Written by Miami Today on October 14, 2004
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SAFIRE UPDATE: Miami Executive Aviation, a fixed-base operator at Opa-locka Airport, is moving to clear Safire Aircraft’s offices at the airport, said Tom Monaghan, business development director for Miami Executive Aviation. Mr. Monaghan said his company has heard little from the jet manufacturer, which was locked out of its offices at 15001 NW 42nd Ave. on Sept. 9 for not paying rent. "We’re trying to get clearance from the court to get rid of their stuff," he said. Safire Aircraft has been discussing plans for a $45 million assembly plant at the airport to build its $1.4 million jet for more than a year.
ARENA SALE: The City of Miami, Miami-Dade County and the Miami Sports and Exhibition Authority must agree on how to pay off debts on Miami Arena before the city can close the sale of the structure to Palm Beach businessman Glenn Straub. Mr. Straub won an auction to purchase the arena on Aug. 10 for $28.01 million. He says he has the check written and ready to turn over to the city. "We are well within our extension period. If we couldn’t satisfy conditions by Sept. 21, the contract gave us a 60-day extension," said assistant city attorney Olga Ramirez-Seijas. The city plans to close in two or three weeks, Ms. Ramirez-Seijas said last week.
BARRY CITED: With a little more than 9,000 students, Barry University ranked 48th among the best Catholic universities in the South in the 2005 US News & World Report America’s Best Colleges survey. "Barry’s longstanding academic excellence, its Catholic identity and personal attention to each of our students are qualities that continue to attract students from across the nation and the world," President Linda Bevilacqua said. The school, founded in 1940, 11300 NE Second Ave. Details: (305) 899-3100.
POINTING TO BARRY: Gov. Jeb Bush is to give the Barry University nursing program a Point of Light Award for Volunteerism on Oct. 19 in Tallahassee. "NSA is a volunteer activity for undergraduate students at the school of nursing," said Debbie Nogueras, director of marketing and development at the school. NSA projects include DNA sampling for children, educational sessions at Miami Children’s Museum and health and career fairs at public and private schools. The award has been recognizing Florida residents and organizations for volunteer service for four years.
CHANGING JOBS: Sister Elizabeth Anne Worley has retired as chairwoman of Mercy Hospital’s Board of Trustees and been named chief executive officer of Catholic Hospice. As a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph in St. Augustine, she has been a health-care leader for 19 years.
MOVING FREIGHT: Worldwide Cargo Express signed a five-year lease valued at $500,000 for 18,227 square feet at Skyway Center, 6940 NW 12th St. Owner and founder Carlos Henao moved Worldwide to add space, said Hector Cataño, who represented Worldwide for WestVest Associates Inc. Worldwide previously operated in buildings at 1525 and 1551 NW 93rd Ave., using 13,800 square feet. Ron Berger, the landlord’s broker and first vice president at CB Richard Ellis, said the site became available when former tenant Arrowpac Inc., another freight company, bought property in Medley.
GEARED FOR CHANGE: Globalization goals for Clevite Engine Parts – a division of Dana Corp., a maker of products for automobiles, commercial and off-highway vehicles – spearheaded its relocation from Medley to Miramar Park of Commerce this fall. The 18,957-square-foot warehouse and distribution center will serve Southeastern wholesale accounts. "Miramar Park of Commerce is strategically located with direct access from Miami and Fort Lauderdale, allowing us to support and expand our local customer base," said Ron Blalock, director of regional distribution. Clevite has nine regional distribution centers.
REGENT TO RUN HOTEL: The Condominium Hotel, a $225 million development by WCI Communities in Bal Harbour, will be managed by Regent International Hotels. The city approved rezoning in July 2003 for the site, bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Baker’s Haulover Inlet. It’s to open late in 2006.
GOING VERTICAL: Solaris, a 138-unit condo, is rising at 186 SE 12th Terrace. "We’re done with the foundation and have started going vertical," said developer Harvey Hernandez, president of H&H Development Co. Solaris is to feature 770- to 1,685-square-foot units starting at $275,000. It’s to open in late 2005 and is 95% sold, he said, with about nine units remaining. Proximity to major hotels, restaurants and office centers helped, he said. "We target single professionals and couples that work hard and play hard." Details: www.solariscondos.com.
BALLOT TALK: State Reps. Julio Robaina and Dan Gelber are to discuss the eight proposed state constitutional amendments on the Nov. 2 ballot at a dinner Tuesday at Miami River Inn, 118 S. River Dr., sponsored by the Urban Environment League of Miami. Details: (305) 325-0045.
UNLEADED AID: The US Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Miami $3 million for its Miami Unleaded Program, which aims at lead-hazard control by making it part of every rehabilitation, renovation or repair of housing built before 1978 where lead-based paint is present.
TECHNOLOGY TALK: Maria Azua, an IBM engineer with 27 patents, will speak to IT Women, an organization devoted to the advancement of women in technology, at 6 p.m. Nov. 4. at the Design Center of the Americas, 1855 Griffin Road, Dania Beach. Details: (954) 920-7997.
SECURITY AT PORTS: The impact of new security measures at Miami’s airport and seaport is the focus of today’s (10/14) meeting of Miami Today’s International Roundtable. Panelists are Leonard Rosenberg, attorney with Sandler Travis & Rosenberg; Marie Di Rocco, manager of safety and security for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department; Nelson Oramas, director of security at the Port of Miami; and Thomas S. Winkowski, director of Miami field-office operations for US Customs and Border Protection. The session, sponsored by the aviation department, is at 5 p.m. at Miami International Airport Hotel. Details: Victor Guedez, (305) 358-1008.