Written by Miami Today on January 27, 2011
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AIRPORT PASSENGERS SOAR: Miami International Airport’s annual passengers hit an all-time high in 2010 with 35.7 million travelers, up 5.4% from 33.8 million in 2009. International passengers increased 5.8% to 16.9 million from 2009’s 15.9 million. Domestic travelers also climbed in 2010 to 18.8 million over 2009’s 17.9 million, a 5% hike.
AIR CARGO LIFT: Cargo volume at Miami International Airport rose year over year in 2010 to 1.99 million tons from 2009’s 1.7 million tons, up 18.8% rise. After losses in 2008 and 2009, 2010’s 1.99 million tons marked a recovery of all previous losses and fell just short of 2007’s cargo record of 2 million tons.
CHANGING HANDS: 159 businesses were sold in the Miami-Dade, Fort Lauderdale metropolitan region in 2010, according to BizBuySell.com. Businesses sold had an average asking price of $110,000 with median revenue of $250,000 and media cash flow of $85,000. The number of closed deals at the end of 2009 was the same, while median asking prices were 36% higher at $150,000. Revenues and cash flow were also up significantly, $350,000 and $106,331 respectively.
SPECIAL SIGNATURES: Nearly a month after a special meeting discussing the potential mayor recall closed without discussion due a lack of quorum, Miami-Dade officials are working to assure that history does not repeat itself. The county commission last week approved on first reading an item that would amend the county charter to provide that commission signatures calling for a special meeting signify intent to attend. The item is scheduled for a hearing before the Internal Management & Fiscal Responsibility Committee on Feb. 8.
GREEN CERTIFIED: In less than half a year Miami-Dade’s Green Business Program has offered residents and business owners a plethora of information about how to implement sustainable practices, but the Office of Sustainability is looking to take things a step further. While the office developed a Web assessment that allows businesses to perform a self-audit to determine what they need to do to become green certified, according to Maribel Balbin, sustainability program manager for water resources in the Office of Sustainability, the office is pushing legislation that would allow it to launch its own green certification program. The legislation has passed through the county commission and is scheduled for a public hearing before the Economic Development & Social Services Committee on Feb. 9.
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