Miami Today http://www.miamitodaynews.com The Newspaper for the Future of Miami Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:35:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 NY developer plans Wynwood hotel http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2015/01/28/ny-developer-plans-wynwood-hotel/ http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2015/01/28/ny-developer-plans-wynwood-hotel/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:15:09 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=26398 New York developer Sonny Bazbaz wants to build a hotel in Wynwood. Miami’s Urban Development Review Board last week recommended approval of his mixed-use project at 2110 N Miami Ave. His attorney, Iris Escarra, told the board it will be a “gateway” to the booming Wynwood Arts District. A rezoning and alley closure last year […]

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New York developer Sonny Bazbaz wants to build a hotel in Wynwood. Miami’s Urban Development Review Board last week recommended approval of his mixed-use project at 2110 N Miami Ave.

His attorney, Iris Escarra, told the board it will be a “gateway” to the booming Wynwood Arts District. A rezoning and alley closure last year allow this “signature” project to rise, she said.

A 3-to-2 board vote recommended approval, with Neil Hall and Anthony Tzamtzis against.

The project is to have 163 studio and 1-bedroom apartments, 79 hotel rooms, 12,407 square feet of retail and parking for 315 cars in an L-shape building of eight and 12 stories.

Both interior and exterior are described as industrial, made of concrete, untreated wood and exposed infrastructure. Said architect Jonathan Cardello of design firm ADD Inc., now with Stantec, “It’s industrial in nature. Clean and simple.”

“I am not feeling it – at all,” said Mr. Hall. Wynwood has become unique, he said, and “I’m not sure you reinforce [that] with sameness.” Wynwood generates excitement because street art has made a hip space from old warehouses, he said, calling the project’s design “stark.”

Mr. Tzamtzis agreed, noting “this is a very special area of the city, it’s an artistic neighborhood.”

Renderings show greenery wrapping the first floor. Mr. Cardello said the trellis will create a canopy and shade, with plants attached to wire and screen in front of the retail, making the building as green as possible at the ground level.

Mr. Bazbaz said they looked at Wynwood’s “sea of 25-foot-high concrete boxes” and designed the green curtains as a buffer for pedestrians.

“I will remain skeptical,” said board member Gerald C. Marston. “It will require a high degree of maintenance to keep it growing.”

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Big-box retail site sold for $64 million http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2015/01/28/big-box-retail-site-sold-64-million/ http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2015/01/28/big-box-retail-site-sold-64-million/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:10:19 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=26405 After years in the commercial real estate business, one knows when to take advantage of a great offer, said Ignacio Garcia Du-Quesne, former developer of the proposed retail and office project Bayview Market in the Biscayne corridor at 17th Street. BDB Miami LLC, of which Mr. Du-Quesne, Jeffrey Weil and Michael Bisciotti  are managing partners, […]

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After years in the commercial real estate business, one knows when to take advantage of a great offer, said Ignacio Garcia Du-Quesne, former developer of the proposed retail and office project Bayview Market in the Biscayne corridor at 17th Street.

BDB Miami LLC, of which Mr. Du-Quesne, Jeffrey Weil and Michael Bisciotti  are managing partners, and 110 Avon, a partnership between Atlanta-based BDB Realty and Redwood Capital Investments, sold the 7.35-acre vacant site in Edgewater for $64 million to Rebuild Miami-Edgewater, headed by Richard Meruelo.

BDB Miami owned the site at the corner of Northeast Second Avenue and 17th Street for years and announced in 2009 construction would begin in 2010 for the $200 million project. It was to include up to 525,000 square feet of office and retail space and 1,200 to 2,160 parking spots.

“Then the recession occurred, the market made such a turn and everything came to a stop,” Mr. Garcia Du-Quesne told Miami Today this week. “We got a great offer and decided to take the profit.”

Attorney Louis Zaretsky, who represents Mr. Meruelo, said his client’s plans are unknown at this time. He said it’s a unique property and it’s difficult to find a vacant lot of this size in the area.

