FYI Miami: December 24, 2015
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THE SHOW GOES ON: Miami commissioners approved an agreement for continued management of city-owned Tower Theater in Little Havana. Miami Dade College has run the iconic theater at 1508 SW Eighth St. as a multi-screen movie theater. In 2001 the city sought letters of interest to operate the theater. The college ranked highest of five respondents, and on Jan. 2, 2002, commissioners authorized a management agreement with the college. The agreement expired in April 2012, with the college remaining month to month. The new five-year agreement has options to extend for two more five-year periods. The college won’t pay to use the theater. Last fall, commissioners agreed to spend about $140,300 to repair the theater, one of Miami’s oldest cultural landmarks, known for a 40-foot steel tower. Opened in December 1926, it was considered the finest state-of-the-art theater in the South and later was a gathering place for cultural connections in Little Havana. The theater closed in 1984 but was remodeled under city ownership in 2002 and turned over to the college under the management agreement.
HEMLINES AND DEADLINES: The county’s Economic Prosperity Committee approved giving couturier Naeem Khan an eight-month extension to complete permitting for construction of a design studio and manufacturing facility on the Miami River. His NKMIA LLC has a long-term lease for county-owned property at 1175 NW South River Drive where the well-known fashion designer plans to build and operate headquarters for products under his brand. On Dec. 2, the county commission approved the lease, requiring KNMIA LLC to proceed with construction no later than June 12, 2016, and provide the county with plans, specifications and permits no later than April 12, 2016. However, the company expressed concern about its ability to meet deadlines due to unanticipated delays. If approved by the full commission, the lease would require NKMIA to proceed with construction on Feb. 12, 2017, and provide the county with its plans and permits on Dec. 12, 2016.
DOMINICAN TRADE TRIP: The Florida Foreign Trade Association is heading a four-day trade trip to the Dominican Republic from March 8-11. The cost is $2,018 for members, $2,068 for others. The mission is organized by the Alliance to Promote International Trade with the cooperation of the US Commercial Service Office and AMCHAM D.R. Details: (305) 471-0737 or firstname.lastname@example.org.