Written by Miami Today on February 28, 2002
BATTER UP: A developer who used to play ball on the lot where he is building hopes to break ground on a five-story condominium this summer. Adding to the burgeoning growth of North Bay Village, Weintraub Companies President Avi Weintraub, who grew up in the town, has started his sales effort for Breeze, a 60-unit condo at Adventure Avenue and North Treasure Drive. A spokeswoman said it will take 14 months to build. The one-, two- and three-bedroom condos, at 1,100 to 1,400 square feet, start at $169,900.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Democrat gubernatorial candidate Bill McBride will speak March 8 at the Annual Banker’s Luncheon of the South Beach & Greater Miami Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at noon at Bongo’s Cuban Cafe. Cost is $40 for members, $45 for non-members. Details: (305) 534-1903.
FREE TAX HELP: Non-English speakers, poor and elderly taxpayers can receive free income tax help from Miami-Dade Community College professional tax preparers-in-training and business administration students. Through mid-April, the volunteers will provide help in English and Spanish at the Wolfson Campus, (305) 237-3151; the Interamerican Campus, (305) 237-6138; and the Homestead Campus, (305) 237-5124. For times and locations, call each campus.
HEALTH HONORS: Kevin Fine, Anthony Munroe and Edward Rosasco Jr. won Regent’s Advisory Council Awards from the Florida chapter of the 30,000-member American College of Healthcare Executives. Mr. Fine, director of business development for Total Support, won the Early Career Healthcare Award. Mr. Munroe, president and CEO of the Economic Opportunity Family Health Center, received the Senior Career Healthcare Award. And Mr. Rosasco, director of the health administration and policy program at the University of Miami, won the South Florida Healthcare Excellence Award for lifetime achievement.
SET TO MOVE: With La Salle Bank National Association signing a lease for about 4,300 square feet, Alhambra Towers, 121 Alhambra Plaza, is 70% pre-leased. The bank will relocate to Coral Gables from the 22nd floor of the First Union Financial Building downtown. The 16-story Alhambra Towers is in its final stage of construction.
BID WORKSHOPS: Miami-Dade County’s Department of Procurement Management is holding three free bid and proposal workshops in March. All three – March 12, 19 and 26 – will be from 10 a.m. to noon in room 18-2 of the Stephen P. Clark Government Center, 111 NW 1st St. To reserve space: (305) 375-5773.
BEATLES PHOTOS: A photo exhibit documenting the Beatles’ 1964 stay on Miami Beach will make its US debut at the Miami Beach Visitors Center, 1001 Ocean Drive, May 25 through Sept. 2. "The Beatles! Backstage and Behind the Scenes" is a CBS Photo Archive traveling exhibition, and includes 71 never-before-published images. Tickets go on sale March 8. General admission is $10, and children under six will be admitted free. Details: (561) 883-2145.
FOCUS ON COURTS: As part of the Human Services Coalition’s First Friday luncheons, the group will host a March 1 lunch at which Judge Peter Lopez will talk about the judicial system. This year’s series – first Friday of each month – has a theme of "Building Bridges in Our Community." Lunch is $5 for members, $8 for non-members, and is held at the Human Service Coalition’s office, 260 NE 17th Terrace, Suite 200. Reservations and details: (305) 576-5001, ext. 10.
ANNUAL BACARDI: More than 90 international teams featuring the world’s top sailors, publicists said, are expected to take part in the 75th annual Bacardi Cup races March 3-8 in the waters of Biscayne Bay. Olympic medal winner Mark Reynolds and his crew, Miamian Magnus Liljedahl, along with defending champion Peter Bromby and Martin Siese will be among the sailors competing. Races begin at noon Sunday from the Coral Reef Yacht Club and Marina, 2484 S Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove. Details: (305) 358-9500.
GABLES CARD: The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce is holding a business card exchange at 5:30 p.m. today (2/28) in Jake’s Bar & Grill, 6901 Red Road. Cost is $15; $5 for members. Details: (305) 446-1657 or RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
GLOBAL SERVICES MARKETING: Leaders of economic organizations locally and statewide will discuss global marketing of business services at 5 p.m. March 7 at Miami Today’s International Roundtable in the Hall of the Ambassadors, Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, 50 Alhambra Plaza. The event is sponsored by the Beacon Council. Panelists include Beacon Council President and CEO Frank Nero, Chairman-elect of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Jack Lowell, President of the Coalition of Chambers of Commerce R. Terry Cuson and President of Enterprise Florida John Anderson. RSVP. Details: Techy Fernandez, (305) 358-2663.
