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Fyi Miami

Written by on July 19, 2001


Miami is a weekly feature of Miami Today, keeping readers ahead

of the news. Here are highlights from the most current edition.

OFFICE DECISIONS: Steve Schwadron, media supervisor for Edelman Public Relations, said Manny Medina and Terremark Worldwide Inc. are "exploring the possibility" of opening an office building in the Park West area. Terremark, a local developer that owns and operates Miami’s Internet network access point and the Technology Center of the Americas, 50 NE Ninth St., is based in Coconut Grove. Mr. Schwadron said it is too early to say if Terremark is vacating its Coconut Grove office at 2601 S Bayshore Drive or is going to open a second office closer to the technology corridor.

LESS ROOM AT THE INN: Miami-Dade County had the highest hotel occupancy in the nation for the first five months of this year, according to Smith Travel Research. Miami averaged 75.6% of hotel rooms filled, Smith said, while the average of the 25 markets it surveyed was 60.5%.

PRESIDENTIAL POST: American Ventures Realty Corp. named Jude M. Williams president. Mr. Williams, a 14-year American Ventures veteran, had been senior vice president of asset management in charge of a more than 5 million-square-foot portfolio. He is active with the National Association of Office & Industrial Parks and the Building Owners & Management Association and serves on a five-year planning committee for the City of Coral Gables police department. He is a director and executive committee member for the Brickell Area Association and is a member of the Beacon Council and the Greater Miami, Coral Gables and Fort Lauderdale chambers of commerce. American Ventures, which maintains offices in Tampa and Houston in addition to Miami and Fort Lauderdale, operates and manages property for both American Ventures and other institutional investors.

MUSEUM POST: The Miami Museum of Science & Space Transit Planetarium named Carole Comarcho director of development. Ms. Comarcho, who at her new post is to oversee corporate and private gifts as well as donations, has been a development director for the Miami-Dade Community College Foundation and is former assistant director of training & conferences for the Florida International University College of Urban & Public Affairs. She has also been a program coordinator for the Volunteer Broward United Way Agency and FIU’s Division of Continuing Education. Over her five years at FIU’s public affairs college she created career development workshops and conferences and set training needs for government officials statewide.

WATER WORKS: The South Florida Water Management District is accepting applications for the Lake Okeechobee Isolated Wetland Restoration & Creation Program for property owners willing to allow wetland restoration or creation of new treatment wetlands on their parcels. The voluntary effort involves sharing costs to reduce phosphorous discharges from land in the Lake Okeechobee watershed. A public workshop on related issues is being held from 6-8 p.m. July 27 in the South Florida Water Management District Okeechobee Service Center, 205 N Parrot Ave., Okeechobee. Details: (800) 462-5260.

WATER POSTS: The South Florida Water Management District named Alvin Jackson deputy executive director of its corporate resources business group and George Horne interim deputy executive director of its water resources operations business group. Mr. Jackson had been a deputy executive director for the agency in Lake County while Mr. Horne had been director of field operations in the north. In his new capacity Mr. Horne is to oversee an emergency management unit for the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control Project.

BARRY STATUS: Officers for the American Bar Association and officials representing Barry University’s law school announced they "have agreed to a procedure that will be considered a continuation of the current accreditation application" for Barry to be accredited. The deal was struck when Barry administrators agreed to withdraw an appeal related to a denial of accreditation to the Bar’s House of Delegates. The pact calls for a Bar site team to make a de novo determination to the council on the school’s accreditation status.

COMMERCE BRANCH: Commerce Bank announced the opening of its ninth branch in South Florida – and its first in Kendall – in 5,000 square feet at 11631 N Kendall Drive.

MIAMI BUSINESS: During a trade mission to Chile and Argentina through July 20, Florida officials and business leaders are promoting Miami as best choice for the permanent home of the Free Trade Area of the Americas secretariat. It was touted at a press conference headed by Pam Dana, state director of the Office of Tourism, Trade & Economic Development, and Manuel Mencia, senior vice president of international trade & business development for Enterprise Florida. Mr. Mencia said the trade mission, which targets many industries, emphasizes information technology. He said representatives of two network access points in South Florida by Terremark Worldwide and BellSouth are introducing their networks at IT conferences in both countries.

SALVATION AUCTION: The Salvation Army plans a car and boat auction at 9 a.m. July 21 at the Adult Rehab Center, 2236 NW Miami Court. Cost is $100 to register, which is refundable. An inspection of vehicles starts at 8 a.m. Details: (305) 573-4200.

GROVE JAYCEES: The Coconut Grove Jaycees meet at 7:30 p.m. on the first and second Wednesday of the month at Monty’s Raw Bar, 2550 S Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove. The next gathering is July 18. Details: (305) 576-4141.

STARTUP SEMINAR: A seminar, "How to start & run a successful business," is being presented by the SCORE group of the US SBA from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. July 21 in the Citadel Building, 49 NW Fifth St. The free presentation is billed as a must for startups and expansions. Topics include finance, marketing, legal and accounting issues. Details: (305) 371-6889 or

CUTTING CORNERS: The Port of Miami is getting two slivers of land, one at the corner of Northeast First Avenue and Sixth Street and another at Northeast First and Second Avenue after the Miami-Dade Commission gave the OK this week. Acquiring the parcels is part of a $4.8 million plan funded by the Public Works Department, the port and the Florida Department of Transportation to reconstruct the road so that trucks, which have been known to tip over at the intersection, can make the sharp turn smoothly.

BUDDING ROYALTY: Commissioner Jimmy Morales joined representatives of the South Miami Homeowners Association and the City of Miami as the county began planting 32 Royal Poinciana trees along historic South Miami Avenue between Southwest 15th and 25th roads Tuesday. The project, to be completed today (7/19), is to replace trees that died.

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