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RUNWAY UNER WAY:
A groundbreaking ceremony for construction of a $145 million fourth runway at
Miami International Airport will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Lauren Gail Stover,
associate director for public affairs with the Miami-Dade Aviation Department,
said the new Runway 8/26 represents the first new runway construction work since
September 1987 when Runway 9R/27L was completed the new runway will be
800-feet north of and parallel to 9R/27L. It will extend for 8,600 feet and increase
capacity at Miami International by about 25%, Ms. Stover said. It is scheduled
for a May 2003 completion.
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce named Greg Priest, chairman and CEO of SmartForce,
keynote speaker for its Cutting Edge award luncheon April 26 in the Wyndham Miami
Biscayne Bay Hotel. The 11 finalists for the annual honor are Celit Technologies,
Isotag Technology Inc., Kellstrom Industries, Mars Music, Noven Pharmaceuticals,
Olympus Managed Care, Pharmed Group, PBSJ, Raintree Media, Southern Gear & Machine
and Zyscovich Inc. Details: Olivia Carey, (305) 577-5443.
HEALTHY SPEAKER: The chamber also announced former
US senator Connie Mack, senior policy advisor for Shaw Pittman, will be featured
speaker at the Health Care Heroes award luncheon at noon May 11 in the Wyndham
Miami. Cost is $45. RSVP. Details: (305) 577-5462.
A 14,838-square-foot building at 194 NW 187th St., North Miami, was sold by Clear
Channel Metroplex to Beasley FM Acuisition Corp. for $800,000 or $53.91 a square
foot. Michael Feurman and Steven Wasserman with Colliers International handled
FORECAST SPEAKERS: The Beacon Council announced Sara
Johnson, North American research director for Standard & Poor's DRI, will speak
at its mid-year forecast meeting at 8 a.m. April 27 in the Biltmore Hotel, 1200
Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. J. Antonio Villamil, chairman of the Governor's
Council of Economic Advisors, and Beacon President & CEO Frank Nero are also scheduled
to talk. Details: (305) 579-1382.
FREE TRADE HUB?: Miami Today's International Roundtable
at 5 p.m. today (4/19) in the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, 50 Alhambra Plaza, will
examine the potential for basing the Free Trade Area of the Americas Secretariat
in Miami. Panelists are J. Antonio Villamil, chairman of the Governor's Council
of Economic Advisors and former director of Florida's Office of Tourism, Trade
& Economic Development; Hugh Simon, Florida under-secretary of state for international
affairs; Lynn M. Summers, executive director of Team Florida FTAA Inc. and president
of Community Technologies Inc., and Rafael Castillo-Triana, president and CEO
of FTAA Consulting and senior partner in the law firm Hollmann Restrepoi Abogados
Corporativos. The Beacon Council is co-sponsoring the session. Reservations required.
Details: Techy Fernandez, (305) 358-2663.
CHAMBER ELECTS: The Central American Chamber of Commerce
in Miami has elected Gabriel E. Pascual of Iberica International Corp. president
for 2001-02. Vice presidents are Salvador Bonilla-Math, president of Gulf Bank;
Thomas Spang of Dresdner Bank Lateinamerika, and Deborah Hern ndez of St. Georges
STUDY OF STUDIES?: After a request by the Miami-Dade
County Commission April 12 for the Metropolitan Planning Organization to perform
yet one more traffic study, an exasperated Commissioner Betty T. Ferguson offered
the following suggestion: "We need to do a study to find out what's happened
to all of the studies we've asked to be done."
E-RETURNS: The Florida Department of Revenue, as part
of the governor's effort to expand e-services, is offering businesses online filing
of sales tax and unemployment compensation tax returns. New filing software alerts
taxpayers to frequent filing errors, say promoters, and electronic tax returns
are less expensive for the state to process. Details: myflorida.com/dor/.