A BBC crew is scheduled to be in Miami starting April 28 to shoot four segments
of "Holiday In Style," a travel show popular in the UK. Producer Lee
Emery said the point is to give the British ideas for a vacation. BBC's Rhodri
Owen is the show's host, she said, and has plans to take lessons and join a salsa
dance class at the Performances Arts Network on Miami Beach. "We then highlight
the important role movies, music and the model industries play in Miami,"
Ms. Emery said. She said plans also call for visits to Fairchild Tropical Gardens,
Norman's Restaurant in Coral Gables and "of course, Ocean Drive." But
that's not all, Ms. Emery said from London. "We also show the diversity of
Miami by taking a visit to Little Havana" where, among other things, Mr.
Owen plans to try to roll a cigar.
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MARRIOTT MANAGER: Ten-year company veteran Gonzalo
Aguilar is new general manager of the 300-room JW Marriott Hotel Miami, 1111 Brickell
Ave., which opened in September. Mr. Aguilar was named to the post in November,
succeeding former general manager Bob Fabiano, who left the organization. Prior
to coming to Miami where he accepted his first general manager position, Mr. Aguilar
said he worked for JW Marriott in Quito, Ecuador, and Silicon Valley in California.
ARCHITECTURAL MOVE: David Jay Feinberg, who has a
30-year career as principal and CEO of his own practice, has joined Zyscovich
Inc. to oversee all of the firm's K-12 school projects. Mr. Feinberg in the past
has served as an education facilities compliance officer for the Miami-Dade County
School District overseeing code compliance and management of a team of uniform
building code inspectors for occupancy certification. He also has been architect-of-record
for 10 schools in Miami-Dade ranging from elementary to senior high.
BRAZIL TIES: The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce
and the UM North-South Center are sponsoring a presentation called "Toward
a New US-Brazil Partnership: Task Force Recommendations, Reactions & Prospects
for Implementation," at 8 a.m. April 27 in the University of Miami Faculty
Club, 1550 Brescia Ave. Kenneth Maxwell, who holds the Rockefeller chair in InterAmerican
Studies with the Council on Foreign Relations, is scheduled to speak. Cost is
$15. RSVP. Details: (305) 284-6868.
ISRAEL BRIEFING: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
is presenting a breakfast talk, "Israel 2001: Economic & Political Outlook,"
at 8 a.m. April 30 in the Wyndham Miami Biscayne Bay Hotel, 1601 Biscayne Blvd.
Miki Arbel, consul general of Israel to Florida & Puerto Rico, and Ron Chaimovski,
Israel's economic minister to North America, are scheduled speakers. Cost is $25.
Details: (305) 577-5471.
OFFSHORE TOURNEY: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
is presenting its 9th annual offshore fishing tournament May 5 at Sealine Marina
& Biscayne Bay Marriott, 1633 N Bayshore Road. Cost is $250-$1,500; add $50 for
additional anglers. It's only $15 for the Saturday barbecue. Details: Cornelia
Pereira, (305) 577-5432.
PR HUB?: Women in International Trade Miami is presenting
a panel discussion by public relations professionals, "Miami at the Center
of the Americas: the agency and corporate perspectives." from 6-8 p.m. May
9 in the City Club, 55th floor, First Union Financial Center, 200 S Biscayne Blvd.
Scheduled speakers and their PR firms are Anne Werner, Fleishman-Hillard; David
Pearson, Pearson Group, and Georgina Scott-Orr, Akerman Senterfitt. Cost is $25;
$20 for members. Details: (305) 447-9300.
PROGRAM & EXPO: The National Association of Women
Business Owners of Miami is holding a talk, "Tech-Knowledge-ease," by
Stu Needel of the firm Technology Teddy Bear from 7-8:30 p.m. May 10 in the Crowne
Plaza Hotel, 950 LeJeune Road. An expo & networking precedes the talk from 6-7.
Cost is $35; $30 for members. Details: (305) 444-4437.
