Miami is a weekly feature of Miami Today, keeping readers ahead
of the news. Here are highlights from the most current edition.
Becky Roper Matkov, executive director of the Dade Heritage Trust, said members
of the Save Brickell Park Coalition Brickell decided last week to sue the City
of Miami to prevent sale of Brickell Park. "The coalition," Ms. Matkov
said, "believes there are enough valid issues to take legal action against
the city." She said more details would be released within a week when the
coalition signs a contract with a legal representative.
A World Economic Forum meeting planned in Coral Gables in October has been postponed
"probably until early next year," said Hugh Simon, Florida's under secretary
of state for international affairs, based in Coral Gables. "They will get
back to us to discuss the time and place for the meeting to take place,"
he said. The October meeting would have been at the Biltmore Hotel. The nonprofit,
which is based in Switzerland, brings leaders in business and politics and intellectuals
together in an effort to improve the world. Organizers said they would like to
see the Bush administration get fast-track authority for the Free Trade Area of
the Americas before the forum so that the future of the treaty could be discussed
when the forum convenes.
M-DCC AVIATOR: Miami-Dade Community College named
Mario L. Guerrier director of its school of aviaiton and visitor services. Mr.
Guerrier, who said his interest in aviation and aerospace was launched during
a high school field trip to Homestead Air Force Base, had been chief of single
integrated operations planning for the Arizona Air National Guard. He oversaw
systems operation controls for America West Airlines earlier in his career and
additionally served as a liaison between national and federal directors and local
agencies in his Arizona job. In making the appointment M-DCC President Eduardo
Padrón cited Mr. Guerrier's "exceptional qualifications and diverse skills."
M-DCC HARVARD: Three administrations at Miami-Dade
Community College have been selected to participate in Harvard Institutes for
Management & Leadership in Education 2001. Carol Miller, director of the M-DCC
School of Allied Health Technologies; Rolando Montoya, chairman of the M-DCC Kendall
business department, and Wasim Shomar, director of the M-DCC school of design
technology, received invitations to attend the forum, which organizers say focuses
on "preparing higher education administrators to manage and lead in a changing
environment." They say selection of applicants for the forum is based on
GROVE FUNDRAISER: The Coconut Grove Junior Chamber
of Commerce is holding a casino night fundraiser at 6 p.m. June 9 in Club 609,
3338 Virginia St. Proceeds will benefit the US Mission, an organization started
by the US Jaycees in 1994 to aid HIV/AIDS sufferers. Cost is $25. Details: (305)
FOOTE STEPS OUT: Edward T. Foote, president of the
University of Miami for 20 years, steps down this week to become chancellor. He
will serve two years in the area of university advancement, fundraising, alumni
and community relations. Donna Shalala, former secretary of health & human services
in the Clinton Administration, becomes president June 1. Her first day at work
is June 4.
STATUS QUO: Can you tell us, Miami City Manager Carlos
Gimenez was asked after a speech to the Brickell Area Association last week, what
the status of the Miami Circle is? His reply: "It's still round."
THE FULL CIRCLE: There's more to the story. Mr. Gimenez
said the Miami City Commission is willing to help finance development of a park
at the site of the Miami Circle, which belongs to the state. The artifact, believed
to be up to 2,000 years old, is now closed to the public for archaeological study
- and planning for the site is incomplete. "I think," Mr. Gimenez said,
"it can be developed into a very nice park that has more improvements than
the current Brickell Park."
TIGHT QUARTERS: A new One Stop Center it inaugurated
with the Training & Employment Council of South Florida "has more than 10
square feet and will have 30 employees training and assisting individuals who
need to find a job," the Hialeah Chamber of Commerce & Industries reports.