Written by Miami Today on May 24, 2001
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HOMESTEAD TENANT: Rockefeller Group Development Corp. has signed a letter of intent with an international firm interested in expanding its Miami operations to the firm’s 280-acre Foreign Trade Zone in Homestead, formerly known as the Homestead Park of Commerce. Edgar Jones, director of Florida operations for Rockefeller, said the parties hope to finalize a lease in the next month. Tenant companies in a foreign trade zone can defer, reduce or eliminate normal US Customs procedures and duties.
COOLING THE PACE: Miami City Commissioner Johnny Winton asked officials of the Community Redevelopment Agency, which is overseeing a $3 million renovation project at Margaret Pace Park, 1745 Bayshore Drive, not to start the project May 29 as planned. Until all the funds for the job are in place, he said, the park should not be fenced off and made inaccessible. He said he feared phase one of the facelift would be completed within 90 working days and remain fenced off until the agency gets enough funding to start and finish the second phase, which could take more than a year.
MADRID ISSUE: Despite reservations by Inspector General Christopher Mazzella the county commission Tuesday granted a one-year extension to Paramedia USA, the marketing and consulting firm that serves the Miami International Airport Trade & Business Development Office in Madrid. Paramedia, which has offices in Miami and Madrid, operated the development office for the county since June 1994 with its contract due to expire in May 1999. At that time, the commission granted a two-year extension to the firm to continue running its European marketing initiatives. Mr. Mazzella said the previous extension was granted with the understanding that future work would go out to bid and that adding a year to the contract "raises concerns." But Miami-Dade Aviation Director Angela Gittens supported sticking with Paramedia another year, citing satisfactory performance.
LUNCHEON WITH HEART: Arthur Hertz and Merrett Stierheim will be honored "for their commitment and dedication to various causes in the South Florida community" as Switchboard of Miami holds its annual Heart of Miami luncheon under the banner "Legacy of Service" today (5/31) in the JW Marriott Hotel, 1111 Brickell Ave. Mr. Hertz is president and CEO of Wometco Enterprises and serves on the Public Health Trust and the Miami Off-Street Parking Board. Mr. Stierheim is former county manager and past president of the convention bureau. Cost is $75. Details: Mark Towbridge, (305) 358-1640, ext. 103.
FREE BARCELONA: A free seminar, "Business Opportunities in Barcelona," is scheduled from 2:30-5 p.m. June 4 in the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Organizers say topics include transformation of the economy, and practical examples of companies that already do business in Spain. Details: (305) 523-2350.
NETWORK NEWS: CBS news anchor Dan Rather will speak on "The State of the Network News Business" at noon June 4 in the Wyndham Miami Biscayne Bay, 1601 Biscayne Blvd. The session is presented by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. Cost is $60. Details: Pam Chambler, (305) 577-5421.
TRADERS SYMPOSIUM: The Seventh Symposium of the Americas on issues and developments in customs, trade & finance is being held June 6-8 in the Hotel Inter-Continental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza. The annual update targets trade professionals and will feature presentations, networking and special events. Cost is $450. Details: (305) 358-0180.
NEW YORK STOP: The Wolfsonian FIU Museum exhibit "Print, Power & Persuasion: Graphic Design in Germany, 1890-1945," opened Wednesday in the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design & Culture, 18 W 86th St., New York City.
NAWBO DINNER: The National Association of Women Business Owners of Miami is holding its awards and installation dinner at 7 p.m. June 21 in the Crowne Plaza, 950 Lejeune Road. Denise Mincey-Mills of Turner Construction is due to get the organization’s president’s award. A 6-7 p.m. expo and networker will get the evening started. Cost is $45; $35 for members with reservations. Details: (305) 444-4437.
TRADE TALK: Women in International Trade Miami will hear a talk by Greg Forte of Leadership Performance Development Inc. from 6-8 p.m. June 20 in the City Club, 55th floor, 200 S Biscayne Blvd. Cost is $25; $20 for members & $10 for students. RSVP by June 13. Details: (305) 415-1618.
ARTISTIC CAMPS: Florida International University is offering "Creative Camps" in the performing arts for youngsters 7-17 from June 18-Aug. 10 at the Mary Ann Wolfe Theatre on FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus. Activities on the agenda include having participants plan, direct and act in their own movies to learning how to do a new magic trick each day. Sessions in music, creative writing and other specialties are also scheduled. Camps are four or eight weeks. Call for brochures. Details: (305) 460-5617.
BAR SERVICE HONOR: The American Bar Association Section of Taxation gave its 2001 distinguished service award to Sherwin P. Simmons for "45 years of contributions to the tax system and the high professional standards set by his personal example for succeeding generations of tax lawyers." Mr. Simmons is senior partner and chairman of the tax group for the Miami-based law firm Steel Hector & Davis. Richard M. Lipton, chair of the Bar’s Section of Taxation, said Mr. Simmons "has long been considered one of the leading lights of the American Bar Association and, in particular, of the tax section." In accepting the award, Mr. Simmons said he has been "extremely fortunate to have been able to participate in the discussion of some of the great tax issues of the day led by true luminaries" of the Bar’s tax section.
TRADE TALK: The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida is presenting an update, "The Outlook for the FTAA," at 12:30 p.m. today (5/24) in the Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE Second Ave. Robert Petterson, vice president for Caterpillar Inc., is scheduled to talk on the impact of the trade pact on the private sector, lessons learned since Seattle and fast-tracking, among other issues. Cost is $50; $35 for members. Details: (305) 579-9030.
LOCAL WRITE RITE: The Theatre League of South Florida and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs are sponsoring a series of play readings under the banner "Downstage Miami" designed to support the cultivation of new work in the local community. First up was The Great Blasket by Roger Martin, one of four playwrights picked by a regional panel to participate in three workshops with such established playwrights as Edward Albee, John Guare and Maria Irene Fornes. The Great Blasket was read earlier this week at GableStage in the Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel. Ahead are readings of works by Martin Holtz, Dolores Sendler and Susan Westfall on dates to be announced. Admission is free. Details: Rem Cabrera, (305) 375-4634.
CHINA SEMINAR: Allan Rosenbaum, director of the Florida International University Institute for Public Management & Community Service, Saturday will lead a four-person delegation from FIU to China for the first FIU-Chinese National School of Administration joint seminar on local and regional governance. The seminar is to take place in the Kunming province of China, which is about 150 miles north of Vietnam, at the Yunan College of Administration. The goal of the two-day long conference, Dr. Rosenbaum says, is to "educate the Chinese leadership on democratic procedures and a free market enterprise system."