Written by Miami Today on December 22, 2011
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PLAY BALL: Things are "Heat’ing up at Miami International Airport. The county commission Monday OK’d a lease and concession agreement with Airball Sports II LLC allowing the company to sell Miami Heat-licensed merchandise in the airport’s north terminal. Airball is to pay the county aviation department the greater of 8% of gross revenues or $78,837, based on the October terminal rental rates.
STATE LOBBYING: As the next legislative session approaches in early January, the Miami-Dade commission is working on its representation in Tallahassee. The commission Monday OK’d county lobbying contracts for representation before the executive and legislative branches of the state government. Akerman Senterfitt & Edison PA, Ballard Partners Inc., Ronald L. Book PA and Rutledge, Ecenia & Purnell PA are to represent the county.
MARLINS AGREEMENT: An agreement between the Miami Parking Authority and the City of Miami needed to begin signing leases for retail space in the Marlins stadium garages was approved during the Dec. 15 commission meeting. The agreement failed to get support from the parking authority during a special meeting Nov. 30 after board members expressed concerns that the agreement would make the authority accountable for budget shortfalls associated with the garage complex. The agreement that was approved includes amendments that authority board members made to address their concerns.
GROVE VILLAGE: The Miami City Commission gave final approval last week for a major use special permit that will allow a 750,000-square-foot development in West Coconut Grove. The permit was the last step the Pointe Group developers needed to be able to break ground. Despite residents’ concerns of being displaced, developers and commissioners say the project will revitalize the area by transforming six blocks with retail, offices and residences.
MIAMI PARKING AUTHORITY: The Holiday Parking Courtesy Citation program launched by the Miami Parking Authority began Tuesday and will run until Jan. 2. The program, which applies to all on-street parking spaces the authority manages, will issue holiday courtesy citations to parkers whose meters have expired, explaining that they have been granted up to one hour of free parking beyond their expiration time.
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