Written by Miami Today on October 28, 2010
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CHARGE IT: Gas stations charging different rates for cash and credit purchases may soon be required to post both prices. As most people pay for gas on a credit card, and as most companies are charging less when consumers pay with cash, Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz’s office is drafting legislation that would require stores to disclose the cost of both. "The one that they advertise is the lowest price," said Maria Cruz, Mr. Diaz’s chief of staff. "We’d like to see both prices on the sign." According to Mr. Diaz, many gas stations charge up to 10 cents more per gallon for gas purchased with a credit card. Ms. Cruz said she’s working to set up a meeting with Cathy Peel, director of the county’s Department of Consumer Services, to determine what would be needed to move the legislation forward.
STACKING UP: A new cargo service route called "The Victory Bridge" at the Port of Miami is to kick off Nov. 3 when the first arrival from Le Havre, France, casts its lines ashore. The new route includes five ships that will call on the port twice weekly. The route stops in Le Havre, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Charleston, Miami, Vera Cruz, Altamira and Houston and will add 35,000 20-foot equivalent units, an industry term for measuring cargo, to the port’s load. In 2009 more than 807,000 TEUs representing more than $100 billion worth of goods passed through the port.
NEW FLIGHTS: Two new routes are to commence at Miami International Airport. Beginning Dec. 10, Pan Am World Airways Dominicana is to provide daily roundtrip service to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. On June 24, Dutch airline Arkefly is also to begin roundtrip service Mondays and Fridays from Miami to Amsterdam.
PANHANDLING: Miami commissioners are to discuss expanding no-panhandling boundaries downtown at today’s (10/28) commission meeting. Panhandling is now illegal in much of downtown’s core and near Mary Brickell Village. The new boundaries 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.
HARDWOOD BUSINESS: National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern will be in Miami Oct. 29 for a discussion titled "The Business of the Game: How sports support a community, build the brand of a city, and promote economic growth through jobs and business investment." The $75 event, hosted by the Beacon Council at noon at the Hotel InterContinental in downtown Miami, coincides with Miami Heat’s home opener against the Orlando Magic. Details: www.beaconcouncil.com/events.
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