportunities Ordinance.
BOOKED: Herald Custom Publishing, a subsidiary of
the Miami Herald, will publish the Beacon
Council's annual Miami Business Profile assuming the two reach contract agreement. The council's board voted unanimously Friday to offer the contract to the Herald. For 10 years the council's publication has been produced by Florida Media Affiliates, which was not one of the two finalists among five bidders.
MEDIA GUIDE: Florida International University's School
of Journalism and Mass Communications is selling a directory of all Latin American
media at $99 per country or $499 for all. Details: www.mediaguia.com.
DOORBUSTER: They're knocking down the doors to get
into the Miami Art Museum - literally. In order to install a new exhibition of
work by Martin Puryear, the museum must remove its front doors this week. One
piece of the exhibit, "A Ladder for Booker T. Washington," measures
36 feet. It will be suspended over the museum's grand stairway. The exhibit opens
June 21 and runs to Aug. 19 at 101 W Flagler St.
ON THE MOVE: RTKL/Snoweiss Design Group has moved
to 20,500 square feet at 1500 San Remo. Ave. in Coral Gables, from 4200 Aurora
MOVING ISSUES: Miami-Dade County's planned intermodal
center beside Miami International Airport will be on the agenda when more than
1,000 members of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials gather at
the Biscayne Bay Marriott June 19-23. The group will also discuss public/private
partnerships, alternatives to funding solutions for congestion and regional transportation
trends. Details: (305) 876-7017.
Parrot Jungle & Gardens is to receive the Environmental Business Practices Award
from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce at its goals conference Friday at the
Doral. The park broke ground in March on a new home on Watson Island, but remains
operating at 1000 SW 57th Ave. until January 2003.
SOUTH AMERICA FOCUS: The International Roundtable
will focus on the future of Miami's links with South America on June 21. The session,
sponsored by Miami Today and the JW Marriott, will be held at the hotel, 1111
Brickell Ave., at 5 p.m. Panelists are Paulo Rocha, president, H.R.M. International
Inc., and chairman of the Trade Committee of the Brazilian American Chamber of
Commerce; Victor Alvarez, executive partner in the Miami office of the international
law firm of White & Case; James P. Robinson, name partner in the Miami Beach-based
accounting firm of Gerson, Preston, Robinson & Company; and Francis M. Murkowski,
vice president, marketing, communications & customer service, for the Latin America
& Caribbean division of FedEx. Details: Techy Fernandez, (305) 358-2663.