Underwater art project
Miami Beach is getting a new cultural attraction: The ReefLine, an underwater public sculpture park, snorkeling trail, and man-made reef about 900 feet offshore. The project – designed by OMA architect Shohei Shigematsu under the artistic direction of Miami-based curator Ximena Caminos and in collaboration with scholars from the University of Miami – will be seven miles long and feature installations by several artists, including Leandro Erlich and Ernesto Neto. The first mile is scheduled to be completed in December for Art Basel Miami Beach.
- A native of Hialeah Madeline Pumariega is the new President of Miami Dade College. She succeeds Eduardo Padron, who retired in 2019 after running the school for 24 years. Pumariega, previously Provostin of Tallahassee Community College and former Chancellor of the Florida College System, played basketball as a student at Miami Dade College, where she later became a trainer and professor. MDC has more than 165,000 students in eight locations.
- Melo Group plans to complete a 1,042-unit apartment project called Downtown 5th in downtown Miami this summer.
- New York-based Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance and the Comras Company of Florida have formed a joint venture to create an open-air marketplace on the western edge of Miami’s Design District.
- Gauge Capital sold Miami Beach Medical Group to Sun Capital of Boca Raton for more than $ 500 million. The medical group has 19 clinics in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Polk counties.
- Baptist Health South Florida co-led a $ 34 million investment in Boston-based COTA, a health tech company that uses data to improve cancer care and drug development.
- The Center for Black Innovation, a Miami nonprofit that supports black tech entrepreneurs, received $ 2.1 million from the Knight Foundation, Surdna Foundation, and Comcast NBC-Universal.
- Miami Papa, an app that connects seniors with young people for camaraderie and help with daily chores, has rented new office space downtown.
- The University of Miami’s Herbert Business School, in partnership with education technology company 2U, has created a 24-week online financial professional training program in financial technology for local professionals. UM FinTech Boot Camp plans to enroll about two dozen students for its first cohort this month.
- The Miami startup Cast.AI, whose platform enables business customers to work across various cloud services, raised $ 7.7 million in start-up capital.
- Miami-based coding educator Ironhack has partnered with OfferUp online marketplace to provide $ 250,000 in scholarships to provide access to Ironhack’s coding bootcamps to women and other underrepresented workers in the tech industry.
- Ireland-based Everseen, which manufactures theft deterrent technology used by retailers, has rented space in Miami for a research and development office with approximately 30 employees.
- David Grutman, owner of a LIV nightclub, has teamed up with pop star Pharrell Williams to transform a block of town on Washington Avenue in South Beach into the Goodtime Hotel, a seven-story hotel with 266 rooms, a recording studio, and retail and dining spaces.
- Jodi Mailander Farrell will lead the Everglades Foundation’s fundraising drives as Vice President of Development. Previously, she was Vice President Development at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami.
- Southwest Airlines flew from Miami International Airport to Baltimore, Chicago, Houston and Tampa.
- Miami-based Ryder System paid $ 30 million one-time bonuses to nearly 30,000 frontline employees in December to recognize their work during the pandemic. Full-time employees received $ 1,000; Part-time workers received $ 500.
- Miami used approximately $ 3.6 million in COVID relief funds to distribute grocery store gift cards worth $ 250 each to families in need. The city also distributed $ 5 million in grants to help small businesses and nonprofits meet their expenses.
- Coral Gables offered up to $ 50,000 in aid grants to small businesses in the city.
- Former Miami Heat star Chris Bosh has been named dean of the Drone Racing League Academy, an effort by the league to provide practical STEM education to young people during the pandemic. The academy teaches the science behind drone racing through video games, digital panel discussions, and live streaming guest lectures from celebrities.
Read more in the February issue of Florida Trend.
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