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ROAD TO MONROE:
Florida Department of Transportation officials will meet today (4/5) with Monroe
County representatives to discuss a Metropolitan Planning Organization-approved
compromise for a project to widen an 18-mile stretch of US 1 from Florida City
to Key Largo. Two-thirds of the proposed road work is in Miami-Dade. Following
a March 22 approval by the agency of a plan for two northbound and one southbound
lanes, the state transportation officials are on the verge of seeking permits
for the job. What remains is fine-tuning the proposal to get Monroe County's OK,
says state planning engineer John Martinez.
SWEET LATIN SOUND: The Latin Recording Academy gathered
a team of 24 Latin recording artists as it prepared to announce Wednesday that
the second annual Latin Grammy Awards ceremony would be held in Miami. Miami-Dade
County's former policy that barred artists from Cuba had sent the first awards
ceremony packing to California. But civic and political leaders alike fell into
line to be at this week's announcement of a Greater Miami home for the awards.
CLOSER TO HOME:
American Airlines this week opened a regional customer service center at Miami
International Airport to deal with local customers. In the past, customers here
called a national phone number for information on cargo shipments. It's the third
localization of cargo customer service for American: Chicago and Los Angeles preceded
ETHICS FORUM: A forum on "the fight against corruption
in South Florida" is being presented at 8 p.m. April 20 in First Unitarian
Church of Miami, 7701 SW 76th Ave. Gerald Kogan, president of the Alliance for
Ethical Government and former chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, is to
talk on "The Alliance for Ethical Government's Fight Against Corruption"
while Robert Meyers, executive director of the County Commission on Ethics & Public
Trust, and Joseph Centorino, assistant state attorney, will speak about county
and state efforts to thwart corruption, respectively. Organizers say the session
will include a Q&A session. Details: (305) 234-0610.
A "roast" to honor Gary J. Dellapa, retiring as director of the Miami-Dade
County Aviation Department after 31 years with the county, is planned starting
with a 6 p.m. reception April 11 in the Hilton Miami Airport Hotel, 5101 Blue
Lagoon Drive. The main program and dinner are from 7-9 p.m. Cost is $45. Details:
(305) 876-7661 or 876-7017.
COMMERCIAL LOANS: The Florida International University
Center for Banking & Financial Institutions is presenting a course on understanding
and underwriting commercial real estate loans from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays starting
April 21, through June 9. Speakers will include bank officers from SunTrust, Ocean
Bank, Colonial Bank, Bank of America and Union Planters, and attorney Jane C.
Rankin with Kubicki Draper. Organizers say seating is limited. Cost is $1,395.
Details: (305) 348-2771.
BANKERS GIFT: Miami Children's Hospital announced
the ABIG Foundation of the American Bankers Insurance Group donated $20,000 to
support Radio Lollipop, a nonprofit that provides games, contests and music for
FIU GIFT: Dean Leonard Stickman, who is organizing
Florida International University's College of Law, announced the fledgling school
received a $25,000 grant from the law firm Holland & Knight.
MUST FOR STARTUPS: The Service Corps of Retired Executives
Association and the US Small Business administration have scheduled two presentations
of "How to start & run a successful business" on April 11 & 21 in the
Citadel Building, 49 NW Fifth St. The free sessions, held from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.,
are billed as a must for business startups and expansions. Details: (305) 371-6889
MEMBER AWARDS: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
is holding its 2001 Membership Campaign Awards from 5:30-7:30 p.m. today (4/5)
in American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd. Reservations are necessary. Details:
QUILT SHOW: The City of Coral Gables and the Ocean
Waves chapter of the National Quilting Association are holding "QuiltFest
2001" April 20 & 21 in the Coral Gables War Memorial Youth Center, 405 University
Drive. Cost is $6; $35 for appraisals. Proceeds benefit quilt education programs
in the area. Appointments are needed for an appraisal. Details: (305) 251-2648.
TREE GRANTS: TREEmendous Miami is seeking applications
from community nonprofits for "Shade for Dade" grants to increase the
tree canopy in neighborhoods. Past recipients are the Oakland Grove Neighborhood
Improvement Association and the Biscayne Gardens Civic Association. The project
is founded by the county Department of Environmental Resources Management. Call
for an application. Details: (305) 378-1863.
MANDARIN AIDS CHILDREN:
Saturday's official grand opening of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Brickell Key
raised more than $175,000 for the Voices for Children Foundation, which provides
support for abused and neglected children. But the hotel wasn't brand new
the first guests checked into the 329-room luxury hotel in a soft opening last
NO BIG SPLASH: Coral Gables drained its famed Venetian
Pool Sunday evening and filed it instead with 200 diners who listened and danced
to popular music from the period when the pool was first opened the mid-1920s.
The last time the pool was drained for a performance, it was for opera
in 1925. This week's event culminated the city's 75th anniversary celebration,
Vice Mayor Dorothy Thomson told guests.
TERREMARK POST: Terremark Worldwide named Jamie Dos
Santos senior vice president of global sales for TerreNAP Data Centers, to be
based in Miami. Ms. Dos Santos had been with Bell System for more than 20 years,
most recently with subsidiary Telcordia International.
TECH TALK: The South Florida chapter of the National
Association of Industrial & Office Properties is presenting a breakfast talk on
"Technology's Influence on South Florida Markets" at 8 a.m. Sheraton
Suites Cypress Creek Hotel, 555 W Cypress Creek Road. F. Michael Langley, CEO
of the Langley Resource Group, is scheduled to speak. Cost is $40; $20 for members.
Details: (954) 938-2137.
CHANGE OF DATE: The Concert Association of Florida
announced it has rescheduled a concert by pianist Vag Parian originally scheduled
in May to Jan. 10 in Miami-Dade County Auditorium. Ticket-holders can use tickets
in January, donate or exchange them. Details: (877) 433-3200.
DOUGLAS LEASE: Hotjobs.com, a recruiting solutions
company, signed to occupy 5,806 square feet in South Tower at Douglas Entrance,
806 Douglas Road, Coral Gables. Terms and lease value were not released. Robert
Orban, vice president with Trammell Crow who handled the transaction for the tenant,
said Hotjobs will use the space for its South Florida headquarters. He said he
also handled recent smaller office leases for Detroit-based Dan Coleman Advertising
at 1401 Brickell and Voice Over Internet Protocol Group at 6161 Blue Lagoon.