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Written by on June 22, 2000

FYI Miami is a weekly feature of Miami Today, keeping readers ahead of the news. Here are highlights from the most current edition.

RELOCATION

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.

FAST-TRACKING:

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

next year.

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

community service.

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

transaction.

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:

(305) 377-0992.

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

things.

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.

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