HISPANIC IMPACT: The South Beach & Greater Miami Hispanic Chamber of Commerce plans to honor Carlos Arboleya Sr., former board chair of Barnett Bank, and the late Aristides Sastre, former president of Republic National Bank, with Bankers Pioneer awards at its annual bankers luncheon at noon March 8 in Bongo’s Cuban Café, 601 Biscayne Blvd. Cost is $45; $40 for members. Reservations required. Details: (305) 534-1903.
GRANTED: Miami-Dade Community College’s Kendall Art Gallery and New World School of the Arts each were awarded arts grants of $2,500 from Fifty Over Fifty. The gallery’s award is in support of the exhibit "Art Tends: Miami Trek III." The school’s grant is under the supervision of its theater department.
NEW ADMISSIONS: St. Thomas University appointed James A. Davis director of admissions. Mr. Davis was formerly manager of human resources with the Minneapolis branch office of headhunter Keane Inc.
LOCAL TRADE VOTE: Lita Haeger, president and CEO of the Association of Bi-National Chambers of Commerce in South Florida, said the group this week passed a resolution in support of Trade Promotion Authority, also called TPA. The TPA is still to be approved by the US Senate; the House passed it early this year. The approval would speed negotiation of the Free Trade Area of the Americas, meant to expand business opportunities within the Western Hemisphere.
ART IN THE CITY: Commissioner Arthur Teele, heading the Community Redevelopment Agency, in charge of bringing economic development to Overtown, Parkwest and the Omni area, invited Max Anderson, director of the New York-based Whitney Museum to tour Miami. Mr. Whitney arrived Monday to share ideas with CRA board members about how to attract art collections to South Florida. Mr. Anderson said his museum was in the process of expanding but was not considering opening a branch in Miami.
INTERNATIONAL TRADE LEASE: FMI International leased 158,000 square feet of retail space at AAAA World Import-Export, 11400 NW 32nd Ave. Codina brokers Pedro J. Garcia and Stuart T. Gordon represented the landlord, AAAA World Import-Export Inc. Ken Farkas with IPG Inc. represented the tenant.
PROGRESSIVE SPACE: Progressive American Insurance leased 40,562 square feet of office space at Westside Plaza III, 8200 NW 33rd St. Jose Juncadella and
Richard Schuchts of Codina Realty Services represented the landlord, Prudential Insurance. Joel Benes with Horizon Properties represented the tenant.
DIPLOMATIC TRANSACTION: The Consulate of the Netherlands leased 5,853 square feet of office space at 701 Brickell Ave. for 10 years. Prior offices were at 801 Brickell. Brian Gale with Taylor & Mathis represented the landlord, Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. K.C. Rietz with Codina Realty Services represented the tenant.
KOREAN INTRODUCTION: The Korea Trade Center Miami, a nonprofit government agency of the Republic of Korea, plans a trade mission from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today (2/28) at the Sofitel Hotel, 5800 Blue Lagoon Drive, to introduce Korean products into the American market. Products will range from mini-portable fans and electronic parts to digital voice recorders and water systems. Details: (305) 474-4648
TRANSPORTATION SUPPORT: City of Miami Commissioner Johnny Winton said he will support Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas’ proposal to levy a half-cent tax to fund transportation needs if the plan spells out what kind of transportation projects it would go toward. The referendum could be placed on the fall ballot. Mr. Winton also said he wants Penelas’ plan to include solutions, such as a Miami River tunnel, to ease traffic on Brickell Avenue and downtown Miami.
FASHIONABLE SHOWING: Fashion Week of the Americas, called the largest Latin American and Caribbean fashion event, will take place in South Beach March 19 – 23, 2002. More than 25 designers, 600 international fashion media and retail buying offices representing nearly 100 US specialty stores are scheduled to attend. Designers will stage their latest collections during individual fashion shows and group showcases. Fashion week will take place under tents on the beach at Collins Avenue and 24th Street, behind the Roney Palace Beach Resort. Details (305) 867-0933.
RYDER RIDER: The University of Miami’s new 7,000-seat, $48 million Ryder Center will open in December with David Touhey as general manager, moving over from general manager since 1999 of the City of Miami’s James L. Knight International Center downtown. Global Spectrum operates both centers.
BREAKING TRADE BARRIERS: The Miami Chamber of the Organization of Women in International Trade added its first man, Victor Bao, to its board of directors. He is with Valorem Communications, a marketing firm founded in 1999 in Coconut Grove.