The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida on May 30, 1987 · 37
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The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida · 37

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CLASSIFIED9D BUSINESS4D DEATHS3D COMICS26D The Miami Herald Section D ilf i iflfT -' - Is 8240000 outrageous lor tourism chief? Is George Kirkland worth $240000 a year as Greater Miami’s new tourism czar? My reaction was disbelief They seem out of touch and terribly arrogant these directors of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau They want to run the thing like a private business but get 95 percent of their $57 million annual budget from public tourism tax In this spirit they’re hiring San Francisco’s Kirkland as president at a quarter of a million dollars a year in wages and benefits It pales by comparison the $122000 in direct and deferred wages plus benefits paid County Manager Sergio Pereira to run Metro-Dade County which has a $15 billion annual budget Who is this tourism superman? Not somebody who bowls you over Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez who spent 45 minutes with him a couple of months ago said Friday: “Superficially he didn’t impress me as a Lee Iacocca or a Zev Bufman” Kirkland apparently knows little about South Florida and has no experience in this area’s biggest potential tourism market Latin America Suarez is among a number of local politicians who’re unhappy with the way things have been going with Dade's two-year-old Convention and Visitors Bureau It’s a bureau that likes to hold secret meetings to decide how to spend public money The last director Gerard Kauper was fired behind closed doors in December That was a messy piece of business not for what was done but for the stupid way they did it If Kirkland has so much on the ball he won’t last 18 months in this job One of his predecessor’s faults was too much independence To get a better understanding of the logic behind Kirkland’s hiring however I called the chairman of the bureau’s search committee Bob Dickinson senior vice president of Carnival Cruise Lines “Let’s put salaries into perspective” Dickinson said “If the Miami Heat is successful they’ll get a star seven-foot center who’ll make $145 million a year and nobody will think about it because he may make a couple of million dollars a year impact on the community “A man like Kirkland can mean tens or hundreds of millions a year to Greater Miami over time “You get what you pay for” Dickinson expressed frustration over the heat that has swirled around directors of the convention and visitors board which include such figures as hotelman Steve Muss and taxicab mogul Sigmund Zilber plus other bankers businessmen and hoteliers Some of the more prominent rank high on Metro Mayor Steve Clark’s Christmas card list "Private sector individuals” Dickinson calls them “working hard trying to move this area into 20th Century tourism and convention marketing But the way they’re written about you'd think they were a clandestine group of blackguards and thieves" I asked him what makes George Kirkland so good “What makes (Miami Dolphins Coach Don Shula so good? Shula commands compensation double that of other coaches in the NFL Kirkland is an uncommon man" Thus far private business contributes only about $500000 to the budget of the bureau One of Kirkland’s jobs will be to increase that to say $1 million or $2 million “He has the ability to do that which will more than pay for his total compensation" Dickinson said “The point is Greater Miami should be in the top four or five tourism and convention destinations in the nation Three years ago we were in 33rd place for conventions We're still not in the top 10 and have a tremendous mountain to climb it Is George Kirkland worth $240000 a year? Time will tell Anyhow the annual resort tax appropriation to the tourism bureau comes up for renewal in September and there are those who're in a mood to see it scrapped "The ball" says Miami Mayor Suarez "is in the county’s court" Tropical depression to dampen weekend By STEPHEN K DOIG Herald Stuff Writer A slow-moving tropical depression that has languished In the Atlantic all week is expected to move over South Florida by this afternoon with enough blustery winds and thundershowers to ruin the weekend weather Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center In Coral Gables said Friday there was only a chance the depression could gain enough strength to become a minimal tropical storm by the time it arrives today Friday afternoon the depression's maximum sustained winds were 35 miles per hour just below the 39 mph threshold to be a named tropical storm "Right now It doesn’t look as if it is s’rcngthcnlng" sa-'d hurricane specialist Gil Food to