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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:
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:
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 calle22.com, 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
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 telecomsmart.com.
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 SocialPlus.com announced the launching of corazones.com
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 sportsya.com. They include Nadia Comaneci,
gymnast; Mark Spitz, swimming; Clyde Drexler, basketball, and Jane
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.
PARK AWAITS AT&T CASH:
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:
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.