Written by Miami Today on November 19, 2009
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WORLD CUP WISHES: Continuing in pursuit of hosting a soccer World Cup here, Miami-Dade commissioners voted Tuesday to urge the USA bid committee to select the county as the site for the 2018 or 2022 International Federation of Association Football games. They agreed also to the terms of the committee’s host city agreement. Commissioner José "Pepe" Diaz, who chairs the county’s sports commission, said that after a recent trip to New York, "I think that we’re looking really, really good."
OLYMPIC EXPLORATION: In hopes also of a Miami Olympics, the Miami-Dade Sports Commission is to serve as the new Miami-Dade Olympic Exploratory Committee. Commissioners approved the new role Tuesday. The committee is to "seek input and support" from both the public and private sectors in considering submitting a bid to host the Olympics, the Pan American Games "or any other comparable international athletic events," Chair Dennis Moss’s legislation says. It calls also for a report to commissioners. Mr. Moss, who had proposed a committee in the past, said he decided to put the task in the sports commission’s hands because "that’s their role. That’s what they do in this community." The Olympic committee is to disband in a year.
ALL HANDS ON DECK: For next fiscal year, the full Miami-Dade commission is to powwow on the county budget in workshops before formal votes. Only budget committee members did so this time around. Commissioner Joe Martinez, who proposed making the meetings inclusive, called it "the best way to go." Katy Sorenson, who chairs the budget committee, agreed, predicting a tough year ahead. "I think it’s going to be all hands on deck," she said. Chairman Dennis Moss also got on board, saying the more commissioners involved in examining the budget "the better."
GREEN FOR GREENWAY: Miami is looking to the federal government to complete its public greenway along the Miami River. The city has applied for a $48.5 million-plus stimulus grant to complete the last 8.4 miles. Several proponents have gotten behind the effort, from lawmakers to officials representing the river and downtown. They note in letters of support recent development along the path, adding "there are an additional 9,688 new residential units, as well as 11 new restaurants with completed and approved designs, which have not broken ground along sections of the planned Miami Greenway Network route which would be constructed if awarded… grant funding."