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Office Building Awards Ceremony Cancelled

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Written by on March 23, 2006

By Marilyn Bowden
The Miami-Dade chapter of the Building Owners & Managers Association has canceled its yearly competition this year, opting for a networking event at Parrot Jungle instead.

Executive Director Carmen Vesga said the decision to forego the Office Building of the Year awards ceremony followed the realization that many building managers are still struggling with hurricane damage.

"A lot of our office buildings are still in repair and can’t be entered in the local competition," she said. "Even though the TOBY competition is a management contest, not a beauty contest, it’s taking all their time to get their buildings back into full operational status."

Instead, Ms. Vesga said, the organization will hold Monte Carlo Night, a dinner dance scheduled for June 2 at Parrot Jungle.

"There will be an opportunity for property managers to showcase their buildings on wall panels," she said. "We hope this will help us gear up for next year’s TOBYs as well as give developers and brokers a chance to see some of the properties on display."

The TOBYs are traditionally presented in March. Ms. Vesga said Monte Carlo Night was slated for June to give property managers more time to do repair work.

"There has been so much activity since the hurricane," she said, "that March was way too soon for them even to come out and dance and mingle."

The TOBYs will return next March, she said. Local winners next year will not have to travel far to the regional awards ceremony, booked for April at the Seminole Hard Rock Café & Casino in Hollywood.Details: (305) 530-0083.