Written by Miami Today on November 4, 2010
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GUSMAN RESCUE: Details are being finalized in private sector efforts to finance the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts with private funds, Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado said at last week’s city commission meeting. Mr. Regalado said to expect a "major announcement" before Thanksgiving. The historic theater faced possible closure after the city removed the Gusman from its 2011 budget, but it’s now expected to be in the clear, thanks to financial support through a private trust.
PARKING BUCKS: Responding to questions from Miami commissioners last week on the Miami Parking Authority’s spending, CEO Art Noriega said the quasi-independent authority has tightened in line with the economy. "The practices that are being referenced are no longer in place," he said. Travel expenses, money for the authority holiday party and other such spending was cut in June and July, he said. "The city, culturally, has changed," he said. "And we’re changing with that." Mayor Tomás Regalado has asked the state attorney to look into the authority’s spending, saying it seems excessive for a partly public agency.
NOT ALONE: Mr. Regalado added at the meeting that his intention in combing through the authority’s finances isn’t targeted at singling out the authority. In fact, he said, he intends to take a deeper look at all city entities. "We’ll be doing this with every agency and every department," he said at last week’s meeting. "And next year will be worse."
GROVE VILLAGE OK: Land-use changes allowing for construction of Grove Village in West Coconut Grove were approved at last week’s Miami commission meeting. The long-planned residential, office and retail development is to include a grocery store, which Commissioner Marc Sarnoff has said will be a Publix. The land-use changes aren’t the final OK: Developer Peter Gardner has said he hopes to get remaining zoning and major use permit approvals from the city by year’s end or early in 2011.
DEAR GOVERNOR: University of Central Florida Economist Sean Snaith released advice to Florida’s next governor, suggesting tax incentives for employers who fund ongoing employee training and education, which he said could assist with the state’s economic development efforts. In addition, he projects Florida to have double-digit unemployment during the governor’s first two years and for unemployment rates to finally fall below 6% in 2018.