Written by Miami Today on July 12, 2001
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RACE PACT: Miami city commissioners Tuesday heard a plan to hold an American Le Mans auto race downtown April 5-7 as attorney Peter Yanowitch, architect Willy Bermello, entertainment producer Jay Scharer and legal advisor Jack Peeples negotiate a contract. City Manager Carlos Gimenez said a tentative agreement calls for the city to spend $850,000 for road improvements; $320,000 annually in fire, police and sanitation services, and $100,000 in storage costs. The city would get 1% of proceeds from advertising, concessions and ticket sales – 4% in year four. A 1% ticket surcharge and $50,000 in rent would go to the Bayfront Park Trust. Backers said the event would attract more than 70,000 spectators and have an estimated $20 million economic impact.
THUMB DOWN: In a 4-1 vote, with Tomás Regalado dissenting, the commission agreed to continue car race negotiations and give final approval at a July 26 hearing. Mr. Regalado said he wanted to include a clause calling for the city to make a minimum income of $200,000 yearly to continue subsidizing the event. Commissioners did not support his motion.
RACE STAND: Homestead Councilwoman Cheryl Arroyave-Sweeney, Homestead City Manager Curtis Ivy and Miami-Dade Motorsports Complex authorities pleaded with Miami commissioners not to bid for the auto race because it would move businesses from Homestead. Curtis Gray, president of the Homestead Motorsports Complex, told commissioners his organization was willing to create a race-fest in Bayfront Park so Miami could get all the international exposure it wants. Commissioners said they would try to help Homestead but were not ready to sacrifice the race.
FREEMAN PARTNER: The Miami-based forensic accounting firm Lewis B. Freeman & Partners named Stephen J. Jockers, who joined the company as a consultant in 1998, a partner. Mr. Jockers is former general manager and operations manager for several corporations in Florida and Georgia, including a stint as general manager for Attwoods & Pacesetter Accessories. According to publicists for Freeman, Mr. Jockers has been assisting receivers for the past three years but his responsibilities also include consulting in accounting, performance assessments and reviews, and interfacing with government officials. Lewis B. Freeman also recently named Ted Borck, a private investigator with Investigators Inc., a consultant.
TITLE TO THE GROVE: The Coconut Grove Association, which organizes the annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival, announced it has signed a multi-year title sponsor contract with Washington Mutual. The 2002 Washington Mutual Coconut Grove Arts Festival is scheduled for Feb. 16-18.
BUDGET BILLING ON BEACH: The City of Miami Beach started a six-month budget-billing pilot program to answer residents who have complained of wide fluctuations in their monthly water and sewer bills. The program would be open to all single-family residences after a trial period open to customers that qualify for an additional homestead exemption, a status granted persons 65 & older who have a household income less than $20,000. The idea is to have customers pay the same amount each month based on projected annual use. Details: (305) 673-7000, ext. 6633.
CITATION CEREMONY: The City of Miami Beach Commission on Women plans to honor the late Carl Graham Fisher at 6 p.m. ceremonies today (7/12) in the Van Dyke Building, 846 Lincoln Road. The citation, which will involve the unveiling of a historical market, is to call attention to Mr. Graham’s "significant contributions to the development and promotion of Miami Beach as a resort during his lifetime." The festivities also are listed as part of the city’s Second Thursdays arts showcase from 6-9 tonight.
LUMMUS WORKSHOP: The City of Miami Beach is holding a community meeting to discuss improvements to Lummus Park at 5:30 p.m. today (7/12) in the 4th floor city manager’s conference room, Miami Beach City Hall, 1700 Convention Center Drive. Details: (305) 673-7010.
DADE ACQUISITIONS: Dade Paper Co. announced it is acquiring G. Gonzalez Wholesale Inc. "to increase its market share in a specialized niche servicing the bakery industry. The acquisition comes after the 60-year-old Dade Paper firm bought Atlanta Broom and Empire Distributors of Atlanta and before the company moves to a new 230,000-sqsuare-foot distribution warehouse and corporate office complex in Beacon Station Grand Park. Leonard Genet, Dade Paper president, said his company now employs 600 in several states.
CLARK HONORS: Miami-Dade County officals unveiled a portrait to honor former mayor Stephen P. Clarke Tuesday. Family and friends of the deceased mayor attended the dedication at the center, which was named after him in 1993. A portrait of Mr. Clark, who served as county mayor from 1970-72 and again from 1974-93, will stay on display in the building’s lobby.
DEERING DOOR: A dedication for a new gate and entrance at Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., is being held starting with a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting July 14. Event organizers say with the new design a 700-foot entrance trail takes visitors through a portion of the park’s natural areas. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Katy Sorenson is due to attend the ceremony.
PROPERTY SEMINAR: A seminar for property owners, "Lease Purchase America," is being offered by the Miami Real Estate Investors Association at 6:30 p.m. July 26 in 888 NW 27th Ave. John Ross, billed as an author and professional speaker, is scheduled to talk. RSVP. Cost is $20; $10 for members. Details: (305) 631-8881, ext. 107.
HOMELESS HUDDLE: The Community Partnership for the Homeless is holding its next monthly meeting at 8 a.m. July 19 in the Homeless Assistance Center, 1550 N Miami Ave., one of two assistance shelters the group oversees in cooperation with the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust. The public is invited to attend to provide input. Details: (305) 329-3000 or (305) 329-3042.
GROVE BANK: Coconut Grove Bank, which bills itself as the oldest continuously operating bank in Miami-Dade County, celebrates its 75th anniversary on July 12. A collage by Coconut Grove artist Erica King commemorating the anniversary will be unveiled at ceremonies planned to also coincide with the birthday of bank CEO Gus Harrison, Jr., who also is turning 75.
MIAMI OK’S MARINA: The Miami City Commission Tuesday gave final approval to a lease it arranged four years ago with developers of the Grove Harbour Marina & Caribbean Marketplace at Dinner Key. The project, on 6.95 acres of city-owned land and 6.6 acres under water, is to consist of a marina, a boatyard, a marketplace and an exhibition center.