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Fyi Miami

Written by on June 1, 2000



Spectators visiting the Port of Miami during OpSail 2000 June 7-9

can meet with officials who oversee daily operations at the port

from noon-5 p.m. in Terminal 10, port media officer Trenae Floyd

said. Also on hand will be officials representing fire & rescue,

police, Team Metro and the aviation department, Ms. Floyd said.

"I think," she said, "adults, teens and children

will find the inner workings of the port interesting." Details:

(305) 371-7678.

TASH MEET: Baltimore-based TASH, a global disability

advocacy group, announced it will hold its 25th anniversary conference

Dec. 7-9 in the Fontainebleau Hilton in Miami Beach. More than 2,200

delegates are expected to attend. Details: (410) 828-8274.


The Dade Community Foundation is holding a by-invitation-only grants

luncheon at noon Friday in the 55th floor Miami City Club, 200 S

Biscayne Blvd., to announce it is giving $315,000 in HIV/AIDS prevention

education grants to 10 organizations in Miami-Dade County. Details:

(305) 371-2711.

INTERNET IMPACT: The first Impact Award, presented by

the South Florida Telecom Forum, was given to the Internet Coast

Network Access Point initiative at the Computer at Technology Tradeshow

in the Broward County Convention Center. The award was to be presented

to Internet Coast Alliance members who included Frank Nero, president

& CEO of the Beacon Council, and Fred Jackson, vice chair of the

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s One Community One Goal Info-technology

initiative and business development executive for IBM Corp.


Steven Gray, telecommunications inventor and president of Encompass

USA here, said Unaserve — a New York-based investment company

— signed a contract last week to take over his most recent

telecommunications invention. A former research assistant to Thomas

Edison, 93-year-old Mr. Gray says the company bought the rights

to his invention for $700,000. It will let people pay delinquent

invoices via their telephone bills. Details: (305) 461-0019.


Publicists announced the launch of, billed as "the

first virtual street for independent-minded Latin Americans who

wish to form their own communities." They said the project,

based in Colombia with an initial investment of $4.5 million —

with executives now searching for an office in Miami — will

"re-create the atmosphere of Latin American streets" over

the web.

Content designed "to spur discussions is written daily,"

says Carlos Valencia, creator and executive director. "We take

our name from one of the most traditional and popular streets in

Bogot ." Details: Mr. Valencia, 011-(571) 610-7685 or 7678.

E-SHOWCASE: The World Trade Center Fort Lauderdale is

holding an "Internet & e-business Technology Show" from

10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 16 in Signature Grand Conference Center, 6900

State Road 84, Davie. Organizers say it will showcase Internet and

business technology and cover such hot topics as establishing a

global website, electronic purchasing and using trade boards. Costs

start at $10. Details: (954) 761-9797.

ON-LINE LINE AID: A Fort Lauderdale startup, TelecomSmart,

expects to have on-line within the week a marketplace where small

businesses can get telecom services from leading vendors, including

AT&T, MCI, Sprint, EarthLink, QWest and UUNet, at

Founder Mark Mansour said his is the only company that provides

small businesses with easy access to a full range of telecom services.

OFFICE & PACT: New Jersey-based LogonHealth, which recently

opened a regional office in Miami, announced a deal with California-based

Sybase Inc. that targets medical doctors. LogonHealth offers a wireless

software that allows physicians to prescribe medication and do research

on the Internet. Sybase has what it calls the SQL Anywhere Studio

that will let physicians use a hand-held device to get on-line.

e-EXPANSION: iBasis, an advanced Internet-based communications

firm, expanded to 10,500 square feet in New World Tower, 100 N Biscayne

Blvd., nearly doubling in size. The Massachusetts-based firm defines

itself as a "carrier hotel and co-location facility" for

the telecom industry, which New World targets as tenants. Brokers

for the deal were Gina Klatman of Abood & Associates and John Peters

of Telecom Real Estate Services.


New York’s announced the launching of

and billed it as a way "to meet and develop meaningful relationships"

in Spanish. Details: (212) 244-7779.


Miami’s SportsYA announced it has signed some Olympic gold-medal

winners to exclusive Spanish- and Portuguese-language editorial

contracts as e-columnists for They include Nadia Comaneci,

gymnast; Mark Spitz, swimming; Clyde Drexler, basketball, and Jane

Evens, swimming.