“Mr. Meruelo has faith in the area,” Mr. Zaretsky said in reference to his client’s interest in the property.

The site was recently rezoned, with 3.9 million square feet of building allowed. It’s the largest footprint in the city of Miami, said Mr. Du-Quesne.

In April 2009, Omni’s Community Redevelopment Agency board approved making Bayview Market eligible for a 50% tax rebate once the project was completed, totaling up to $20 million.

Rebuild Miami-Edgewater will not be using the special permit the former owners had but may seek another one, Mr. Zaretsky said.

As for the proceeds from the sale, Mr. Du-Quesne said BDB Miami is interested in talking on grocery-anchored shopping centers.

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836 express buses start in 2019 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2015/01/28/836-express-buses-start-2019/ http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2015/01/28/836-express-buses-start-2019/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:05:35 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=26407 Plans to provide express bus service on the Dolphin Expressway are moving forward as buses are to start running on the route in 2019. The $38 million project includes two park-and-ride facilities, a bus terminal at Florida International University’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus and 11 buses. The planned service is meant to alleviate the traffic […]

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Plans to provide express bus service on the Dolphin Expressway are moving forward as buses are to start running on the route in 2019.

The $38 million project includes two park-and-ride facilities, a bus terminal at Florida International University’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus and 11 buses.

The planned service is meant to alleviate the traffic congestion on the Dolphin Expressway, or State Road 836, which connects the suburbs in the west and southwest to employment centers such as downtown in the east.

The park-and-ride facilities are located so that residents from the northwestern and southwestern parts of Miami-Dade County would have access to the facilities.

The Tamiami Station park and ride is to rise at Southwest Eighth Street and 147th Avenue in West Miami-Dade, and the Dolphin Station park and ride is to rise at Northwest 12th Street and 122nd Avenue.

“The opportunity would be that you could literally get on the Turnpike or Krome [Avenue] and park at the park-and-ride,” said Albert Hernandez, assistant director of engineering, planning & development at Miami-Dade Transit.

Miami-Dade Transit is looking at three proposed routes for this project:

•Line A would take off from the Tamiami Station and go straight to Government Center in downtown.

•Line B would take off from the Panther Station and go straight to the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC), a transportation hub just east of Miami International Airport.

•Line C would take off from the Dolphin Station and head straight to Government Center in downtown.

These routes aren’t set in stone and might change.

For the Dolphin Expressway service, Miami-Dade County is obtaining 11 articulated buses, which are the same as the I-95 Express and Kendall Cruiser buses, said Monica Cejas, a senior professional engineer head of the Planning and System Development Division at Miami-Dade Transit.

Each bus is 60 feet long and has a capacity of 100 passengers, with 60 of them sitting, Ms. Cejas said.

The Dolphin Expressway express bus service will run with the regular traffic unless there is congestion, in which case the buses would be allowed to run on the expressway’s shoulder, said Mr. Hernandez. If a vehicle has stopped on the shoulder, then the buses would merge back in traffic.

The $38 million cost is to be funded by the Federal Transit Administration, the Florida Department of Transportation and Miami-Dade County.

The Florida Department of Transportation is providing the land where the Tamimai and Dolphin stations park-and-ride facilities are to be built – and that has significantly lowered the project’s cost.

“If we were to acquire the 8 acres at Tamiami Station and the 15 acres at Dolphin Station, that would be another $15 million to $20 million,” Ms. Cejas said. “We haven’t calculated it. But it’s huge.”

The county is partnering with Florida International University (FIU) for the bus terminal, or the future Panther Station, at Southwest Eighth Street and 109th Avenue. Miami-Dade County is retrofitting the lower level of an existing FIU garage to turn it into a bus terminal.

“We still have to work out the details of the memorandum of understanding, but in essence we are putting the money in order for us to make it a hub. We won’t be paying any fees” to FIU, Ms. Cejas said.

Ultimately, if buses leaving the Panther Station head to the MIC, students, faculty and neighborhood residents would have a connection to the entire county – and even beyond.

