Written by Miami Today on August 3, 2006
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HERALD SITE ON HOLD: Miami commissioners voted late last Thursday to postpone action on plans for 10 acres of Miami Herald parking lots. They voted to hold a Sept. 7 meeting to look at rezoning and development projects such as the City Square residential and retail project, which includes a five-story mall and 60-story residential tower next to the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts. They also put off rezoning for a 64-story condo and hotel at the foot of the Venetian Causeway planned by Citisquare Group.
GREEN LIGHTS: Three developments totaling nearly 500 residential units won Miami City Commission approval last week. Brickell View Terrace, Tiziano II and Renaissance Pointe received major use special permits. Brickell View Terrace, planned for 936 and 940 SW First Ave. and 110 SW Ninth St., is to be a 24-story tower with 119 residences, 400 square feet of retail and 268 parking spaces. Tiziano II, planned for 2307 NE Fourth Ave. and 413-423 NE 23rd St., would be a 29-story tower with 53 residences and 70 parking spaces. Renaissance Pointe, 1900-1952 SW Eighth St., 1919-1965 SW Ninth St. and 800 NW 19th Ave., includes two 152-foot, 14-story towers with 323 residences, 18,000 square feet of retail and 538 parking spaces.
RECLAIMING A NEIGHBORHOOD: Miami’s District Five commissioner, Michelle Spence-Jones, will host a workshop, Wake Up Miami, at Booker T. Washington Senior High School, 1200 NW Sixth Ave., at noon Aug. 5. Washington High graduate Les Brown is to speak about reclaiming and rebuilding the neighborhood.
DEALS? WHAT DEALS? Looking over an audience of heavy hitters in Miami business – including Jack Lowell, vice chairman of Codina Realty Services; Michael Y. Cannon, managing director of Integra Realty Services-South Florida; Theodore N. Carter, senior managing director in South Florida for CB Richard Ellis; and others who assembled last week for the Beacon Council’s update on hurricane insurance – Frank Nero, council president and CEO, quipped, "Who’s out there making deals if you’re all here?" "Nobody," one audience member shot back. "We can’t get insurance."
SHOT IN THE ARM: A $320,000 grant from the North Dade Medical Foundation will enable the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami to continue "bringing contemporary art to the community, particularly in underserved populations," said Bonnie Clearwater, museum executive director. For five years, the foundation has provided funding for HeArt to HeArt, an art therapy program serving developmentally and physically challenged adults and teens. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.222.mocanomi.org.
LIBRARY ON WAY: The Palmetto Bay Library is due for groundbreaking this month, Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene Flinn told a July 28 Chamber South meeting. The library is to rise along village-owned waterfront land on Old Cutler Road. Thanks to County Commissioner Katy Sorenson’s green-building initiative, the library will be built to specifications of the US Green Building Council, a group that promotes sustainable building design.
ENTERPRISE MISSION: Enterprise Florida delegates are to visit Honduras and El Salvador in November on a sales mission. For $1,395, a company can send a representative for 21/2 days of networking in the two countries, both of which do significant business in Florida. The mission is designed to initiate business relationships. Details: (305) 569-2666.
BAR RECOGNITION: Michael Chesal of Miami law firm Kluger Peretz Kaplan & Berlin has received the Outstanding Member of the Year Award from the Florida Bar’s Business Law Section for work spearheading the state’s new trademark statute.
TOP 10 DIGITAL COUNTY: Miami-Dade has once again been ranked among top digital counties, coming in 10th for counties with populations of 500,000 or more in the 2006 Digital Counties Survey, an annual study by the Center for Digital Government and National Association of Counties. The top digital counties will be honored at a national ceremony that will coincide with the National Association of Counties conference in Chicago this month. In April, all US counties were invited to participate in the survey’s questions that included more than 100 measurements.
BOARD OF THE YEAR: The board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami was named Board of the Year at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s national conference in Indianapolis. The local board was selected from among 450 affiliates. The selection committee recognized sustained success in program quality and growth, the board’s contribution to generating resources and recruitment of high-quality and engaged board members.
HP GIFT BRINGS FIU TOGETHER: Florida International University’s college of business administration will implement an e-mail and collaboration system that will host services for several thousand alumni, 6,000 students and more than 350 faculty and staff, thanks to a grant from Hewlett-Packard that was to be announced this week. "This gift has allowed us to take a vital step in building our global community, not only internally among our faculty, staff and students, but also among our 30,000 alumni who are dispersed around the world," said the college’s executive dean, Joyce J. Elam.
NATOLI JOINS UM: Joe Natoli, who left his job as president of the Miami Herald in 2001, is to return to South Florida in mid-September as senior vice president for business and finance and chief financial officer of the University of Miami, the university announced Tuesday. Mr. Natoli, publisher of the recently sold Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, replaces David Lieberman, who retired this spring.
TOURISM ADVISORY JOB: The nine-member Miami-Dade Tourist Development Council, an advisory board, is seeking to fill a vacancy. The panel meets four times a year to make funding recommendations to the mayor and county commission. Applicants must be involved in the industry and have interest in tourist development but can’t own or run tourist accommodations. Candidates should send a letter and resume by 4 p.m. Aug. 11 to the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs. Details: (305) 375-4634 or www.miamidadearts.org.
CORRECTION: Santa Clara Station was developed by The Carlisle Group. A caption last week reported incorrect information.
CORRECTION: In the July 27 profile of Calvin Babcock, the name of the health-care system should have been reported as Baptist Health of South Florida and the name of Mr. Babcock’s second son as Chase.