Written by Miami Today on October 26, 2011
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TICKET SURCHARGE: Miami commissioners are to today (10/27) take a preliminary vote on an ordinance that would amend the city’s ticket surcharge to increase income from event sales at city-owned revenues. Sponsored by Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, a portion of the ticket surcharge would be allocated to fund parades, community events and community programs. Currently, the surcharge varies depending on admission prices, ranging from 75 cents to $2 per ticket.
GARAGE FUNDS: The City of Miami will add $2.5 million to the $73 million previously approved contract price for the Marlins stadium parking project to fix structural deficiencies if the Miami commissioners approve the allocation today (10/27). Commissioners deferred a vote on the allocation during their Oct. 13 meeting. The city is to be reimbursed for cost of the repairs by designer Timothy Haahs & Associates’ professional liability insurance.
MILES AWAY: Coral Gables hasn’t hired a firm to design the city’s $16 million Miracle Mile streetscape project, after a July announcement that the city would begin the search. "Nothing has happened, nothing has moved yet," said Maria Rosa Higgins Fallon, the city’s public affairs manager. She said the city is still trying to find funding but that the project is in development. The project aims to expand and repair sidewalks, improve lighting and drainage systems and create a public gathering space.
HOME PRICES DATA: Miami home prices slipped .3% in August versus July and 4.6% from last year, according to Case-Shiller Home Prices Indices released Tuesday by S&P Indices. The seasonally adjusted figure shows prices down .6% since August. For the 20 cities the indices cover, the data showed a .2% increase in August versus July. Ten of the 20 cities improved their annual figures compared to July’s data.
HEALTH AGREEMENTS: Jackson Memorial is one step closer to reaching an agreement with its university partners. Miami-Dade’s Public Safety & Healthcare Committee forwarded Tuesday to the full commission an item approving a 2011 basic affiliation agreement between the Public Health Trust’s Financial Recovery Board and the University of Miami. The item updates the hospital’s 2004 agreement to provide that the trust is solely and exclusively responsible for providing patient services, that it may provide patient services through both its employees and its agents, and that university employees act as agents of the trust. The university is responsible for providing medical education to its students, whom will also act as agents of the trust.
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