Written by Miami Today on December 16, 2010
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TALKING TELEVISION: Wondering what’s going on in Miami-Dade’s many departments? The county commission last week approved a resolution directing Mayor Carlos Alvarez to study the feasibility of developing programming to highlight the work of various county officials. The program would appear on Miami-Dade TV, the 24-hour news cycle that provides residents access to governmental meetings and initiatives. Details: www.miamidade.gov.
BACK AGAIN?: After making three extra appearances before Miami city commissioners, the Miami Parking Authority thinks it has its 2011 budget down pat. This year’s $13.9 million budget is $705,000 less than last year, said Scott Simpson, authority chief financial officer, including changes requested by commissioners and significant cuts to areas the authority took heat for over past spending — meetings, promotions and advertising. Commissioners deferred further discussion of the authority’s budget to February, but Mr. Simpson told authority board members at the board’s meeting last week that he didn’t think the budget would be tweaked further: "It’s sort of a moot point then."
GROVE SPOTS: The first comprehensive study of parking in Coconut Grove is to be conducted in early 2011 by Lansing Melbourne Group. The study, financed by the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District, is to be completed in ten weeks and include recommendations and plans to implement improvements. It’s to take a look at whether there is a lack of parking in Coconut Grove, particularly on weekend nights. The consulting firm was selected through a bidding process conducted by the Miami Parking Authority.
LOOKING TO LEASE: Office space is in demand at the Miami Parking Authority’s new Courthouse Center Garage building, 40 NW Third St., which houses the authority’s offices. CEO Art Noriega said at last week’s authority board meeting that there are "very, very good prospects" for leasing the office space. He said he’s hopeful deals will be inked in the first half of 2011. However, there is "not much progress" with leasing out the building’s 4,000 square feet of retail, he said. Board member Arthur Hertz said lack of area pedestrian traffic could play a role.
TICKET YOU WANT: The Miami Parking Authority, oft associated with parking tickets, is hoping to spread a little holiday cheer with its Holiday Courtesy Citation program Dec. 20-Jan. 2. Cars parked at expired meters during those dates will receive a "Holiday Courtesy Citation" granting them a free hour of parking beyond the expiration time.
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