Written by Miami Today on February 22, 2001
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NO PRISON: Miami-Dade Commissioner Joe A. Martinez and US Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart say efforts to build a minimum-security federal prison on 50 acres at Krome Avenue and Kendall Drive have been stopped. Area residents opposed the project. Mr. Martinez said the landowner has agreed to withdraw his application to build the facility in cooperation with Wackenhut Corp. and has agreed to talk to area residents about possible alternative uses for the site. Owner William Murphy said he has been approached by residents about using the land for a charter school.
ENTERPRISE FIVE: Enterprise Florida, the state’s economic development organization, named five new directors. They are William N. Cantrell, president of TECO Peoples Gas; William Habermeyer Jr., president and CEO of Florida Power Corp.; Lynda Keever, publisher of Florida Trend; Dianna Morgan, senior vice president of public affairs with Walt Disney World Co., and Charles Rehwinkel, state vice president for Sprint.
TRUST TOURS: Dade Heritage Trust is holding an official launch for its Miami Heritage Tours at 8 p.m. March 16 in Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. The event includes a sign-up for a Women’s Heritage Trail Tour and lunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 27. RSVP. Details: (305) 358-9572.
TRAVEL CHAMPIONS: The Academy of Travel & Tourism Advisory Committee and Miami-Dade County Public Schools are presenting a "Breakfast of Champions" awards meeting from 8-9:30 a.m. March 6 in the Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE Second Ave., to mark achievements in the South Florida travel and tourism industry. Cost is $15. Details: Faith Kennedy, (305) 532-3311.
DINNER TALK: The National Association of Women Business Owners of Miami is sponsoring a dinner talk by Sonia Jacobson, director of Suited for Success, starting with a 6 p.m. networker and expo March 8 in the Doral Golf Resort & Spa, 4400 NW 87th Ave. Ms. Jacobson’s talk is scheduled at 7 p.m. Details: (305) 444-4437.
CLOSE & PERSONAL: Next up in the "Up Close & Personal" breakfast series organized by the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce is Miami Beach City Commissioner Jose Smith. The session is from 8:30-10:30 a.m. March 8 in the Ocean Resort, 3025 Collins Ave. Seating is limited to 35. Reservations are required. Cost is $15. Details: John Ingram, (305) 672-1270, ext. 19.
YOUTHFUL STEPS: The Miami City Ballet is doing another in its series of "Ballet for Young People" programs for children starting with 1:15 p.m. lobby activities March 3 in the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. At 2 p.m. the troupe is to perform selections from The Waltz, a work in progress, Raymonda Variations, Agon and Tarentella. Tickets are $12, $19.50 & $27. Details: (305) 929-7010.
BIG SHOTS: The Ransom Everglades school is playing host to the National Basketball Association’s "NBA 2ball" shooting competition for ages 8-11 at noon March 3 at 3575 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove. The local-level contest is a first step toward regional and national competitions. Details: (305) 334-5172.
RIGHT FIRM: In our high-tech coverage last week, "Miami plans to lure IT firms with existing infrastructure," Monty Bannerman should have been identified as senior vice president of Terremark Worldwide.
MERCY POST: Edward J. Rosasco Jr., president and CEO of Mercy Hospital for the past 17 years, is expected to announce his retirement later this year. Hospital officials said Mr. Rosasco has announced his decision to the hospital’s staff, however a public announcement is not expected until a suitable successor is found. An executive recruitment firm has been hired to begin the search, officials said.
AUTO EFFICIENCY: Florida Turnpike officials are conducting a study at the Golden Glades Interchange to determine how efficient automatic coin-collection lanes are compared to lanes with human collection agents. Officials said despite the automatic collection equipment, a worker must still be stationed close by to help motorists who do not have correct change and in cases of mechanical problems. The study is not linked to monetary losses by motorists who are not paying all or part of the tolls, officials said.
CORRECT TITLE: Last week’s profile of Elizabeth Hicks listed her title with Korn Ferry International incorrectly. She is principal responsible for financial services industries and finance-related positions.
WORK SHEET: Nearly 5,000 people recently attended a job fair held by 93 retailers at the Dolphin Mall, opening March 1 near the airport. About 2,000 positions were available. Anchor store Dave & Busters alone had 750 applicants. Marshalls had more than 100. The mall will employ about 3,000 by the end of the year, when it’s expected all retailers will be up and running.
COLLEGE MEET: Physicians belonging to the American College of Preventive Medicine are meeting under the banner "Preventive Medicine 2001" today (2/22) through Sunday in the Wyndham Miami Biscayne Bay Hotel. Organizers say "cutting-edge controversies will be explored in clinical preventive medicine, public health practices, prevention policies, quality, informatics and e-health."
FIU GOAL: Florida International University announced it has surpassed the $200 million goal it set for its "Campaign for FIU" about 18 months ahead of schedule. Organizers say a grant for $10 million form the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation announced earlier this month has pushed the total raised in the campaign to more than $205 million. The largest gift is the Wolfsonian-FIU, valued at more than $75 million when it was donated in 1997.
FIU AFFIRMATION: The FIU College of Business Administration announced its accreditation by the AACSB International Association for Management Education has been reaffirmed.