Written by Miami Today on June 23, 2005
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HELL OF A VICTORY: Sen. Bob Graham told Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Goals Conference delegates Saturday in Fort Lauderdale how perceptions of the region have changed. "My father (Ernest "Cap" Graham) ran for governor in 1944, and many people thought he would be elected," the former governor told dinner guests at the Marriott Bay Harbor. "He finished third." The then-political editor of the Miami Herald, Allen Morris, had written in a column that "it will be a cold day in Hell when anybody from South Florida is elected governor of Florida," Sen. Graham said. "I was the first person to be elected governor from South Florida. When I was inaugurated in January 1979 in Tallahassee, it snowed."
CHAPTER AND VERSE: Sen. Graham likened a 30-minute introduction Saturday from a past chairman of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to the memoirs of a former secretary of state. "Sid (Levin), thank you very much for such a generous introduction," Sen. Graham said at the chamber’s annual Goals Conference dinner, at which he was honoree. "I don’t think my mother could have given that." Sen. Graham told delegates he was reminded of how on board Air Force One in 1978 he had seen Henry Kissinger with 1,300 pages of galley proofs. When asked what period of his life his memoirs would cover, Mr. Kissinger responded, "Me birth to me bar mitzvah."
MELREESE OUTING: Miami city officials will conduct a site tour of Melreese Golf Course on Tuesday for investors interested in redeveloping the property. The outing will begin at 8 a.m. and will be followed by a public conference at 2 p.m. at Wyndham Miami Airport Hotel, 3900 NW 21st St. The city has issued a request for proposals for the project, which it approved last year. Bid submissions are due Sept. 7. Details: www.miamigov.com/golfrfp.
PLANNING CARGO GROWTH: The Port of Miami Terminal Operating Co., a container-operations company owned by shipping firms P&O Ports North America, Eller & Co. and Florida Stevedoring, plans to invest $12 million in container-moving equipment to handle increasing business at the port. "We need the equipment in order to continue to grow," said Jorge Rovirosa, general manager of the company. "We need to increase our density and handle the containers faster and more efficiently." The company, known as POMTOC, has not set a date to complete the investment, he said, but is receiving bids for the equipment.
PRECISION EXPANDS: Precision Response Corp. expanded its office space from 29,845 square feet to 42,000 and renewed its lease for five years at Golden Glades Office Park in Miami Gardens. Precision Response offers telephone-based customer and marketing services. The lease extension has a value of nearly $3.8 million, according to broker NAI Miami.
NEW PARKING: Deerwood Park, 14405 SW 122nd Ave., was renamed Deerwood Bonita Lakes Park last week. County commissioners in January had called for renaming the park to recognize the Bonita Lakes community. Randy Koper of the county Parks and Recreation Department said name changes for parks "reflect the name of the neighboring communities and gives them a sense of ownership."
BUSINESS AID: The Beacon Council and the City of Miami Gardens are to host a business-assistance workshop 8:30-11 a.m. Friday at Miami Gardens City Hall, 1515 NW 167th St. The program will features incentives for enterprise and empowerment zones, small-business administration programs and workforce training and tax-credit programs. Presenters will include representatives of the Miami-Dade Office of Community and Economic Development and the City of Miami Gardens. Details: (305) 579-1361 or (305) 579-1349.
SMALL-BUSINESS AID: The South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host a live training workshop on the Internet at 2 p.m. Wednesday (6/29) on financing to start a business, loan guaranty programs for small businesses and procurement and government contracting. The one-hour session is in conjunction with the US Small Business Administration, with Ilene Rubio, SBA marketing director for South Florida, conducting classes. Details: (305) 534-1903.
LAND-USE WORKSHOPS: Miami will kick off meetings on Miami 21, the city’s proposed blueprint for land use, with a workshop with city officials, architects, developers and residents 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. July 9 at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus. Neighborhood Enhancement Team open houses on Miami 21 are planned for next month downtown and in Overtown, Little Haiti, the Upper Eastside and Wynwood/Edgewater. Details: (305) 416-2121 or www.miami21.org.
FIT FOR FALL: A Long Beach, NY, health company is bringing a show to Miami Beach in the fall. The ECA/Miami Sports Training & Fitness Conference will run Nov. 11-13 at Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Ave. Training and examination sessions include Designing Personal Training Programs, South Beach Boot Camp, Spinning Instructor Orientation and Understanding Posture. Details: (516) 432-6877 or www.ecaworldfitness.com.
GLOBAL ARTS ROLE: Miami’s global role in arts and culture is the focus of the International Roundtable at 5 p.m. today (6/23). Panelists are Laura Bruney, executive director of the Arts & Business Council of Miami; Marialaura Leslie, chief of information and outreach for the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs; Al Milano, executive director of the Miami Performing Arts Center Foundation; and Rosa Sugrañes, chairwoman of the Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs Council and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. Miami Today and the J.W. Marriott host the session at the J.W. Marriott, 1109 Brickell Ave. RSVP: Victor Guedez, (305) 358-2663.
CORRECTION: In the Scoop column item "Second honeymoon" published June 16, the creator of the television series "The Honeymooners" should have been identified as Marvin Marx.
CORRECTION: In a June 9 article on Biscayne Shores, the name of Stephen Nostrand of Codina Realty Services was misspelled.