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ImageThe Consulate recently bade farewell to the former Deputy consul General, Mr. Kirk Francois, who assumed new duties in Caracas, Venezuela. The consulate has received three new officers to its ranks.

This is Mr. Garth Lamsee’s 3rd posting who replaces Mr. Francois as Deputy Consul General as he was recently transferred from Washington D.C. Accordingly, Mr. Lamsee brings a wealth of experience and ideas that we at the Consulate will rely on as we strive to implement the government’s agenda.

ImageLisa Blue has an unbelievable showing on Monday, July 19th at the Raleigh Hotel in Miami. The Australian label closed the group show in the final night of Miami Fashion Week Swim. A fan favorite, Lisa Blue showed 15 looks ranging from Aboriginal to Renaissance Lace and viewers were overhead commenting that she was the highlight of this season’s fashion week festivities.
{msoimage}As part of the settlement agreement approved last month with Miami-Dade Police Sergeant Denis Morales over charges he exploited his official position when he was chief of staff for Mayor Carlos Alvarez, the Ethics Commission today issued him a Public Reprimand. Morales has been demoted from his previous position and remitted a fine of $1,500 for the misappropriation of 40 hours of paid leave in March of 2009, while he was earning outside income teaching in Panama. Morales pleaded no contest to allegations in Complaint 10-25 that he 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. In mentioning the violations, the Reprimand notes, “Nothing serves to undermine the public’s trust more than arrogant government officials acting as if the laws and rules do not apply to them.” The letter calls Morales’ scheme “petty and shameful” and reminds him, “…his job is to serve the public and to safeguard their assets, not to exploit his position for his own benefit and financial gain.”
The Ambassador of Spain to the United States receives a celebratory welcome at Miami City Hall before a courtesy visit with the Mayor of Miami. (Left to right ) Julian Linares, member of City of Miami Mayor’s International Council, H.E. Jorge Dezcallar de Mazarredo, Ambassador of Spain to the United States, Miami Mayor Tomas P. Regalado, Isabel de Quesada, Executive Director of City of Miami Mayor’s International Council, Santiago Cabanas, Consul General of Spain in Miami.(Photo credit: Jorge Solino)
On Tuesday morning, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado welcomed His Excellency Jorge Dezcallar de Mazarredo, Ambassador of Spain to the United States, to Miami City Hall, just a couple of days after Spain’s first World Cup title. The arrival of the Ambassador was celebrated with a banner honoring Spain as the 2010 World Cup Champions sponsored by the International Finance Bank.