FYI Miami: May 22, 2014
Written by Miami Today on May 21, 2014
WRITTEN EXPLANATIONS: County commissioners adopted an ordinance on first reading Tuesday that would require Miami-Dade condominium and homeowner associations to provide written notice to prospective buyers and renters when rejecting their applications and to specify each reason an application is rejected. The ordinance, sponsored by Sally Heyman, is set for a hearing June 9. The proposal is intended to prevent associations from discriminating based on applicants’ race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation or source of income. It states: Currently, “because there is no legal requirement to provide such notice… The board finds that condominium associations, homeowners associations, and cooperative associations should have transparent processes when evaluating applications.”
SPEEDY REPAIRS: Miami-Dade commissioners agreed Tuesday to waive the bidding process to speed the start of more than $10 million in repairs to the west end of the Venetian Causeway, just north of downtown on Biscayne Bay. A section of the bridge had become weak and a hole opened as a county transit bus drove on it in March. The $10.1 million earmarked for the project was taken from three other bridge projects. The county’s Public Works and Waste Management Department will handle the project, selecting a design-build firm. The causeway is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, as it follows the original route of the Collins Bridge, a wooden structure built in 1913. The causeway consists of 12 bridges spanning the 11 man-made Venetian Islands.
PUMPED UP: A three-pump project the City of Miami Beach awarded to Bergeron Land Development to install on Alton Road to help alleviate flooding is on schedule. Pumps at 10th and 14th streets will be fully functioning by Oct. 1, said Bruce Mowry, city engineer, at the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Flooding Mitigation and Sea Level Rise this week. Valves to help control flooding will be in place by then on the third pump at Sixth Street so there shouldn’t be excess flooding while work is being completed, he said. The timing is geared to precede extreme annual flooding expected this fall. The $11.2 million, three-pump project is in addition to the Florida Department of Transportation’s own pump installations.
LONG-TERM CARE: Ana Mederos, chief executive officer of Palmetto General Hospital, has been appointed to the Governor’s Panel on Excellence in Long-Term Care by Gov. Rick Scott.