Written by Miami Today on October 18, 2001
SUMMIT DELAYED: The South Florida Regional Transportation Summit, originally set for Nov. 1, will be rescheduled for the week of Jan. 7 – the final date is still to be determined, but the venue, the Broward County Convention Center, remains unchanged. The change, organizers said, comes as a result Gov. Jeb Bush’s call for a special legislative session that will run from the last week in October through Nov. 1.
SOUND IDEA: David Whitaker, senior VP of marketing and tourism for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, suffered an unexpected scare at last week’s emergency county commission meeting. When Chairperson Gwen Margolis called police to have the second member of the public unceremoniously ejected from commission chambers that day, Mr. Whitaker halted his presentation. He sheepishly asked Ms. Margolis if he could check to make sure his pocket cell phone was indeed shut off and thereby avoid being the third person ejected because his cell phone begun chirping.
TALK ON RECOVERY: Miami-Dade County Manager Steve Shiver will speak on "Economic Recovery in Miami-Dade County" at a 7:30 breakfast Nov. 1 at the Bay Harbor Inn & Suites, 9601 E Bay Harbor Drive, Bay Harbor Islands. The event is sponsored by the North Dade Regional Chamber. Details: (305) 690-9123.
BRICKELL KEY DAY: Brickell Key is hosting free activities for adults and children from 2-5 p.m. Saturday followed by a 5:30 p.m. sunset concert. Events include an art exhibition, an antique car show, a pet show, body painting, community exhibits and food from Brickell Key locales. Details: Danny Ponce, (305) 358-9892.
HONORS FOR KASDIN: Neisen O. Kasdin, outgoing Miami Beach mayor, was given the W. Thomas Mills Jr. Special Achievement award by the Florida Redevelopment Association. The award, given to the outstanding elected official in the field of redevelopment, was presented by Gov. Jeb Bush during the Florida Redevelopment Association/Florida Main Street Program conference last week.
EXPORT ASSISTANCE SITE: The US Department of Commerce and IBM unveiled www.BuyUSA.com, an export assistance website designed to help US and international companies find trading partners, during a presentation at the NAP of the Americas last week. The site, to be hosted at the NAP, lets US companies search for foreign buyers and distributors while overseas companies can browse product catalogs and background information on US companies that are qualified by the Commerce Department’s US Commercial Service.
VENEZUELAN TAXES: The Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce and the Consulate General of Venezuela are sponsoring a seminar on the new Venezuelan Organic Tax Law and pre-immigration tax planning at 4 p.m. today (10/18) in the JW Marriott, 1111 Brickell Ave. Scheduled speakers are attorneys Ronald Evans with Baker & McKenzie of Venezuela, Manuel Candal with Espineira Sheldon & Associates and Guillermo Fernandez Quincoses with Steel Hector & Davis. A reception follows. Details: (305) 444-4336.
STARTUP FUNDS: The M-DCC Entrepreneurial Education Center is presenting, "Where’s the Money for Small Business Development," a workshop on identifying and accessing traditional and alternative funding sources for startups from 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday at EEC, 6300 NW Seventh Ave. Cost is $50. Details: (305) 237-1900.
FIU MUSIC: The Florida International University School of Music is starting its 2001 music festival at 8 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Gusman Center, 174 E Flagler St. The FIU Symphony Orchestra and Miami Master Chorale are among performers. Cost is $25, $40 with VIP reception. The festival program continues at several area venues through Nov. 17. Details: (305) 348-1998.
NEW JUDGE: Gov. Jeb Bush Tuesday appointed Fred Seraphin to the Miami-Dade County Court in the 11th Judicial Circuit. The first Haitian-American judge in Miami-Dade, the 43-year-old will replace Kevin M. Emas, who was elevated to the circuit bench. Mr. Seraphin, a Miami resident, was an assistant public defender on the 11th Circuit.
GILLER HONORED: Work of Miami Beach Architect Norman M. Giller, 83, who pioneered the two-story beachside motel in Florida, is on exhibition at The Seymour, 945 Pennsylvania Ave., through Dec. 16 as part of Design + Architecture Day 2001. He’ll be feted at a $75 noon luncheon Nov. 12 at the Eden Roc, 4525 Collins Ave. He started designing on Miami Beach in the 1940s and is still active in developing its skyline, chairing Giller & Giller architects. "It’s nice to be around to see all those years and years of work come to fruition," he said. Luncheon details: Ellen Wedner, (305) 573-6477.
AID FOR ARTS: Arts and cultural leaders sought to bolster finances imperiled by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at a Monday summit. Some outcomes: workshops to help groups involved with international cultural exchanges that are having trouble bringing performers into the country; a campaign by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to encourage businesses to buy arts tickets as holiday gifts; several advertising initiatives; and a program suggesting that companies book events using arts and cultural venues. "We are convinced that arts and culture has a very important role in re-energizing and revitalizing the community after the all the tragic events we’ve had," said Rosa Sugrañes, chair of the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council.