Written by Miami Today on October 13, 2005
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PARKING PACKAGE: Developer Dacra and the Miami Parking Authority are building a 400-space garage in the Design District at Northwest 38th Street and First Court. "We’re really at the preliminary stages to the negotiations for the parking garage," said Dacra owner Craig Robins. Jami Reyes, authority board member, wanted to know when the garage would be built. "We need a timeline for this because there is a need for parking in the Design District," she said at the authority’s meeting last week. The cost of the garage is undetermined.
PARKING PAYS OFF: The parking authority averaged daily collection of $2.77 from each of its 6,828 parking meters in July in parking lots and streets. A total 22,500 parking citations were issued and 262 cars were towed for illegal parking.
METERS’ TIME UP: The Miami Parking Authority has installed 50 pay-and-display machines around Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Civic Center, with 30 more going up in the Flagler Street corridor and the Brickell area. The machines are used as a single unit, replacing multiple parking meters. Parkers pay at the machine, grab the receipt and place it on the car’s dashboard. The installation costs $287,700.
GUSMAN’S LUCKY 13: Thirteen events this month kicking off the 2005-06 season of the Olympia Theatre at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts include the United Way Women’s Leadership Breakfast and a music showcase sponsored by Rhythm Foundation featuring singer Mariza. February will mark the Gusman’s 80th anniversary. Details: www.gusmancenter.org.
RENTERS TO OWNERS: Greater Miami Neighborhoods Inc., a nonprofit in Little Havana that helps residents own homes, is working on a condo conversion, Rio Palma, at 1228 NW Fourth St., where 18 rentals will be converted to condos and the group will help tenants buy them. "Greater Miami Neighborhoods will work with community-based social and community service agencies toward individual case management per household, analyzing their current situation and what issues must be targeted to achieve homeownership," said Kathy Rodriguez, assistant vice president of the organization. The 14% homeownership rate in East Little Havana is one of the lowest in Miami-Dade County.
THE CONSTANT GARDENERS: A West Coast producer is scouting for green-fingered talent in Miami-Dade County. Pie Town Productions of North Hollywood plans to make two "Landscapers’ Challenge" TV shows in the county next year and is looking for homeowners and landscapers to participate. The program airs on HGTV, formerly Home & Garden Television. Details: brad’email@example.com or (818) 255-9301.
ARE WE READY? Gov. Jeb Bush hailed former business partner Armando Codina, CEO of the Codina Group, and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce for launching a disaster-preparedness initiative. Mr. Codina is chairman of the group and is assisted by Rosa Sugrañes, chamber chairwoman. The group is to assess readiness if a major hurricane should devastate the area. "The plan will provide a private-sector component to the planning done by local government for the purposes of generating a holistic approach to planning for a Katrina-size disaster striking Miami-Dade County," said Barry Johnson, chamber executive vice president. The chamber plans a conference involving businesses, state agencies and the federal government.
COLONIAL POWER: Eris Sandler has joined Colonial Bank’s South Florida region as president and CEO of retail banking. Ms. Sandler, who left her role as executive vice president of Regions Bank this month, joins Lynne Wines, who’ll continue to oversee the commercial banking practice from her Broward County base. Israel Velasco left his position as the bank’s president and CEO in June to become regional executive for Banco Popular North America at its regional base in Miami Lakes.
ROBIN’S NEW PERCH: The Citizens’ Advisory Committee, a 21-member panel that is to review distribution of $2.9 billion in General Obligation Bonds approved by Miami-Dade County voters in November, has appointed Robin Reiter chairwoman. Ms. Reiter is president of the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Miami City Club, the latter term-limited to December.
CHINESE FILMMAKERS VISIT: At least four Chinese film companies – some from the mainland, others from Hong Kong – are to participate in a trade mission to Miami this month designed to connect Far East interests with South Florida entertainment companies. Meetings with the visitors, who will include Hong Kong-based Sun Wah Media Group, may be arranged for Oct. 26 through the US Department of Commerce. Sun Wah produces soap operas, distributes products and plans to open 30 cinemas across China in the next three years. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org or (305) 526-742, Ext. 29.