Written by Miami Today on June 13, 2002
KEY AGREEMENT: The developer of the proposed Grove Harbour Marina & Caribbean Marketplace, a mixed-use project planned for Dinner Key, has reached a settlement with former partners. Southern Cross Marinas, headed by State Rep. Carlos Lacasa, Robert Christoph and Julio Rebull, is no longer a partner in Harbour Management Group Corp., which is headed by developer Felix Lima, Mr. Lima said. A complaint filed more than a year ago called for Lima to complete his partner’s payout of about $1 million. Both parties said they could not disclose terms of the pact but are satisfied. Mr. Lima said he is moving forward with plans for the mixed-use project, now on hold due to an appeal to a city permit.
PARK AUDIT: City of Miami commissioners today (6/13) are scheduled to discuss directing the executive director of the Bayfront Park Management Trust to hire an external auditor firm. The firm, to be identified by an evaluation committee, will prepare the audit that the trust has to submit to the commission and the mayor annually.
SPORTS VOTE: Miami Commissioners today (6/13) are also expected to discuss final approval of an ordinance that calls for reducing to eight the 11-member Miami Sports & Exhibition Authority. The authority is an arm of the city in charge of sponsoring and promoting sports and community events. It also has the power to issue loans and underwrite events.
CRISPIN MOVE: Miami based advertising agency Crispin-Porter Bogusky, also known as CP+B, which heads BMW’s high-profile Mini campaign and other major national accounts, will move its national headquarters to a 42,000 square-foot former movie theater on the third floor of the Streets of Mayfair, 2911 Grand Ave. in the heart of Coconut Grove’s central business district. CP+B’s current office is literally down the street at 2699 S Bayshore Drive. The company is beginning renovations on the new location and plans to move early next year.
FILM VIDEO ROUNDTABLE: Miami Today’s International Roundtable will focus on the growth of area television, video and entertainment industries at 5 p.m. today (6/13) in the Royal Palm Crowne Plaza Resort, 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Panelists are Robert Berkowitz, president of Multivision Video & Film; Sebastian Duval, general manger of HTV; Bill O’Dowd, president of Dolphin Entertainment, and Jeff Peel, director of the Miami-Dade Office of Film & Entertainment. The Royal Palm and Bacardi USA Inc. co-sponsor the free session. Reservations required. Details: Techy Fernandez, (305) 358-2663.
FOR THE FOUR SEASONS: Cushman & Wakefield appointed Darryl T. Robinson director of commercial brokerage in Miami with primary responsibility for marketing the 220,000 square feet of class A office space at Millennium Partners’ Four Seasons Hotel & Tower, 1441 Brickell Ave. Mr. Robinson, former vice president of operations and co-founder of Southern Systems Inc. and a 10-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry, will also market the Rockefeller Development Group’s build-to-suit project in Miramar, said Peter R. Harrison, senior managing director of Cushman & Wakefield in Florida. "Joining Cushman & Wakefield is a terrific career move for me because it provides me with a global platform," said Mr. Robinson, who most recently was with Terranova. Cushman & Wakefield announced a full-scale leasing effort is to begin in mid-June for the mixed-use Four Seasons Tower.
AUTO ONE: AutoNation Inc. will invest $10 million in two Maroone car dealerships on Southwest Eight Street over the next three years, said Oscar Suris, company spokesman. The Fort Lauderdale-based group has plans to completely rebuild the Maroone-Nissan dealership, 3345 SW Eighth St., and hire 10 more employees for a total of 85. The Maroone-Chevrolet business at 4181 SW Eight St. will be remodeled. Work would be complete in 2003.
AUTO TWO: AutoNation officials also announced this week that Latin recording artist Willy Chirino will appear as well as write and perform the group’s commercials targeting the Hispanic market, Mr. Suris said. AutoNation acquired the Maroone brand in 1997, he said.
IT PREPAREDNESS: A free seminar, "Hurricane Protection for IT Infrastructure: Preparedness & Recovery" is scheduled from 10-11:30 a.m. June 27 in Digiport, 100 N Biscayne Blvd. Topics for the session, being co-sponsored by Digiport and Miami Today, include data infrastructure assessments and recovery, business impact analysis, securing a hurricane-proof infrastructure and data protection. "This seminar will demonstrate how disaster recovery plans can be scaled to fit every IT environment," said Marc Billings, Digiport managing director. The session is also being offered June 28 at Cisco Systems, 3250 Commercial Blvd. RSVP. Details: Paul Nieman, (866) 786-7390, ext. 104.
LESS STRESS: The Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Miami-Dade County is sponsoring a luncheon talk, "From Stress to Success," at noon June 19 in the Sheraton Key Biscayne Bay Hotel, 495 Brickell Ave. Eric Goldstein, a clinical psychologist, is scheduled to speak. Cost is $30; $25 for members with reservations. Details: (305) 446-6660.
MARKET WORKSHOP: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Small Business Procurement Workshop, "Expand your market opportunities & develop your business to compete at higher levels through US Small Business Administration Section 8(a) Business Development, Small Disadvantaged Business or Hub Zone set-aside programs," from 8-10:30 a.m. June 25 in the Chapman Conference Center, Room 3210, Building 3, Miami-Dade Community College Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave. Cost is $25; $20 for members. Details: Betsy Greene, (305) 577-5442.