Written by Miami Today on July 28, 2011
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BRICKELL CITICENTRE: Miami commissioners are to take a final vote at 2 p.m. today (7/28) on a development agreement between the City of Miami and Swire Properties for Brickell Citicentre. The vast 4.68 million-square-foot Swire Properties development on 9.1 acres along South Miami Avenue is slated to house a hotel, apartments, office space and retail.
BOOZE BOOST: Miami is hoping a relaxation of rules regulating the distance between alcohol-related establishments will help spur economic development near the future Marlins stadium in Little Havana. City commissioners are to vote today (7/28) on establishing an "Orange Bowl District" bounded by Northwest Sixth Street to the north, Northwest 16th Avenue to the west, Northwest Fourth Street to the south and Northwest 14th Avenue to the east. In the special district, businesses serving alcohol such as nightclubs, bars and restaurants wouldn’t face regulations on proximity to other alcohol-serving establishments, churches and residential areas imposed in the rest of the city.
CHUGGING ALONG: Miami commissioners are to vote today (7/28) on authorizing the city manager to negotiate a contract for trolley operations with Limousines of South Florida, the top-ranked firm in a request for proposals. If negotiations fail, the manager is to negotiate with the next highest-ranked firm. Four companies competed for the trolley-operations contract. This was the second go at bidding out the project. The last request for proposals generated one response.
GOING WIRELESS: Miami-Dade’s Metrorail is going wireless. The county commission approved July 19 a $5.66 million deal with Signature Technologies Inc. allowing the transit department to buy electronic signage systems that would provide rail patrons with wireless connectivity. According to county documents, the systems would include 196 liquid crystal display signs at 23 Metrorail stations. The systems would replace clocks at 22 stations and provide real-time information, including train arrival and departure times, service disruptions and elevator malfunctions.
RED LIGHT ROUND TWO: If OK’d by Miami commissioners today (7/28), the city’s contract with American Traffic Solutions — the company behind the city’s red-light cameras — is to be amended to maximize the city’s potential income. Changes include a cap on the total paid to the company each month of up to 40% of total revenue generated, backdating that payment plan to January, and extending the contract from five years with two two-year renewal options to ten years with automatic renewals up to two two-year terms. Both sides would also be able to end the contract after five years from the amendment date. In addition, up to 40 more cameras could then be installed. Complete coverage, including The Insider and all information columns, is available in the e-edition. Sign up at www.miamitodaynews.com