Written by Miami Today on September 21, 2000
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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
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
TO MIAMI: Tony
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.