Written by Miami Today on March 17, 2011
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RUNNING LOW: Miami commissioners are to vote March 24 on creation of a trust to manage the historic Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts. The Miami Parking Authority, which currently runs the theater, had aimed to get the issue on last week’s commission agenda but "minor details" with the trust agreement still needed massaging, said authority CEO Art Noriega. He has said that management must be turned over by April or the Gusman could face closure. "We are kind of in the eleventh hour," he said. The change to private management is a solution to the theater’s dire financial situation, created after the City of Miami ended its one-third subsidy of the Olympia’s budget to balance its own books.
SCHOOL STATUS: A decision on the fate of a proposed 1,700-student Brickell/Roads charter school at 1742-1744 SW Second Ave. was deferred at last week’s Miami commission meeting to March 24. Some area residents are concerned that Brickell Preparatory Academy as proposed is too large and could create traffic problems.
LIFE SCIENCE LAW: Intellectual property law firm Novak Druce + Quigg LLP has leased space inside the University of Miami’s Life Science and Technology Park’s first building. The firm will occupy one of its soft-landing pad suites, which are pre-built offices and laboratories to help out-of-market companies or startups get a foothold here. The park’s first building, comprised of 252,500 square feet, is 40% leased and is to be joined by five others at some point. The aim is that the park will help bolster the life sciences industry by attracting new businesses to South Florida and provide a place for discoveries made at the university to grow into spinoff companies.
MISTAKEN IDENTITY: In a case of mistaken identity Miami-Dade is now forking over $19,287 after sending a check to the wrong vendor. According to county documents, in March 2010 the county’s Public Housing Agency mistakenly issued a $22,920 check to Prestige Contracting Services LLC, a former county vendor, instead of Prestige Developers and Contractors, a separate company. Although the former firm had completed all work for the county and been paid in full, by the time county officials discovered the error, Prestige had cashed the check at Check Casher’s Depot. Although the county issued a stop payment upon discovering the mistake, Florida law states that the issuer of a check may be held liable to the holder. In April 2010 Check Casher’s Depot demanded that the county pay the full amount or settle. The county commission approved the settlement March 1.
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