Written by Miami Today on May 5, 2011
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HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS: The same day the Miami-Dade County Commission voted to replace Jackson Memorial Hospital’s oversight board, the Public Health Trust, with a financial recovery board, the commission moved to appoint a member of Florida International University’s Board of Trustees to the Public Health Trust. According to county documents, while the county code allows the "University of Miami to appoint one of its trustees to the Public Health Trust… to oversee and approve the [university’s] annual operating agreement… the code lacks similar provisions with regard to FIU." The commission approved the item on first reading Tuesday.
TRUSTING THE AGENDA: While the Miami-Dade County Commission voted Tuesday to temporarily do away with Jackson Memorial’s Public Health Trust, it also voted to require the health trust to provide meeting agendas four days before a vote is called. According to Commission Chair Joe Martinez, the approval will hold the trust to county commission standards.
RISING TRAVEL: Passenger arrivals at Miami International Airport rose in the first quarter 5.3% year over year to 4.654 million travelers compared to the first quarter of 2010’s 4.42 million. International passenger arrivals also rose 6.7% year over year to 2.211 million from 2.072 million in the first quarter of 2010. Domestic arrivals rose in the first quarter to 2.443 million travelers compared to the first quarter of 2010’s 2.348 million, a 4% rise.
UPPING AGENDAS: The Miami-Dade commission might soon bulk up its agenda. It approved Tuesday on first reading an item to allow commissioners to sponsor 10 agenda items per meeting, up from the present three. According to documents, the chair, Joe Martinez, could authorize even more items while approving meeting agendas.
MORE MEETINGS: As the Miami-Dade County Commission gears up for another difficult budget year, it’s brainstorming ways to keep residents abreast of changes that could affect their purse strings. The commission approved Tuesday on first reading a requirement that county officials hold six public meetings whenever proposed budget ordinances would increase taxes. It also voted to require six public meetings when proposed amendments could affect the county charter.
IT’S A BREEZE: Carnival Cruise Lines is to launch year-round, six- to eight-day Caribbean cruises on its newest 3,690-passenger ship the Carnival Breeze beginning in November 2012. The Breeze marks the sixth Carnival ship to have the Port of Miami as its homeport.
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