“We are bringing our transit riders to a centralized location, a hub, where they can come and transfer to other routes,” Ms. Cejas said, “as well as bringing people from the rail, whether it’s from the Kendall area or Hialeah to FIU.”

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State loan triggers pollution clean-up http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2015/01/28/state-loan-triggers-pollution-clean/ http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2015/01/28/state-loan-triggers-pollution-clean/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:00:59 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=26415 The clean-up of a polluted tributary of the Miami River is set to begin shortly, thanks in large part to a state loan program. This month city commissioners approved the Wagner Creek/Seybold Canal Dredging Restoration Project, which sets in motion the $23 million dredging and clean-up work. The people who live along the river, and […]

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The clean-up of a polluted tributary of the Miami River is set to begin shortly, thanks in large part to a state loan program.

This month city commissioners approved the Wagner Creek/Seybold Canal Dredging Restoration Project, which sets in motion the $23 million dredging and clean-up work.

The people who live along the river, and who have worked to keep the area clean, are planning to celebrate the news – literally.

From 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 31, the Spring Garden Civic Association will celebrate the start of the clean-up at Greenfield Garden, 1094 NW North River Drive.

The group has invited members of the Miami River Commission, the mayor and city commissioners to the event.

The river commission’s Stormwater Committee, headed by Sallye Jude and assisted by Managing Director Brett Bibeau and canal resident Charlie Hand, worked to get the needed funding for the major project, according to the association.

Wagner Creek has been identified as having a high concentration of pollutants.

The project aims to remove accumulated sediments and dioxins (a hazardous chemical bound to the sediments), and subsequently restore stormwater capacity in both Wagner Creek and Seybold Canal, benefiting the community and South Florida’s natural aquatic resources, said a project summary.

Stormwater runs into Wagner Creek, which merges into Seybold Canal, from the surrounding area. City officials said that stormwater discharge has elevated concentrations of dioxins, total polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and metals.

Dredging is to begin where Wagner Creek flows out of a culvert at Northwest 20th Street and to continue to where the Seybold Canal empties into the Miami River, a distance of about 2.5 miles.

Based on an approved corrective action plan, the project will provide for the “efficient and safe” excavation of contaminated, accumulated sediment in six operational sections – five in Wagner Creek and one in Seybold Canal – as well as transport of that sediment to a landfill, according to officials.

The total estimated cost for the design, permitting and dredging is $23 million.

The city has received Florida Inland Navigation District grants and allocated stormwater utility funds and is expected to a State Revolving Fund loan to cover the shortfall of approximately $18 million, officials said.

The latest action included city commissioners accepting a $200,000 grant Jan. 8 that will help subsidize the project.

The grant, from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, was made possible by the Florida Legislature.

The fact that the bulk of the funds can come via the State Revolving Fund means the project will soon be put out for bids, according to city officials.

State Revolving Fund programs save money for projects in benefit the environment, including protection of public health and conservation of local watersheds. Federal and state contributions fund loans for a wide variety of water quality projects, including stormwater, watershed protection or restoration, and estuary management projects, as well as municipal wastewater treatment projects.

Last summer, the river commission urged city staff to do all it could to secure the needed funding.

“The Wagner Creek/Seybold Canal is considered the most contaminated waterway in the State of Florida and requires immediate remediation before the contamination migrates to other areas in the Miami River,” wrote Horacio Stuart Aguirre, river commission chair.

The river commission “vigorously” recommends moving forward with dredging, wrote Mr. Aguirre, who said cleanup of the creek and canal would improve the environment and local business.

 

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Profile: Carlos Fausto Miranda http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2015/01/28/profile-carlos-fausto-miranda/ http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2015/01/28/profile-carlos-fausto-miranda/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:00:53 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=26348 Carlos Fausto Miranda does not distinguish between his commercial real estate brokerage and civic involvement. He considers his business a platform for social change. Mr. Miranda is on a quest to build for Miami what he describes as an interesting patchwork of socially and culturally vibrant, sustainable, unique signature neighborhoods that can assert international recognition. […]

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Carlos Fausto Miranda does not distinguish between his commercial real estate brokerage and civic involvement. He considers his business a platform for social change.

