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ZOO COASTER: Dania Beach's now-closed Hurricane wooden roller coaster could find a new home at Zoo Miami. Miami-Dade County's Recreation and Cultural Affairs Committee on Monday requested an investigation into relocating the amusement ride. Commissioner Rebeca Sosa asked that the fiscal impact, funding sources and liability of operating the coaster be part of the report.
SPLIT PERSONALITIES: Five University of Miami candidates for a master's in business administration will split their summer internships between Bacardi U.S.A. and Royal Caribbean Cruises in a new competitively-selected Emerging Leaders Internship Program designed to shift from producer-supplier Bacardi to buyer Royal Caribbean. Two of the students will be in marketing with one each in sales, finance and strategy.
ED FUNDS: The Miami Bayside Foundation is expanding its aid to area students through a $203,000 gift toward a scholarship fund at Florida International University. The fund is to aid students interested in business and entrepreneurship and first-generation college students from the City of Miami.
MATER GROVE: Plans to build a Coconut Grove charter school at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade's Hank Kline Club, 2805 SW 32nd Ave., are moving forward. An appeal to the project from a neighbor was withdrawn at last week's Miami City Commission meeting. School manager Mater Academy plays to open the K-5 facility serving about 200 students for next school year.
TEMPORARY USE: Miami commissioners gave Community Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Pieter Bockweg the go-ahead to rent out three properties for short-term use as license agreements last week. Those properties are the Ward Rooming House, the Miami Skill Center and soon-to-be-available Ebenezer Church. To ensure protection against "sweetheart deals," commissioners stipulated that the agency notify them before executing any agreement. Commissioners then have 10 days to place the issue on a meeting agenda for discussion.
SUNNY MONEY: Sun Life Financial and the Miami Dolphins Foundation are seeking non-profit organizations to apply for a $50,000 grant linked to a $5,000 scholarship for a youth from an under-served community to help finance a college education. Grant applications are at www.sunlifestadium.com/risingstar. The application deadline is July 1. Applying groups must have 501(c)3 tax-exempt status and promote skills that aid educational success for high school students.
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