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Fyi Miami

Written by on October 12, 2000


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

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


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.


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,

ext. 238.

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,

(305) 537-3952.

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,

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.


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

Coral Gables.

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.

First Bank