Written by Miami Today on March 3, 2011
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MORE AIR LINKS: Three new domestic flights and three new international routes are to link to Miami International Airport this month. Beginning March 26, Delta Air Lines is to commence four daily flights to Jacksonville, one daily flight to London and five daily flights to Orlando and Tampa. In addition, service to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is to begin March 21 on KLM Airlines with four weekly nonstop flights. Iberia Airlines is also to commence three weekly nonstop Barcelona flights March 29.
RISING WAVE RATES: Norwegian Cruise Lines announced Tuesday plans to raise cruise fares up to 10% on April 1. The hike comes after the 11-ship line saw high demand during wave season, which spans from January to March, when a majority of cruisers book trips. The line plans to extend its "Free Upgrade For All" promotion, which features on-board savings up to $400, until March 31.
FLASHING SIGNS: Miami is to house 14 new LED signs under a settlement commissioners approved last week. The deal also calls for 38 old billboards to be removed. Critics say the LEDs are illegal in the city and that the change isn’t reducing ads, as images can change once every eight seconds. Miami’s city attorney maintains the signs are legal.
OUTDOOR ADS: Miami commissioners also approved last week an agreement allowing for a billboard on its police department headquarters. Revenue includes an $80,000 annual license or 20% of revenues for the first five years, increasing periodically.
CLEVELAND SPECIAL: Giancarlo Guerrero is to take the reins of the Cleveland Orchestra’s Miami residency for the next three years as the principal guest conductor. He’ll be responsible for programming and conducting subscription concerts and special events, guiding artistic planning, participating in collaborations with Miami partner institutions, and planning education and community engagement. What role principal conductor Franz Welser-Möst will play in the future of the residency was unclear. The orchestra launched its Miami residency in 2007 in partnership with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
RENTAL RATE: Miami commissioners postponed a vote on changing rates to rent the Marine Stadium parking lot to March 24. The proposal would change the rate from $2,000 per day or $15 per square foot to $2,500 per day. The aim is to make the venue more affordable, which is expected to generate increased use.
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