Written by Miami Today on June 22, 2000
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DILEMMA: Commissioner Arthur Teele is re-introducing
the idea of moving the Camillus House homeless shelter out of Park
West. He said the Community Redevelopment Agency has $2.8 million
in its five-year budget plan to acquire the property, a move he
said could open new redevelopment opportunities for the area north
of downtown Miami. "It’s going to hinge very heavily on the
reaction of the mayor and the commissioners," he said. "The
problem is relocating." Past attempts to move Camillus House
were thwarted by residents near proposed sites.
Miami City Manager Carlos Gimenez named two staffers to guide
developers of the Technology Center of the Americas, proposed for
the Park West area. Javier Carbonell, a city inspector, is to fast-track
developers through permitting while Christine Morales, an empowerment
zone expert, was assigned to help tap government incentive programs.
TAX DISTRICT, PART 2: A proposal to let Miami’s Community
Redevelopment Agency create a sales tax increment district that
failed to pass muster with state legislators during the spring session
isn’t necessarily dead. David Cardwell, attorney with Holland &
Knight, said lobbyists who tried to get an amendment adopted ran
out of time. He said the bill will be reviewed and brought back
HOOKING MARLINS: Gov. Jeb Bush
had until Wednesday (6/21) to decide whether to sign or veto the
Community Improvement Authority Act, a bill that would create a
new trust overseeing construction of professional sports facilities
near major ports. The bill was backed by the Florida Marlins as
part of efforts to build a stadium in Bicentennial Park.
DAN MARINO BLVD: Miami-Dade County commissioners gave
unanimous approval to naming Northwest 199th Street from Second
to 57th avenues Dan Marino Boulevard to honor the recently retired
Miami Dolphins quarterback. Gwen Margolis, Jimmy Morales and Natacha
Seijas Millan were among commissioners who applauded Mr. Marino’s
STREET HONOR: Commissioners
also approved naming Northwest 191st Street between Second and 37th
avenues after Barbara J. Hawkins Street. The Carol City elementary
school principal was killed in a car crash this year.
DEFERRED AUTHORITY: An ordinance
sponsored by Gwen Margolis to create an authority for Miami-Dade’s
airport facilities was deferred Tuesday. Commissioners moved the
item to their July 6 agenda.
HOTEL HONORS: The Miami Airport
Hilton was named the best airport Hilton property in the country
for the third consecutive year by the chain, based on performance
in eight categories, including financials, guest card tallies and
a mystery shopper program.
BRAND NEW LEASE: Brand Institute
signed a seven-year lease for 12,254 square feet, a full floor,
at 200 SE First St. Deanna Lobinsky of Abood & Associates represented
the landlord in the transaction.
TWO OCEANS: Ocean Bank this week opened new branches
at 7880 SE 104th St., East Kendall, and 2601 S Bayshore Drive, Coconut
Grove. The bank now has 20 branches in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
LEGAL DEAL: The law firm of Herzfeld & Rubin leased 9,700
square feet for 72 months at Brickell Bay View Center, 80 SW Eighth
St. Codina’s Tere Blanca de Ulloa represented the tenant in the
BLACK-TIE BALL: The Miami Art Museum announced its annual
black-tie ball will be Dec. 2 in the Wyndham Miami Biscayne Bay
Hotel. Carlos A. Migoya and Gloria & Howard Scharlin are co-chairs.
Pablo Cejas chairs the Late Night Party immediately after the ball.
Details: (305) 375-1707.
MORTGAGES: Century Builders
will open its new in-house mortgage division Aug. 15, says President
& CEO Sergio Pino.
BEACON AWARDS: The Beacon Council got four awards in
the 2000 American Economic Development Council Promotional Materials
Awards Competition, presented at the council’s annual conference
in Dallas this month. The local group won Superior awards in the
categories of foreign language brochure, community profile and special
section advertising campaign and an Excellent award for its special
purpose directory entry.
BEACH APARTMENTS: SEMO of Miami Beach bought a 27-unit
apartment building at 950 Pennsylvania Ave. from Pennsylvania Holdings
for $941,000, or $80.93 a square foot. The seller paid $675,000
for the property in 1995. Mark Matchett and Scott Betten of Income
Real Estate negotiated the deal.
COMPUTER EVOLUTION: Due to the
mushrooming number of computers now working on the City of Miami’s
network, city commissioners have agreed to spend $26,500 on trouble-shooting
equipment and software. Over the past year, as the city upgraded
computer systems, the number of computers in use doubled while the
number of computer sites grew from three to 40, officials say.
