Written by Miami Today on April 20, 2006
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WATER TIGHT: Amid fears that lack of authorization to pump more water out of the ground could stall Miami-Dade’s development boom, commissioners Tuesday are to consider authorizing County Manager George Burgess to sign an interim water-use agreement with the South Florida Water Management District. The interim pact, requested by the county’s Water & Sewer Department, won unanimous backing Monday of the commission’s Infrastructure and Land Use Committee. Commissioner Natasha Seijas said she would ask commission Chairman Joe A. Martinez to waive commission rules so the matter can be heard so soon.
CRUMBLING TOWER: Miami-Dade County’s Regional Transportation Committee last week voted 6-0 that the county commission should authorize a deal with the Federal Aviation Administration to design, construct and equip a new $10.9 million county-owned airport traffic-control tower at Opa-locka Airport. The current tower, atop a World War II-vintage hangar, was cited in 2001 by the county’s Unsafe Structures Board and in 2003 by the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration. After Hurricane Wilma further damaged the tower, it was vacated for a temporary tower. The Federal Aviation Administration would pay $2.35 million of the costs.
DEVELOPING THE AIRPORT: County commissioners who want to push development deals at Opa-locka Airport plan to ask County Manager George Burgess to query Federal Aviation Administration officials about their current policies for development leases at general-aviation airports. The county’s Regional Transportation Committee recommended the action 6-0 to the county commission for its vote May 9.
GET READY: A hurricane-preparedness seminar for the hospitality industry at 1:30 p.m. April 26 is to feature CBS-4 meteorology director Brian Norcross. The seminar at Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Hall D, Room 128, is to provide information to help businesses plan for the hurricane season. It’s sponsored by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association and the City of Miami Beach. Details: email@example.com.
JUST IN TIME: With hurricane season around the corner, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce presents the third and final installment in its storm-planning meetings. Others were held in November and February. Preparing Greater Miami, set for today (4/20), is part of the heralded preparation package presided over by developer Armando Codina. Details: www.miamichamber.com
FAMILY FOCUS: Miami is famous for its glamorous nightlife, but what does it offer families on a budget? A group of media representatives from Colombia, Argentina and Honduras were to be in town seeking just such attractions, restaurants and shopping centers to spotlight in their home publications, which include Avianca in-flight magazine and Gerencias de Viajeas (Colombia), La Nacion (Argentina) and Estilo Honhuras (Honduras), representing a combined circulation of 370,000.
BOAT SHOW: Nobody will walk away from this year’s Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Goals conference midstream, so to speak. If they show up, they’ll stay for the weekend, from 4 p.m. Friday, June 23, to 8 a.m. Monday, June 26, because the annual goals-setting session of the chamber will be on Carnival Cruise Lines’ Fascination as it cruises to Nassau, Bahamas. Rates run from $440 for an interior cabin to $752 for a balcony cabin, casino losses not included.
ROAD SHOW: Miami Dade College administrators will be on the road April 29 attending six graduation ceremonies that begin at 8 a.m. in Homestead, 9:30 a.m. at the North Campus, 12:30 p.m. at the InterAmerican/Hialeah Campus, 2:30 p.m. at the Medical Center Campus, 5 p.m. at the Kendall Campus and 7 p.m. in downtown Miami at the Wolfson Campus. A total of 7,620 are to be graduated in that single day.
INVENTIVE CLEANLINESS: Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones and Mayor Manny Diaz are to kick off a cleanup at 9:30 a.m. Saturday behind Edison Senior High School, 6161 NW Fifth Court. More than 60 Edison students active in the Mayor’s Youth Council are to work with the Parks and Recreation Department, City of Miami’s Litterbusters and Department of Public Works. Details: (305) 416-1440.
HOMELESS AID: The City of Miami is to provide services today (4/20) to the homeless at Bicentennial Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Last year in the one-day event, 521 volunteers helped 639 homeless.
DRIVE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS: The South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is to hold a golf tournament May 5 at International Links, 1802 NW 37th Ave., to raise funds for scholarships and internships. Details: (305) 534-1903.
HOMECOMING: Sister Mary Margaret Alpert, Barry University’s executive vice president since 1994, has been named the 10th president of Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI. Barry is sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Adrian.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING: The need for affordable housing in Miami will be the focus of the next Miami Today International Roundtable, sponsored by TotalBank. The 5 p.m. May 11 panel discussion will be at the Four Seasons Hotel, 1435 Brickell Ave. RSVP: Jannina Roman, (305) 358-2663.
CORRECTION: A book review last week contained an incorrect date for an evening meeting of the Prologue Society to hear celebrity biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli. The correct date is today (4/20).