Written by Miami Today on July 8, 2010
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HOSPITAL WARD: Concerned that pending University of Miami plans to build a medical practice building and hospital in Miami’s health district might injure struggling Jackson Memorial Hospital nearby, Miami-Dade commissioners are being asked to vote today (7/8) to require a report from county administrators within 45 days on the plan’s status. The university has a 75-year lease for the site with the county. The university "continues to plan for an ambulatory center on the leased site in the future," its Chief Financial Officer Joe Natoli wrote to Miami Today last month. The resolution, sponsored by Commissioner Barbara Jordan, deletes an earlier proviso that would have withheld county funds to the university until the commission got a report.
THE FINAL PIECE: Developer Wexford Miami, which is currently working on the first building in the University of Miami’s life sciences park, is to go before the county commission today (7/8) to seek approval for a $60 million bond critical to the $100 million project. Construction on the first building began in February, according to Joseph Reagan, who heads the project here for Wexford. Developers are wrapping up work on the frame, he said, and will soon begin on the building’s skin, roof, floors and main HVAC system and submit permits for tenants, including anchor tenant University of Miami Tissue Bank.
HOW’RE WE DOING?: Members of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce and Latin Chamber of Commerce of the United States will join five union officials, four educators and others on a 19-member Miami-Dade County Performance and Efficiency Commission to advise on improvements to county government if commissioners give final approval to its creation today (7/8). In days of tightening county budgets, one of the board’s duties would be to "recommend cost-effectiveness measures and best business/management practices which will realize savings and improve service delivery." Another task: "review the county’s strategic plan."
LIMITING LOITERING: Miami Beach businesses will soon be able to buy the right to shoo away loiterers, a longstanding problem. "We’re going to be launching, along with [the Miami Beach] Chamber of Commerce the opportunity for business to purchase and be registered with police with a small sign that says "For Your Safety," said Elsie Howard, chair of Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority. "Police keep the record of those businesses that have the sign affixed to their door and that means they can move people along without having to warn them." The stickers, she added, are to cost about $35.
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