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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.