Written by Miami Today on October 21, 2010
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BATTER UP: Amid concerns that Miami-Dade struck out in its negotiations for the construction of a new Marlins stadium, the county may ask the team for reimbursement. Under the current stadium agreement, the county and City of Miami are to contribute $361 million toward construction of the ballpark. The county is financing $347.5 million, $50 million funded through general obligation bond proceeds. To offset county expenses, the commission is asking that Mayor Carlos Alvarez initiate dialogue with the Marlins and the city to amend the agreement, reducing the public’s contribution. The resolution was forwarded to the full commission by the Budget, Planning and Sustainability committee Oct. 12. "It’s a funny resolution passing, but at least we tried," said Vice Chair Joe Martinez. The issue is to be heard Nov. 4. If approved, Mr. Alvarez would have 60 days to present to the commission either the amended stadium agreement or a report on the status of negotiations.
COMMITTEE SPLIT: To have a committee system or not to have a committee system, that is the question. Miami-Dade commissioners are split over whether to eliminate committees and hear all legislation through the full board. After a 5 to 5 vote at Tuesday’s meeting, the issue won’t be heard again unless a commissioner brings the legislation up for a second reading. According to the resolution by Carlos Gimenez, the aim was to help residents address the entire commission during hearings, cut time commissioners spend at meetings and minimize delays in legislation.
AGENDA ITEMS: Any resolution sponsored by Mayor Carlos Alvarez that doesn’t list its financial impact will no longer be placed on any committee or commission agenda. The county commission approved Tuesday a resolution requiring the mayor to include on all items their nature, a detailed statement of funding sources and an analysis of how the legislation would affect the county budget.
BEGGING FOR HELP: A proposal to expand boundaries of downtown Miami’s no-panhandling zone goes before the Miami City Commission Oct. 28. Panhandling is now illegal in much of the downtown core and near Mary Brickell Village. Proposed new boundaries, sponsored by Miami’s Downtown Development Authority, would push the district north to Northeast 12th Street east of Miami Avenue and include Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus and the area west of the AmericanAirlines Arena. Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, authority chairman, urged authority supporters Friday to speak before the commission. "If you don’t have board members and [Miami-Dade College] students there, it’s not going to pass," he predicted.
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