Written by Miami Today on October 14, 2010
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PLAN IN PROGRESS: A master plan for the new-and-improved Miami Beach Convention Center is expected to be complete by mid November, Max Sklar, director of tourism and cultural development for the City of Miami Beach, wrote in an e-mail. The estimated $529.6 million renovation — which doesn’t include soft costs like fees — is still largely unfunded, aside from $55 million in pledged Miami-Dade County general obligation bonds. Work is expected to take 7 to 10 years. The center hasn’t been updated since 1989.
TUNNEL STUDY: County commissioners have requested Mayor Carlos Alvarez or a designee to analyze by mid-November the potential impact Port of Miami tunnel construction could have on traffic and on cruise and cargo business. The resolution asks that the analysis include input from the Florida Department of Transportation, tourism and hospitality representatives, and cargo companies and cruise lines, such as Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International Cruise Lines.
BRICKELL BAY UPGRADE: Looking to make Brickell Bay Drive more pedestrian friendly, Mellon Financial Center’s landlord, 1111 Brickell Office, has offered to build a traffic circle with crosswalks at Brickell Bay Drive and Southeast 12th Street, add a raised curb and landscaping free of charge to the city. The office building sits at 1111 Brickell Ave. If Miami commissioners OK the donated improvements today (10/14), the city has agreed to maintain the changes using in-house workers.
MONEY MAKER: New licensing requirements and fees for coin-operated amusement machines in the City of Miami are up for final vote at today’s (10/14) city commission meeting. The aim is to give Miami better ways to regulate the machines while adding revenue. It’s estimated the new fees could earn the city $750,000 a year.
CUTTING BACK: After criticism over the high wages of some staffers, Miami’s Community Redevelopment Agency is offering to cut staff salaries 5%-12%, the same pay cuts City of Miami employees shouldered for fiscal 2011. The cuts escalate for employees making $40,000 and up. Miami commissioners are to vote on the reductions at today’s (10/14) Community Redevelopment Agency meeting.
NEW DIGS: Miami-based TotalBank plans to move its North Miami branch at 12411 Biscayne Blvd. to 1815 NE 123rd St. The new free-standing building will be one of TotalBank’s larger branches and will include a wealth management division and a residential mortgage sales team.
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