Written by Miami Today on February 15, 2001
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CIRCLE TEAM FORMED: Secretary of State Katherine Harris on Tuesday named 18 members to a new Miami Circle Planning Group to deal with preservation efforts at the moribund Miami Circle site on the south bank of the Miami River. The state purchased the archaeological site more than a year ago for $26.7 million, but minimal work there ceased when the Miami-Dade County archaeologist was reassigned new duties.ÚMs. Harris unveiled the new team at a Miami-Dade County Commission meeting.
STATE AT HELM: Chairing the new Miami Circle Planning Group is Janet Snyder Matthews, director of the Florida Division of Historical Resources. She works under Secretary of State Katherine Harris, who appointed her Tuesday. The co-chairman is James Miller, state archaeologist and chief of the Bureau of Archaeological Research, also in Ms. Harris’ department.
BROAD TEAM: Members of the Miami Circle team include James Billie, chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and Billie Cypress, chairman of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida. The site is theorized to be a 2,000-year-old native American settlement. In a prepared statement from the Department of State, the site is called "the principal town of the Tequesta Indians."
INTERNATIONAL LAW: Miami Today’s International Roundtable will focus on the globe-spanning activities of Miami’s legal community at a 7:30 a.m. breakfast Feb. 16 in the Mandarin Oriental on Brickell Key. The free program is sponsored by the hotel and the law firm Gunster Yoakley & Stewart. Reservations required. Details: Techy Fernandez, (305) 358-2663.
IVAX ACQUIRES MEXICAN FIRM: Miami-based IVAX Corp. has acquired Laboratorios Fustery, headquartered in Mexico City. Last year the Mexican firm had $90 million in sales and more than $10 million in profits, marketing and distributing a broad ranges of prescription pharmaceuticals.
EWM TOPS COUNTY: Esslinger Wooten Maxwell’s $1.3 billion in sales in 2000 put the firm at the top of closed home sales in Miami-Dade County, President Ron Shuffield said Tuesday. He based figures on data from the Southeast Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service and noted that the acquisitions of Audrey Ross & Associates in Coral Gables and The Daniels Group on Brickell Key contributed to sales growth.
MARACAIBO LINK: American Airlines will begin flying daily from Miami International Airport to Maracaibo, Venezuela, beginning March 2, said Peter J. Dolara, senior vice president for Miami, the Caribbean & Latin America. Flights will leave Miami at 5 p.m., Maracaibo at 9:32 a.m.
MEYER AWARD: The National Conference for Community & Justice will present the Hank Meyer National Headliner Award to Al Roker, feature and weather reporter on NBC’s "Today Show," in ceremonies starting at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Wyndham Miami Biscayne Bay Hotel, 1601 Biscayne Blvd. Mr. Roker, who will deliver the keynote address for the 49th annual, black-tie Humanitarian Awards gala, is being cited for "extensive humanitarian work." Local honorees at the gala are Robert H. Dickinson, George F. Knox and Isaac Zelcer, who will get silver medallions for 2001, and Edward T. Foote II, who will get a distinguished community service award. Cost is $300. Details: (305) 670-6438.
TEST PRACTICE: Teachers, parents and students can access free, online practice tests for the upcoming round of Florida’s Comprehensive Assessment Tests, or FCATS, from Feb. 15-22, courtesy of the eduTest.com, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lightspan Inc. Lightspan publicists say the firm provides curriculum-based educational software and Internet products and services used in homes and schools. The practice tests, they said, match grade-specific Florida standards for grades 4, 5 & 8 and test scores are available immediately.
SELL OUT: The Broward Chamber of Commerce reported it sold out 150 exhibit spaces for its business expo being held from 5-9 p.m. today (2/15) in the Radisson Resort, 11775 Heron Bay Blvd., Coral Springs. Details: (954) 565-5750.
UM ALS GOLF: The University of Miami ALS Research Foundation announced it will hold its fifth annual golf classic fundraiser March 24 in the Doral Golf Resort & Spa, 4400 NW 87th Ave. Organizers say the ALS Golf Classic has raised nearly $600,000 to support ALS research since 1997. Details: Jose Perez, (305) 271-9502.
BIRD SALE: MAHB announced a closing for $7.2 million on the 126,000-square-foot Bird Palmetto Business Park complex, 4600-754 SW 74th and 75th avenues. MAHB bought the 6.12-acre site in 1998 for about $5 million, said President Michael Wohl, and spent about $250,000 for renovations. The buyer was identified as Heriberto Garcia and family. The complex is zoned for heavy industrial use.
CONSTRUCTION WOMEN: Commercial Real Estate Women Miami is sponsoring a panel talk on "Women in Construction" at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 27 in the Airport Hilton Hotel, 5101 Blue Lagoon Drive. Ivonne Garcia, associate principal and director with Swanke Hayden Connell Architects, will moderate. Cost is $35; $25 for members with reservations. Details: (305) 789-6608.
INDUSTRIAL DEALS: Codina Group announced Italian Seaways signed a lease to occupy 26,300 square feet in Beacon Station, 11700 NW 100th Road, with Pedro Garcia and Stuart Gordon representing the landlord, Flagler Development Co., in the transaction. Other recent Codina industrial leases handled by Mr. Garcia and Mr. Gordon include Emery Worldwide’s use of 150,000 square feet at 15750 NW 59th Ave. and Transportation Concepts’ signing for 100,000 square feet at 1800 State Road 9 in Miami.
BRICKELL LEASES: Taylor & Mathis announced leases totaling 40,654 square feet in MetLife’s 701 Brickell and the SunTrust Building, 777 Brickell Ave. Firms signing at 701 included Focal Financial Services, which is using 23,882 square feet, and Madrid Management Co., which is using 4,935. Brian Gale, Taylor & Mathis managing director of brokerage services, said UBS, attorney David Helfand and Earthdata International of Florida took about 4,000 square feet or less each in the building while Berlitz Languages and Hispaniola Management Corp. renewed office leases at 777 Brickell.
UP FROM DOWN UNDER: Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels announced it has transferred Gregory Rumpel from New Zealand to Miami to assist the firm’s growing business in the southeast US, Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr. Rumpel in the past has also been a consultant in Australia for Arthur Andersen Real Estate Services Group.
CUTTING EDGERS: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce released a list of finalists for its 2001 Cutting Edge awards. They are Cellit Technologies, Isotag Technology Inc., Kellstrom Industries, Mars Inc., Noven Pharmaceuticals, Olympus Managed Health Care, Pharmed Group Corp., PBS&J, Raintree Media, Southern Gear & Machine Inc. and Zyscovich Inc. The winner will be announced at a luncheon April 26 in the Wyndham Miami Biscayne Bay Hotel, 1601 Biscayne Blvd.
BRICKELL LEADERSHIP: The Brickell Area Association at its annual meeting at the J.W. Marriott Tuesday elected as president Wayne Stringer, president of Foram Management & Leasing. J. Megan Kelly of Swire Properties, William Ross of Estoril Realty and Brenda Hairston of the Sterling Group USA were elected vice presidents.
CAMPUS LODGINGS: Miamian M. Chase Burritt will head a new national group within Ernst & Young to help universities and colleges that are considering the development of on-campus hotels.
AIR FAIR: A commercial trade fair for the aviation industry is being held at the Weeks Air Museum, 14710 SW 128th St., from Feb. 21-23. The third Florida International Aero Expo opens at 10 a.m. on Feb. 21. Details: (305) 251-0868.