Written by Miami Today on August 18, 2011
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FIRED UP: Reaching back to his own roots, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Tuesday named William "Shorty" Bryson fire chief, effective today. He replaces interim chief Karls Paul-Noël, who announced his retirement Tuesday after 27 years with the county department. Mr. Bryson spent 35 years with the City of Miami Fire Department, the final nine as fire chief. Mr. Gimenez began his own career in the city’s fire department, where he too rose to chief, with Mr. Bryson serving under him there.
WYNWOOD DEGREE: St. Thomas University is adding a Wynwood location to its art management graduate degree program. Select classes are to be offered at the Miami World Cinema Center, 450 NW 28th St., Wynwood, starting this month with a course on events management taught by Dr. Susan Angulo, St. Thomas provost and founder of the Miami Latin Film Festival. St. Thomas’s art management program caters to working professionals, including gallery owners and museum administrators. Classes are offered nights and weekends.
RAISE THE CURTAIN: The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a new $51 million performing arts venue at 10950 SW 211 St. in Cutler Bay, is opening its doors with a grand performance Oct. 1-2. The center is intended to provide a state-of-the-art cultural venue and community gathering place in the southern part of Miami-Dade, as well as a showcase for the performing arts and media arts. The Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs is managing the center, with funding support from the county administration. The grand opening is to feature jazz, classical, Latin, Caribbean and gospel music and dance as well as theater and multimedia presentations created from interviews with community members.
INTERMODAL UPGRADE: Fitch Ratings has revised its rating outlook of $270 million in Transportation Infrastructure and Innovation Act loan dollars financing the Miami Intermodal Center to positive from stable, although the loan’s BBB rating remains unchanged. The act program provides federal credit assistance to finance "transportation projects of national and regional significance," according to the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration’s website. The reason for the change: the MIA Mover people mover system is nearing completion with no anticipated delays, according to Fitch, and financial projections indicate the loans could be paid off by 2027, ahead of the initial project of 2037 when the loan was made in 2007. The project, the ground transportation hub for Miami International Airport, is being financed with $170 million borrowed in 2005 and an addition $100 million borrowed in 2007. Complete coverage, including The Insider and all information columns, is available in the e-edition. Sign up at www.miamitodaynews.com