Written by Miami Today on September 23, 2010
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MONEY MAKER: Miami commissioners initially approved new licensing requirements and fees for coin-operated amusement machines last week. The idea is to allow the city new avenues for regulating the machines and generate revenue. Commissioner Marc Sarnoff added that to avoid misuse, the legislation should require the city, not the owners, to affix to the machines business tax receipts made of a material that can’t be removed without being damaged. It’s estimated the new fees could earn the city $750,000 a year. It must get a second OK to become law.
LIGHTS, CAMERA: The film business and those industries that support it are being courted by the Miami Community Redevelopment Agency. Miami commissioners, acting as the agency’s board, approved Monday expenditures and grants up to $250,000 from the Southeast Overtown/Park West agency to lure the industry to its neck of the woods. The same is also proposed from Omni Community Redevelopment Agency funds but was deferred to October.
BASEL BIZ: Commissioners also approved grants up to $50,000 total from the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency and $50,000 from the Omni agency to assist with Art Basel-related events held within agency boundaries. Qualifying events must be held at least two days during the Art Basel period Dec. 2-5 and be open to the public. For the Omni grants, Commissioner Marc Sarnoff stipulated that any events sponsored by the agency be free.
SUMMER ARRIVALS: Miami International Airport’s international arrivals saw the July’s greatest increase, a 7% climb to 853,229 passengers compared to July 2009’s 797,753. Domestic arrivals rose year-over-year to 825,751 passengers from 806,292, a 2.4% increase. Total passenger arrivals also grew 4.7% in July to 1,678,980 over July 2009’s 1,604,045.
TUNNELING FACTS: The Miami-Dade County Commission Airport and Seaport Committee passed a resolution requesting Mayor Carlos Alvarez or a designee to analyze the potential impact Port of Miami tunnel construction could have on cruise and cargo business. The item, sponsored by Rebeca Sosa, would require the analysis to be presented before the commission within 45 days. "We want [the cruise lines and other partners] to understand that the county and the state will work together," she said, "to minimize the impact to the visitors of this county."
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