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Written by on February 1, 2001

FYI Miami is a weekly feature of Miami Today, keeping readers ahead of the news. Here are highlights from the most current edition.

MIAMI CENTER DEALS: Stanford Group Holdings Inc. leased more than 34,000 square feet and Regus Business Centres more than 23,500 in Miami Center, 2012 S Biscayne Blvd., bringing the building to 97% occupancy, says owner Crescent Real Estate Equities Co. Stanford’s lease represents an expansion for the financial planning and investment management firm, which had occupied 10,415 square feet there. Douglas Campbell and Alan Kleber with Cushman & Wakefield of Florida represented Stanford in the transaction. The Regus lease gives that firm the entire 28th floor for 10 years, said Eric S. Siegrist with Jones Lang LaSalle, which manages and leases the building. Mr. Siegrist said Miami Center leased 225,000 square feet in 2000, including 115,000 in new and expansion leases — more than 60,000 in December.

BRIDGE CLOSING: The Florida Department of Transportation announced the Northwest 12th Avenue drawbridge over the Miami River will be closed to traffic at 8 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday while crews do maintenance. Traffic will be rerouted to Northwest Fifth and Northwest 17th Avenue bridges. Boats can pass under the bridge but will have to give at least 15 minutes advance notice.

DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT: The City of Miami announced the Miami Development Summit will be held April 4-6 in the Hotel Inter-Continental Miami. Workshops, tours and panel discussions showcasing Miami as an international metropolis are on the agenda. Details: (305) 663-7105.

UP CLOSE: The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a breakfast with Beach City Commissioner Luis R. Garcia Jr. from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Feb. 8 in the Miami Beach Ocean Resort, 3025 Collins Ave., as the next offering in its "Up Close & Personal" series. Seating is limited to 35. Reservations required. Cost is $15. Details: Kimberly Oakes, (305) 672-1270.

YUCATAN TRADE: The Tourism Office of Mexico is presenting a series of three cocktail receptions and trade shows under the banner "Yucatan Tourism Caravan." The first will be from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Hilton Miami Airport Hotel & Towers, 5101 Blue Lagoon Drive. Other sessions are scheduled in Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 15 and West Palm Beach on Feb. 16. RSVP. Details: (305) 567-1909.

SEMINARS FOR PROGRESS: The SER IBM Institute is presenting four sessions for exporters and importers starting Feb. 14 with "International terms of sale and US export regulations" at SER-Jobs for Progress, Suite 421, 42 NW 27th Ave. Sessions are scheduled on consecutive Wednesdays through March 5. Cost is $50 each. Details: (305) 649-7500, ext. 120.

ADDY AWARDS: The Advertising Federation of Greater Miami has set its 40th annual Addy awards gala at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Roney Palace Beach Resort & Spa, 2399 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Cost is $90; $75 for members. Details: (305) 665-1970 or adfedmiami.com.

TAMPA EXPANSION: The law firm Cole White & Billbrough announced it has opened an office at 2202 North West Shore Drive in Tampa. Daniel A. Shapiro, west coast managing partner for the Miami- and Palm Beach-based law firm, said "we’ve been planning this expansion for some time."

INTERNATIONAL LAW: Miami Today’s next International Roundtable will focus on international aspects of Miami’s legal community at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 16 in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Brickell Key. Speakers include attorney Burton A. Landy, chairman emeritus of Akerman Senterfitt & Eidson and chair of the Florida Council of International Development; Leonard Strickman, dean of the Florida International University College of Law; Mark J. Scheer, head of the international practice group at Gunster Yoakley & Stewart, and Arthur J. Furia, corporate and technology managing director for Holtzman Krinzman Equels & Furia. Gunster Yoakley and the Mandarin Oriental are co-sponsors. Reservations requested. Details: (305) 358-2663.

ASSESSING TRANSPORTATION: Key transportation issues in Miami-Dade County are the focus of a 5 p.m. forum today (2/1) in the Miami City Club, 55th floor, 200 S Biscayne Blvd. Panelists are David Burr, project director for South Florida Commuter Services; Gary Dellapa, county aviation director; Gary Donn, Florida Department of Transportation regional director; Jose Luis Mesa, director of the county’s Metropolitan Planning Organization; and Servando Parapar, executive director, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority. Details: (305) 358-2663.

SETAI SALES: The Setai Resort & Residences at 20th Street and the ocean in Miami Beach named Nancy A. Di Bernardo sales director. Ms. Di Bernardo had spent 11 years with ABC in New York in marketing and public relations, responsible for cross-promotional marketing with ABC parent The Walt Disney Co. The Setai includes a 40-story condo tower and five-star resort hotel now being built.

TOP REALTOR: The 65,000-member Florida Association of Realtors elected Maurice "Moe" Veissi president-elect. Mr. Veissi is owner-broker of Veissi & Associates in Miami.

UP CLOSE: The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a breakfast with Beach City Commissioner Luis R. Garcia Jr. from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Feb. 8 in the Miami Beach Ocean Resort, 3025 Collins Ave. as the next offering in its "Up Close & Personal" series. Seating is limited to 35. Reservations required. Cost is $15. Details: Kimberly Oakes, (305) 672-1270.

YUCATAN TRADE: The Tourism Office of Mexico is presenting a series of three cocktail receptions and trade shows under the banner "Yucatan Tourism Caravan." The first will be from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Hilton Miami Airport Hotel & Towers, 5101 Blue Lagoon Drive. Other sessions are scheduled in Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 15 and West Palm Beach on Feb. 16. RSVP. Details: (305) 567-1909.

SEMINARS FOR PROGRESS: The SER IBM Institute is presenting four sessions for exporters and importers starting Feb. 14 with "International terms of sale and US export regulations" at SER-Jobs for Progress, Suite 421, 42 NW 27th Ave. Sessions are scheduled on consecutive Wednesdays through March 5. Cost is $50 each. Details: (305) 649-7500, ext. 120.

ADDY AWARDS: The Advertising Federation of Greater Miami has set its 40th annual Addy awards gala at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Roney Palace Beach Resort & Spa, 2399 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Cost is $90; $75 for members. Details: (305) 665-1970 or adfedmiami.com.

TAMPA EXPANSION: The law firm Cole White & Billbrough announced it has opened an office at 2202 North West Shore Drive in Tampa. Daniel A. Shapiro, west coast managing partner for the Miami- and Palm Beach-based law firm, said "we’ve been planning this expansion for some time."

NAIOP HONOR: The South Florida chapter of the National Association of Industrial & Office Properties, popularly known as NAIOP, named Codina Development Corp. developer of the year at its recent 2001 awards of excellence ceremony.

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