tempt Disc jockey Bill Murphy struggles to raise a guitar-play- Flagler Street to benefit Miami’s Children’s Hospital ing gorilla — radio station 97GTR’s inflatable mascot — The fair was part of a three-day effort to raise money for over an International Food Fair staged Friday along the hospital Story Page 3D Will library’s censorship show be By JUSTIN GILLIS Herald Staff Writer The idea was to show movies at the public library that might upset blacks Jews Catholics feminists or those who dislike homosexuals demonstrating why the films were once targeted by censors But organizers of an exhibition in downtown Miami on the history of censorship didn’t expect the reaction they are getting: A real-life campaign by conservative Christians to ban two films in the upcoming series "They're showing X-rated movies at the public library” said Rickey Patterson Hastings predicts: Til By LYNNE DUKE Herald Staff Writer Embattled US District Judge Alcee Hastings said during a fund-raising benefit for his defense Friday night that he expects to survive the impeachment proceedings against him and that he will tough out the battle — however long it takes "I feel very comfortable" he said “I’m not going to be impeached and I'm certainly not going to be removed" The honoree of a benefit sponsored by Miami’s Black Lawyers Association and the local women’s division of the National Bar Association Hastings was surrounded at the Hyatt Regency by nearly 1000 supporters who paid $50 each to attend Hastings Florida’s first black federal judge was acquitted in 1983 of bribery-conspiracy charges An alleged co-conspirator and friend of his law ' yer William Borders of Washington Robber paroled too early faces more charges By EDNA BUCHANAN Herald Staff Writer Carl Milton Pittman a recent parolee from prison worked as the gardener at the Surf Club He changed the flower beds trimmed the hedges and tended the hibiscus He lived in Carol City with his sister rode Metro buses to work and was paid $200 a week "He was not a good employee" his boss Angel Vega said Friday "he was an excellent employee" Pittman 33 may not be puttering Expect thunderstorms and 20-mph winds forecasters say Clark "The satellite pictures show that the thunderstorm activity has diminished somewhat in the last few hours" However as a precaution the government of the Bahamas issued a tropical storm warning for the northern end of the island chain Ily 10:30 pm Friday the system was centered about 120 miles east of Nassau and 300 miles east of Miami near latitude 256 north and longitude 756 west The stormy region was moving west toward Miami at a King Kong appetite pastor of Jesus Fellowship and leader of a group that will appear before the Metro-Dade Commission Tuesday The group will seek a ban on the library’s June 16 showing of Last Tango in Paris and the June 18 screening of La Cage Aux Folks "What’s going to stop them in four years from showing triple-X-rated movies?" Patterson said "What’s going to stop them in 10 years from showing child molestation movies?” The targets of the banning campaign: Last Tango in Paris Bernardo Bertolucci’s provocative 1972 film featuring Marlon Brando in a sexual relation- DC was convicted on like charges in a separate trial Desite Hastings’ acquittal the US Judicial Conference recommended that the House of Representatives impeach Hastings because he allegedly conspired to solicit bribes and won his acquittal by lying on the stand Federal investigators are keeping the case out of the public eye Not even Hastings and his attorney University of Miami law professor Terence Anderson have seen the full case Hastings and many of his supporters view the proceedings as politically — and racially — motivated "I’m very troubled by a bunch of judges saying we want to impeach somebody who’s been acquitted" said attorney F Lee Bailey the guest speaker at Friday's benefit "The most worrisome problem of course is whether this would all be happening if he were white" he said "Many of us feel that if it can among the blossoms at the Surf Club for some time When he stepped off the bus to report for work Friday morning seven armed men were waiting Metro-Dade robbery detectives arrested Pittman in the parking lot of the swank club at 9011 Collins Ave and marched him away in handcuffs His parole was a mistake In July 1981 Pittman was a gun-toting ex-convict suspected in a half-dozen shootings and at least 50 armed robberies in Dade and Broward counties police said Arrested more than 30 times since about 10 mph "We just don’t see any way that it could develop into a hurricane” Clark said "The atmosphere is very cold” Although the official start of the 1987 hurricane season is Monday the air and water temperatures this early in the year typically are too low to generate the more powerful storms