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RELATED PROPOSAL: Developer Jorge Perez, heading the Related Group of Florida, said he is planning to go before the Miami City Commission for approval of a mixed-used project in downtown Miami in July. He said he is proposing to build about 900,000 million square feet of residential and 100,000 square feet of office space on the 3 acres he is buying from the owners of the One Miami parcels.
DOWNTOWN TRACKS: City of Miami commissioners are expected to discuss today (4/11) approval of a contract with Raceworks that would allow the firm to hold a Grand Prix auto race in downtown Miami in October. Commissioner Arthur E. Teele Jr. said he would propose accepting bids from anyone else interested in sponsoring the event.
ON THE AGENDA: The Miami City Commission today (4/11) will discuss approving plans to build a mixed-used project at Coral Way and Southwest First Avenue. Developer Harvey Taylor's Taylor Development & Land Co. of Miami is proposing Coral Station at Brickell Way, a mixed-use project that would include a 32-story residential tower with 204 condo units and 186 hotel rooms. It would also have an 18-story building with 201,400 square feet of office space, 54,333 of retail and 8,000 for restaurants. The $122 million project would have an 8-story garage for 1,267 cars. The city's planning advisory board is recommending denial.
MORE CITY AGENDA: Miami city commissioners today (4/11) are also expected to discuss granting developer Renzo Renzi zoning variances to build a 152-unit residential building on Southeast 14th Street between Brickell Avenue and Brickell Bay Drive. The city's zoning board denied in February some of the setback variances The Sail project requested.
PROLOGUE TO FRANCE: Miami historian and art appraiser Juan Lluria will address the Prologue Society on 17th century France at a members-only luncheon at noon Feb. 17 on the 9th floor at Northern Trust Bank, 700 Brickell Ave. The society, dedicated to the appreciation of history, is co-sponsored by Northern Trust and Miami Today. Mr. Lluria's topic is "The Sun King: Louis XIV as Dictator of Fashion & Arbiter of Taste at Versailles." Cost is $40. Details: (305) 789-1344.
GABLES HUNT: A committee searching for a Coral Gables city manager will interview eight candidates April 19 and submit four names - along with the name of interim manager David Brown - to the city commission, said Bud Park of Performance Executive Search & Management Consulting. Other candidates are Steven Alexander, director of public affairs for Clear Channel Communications; Linda Angus, CFO for the Carolina Development Group in North Carolina; Assistant Miami-Dade County Manager George Burgess; Bonnie Ridley Kraft, city manager of Gresham, OR; Victor Monzon-Aguirre, who resigned in 1996 as director of the county's General Services Administration; J.A. "Tony" Ojeda Jr., director of the county Mayor's Office of Protocol for International Trade & Commerce and former assistant county manager; Hector Rivera, bureau chief of finance and administration for the Connecticut Department of Children & Families, and Alyce Marie Robertson, assistant director of Miami-Dade's Department of Environmental Resources Management.
TIMES TABLE: "Investing in Uncertain Times" is the theme of the 3rd annual UM School of Business investment forum, which includes a panel discussion from 3:30-5 p.m. today (4/11) in Storer Auditorium, 5250 University Drive, Coral Gables. Scheduled panelists include Mario J. Gabelli, chairman & CEO of Gabelli Asset Management Inc.; Gail P. Seneca, founder and chief investment officer at Seneca Capital Management, and Mark S. Williams, a partner with TT International Management in London. Organizers said the roundtable was scheduled as economists and analysts declare an end to the recession to evaluate its impact and duration. It's free. Reservations required. Details: 305) 284-6486.
LEADER OF YEAR: Billy Cypress, chairman of the 500-member Miccosukee Tribe, was named "Indian Leader of the Year" by the National Indian Business Association. The group's 10th annual conference, "Creating Partnerships for Successful Business Development in Indian Country" was held this week in Miami. Mr. Cypress accepted the award Monday, according to a media advisory. NETWORKER: The North Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a networker at noon April 18 in the McDonald Center, North Miami Beach City Hall, 17051 NE 19th Ave., North Miami Beach. Metrozoo's Ron Magill is scheduled speaker. Cost is $15; $12 for members. RSVP. Details: (305) 944-8500.
NETWORKER, TOO: The Florida Association of British Business has scheduled a business card exchange for representatives of firms that want to make contacts with businesses in the UK from 6-8.30 p.m. April 23 in SAX on the Beach Jazzclub, 1756 N Bayshore Drive. RSVP. Cost is $10; $5 for members, includes buffet. Details: (954) 565-3429.
NETWORKER III: The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce is holding a get-together from 6-8 p.m. April 30 in Firehouse Four of Miami, 1000 S Miami Ave. RSVP. Details: Rebecca Heyder (305) 672-1270, ext. 316.
EVERGLADES FORUM: A forum, "Everglades Restoration: What does it mean to local government in South Florida?" is being held at 8:15 a.m. April 26 in the Coral Springs Radisson Hotel, 11775 Heron Bay Blvd., Coral Springs. Scheduled speakers for the event, organized by the University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, include Terrence Salt, executive director of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force; Henry Dean, executive director of the South Florida Water Management District, and Jim Murley, director, Florida Atlantic University-Florida International University Joint Center for Environmental & Urban Problems. Cost is $35. Details: Stan Bronson, (55561) 233-1724.
UM MUSIC NOTE: The University of Miami School of Music held groundbreaking ceremonies this week for the 75-year-old school's $10 million state-of-the-art Marta & Austin Weeks Music Library & Technology Center. "We are deeply grateful to the Weeks for their astoundingly generous donation," said William Hipp, dean of UM's School of Music. "Their contributions to the school over the years have had a profound influence on the continuing qualitative growth of our school and students."
FIU MUSIC NOTE: Florida International University's School of Music Director Fred Kaufman announced a concert by the 74-piece FIU Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. April 16 in the Wertheim Performing Arts Center on the FIU University Park campus, Southwest Eighth Street and 107 Avenue to mark the retirement of Carlos Piantini. "Mr. Piantini's dedication, love for music and sheer talent has been the driving force behind" the school "and the reason for its prominence in the community," said FIU President Modesto A. Maidique of the retirement. Mr. Piantini, now 74, arrived at FIU seven years ago as director of orchestral studies. He said he now would work part-time as music director for the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic and assist FIU in finding his replacement.
DEERING BRIDGE: Miami-Dade Parks is holding ribbon-cutting ceremonies at 2 p.m. April 20 at the newly restored Chinese bridge on the Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave. The bridge was originally built 85 years ago and was restored for about $2,000 by the Rotary Club of Dadeland-Pinecrest. An Asian cultural presentation is also scheduled, organizers said. Details: (305) 235-1668.
PETTY SPENDING: A recent City of Miami internal audit report showed only that some departments used petty cash last year to buy items exceeding a $25 limit. Based on data from Nov. 1, 2001, through Jan. 31, the report cited Parks & Recreation Department head Albert Ruder for spending $101.18 to buy equipment and Community Development head Gwendolyn Warren for four purchases over the limit totaling $228.54 for food and supplies. Also, the Management & Budget Department, until recently headed by Linda Haskins, spent $521.67 in 10 purchases exceeding $25 each to buy food and supplies, the report shows. The city code says petty cash must be used only for "items of urgent necessity" related to the delivery of services to citizens, the audit states.
A BIT SHORT: The same audit showed the police department is missing $223.93 of $4,500 in petty cash and parks was short $14.36 of $150. According to the report, two former employees left the city without returning or accounting for $200 in petty cash. Following the audit, the finance department closed and wrote off the lost money as expenditures to the city on Jan. 30, the report showed.