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Written by on October 26, 2006


Miami is a weekly feature of Miami Today, keeping readers ahead

of the news. Here are highlights from the most current edition.

   ENDURING NAME: In its bid to lease the Jackie Gleason Theatre from the City of Miami Beach, Live Nation promised to rename the venue The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Incredible Jackie Gleason Theatre after the famous Live Nation auditorium in San Francisco. It would keep "Jackie Gleason" in the theater’s moniker. It’s not only a nod to the television performer known as The Great One whose show was broadcast from the theater, but it can also be seen as a way to stay within the city’s laws. A Miami Beach ordinance prohibits the renaming of municipal buildings. Mayor David Dermer said he doesn’t see a problem with Live Nation’s plans. "Clearly, the Gleason name is a factor. It is viewed as an icon. But since the proposal is to include the Gleason name in the marketing," he said, "I don’t believe that’s a change."

   NEW BLOOD: Several new members were sworn in last week to Miami’s Downtown Development Authority board. They are Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro; Jorge Gonzalez, Wachovia National Bank regional president for Miami-Dade and Monroe counties; Jose Goyanes, downtown businessman and owner of Metro Beauty Centers and La Loggia Restaurant; Neisen Kasdin, former Miami Beach mayor and past chairman of the Beacon Council; and Oscar Rodriguez, vice president of development for The Related Group, which has several active projects in the city’s core.

   BIRDWATCING: The Downtown Development Authority’s offices on the 29th floor of the Wachovia Financial Center command an excellent view of Biscayne Bay to the east and acres of new construction and renovations to the west and north. "When visitors come, we just look out any window and we can show them what’s happening downtown," said Alonso Menendez, the authority’s chief administrator. "We can see plenty of cranes from up here. In fact, we often say that the crane is the official bird of Miami — the building crane."

   ON THE MOVE Longtime local banker Joy Malakoff is senior vice president and manager of the Miami Beach market at BankUnited. She most recently served as executive vice president and business development officer at Beach Bank, which Sun American Bank recently bought in a deal expected to close Dec. 1, Ms. Malakoff said. Prior, she spent 15 years with Colonial and Jefferson National banks. "BankUnited advertises that it’s for locals by locals, and it really is. It’s a Florida-based bank — it’s like coming home," Ms. Malakoff said. "I want to widen the image of BankUnited in the Miami Beach, Surfside and Bal Harbour communities and to help our members find home mortgages, financing for businesses and good products to invest money at very attractive rates for both personal and business accounts."

   BROWNOUT: The ninth annual Florida Brownfields Conference today (10/26)-Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Miami marks the final conference for Michael Goldstein, the only president in the Florida Brownfields Association’s history. The environmental lawyer in the Miami office of Ackerman Senterfitt will step down after four years. The non-profit organization of environmental specialists examines ways to clean up and redevelop contaminated urban areas known as brownfields.

   ART STROLL: The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce will host a Cultural Art Stroll at the University of Miami at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9, consisting of an evening tour of art exhibits at the Lowe Art Museum, Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center and Casa Bacardi, dinner and a Cuban jazz performance. The event, limited to 100 guests, costs $60 for chamber members and $75 for non-members. Details: (305) 446-1657.

   ARTS CENTER EXPRESS: A Miami Beach shuttle bus is to soon zip patrons to the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts on the mainland without worries about driving or parking. The shuttle, a joint venture among the arts center, the City of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade Transit, will depart from Lincoln Road at Meridian Avenue. Cost is $1.50 one way, $3 round trip. "People can park in one of our parking garages, enjoy a dinner on Lincoln Road and take the shuttle to the arts center," said Michael Aller, Miami Beach tourism and convention director and chief of protocol. Several nearby restaurants, he said, plan specially priced pre-performance dinners. Details: (305) 673-7400.

   MEDICINE VIA COMPUTER: Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration has awarded the Health Foundation of South Florida nearly $500,000 for its South Florida Health Information Initiative. The two grants will enable the foundation to create a secure Web-based application so that those who access the computer system can view laboratory results, diagnostic imaging, prescription history and progress notes. The initiative will help hospitals, physicians, and community health organizations provide better service, said Dr. Robert Schwartz, who heads the University of Miami Department of Family Medicine. Details: (305) 754-8550, or

   NECESSITY OVER AESTHETICS: The Coral Gables City Commission, famed for strict rules designed to ensure that the City Beautiful lives up to its name, passed on first reading Tuesday an ordinance amending the zoning code to allow homeowners to put in permanent standby generators as a result of 2005’s active hurricane season. However, commissioners did so with qualms. "My worry is generators would become a feature in front yards," said Vice Mayor Maria Anderson. Mayor Don Slesnick agreed, asking that the ordinance include provisions that generators be installed as close to homes as possible, rather than exposed in the middle of yards. "If people have no choice, I think we should give them the possibility," he said. "But I’m concerned."

   PREFERRED PROMOTION: Preferred Care Partners Inc. promoted Jane Laguna this week to director of network management services after eight years in the provider relations department. She will oversee department activities and education programs for healthcare providers. Preferred Care Partners has a provider network of 23 hospitals and more than 1,500 physicians throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

   CORRECTION: In last week’s profile of Bo Boulenger, CEO of Baptist Hospital of Miami, the number annual visits the hospital emergency center handles was misstated. It is more than 70,000 a year.

   CORRECTION: County land that may be sold near the Douglas Road Metrorail station cited Oct. 19 totals 7 acres, according to Frank Talleda, Miami-Dade Transit’s chief of joint development and leasing.

   CORRECTION: The following quote in the Oct. 18 Chamber Centennial special section should have been attributed to Michael Spring, director of the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs: "I think one of the most important tasks that lies ahead in the coming 100 years is to develop a broad-based array of business leaders who embrace civic responsibility and support non-profits, whether it be health care, social services or cultural activities. Great cities have leaders who consider it their duty to get involved, and get their workforces involved, in the community. The difference between success and failure of our cultural organizations is going to be this effort to super-charge the business community to develop a sense of civic responsibility. The chamber could lead the charge to do that."


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