Written by Miami Today on January 6, 2011
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AWAITING BURN NOTICE: Thus far, producers for the USA Network hit show "Burn Notice" haven’t reached out to the City of Miami to extend their lease at the city-owned Coconut Grove Exposition Center, Daniel Newhoff, assistant director for the City of Miami Department of Public Facilities, wrote in an e-mail. The current lease expires in September. The show has leased the center since 2007. When "Burn Notice" does stop using the facility, the city plans to raze the expo center — which has lost money — for conversion to park land and waterfront beautification under the Coconut Grove Waterfront Master Plan.
BALLPARK BATTLES: Miami-Dade is seeking reimbursement for nearly $50 million from general obligation bonds it has spent to finance the construction of the new Florida Marlins stadium, but while the county commission two months ago gave Mayor Carlos Alvarez 60 days to initiate dialogue, talks haven’t begun. In order for terms to be addressed, the county, City of Miami and team would have to agree to open the contract. While county communications director Vicki Mallette said there were no updates regarding negotiations, county spokeswoman Suzy Trutie said the mayor plans to meet with the county attorney’s office to discuss legal options but has yet to do so.
SEAPORT VISITS: Port of Miami passenger traffic rose 28.9% in October to 346,513 compared to 268,838 travelers in October 2009, according to the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. Passengers are counted upon departure and upon return. Seaport officials attribute the rise to new ships such as Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic, which began sailing from Miami in July and is one of the port’s largest cruise ships.
ALL-STAR LINEUP: US Education Secretary Arne Duncan has been added to the lineup of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Jan. 11 Economic Summit. The event already featured newly inaugurated Gov. Rick Scott giving a keynote address and an economic outlook from JPMorgan Chase Senior Economist Jim Glassman. The event is to bring together more than 20 speakers and panelists to discuss the future of industries like automotive sales, healthcare and international trade. Details: www.miamichamber.com.
MAYOR’S BALL: City of Miami Mayor Tomas P. Regalado is to hold his first Mayor’s Ball at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the InterContinental Hotel, 100 Chopin Plaza. The ball is to benefit the Miami Police Athletic League, a nonprofit organization that provides resources to keep inner-city youth active and safe. Ball tickets are $100 per person, $900 per table of 10.
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