Written by Miami Today on August 9, 2012
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FLYING HIGHER: Passenger traffic at Miami International Airport rose 6.8% in the first half of 2012, the Miami-Dade County Aviation Department reported this week. International passengers increased 8.1% to 9.58 million and domestic passengers 5.6% to 10.57 million. Overall, the airport handled 20.1 million passengers from January through June, up about 1.2 million from the same period last year. "MIA continues to benefit from American Airlines’ expansion to new and existing markets," the department said in a statement. "New and expanded service by other carriers is on the rise as well."
TOWER REFINANCED: Dadeland Parcel LLC, owner of the new Town Center One office tower in the Dadeland area, has signed an agreement with BMI Financial Group that will see the financial services firm refinance the 24-floor, 210,992-square-foot Class A office building near Dadeland Mall, the firms announced. Dadeland Parcell will maintain ownership and management of the tower and Blanca Commercial Real Estate will continue to spearhead sales and leasing. BMI will acquire and extend the building’s existing mortgage from Wells Fargo Bank. "BMI Financial Group’s decision to refinance the Town Center One loan is a big boost for one of Miami’s best-positioned office properties," said Blanca President and CEO Tere Blanca.
HOT TICKETS: Just like after the team’s first title in 2006, the Miami Heat NBA championship parade June 25 drew big crowds on Tri-Rail, officials said Tuesday. The commuter rail service drew the third-highest number of passengers in its history, with 18,355 on the day of the parade, said Bonnie Arnold, a spokesperson for Tri-Rail. "If the weather had been more promising, we would have beaten the 2006 number," she said. Tri-Rail drew its highest number of passengers on June 16, 2011, on National Dump the Pump Day. The second highest was in 2006 with 18,613, during the Heat’s first championship celebration. Ms. Arnold said the commuter service averages about 13,000 passengers a day weekdays in the summer, and about 14,800 during the season when children are back in school.
HUMAN SIDE: Students from the University of Miami’s School of Communications have created VisualingFlorida.org, a multimedia website that puts "a human face" on statistical data in Florida. "Every day in the news and other media we are presented with numbers, statistics and facts that affect our lives, yet we don’t really humanize them," said Rich Beckman, a multimedia journalism professor at UM whose students helped create the site. "VisualizingFlorida.org makes the connection by sharing the stories behind the real people affected by these statistics."