Mr. Miranda is on a quest to build for Miami what he describes as an interesting patchwork of socially and culturally vibrant, sustainable, unique signature neighborhoods that can assert international recognition.

In that pursuit, he has helped organize grassroots efforts to support amending the city parking requirement for small new buildings within walking distance of corridors like Calle Ocho that are near public transit, push for the upzoning of East Little Havana along with a designation of historical preservation, launch a Little Havana Business Improvement District, and a number of initiatives to bring attention and pride to the neighborhood’s architectural charms.

Real estate affects every aspect of our lives, Mr. Miranda firmly believes. He has studied, and visited, a number of magnificent cities around the world and says Miami is one of them. It’s destined to be the next global metropolis, Mr. Miranda said, but it’s up to us to guide it in the right direction.

Miami Today reporter Susan Danseyar interviewed Mr. Miranda in the garden of a Little Havana pub.

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Marlins, county to arbitrate ballpark costs http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2015/01/28/marlins-county-arbitrate-ballpark-costs/ http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2015/01/28/marlins-county-arbitrate-ballpark-costs/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:00:52 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=26403 The Miami Marlins have given the county their final expense claims for building the baseball team’s Little Havana home – after three full seasons in the stadium. The Marlins say $110.9 million should be counted toward their share of the stadium’s total construction cost, said Jose Galan, director of the Real Estate Development Division at […]

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The Miami Marlins have given the county their final expense claims for building the baseball team’s Little Havana home – after three full seasons in the stadium.

The Marlins say $110.9 million should be counted toward their share of the stadium’s total construction cost, said Jose Galan, director of the Real Estate Development Division at the county’s Internal Services Department.

But the county’s auditors say that part of that amount doesn’t qualify as stadium spending and shouldn’t be counted as part of the Marlins’ share of construction.

Specifically, the auditors are disputing 3.8%, or $4.2 million, from the $110.9 million the Marlins say should be counted.

The heavily scrutinized deal to finance the building of a baseball stadium with features such as a retractable roof is a tri-party agreement among the City of Miami, Miami-Dade County and the Miami Marlins.

About $519.5 million was budgeted for the stadium, with the city responsible for $13.5 million, the county for $341.3 million and the Marlins for about $126.2 million. That’s excluding the issuance of $35 million in additional bonds as well as about $4.5 million designated for making the stadium a ‘green’ structure built and operated according to environmentally sustainable standards set by the US Green Building Council, a private non-profit organization that advocates for sustainability in building. Also not included are interest payments on county-issued stadium bonds that will cost about $2.4 billion in all to repay.

At the close of the final bid package, about $504 million from the budgeted $519.5 million was spent on stadium-related costs. The remaining $15 million falls within the Marlins’ share of the cost.

Since the final bid package has closed, that remaining $15 million is to go into a tri-party reserve account that is to later fund stadium capital improvements, such as fixing the retractable roof.

In addition, any expenses the Marlins have claimed but the county successfully disputes in the future are to also go into that capital improvements account.

So far the county disputes $4.2 million from the expenses the Marlins say should be counted toward their share of the cost.

Among these disputed costs:

•About $207,300 the Marlins paid to Levy Restaurants, a Chicago-based company that serves food at Marlins Park.

•About $221,400 in expenses the Marlins list for retail technology experts.

•About $92,500 the Marlins paid to The Parker Co., a Miami-based company for global hospitality procurement and consulting.

•About $386,700 the Marlins paid to Atlas Sign Industries, a West Palm Beach-based sign manufacturing, design and installation company.

•About $36,380 in legal fees the Marlins paid to law firm Holland & Knight.

Aside from the $4.2 million the county is contesting, the Marlins have already agreed to remove from their claim $812,000 the team previously listed as part of its construction costs.

As for the $4.2 million the county’s auditors are contesting, that issue is to be resolved in arbitration. Mr. Galan said arbitration hasn’t yet been scheduled.

