Written by Miami Today on April 29, 2010
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FOCUSED ON FILMING: While the future of a film and entertainment incentive bill, which soon faces a vote in the state senate, is still uncertain, the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority is considering its own stimulus for the industry. "The [authority] has agreed to award a $75,000 grant for filming in Miami Beach that is supposed to be connected to [the] State of Florida film and fashion grant initiative that still has not passed in Tallahassee," said authority Chair Elsie Sterling Howard. And if lawmakers strike down the bill, which offers up to $75 million for Florida film productions, the authority may still move forward with the grant. "We don’t want a decision by the state to stop our process," she added. Though the authority’s board hasn’t voted on the grant, she said there was consensus in recent meetings.
MORE AT MELREESE: A golf training center is to be built at Miami’s Melreese Golf Course on Northwest 37th Avenue, funded by $2.1 million from the Miami Sports & Exhibition Authority. The training center is to stand one story tall with 5,528 square feet of floor area, city documents say. Commissioners OK’d the project last week. The city completed a $4.6 million clubhouse and restaurant at the course last year, banking on revenue gains as a result.
ASHY PROBLEMS: Iceland’s volcanic eruption stranded Beacon Council brass in Europe and seems to have put a temporary hold on the revived One Community, One Goal effort. Beacon Council President Frank Nero and others left for Italy April 10 "to continue strengthening and building strategic business partnerships between Italy and the US within the fashion and lifestyle industry," according to an agency press release. The group was to spend a second week in France but due to widespread flight cancellations opted to remain in Italy for the week.
ONE COMMUNITY ON HOLD: After some Beacon Council leaders were stuck abroad and with others, such as Executive Vice President Holly Wiedman, preparing to attend an international life sciences show in Chicago, "We’re in a hold pattern" on One Community One Goal, said council spokesperson Aurelia Vasquez, "and taking care of other business and we’ll get back to it the second we can." Council staff’s next step was to compile a timeline, protocols and budget for the study but when those will be completed and presented to private-sector leadership "is still kind of up in the air," she added, "just because we’ve had other obligations such as these missions."