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Fyi Miami

Written by on September 28, 2000


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

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


were read during a recent Metropolitan Planning Organization, Miami

Commissioner Arthur Teele Jr., who also sits on the organization

board, expressed concerns about the reporting of attendance at the

meetings: "The minutes always show who was here when the meeting

started. Does it ever show who was here for real?"


Commissioner Natacha Seijas commented on some Fisher Island residents’

request to become a city by saying that even though islanders would

use Miami-Dade’s police and fire rescue services it would not be

an easy transition: "What are we going to do, have them scuba

dive over there every day?" she asked. Commissioners have denied

a proposal to let the island incorporate.

HOTEL OPEN: The newly renovated Claridge

Hotel at 3500 Collins Avenue is set to open Oct. 15, hotel executives

say. The boutique hotel, built in 1928, has 52 guest-rooms and features

a Mediterranean cuisine restaurant. Details: (888) 422-9111.

FRENCH HONORS: Miami-Dade County Superintendent

of Schools Roger C. Cuevas was given the top academic medal of France,

the Commandeur dans l’orde des Palmes Academiques. Consul General

Philippe Chatignoux presented the medal to Mr. Cuevas at the last

Miami-Dade County School Board meeting. The honor was given for

local academic programs such as the International Baccalaureate

magnet, which promotes French language programs, among other things.


The Mercury Theatre, an arts cinema along Biscayne Boulevard at

5580 NE Fourth Ct. next to Soyka’s restaurant, is set to open by

early October, organizers said. The theater seats 113 and will house

a coffee shop, they said.


Attorney Michael S. Budwick announced formation of a private practice

at 2420 First Union Financial Center, 200 S Biscyne Blvd., with

a concentration in business and consumer bankruptcy and commercial

litigation. Mr. Budwick had been a senior bankruptcy associate with

Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton and for the past two years has served

on the board of directors for the Bankruptcy Bar Assocation of the

Southern District of Florida.


Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. named Craig Stephan Milan president

of Royal Celebrity Tours, the new spinoff company it launched last

year. Mr. Milan, a 20-year industry veteran, had been vice president

of e-commerce for the North American Leisure Group and is former

president and CEO of SunTrips Sunquest Inc., an Airtours subsidiary.

At his new post, Royal Caribbean says, he will direct all aspects

of the new business, which starts operations in Alaska next year.


The Association for Security Administration Professionals and the

Greater Miami & Beaches Hotel Association are co-sponsoring the

7th annual South Florida Safety & Security Conference Oct. 27 in

the Eden Roc Hotel, Miami Beach. Scheduled speakers include police

officers from the Miami-Dade, Miami Beach and Miami police departments

as well as a special agent for the FBI. Topics include doing business

in international markets and protecting computer information. Cost

is $125; $95 in advance for members. Details: (305) 375-4447 or



The Doral and Airport West Chamber of Commerce is holding a business

card exchange and "Karoke Night" from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct.

4. Details: (305) 592-5141.


The first Miami Today International Roundtable of the season will

examine Miami as a dot-com center at 5 p.m. today (9/28) in CommerceBank,

220 Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables. One previously announced panelist

has been replaced. New panelists are Manuel Medina, president of

Terremark; William Greene, director of business development for

Cenetec; Alllison K. Hift, attorney with Becker & Poliakoff, and

William McCullough, chairman of the Internet Practice Group at Shutts

& Bowen. Reservations required. Details: Jody Bray, (305) 358-2663.


The Mortgage Bankers Association of Florida elected Alan Robbins

president at its annual conference earlier this year. Mr. Robbins

is senior vice president of residential leading for MetroBank. During

his term as association president, Mr. Robbins said, he will focus

on using new technology to integrate services with members and continue

the organization’s legislative and educational endeavors. Last year,

the Mortgage Bankers group gave Mr. Robbins its Whatley award for

distinguished service.


Interval International announced it has set up a scholarship fund

in an arrangement with the Florida International University School

of Hospitality Management. Applications can be obtained by writing

Dean Adele Smith at the FIU school, 3000 NE 151st St., North Miami



The law firm of Leibowitz & Associates has renewed its lease for

7,035 square feet at SunTrust International Center. Terremark Realty

negotiated the transaction.


Americas Bazzar took 6,000 square feet in Museum Tower, 150 W Flagler

St. Jay Perkins of Perkins Realty Advisors represented the tenant

in the transaction.


The Doral and Airport West Chamber of Commerce is moving to new

offices at 8181 NW 36th St., Suite 3. A ribbon-cutting ceremony

with refreshments is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Nov. 1. Details: (305)



Construction announced nationwide sales figures of more than $1.5

billion in new contracts secured during second-quarter 2000, a record

for the company.


fourth annual Latin American Bank Card Management Institute will

be held Oct.15-20 at UM. Visa International and UM are co-sponsors.

Details: Rolando Fleites, (305) 551-5945.


Miami may be the best headquarters for the Free Trade Area of the

Americas — but not as soon as we think, says Guenter Burghardt,

head of the delegation of the European Union Commission to the United

States. Hailing the "cohabitation of various cultures and civilizations"

in Miami, he told a luncheon on "The European Union & the Americas"

Monday at the Hotel Inter-Continental, "what better place than

Miami to be capital of such a great venture?" But don’t count

on making the 2005 target to establish the free trade area, he said.

"It seems that the initial push for this grand design has been

running out of steam more recently, suggesting that the timetable

may have to be revisited."

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