Written by Miami Today on October 11, 2001
AIR SECURITY: Organizers of the sixth Air Cargo Americas Congress Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at the Radisson Mart Plaza, 711 NW 72nd Ave., are changing the meeting’s theme to "Air Cargo Security in a Changing World." Experts in cargo security, law enforcement and insurance are expected to attend the conference to discuss new regulations and measures. "We have not gotten new directions from the FAA yet," said Bill Spohrer, conference chairman and a consultant with Miami-based Avman Inc. "There’s a little bit of confusion out there." He said the conference also includes presentations unrelated to security issues.
LAST CROSSING: Florida Department of Transportation officials are letting the public cross one last time between 10-10:30 a.m. Oct. 6 before 11 a.m. ceremonies to mark the closing of the Second Avenue Bridge at Riverside Center, 444 SW Second Ave. A reception follows. Built in 1922, the bridge is to be replaced, a job that will take two years and is part of a project along Southwest Second from Flagler to Eighth streets that includes new drains, sidewalks, lighting and a scenic walkway on the north bank of the Miami River. The old bridge is to be become part of an artificial reef in Biscayne Bay. Once work begins, Second Avenue will be closed from Southwest Third to Seventh streets.
IN-FILL HOUSING: The South Miami Community Redevelopment Agency presented a preliminary study on in-fill housing to its board, which includes South Miami’s mayor and commissioners. The study, which emphasizes traditional neighborhood models for public housing projects, was based on suggestions made at a public workshop in August. The agency expects to develop a master plan for the city’s redevelopment by early November, said agency Director Greg Oravec.
BUREAU AWARD: The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Visitor Industry Council won a 2001 Odyssey Award from the Travel Industry Association of America in an education, training & employment category. The association saluted the bureau for continuous efforts in expanding opportunities for African-Americans in the visitor industry through scholarships, mentoring programs and job placement. The award was presented Tuesday in Atlanta.
NURSING CENTER GIFT: Baptist Health System gave $100,000 to the University of Miami School of Nursing with UM naming a seminar room in its nursing education center after the contributing firm.
AVENTURA NETWORKER: The Aventura Chamber of Commerce is holding a "Business Singles & Young Professionals" networker from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 23 in Ocean Grill Seafood & Sushi Bar, 3599 NE 207th St. in the Waterways Shoppes, Aventura. Details: (305) 935-2131.
INVESTMENT LUNCH: UBS Paine Webber is sponsoring a financial and estate planning luncheon presentation, "Tax Laws & You: Investing in 2001" at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 10 in the Chart House, 51 Chart House Drive, Coconut Grove. RSVP. Details: (305) 536-9322.
INTERNATIONAL BANKING POST: The Florida International Bankers Association elected David Konfino president. Mr. Konfino is president of Union Planters International Bank in Miami and most recently served the association’s board of directors as first vice president. In accepting his new post, Mr. Konfino said his association "should have a vision for the 21st century that takes into account the changing nature of our business by establishing services and programs for our membership that are relevant" to changes in the industry. The organization, popularly known as FIBA, reports it represents 72 banks in 20 nations and has 77 associate members that engage in international business.
TRADE DETAILS: Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services is offering a trade seminar, "Importing Textile & Apparel Under Heading 9802 (formerly 807) NAFTA & CBTPA/AGOA," from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Hotel Soiftel, 5800 Blue Lagoon Drive. Cost is $295; $150 for members of the American Apparel & Footwear Association. Details: (305) 267-9200, ext. 227.
MALL SALE: Chicago-based RREEF, acting on behalf of "an institutional client," bought the Kendall Mall at Kendall Drive and Southwest 107th Avenue for an undisclosed price. Cushman & Wakefield’s Mark Gilbert, senior director of financial services, and Adam Feinstein, director of financial services, negotiated the transaction for the seller, a Florida partnership controlled by AMB Property Corp. and The Lefmark Group. Tenants in the 275,900-square-foot shopping center include Publix, Border’s Books, Bally’s Total Fitness, Eckerd and JCPenney.
LEGAL OPENINGS: The University of Miami School of Law is holding an open house from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 13 on the school’s campus. The session, said organizers, is for prospective law students to speak with faculty, administrators, alumni and students. Details: (305) 284-6746.
CONCERT POSTPONED: A concert by Alvarez Guedes scheduled Friday and Saturday at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts, Miami Beach, has been postponed. Publicists said refunds are available at the point of purchase.
COMPANY HONORS: The Spain-US Chamber of Commerce named Business Technology Services company of the year for its work in strengthening commercial ties between the US and Spain. The chamber’s 22nd annual awards gala is scheduled Nov. 9 at the official residence of the Consul General of Spain, 3600 Granada Blvd., Coral Gables. Details: Lourdes Castillo at (305) 216-1358 or Virginia Godoy at (305) 358-5850.