Written by Miami Today on July 26, 2012
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REGION’S TRANSPORTATION FUTURE: The Miami-Dade County Metropolitan Planning Organization Governing Board is teaming up with Broward and Palm Beach counties to spend $900,000 for the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan for Southeast Florida. The three organizations each agreed to contribute $300,000 toward the study for long-range transportation planning. The 22-member Miami-Dade organization is the lead agency in the project and is to advertise and seek a study consultant and ultimately award the contract. The three organizations coordinate regional transportation planning through the Southeast Florida Transportation Council, which was created in 2005. The Miami-Dade group on July 19 approved the procurement process for the 2040 plan. Since the plan is funded equally among the three counties, Miami-Dade’s local preference ordinance doesn’t apply to the study contract.
BIKERS SPOKEN FOR: A state pilot project that allows bicyclists access to "limited access freeways" will include the Lehman Causeway between Aventura and Sunny Isles Beach, as recommended by the Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee, according to a report to the Miami-Dade County Metropolitan Planning Organization Governing Board. The Florida Department of Transportation [FDOT] District Six Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator’s office reviewed the bike access. According to the report, modifications are being designed to reduce conflicts on and off the causeway. "More miles of bike facilities are being designed on FDOT roads," the report said. Bicycle magazine has ranked Miami 34th on its list of bike-friendly cities. A bike share program is coming to downtown Miami, and three new bike parking corrals will be installed in the Wynwood neighborhood, the report said. Northwest and Northeast 29th streets between Northwest Seventh and Northeast Second avenues are expected to be reduced from four to two lanes with bike lanes.
NEW BOSS: Marcum LLP, a national accounting and advisory firm, has named Cecelia Garber partner-in-charge of the Florida region. She will be responsible for overseeing growth of the firm’s Florida operations. Ms. Garber has been frequently called upon for expert testimony in court cases in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. She also has provided "forensic accounting services in the areas of matrimonial litigation support, fraud investigation, personal injury damage calculation, commercial business damage calculation and business valuation, the firm said. She is succeeding Gary Gross, who was instrumental in Rachlin LLP’s transition and merger with Marcum, the firm said.