GRANT FUNDING: Miami got $372,792
in state grants to fund programs for the developmentally disabled.
The city provides transportation and other services to 91 disabled
adults. Miami also received $46,453 in county grants to improve
access for the disabled at city parks.
TRUCK TASK: Miami-Dade County Manager Merrett R. Stierheim
established a 13-member trucking task force to work with independent
truckers on such issues as rising fuel prices. Members include Port
Director Charles A. Towsley; Khalid Slahuddin, the port’s deputy
director; John Abish, president of the Florida Customs Brokers &
Forwarders Association, and Mary Prado, a general manager with Hellmann
Worldwide. "While the port is not able to regulate or change
fuel prices," Mr. Towsley said, "we may be able to address
other concerns expressed by truckers."
PRO BONO: The 11th Judicial
Circuit and Dade County Bar Association gave Adrienne F. Pardo its
Put Something Back award and Holly R. Skolnick its Steps Toward
Success award for volunteer work and significant contributions to
making legal services available to those who can’t otherwise afford
them. Both attorneys are with Greenberg Traurig.
NET FINANCING: The Council of the Americas is sponsoring
"Punto.com: Financing & Valuation of the Internet in Latin
America" from 8:30-9:45 a.m. June 27 in the Hyatt Regency Coral
Gables, 50 Alhambra Plaza. Scheduled speakers are Daniel Cook, director
of Strategic Alliances Endeavor in New York; Bob Wollheim, CEO for
Ideia in SÉo Paulo, and Aisha Haque, a regional director with Merrill
Lynch & Co. in New York. Cost is $35; $25 for members. Details:
(212) 628-3200, ext. 331.
VOYAGE FOR THE QUEEN: The British American Chamber of
Commerce Miami is holding its annual Queen’s Birthday Celebration
from 7:30-10:30 p.m. June 30 aboard the yacht Island Lady. RSVP;
the gathering is limited to 100 participants. Cost is $60. Details:
ON-LINE EDUCATION: Miami-Dade County Public Schools announced
the launch of virtualdistrict.com. The website provides users with
free on-line instruction in business ownership, promoters said.
Details: (305) 603-0643.
E-ARTS: The Miami-based National
Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts announced the launch
of ARTSawards.org. The site lets visitors get acquainted with the
foundation and its programs. Users can also register for the foundation’s
annual Arts Recognition and Talent Search — a competition that
rewards high school seniors in various arts categories such as dance,
theater, visual arts and music. Details: (305) 377-1140.
CHEMICAL E-ACTION: Executives launched www.onechem.com
in Miami late last week. The site, which was created by more than
135 individual chemical industry professionals, is an e-commerce
marketplace for the chemical industry, promoters said. OneChem has
offices in Connecticut, Florida, Texas, Japan and Switzerland.
TODDLERS ON-LINE: Weston-based Toddlerwatch.com selected
AT&T to be its broadband Internet access provider. The site is a
portal offering parents and teachers information about toddlers,
promoters say. The company will use AT&T’s Digital Subscriber Line
to offer users the ability to watch streaming video, among other
THREE WAY: A strategic alliance
was made final between 3Com Corp., Accton Technology Corp. and Natsteel
Electronics. The three corporations, promoters say, will form a
new company called US Robotics. Executives say it specializes in
creating analog modems. The company is to open offices in Miami,
Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. Details: (305) 461-8419.
LAUNCHING OUT: Miami-based Fiera.com
was launched in Colombia. The site — an e-commerce portal for
Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking communities worldwide — has
offices in San Juan, San Diego, Buenos Aires, Santiago, SÉo Paulo,
Mexico City and BogotÝ. Details: www.fiera.com
PERSONIF E-CATION: Fiera.com selected Personify Inc.
to handle its e-business software solutions. The site will use the
software to profile, analyze and report site visit behavior. Fiera
will also use Personify’s e-mail system. Personify Inc. provides
software related to website visitor patterns. Details: (800) 655-1474.
ASISTA IN ARGENTINA: Asista.com
completed its first live business-to-business on-line transaction
in Argentina, executives say. Asista helped Argentine companies
AGFA, AR Computation and Marken in e-business transactions. Asista.com
is an e-marketplace for the purchase and sale of goods and services
in Latin America.