Written by Miami Today on June 20, 2002
MAYFAIR MAKEOVER: Coconut Grove’s Streets of Mayfair, 2911 Grand Ave., may undergo the second major repositioning of its roughly 20-year history. Coconut Grove-based Continental Real Estate Cos., leasing manager of the largely retail complex, announced plans to transform the property from tourist-oriented retail to mixed-use residential, commercial and retail. Under the new scheme the complex – which is actually three adjacent buildings in the Grove’s business district – would retain the retail element on each of the first floors while second, third and fourth levels would be leased for residential and offices, a company spokesman said.
LAKES EXPANSION: Miami Lakes-based appliance maker Applica Inc. is consolidating marketing, sales and engineering efforts in South Florida. The company, which markets Black & Decker, Windmere, Sonicweb and other household brands, is closing marketing and research & development facilities in Shelton, CT, in favor of a newly leased 40,000-square-foot site in Miami Lakes. As part of the consolidation, the company will also renovate its existing 200,000-square-foot facility at 5980 E Miami Lakes Drive, Miami Lakes. Applica has already brought in more than 30 Shelton employees and hired 30 others locally. The company will recruit an additional 15 to 20 employees to work in marketing, sales and engineering functions, a spokesman said. Details: (305) 362-2611.
ADVISORY JOB: The US Conference of Mayors elected City of Miami Manny Diaz to its advisory board. The board, said a spokesperson for the mayor, "consists of mayors who are members of the conference who have been active in advocating policy on Capital Hill and to the Administration, and represent the nation’s diversity." Other cities with mayors on the board include San Francisco, Houston and Philadelphia.
BANK PERSONNEL: The Florida International Bankers Association is offering a human resource seminar series, "The Hiring & Termination Process," starting at noon June 25 on the 5th floor, One Brickell Square, 801 Brickell Ave. The first session will cover compliance, interviewing, documentation and proper termination. Cost is $25; free for members with reservations. Details: fiba.net.
FONTAINEBLEAU FAUX: Beginning June 26, artist Sidewalk Sam (Bob Guillemin), who is confined to a wheelchair, will reproduce 20 famous masterpieces by Renoir, DaVinci et al. on the construction fence around the Fontainebleau II condo-hotel project on Collins Avenue. He expects to finish in two weeks. The construction project required the demolition of another famous Fontainebleau reproduction – a full-size trompe l’oeil entrance.
PUBLISHING SPACE: Planeta Publishing leased 7,227 square feet of industrial space at Beacon Centre, 8323 NW 12th St. Jose Juncadella, David Spillers and George I. Pino represented the landlord, AMB Property Ltd. Didier Choukroun with Atis Real Pix represented the tenant in the transaction.CHARTER ENROLLS: The Archimedian Academy of Mathematics & Greek, a new public charter school, is accepting enrollments through June 30 for classes that start in the fall in the Sabal Chase Executive Center, 10870 SW 113th Place. The school will open with classes for kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades with plans to add a grade annually. George Kafkoulis, association professor of math at FIU and Archimedian’s board president, said the school would emphasize mathematics and Greek as a language "in a program of integrated study that covers all key academic subjects." Classes are to have not more than 25 students each. Details: (305) 401-6260.
TRADE TALK: Women in International Trade Miami is presenting "How to Properly Manage your Business Risks in Today’s Insecure World" from noon-1:30 p.m. June 27 in the Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE Second Ave. Scheduled speakers are Odalys Fajardo-Guerrero with Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations; Mica Parks, founder & CEO of Parfal Ltd. and director of marketing & development with Kroll Inc., and Cynthia Kaplan with Control Risks Group, who is founder and a board member for WIT Miami. Cost is $45; $35 for members. Details: (305) 415-1618.
POSTAL MODESTY: The US Postal Service is set to charge 37 cents per ounce for first class mail starting June 30, a 3-cent hike. Additional ounces remain 23 cents but single-pieces such as postcards go from 21 to 23 cents. "The overall system average increase," said Fritz Blain, US Postal manager of business mail entry for the South Florida district, "is a modest 7.7%."
ANNENBERG CO-CHAIR: The South Florida Annenberg Challenge named Edward Thaddeus Foote II co-chairman of its board of directors. Mr. Foote, who had been a member of the board’s executive committee, is chancellor and former president of the University of Miami. "I am honored to join Leonard Miller as co-chair," he said of the appointment. "The Annenberg Challenge is one of the most important national initiatives in the history of American education and the South Florida effort has been especially successful. I look forward to continuing this good work for children in such good company." Also, Elsie Sterling Howard and David S. Kenin were added as members of the board. Mrs. Howard is principal and president of Sterling Public Relations in Miami Beach. Mr. Kenin is an attorney and shareholder with Greenberg Traurig.
MISSION FROM ECUADOR: A delegation on a trade mission from Ecuador will be in Miami July 8 & 9 under the auspices of the Florida Foreign Trade Association. One-on-one business matchmaking appointments at no cost can be scheduled for representatives of appropriate companies upon request. Details: (800) 823-5714.
WATER MANAGEMENT MIAMI: The State of Florida is holding the 27th annual conference on water management under the banner, "Celebrating Florida’s Diversity: Our People & Resources," Oct 2-4 in the Hyatt Regency, 400 SE Second Ave. The conference agenda calls for two days of panel discussions and break-out sessions on such topics as water conservation, doing business with water management districts, research alternatives, the state’s conservation initiative and partnerships. Field trips include visits to environmental restoration projects in West Place Beach, New River in Fort Lauderdale and, in Miami, Biscayne Bay. Details: (800) 259-2318.
INTERNATIONAL ADDED: The Miami Facilities & Operations Show, popularly publicized as MIAFAC, at the Coconut Grove Convention Center Oct. 2-3 will include an international showcase called Export Connect, said Bruce Coltin, event manager for Scottsdale, AZ-based producer South Florida Expos. The company is a member of the World Trade Center Miami and the Greater Miami & the Beaches Hotel Association, Mr. Coltin said, and input from representatives of "these and other organizations all make MIAFAC a one-of-a-kind event." The new international component, he said, will focus on introducing "international manufacturers, distributors and end-users of products and services" used by venue managers. Details: (617) 924-2210..