Written by Miami Today on December 8, 2011
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PENDING HOME SALES RISE: Miami-Dade County October cumulative pending home sales rose 10% from a year earlier, from 10,264 to 11,245, and dropped .4% from September to October, down from 11,296. Total listings, including single-family homes and condominiums, that pended during October increased 26%, from 2,861 in October 2010 to 3,609 this year. Compared to September, pending sales increased .22% in October.
BUYING BUSES: In a move to extend transportation services throughout Miami-Dade, the county commission approved Tuesday an item asking Mayor Carlos Gimenez to execute a $1.65 million agreement with Gillig LLC, allowing the county to purchase four 30-foot low-floor diesel buses for Coral Gables, Miami Beach and Cutler Bay. Miami Beach is to receive two buses while Coral Gables and Cutler Bay are to receive one each.
PARKING PAYBACK: In a new rewards program, throughout December one Miami Parking Authority on-street parking customer daily at random will get a week of free, unlimited on-street parking. Winners must be registered with the Pay by Phone service to redeem their reward. Users of the authority’s garages will also get the chance to win free-parking rewards. The authority is also bringing back its courtesy citation program, which allows on-street parkers whose meters have expired to be issued a special citation explaining that they have been granted up to one hour of free parking after the expiration time.
ABOLISHING ISLANDIA: Islandia’s days may be numbered. The Miami-Dade County Commission preliminarily approved Tuesday an item abolishing the city, located on Totten Key, directing the transfer of tax revenues to the county. According to county documents, "the city appears to be a city on paper only… because of its repeated failure to file various state required reports and because numerous state offices spend considerable time determining local compliance with state laws."
SUPPLIER MOVES HEADQUARTERS: Everwell Parts Inc., an air conditioning and refrigeration parts supplier, is moving its headquarters and expanding its footprint in Doral by almost 70%. The company is growing from a total 14,000 square feet, split between two locations, to a single 24,000-square-foot site at 10914 NW 33rd St. in Beacon Industrial Park in Miami’s airport/Doral market. Everwell’s new location was built in 1995; it’s owned and managed by ProLogis.
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