Written by Miami Today on April 22, 2010
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BALLOT QUESTION: Miami-Dade commissioners plan a special meeting to flesh out ballot questions regarding whether the mayor should remain a strong mayor — and who would get executive authority — and whether commissioners should get a pay raise, and how much. A commission committee last week debated both issues at length before deciding to take the questions to the full commission. Chair Dennis Moss said Tuesday he’s working to schedule a special meeting.
KEEP IT COMING: USA Network has ordered two more seasons of its television show "Burn Notice," which is shot in Miami, according to the Greater Miami Visitors & Convention Bureau. The show’s fourth season is being shot in Coconut Grove and is to begin airing June 3. The show averages 7.1 million viewers and has been touted as positive marketing and economic impact for the Miami area.
DEAN SEARCH: St. Thomas University has formed a search committee for its next law school dean, said Beverly S. Bachrach, vice president for university advancement and marketing and communications at St. Thomas. Current Dean Alfredo Garcia is resigning at the end of August after three-plus years to resume teaching at the university, she said. The search committee aims to select a new dean by the time of Dean Garcia’s resignation.
TAKE THE BALLGAMES OUT TO US: With a new retractable-roof stadium on the way in Little Havana, and given the economic stimulus that comes with hosting major sporting events, Miami-Dade commissioners hope to see a Major League Baseball All-Star Game here, as well as the National Basketball Association All-Star and March Madness games. Recent NBA tournaments "have been held in larger domed stadiums as opposed to the traditional basketball arena," notes the Dennis Moss legislation asking the county’s Sports Commission to go after the games. Commissioners initially approved the measure in committee last week.
CONSTRUCTION CONTRIBUTIONS: Jackson Health System’s Public Health Trust is one step closer to being able to accept construction projects as gifts indefinitely. The health trust already can accept construction projects up to $5 million from non-profits. Commissioners are moving to remove an expiration date from that provision. "It works and I just want to continue it," sponsor Bruno Barreiro said last week at a committee meeting, where commissioners OK’d the extension.