Written by Miami Today on May 3, 2012
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OLYMPIA BUILDING: The Miami City Commission deferred a vote last week to settle the legal dispute between the City of Miami and the Olympia Building Partnership Ltd. over rent due for affordable housing units and commercial space in the historic Olympia Building, which houses the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts. Commissioners also deferred a move to transfer management of the retail and residential component of the building to The Olympia Center Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit profit that was created to ensure the theater’s long-term survival, once the legal dispute is settled.
BACKING BRAC: The Miami-Dade County commission deferred Tuesday an item that would create a Base Realignment And Closure (BRAC) taskforce to represent the county’s interest before federal and state agencies. BRAC is a process in which the federal government reorganizes military installations and resources to increase efficiency and reduce expenses. As part of the process, the Department of Defense recommends base closures and realignments for congressional approval. County documents say the aim of the taskforce is to prevent military closures here.
INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE: The Miami-Dade County Commission preliminarily approved Tuesday an item establishing a committee to investigate county affairs. According to county documents, the committee would be allowed to "inquire into the conduct, accounts, records and transactions of any department in the county" and could "inspect and investigate the books, records, papers, documents, data, operations and physical plant of any department, agency or entity of Miami-Dade County."
MIAMI BRAND ENTERS CHINA: Miami-based Perry Ellis International Inc. has entered into a joint venture with China Outfitters Holdings Ltd. to develop the Manhattan brand in the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong and Macau. Based in Doral, Perry Ellis is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and fragrances. China Outfitters expects to distribute Manhattan men’s shirts and sportswear for fall/winter 2012.
EIGHTH IN TRANSIT: Walk Score ranks Miami eighth of 25 in its ranking of US city transit systems based on residents’ access to public transportation. Rated by its Transit Score index, which measures how well a location is served by public transportation on a 0-100 scale, Miami scored 57. Walk Scores’ goal is to make it easier for renters and homebuyers to find neighborhoods where people can drive less.