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Written by on August 10, 2000

FYI

Miami is a weekly feature of Miami Today, keeping readers ahead

of the news. Here are highlights from the most current edition.

RIBBON CUTTING: PAL Laboratories will

hold a ribbon- cutting ceremony for a new manufacturing facility

at 11 a.m. Aug. 18 at 10655 NW 29th Terr. Miami-Dade Mayor Alex

Penelas is expected to attend. Details: (305) 463-2289.

OFFICE PURCHASE:

The Home Equity Corp., through its subsidiary Palmetto Frontage

Road, purchased a Miami Lakes office building at 14100 NW Palmetto

Frontage Road. The building, which has 45,000 square feet, sold

for $3.25 million.

KINGLY LOOKS:

Burger King opened its first "new look" restaurant in

Miami-Dade County this week at 16730 SW 88th St., Kendall. The unveiling

is part of the fast-food chain’s plans to transform the look of

the restaurants worldwide. The new design includes exteriors, interiors,

the chain’s logo and establishing a virtual fun center for kids.

NORTHERN LUNCH: The Greater North Miami

Chamber of Commerce is holding a membership luncheon at noon Aug.

23 in the Miami Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd. Chris

Mazzella, inspector general for Miami-Dade County, is to speak.

Cost is $14. Details: (305) 891-7811.

BRICKELL FORUM: The Brickell Homeowners

Association is holding a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 in the

Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1770 Brickell Ave. Details: Tory Jacobs,

(305) 858-9699.

SOUTHERN FORUM: Chamber South has scheduled

a candidate forum at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 23 in the Miami Dadeland Marriott,

9090 S Dadeland Blvd. Candidates for county mayor are expected to

speak. It’s free. Details: (305) 661-1621.

DORAL NETWORKER: Commercial Real Estate

Women Miami is holding its third quarter networker from 5:30-7 p.m.

Aug. 22 in the Club at Doral, 4400 NW 87th Ave. Cost is $25; $20

for members. RSVP. Details: (305) 789-6608.

GABLES OFFICE SALE: Ken Rosen, president

of Kendar Realty, and attorney Jim Pollack, partners in 1501 Verona,

bought the 25,908-square-foot Park Place II office building, 1501

Verona Ave., for $2.95 million. Paul Ahmed of Terranova represented

the seller, an out-of-state corporation, in the transaction.

BEACON LEASES: Microtel International

leased 23,500 square feet at Beacon Centre office park. Jose Juncadella,

David Spillers and George Pino, Codina brokers, represented the

landlord, Dukes-Weeks Realty. Vivian Barbeto with Era Castle Realty

represented the tenant in the transaction.

LAND SALE: DS Realty bought 36,000 square

feet of land at Northwest 31st Avenue from Shaa Joint Venture for

$74,000. Codina broker Leon Banks represented the seller in the

purchase.

SPA SALE: Casuso Enterprises bought

a 5,951-square-foot building at 4012 Laguna St. from Foundation

Spa, Salon & Studio for $450,000. Laura Kessel of Grubb & Ellis

represented the buyer.

BONITA LAKES: Caribe

Homes bought 20 acres from Lennar Homes at Bonita Lakes, Southwest

124th Avenue and 139th Street. President Charlie Martinez says Caribe

will build 20 homes ranging from $125,000-$156,000 on the site.

Details: (305) 238-0098.

MURANO FINANCING: The Related Group

of Florida closed on a $74 million construction loan from First

Union National Bank for the Murano, a 37-story residential condo

at 1000 South Pointe Drive, Miami Beach. The project broke ground

in June. Details: (305) 604-2088.

COLDWELL UPGRADE: Coldwell Banker launched

Coldwell Banker Previews International, a program to market luxury

properties globally, says Judith A. Green, president & CEO of South

Florida operations.

HYATT SALES: Class

Residence by Hyatt in Aventura, a resort-style luxury retirement

community to break ground at year’s end at 19333 W Country Club

Drive, is 50% sold, says Sarah Brown, director of sales & marketing.

Details: (305) 692-4501.

NORTH MIAMI OPENING: Little Haiti Housing

Association celebrated the grand opening of the 33-unit Forest Green

Townhomes, 14100 NE Third Ct. The development targets low-income

families.

MORTGAGE PARTNERSHIP: CitiMortgage Inc.,

a member of CitiGroup, and national mortgage lender Fannie Mae announced

a partnership to provide $1 billion in affordable mortgage lending

for low- to moderate-income South Florida households over the next

five years. Details: (800) 848-1180.

ARVIDA ALLIANCE: Arvida Realty Services,

a business unit of St. Joe Co., formed a real estate alliance with

Goldschmidt & Howland, a UK firm established in 1888, to further

residential and commercial business interests between Florida and

the UK, says Arvida CEO Richard W. Cope.

MODEL COMMUNITY:

Luxcom announced the opening of five models at The Gates at Doral

Isles, 6000 NW 114th Ave. Sales Director Luis Esquivel says the

community is 65% sold. Details: (305) 597-9798.

FILM BONANZA:

Film offices in the county issued 2,860 permits with an economic

impact estimated at more than $106 million, The Miami-Dade Mayor’s

Office of Film & Entertainment’s year-to-date statistics through

June show. Still photography accounts for the lion’s share at $68.9

million, compared to $5.5 million for film, $6.6 million for TV

and $25.68 million for commercials.

FILM PARTICULARS: Among high-profile

permits, Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group has started filming of

a feature comedy based on a novel by Miami Herald columnist Dave

Barry under the working title "Big Trouble." It is to

star Tim Allen, Rene Russo, Dennis Farina, Jeneane Garafolo and

Miami’s Sofia Vergara.

FILM MISSION:

The Florida Film Commissioner has scheduled a fall sales mission

to the New York Independent Film Festival & Market Sept. 19 to provide

prospects with information about making movies in the Sunshine State.

Details: (877) FLA-FILM.

TRAVEL ACQUISITIONS: Coral

Gables-based TraveLeaders acquired five more Florida travel service

companies, bringing to 14 the number it has acquired since January.

Newly acquired are Vision Travel in the Gables, Coast to Coast Travel

and Express Travel in Miami, Travel Planners in Miami Lakes and

Preferred Travel in Orlando. The acquisitions, says TraveLeaders

Chairman & CEO Keith St. Clair, "brings us closer to reaching

our goals of offering customers the best and most comprehensive

travel services, all under one roof."

BI-NATIONAL POST:

The Association of Bi-National Chambers of Commerce in South Florida

Inc. elected Lita Haeger president. The first women to lead the

group, Ms. Haeger is president of the Chile-US Chamber of Commerce.

The post she assumes was left vacant by the death of Lars Hummerhielm.

Other new Bi-National officers and their chamber group include Gabriel

Pascual, Central America-USA chamber, executive vice president;

Ty Javellana, Korean-American chamber, treasurer, and Maria Masvidal-Visser,

Norwegian-American chamber, secretary. The Bi-National chamber is

an umbrella for about 40 bi-national chambers in Florida representing

more than 8,000 members.

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