Written by Miami Today on February 21, 2013
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BRIDGES FUND HUNT: As concerns focus on an unexpected $31 million repair bill for the Bear Cut Bridge linking Key Biscayne and Virginia Key, Miami-Dade commission Chair Rebeca Sosa is asking for approval of a resolution this week that would ask Mayor Carlos Gimenez to list all potential funding sources to repair and maintain the county’s eight movable drawbridges and 195 vehicular or pedestrian bridges. Noting that the bridges are aging, she asks that the mayor within 90 days report on all state and federal funding sources and any others available for county bridge upgrades.
TALKING TURKEY: Turkey has opened a trade office in Miami, one of nine Turkish trade offices throughout the US. "Our main goal is to reach stronger economic and commercial ties between Turkey and the United States, through encouraging our local businesses and entrepreneurs respectively for further partnerships in the areas of trade and investment," said Halit Akcaglayan, commercial attaché in the Miami trade office. The trade office is to hold a half-day inaugural event that brings three speakers from the Turkish Ministry of Economy on Feb. 22. The new trade office is at 1001 Brickell Bay Drive, Suite 2016. Details: (305) 379-5420.
FIU IN COLOMBIA: Florida International University has received a federal grant of almost $750,000 to develop a research collaboration network in Colombia to address global development challenges affecting the Andean Amazon region. "Our goal is to develop a greater scientific understanding of the unique ecosystems in the Colombian Andean Amazon by building education and research capacity within the country, and then putting the science to work for environmental conservation," said Elizabeth Anderson, program executive officer in FIU’s Global Water for Sustainability program. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables has signed on to support the initiative, the university said.
TRAINING IN COLOMBIA: A Miami volunteer organization that serves persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities is partnering with the Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and Americas to send a March 1-10 mission to Cali, Colombia, to train representatives of 15 non-profit organizations. "We will be presenting various workshops to include fundraising techniques, case management and voluntary recruitment methods," said Gabriel Parra, director of adult services with The Arc of South Florida, the volunteer group.