Written by Miami Today on March 4, 2010
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PROJECTS AS PRESENTS: Jackson Health System’s Public Health Trust may be able to accept construction projects as gifts indefinitely under legislation Miami-Dade Commissioners Bruno Barreiro and Sally Heyman are proposing. The commission gave initial approval Tuesday. The county’s Health, Public Safety and Infrastructure Committee is to discuss the matter April 15. The health trust already can accept construction projects up to $5 million from non-profits. The commissioners are moving to remove an expiration date from that provision.
JUNGLE JOBS: Theme park Jungle Island got its requested tax break after Miami-Dade commissioners gave the final OK Tuesday — but not without upping the stakes. Because the Watson Island park relocated from Pinecrest to what’s designated an economically depressed "enterprise zone," it’s eligible for a tax exemption so long as at least 20% of its employees live within the zone. Now, the park is to get its $396,800 break — covering five years beginning in fiscal 2007 — but only if it can prove 27% of its employees live in the zone during the 2010 tax year.
GASSED UP: Miami-Dade County is fixing to spend $1.3 billion on gasoline, diesel and alternative fuel over the next 10 years under a contract commissioners approved Tuesday. The initial term of the three-year agreement with MacMillan Oil Company of Florida is $402.5 million, with seven one-year options to renew. The fuel is to supply departments from aviation to transit to housing. The county uses about 27 million gallons of fuel a year.
BEACONS FOR TRAVELERS: Brickell hotels can hoist more and larger identifying signs onto their buildings under legislation the Miami City Commission approved last week. Instead of two signs they’ll get three, and lettering can be 30% larger than in the past. The rationale: so visitors to Mary Brickell Village can find accommodations. The discussion: none. The vote: unanimous.
AHOY MIAMI: Costa Cruises is to return to the Port of Miami in January 2011, offering seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises on its 2,114-passenger ship Costa Atlantica.
CARNIVAL COSTS: Due to recent strong reservation rates, Carnival Cruise Lines plans to increase the prices of its June, July and August sailings, according to a news release. The general price increase, effective March 22, will vary by departure date and be up to 5%.