Written by Miami Today on October 7, 2010
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EXPLORING OLYMPICS: Want to watch the Olympics from your backyard? Miami-Dade officials do, too, as the county commission approved Tuesday a motion that would create a Miami-Dade Olympic Exploratory Committee. The group is to evaluate the feasibility of bidding for and hosting the games and submit an annual report to the commission. To ensure that staffing support is absorbed by the county, members of the Miami-Dade Sports Commission are to serve on the committee. "Hopefully, this will give our team the ability to sponsor the Olympics in the future," Chairman Dennis Moss said.
BACK TO THE BEACH: Miami International Fashion Week, a large-scale international and Latin American fashion event, will move back to Miami Beach in 2011 and be rebranded Miami Beach International Fashion Week. The event was founded in 1999 by Beth Sobol, president of Sobol Fashion Products, and left the Beach in 2006 for Midtown Miami. "During the 2010 shows… we had more than 58 international designers from 22 countries throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, India, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Lebanon and Europe," Ms. Sobol said in a press release. "It’s estimated that the week contributes about $14 million annually to the local economy."
WORKING AROUND LEBRON: The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts moved its gala to Oct. 28 so as not to conflict with Miami Heat’s Oct. 29 home opener against the Orlando Magic, a spokesperson said. The gala will celebrate the center’s fifth anniversary and the unveiling of a newly etched donor wall, which netted the center $2 million. The Heat’s home opener is the first time Dwayne Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh will play together in a regular season game.
FLYING UP: Miami International Airport’s international arrivals saw August’s greatest increase, up 5.3% to 833,697 passengers compared to August 2009’s 792,000. Domestic arrivals grew year over year to 767,281 arrivals from 744,319, a 3.1% increase. Total passenger arrivals also climbed 4.2% in August to 1.6 million compared to August 2009’s 1.563 million.
RAIL RIDERS: Tri-Rail’s year-over-year total ridership climbed 6.6% in August to 301,330 passengers compared to 282,760 in August 2009, according to daily ridership reports from Veolia Transportation. Workday ridership also increased to 261,408 from August 2009’s 242,745, a 7.7% rise. Sunday ridership rose 6.7% year over year to 20,475 passengers from 19,198. The only Tri-Rail ridership decline was Saturdays, with 19,447 riders in August compared to August 2009’s 20,817, a 6.6% fall.
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