Written by Miami Today on May 10, 2012
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INTERNATIONAL ITEMS: Jackson Memorial may soon revamp its international arm. The Public Health & Safety Committee forwarded Tuesday to the full county commission an item that would allow the Public Health Trust to dissolve Jackson Memorial International Inc., originally created to operate the international program for the Public Health Trust. According to county documents, the Public Health Trust has an international program that provides services and initiatives to target international patients.
CHARTER CHANGES: The Miami-Dade Charter Review Task Force is holding hearings to garner input on potential changes to the county’s equivalent of a constitution. The next meeting is today (5/10) at South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211th St.. Another follows Friday (5/11) at Wilde Community Center, 1701 W 53rd Terrace. The task force consists of 20 members, 13 of whom are appointed by each county commissioner, one by the county mayor, four by each of the county’s four largest cities and two by the Miami-Dade League of Cities. Details: www.miamidade.gov/charter/task-force-2012.asp.
BRAZILIAN CHAMBER CHIEF: The president of the Brazil-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, Saulo Ferraz, has returned to Brazil and executive vice president Claudio Cury has assumed the vacancy. Mr. Cury is director for the Wells Fargo Capital Finance channel finance division, which finances manufacturers, distributors and resellers in technology and consumer electronics. An active member of the chamber board for eight years, Mr. Cury was also president in 2009. The Brazilian-American Chamber says it is the largest bi-national chamber of the Americas in Florida.
TRANSIT TALK: To boost Miami-Dade transportation, the county commission OK’d a $6 million joint participation agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation allowing the county to buy 12 60-foot buses for the South Miami-Dade Busway Service expansion. The busway, which began operating in 1997, is a 19.8-mile stretch of bus lanes running parallel to US 1 from Dadeland South Metrorail Station to Southwest 344th Street in Florida City. The commission also approved a $9 million join participation agreement that would allow the county to buy 18 60-foot buses for the Biscayne Enhanced Bus Service project.