Written by Miami Today on May 1, 2003
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WATERFORD WINS: Waterford at Blue Lagoon East Office Park picked up a regional award April 26 in Tampa at the Building Owners and Managers Association Southern Regional Conference. Located at 5200 Blue Lagoon Drive near Miami International Airport, the four buildings of the Waterford complex boasts 666,591 square feet. Managed by E. David Marshall of The Hogan Group and owned by the Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association, the office park home to Burger King. John K. Scott, vice president of The Hogan Group, said Waterford will be in international competition for a TOBY – The Office Building of the Year award – in the Suburban Office Park, or mid-rise, category this summer in San Francisco.
NURSES’ HOME RAZED: The former two-story home for St. Francis Hospital nurses in North Miami Beach has been torn down to make way for a luxury condominium. The new 25-story structure, at 6000 Indian Creek, will be built on a three-quarter-acre site on the Intracoastal Waterway. The project, set for completion at the end of 2004, is under development by BSG Development Corp., whose principals include Charles Sieger and Jose Suarez of Sieger Suarez Architectural Partnership; Ronald Bloomberg, president of Centaur Realty Organization of Miami Beach; and Ronald Gaines of GS2 Corp., a Sieger Suarez affiliate. About 70% of the 35 units, priced from $500,000 to more than $1.5 million, have been sold.
GARDEN TOWNHOMES: BSG Development Corp. plans to build 117 two-story urban townhomes on a 2.5-acre site in Miami Beach where Collins Avenue and Indian Creek Drive split at 60th Street along Millionaires Row. Called TERRA Beachside Villa, the project boasts a 400-foot Zen garden covered by a roof atrium. Up to 26 units will offer large private rooftop gardens. Units range in size from 1,050 to 2,050 square feet with prices starting at $350,000.
P&Z ONLY: Miami City Commissioners, faced with a mammoth agenda, opted to conduct a planning and zoning meeting only at 3 p.m. today (5/1) at City Hall. Regular meeting items, including a public hearing on the controversial Little Haiti park and a report of redistricting, have been postponed until May 8.
NEW JOB: David Rosemond takes over this month as director of communications, marketing and community affairs for the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, a semi-independent state-sanctioned agency responsible for operating and maintaining five expressways. He currently is spokesman for the Florida Department of Transportation’s District 6, which covers Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. "Much of what I do for District 6 I’ll now do for the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority," he said. The transportation department has not hired a replacement.
TRANSPORTATION TEAM: Miami-Dade Commissioner Katy Sorenson appointed former Democratic state representative John Cosgrove to the 15-member Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust, an independent agency created to monitor and approve all spending initiatives under the county’s $17 billion transportation spending plan. "Mr. Cosgrove will bring a wealth of experience from his service in the Florida Legislature and will provide the oversight needed for the effective and fiscally responsible expansion of mass-transit service in our community," the commissioner said in a printed statement.
M-DCC AWARDS: Miami-Dade Community College will present its Hall of Fame Awards at 6 p.m. today (5/01) at the Parrot Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail. The awards will honor alumni and college friends who have made outstanding contributions in their professional fields. Inductees will include actor Andy Garcia; architect Willy A. Bermello, CEO of Bermello Ajamil & Partners; Micky Arison, CEO of Carnival Corp.; and 16 others. Details: (305) 237-7684.
BEST CITY: Gov. Jeb Bush was so tickled about a recent survey rating Miami as the best city to do business in Latin America that he sent out a press release congratulating the city. América Economía magazine published the survey listing Miami for the fourth year in a row. Of 1,600 Latin American executives, 74% ranked Miami as the best place from which to do business with Latin America. "This accolade confirms what we have been saying for years: Miami is the undisputed meeting place for businesses across the Americas. In its role as the commercial and cultural crossroads
of the Western Hemisphere, Miami is clearly the natural location for the permanent FTAA Secretariat," Gov. Bush said in the release. The Secretariat is the headquarters of the Free Trade Area of the Americas, an agreement aimed at eliminating quotas and tariffs among 34 Western Hemisphere nations from Canada to Argentina except Cuba to be signed in late 2005.
RACEWEEK BOY: Another event has been added to the Second Annual Race Week in September, and this one might feature pop star Nick Carter, formerly of the Backstreet Boys. The Nick Carter El Diablo Racing Team debuted April 25 in the Super Boat Unlimited Class at the 14th Annual Miami Super Boat Grand Prix. Depending on how well his team does, it may come back for the Super Boat National Championships, now the kickoff event for race week. Other events planned are a professional bike race, a sailing regatta with Sea Scouts and the downtown auto Grand Prix Americas race.
REALTOR GROWTH: South Florida real-estate firm Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell is expanding its Miami Beach sales office at 419 Arthur Godfrey Road to nearly 10,000 square feet, the third increase in five years due to business growth and the need for additional sales staff. "This office is responsible for the sale of more homes than any other real-estate firm on Miami Beach, where condominiums now represent 86% of all sales," said Ron Shuffield, firm president. The $1.8 million firm has doubled its sales volume in the past three years.
FAREWELL: Florida International University’s College of Business Administration and its executive dean, Joyce J. Elam, will host a farewell and fundraising reception to celebrate Professor Emmanuel Roussakis’ 26 years of service to the university and business school. The event will take place 6-8 p.m. today (5/1) at Union Planters Bank, 2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Executive Suite, 15th Floor, Coral Gables. Dr. Roussakis, who was instrumental in establishing FIU’s department of finance and banking curriculum, joined the university in 1976 and has served as chairman of the department of finance and the Florida International Bankers Association Endowed Professor of Finance.
COUNCIL OF THE AMERICAS: A one-day conference examining political and corporate reform for Latin America will be held May 20 at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables. Invited speakers include Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky, former Peruvian finance minister Pedro-Pable Kuczynski, Mexico’s National Banking and Securities Commission Vice President Jorge Familiar, and The World Bank’s International Advisory Council on Law and Justice Chairman Ko-Yung Tung. The conference will be hosted by the Council of the Americas – a business organization dedicated to promoting open markets throughout the Western Hemisphere – and the Americas Society Inc., which advances the understanding of political, economic and cultural issues in the Americas.
COMMISSIONER HEADS NORTH: Miami-Dade County Chairwoman Barbara Carey-Shuler headed a commission trip to Tallahassee on Tuesday to meet with members of the Miami-Dade Delegation and Florida legislators to discuss issues affecting the county such as regional transportation, funding for cultural arts, funding for the medically needy and affordable housing.