MIAMI BY MARTIN November 2008
A monthly column from Martin Crossland
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Current Miami Temperature: 79°F 26°C balmy degrees
Current Miami Beach Surf Temperature: 77°F 25°C degrees
Florida can be a
leader in renewable energy.
Crist, our governor, tells us that billions and billions of dollars are moving
overseas and investments here in Florida to replace our thirst for petroleum
just is not sufficient," he said. "We're not doing enough, we're just sitting
back and saying, 'Let that oil come in from overseas"
a growing public discussion for the need for domestic fuel production and he
predicted that Florida is in a position to be a leader in renewable energy resources.
"If we use sources like switchgrass*, orange peel (citrus waste) and bagasse
(sugar cane waste) rather than corn and sugar, we have the opportunity to keep
the price of food down, lower the price of fuel and keep Florida green and clean,"
of switchgrass have produced up to 15 tons of dry biomass per acre, and five-
year yields average 11.5 tons-enough to make 1,150 gallons of ethanol per acre
The Miami Marine Stadium was saved from the wrecking ball when the city's Historic Preservation Board voted unanimously to designate the site as a historic landmark. The designation opens the door to grant money and tax breaks that could facilitate much needed repairs. The 44-year-old stadium closed in 1992 after Hurricane Andrew swept through.
The HEP board opted to also protect the entire basin where the stadium is located, as well as adjacent property along the Rickenbacker Causeway to ensure that the stadium remains visible from the road.
Donald Worth of Friends of Miami Marine Stadium said a dozen organizations have expressed interest in making use of the stadium, including ACT Productions and the Concert Association of Florida.
No butts on the beach
Miami Beach Commissioner Jerry Libbin is on a crusade against litter. "This is really a quality of life issue," said Libbin, who plans to crack down on scofflaws this month with the help of volunteers stationed at key entrance points to the beach.
"The first weekend they will greet visitors, tell them to enjoy the beach, but also remind them that Miami Beach does not allow glass or bottles and please don't leave cigarette butts in the sand," Libbin said.
"The second weekend they will do the same thing, but I hope to have code enforcement out there handing out written warnings." Libbin said the warning could lead to fines.
"If you have laws, and don't enforce them, then what is the use of having them in the first place? This is not about banning smoking on the beach, this is about litter and keeping our beaches clean."
Bell ringers convene in Miami to study ancient art
Bells were ringing in Miami as dozens come to learn the centuries-old tradition used to mark church services, weddings and funerals.
For 60 or so bell ringers in town last month, there's nothing quite like the feeling of pulling a long rope and hearing the glorious, melodic sound that results.
Miami Trinity Cathedral's eight bells, which range from 558 to 2,008 pounds, come from the 438-year-old Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London. So did the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia and the bell in London's Big Ben.
Miami got its bells in 1984 and today has eight ringers. The bells here typically toll on Sundays before 10 a.m. and during practice on Tuesday nights.
New international advertizing campaign for Miami "Where Worlds Meet"
The Miami Tourist Board in partnership with American Airlines, The Beacon Council,
Miami International Airport and the Port of Miami has launched a new advertising
campaign which is designed to promote Greater Miami as THE place to live, work
and play. The program will be supported with print ads and online banners in
markets which include Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Spain and New
York. Traffic from these efforts will be directed to a micro-site, www.MiamiWhereWorldsMeet.com,
which provides information for people planning a vacation, planning a meeting
or planning to relocate their business or family. The photo that comes up is
really neat. As you move the cursor, it envelopes a birds eye view of downtown
Miami to Miami Beach.
Miami International Airport names busiest in the USA for international travel
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics has reported that MIA was the busiest
U.S. airport for international travel on U.S. carriers for the first six months of 2008, with 2.5 million international
passenger boardings. In the month of June 2008, MIA was the busiest international airport with 454,400 international
passenger boardings on U.S. carriers.
Miami's Freedom Tower receives National Historic Landmark designation
The Freedom Tower in Downtown Miami has been designated a National Historical
Landmark. Completed in 1925, the tower originally served as the headquarters
and printing facility of the Miami News & Metropolis newspaper. Beginning in
1962, as refugees escaping Cuba arrived in the United States, the building was
used to provide in-processing services, basic medical and dental services, records
on relatives already in the U.S. and relief aid. National Historic Landmarks
are sites that have been determined by the Secretary of the Interior to be nationally
significant in American history and culture. For more information, visit www.NPS.gov/nr/.
EVENTS IN GREATER MIAMI & THE BEACHES
Peruvian Superstar - Eva Ayllón
Up to 2nd.
20th Century Spanish Drawings from the Fundación Mapfre Collection
Up to 2nd.
Egypt: Great Discoveries from the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
Up to 12th. Nov. 08
Up to 9th.
Cano: The Blue Ribbon
to 25th. Jan. 09
Eye of the Collector: Jewish Vision of Sigmund R. Balka
Up to 1st. Mar. 09
Orange Bowl Festival
Fest - First Saturdays at the Arsht Center
6th. Nov. 08
6th. Nov. 08 to 4th. Jan. 09
7th. Nov. 08
7th. to 9th. Nov. 08
JAZZ ROOTS - A Larry Rosen Series
Legends of Jazz: Dave Brubeck is joined by the Cuban-born Grammy-winning
jazz great Paquito D’Rivera
Annual France Cinema Miami Festival
to 11th. Nov. 08
7th. to 16th. Nov. 08
Florida Auto Show 2008
Fall in Love Concert
8th. and 9th. Nov. 08
68th. Annual Ramble
- A Garden Festival
9th. Nov. 08
9th. to 16th. Nov. 08
Book Fair International
Nov. to 21st. Dec. 08
du Soleil: Corteo
Celebrity Chef Series: Anthony Bourdain
14th. to 16th. Nov. 08
Championship Weekend – NASCAR
25th. Nov. 08
So You Think You Can Dance
23rd. Nov. 08
Romance 106.7 y MegaTV Presenta El Gran Concierto
The exciting concert features some of the biggest stars in Latin music, such
as Chayanne, Luis Fonsi, Carlos Vives, Cabas, Marco Antonio Solis and
23rd. Nov. 08
A Matter of Life and Death - Firebird Chamber Orchestra
Wiggles Presents: Pop goes the Wiggles
08 to 18th. Jan. 09
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
26th. Nov. 08
Madonna in Concert
26th. Nov. to 1st. Dec. 08
Party Week 2008
27th. Nov. 08
and 30th. Nov. 08
Arts & Crafts Show at Cauley Square
MORE GREATER MIAMI & THE BEACHES EVENTS,
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