Written by Miami Today on February 8, 2001
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ORANGE MARLINS?: City Commissioner Tom s Regalado will ask the commission to consider Orange Bowl Stadium as a possible site for a baseball stadium for the Florida Marlins. "There are many reasons the Orange Bowl site could work," Mr. Regalado said. "It has almost 40 acres. It has a debt of $13 million only. It is easily accessible. And it is being under-used with just one tenant, the University of Miami, which plays six games a year. The stadium is in immediate need for repair. From 1998 to 2000, we spent $1 million and a half in repairs and now we are about to spend another half a million."
SPORTING CONFIRMATION: The City of Miami Commission today (2/8) is expected to confirm Jim Jenkins as executive director of the Miami Sports & Exhibition Authority. The authority, which owns the Miami Arena, has an operating budget of $750,000 and $1.2 million in estimated revenues for 2001. The authority was created to bring sports franchises and exhibitions to town, Mr. Jenkins said. He said he would promote the use of the arena for family-oriented shows as well as Latin American events.
PORT PACT: Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas is leading a trade mission to Uruguay through Saturday to sign a sister port agreement with the Port of Montevideo. Mr. Penelas said Uruguay President Jorge Batlle invited him to spend a few days in Montevideo, home to Mercosur and a sister city and the mayor would use the opportunity to convince Mr. Batlle of the advantages of having the permanent headquarters of the Free Trade Area of the Americas in Miami. Uruguay is one of 34 countries in the western hemisphere deciding the future of the secretariat, to be created by 2005, a self-imposed deadline.
HOMESTEAD PLOT: ComReal Miami brokers Ron and Ed Redlich reported sale for $330,000 of 3.8 acres in Homestead known as the Sands Pointe parcel, Southwest 304th Street at Old Dixie Highway. Buyer Alexander Burnet, ComReal reports, plans a commercial project on the site.
FIRST LEASE: The law firm Lott & Friedland took 8,130 square feet for seven years effective June 1 in 355 Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables, according to Donna Abood, president of Abood & Associations, which represented the tenant in the transaction. Ms. Abood said it’s the first lease signed for the building, owned by 355 Alhambra Plaza.
JURASSIC JOB: The Florida Institute of Paleontology at the Graves Museum of Archaeology & Natural History in Dania Beach is seeking volunteers "to prepare dinosaur bones" for an exhibit. Those selected will have to attend classes in mid-March. Details: Chip Robelen, (954) 925-7770, ext. 207.
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COMBO BUY: The Miami-based accounting firm Berenfeld Spritzer Shechter & Sheer and the commercial real estate company Larkin-Schmidt joined forces to buy a 29-year-old office building at 9655 S Dixie Hwy. for $2.15 million in the Pinecrest-Kendall area. Philip Shechter, senior partner with Berenfeld Spritzer, and Jeremy Larkin, president of Larkin-Schmidt, said the firms will spend about $850,000 renovating the property. The 30,000-square-foot interior has been gutted, Mr. Shechter said, and modernized, including a new lobby, marble floors and new fire and security systems. Berenfeld Spritzer will occupy the entire third floor, or about a third of the building’s space. Larkin-Schmidt will use 2,700 on the second floor.
NEW BANK POST: Union Planters Bank named Sara B. Herald executive vice president of organizational and human resource excellence, a new post "created by the bank to focus on customer service excellence," said a Union Planters publicist. Ms. Herald had been regional vice president for the Children’s Home Society of Florida and was executive director for the nonprofit’s southeastern division before that.
ACCOUNTING MERGER: The accounting firm Goldstein Schechter Price Lucas Horwitz & Co. in Coral Gables announced a merger with Silverman & Vicens. "Our practice," said Saul Silver, Silverman & Vicens senior partner, who joins Goldstein Schechter as a partner, "reached a level that requires the type of support a large firm can provide." Financial details of the merger were not released.
BUREAU NOTES: Members of the marketing and tourism staff at the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau are in Uruguay through Saturday to sign a sister port agreement with Uruguay’s national port authority in Montevideo. The bureau this week also announced the return of Ibis Romero, former bureau sales director for Latin America, as associate vice president of membership after a stint as sales director for the Ocean Pointe Hotel in Sunny Isles.
SUNDAY BANKING: In order to drive home the point that it’s open Sundays, Beach Bank will hold a "grand opening ceremony" at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at 555 Arthur Godfrey Road, Miami Beach. A ribbon-cutting and music by a 25-piece band are planned. Beach Bank opened in Miami Beach in May last year. Details: (305) 695-7400.
TITANIC RUG: Miami philanthropist Micky Wolfson said he recently bought a large remnant of a carpet used in the ill-fated Titanic from a collector in Ireland. Mr. Wolfson said the remnant was left over from the White Star Line’s original order for carpet to outfit the Titanic and sister ship Olympic. The remnant, he said, will be added to the Mitchell Wolfson Jr. Collection and displayed at some point in The Wolfsonian FIU in Miami Beach.