Written by Miami Today on March 14, 2002
WATERFORD FORWARD: A 15th building, the $40 million 1000 Waterford, is in the planning and permitting stages at the 250-acre Waterford at Blue Lagoon, an office park owned by Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association and managed by The Hogan Group. "Once we get the 703 building up to 60%-65% leased," said Hogan Vice President Dick Neve, "then we’ll go to the owners and see if they will start 1000." He said the park is about 10% to 12% vacant.
NONPROFITS PROFIT: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce gave its first-ever awards for nonprofits to The Camillus House Somerville Residence Program and the Girls Advocacy Project at last week’s board of governors and trustees lunch in the Renaissance Hotel. Each organization received $1,000 in the program, run by the chamber’s Not-for-Profit Committee, which was formed last year. Said Gene Gutierrez, committee co-chairman, of the recognition of nonprofits at the large chamber lunch, "It’s about time that it played in the big room."
TOUGH QUESTIONS: Why weren’t nonprofits integral at the chamber before? Mr. Gutierrez said it’s because members felt "if we let them in they’re going to ask us for money." But that wouldn’t be unusual at the chamber, he quipped. "Have you ever sat next to a banker?"
ESSLINGER RANK: Esslinger Wooten Maxwell Realtors for the second year in a row ranked first in total dollar volume for closed home sales in Miami-Dade, the company reported. Sales in 2001 climbed to $1.51 billion – up 14% from $1.3 billion in 2000. The No. 1 spot, Esslinger publicists said, is based on data from the Southeast Florida Multiple Listing Service. "In light of the uncertainty in the market during the fourth quarter 2001, we are extremely pleased to have had double-digit growth over the past year," said Esslinger President Ron Shuffield.
TRANSIT CONCERNS: County transit officials are holding public meetings to gather input about the future of transportation. Mayor Alex Penelas and Commissioner Bruno Barreiro jointly announced the meetings would take place between March and November – when the mayor’s half-cent transit tax would go to vote. The first is 7 p.m. March 14 in Riverside Elementary, 1190 SW Second St. Also, a transportation summit is scheduled April 13 in the Radisson Mart Plaza Hotel, 711 NW 72nd Ave. "These meetings and the upcoming summit," Mr. Penelas said, "are an excellent opportunity to hear our residents’ views and opinions on how to address the problem of traffic congestion." Details: (305) 375-1545.
TRANSIT TWO: Members of the Conference of Minority Transportation are to discuss issues and concerns regarding transit in Miami-Dade County at 8 p.m. March 15 at 28 NW 54th St. Danny Alvarez, director of Miami-Dade Transit and the conference’s national secretary-treasurer, is scheduled guest. Details: (305) 638-7233.
AVENTURA TURNS 4: The Aventura Chamber of Commerce is holding a 4th anniversary bash at 7 p.m. March 20 in the Courtyard By Marriott, 2825 NW 191st St. Featured speaker will be Ron Shaw, president & CEO of Pilot Pen Corp. of America and an Aventura resident. The gathering, to be held under the banner "Signature Event 2002," marks a milestone for chamber, said Emil Hubschman, chamber co-founder. He said the group got off the ground in ’97, was fully operational in ’98 and now has more than 400 members and 600 affiliates. "This," Mr. Hubschman said, "is the first time we are hosting a high profile Aventura resident from the corporate sector." The event is free to the first 125 members who make reservations. Details: (305) 935-2131.
HOGAN PARTNERS: The law firm Hogan & Hartson named Parker D. Thomson and Carol A. Licko partners in its litigation practice in Miami. Mr. Thomson, perhaps best known in the community for his role as president of the Miami-Dade Performing Arts Center Trust, joined Hogan & Hartson in the fall. Ms. Licko is former general counsel to Gov. Jeb Bush.
AVIATION PHOENIX: The Miami branch of the American Association of University Women are giving the organization’s Phoenix award to Angela Gittens, director of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, at 6 p.m. March 21 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 950 NW LeJeune Road. Cost is $23. Reservations are requested by March 18. Details: Carole Johnson, (305) 740-7097.
ETHICS CONFERENCE: The first annual South Florida Environmental Ethics Conference is being co-sponsored by the Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics & Public Trust and University of Miami Ethics Programs from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 22 in the Kovens Center, FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 NE 151st St. Keynote speaker is Mary Doyle, dean emerita and professor of law, who will speak on "Greed & Redemption: How Law, Policy & Ethics Will Save the Day." Cost is $30. Details: (305) 579-2594.
COUNTY EXPO: The South Florida Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the "Miami-Dade County Expo" from 4-9 p.m. April 11 in the Kovens Center, FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 NE 151st St. Organizers expect more than 3,000 will attend and more than 140 exhibitors will take part. Costs start at $175 for an 8-foot tabletop. Details: (786) 621-0040, ext. 115.
IN PRINT: L.G. Printing Co. leased 6,000 square feet of office space at 3351 NW 107th St. for 60 months. Marshall Philpitt of Codina Realty Services Oncor International represented the landlord, Goodman Family Properties, in the transaction.
INDUSTRIAL DEAL: Nordstrom Inc. leased 180,000 square feet of industrial space at Miami International Commerce Center, 1611 NW 82nd Ave., for 12 months. Codina Realty Service brokers Hank Klein and K.C. Rietz represented the tenant in the transaction.
FURNITURE MOVE: Systems Furniture Services leased 17,552 square feet at Miami Lakes Business Park, 13900 NW 60th Ave. Graham Cos. broker Steve Style handled the transaction.
SUMMIT FOR ISRAEL: Leaders of more than 80 synagogues and Jewish organizations have been invited to come together under one room for the first time to galvanize support for Israel during the Miami Leadership Summit for Israel from 4:30-9:30 p.m. March 21 at the Hotel Inter-Continental Miami, 100 Chopin Ave. Organizers said the historic event aims to motivate and educate Jewish community leaders about the current crisis in Israel, present educational advocacy projects and raise awareness of existing Israel programming. Mark Talisman, president of Project Judaica Foundation in New York, and Alon Pinkas consul general of Israel in New York, are featured speakers. Details: (305) 576-4000, ext. 358.
HISTORIC WOMEN: Betty Castor, former Florida commissioner of education and now CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, is featured speaker for the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Miami-Dade County at noon March 20 in the Sheraton Biscayne Bay Hotel, 495 Brickell Ave. The luncheon celebrates Women’s History Month. Cost is $30; $25 for members. Details: (305) 446-6660.
SMALL OPENING: An official opening is planned from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale Minority Business Development Center, 49 NW Fifth St. Ronald N. Langston, national director of minority business development for the US Department of Commerce, is scheduled guest speaker. A complimentary buffet lunch and networking are planned. RSVP. Details: (800) 730-5581.
CHINA BOUND: The US Export Assistance Center is organizing a trade mission to Beijing and Shanghai, China, from April 21-25. Industry sectors targeted are IT, telecommunications, energy & environmental technology, medical products and construction services and equipment. The deadline to register is Friday. Cost is $6,000 to $8,000. Details: (954) 356-6640.