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Tourist taxes add-on a creative way to finance vital transit

Tourist taxes add-on a creative way to finance vital transit

If Miami-Dade commissioners succeed in a creative drive to increase two of our three tourism taxes by one percentage point each, they can amass more than $60 million a year…

How realistic is the dialogue in the Grove Playhouse drama?

How realistic is the dialogue in the Grove Playhouse drama?

The best theater in Miami is at Coconut Grove Playhouse. Imagine how much better it could be if the playhouse were actually open. The vacant site tops the bill of…

Huge casinos wouldn’t nourish us, just supersize problems

Huge casinos wouldn’t nourish us, just supersize problems

”No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session,” the axiom goes – and a supersized 316-page House bill to supersize Florida gambling by adding…

Chairman’s pledge ties to game-changing rail opportunity

Chairman’s pledge ties to game-changing rail opportunity

Finally, someone in authority has said it: it’s past time to stop studying where to add rail transportation and time to get the money and get rolling. The man who…

Metromover fare is right track, but let voters engineer it

Metromover fare is right track, but let voters engineer it

We applaud a county committee that seeks a fare on our long-free Metro-mover but prefer a means other than a direct commission vote to do the job. Though a fare…

Bad as downtown traffic is, planners try to make it worse

Bad as downtown traffic is, planners try to make it worse

Nobody should be surprised by our lead story last week that that Miami’s downtown developers are urging the powers that be to slice auto traffic lanes out of Biscayne Boulevard…

Drooping heads at public meeting are no napping matter

Drooping heads at public meeting are no napping matter

At the podium former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman was talking about energy, yet hundreds of heads had drooped into a posture that said anything but energy: it seemed…

For county incentives deals, schedule a whole new ballgame

For county incentives deals, schedule a whole new ballgame

Miami-Dade commissioners this week were to set deadlines to negotiate $75 million in tax-funded incentives grants to multiple enterprises for supposedly game-changing economic catalysts. As they plan for future grants…

A Miami day of achievements that mostly went unheralded

A Miami day of achievements that mostly went unheralded

The barrage of bad news that hits us from every side every day has so jaundiced Miamians that it’s hard to realize that most of what is going on around…

Weak goals for incentives achieve little, distort competition

Weak goals for incentives achieve little, distort competition

Vast downtown projects are each spending $1.75 billion to create retail, residences, hotels, garages and more in multi-block swaths. But government is treating them differently as they compete in the…

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