Written by Miami Today on November 9, 2000
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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,
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.