Written by Miami Today on October 12, 2000
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Peebles Atlantic Development got approval from the Miami Beach Historic
Preservation Board of its plans for restoration and development
of the Bath Club, 5937 Collins Ave. Developer Don Peebles plans
to restore the clubhouse and add a 112-unit modern condominium tower
and six oceanfront villas to the site. Architect Luis Revuelta is
designer. The project goes before the city’s zoning board of adjustment
next month. A summer 2001 groundbreaking is planned.
John C. Breder, president of The Breder Cos., was named chairman
of the board of directors of the Perrine-Cutler Ridge Council.
The Residential Realtor Association of Greater Miami & the Beaches
installed its ’00-01 board of directors. Deborah M. Valledor of
Valledor Co. Realtors is president. Keyes Co. associate Jay Chernoff
is president-elect. Coldwell Banker’s Liza Mendez was installed
as secretary and Sidney S. Koslovsky of Koslovsky Realty as treasurer.
BANK BUILT: Expansion and renovation
at First Union Bank’s Aventura South branch, 18545 Biscayne Blvd.,
is finished. The project, which included an 875-square-foot expansion,
two drive-through lanes and an interior lobby rehab, was handled
by Harper Partners.
A MATTER OF TASTE: Organizers say more
than 30 Miami Beach eateries are participating in the 13th annual
Taste of the Beach Oct. 20-22 on Lincoln Road to benefit the Miami
Beach Chamber of Commerce. Hours are 6-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m.
Saturday and noon-7 p.m. Sunday, with food samples priced from $1.
Other features include jazz, country blues, rock and pop music and
a cabaret showcase by Gold’s Gym South Beach. Details: (305) 672-6050.
APPRENTICESHIP FAIR: Metro-Miami Action
Plan Trust is sponsoring Apprenticeship Job Fair 2000 at 11 a.m.
Oct. 21 in Miami Lakes Technical Center, 5780 NW 158th St. Programs
are available for plumbers, electricians, welders, construction
workers, carpenters, air-conditioning mechanics, asbestos removers
and sheet metal developers. Co-sponsors include Florida Memorial
College and Miami-Dade public schools. Details: (305) 579-3618,
UNHARMONIC: Faced with a musicians’
strike, the Florida Philharmonic has cancelled community tour stops
scheduled through Oct. 14, including Sunday’s AT&T Amphitheater
show in Bayfront Park. Performances have also been cancelled today
(10/12) in the Lyric Theater and Friday at Christ Episcopal Church.
A concert that had been scheduled this week at the Ransom Everglades
school has been rescheduled for Feb. 21.
URBAN TALK: The Miami chapter of the
Construction Specification Institute is holding a talk on "New
Urbanism" in conjunction with the University of Miami School
of Architecture at 6:30 p.m. today (10/12) in the Coco Plum Women’s
Club, 1375 Sunset Drive, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 444-7100.
EMPLOYMENT LUNCH: The law firm Ruden
McClosky et al. rescheduled its lunch program, "Developments
Under the Family Medical Leave Act," as part of its ongoing
employment law and personnel briefing series to noon Nov. 9 in the
Sheraton Biscayne Bay Hotel, 495 Brickell Ave. Details: Ms. Sanchez,
FIXED TALK: The Miami Society of Financial
Analysts is holding a presentation, "Fixed Income Fundamentals,"
from 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 20 on the fifth floor, 801 Brickell Ave. Thomas
R. Robinson, a Ph.D. and a CPA, is to talk. Cost is $75; $50 for
members. Details: e-mail, email@example.com.
ABOUT GRANTS: The Dade Community Foundation
is holding a "Grantseekers Workshop" at 9 a.m. Oct. 18
in Room 3208-9, Wolfson Campus, M-DCC, 300 NE Second Ave. "This,"
says Ruth Shack, foundation president, "is an opportunity for
our local nonprofits to join in our mission to work toward a more
cohesive community." RSVP. Details: Claudianna Williams, (305)
NOT TONGUE-TIED: Philippe Chatignoux,
consul general of France in Miami, invested Coral Gables Mayor Raul
J. Valdes-Fauli with France’s Legion of Honor in the rank of chevalier
last week at the Douglas Entrance in Coral Gables. Fittingly, he
performed the ceremony in three languages, Spanish, English and
French — not translating, but using a different language for
each section of his remarks. The mayor, in reply, used two languages
very fluently: English and French. He skipped his native Spanish.
AIX & WINDOWPANES:
The Coral Gables link to France — which already includes local
offices of Club Med, the French-American Chamber of Commerce and
more — will be strengthened by a mission to sister city Aix-en-Provence
Oct. 18-20, Mr. Valdes-Fauli said. He, City Manager Jack Eads, representatives
of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and others plan the mission
to make Aix France’s window to Central and South America through
WELCOME, I THINK: An ebullient Mayor
Valdes-Fauli told the audience for his investiture that in preparing
for his April re-election he plans to have a campaign T-shirt made.
It would read "Welcome to Miami — Gateway to Coral Gables,
the City Beautiful."
ROUNDTABLE CUBA: The Codina Group will
join Miami Today to sponsor an International Roundtable on the outlook
for Miami’s future links with Cuba. Scheduled speakers at the 5
p.m. Nov. 2 forum in the Coral Gables Biltmore include Joe Garcia,
executive director of the Cuban American National Foundation; Carlos
Saladrigas, CEO of ADP TotalSource and co-chair of the Miami-Dade
Alliance for Ethical Government; Manuel Lasaga, president of Strategic
Information Analysis Inc., and John Kavulich, president of the New
York-based US-Cuba Trade & Economic Council. Reservations required.
Details: Jody Bray, (305) 358-2663.
RUMOR CONTROL: That’s the heading Merrett
Stierheim stuck atop a memo to Mayor Alex Penelas, county commissioners
and department heads following an Internet report that he would
be stepping down as Miami-Dade’s county manager in March. "I
just want to inform everyone that I do not have any time line to
leave, either in March or any other month," he wrote "When
the decision is made, the mayor and Board of County Commissioners
will be the first to know. My advice: don’t believe everything you
TIB TIP: TIB Financial Corp. announced
acquisition of Homestead’s Republic Security Bank for an undisclosed
sum. The transaction, says TIB CEO and President Ed Lett, "is
scheduled to be completed by year’s end." He said the purchase
will boost TIB’s financial base in southern Miami-Dade to more than
$60 million in deposits.
Miami-Dade Coalition for Community Education is holding its 14th
annual Masquerade Scholarship Awards Ball at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in the
Hyatt Regency, 400 SE Second Ave. A silent auction and reception
precede the presentation of School House awards for major supporters
of community education. Cost is $55; $500 for a table of 10. Details:
Diana Venturini, (305) 995-1215.
SUNPASS MARK: The Florida Department
of Transportation this week announced sales of SunPass transponders
for use on Florida toll roads have exceeded the quarter-million
mark. Jeanne Kluka of Boca Raton got her transponder free and a
gift of $250 in toll credit for being the 250,000th customer. The
transponders, says Deborah Stemle, director of toll operations,
can reduce the time a car needs at some toll booths from 20 minutes
to 20 seconds. By the first quarter next year, the SunPass system
is expected to be active at toll operations statewide. Cost is $25
and a minimum opening balance of $25. Details: (888) TOLL-FLA.
RONEY RETENTION: The Roney Palace Beach
Resort & Spa in Miami Beach has retained Colorado-based Gemstone
Resorts International to manage the 17-story complex.