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Film studio deals for 160 county acres http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2015/01/28/film-studio-deals-160-county-acres/ http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2015/01/28/film-studio-deals-160-county-acres/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:00:51 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=26410 If all goes as planned, a mammoth studio complex comprising 11 sound stages and 1.5 billion cubic feet of water in 10 giant tanks, as well as office and production space, will rise on 160 acres of county-owned land at 20000 NW 47th Ave. by early 2018. “I’m hoping to beat Atlanta and North Carolina […]

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If all goes as planned, a mammoth studio complex comprising 11 sound stages and 1.5 billion cubic feet of water in 10 giant tanks, as well as office and production space, will rise on 160 acres of county-owned land at 20000 NW 47th Ave. by early 2018.

“I’m hoping to beat Atlanta and North Carolina by a chunk,” said Rodolfo Paiz, a principal of Miami Ocean Studios LLC. “This is Hollywood-class.”

His company is in negotiations to lease the Miami-Dade County land and will begin infrastructure improvements, including roads and sewers, when the deal is signed. The improvements will cost nearly $30 million, of which the county will reimburse the developer $10 million once the work is done, he said.

The land lies in an unincorporated area known as County Club of Miami, between the Palmetto Expressway and the Florida Turnpike, near the Miami-Dade and Broward county line, and north of Opa-locka Executive Airport. The state transportation department has plans to widen Northwest 47th Street next year, which is a key advantage of the site.

Construction will commerce in about a year and will take roughly two years, Mr. Paiz said. The sound stages, the largest of which is 24,000 square feet, will have ceiling heights of 33 to 45 feet to accommodate lighting and electrical needs, he said. The studios also have to be able to withstand a category 5 hurricane, he added.

“If you figure the kind of structure that is that big, with no column in the middle, that’s a huge block of clear space,” he said. “All of this stuff needs to be well-engineered. Fortunately, the process of knowing how to do it is already out there.”

The water features include a canal that is 100 feet wide and 3,000 feet long, one water tank that is 300 by 200 feet square, and one that is 30 feet deep, he said.

“One of the things Miami has going for it is water, but it can be inconvenient and unsafe to shoot in open water, so we’ve designed these tanks,” Mr. Paiz said. “This is a complete package; it will have few competitors worldwide.”

A third-generation member of a Guatemalan family that has traditionally specialized in retail, he said his company ran a number of scenarios before committing to the studio project. While it is not strictly predicated on the state reviving its moribund incentive program, Mr. Paiz said he hopes the Legislature will do so.

“It’s our general belief that incentives offered by the State of Florida and, possibly, Miami-Dade County, are extremely important.” Reports have estimated that each incentive dollar results in a five-fold direct or indirect expenditure. “When we give somebody a dollar and they come back and spend five, that looks like great business to me, and something we want to promote as much as possible.”

He estimates that the project will add about 3,100 direct jobs during construction and 2,700 high-paying positions for film crews and others who work in the complex once it is open.

A hotel is also planned for the property and will be probably be run by a concessionaire, he added.

Mr. Paiz said he hopes Miami Ocean Studios will also become a business accelerator. “In a place like Miami, you always have start-ups. We will be looking for people who are doing cool things that are applicable to recording, and might take a portion of equity in their companies. We hope folks who are trying new things and looking for resources will find us.”

It will have a synergistic effect to not only build the studio, but also to nurture the local talent that will be needed as the film industry expands here, he said. “We’re very focused on building not only our brand, but Miami’s brand.”

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Filming in Miami: January 29, 2015 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2015/01/28/filming-miami-january-29-2015/ http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2015/01/28/filming-miami-january-29-2015/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:00:50 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=26354 These film permits were issued last week by the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Office of Film & Entertainment, (305) 375-3288; the Miami Mayor’s Office of Film, Arts & Entertainment, (305) 860-3823; and the Miami Beach Office of Arts, Culture and Entertainment-Film and Print Division, (305) 673-7070.  TELEMUNDO STUDIOS/NBC UNIVERSAL MEDIA LLC. Miami. Dueños del Paraiso. Swale […]

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These film permits were issued last week by the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Office of Film & Entertainment, (305) 375-3288; the Miami Mayor’s Office of Film, Arts & Entertainment, (305) 860-3823; and the Miami Beach Office of Arts, Culture and Entertainment-Film and Print Division, (305) 673-7070. 

