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About 50 companies were represented Tuesday at a conference and tour of Watson
Island, said Meredith Nation, city business developer supervisor. City officials
are accepting proposals to build a mega-yacht marina and mixed-use development
in the northwest quadrant of the island. The deadline for proposals is June 20.
The selected company will be in charge of planning, designing, building, leasing
and managing the marina and auxiliary buildings. Ms. Nation said about 44 companies
have paid a $300 registration fee to get a proposal. As of March 1, 36 companies
registered to bid seven from out of state.
RE-RUNNING: Miami Mayor Joe Carollo announced Tuesday
he will run again for mayor of Miami on Nov. 7. If elected, it would be his third
term. In December, the mayor had said he would not seek re-election. That, he
said, "was the same day I learned through a reporter that my wife had filed
for divorce. I was willing to sacrifice my political career to save my marriage.
But saving it has not been possible." Also, he said "people started
showing me support and asking me to run again."
NEWSRACK BOXES: The Miami City Commission today (3/8)
will discuss final approval of an ordinance that would control the type, size
and color of lettering on newsstands placed on city streets. The ordinance got
a first OK in December.
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Joe Martinez said he will introduce a resolution
today (3/8) to create a West Kendall Area Municipal Advisory Committee. County
staff will be directed to assist the committee, which is to determine the feasibility
and possible boundaries of incorporation in West Kendall. Mr. Martinez said District
11 residents wishing to serve on the committee should submit resumes to his office.
Details: (305) 375-5511.
FLORIDA EXPORTS SOAR:
Florida's exports jumped 7.6% last year, hitting a total of $29.9 billion, Enterprise
Florida reported Tuesday. Brazil remained the leading destination country with
$3.5 billion in Florida exports, up 21.8% from 1999. Canada was second
exports from Florida to Canada rose 17.6%
The largest jump in Florida's top 20 export markets was to Mexico, Enterprise
Florida said, a 58% increase to $1.81 billion from $1.14 billion in 1999. That
made Mexico Florida's third largest export destination. Manny Mencia, Enterprise
Florida senior vice president based in Coral Gables, said that a July 1999 trade
mission to Mexico led by Gov. Jeb Bush "helped to galvanize the Florida business
community to focus on Mexico."
LEGALLY ENTERTAINING: The
Florida Bar's entertainment, arts & sports law section is opening its 3rd annual
symposium March 23 in the Loews Miami Beach Hotel to industry professionals, said
Kim Kolback, symposium co-chair. "Since there was such great interest and
demand from past years," she said, "we felt industry professionals would
benefit from this, too." Among speakers is Louis Pearlman, president and
CEO of Trans Continental Cos. A special pre-symposium VIP reception will be held
from 6-9 p.m. March 22 in the Savoy, 501 Ocean Drive. Symposium session costs
are $105-$210. Details: Angela Froleich, (800) 342-8060, ext. 15633.
SMALL BUSINESS ABROAD: Services for small businesses
that target international markets will be the focus of Miami Today's International
Roundtable breakfast session at 7:30 a.m. March 29 on the 10th floor, Colonial
Bank, 1200 Brickell Ave. Panelists are Lynn Hayes of Thomas W. Ruff & Co., chairman
of the small business group for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce; John McCartney,
director of the US Export Assistance Center in South Florida; Manuel Mencia, vice
president and CEO of international trade for Enterprise Florida Inc., and Raul
Valdes-Fauli III, vice president for corporate trade in the finance department
of Colonial Bank. Reservations are requested. Details: Techy Fernandez, (305)
HAVE IT JEB'S WAY:
Gov. Jeb Bush had a heavyweight marketing tip for Burger King at the groundbreaking
of its world headquarters at 5505 Blue Lagoon Drive on Friday. "I'm a loyal
customer as you can see," he told the crowd, gesturing to his waist
and derriere. "We're waiting for the Diet Whopper."
The governor also had a serious suggestion: be entrepreneurial. He recalled the
late Jim McLamore, who started Burger King in Miami in the mid-1950s as a single
restaurant selling burgers and built it into a global brand. "We don't pay
tribute to the risk-takers, to the dreamers, as much as we should," Mr. Bush
said. Burger King, he said, "is trying to build an entrepreneurial heaven
here on earth."
INN KEY TIME: The Greater Miami & the Beaches Hotel
Association is holding its 7th annual Inn Key awards luncheon and business expo
at 11 a.m. May 17 in the Fontainebleau Hilton Resort & Towers. Former Miami-Dade
County Manager Merrett R. Stierheim is scheduled guest speaker. Details: Cherry,
BOMA INPUT: The Building Owners & Managers Association
of Greater Miami is holding a town hall luncheon meeting, "Is BOMA Greater
Miami-Dade Serving Your Needs?" at 11:30 a.m. March 14 in the Rusty Pelican
Restaurant. Arturo L. Fernandez and Murray Greene with the organization's long-range
planning committee are scheduled speakers. Cost is $30; $25 for members with reservations.
Details: (305) 530-0083.
UNITED BRANCH: BankUnited Florida State Bank officially
opened its 34th branch office March 2 at 260 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne.
FEDERATION POST: The Greater Miami Jewish Federation
named Martin Neier assistant executive vice president for financial resource development.
Mr. Neier had been national director of campus development for Hillel in Washington,
DC, and is former development director and foundation executive director for Mount
Scopus Memorial College in Melbourne, Australia. He has also held posts with the
University Jewish Federation of Metrowest and the Federation of Greater Washington
and coordinated the federation's first Super Sunday phone-a-thon, a fundraising
format since used by more than 150 Jewish federations in the US and Canada.
TECHNO MIAMI: TechnoMarine, formerly of Playa Del
Rey, announced its corporate relocation to Miami with an office in Suite 303,
2915 Biscayne Blvd. The firm, founded by Franck Dubarry after he sold a Paris
advertising agency in 1996, sells luxury sports watches. Mr. Dubarry cited Miami's
relative proximity to Europe and Latin America as reasons for the move.
TAX AID: Merrill Lynch is offering a free seminar,
"The Tax Man Cometh," at 6 p.m. March 28 in the Miami Dadeland Marriott,
9090 S Dadeland Blvd. Eric Baker, vice president and district retirement planning
specialist, is scheduled speaker. Reservations required. Details: Bethany Rosenhack,
EYE SALE: Sawelson Eye Center, 1450 S Miami Ave.,
was sold to ophthalmologist Dr. Howard London and is now the Sawelson-London Eye
Center. Dr. London said he will manage the clinic while former owner Dr. Harold
Sawelson remains available part-time to see patients. Details: (305) 374-2323.