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Written by on November 9, 2000


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

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



A bid to prevent lobbyists and their clients from speaking with

county staffers and selection committees even before a request for

proposals for a contract has been completed is due back before county

commissioners Tuesday — for the seventh time. It passed the

commission on first reading April 11, then was deferred by commissioners

five times in a bid for a binding second vote. Jimmy Morales sponsored

the measure the first time around with commission Chair Gwen Margolis

and former commissioner Miguel Diaz de la Portilla. "There

is a lot of concern that companies and individuals are influencing

how RFPs are put together to give themselves an advantage,"

Mr. Morales said in explaining his plan.



Vivian Donnell Rodriguez, who directed the county’s Art in Public

Places Program before being drafted as interim parks director in

February 1999, will stay on as director if county commissioners

approve her appointment Tuesday.



County commissioners will have the chance Tuesday to name more streets

for more of their favorite organizations that in turn are named

for favorite people. Miriam Alonso is asking them to name Southwest

147th Avenue from Bird Road to Coral Way as Bulldog Boulevard after

the G. Homes Braddock Senior High Bulldogs. And she’s asking that

Northwest 33rd Street from 82nd to 87th avenues be named Ryder Boulevard

for James A. Ryder’s corporation.



Concerned that low limousine rates compete with taxi fares, Miami-Dade

County Manager Merrett Stierheim is to ask the county commission

Tuesday to set minimum rates for limousine services. It’s been more

than two years since commissioners by ordinance decided to set minimum

limousine rates but a scale was never established. Proposed rates

run from a low of $40 an hour with a two-hour minimum for limousines

seating five or fewer to $90 for a one-way continuous trip to one

location in jumbo limos.



parking disappeared at Miami International Airport 30 years ago,

but County Commissioner Barbara Carey-Shuler wants to bring it back.

She’s asking commissioners to establish a one-year pilot program

for valet parking at the airport.



Commissioner Carey-Shuler isn’t just retro in her transportation

thinking. She’s also asking commissioners to resolve Tuesday to

ask Charles Towsley, director of the Port of Miami, to "explore

all opportunities" to attract the young Disney Cruise Lines

to operate at the port.



The Florida Association of British Business is holding a networker

from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 14 in John Martin’s Pub, 253 Miracle Mile, Coral

Gables. Features include a buffet and cash bar. Cost is $7; free

to members. Details: (954) 565-3429.



Managed Account Services Inc., 9400 S Dadeland Blvd., announced

a name change to Investor Solutions Inc.



Mandarin Hotel, 500 Brickell Key Drive, announced plans to open

its two restaurants. The Cafe Sambal will tentatively open Nov.

15 and the Azul on Dec. 8. Chefs and managers for both were recently




Lennar Corp. named Lisa Maxwell director of redevelopment for South

Florida. Ms. Maxwell had been an executive vice president and lobbyist

for the Builders Association of South Florida.



Miami-Dade Community College officials will dedicate the Mattie

Koonce Learning & Technology Center at 3 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Greater

Bethel AME Church, 245 NW Eighth St. Organizers say the center —

the result of a partnership between the community college and several

community organizations — puts a permanent computer lab in

the inner city neighborhood. The lab, says M-DCC’s Joshua Young,

director of community involvement, provides a place where "Overtown’s

school children can learn to use computers."



next Senior Executive Orientation Program organized by the Greater

Miami Chamber of Commerce starts Jan 23. Brochures with enrollment

forms are now available. Details: Barbara Black or Laraine Blessing,

(305) 577-5462.



The Gold Coast chapter of the Florida Direct Marketing Association

is holding a luncheon program, "Reaching the Global Village,"

at noon Nov. 16 in the Ft. Lauderdale AIrport Hilton, Fort Lauderdale.

Elena Falken, director of windows hosting with Verio Inc., is featured

speaker. Cost is $35; $25 for members. Details: (954) 472-6374.



The Center for Transnational & Comparative Studies at Florida International

University is host for a talk by Alexandr Vondra, ambassador of

the Czech Republic to the US, at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 16 in Restaurant

St. Michel, 162 Alcazar Ave., Coral Gables. RSVP. Details: Judith

Rasoletti, (305) 348-6561.



"The ABCs of Revised UCC Article 9" are to be presented

by the law firm Carlton Fields at a continental breakfast from 8-10

a.m. Nov. 17 in the 19th floor auditorium of the Bank of America

Tower, 100 SE Second St. Details: Charmaine Vassal, (305) 539-7377.



The Trade Commission of Spain, the Consulate General of Spain and

the government of Asturias are presenting "The advantages of

investing and doing business in Asturias" free from 8:30-10

a.m. Nov. 17 in the Hotel Inter-Continental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza.

Details: David Ruiz, (305) 446-4387.



A Miami Today International Roundtable on international aspects

of real estate in Miami will feature Riccardo Olivieri, president

of BOV Development Corp., and Kimberly Kirschner, chairman of the

combined commercial and residential associations of the Realtor

Association of Greater Miami & the Beaches. Others will join them

on the panel, led by Michael Hayes, international editor of Miami

Today. The 7:30 a.m. Nov. 16 breakfast session at the Biltmore Hotel

is sponsored by The Related Group. Reservations required. Details:

Jody Bray, (305) 358-2663.



Dan Marino Town Tavern signed for 6,000 square feet near the Sunset

Drive entrance at The Shops at Sunset Place, 5701 Sunset Drive.

A mid-2001 grand opening is scheduled.



Miami-Dade Water & Sewer announced it is treating drinking water

through Nov. 19 with free chlorine instead of a chlorine combination

normally used to assure proper disinfection. The procedure is part

of normal efforts to assure the integrity of the water system, said

William M. Brant, department director.



A downtown parade featuring the Joint Color Corps of the US Southern

Command, local veterans associations, high school officer training

programs and marching bands will commemorate Veterans Day today

(11/9). It starts at 11:40 a.m. at the Claude Pepper Fountain in

Bayfront Park and moves west on Flagler Street to the Dade County

Courthouse. A brief program follows at 12:10 p.m. on the courthouse

steps. Details: (305) 375-5884.



Foodstar Supermarket opened its fifth store in Miami-Dade in 16,740

square feet at Sunset Strip Plaza, 10855 SW 72nd St. Anita Graupera

and Pete Schlang of Continental Real Estate Cos. represented the

landlord, LKS Associates, in the transaction.



La Loggia Ristorante & Lounge, an Italian restaurant, will open

this fall at 68 W Flagler St., across from the Historic Courthouse.

Details: (305) 333-2591.



Oncor International, a consortium of more than 50 independent real

estate brokerages worldwide, whose local member is Codina Realty

Services, added Ohio Equities Real Estate Management to its roster.


CONFAB: Carla Harris of Image Works is guest speaker at a

meeting of Commercial Real Estate Women of Miami at 5:30 p.m. Nov.

14 in the Miami City Club, 200 S Biscayne Blvd., 55th floor. Cost

is $35, $25 for members. Details: (305) 789-6608.



Home & Garden Television seeks participants for "Going Home,"

a half-hour program that follows people on visits to their childhood

homes in the US. The show airs Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. It’s shooting

through April 2001. Details: Matt Beirne, (323) 851-2333 ext. 287.


In our Nov. 2 coverage of the Collins Park redevelopment, "7

Beach hotels to get rehab, joint address," the developer should

have identified as Shane Rolls. Mickey Meyers, who will manage a

parking garage at 21st Street and Liberty Avenue in which Mr. Rolls

is a joint-venture partner, is affiliated with Amco Parking.

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