Written by Miami Today on December 23, 2010
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STUDY CASH: The Beacon Council, the county’s economic development agency, has secured $50,000 from the South Florida Workforce Investment Board toward its $1 million revival of One Community One Goal. The program started in the mid 1990s and sought to identify the industries that could provide the jobs for the growing county. This latest effort seeks to re-examine those industries — biomedical, film and entertainment, financial services, information technology, telecommunications, international commerce and the visitor industry — and see if they need to be modified or replaced. The Beacon Council is awaiting grant money from the federal government and the Knight Foundation. If it receives the funds, it’ll begin the study and announce its finding at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s June goals conference.
BALLPARK BATTLES: Miami-Dade is seeking reimbursement for the nearly $50 million in general obligation bonds it has spent to finance the construction of the new Marlin’s stadium, but while the county commission has given Mayor Carlos Alvarez 60 days to initiate dialogue, negotiations are standing stagnant. In order for terms to be addressed, the county, the City of Miami and the team would have to agree to open the contract. While county communications director Vicki Mallette said there were no updates regarding negotiations, county spokeswoman Suzy Trutie said the mayor plans to meet with the county attorney’s office to discuss legal options but has yet to do so.
FLAGSTONE: The City of Miami is waiting on a state waiver to allow Flagstone Property Group to move forward with development of its Watson Island mega-yacht facility on city-owned property. The waiver on the property’s deed restriction is needed to allow commercial development. Once the waiver is OK’d, Miami commissioners are to give their final verdict on the project, which has been stalled since 2004.
RED BULL RACES: Red Bull air races may soon hit Miami-Dade. Commission Chair-elect Joe Martinez has reached out to the energy drink providers to see if they would be interested in bringing the international event to the area, possibly as part of the international aerospace show planned to kick off in November 2012. The Red Bull races feature competitors who speed through challenging obstacle courses in an effort to receive the fastest time. "In times like this… you need to increase the revenue we’re getting from outside sources," Mr. Martinez said. "Even if it creates 30 jobs for two weeks, it’s 30 jobs for two weeks."
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