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Global Development Consultants, Inc. (GDC), an innovative urban housing, real estate, design and construction company dedicated to new urbanism and sustainable living, on July 7, 2010 unveiled its state of the art housing concept designed for durability, efficiency and ease of use. The distinctive housing units, on display today at Miami City Hall, will be made out of retrofitted shipping containers, built in Miami and ready to be shipped across the globe to fulfill housing needs in countries in need of sustainable and efficient dwellings for their citizens.

Civil rights icon, Ambassador Andrew J. Young, Chairman of the Southern Africa Enterprise Development Fund (SAEDF), will deliver the keynote address on International Trade at a Fundraiser on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the Fort Lauderdale Women's Club building at 15 South East 1st Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.

In addition to promoting international trade, particularly with Africa and developing nations in Latin America and the Caribbean, the event will raise funds for Haiti relief and development efforts and for Lauderhill Vice Mayor and candidate for Broward County Commission, District 9, Dale Holness.

Leon County Commissioner Cliff Thaell held a press conference earlier today, announcing a proposal to launch a Greater Frenchtown-Southside Economic Revitalization Commission. Thaell’s African-American opponent, Nick Maddox, attended the press event to support the commission, but questioned the career politician on the timing of the idea. “Mr. Thaell has been in office for 16 years and it took the threat of a qualified African-American opponent to remind him that he also represents the predominately African-American populated areas of the county,” stated Maddox.

The Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust today accepted a negotiated settlement from Miami-Dade Police Sergeant Denis Morales over charges he exploited his official position when he was chief of staff for Mayor Carlos Alvarez. Morales paid a fine of $1,500 and will receive a public reprimand for the misappropriation of 40 hours of paid leave in March of 2009, while he was earning outside income teaching in Panama. Investigation of the complaint (C 10-25) found that Morales violated the County’s Conflict of Interest and Code of Ethics Ordinance by citing earned leave for overtime work long after it expired, exempting himself from standard leave procedures and destroying payroll records. 

The Ethics Commission denied a motion to dismiss the case against North Miami Beach Mayor Myron Rosner for exploitation of official position. Complaints filed last year (C 09-02 & C 09-04) alleged that, while he was a member of the City Council, Rosner used his influence to obtain permits for additions to his private home without seeking required variances. The mayor, who is a licensed building contractor and a member of the Miami-Dade County Board of Rules and Appeals, will face a public hearing on the charge.