Written by Miami Today on September 13, 2012
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PARK AND MARINA TRUST: Miami-Dade has established a Coastal Park and Marina Improvement Trust Fund to take in money for the operation, maintenance and improvements of coastal parks and marinas. The county commission approved the fund Sept. 6. "The establishment of the Trust Fund is expected to reduce the dependence on the general fund," county documents say. The county Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department operates and maintains Black Point Park and Marina, Chapman Field Park, Crandon Park and Marina, Greynolds Park, Haulover Park and Marina, Homestead Bayfront Park and Marina, Matheson Hammock Park and Marina, and Pelican Harbor Marina. "The Trust Fund would ensure that net revenues are retained to meet capital improvement grant eligibility requirements," documents say. Florida Inland Navigation District grants are a major funding source for marina improvements that have generated more than $6.5 million in matching grants over the past 10 years, according to county documents.
GREETINGS AND GREAT THINGS: The City of Miami on Monday welcomed a delegation from Thailand that included the ambassador of Thailand to the US, Dr. Chaiyong Satjipanon. The delegation came to Miami to explore business opportunities for Thailand in the city.
NO CONFIDENCE: Miami-Dade commissioners rejected all proposals to operate the county’s hotel at Miami International Airport, leaving operations in the hands of a Tampa firm in which the aviation director said he had "lost confidence" after, he said, "an employee was caught stealing $100,000 and ended up in jail." The commission’s 11-0 vote leaves H.I. Development Corp. in charge of the 252-room hotel as the contract heads for another round of bidding. Aviation Director Jose Abreu had proposed a bidding waiver to turn management over to Turnberry Miami LLC. H.I. had not bid to continue managing the hotel.
CENTER STAGE: SMG will take over operation of the City of Miami’s James L. Knight Center from Global Spectrum, which has been operating the center since 1999, if city commissioners approve today (9/13). The city had been scheduled to vote on the change in July after both firms responded to a request for proposals to run the center, which city officials have in the past called a money pit. The four-story, 460,000-square-foot center on Southeast Second Avenue is attached to the Hyatt Regency Miami hotel. SMG operates 68 convention centers and 54 theaters worldwide.