Written by Miami Today on August 5, 2010
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ARRIVALS SOAR: Passenger arrivals at Miami International Airport rose 5.3% in June compared to June 2009, with 1.5 million total arrivals compared to June 2009′s 1.4 million. Domestic arrivals rose 3.9% with 790,406 visitors, up from 761,026 in June 2009. International arrivals increased 6.9%, with 685,652 international arrivals compared to June 2009′s 641,254.
MORE EAGLES FLYING: American Eagle Airlines, regional arm of American Airlines, is to add service to several more American cities beginning mid-November. The expansion will start with two nonstop daily flights from Miami to Cincinnati in addition to previously announced Gainesville service. American Eagle, which is preparing to move into its new hub in Miami International Airport’s new North Terminal, will also add daily service between Miami and Richmond, VA; Pittsburgh, Memphis, Louisville, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Greensboro, Columbus and Cleveland.
READYING REPORTING: The Beacon Council next week is to discuss how it plans to report its use of 8% of the county’s Local Business Tax Revenues in some of the Miami-Dade’s most destitute areas. Commissioners during a recent meeting admonished the council, which is funded publicly and privately, for failing provide a dollar-by-dollar account for how the funds, about $350,000 annually, are used. And they said they’ve been after a report for nearly two years. Beacon Council President Frank Nero, however, has been in meetings with commissioners and county officials, a spokesperson said, and didn’t want to say more before finalizing the agency’s next step. Commissioner Audrey Edmonson who proposed, and later withdrew, an initiative stripping the agency of its public funding, said in a recent interview she was confident the council will provide the information by the end of December.
BUILDING BUSINESS: Enterprise Florida, the state’s official economic development agency, is to hold its quarterly board of directors meeting at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. The agency works to diversify Florida’s economy and create better-paying jobs by supporting, attracting and helping to create businesses in innovative, high-growth industries. Details: www.eflorida.com.
PARK OK: Zoning changes allowing a playground and pet park to be built at 1814 Brickell Ave. were approved at last week’s city commission meeting. The City of Miami purchased the 25,500-square-foot space for $2.4 million in an effort to add area green space.
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