Written by Miami Today on August 16, 2001
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AIR IMPROVEMENTS: Work is set to be complete on the second phase of the $40.7 million Drives Extension South project at Miami International Airport. The airport’s upper and lower roads serve about 46,000 cars, buses, vans, trucks and other vehicles daily. Soon to be bid out is a $40 million Midfield Taxiways project. By year’s end the anticipated status of the county’s airports capital improvement program should be 127 projects representing $751 million complete; 80 representing $1.87 billion in construction; 30 projects worth $969 million in the bid phase; 29 worth $1.2 billion in design, and 56 worth $1.3 billion in planning.
ALLIED EXPANSION: Allied Security, which bills itself as the nation’s third largest contract security services firm with $450 million in revenues, opened a regional office in suite 330 at the Miami Lakes Corporate Center, 14750 NW 77th Court. The 3,600-square-foot office, publicists said, features a state-of-the art training facility for continuing education and activities for employees. The company, which previously served Miami from Fort Lauderdale, moved to be closer to Miami-area clients, said Darriel Prestegaard, business development manager. She said the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office is being moved to Boca Raton. Based in Pennsylvania, Allied has more than 60 offices and 18,000 employees throughout the US.
SOUTHERN OFFICERS: Chamber South is installing 2001-02 officers and directors Sept. 14 in the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Brodes Hartley, CEO of Community Health of South Dade, becomes chairman and Richard Horton, vice president of The Green Cos., is to be installed as chair-elect. Other Chamber South officers include Robert Bonnet, Jeffrey Flanagan and Diana Gonzalez, vice chairs; Edith Crosby, secretary-treasurer, and Stephen Wayner, immediate past chairman.
MARKETING SUMMIT: The Gold Coast chapter of the Florida Direct Marketing Association is holding a state summit at 9 a.m. today (8/16) in the Fort Lauderdale Airport Hilton, Griffin Road, Dania. Organizers say the program is structured to provide assistance from beginners and seasoned veterans. Cost is $35; $30 for members. Details: (954) 491-2446 or fdma.org.
VIZCAYA VOLUNTEERS: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, 3251 S Miami Ave., is holding a six-week training course for volunteers from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays starting Oct. 1. Details: Michele McDonald, (305) 250-9133, ext. 2249.
NORTHERN MOVE: Veteran Miami banker Bill Allen, who had been in charge of private banking at Bank of America, moves to Northern Trust Bank this fall as vice chairman.
LEGAL BRIEF: The Washington, DC-based law firm Hogan & Hartson named attorneys Parker D. Thomson, Carol A. Licko and Keith Wasserstrom to its staff at the firm’s new Barclays Financial Center office. Mr. Thomson, who is chairman of the Miami-Dade Performing Arts Center and a special assistant state attorney general, and Ms. Licko, former general counsel to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and a member of the Florida Ethics Commission, had been partners with Thomson Muraro Razook & Hart in Miami. Mr. Wasserstrom, who is a city commissioner in Hollywood, had been in the Miami office of Baker & McKenzie. In announcing the appointment, Hogan & Hartson Chairman Warren Gorrell said providing clients with the "high profile commercial and appellate litigation experience of Parker and Carol as well as the complex transactional experience that Keith brings will be of tremendous benefit" to his firm.
STRIKE CALLS: Discussing a proposed new site for the Florida Marlins baseball stadium in downtown Miami seemed to bring out the boys of summer in Miami city commissioners. While voicing their view that the team has not extended as many resources to the stadium search as the city, commissioners Johnny Winton and Arthur Teele Jr. used baseball-related cliches to make points. "We need to set a timetable for completion of negotiations," Mr. Winton said. "The Marlins have to step up to the plate." Said Mr. Teele: "We’ve had a lot of swings at this ball. But three strikes and you’re out. This game is over. And the Marlins have struck out!"
INTERIM DEAN: Florida International University has named Juan Antonio Bueno interim dean of its school of architecture. Mr. Bueno, whose term in the post is due to end next summer, has been at FIU for 13 years. He has been director and associate professor in the graduate program in landscape architecture. He replaces William McMinn, who stepped down to return to the faculty as a graduate-level architectural design professor.
OCEANBLUE START: Ground is to be broken for Oceanblue Condominium, 7600 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, in mid-September, publicists said. A 12-story multi-level design calls for 105 residences priced between $160,000-$700,000, plus four townhomes along Collins Avenue, across from Altos Del Mar Park. Completion is scheduled in December 2002. Cost of the project has not been announced. Developer Hector A. Dasso is president of Mashan Contractors Inc. Fortune International Realty is sales & marketing agent for the project.
LOCAL ODYSSEY: The Travel Industry Association of America gave the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau a 2001 Odyssey award for education, training and employment by the bureau’s Visitor Industry Council. The award cites the council for expanding opportunities for African-Americans in the travel industry. Since its founding, the Visitor Industry Council has awarded 120 college scholarships while pairing students with industry mentors and facilitating job placement. A bureau representative is to accept the award Oct. 2 in Atlanta.
ORANGE VOLUNTEERS: The Orange Bowl Committee’s staging committee is seeking volunters for specialized tasks such as unit and band supervisors and escorts, timers, costume assistants, parade organizers and other administrative roles related to the 2001 Orange Bowl Parade. The deadline to apply is Sept. 7. Details: Amanda Heyder, (305) 371-4600, ext. 103.
BEEFING UP: The Miami office of Citigroup Private Bank, which recently brought Hunting Deutsch back to Miami from SunTrust in Orlando as managing director, has added another veteran banker, Carlos J. Arrizurieta, as vice president reporting to Mr. Deutsch. Mr. Arrizurieta had spent 10 years as senior vice president with Bank of America’s private bank and five years before that at Northern Trust.
MIAMI CITY CHARTER: Miami Commissioners approved changes to the city charter last week that included hiking their $5,000 salary to $58,200 a year, or 60% of the mayor’s current salary, plus annual increases not to exceed 5%. They also approved letting commissioners set purchasing limits by ordinance and using a two-step bidding process to select developers for projects on city-owned land. They voted to end the need for referendums so city can sell land, excluding waterfront plots, worth less than $500,000 when a request for bids draws fewer than three responses. Adding a five-year extension for long-term city leases was approved as well as issuing permits for short-term events on Watson Island without the need for a public referendum. These and other changes are to appear on a Nov. 6 ballot for public consent.
RACE OK: Miami city commissioners approved an agreement with Raceworks for races in downtown streets April 5-7 as part of the American Le Mans Series. Event promoters pay for street repairs, estimated to cost about $959,000. Up to two races a year are allowed. The city gets a $1 ticket surcharge for five years, increasing 25 cents every five years after that. For using the park, promoters pay $50,000 in rent to Bayfront Park Management Trust. Rent is annually adjusted 4%. The park closes seven days before a race, three days during the event and two days after it. Raceworks would be liable for $300,000 in fire, police and sanitary services. The city provides $50,000 worth of equipment storage. Before the starting gun, promoters are due to go back to the commission in December with a budget and proof of financial solvency.