Written by Miami Today on November 18, 2010
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BUSINESS REPORT: Starting a business in Miami-Dade can seem daunting, but the process may soon become a bit clearer. The county commission’s Budget, Planning and Sustainability Committee has forwarded a resolution to the full commission that would direct Mayor Carlos Alvarez to prepare a report identifying all terms, permits and fees associated with starting a business in the county. The report would list federal, state and county requirements, categorize businesses by type and size and note redundant conditions that could be eliminated. The mayor would have 30 days to present his findings to the commission.
COMPETITIVE SELECTION: Watch out, county contractors — Miami-Dade selection committees just got a little more select. The county commission’s Budget, Planning and Sustainability Committee forwarded Nov. 9 a resolution to the full commission that would prevent Mayor Carlos Alvarez from appointing county employees with potential bias to selection committees. Selection committees evaluate and rank proposals during countywide procurement processes. If approved, those who have worked immediately under an applicant in the past 18 months would be ineligible to hold a selection post.
NEED A RIDE?: Miami commissioners are to vote today (11/18) on allowing pedicabs on public streets and sidewalks during special events. Commissioners have initially approved the item, so today’s vote would be final — just in time for Art Basel festivities.
UH OH, MIMO: A second attempt at creating a Business Improvement District in the Miami Modern District has failed. Only 31 of 115 business owners in the area signed affidavits to create the district. A majority was needed. Had an improvement district been established, businesses in its boundaries would have paid a self-imposed tax to fund area improvements. The MiMo District runs from Northeast 50th to 77th streets along Biscayne Boulevard.
WEB BUDGETS: Wondering how Miami-Dade County is spending its money? Rest easy, as county financial information may soon be available at the click of a button. The Government Operations Committee forwarded Nov. 9 a resolution to the full county commission recommending that Mayor Carlos Alvarez obtain and post proposed and actual municipal budgets, as well as financial audits, to the county Web site. The Miami-Dade County Citizen’s Bill of Rights requires that municipalities open all county audits, documents and records to the public.
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