Written by Miami Today on January 20, 2011
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CHAIR TERMS: After a three-month push for legislation to limit terms for Miami-Dade commissioners and make it easier for residents to petition changes to the county charter, Commissioner Carlos Gimenez has met defeat. The commission’s Infrastructure and Land Use Committee on Jan. 12 tabled both items, blocking them from committee review for up to three months. His first resolution would have set a specific process and certification method for citizens looking to submit initiatives, referendums, recalls and petitions to the county. All petition circulators would have had to note, in their own handwriting, their name and residence, as well as a sworn statement saying that they circulated the document and personally witnessed each signature as it was obtained. His second resolution would have restricted commissioners to two consecutive four-year terms. A similar item, which excludes commission terms that began before 2008 from term limit calculation, is to be heard by the commission today (1/20).
AFFORDABLE HOUSING: A series of affordable housing projects may be coming to Miami-Dade. The county commission’s Infrastructure and Land Use Committee forwarded Jan. 12 to the full commission a group of items that would allot up to $10 million in Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond proceeds to three affordable housing projects. The committee approved an allotment of $1.5 million to District 2’s New Beginning Village project, $6.5 million to go toward District 2’s Trade Winds affordable housing project and $2 million to go toward District 9’s Villa Capri Apartments affordable housing project.
RISING ARRIVALS: Passenger arrivals at Miami International Airport rose in November 8.9% year over year to 1.485 million travelers compared to November 2009’s 1.364 million. International arrivals increased 8.2% year over year to 691,612 passengers from 639,096 in November 2009. Domestic arrivals saw the largest hike to 793,352 travelers compared to November 2009’s 724,693, a 9.5% rise.
TRAVEL MESSAGES: To assist drivers bound for Miami International Airport, on Jan. 12 nine new dynamic signs began displaying up-to-the-minute travel time information on Interstate 95, Interstate 195, State Road 924 (Gratigny Parkway) and State Road 826 (Palmetto Expressway). The signs are a joint effort of the Florida Department of Transportation and Miami-Dade Expressway Authority to provide travelers with information for avoiding congestion.
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