Written by Miami Today on September 29, 2011
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HOME SWEET HOME: Miami-Dade home prices rose 1.2% in July from June, data released Tuesday indicate. The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index had reported a .6% increase the prior month from May levels. Miami-Dade beat the national composite city index increase of 0.9% in July.
CULTURAL CONSTRUCTION: Another cultural project may soon hit Miami-Dade. The county commission is to hear Oct. 4 a request to approve a $1.3 million acceleration of Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond Program funding to design and begin construction on the Transit Village Theater and Cultural Center, Northwest Seventh Avenue and 62nd Street. The project is to include a black-box style theater, studio and gallery space.
FOREIGN RELATIONS: The Miami Association of Realtors has signed a reciprocal agreement with the Costa Rica Global Association of Realtors that is geared to strengthen international exposure for the Costa Rican and Miami real estate markets and enhance referral business for members of both associations. They will share property listings via Proxio’s Internet data exchange platform and connect professionals through Proxio Pro’s professional network According to the 2011 Profile of International Home Buyers in Florida, 53% of international buyers in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach area are from Latin America.
LOCAL JOBS: Now back on the dais, Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones wants to ensure that a local-jobs requirement she pushed for in the Marlins stadium agreement in 2009 is carried out. That caveat requires that if local-hire requirements of 20% aren’t met, a penalty is paid. She said Tuesday that she had reviewed employment lists and "I know they didn’t meet them." "In the end, if we audit it properly, they will have to pay into that penalty fund," she said. "And that will help us with a lot of the shortfalls we have."
STADIUM HIRING: As for stadium jobs, Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado said the Marlins plan to bring over staff from Sun Life Stadium to their new home in Miami. Doing so could mean fewer City of Miami employees. "That’s something of great concern for us and it’s going to happen in a few months," he said.
ORTHOPEDIC OPTION: Fort Lauderdale’s Institute for Non-Surgical Orthopedics has opened an impatient-consulting venue at Larkin Community Hospital, 7031 SW 62nd Ave., South Miami. The site is its first Miami-Dade location. Its other offices are in Hollywood and Delray Beach. Details: www.ommdoc.com.
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