TELEMUNDO STUDIOS/NBC UNIVERSAL MEDIA LLC. Miami. Dueños del Paraiso. Swale parking.

HIGH NOON PRODUCTIONS LLC. Colorado. Quinces. Countywide, Unincorporated Miami-Dade County.

BODEGA PICTURES. California. South Beach Go. Countywide, Miami Beach citywide.

WISE MONKEYS BV. Amsterdam. Op De Proef. Countywide, Miami Beach citywide.

BBC CHILDREN’S. United Kingdom. Pop Slam! Haulover Park Marina.

UPSTAIRS LLC. Coral Gables. Best Friends Express. Greynolds Park.

FLAMA MEDIA NETWORK LLC. NY. Left Unattended. Miami Beach citywide.

BEAUFORT 9 FILMS LLC. NY. Teen Vogue Strictly Ballet. Countywide, Miami Beach citywide, Valdes-Diaz Residence.

CONCEPT LOUNGE CREATIONS. Coral Gables. Gatorade Spec Commercial. Miami Dade College Kendall Campus.

PARAGON PRODUCTIONS SERVICES. Miami Beach. Stills for 3 People. Miami Beach citywide.

SIX DEGREE PRODUCTION. Miami Beach. Stills for Fashion Catalog Spring 2014. Miami Beach citywide.

FIRST OPTION PRODUCTIONS INC. Miami Beach. Stills for Winners Canada. Countywide, Miami Beach citywide.

MKM PRODUCTIONS INC. Miami Beach. Stills for Dorothy. Countywide, Miami Beach citywide.

SUNRISE PRODUCTION RENTALS LLC. Miami Beach. Stills for National Wholesale. Countywide, Miami Beach citywide.

SUNRISE PRODUCTION RENTALS LLC. Miami Beach. Stills for Panama Jack. Countywide, Miami Beach citywide.

P STUDIO PRODUCTIONS INC. Miami Beach. Stills for P Team. Countywide, Miami Beach citywide.

STILLMAX. Miami. Stills for Penningtons. Countywide, Miami Beach citywide.

SPIKE PRODUCTIONS CORP. Biscayne Park. Stills Peek and Cloppenburg. Miami Beach citywide.

EASTBAY. Wisconsin. Stills for SIX02 Photo Shoot. Matheson Hammock Park.

KSC STUDIO/KREATE FILMS. Hollywood. Stills for Graco. David T. Kennedy Park, Matheson Hammock Park.

BLACK HORSE STUDIO. North Carolina. Stills for BB&T AR Cover 2015. Tropical Park.

PAZIT INC. Coconut Grove. Stills for Sandmar. Countywide, Matheson Hammock Park, Miami Beach citywide.

PRO ONE PRODUCTIONS INC. Miami Beach. Stills for Fashion Spring. Countywide, Miami Beach citywide.

BARRY HARRIS STUDIO INC. Canada. Stills for Browns Shoes. Crandon Park Beach, Crandon Park Tennis Center, Rickenbacker Causeway Beaches.

SPIKE PRODUCTIONS CORP. Biscayne Park. Stills for Fashion World. Countywide, Miami Beach citywide.

DENNIS MOSNER PHOTOGRAPHY. New Jersey. Stills for BRU TRU February Miami. Miami Beach citywide, Tropical Park.

SELECT SERVICES INC. Miami. Stills for Mango Violeta. Countywide, Miami Beach citywide.

ROBERT HOLLAND PHOTOGRAPHY. Stuart. Stills for Williams Tenders. Bear Cut Beach, Crandon Park Marina, Hobie Beach.

