Written by Miami Today on September 15, 2011
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NO MOVE-IN REQUIRED: Miami-Dade’s Internal Management & Fiscal Responsibility Committee on Tuesday rejected a plan to require that new Miami-Dade workers either live in the county or sign a covenant stating they’ll move here within 15 months. If approved, any new employee who didn’t comply would have been ousted.
MELREESE MANAGEMENT: Miami commissioners are to vote today (9/15) on waiving sealed-bidding requirements for a manager and operator of Melreese Golf Course, granting an extension to long-time manager DeLucca Enterprises. The city’s management agreement with DeLucca, if at least four of the five commissioners approve, would extend the current expiration of September 2011 to September 2021.
CUBA LIBRE: Laws regulating the distance between alcohol-serving businesses near the new Marlins stadium would be relaxed if Miami commissioners give a final OK today (9/15) to create an "Orange Bowl District" affording exceptions to businesses within an area 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. The aim, city documents say, is to encourage development of a restaurant row or bar district in Little Havana.
MORE TIME: To give the City of Miami more time to right its financial woes, Miami commissioners are to vote today (9/15) on extending the time it has to refill reserves to levels required under its financial integrity ordinance. If approved, Miami would have seven years compared to the current two. Miami’s reserves must equal "ten percent of the prior three years average of general revenues," the financial integrity principles require
FLAGSTONE AGAIN: After winning approval from the state cabinet, Flagstone Property Group’s long-planned Island Gardens mixed-use mega-yacht marina project is back for final city commission approval. Miami commissioners are to vote today (9/15) on authorizing City Manager Johnny Martinez to execute a deed modification allowing for the development on city-owned Watson Island.
BUDGET ROUND ONE: The City of Miami is to hold a hearing on its fiscal 2012 budget at 5 p.m. today (9/15). Other items to be discussed include the property tax rate and budgets for city agencies. Miami must balance its budget by Sept. 30.Complete coverage, including The Insider and all information columns, is available in the e-edition. Sign up at www.miamitodaynews.com