Written by Miami Today on July 14, 2011
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DEPUTY MAYOR PICK: Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has officially offered Key Biscayne Village Manager Genaro "Chip’ Iglesias a post as a deputy mayor and chief of staff, but county reports Tuesday stated that while Mr. Iglesias has accepted the post as one of the deputy mayors, he has contractual obligations he must fulfill prior to teaming up with the county. The deputy mayor title didn’t exist before in the county hierarchy. Mr. Iglesias was a member of the City of Miami Fire Department for 23 years and served as chief of staff to Mr. Gimenez, a former Miami fire chief, during his terms as manager for the City of Miami and as a member of the Miami-Dade County Commission.
SUPPORTING BOWL: To keep Miami-Dade at the forefront of the College Football Bowl Championship Series, the county commission voted July 7 to send $1.2 million to the Orange Bowl Committee over the next three years. The county general fund is to contribute $800,000 and the police and fire departments are to provide $400,000 in in-kind services. The general fund is to contribute $150,000 in 2011, $500,000 in 2012 and $150,000 in 2013. Police and fire rescue departments are to provide up to $100,000 in 2011, up to $200,000 in 2012 and up to $100,000 in 2013. The Orange Bowl Committee was created in 1935 to support an annual college football game and surrounding events.
BURN’S BACK: Miami Commissioners are to vote today (7/14) on extending hit television series Burn Notice’s lease at the Coconut Grove Exposition Center. The series uses the facility as its set. The lease would run through Oct. 31, 2012. The fee for using the facility would remain $20,000 per month, according to legislation, all of which would be allocated to waterfront improvements under the city’s Coconut Grove Master Plan.
LOCAL LEG UP: If OK’d by Miami commissioners today (7/14), businesses that maintain a "local office" will have an advantage in city bids. Proposed changes to Miami procurement include increasing local preference from 10% to 15% for sealed bids and certain public-works contracts and adding a "best and final offer" clause allowing other companies with offers within that 15% threshold to resubmit their bids. In addition, the legislation adds 5% local-preference criteria for certain requests for proposals, requests for letters of interest and requests for qualifications. Under the city’s code, maintaining a local office means a business must conduct "all or a portion of its operations from a permanent structure" within city limits, operating at least six months before the bid or proposal was received.
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