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Fyi Miami

Written by on September 21, 2000


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

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


DEFERRED: Miami-Dade County commissioners deferred a vote

on establishing separate regulations and requirements of for-hire

limousines in the county. About 100 taxi cab and limousine drivers

showed up Tuesday at a public hearing that lasted close to three

hours. The ordinance would require limousine service be limited

to rides pre-arranged at least one hour in advance, among other




A vote on an amendment to the county’s "Cone of Silence"

policy was deferred by commissioners Tuesday. The ordinance would

have expanded the policy to regulate communication from county professional

staffers and selection committee members on matters related to the

procurement of goods or services.



Fisher Island resident Monette Klein O’Grady says not all fellow

residents want to incorporate, referring to recent discussions about

the island community becoming a city. She says she’s formed a political

action committee calledSNOOTI — Say Noo To Incorporation. The

"no" in the group’s acronym has two O’s for emphasis,

she says, so don’t call her group SNOTTI. Incorporating, Ms. O’Grady

said, would sacrifice the island’s privacy. It now can only be reached

by private ferry. Incorporation would make access public.



Coconut Grove Bank named Daniel C. Eggland executive vice president

and director "to grow this bank into the future," said

Gus Harrison, chairman of the bank’s board. Mr. Eggland is former

president and CEO of MetroBank. His hiring, says Charles D. Umberger,

president, comes amid a computer system upgrade and remodeling at

the bank’s main office, 2701 S Bayshore Drive. Mr. Eggland is executive

director of the South Florida Council for the Boy Scouts of America

and director of South Miami Hospital Associates.



The Downtown Bay Forum will look at "Judicial Reform: Justice

on Trial — Should Judges Be Elected or Appointed" at 11:30

a.m. Sept. 27 in the Biscayne Bay Marriott, 1833 N Bayshore Drive.

Guest panelists are attorneys Dennis Kainen and Victor Diaz. Attorney

Larry Schatzman will moderate. RSVP. Cost is $20; $16 for members

with reservations. Details: Annette Eisenberg, (305) 757-3633.



US Department of Commerce’s Export Assistance Center in Miami gave

MD International Inc. the President’s "E" Award for outstanding

success in exporting. MD International is sole representative for

more than 20 major US medical equipment manufacturers in Latin America

and the Caribbean. A formal ceremony to present the award will be

held at 9 a.m. Sept. 25 in the company’s headquarters, 11300 NW

41st St.



The Japan Society of South Florida will hold a farewell to Akiko

Endo, its former director, at Japan 2000 ceremonies from 6:30-9

p.m. Sept. 27 in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Convention Center

Drive, Miami Beach. Ms. Endo will be returning to Japan, a society

spokesperson said, and a successor has yet to be named. Other observances

scheduled at Japan 2000 include a welcoming to Hideaki Asahi, new

consul general of Japan in Miami; a dedication of the Japanese Garden

at the Botanical Garden and a toast to the South Florida chapter’s

10th year. A cocktail reception and silent auction "of things

Japanese" are also on the agenda, along with music by the group

No Borders. Details: (305) 358-7256.



The Miami-Dade County League of Cities will hold its officer installation

and dinner at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia

Ave. Florida City Commissioner R.S. Shiver will be installed as

president as Miami City Commissioner Willy Gort steps down as immediate

past president. A 6 p.m. reception will start things off. RSVP.

Cost is $40. Details: (305) 557-1722.



French-American Chamber of Commerce of Miami & Fort Lauderdale and

the Venezuelan American Chamber of Commerce are holding a members-only

"Great Networking Encounter" on a night cruise aboard

the Royal Star out of the Port of Miami starting at about 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 20. A complimentary dinner and cash bar are included.



With organizers billing it as "the biggest event in the hospitality

industry," the first annual Bartenders Ball of Greater Miami

& the Beaches has been scheduled Dec. 11 at the Fontainebleau Hilton

Resort & Towers, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, to benefit United

Way of Miami-Dade. The black-tie bash targets members of the industry

from cruise ship staffers to hotel and nightclub operators. Details:

Jannice Cameron, (305) 335-5678.


BUYOUT: Interfoods

of America Inc. announced acquisition of 71 Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits

franchises in the central and north areas of Florida and southern

Georgia from RMS Family Restaurants Inc., along with 32 fee properties

the stores occupy. Additional development rights were also acquired

to build 56 of the restaurants over seven years, according to Robert

S. Berg, Interfoods chair and CEO. The acquisition, he said, makes

Interfoods the largest franchise holder of the Popeyes chain with

163 in seven states. Financial details were not released.