PBNJ PRODUCTIONS. Surfside. Stills for Bayahibe 2015. Haulover Beach Park, Haulover Park Marina.

PARAGON PRODUCTION SERVICES. Miami Beach. Stills for Haband. Countywide, Crandon Park Beach, Miami Beach citywide.

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Miami companies tap into Arab Health showcase http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2015/01/28/miami-companies-tap-arab-health-showcase/ http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2015/01/28/miami-companies-tap-arab-health-showcase/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:00:49 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=26413 Miami companies had a chance to market their medical and healthcare products to an international audience and build trade partnerships in the Middle East during the Florida Showcase at Arab Health 2015. The healthcare event, hosted by Enterprise Florida, the principal economic development organization for the state, was held at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre. […]

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Miami companies had a chance to market their medical and healthcare products to an international audience and build trade partnerships in the Middle East during the Florida Showcase at Arab Health 2015.

The healthcare event, hosted by Enterprise Florida, the principal economic development organization for the state, was held at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre. It began Monday and ends today (1/29).

Arab Health, taking place for nearly 40 years, is the largest healthcare event in the Middle East. In 2014, the tradeshow attracted 112,103 visitors from more than 64 countries including medical staff, hospital management and dealer-distributors.

The Enterprise Florida-led trip represents the largest group of Florida small and mid-sized businesses to attend an international trade show in the past year. Of the 31 companies that participated, nine were awarded a Florida Trade grant.

This is the second year STAT Medical Devices Inc. of North Miami Beach has attended Arab Health. Long-time employee Rosalyn Silver told Miami Today this week that the benefit for the company is “being seen, letting others know about your product and what you can ship.” Last year, she said, STAT Medical Devices gained interest from distributors at the conference and is currently working with potential consumers buying the company’s product.

Before leaving for Dubai, director of sales Jack Huls said in a written release the Middle East has so many prospects for growth and STAT Medical Devices has greatly benefitted from attending missions with Enterprise Florida.

Dubai and the United Arab Emirates are an excellent market and business center of the Middle East and a gateway to Southeast Asia, particularly India, said Manny Mencia, senior vice president of international trade development for Enterprise Florida. He told Miami Today on Tuesday that Arab Health is particularly attractive for companies that want to diversify their exports.

“It’s the place to go to access technology and products in the life sciences field,” Mr. Mencia said.

According to Enterprise Florida, Florida has about 1,000 biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, making it third in the US for pharmaceutical and medical manufacturing businesses. There are more than 44,000 healthcare establishments around the state and more than 700,000 healthcare professionals.

Enterprise Florida reports total projected sales from its recent events include the MEDICA world forum for medicine in Germany, where 25 Florida companies recorded more than $151 million in total projected sales.

The Miami companies and organizations that participated in the Florida Showcase at Arab Health 2015 include Alfa Vitamins Laboratories Inc., Bulbtronics, FIME, Gaumard Scientific and HNM Medical.

Also participating from Miami-Dade County were Atlas Specialty Lighting of Hialeah and US Defib Medical Technologies of Medley.

 

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A Miami day of achievements that mostly went unheralded http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2015/01/28/miami-day-achievements-mostly-went-unheralded/ http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2015/01/28/miami-day-achievements-mostly-went-unheralded/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:00:39 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=26351 The barrage of bad news that hits us from every side every day has so jaundiced Miamians that it’s hard to realize that most of what is going on around us – the things that directly affect us and our community – is actually positive. Is it human nature that makes us look at the […]

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The barrage of bad news that hits us from every side every day has so jaundiced Miamians that it’s hard to realize that most of what is going on around us – the things that directly affect us and our community – is actually positive.

Is it human nature that makes us look at the glass half empty instead of far more than half full?

Or is it media that only seem to select as news negative aberrations from the norm?

When, after all, did you last see or hear the main news report in any medium that said in essence “Boy, is it a great day in Miami!” You’d have to go back to our last major sports championship.

Maybe that’s why news seems unrelated to our lives and experiences and why most protagonists in the news seem venal, shady and worse. Those are kinds of people in kinds of situations we seldom personally encounter – thank goodness.