common late In the summer But Clark warned that the depression could bring some locally heavy thundershowers over South Florida as the cloud canopy moves in The weekend forecast calls for temperatures in the low to middle 80s a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms with the winds Saturday out of the northeast near 20 mph ship alternately passionate and brutal with a young French woman Some critics see it as one of the first and best treatments of sex for serious audiences though Leslie Halliwell’s guide to film calls it a "pretentious sex melodrama mainly notable for being banned" The film garnered a single X upon its release but some critics doubt it would get more than an R now La Cage Aux Folks the unrated widely acclaimed 1979 film about two gay men longtime lovers living in Saint Tropez The men have raised a son Laurent fathered by one of them in the survive happen to Judge Alcee Hastings it can happen to any one of us” said Linda Kelly of the National Bar Association Roughly $30000 was raised from the benefit Larry Handficld president of the Black Lawyers Association said Hastings will need about $200000 to mount a strong defense The House committee has been appropriated $300000 for its investigation Hastings said he was “humbled and gratified” by the show of support It even came from a former defendant in his courtroom Howard Ilewett who once led the singing group Shalamar Ilewett was acquitted of conspiring to sell cocaine but Hastings sentenced his wife Mari Molina to prison Ilewett said his support of Hastings has nothing to do with that case “It has to do with justice” he said "If something like this is able to go on it's like a slap in the face of justice" Alcee Smith 1973 Pittman was notorious in police circles for leading them on high-speed chases His car careened at high speed into a tree a robbery victim still clinging to the hood in 1978 He and an accomplice hurled a stolen refrigerator and a stove off their truck into the paths of pursuing police from three departments in 1982 Four squad cars were wrecked His last arrest described as a "demolition derby" wrecked two police cars in a shopping center parking lot Metro Robbery Detectives George Nelson and Armando Oliva shot out the Racial balance sought for teachers By CATHY SHAW Herald Staff Writer All public school faculties should be racially balanced by September 1988 Dade school leaders said in a report released Friday' Transfers will be voluntary at first involuntary if 650 teachers don’t move willingly “We’re saying we’re morally committed to having the faculty ratios fall within the proper ranges” said incoming Superintendent Joseph Fernandez who discussed the idea informally five weeks ago before drawing up a specific plan The plan goes to the School Board for a vote June 10 Any changes in teacher transfer policies would also have to be discussed with United Teachers of Dade the collective bargain- ing agent for the county’s 13000 teachers "1 agree that faculty integration has to be done and I also agree that we have to discuss implementation” union leader Pat Tornillo said adding that he opposes involuntary transfers “I don’t think putting teachers where they don’t want to be contributes to the education of children” The biggest problem will be attracting white teachers to majority black central city schools Fernandez said The report shows that 37 black teachers are needed in 29 schools in South and South Central Dade By f’ease turn to FACULTIES 3D censored? course of an unfortunate evening with a woman some years before and the action centers on Laurent's plans to get married The father of his fiancee is the uptight secretary of the Union of Moral Order making for tricky relations among the prospective in-laws Both films have been the targets of banning campaigns or pornography prosecutions in the United States which is why they were included in a series to be shown in conjunction with the censorship exhibit at the Main Library 101 W Flagler St L k iv A fofc kot K Midn’t HoralJ Miift Hastings left is greeted by IlT at Friday’s fund-raiser suspects’ car windows and arrested them The two detectives had been on the heels of the robbers for months An accomplice was sent to prison for life for the murder of a robbery victim Pittman was sentenced to 20 years for his crimes in Dade County Then he was to face the Broward charges including robbery burglary and the attempted first-degree murder of an employee at an auto parts store The young man was shot in the stomach after opening the company Please turn to ARREST 20 75 74" 73° 27” 26° On Friday evonmq tha depression was moving west at 10 miles per hour ’ H r Nassau i f 'jjT 2 BAHAMAS 25 Atlantic I Ocean 6 24" -23 PAN cur H)KU Miami Murald Vu'l I I

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