Written by Miami Today on August 2, 2012
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MUSEUM PARK SCULPTURE: Miami commissioners last week unanimously authorized the City Manager Johnny Martinez to execute a 30-year lease with the Florida Department of Transportation for Miami Museum Park to use the land on the south side of the MacArthur Causeway ramp, between Biscayne Bay and Biscayne Boulevard. The Miami Art Museum plans to use the state-owned property to install a sculpture garden and project art video onto the façade of the new art museum building, which is now rising and due to be completed next year, when it is to become the Pérez Art Museum Miami. The commission also authorized Mr. Martinez to execute a use agreement between the city and the museum.
DESIGN DISTRICT OKS: The Miami City Commission last week unanimously approved an ordinance on second reading for rezonings to allow for the development of 19.08 acres for the Miami Design District Retail Special Area Plan, which includes the development of 951,718 square feet of department store, 53 hotel rooms and 96 residential units within the Design District. Commissioners also unanimously approved the development agreement.
BUDGET Q&A: Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez will hold budget town hall meetings before the county commission begins to debate his spending package Aug. 23. According to his office, residents will be able to question the mayor and his staff about the $5.9 billion budget at the town hall sites. The proposal would cut tax rates by 2% to offset growth in property values, and would include $4.3 million less in property tax revenues than this year. If approved, the budget is also expected to save taxpayers $405 million over two years. The 13-member commission will hold hearings in September on the budget, which is to be approved that month. The county’s fiscal year starts Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30, 2013, and the budget runs for that period. The first town hall meeting will be from 7-8 tonight (8/2) at the Aventura Government Center, 1900 W Country Club Drive. Other dates and locations are to be added.
FREE TICKETS: Miami commissioners last week deferred discussing the adoption of a policy on who gets to use free event tickets that have for years flowed to City hall. Ethics concerns have arisen regarding the use of those tickets that come from government-owned facilities or are tied to government contracts for such venues as Marlins Park, where a suite is reserved for county and City of Miami officials for the entire season.