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DOMESTIC AIR LIFT: Domestic freight at Miami International Airport rose a walloping 42% compared to the previous October to nearly 40,000 tons this year, the 18th consecutive monthly gain in the category, the Miami-Dade Aviation Department announced. Officials cited continued strong growth in Miami operations by FedEx and UPS. The growth, said Miami-Dade County Manager Steve Shiver, "demonstrates that confidence is being restored in the aviation industry here and throughout the nation." Aviation Director Angela Gittens said the boost is "a good indication that Miami International has strong domestic cargo carriers that have invested a portion of their future in this region."
SLOW TIMES: Meanwhile, other categories are down at Miami International compared to October '00. International freight fell 14% in the month while passenger traffic dropped 23% to just under 1.9 million. International passenger traffic fell 23% while domestic traffic dropped 23.5%. "As the US and foreign economies begin to recover in 2002," Ms. Gittens said, "we believe that other cargo and passenger statistics will rebound."
ORANGE SELL OUT: The Orange Bowl Committee announced no general public tickets remain for the 69th annual FedEx Orange Bowl on Jan. 2 in Pro Player Stadium. The game pits the University of Florida Gators against the University of Maryland Terrapins. "We are very pleased by the enthusiasm," said Keith Tribble, CEO for the committee.
FILM SOCIETY: Organizers of the 2002 Miami Latin Film Festival - formerly the Miami Hispanic Film Festival -announced creation of the Miami Latin Film Festival Society with membership levels ranging from $50 for students to $500 for platinum status. The change in the March 22-31 festival's name signals the addition of French, Italian and Portuguese movies to the card. Details: Madeline, (305) 279-1809.
CONCOURSE EXHIBIT: An exhibit of children's artwork created since Sept. 11, "Healing the World," opens at 7 p.m. today (12/20) in the Concourse A Second Level Terminal at Miami International Airport. The show runs through Feb. 15. Details: (305) 876-0746.
ART LEAGUE EXHIBIT: The Miami Art League, which offers classes in various media, is holding a semiannual art exhibit from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 6 at 9709 E Second Ave., Miami Shores. The league is the oldest organization of its kind in South Florida, said spokesman Bob Cohn. He said members would exhibit works of art and serve homemade refreshments. Cost is $6. Details: Mr. Cohn, (305) 864-1755.
RIVER SHOPS: A series of three "Miami River Corridor Visioning Workshops" is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 15 in Lummus Park Community Center, 404 NW Third St. The session, presented by the Miami River Commission, City of Miami and Miami-Dade County, is on the lower river from Biscayne Bay to the Fifth Street Bridge. A session on the middle river, from the Fifth Street to 22nd Avenue bridges, is 7-9 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Conference Room, Travelodge Hotel, 1170 NW 11th St. The upper river workshop from 22nd Avenue bridge to Salinity Dam, is 5-7 p.m. Jan. 17 in Miami-Dade Transit Authority Auditorium, 3300 NW 32nd Ave. Details: (305) 361-4850.
TRADE SHOW: The South Florida Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a trade show, "Business Around the World III: International Trade Show" from 4-9 p.m. Jan. 10 in War Memorial Auditorium, 800 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale. Organizers say 250 exhibitors are participating. Details: (800) 282-4991.
TRADE SEMINAR: The second in a series of three customs-compliance seminars, "Tools of the Trade," is scheduled from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Jan. 24 in the offices of the law firm Becker & Poliakoff, Suite 100, 5201 Blue Lagoon Drive. Attorney Peter A. Quinter will preside. Topics include country-of-origin marking, penalties, NAFTA, tariff classifications and trademark protection. The session is also being held at the firm's Fort Lauderdale office on Jan. 17. RSVP. $25. Details: (954) 985-4144.
COURT MATTERS: Gov. Jeb Bush has appointed Henry Leyte-Vidal to the Miami-Dade County Circuit Court. The 11th Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting applications through 6 p.m. Jan. 7 for the vacancy in Miami-Dade County Court left by Mr. Leyte-Vidal's appointment.
ART ADVISOR: The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York appointed Bonnie Clearwater one of six advisors nationally for its 2002 biennial exhibition. Ms. Clearwater is director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. The biennial exhibit March 7-May 26 is expected to be the Whitney's largest since 1981.
A SLICE FOR LUDWIG: German Consul General Volker Anding cut the cake Sunday morning as several dozen persons gathered at Perricone's Restaurant to celebrate the 231st birthday of Ludwig von Beethoven and to seek designation by the City of Miami of the block of Ninth Street on either side of Miami Avenue as Beethoven Way Ninth Symphony Street. The effort is coordinated by Gustavo Noguera, a Colombian journalist who welcomed guests at the brunch provided by Steve Perricone. Details: (305) 643-5952.
COLLINS CUTTING: Miami Beach officials symbolically opened Collins Avenue between Lincoln Road and 22nd Street at a Dec. 13 ribbon cutting, even though the area already had been open to two-lane traffic for several weeks. The ceremony marked completion of the Collins Avenue Reconstruction Project's first phase. Slated to be finished Dec. 14, this part was done almost a month early. The second phase of the $6.8 million project, to begin in April, would cover Collins Avenue from 22nd to 26th streets. It's to be completed in mid-October.
HANTMAN REAPPOINTED: Gov. Jeb Bush reappointed Miami-Dade County School Board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman to the Metropolitan Planning Organization, which is meant to plan integrated and efficient transportation facilities and services in Miami-Dade County. She joined the group as the school board's representative in 1999. She was first elected to the school board in 1996.
TV SHOOTS FUNDED: Coral Gables-based Venevision International and Telefonica's Admira created a multi-million-dollar fund to produce telenovelas and other TV programming, to be filmed primarily in Miami-Dade County, the mayor's office of film and entertainment announced. By mid-2002, officials said, Venevision intends to have more than 350 full-time employees.
EYE ON LATIN CELEBS: The Miami Beach Marriott at South Beach is hosting the Latin television production company Filmation Productions as it films segments for its new entertainment show, "Latin Access." The 30-minute magazine-style show, to make its national TV debut in January, will focus on Latin celebrities in entertainment.
RETAIL REBOUNDS: Twenty-four days into the holiday season, TeleCheck Services reported retail sales up 1.8% nationally over the same time last year. Sales in the Southeast led the nation at a 2.6% increase, with Florida meeting the regional average. The only state with a higher growth percentage was Louisiana, at 2.7%. TeleCheck's economists predicted a last-minute shopping surge still to come. TeleCheck, a check acceptance company, bases its retail index on a year-by-year, same-store comparison of the dollar volume of checks written by consumers at more than 27,000 locations.