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Written by on September 19, 2002

LINK PLANS: The Metropolitan Planning Organization, the county’s transportation planning agency, will delay a vote that could authorize a proposed rapid transit line between Miami and Miami Beach, Bay Link, to at least October, said Wilson Fernandez, MPO project manager. He said staffers, awaiting an OK from the US Transit Administration, had hoped to bring the matter to the board in late September. The federal agency must approve the project’s draft environmental impact statement, Mr. Fernandez said, before a public hearing can be held and the board can vote on the project. This is the second time the matter – planned to go to the board in July – has been delayed.

BEACH ICON: The Related Group of Florida has retained Philippe Starck, interior designer of the trendy Delano Hotel on Miami Beach, for a new residential project in Miami Beach. The proposed ICON would have a two-tiered, 289-unit residential bayfront tower at 450 Alton Road, now a vacant lot. Construction is to begin in spring 2003 with completion planned for spring 2005. Units pre-sales begin in October.

BEACON BANK: The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade’s economic development agency, selected Northern Trust Bank to manage its roughly $3 million annual funding budget. The decision was based on six criteria, including management costs, experience with nonprofits and references. The term of the relationship is three years, after which time the council may renew or opt out of the agreement. Beacon Council CFO and executive director Camela Glean-Jones said the investment strategy should provide safety and guidance as well as a return on investment.

HONG KONG LUNCH: The Hong Kong Trade Development Council is holding a business luncheon to inform the Miami business community about Hong Kong under the banner, "New Business Dynamo in China." Keynote speakers will be Peter Woo, council chairman, and Miami Mayor Manny Diaz. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 16 in the JW Marriott Hotel, 1111 Brickell Ave. Cost is $30; $20 for members before Oct. 5. Details: (305) 577-0414.

GUATEMALAN MISSION: The Guatemala Trade & Investment Office is planning an agricultural inbound trade mission Sept. 17-21. The delegation will meet with South Florida importers of produce and flowers and learn about US standards for quality control. Plans also call for participants to meet with representatives for logistics and transportation companies and visit cargo facilities, seaports and airports in the region, including Miami International Airport, the Port of Miami and Port Everglades, which are co-sponsoring the mission. Details: (305) 373-0322.

AVIATION CRISIS: Dade Aviation Consultants is sponsoring an open, town hall-style meeting, "South Florida Aviation: Industry in Crisis," from 2-5 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Radisson Mart Plaza Hotel, 777 NW 72nd Ave. Invited panelists include Dick Haberly, president of Arrow Air; Frank Visconte, president of Air Global International; Ted Gregor, president of AeroKool; Stephen Henderson, president & CEO of AvBorne; Tom Shaffer, president of Silver Express, and William Talbert, president & CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. RSVP. Details: (305) 215-4622.

NAP CONTRACT: Terremark Worldwide announced Bacardi USA is centralizing its e-infrastructure in the NAP of Americas in downtown Miami after a request for proposals process that compared Terremark’s operations with others in the region. According to Terremark, Bacardi seeks to put all of what it calls its enterprise resource planning system for North America into one single site for efficiency in cost and service. "Terremark’s facility," said Bacardi’s Doug Watson, vice president & director of IT Americas, "met our collocation needs perfectly for today along with our anticipated needs of tomorrow." The NAP is to initially service six Bacardi operations in Jacksonville, Miami, Coral Gables and Puerto Rico.

COAST GUARD PARADE: The US Coast Guard and the Port of Miami are sponsoring a boat parade at 2 p.m. Sept. 28 as part of Port Fest 2002, an event to promote awareness of the port’s impact on the area. The Coast Guard parade, publicists said, is designed to call attention to Operation On Guard, billed as "a statewide homeland security initiative." Details: (877) 249-2824.

CLINICAL TRIALS: Strategic Research Institute is sponsoring a conference, "Going Offshore in Clinical Trials," Oct. 28-29 in the Wyndham Miami Beach Resort, 4833 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Organizers said topics to be covered in depth include following regional protocol guidelines, effective site management, patient recruitment and availability, improving quality control and improving data management and site selection. Participating firms include Covance Virtual Central Lab, Eli Lilly & Co., Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, Sanofi-Synthelabo Mexico, Western Institutional Review Board and AvAMed Consulting Group. Details: (212) 967-0095, ext. 270.

TECH SEMINAR: The South Florida Technology Alliance is holding a seminar, "Doing Business in Latin America: Opportunities & Risks for Tech Companies," at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Westin Cypress Creek in Fort Lauderdale. The program examines the e-impact of the global economic slowdown on Latin America, organizers said. Cost is $30; $15 for members. Details: (954) 938-4763.

BEACH TRANSLATIONS: Language Speak Inc. was awarded a contract to provide Spanish-language simultaneous translation for all City of Miami Beach commission meetings. With the deal, live and taped broadcasts of commission meetings become available in Spanish via Spanish Audio Programming on Channel 20-Miami Beach. "We are very proud to partner with the City of Miami Beach in its efforts to reach out to the thousands of Spanish-language residents who want to become better informed about local affairs," says Annette Taddeo, Language Speak CEO. Details: (305) 668-9797.

BEACON DIRECTORS: The Beacon Council has elected four new private-sector directors from a slate of 10 nominees: Herman Echevarria, CEO of BVK/Meka; Angela Gittens, Miami-Dade County aviation director; Barry Johnson, director of corporate affairs for AT&T in Florida, and J. Antonio Villamil, president and CEO, The Washington Economics Group. The council, the county’s economic development organization, has 105 directors, 17 of whom are elected from the private sector.

ENTERPRISE MISSION: Enterprise Florida is sponsoring an export-oriented trade mission to Mexico from Nov. 10-17 with stops in Puebla, Veracruz and Yucatan. Company representatives can call to inquire if their firm’s particular product line is right for the trip. Participation will be limited to representatives for about 20 Florida manufacturers, distributors with warehousing facilities, exporters and service companies. Selection is on a first-come, first-serve basis, Enterprise officials said. Details: (305) 569-2650.

HASTINGS RETIRING: Barry Hastings, who from 1981-87 was president of Northern Trust Bank of Florida in Miami, is retiring at age 55 as president and COO of Northern Trust Corp. in Chicago after 29 years with the bank. His positions will not be filled. He started with the bank in Miami in 1974 and moved to Chicago in 1987.

UNICA OFF NASDAQ: Miami-based Radio Unica Communications Corp., the nation’s only Spanish-language radio network, was delisted from the Nasdaq national securities market Monday for failure to comply with the minimum net tangible assets, the minimum stockholders’ equity requirements.

TRADE HONORS: The Florida Foreign Trade Association and Enterprise Florida are presenting the 8th annual "Pioneer Reunion Award Luncheon of the International Trade Hall of Fame" from noon-1 p.m. Sept. 26 in the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant, 1395 NW 57th Ave. The program is to recognize "trailblazers who transformed Miami and Florida into a bustling trading shipping center." A seminar, "Empowering Business Tools," is offered at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $30; $25 for members. Details: (305) 471-0737.

SMALL EMPOWERMENT: The Miami-Dade County Department of Business Development is presenting the 2nd annual Community Small Business Enterprise Conference, "Empowering Businesses to Make a Better Community," from 7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE Second Ave. Paul Montelongo, author and motivational speaker, and George C. Fraser, author and president of FraserNet Inc., are among speakers. Workshop topics include "South Florida Governmental Contracting Opportunities" and "Building Financial Security for your Business." Details: Pat Thomas, (305) 349-5960.

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