But those negative portrayals of politicians and public figures, businesses and communities will over time color our views of them and – to some extent – everything outside of our own smallish circle of family and friends.

How, we might ask ourselves, can everyone we don’t directly touch be so different from us and so much worse in every way?

The answer is that the differences between us all – and the gulfs between us – aren’t as great as the media make them out to be by focusing on the aberrant and the controversial and the brutal rather than the 99%-plus of people who are far more admirable and – naturally – far more like us.

What led me down this path about the “us” that we know who are decent, normal and caring and the despicable “them” that we hear and see in mass media was a single evening in Miami – last Thursday, to be precise.

It was a prototypical “Boy, is it a great day in Miami” experience.

We were privileged to be with a hundred or so Miamians standing at the east side of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, a great physical and cultural addition to Miami now just over a year old, enjoying a 73-degree breeze off Biscayne Bay and a million-dollar view, listening to every third person tell us that this was a chamber of commerce evening in January if ever there was one.

If you ever wanted to impress out-of-towners, that was the time and place.

And powerful out-of-towners were there. The occasion was a break in a board retreat for American Airlines. and the entire board was enjoying – and impressed.

Naturally, community leaders wanted to welcome American’s leaders. Here was one of Miami’s top employers with 11,000 on the local payroll that added 1,300 workers here after its corporate merger, flies 70% of the flights at a growing and improving airport that is our number-one economic engine, and plans to add more destinations that will bring added tourism, business and investment here.

American has been growing like crazy here for 25 years. If ever Miami had a corporate growth story to trumpet, this is it. If you haven’t heard about this gathering until now, that proves the point of what gets headlines in Miami.

Present and accepting personal congratulations along with American’s leaders was Bill Johnson. That day the governor had tapped him to run the state’s economic development organization, Enterprise Florida.

Can you recall another Miamian in recent years positioned to remember his adopted home town – because he’s not leaving – when it comes time to lure significant business to Florida?

As our profile of Mr. Johnson noted a month ago when he was running the county’s overstressed water and sewer operations, he’s been at the center of economic development posts here for years. He just left a job running our seaport. He was once interim airport director. He made sure the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts was properly built. Basically, he got handed vital jobs in difficult moments to turn them around – and he did.

His selection for the key state job is encouraging news for us.

It was that kind of night. Mayor Carlos Gimenez honored American with a formal presentation – you’d expect that. But it was clear that he realizes the pivotal role that a growing hub of a growing global airline leader can and does play here.

A Miami director of the airline, Alberto Ibargüen, who heads another major Miami asset, the Knight Foundation – which is leveraging a combination of tact and big money to help move our economy into a new information and technological driven paradigm – also highlighted the importance of American’s growth to Miami. So did visiting Chairman W. Douglas Parker.

It was such a feel-good night, from weather to image to hopes for future economic growth. So good that Bill Talbert, CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, which sells visiting Miami to the world, could only have been happier if someone had also mentioned the remarkable cooperation between Miami-Dade County and Miami Beach that in two days last month pushed forward development of a revamped and enlarged convention center for the community.

That spirit of cooperation rather than conflict needed an attaboy that nobody had given it, Mr. Talbert said. The revamped center, talked about for decades, will – like American’s growth and Mr. Johnson’s appointments – provide a major jolt of economic energy here.

So, attaboy it is, to the governments that cooperated and the added convention business that’s sure to come with improved facilities.

Thursday was that kind of day – recognizing people, companies and even governments that have done well.

If the mark of true integrity is doing good things when nobody is looking, as novelist and essayist C.S. Lewis (no relation) wrote, Miami seemed at that moment to be loaded with integrity, not negatives.

The only negative is that far more of our focus ought to be on those good things. The old definition of news as man biting dog – aberration with some nastiness thrown in – needs updating. Mr. Ibargüen and Mr. Talbert, both students of the media, would no doubt agree.

Boy, was it a great day in Miami!

And now, back to the news.

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