Florida Memorial College is to play host at 8 p.m. Sept. 23 to "Citizen

Belafonte," a tribute organized by Florida Memorial visiting

professor Nelson Hall to entertainer Harry Belafonte that features

an orchestra and vocal ensemble called Juilate. The show chronicles

the performer’s acting and singing career, say promoters. Details:

(305) 626-3683.



Dr. Roger E. Mittelman Tuesday announced his resignation as chief

medical examiner and director of the Miami-Dade Examiner Department

after 21 years as a medical examiner for the county. Dr. Joe Davis,

former chief medical examiner, was named acting chief medical examiner.

A nationwide search for a permanent chief is to be conducted, according

to a Miami-Dade Communications Department representative.


UP: While

Miami city commissioners were approving a measure to put privatization

of the city’s parking authority on the November ballot, many worried

aloud that the authority’s bonds, rated AAA now, will be downgraded

to the city’s BB level if they are transferred to the city. "The

investors will be unhappy and you’re going to have a bunch of lawsuits,"

said Art Noriega, executive director of the Miami Parking System.

"That’s part of life," Mayor Joe Carollo said. "Our

bond rating will be going up soon."



About 30 police chiefs from Latin and Central America will meet

Oct. 24-27 in the Hyatt Regency for what Miami Police Chief Raul

Martinez calls "mutual problem-solving to enhance our capability

to fight crime." The session — being called the Hemispheric

Conference of Chiefs of Police — is to include dining and entertainment

throughout the city.



Police Chief Raul Martinez told the Downtown Development Authority

board last week that police will crack down on "little crimes"

downtown often committed by street people, such as drinking alcohol

in public, panhandling and sleeping in doorways. "If we don’t

address them immediately, they become big crimes," he said.

"It will be a relentless push to get these people to go somewhere

else and do their deeds." He asked the authority to keep pressure

on Miami-Dade County to process vagrants closer to where they’re

arrested rather than transport them to the Civic Center. "If

someone is arrested in Florida City, he’s transported here and released

here. They don’t give him taxi fare to get back to Florida City."



Downtown Development Authority board voted to give Patti Allen,

executive director, a raise to $95,000, the salary both previous

executive directors made 10 years ago. Noting that Ms. Allen had

not received any increase or bonus since taking the post in 1995,

board member Carlos Migoya suggested a $10,000 one-time bonus, which

the board also approved. "Anytime Carlos Migoya suggests spending

money," quipped fellow board member Jack Peeples, "it’s

an historic moment."



Booz-Allen & Hamilton leased 4,931 square feet of office space at

9100 S Dadeland Blvd. Michael Klotz of CB Richard Ellis negotiated

the transaction.



Home Depot USA bought its store building in the Mall at 163rd Street

for $5.1 million, or $41.63 a square foot.



Strategic Capital Resources closed on a $45 million line of credit

from Union Planters Bank. The funds will be used to finance purchase

and lease-back of entitled residential real estate and model homes

for major national home builders.



Jannice Cameron, director of sports marketing for Perry Ellis Menswear

for 11 years, has opened Talented Marketing & Entertainment, a full-service

marketing and public relations firm, on Miami Beach. Details: (305)




The Beacon Council’s board of directors honored Joseph W. Pallot

on Friday for years of legal advice to the organization as an attorney

with Steel Hector & Davis. Mr. Pallot has become a partner with

Devine Goodman Pallot & Wells at 777 Brickell Ave.



Ridder, chairman of Knight Ridder, tells Editor & Publisher magazine

about ex-Miamian Jay Harris, whom he named publisher of California’s

San Jose Mercury News before he and Knight Ridder headquarters moved

from Miami to San Jose: "Jay really has the best job in the

company, being publisher in such an interesting place." No

mention of Alberto IbargÅen at the Miami Herald.



Miami Beach arts groups will show off their best on the second Thursday

of each month beginning Oct. 12 under the banner "Second Thursdays."

The free presentation by the city’s Cultural Arts Council and the

Miami Beach Arts Trust will carry participants from site to site

by Electrowave bus from 6-9 p.m. "It will be the city of Miami

Beach showing off what makes us so special — all of our arts

groups and cultural organizations," said Alvaro Fernandez,

program director. Details: (305) 673-7500.

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