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of the news. Here are highlights from the most current edition.
The Greater Miami & the Beaches Hotel Association will hold its
6th annual meeting & reception at 4 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Marriott
Biscayne Bay Hotel, 1633 N Bayshore Drive. Details: (305) 531-3553.
The Travel Channel is in town taping segments for a show featuring
the world's best beaches, according to executives at the Greater
Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Travel Channel claims more
than 20 million viewers.
telecom operation announced this week that it will be offering "Business
Ready Dedicated Hosting Service" software that allows users
to create a website in as little as 30 minutes. Details: rackservers.ATT.com.
Florida Venture Forum announced it is creating a "Capital Currents"
database that will show the amount and source of venture funds Florida
firms receive. Forum officials say they will tap venture capital
sources monthly to collect the data. Kevin Watson, managing director
of C-Max Capital and forum chairman, said the database will make
his organization "a better resource for entrepreneurs and venture
capitalists alike." A survey form to report venture capital
transactions in Florida is available at flvencap.org.
City of Miami Beach commissioners have unanimously approved the
appointment of Jorge M. Gonzalez as city manager. Mr. Gonzalez had
been senior assistant chief administrative officer for Montgomery
County in Maryland and was an assistant county manager in Arlington
County, VA, before that. He started his management career with Miami-Dade
County. With the appointment, Lawrence A. Levy, who had been acting
manager for Miami Beach, returns to his former post as first city
The Codina Group has named Robert G. Ferranti chief administrative
officer, effective Sept. 1, to become part of the firm's expanded
executive team. Mr. Ferranti, who had been president of Codina Development
Corp., joined Codina as a senior vice president in 1997.
The law firm Greenberg Traurig announced it has formed an international
litigation practice in Miami, appointing Pedro J. Martinez-Fraga
head of the new department. According to Greenberg Traurig President
and CEO Cesar Alvarez, the law firm has more than 55 attorneys with
"experience to handle legal matters for clients around the
world." Mr. Martinez-Fraga has been with Greenberg Traurig
13 years and was recently named chairman of an international law
committee for the Dade County Bar Association.
Barry University announced publication of a book, "Barry University:
Dedicated to Love, Learning & Leadership," co-written by Prudy
Taylor Board and Eileen Rich, a Barry historian. Publicists say
the volume presents in pictures and text the history of Barry's
growth from a 45-student college for females. Details: (305) 899-3199.
Grand Alliance, a conglomerate of shipping lines, is formally to
announce this week the selection of the Port of Miami as a port
of call. P&O Nedlloyd, a Grand Alliance member, will use the port
in a vessel-sharing pact with Americana Ships. Port officials say
the pact should increase the tonnage from North Europe that passes
through the local port. "We view the selection," says
Deputy Port Director Khalid A. Salahuddin, "as a vote of confidence
in our operation."
OF THE GUARD:
The US Southern Command will officially observe the departure of
its commander in chief, Gen. Charles E. Wilhelm, at an invitation-only
ceremony and reception Sept. 8. If Senate confirmation is complete,
a Change of Command Ceremony will simultaneously welcome the new
commander, Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace. Secretary of Defense William
S. Cohen is expected to officiate.
CATCH-UP: The county's Department of Human Services plans
its fifth annual DHS Week Sept. 5-8 with activities around town
introducing its services and resources. Details: (305) 375-4450.
BOMA of South Florida will hold an informal gathering 6 p.m. Aug.
17 at Burt & Jack's Restaurant, Port Everglades, Ft. Lauderdale.
Trammell Crow Co. is sponsor. Cost is $40, $35 for members with
reservations. Details: (954) 938-0100.
Doral Properties Real Estate bought the 27,216-square-foot MacNeill
Building, 9690 NW 41st St., from MRT&G Investments for $2.2 million.
Louis J. Gallo, senior broker-associate at The Allen Morris Co.,
negotiated the transaction.
FOUNDATION: The foundation was poured for the 25-story Grand
Venetian condo, 10 Venetian Way, says Project Manager Jorge Lamadrid.
The developer is Venetian Associates, whose principals are Jose
L. Zapata and Gilbert Benhamou. Bovis Lend Lease is general contractor.
Topping off is tentatively scheduled for May 2001.
SPACE: DĒcor House leased 10,000 square feet of warehouse
and office space at 7421 NW Seventh St. from Lazaro and Marina Fraga,
principals of Fraga Rug. Pat Brown and Ginger Y. Krenz of US Commercial
Realty were brokers in the transaction.
Urban America, an investment fund, bought a 95,917-square-foot neighborhood
retail center on 10.19 acres at Dolphin Plaza, Northwest 27th Avenue
and 170th Terrace, for $5.98 million. The PNL Co. was seller. Grubb
& Ellis associate Alan R. West represented the buyer in the transaction.
DEALS: Office Max leased 91,400 square feet at Beacon Station
while the Public Health Trust renewed a lease for 36,000 square
feet. Pedro Garcia and Stuart Gordon represented the landlord, Gran
Central Corp., in both transactions.
ADDS: Recent new retailers at Loehmann's Fashion Island,
Biscayne Boulevard at Northeast 187th Street, are Aventura Design
Group, Egoist Kids, Experts on Sight, Laser Boutique, Marvin Markman
Gallery, Men's Wearhouse and tanya & justine.
TOURS: The National Association of Industrial & Office Properties
has opened registration for its 2000 Tri-County Bus Tours. They
cover Palm Beach County, Sept. 15; Miami-Dade, Oct. 13, and Broward,
Nov. 10. Cost is $75 each or $180 for all three, or $50 and $120
for members. Details: (954) 938-2137.
Indresaa Metals bought properties at 3601, 3615 and 3629 NW 60th
St. totalling 47,612 square feet for $1.24 million. Sunaid of Florida
was the seller. Cushman & Wakefield brokers Benjamin Eisenberg,
Walter Byrd and Graham Ehrich negotiated the deal.
International, manufacturer of vinyl siding, leased 114,500 square
feet of warehouse space at 1111 NW 165th St. Steve Wasserman of
Colliers Lehrer was tenant representative. Jim Armstrong of Easton
& Associates and Wayne Schuchts of US Commercial Realty represented
the landlord, MA & TN Sandifer Partnership.
IN FASHION: Malia
Mills, a swimsuit and resort wear boutique with stores in New York
and Los Angeles, will open a third venue in September at 610 Collins
Ave. Details: maliamills.com.