REOPENED FIFTH: The Florida Department of Transportation reopened the Fifth Street bridge, which connects Fifth Street downtown to Northwest Eighth Avenue over the Miami River. After ordering it closed last week, the US Coast Guard suggested reopening it due to traffic congestion in the area, said David Rosemond, District 6 state transportation department spokesman. The bridge, built in the 1920s, was closed because it doesn't meet standards for width of alignment supports. It's safe, Mr. Rosemond said, and is reopened indefinitely while the department completes a study to determine whether it should be repaired, removed or replaced. The department has not yet set a time line for the study, which should take several months. If the bridge were replaced, the department would seek federal funds for the project, Mr. Rosemond said.
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HONG KONG MISSION: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and Internet Coast are holding a fact-finding mission to Hong Kong Sept. 20-25. The trip is to develop business opportunities in the information technology and professional services industries. The delegation will be briefed on in-country matters by Hong Kong and US officials, attend networking events and meet with local business leaders. Mission promoters also include Enterprise Florida, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Terremark Worldwide. Details: (305) 577-5472.
UNITED POST: United Parcel Service named Tom O'Malley vice president of cargo for UPS Latin America, to be based in Miami. Mr. O'Malley is former general manager of Unistar Air Cargo, which UPS acquired last year. At his former post he was responsible for the development of Unistar operations worldwide. He later assisted UPS in a strategy to expand cargo and acquire Fritz Cos. At his new post he is responsible for all cargo sales and services in Latin America. "One of my priorities," Mr. O'Malley said, "is to strategically enhance and expand UPS cargo services throughout Latin America." Earlier in his career Mr. O'Malley worked for 25 years on both the passenger and cargo side with TWA.
BRICKELL TALK: The next "Of Importance to Brickell" luncheon is from noon-2 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Sheraton Biscayne Bay Hotel, 495 Brickell Ave. City of Miami Commissioner Johnny Winton is scheduled to speak on "More Than a Sound Bite: Comments on planning for a sound Miami future." The Brickell Area Association and Miami Today co-sponsor the series. Cost is $35. Details: (305) 375-0080.
TAX TALK: The Building Owners & Managers Association is presenting a luncheon talk, "Making Florida Sales Tax Compliance Less Taxing," at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 12 in the Rusty Pelican Restaurant, 3201 Rickenbacker Cswy. Curt LaRue Horton with the Florida Department of Revenue is scheduled speaker. Cost is $30; $25 for members. Details: (305) 530-0083.
CHESS FAME: The World Chess Hall of Fame & Sidney Samole Museum is holding a grand opening Oct. 4-6 at 13755 SW 119th Ave. before a first public tour of the facility is offered at 11 a.m. Oct. 6. A first annual world chess hall of fame dinner at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in Signature Gardens, 12725 SW 122nd Ave., and a golf tournament at 8:45 a.m. Oct. 5 in the Don Shula Country Club in Miami Lakes are among events planned. The museum is billed as official for both the World and US chess federations and is to feature historic artifacts and high-tech interactive displays. Details: (786) 242-4255.
CAREER EXPO: The University of Miami is holding Career Expo 2001 Sept. 25-26 at the Smathers Student Wellness Center on its Coral Gables campus. Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce members get a discount to participate. Details: (305) 284-5451 or miami.edu/careerexpo.
CHILEAN PARTNERS: LanLogistics, a subsidiary of LanChile, the largest passenger and cargo air carrier in Chile, announced a partnership with the US Postal Service to enhance trade. Publicists said arrangements call for a division of LanLogistics to fly shipments to the US for delivery by the US Postal Service as priority mail. Delivery time is expected to be not more than three days for most shipments. With more than 40 million shipments exported from Latin America to the US annually, promoters said the partnership offers an alternative to businesses that now choose between premium-priced shipping and regular mail service.
ANDRX UPDATE: Chih-Ming Chen resigned as chief scientific officer and president of Fort Lauderdale-based Andrx Pharmaceuticals Inc., which engineers oral controlled-release technology for Andrx Corp. Dr. Chen said many projects he worked on during his tenure are nearing completion, including 17 abbreviated new drug applications on file with the US Federal Drug Administration. Scott Lodin, Andrx executive vice president and general counsel, assumes the presidency until a permanent replacement can be found, a company spokesman said.
CHEST MEET: The American College of Chest Physicians booked an October 2008 gathering in the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau announced. The convention is the only meeting focusing on clinical chest critical care medicine and cardiothoracic surgery, organizers said. The meeting draws more than 4,500 delegates and should result in 10,000 room-nights booked, the bureau said. This year's American College of Chest Physicians meeting is Nov. 4-8 in Philadelphia.
BEACH TALK: Stuart Blumberg, chairman, Collins Avenue Task Force, and Bob Middaugh, assistant city manager for Miami Beach, are guests at "Up Close & Personal" from 8:30-10 a.m. Sept. 13 in the Ocean Resort, 3025 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. The Collins Avenue construction program is the topic. The session is organized by the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. Cost is $15. RSVP. Details: (305) 672-1270, ext. 19.
MEXICAN TRADE: "ExpoMex-Florida 2001," the second annual business expo and networker featuring products for trade with Mexico, is being held at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Granada Ballroom, Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. The session is being presented by the US Mexico Chamber of Commerce. Cost is $20; $10 for members. Details: (305) 379-6090.
GOALS CONFERENCE: The North Dade Regional Chamber of Commerce is holding its goals conference Sept. 14-15 in the PGA National Resort, 400 Avenue of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens. Overnight packages to attend range from $79 for Saturday only to $299 for a two-day, one-night stay. Details: (305) 690-9123.
HISPANIC MARKET: The Hispanic Marketing & Communication Association is presenting a roundtable discussion, "Media & the Hispanic Market," at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 10 in the Victor E. Clarke Center, South Miami Hospital, 6200 SW 73rd St. Panelists are Anna Figueroa of the Spanish Broadcasting System; Ricardo Brown with Radio Unica, Jose del Cueto with Transamerica Media Group and others. RSVP by 9/7. Cost is $50; $30 for members. Details: (305) 648-2848.
BEACON GRANT: Cordis Corp., a Johnson & Johnson company providing cardiology solutions and biomedical research, received a Quick Response Training Grant from the Beacon Council. The funds are to allow Cordis to offer permanent jobs to 193 now temporary workers in its Miami-Dade office, 14201 NW 60th Ave. Nationally, Cordis employs more than 2,200 workers.
SCHOOL REPORT: The Miami-Dade County Public School Board voted to reconvene an Ad Hoc Multilingual Task Force established in 1997 to plan bilingual programs. A proposal by Perla Tabares Hantman directs the development of a 3-year action plan and asks for a status report on 1998 recommendations for the school board to consider in January 2002.
WATSON DEVELOPMENTS: A selection committee meets at 4 p.m. today (8/30) in the Miami Outboard Club, 1099 MacCarthur Cswy., to score proposals for a mega-yacht marina, fish market and water-related facilities in the northwest corner of Watson Island. City-hired consultants are expected to report findings on the feasibility of the proposals as their reports are presented to the committee on schedule, contrary to a comment by city Commissioner Tomás Regalado, who last week said consultant PricewaterHouseCoopers was overdue. Developers competing are Flagstone Properties of Miami and Orlando; Swerdlow Marine Partners, an affiliate of the Swerdlow Group in Hollywood, and Watson Island Partners, a venture between BAP Development of Miami and Millennium Partners of New York.