Although state legislators one month ago approved the Community

Improvement Authority Act, the bill that creates a trust to oversee

construction of a Marlins baseball stadium in Miami was still in

legislative limbo Tuesday. Officials said the bill had not been

forwarded to Gov. Jeb Bush. After receiving it, the governor will

have 15 days to sign or veto it.

BRICKELL PARK OK: The courts have approved a settlement

between Miami and the Brickell family on the future of Brickell

Park. Miami City Attorney Alex Vilarello said the accord will mean

the family will handle sale of the property, which is just south

of the Sheraton Biscayne Bay Hotel, 495 Brickell Ave. Mr. Vilarello

said the family and the city will split the proceeds.


Although the Bayfront Park Management Trust signed a two-year sponsorship

agreement for the park amphitheater with AT&T in March, officials

were still waiting Tuesday for the first payment on the $400,000

deal. Trust board members selected a $2,950 bid from A1A Signs &

Service to paint AT&T’s name on amphitheater signage but said they

won’t go up until the first check arrives. Under the deal, AT&T

is to pay $15,000 for sponsor signs and related costs.

NO CHARITY CRUISES: The Bayfront Park Management Trust

has failed to take advantage of a perk written into its contract

with Bayfront Ventures, operators for the Casino Princesa gambling

ship docked at Bayside. The cruise operator is required to annually

provide three cruises benefitting charity groups the trust designates.

Three years later, officials said, trust board members have yet

to take up the company’s offer.


The Bayfront Park Management Trust board, stung by recent bad publicity

about trust finances, has agreed to require two signatures on every

check. New Executive Director Jay Costantz and either Miami Commissioner

Joe Sanchez, who chairs the board, or the city’s finance director

must sign off on every purchase. "We are in the process now

of doing things that will win trust back in this commission,"

Mr. Sanchez said.


A 150-year-old black buttonwood tree at Bayfront Park that was felled

by Hurricane Irene last year attracted a bid from Swire Properties,

which wanted to use the trunk in an art piece on Brickell Key. Bayfront

Park Management Trust board members agreed with the park’s landscape

expert, who recommended leaving the fallen tree on site and planting

buttonwood trees around it.



Director Charles A. Towsley named Girolamo "Gerry" Cafiero

Jr. assistant port director in charge of operations. Mr. Cafiero,

a 15-year maritime industry veteran, had been chief of facilities

maintenance and cruise operations for the port. His experience,

Mr. Towsley said, made him a prime candidate for the post. Between

1988-98 Mr. Cafiero, a past chairman for the Miami section of the

American Society of Mechanical Engineers, was a facility engineer

for the county’s solid waste department and project manager for

the port’s $111 million Resources Recovery Capital Expansion & Retrofit



The skeleton of The Ocean Club’s Ocean Tower One, severely damaged

by an accidental fire April 6, comes down at 9:30 a.m. June 2. Reliance

National Indemnity last week removed an emergency motion to stop

demolition after the county’s Unsafe Structures Board voted against

an appeal of a demolition order issued by the Village of Key Biscayne.

"Now we can proceed as planned to quickly and safely demolish

the shell," said developer John Hinson. Controlled Demolition

of Maryland, which recently brought down the old Esp°rito Santo

building on Brickell, will handle the implosion.


Organizers say a June 10 groundbreaking ceremony for the Murano

at Portofino, a luxury condo developed by The Related Group at 1000

South Pointe Ave., will include a viewing of OpSail Miami 2000’s

tall ships heading out to sea.

GROWTH PAINS: Florida Atlantic University’s Institute

of Government holds its 13th annual Growth Management Conference

from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 7 in the Ft. Lauderdale Airport Hilton,

1870 Griffin Rd. The Urban Land Institute and the FAU-FIU Joint

Center for Environmental & Urban Problems are co-sponsors. Cost

is $95. Details: (954) 920-3300.


The New Industrial Revolution, a seminar organized by the Urban

Land Institute, will be held from 7:30-9:30 a.m. June 15 in Don

Shula’s Hotel, 6842 Main St., Miami Lakes. Cost is $25-$50. Details:

(800) 321-5011.


Advertising in Spanish to Hispanics is more effective and persuasive

than advertising to them in English, even among Hispanics who are

bilingual, according to a study conducted by Roslow Advertising.

Also, the study says, Hispanics are more likely to be brand loyal

than the average US adult.

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