BOMA TALK: The Building Owners and Managers Association
Miami is sponsoring a discussion, "Shedding Light on the Energy Challenge,"
from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 11 at The Trane Co., Suite C. Airport Corporate
Center, 7415 NW 19th St. Mick Schwedler, applications engineer with the Trane
Co., will moderate. Cost is $69; $59 for members. Details: (202) 326-6331.
FLYING HIGH: Miami's consular community was on Red
Alert last week as 15 heads of state flew in separately Thursday en route to the
Quebec summit on the Free Trade Area of the Americas pact. All were to fly out
together on an 8 a.m. Friday flight to Canada on a Canadian government plane.
Coming back Sunday would be a different matter, said Frank Estrada, special agent
in charge of the US Secret Service office in Miami. Some, he said, were joined
by spouses and planned shopping trips here, probably targeting Bal Harbour Shops,
Dadeland Mall and Sawgrass Mills. No free trade there.
NEW FROM PERU: Umberto Umeres of Peru may be Miami's
newest consul general, but he holds a higher rank. He's been ranked an ambassador
since 1997, consular corps dean John Atkins of Jamaica said in introducing Ambassador
Umeres at a consular corps lunch last week at the Biltmore Hotel. A diplomat since
1970, Ambassador Umeres has held posts in Germany, the Netherlands, China and
Egypt. He's also a professor of the theory of international relations at the Diplomatic
Academy of Peru.
IMMIGRATION CHANGE: John Balger last week became acting
district director of the US Immigration & Naturalization Service in Miami. He
replaces Robert Wallis, who was promoted to central regional office director.
GOLDMAN TO HEAD BUREAU: Tony Goldman, CEO and chairman
of the Goldman Properties Co. and a pioneer hotel renovator on Miami Beach, has
been named chairman of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, effective
in October. The bureau's executive committee elected him Friday to replace Adolfo
Henriques, president and CEO of Union Planters Bank of Florida. Terms are for
HEALTH HERO NOMINEES:
Eliza Perry of the Florida Division of the American Cancer Society; Manolo Reyes,
administrative director of Mercy Hospital, and David Lawrence Jr., president of
the Early Childhood Initiative, are finalists for the Individuals of Merit Award
in the Health Care Heroes Awards be given by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce's
Health Industry Group May 11, the chamber announced Tuesday. Other awards will
honor health care professionals, physicians, institutions, programs, volunteers
and youths. Details: Laraine Blessing, (305) 577-5462.
TOPS IN SALES: Adiba Ash, who headed the WLRN Miami-Dade
County Public Schools team, topped the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce membership
sales for its 2001 campaign, generating $48,280 in membership billings.
FASHIONABLE GRADUATION: The International Fine Arts
College will present its fall-winter fashion show at noon April 30 in the Hyatt
Regency Ballroom, 400 NE Second Ave., as part of its graduation activities. Details:
Elsia Suarez, (305) 995-5000, ext. 5.
NORTH?: Coral Gables Assistant Chief of Police James
Harley will retire Friday with more than 40 years service. A native of North,
SC, Mr. Harley and the audience laughed when Mayor Don Slesnick said he had to
make sure there wasn't a mistake on Mr. Harley's biography. "I've never heard
of a city named North, SC," he said. Mr. Harley was named assistant chief
of police in charge of support services in 1993.
OPA-LOCKA WING CLIP: Miami-Dade Commissioners clipped
the wings of any possibility of incorporating Opa-locka Airport into a plan dealing
with aviation capacity problems projected to begin in 2015. Following a public
outcry from residents neighboring the airport. Commissioners approved a resolution
Tuesday opposing commercial aircraft service there.
EMILIO MILIAN: Commission Jimmy Morales and county
commissioners honored the late Spanish-language radio journalist Emilio Milian
Tuesday by urging the state legislators to name Southwest 57th Avenue from Eighth
Street to Second Avenue Emilio Milian Way. The outspoken journalist, once a victim
of a car bombing for his opposition to violence, died March 15.