Written by Miami Today on September 30, 2004
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TRUST LEADERSHIP: The Citizens Independent Transportation Trust is to select a chairman and vice chairman today (9/30). The group named Luis Morse vice chairman in June. He replaced Marc Buoniconti, who became chairman after the May 26 resignation of John Cosgrove. The 10 a.m. meeting at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, is a departure from the normal venue, the county commission chambers. "We’re trying to get out in the community more and encourage people to attend our meetings and provide input," said trust member Antonio Colmenares.
GLOBAL PLATFORM: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Florida and the US Department of Commerce are preparing for the fifth annual inbound phase of the Americas Linkage Program Oct. 28-29. For the first time, executives from Latin America and the Caribbean will visit Miami in search of business opportunities not only with Florida companies but European and Asian businesses as well. Details: www.efloridabusiness.com or Beatriz Cardona, (305) 577-5477.
PARKING SPACE: Michael Kosnitzky resigned from the Miami Parking Authority board Tuesday, saying he wanted to devote more time to other community endeavors. The candidate for a Miami-Dade County School Board seat is chairman of Beach Bank and a partner in downtown law firm Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP. The authority, which develops and manages parking facilities in Miami, will begin a search for candidates to assume the vacant seat on its five-member board.
CHAMBER LUNCHEON: Miami-Dade County’s proposed General Obligation Bond and transportation are issues to be discussed at a Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce luncheon Oct. 6 at the Radisson Hotel. Robin Reiter-Faragalli, leader of the chamber’s ethics committee, is to outline the county’s bond program. In June, chamber officials said they wanted to take a stronger role in local government by establishing contact with politicians and informing members of election issues such as the $2.9 billion bond referendum on the November ballot. In addition, Robert W. Anestis – chairman, president and CEO of Florida East Coast Industries – is to give a speech titled One Million More Trucks on the Highway. Details: www.greatermiami.com.
GOLDEN CONVERSIONS: A developer converting apartments into condominiums says it has sold 1,600 units this year. SunVest/Hamilton says the venture has resulted in more than $260 million in revenue for the company, a sign of a strong push toward homeownership in South and Central Florida. SunVest/Hamilton is a joint venture of SunVest Communities LLC and Hamilton Investment Group LLC. Da Vinci at Coral Gables is the developer’s latest conversion.
BEACH CONDO UPDATE: Chicago-based Falor Cos. this week began selling 113 units at 940-960 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, formerly the Breakwater and Edison hotels. Rooms in the project, not yet named, range from 375 to 1,400 square feet and are priced in the low $200,000, said Jerry Kaufman, president of the Kaufman Organization, which is handling sales. Falor and local hotelier Jonas Mimoun have paid $80 million for four hotels in the area since May, according to Falor president Robert Falor. He said he plans to invest $45 million in at least four more properties in Miami Beach and Miami’s Brickell area. Details: (305) 932-4800.
FILM BONANZA: Florida filmmakers are gearing up for the Collaboration-A Short Film Contest. The event, which will feature $75,000 in awards, is being set up by the Entertainment Industry Incubator, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of Florida entertainment businesses. Winners will be announced Jan. 29 at Wyndham Miami Beach. Details: (305) 672-9297.
GOING EAST: The Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, headquartered at 1101 Brickell Ave., will be the first US organization to train and certify anti-money laundering professionals in the United Arab Emirates. On Oct. 13, the association’s representatives are to arrive in Dubai and begin training Middle Eastern students to detect and prevent money laundering and terrorist financing. A number of Middle East countries have anti-money laundering controls, laws and regulations but lack experts to train professionals how to meet the requirements, association officials said. Details: www.acams.org.
ONLINE ARTS: Miami International University of Art & Design will offer two online master’s degree programs beginning in April. By visiting http://www.miu-online.com, prospective students can view the MFA course catalog. Details: (866) 699-1558.
FOCUS ON RIVER: Miami River experts will look at issues affecting the waterway and surrounding areas at an Of Importance to Brickell luncheon presented by the Brickell Area Association and Miami Today on Oct. 6. Panelists are scheduled to be Brett Bibeau, managing director of the Miami River Commission; Fran Bohnsack, executive director of the Miami River Marine Group; Bruno Barreiro, Miami-Dade County commissioner; Mary Conway, capital-improvements and transportation director in Miami; Debbie Musgrove Zimmerman, district chief of staff to US Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; and Dana Nottingham, executive director of Miami’s Downtown Development Authority. The noon lunch will begin at the Conrad hotel, 1395 Brickell Ave. Members $35, others $40. Details and reservations: (305) 375-0080.
PORTS SECURITY IMPACT: How our airport and seaport are coping with new security regulations and what impact the regulations will have is the topic of the first fall meeting of Miami Today’s International Roundtable. Panelists will include Marie Di Rocco, manager of safety and security, Miami-Dade Aviation Department; Nelson Oramas, director of security, Port of Miami; and Thomas S. Winkowski, director of field operations in the Miami office of US Customs and Border Protection in the Department of Homeland Security. The free session, sponsored by the Miami-Dade County Aviation Department, will be at 5 p.m. Oct. 14 at Miami International Airport Hotel in the airport terminal building, Concourse E. Details: Victor Guedez, (305) 358-1008.
CORRECTION: Baptist Health plans to redevelop Homestead Hospital by 2006, giving the facility 120 beds, a hospital spokesman said. Inaccurate information about the hospital’s size was reported in a Sept. 16 article, "South Florida colleges offer new degree programs." Details: www.homesteadhospital.com.