Written by Miami Today on October 11, 2012
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IN THE PIPELINE: Plans for a mixed-use project by Espacio USA on which construction was due to start in September are currently under review with the City of Miami, a spokesperson said. Espacio USA — the American arm of Spanish developer Inmobiliaria Espacio — holds two Omni-area properties: an office building at 1400 Biscayne Blvd. and an adjacent mixed-used building at 253 NE 14th St.
BUYING THE LOST: 52-year-old nonprofit Goodwill Industries of South Florida Inc. would buy all lost-and-found property at Miami International Airport, ending periodic airport auctions of found items, under a proposal to go before a county committee next week. Legislation to go before the county’s Regional Transportation Committee on Oct. 15 says administrative costs to the Aviation Department from reassigning staff, overtime, security, hiring an auctioneer and equipment make the auction process less than cost effective. Goodwill, the only bidder for the concession, proposed to pay the county $10,101 monthly for all found items. The two-year contract would have five separate one-year renewal options renew at the county’s discretion on the same terms. If the transportation committee approves, the bid would go to the full county commission for action.
VOTER HOMEWORK: The Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections is asking the county’s more than 1 million registered voters to review the sample ballot before arriving at the polls Nov. 6. The ballot, which will take time to navigate in the voting both, consists of "races at all levels of government, 11 state constitutional amendments, one school board question, and 10 county questions," according to the elections office. In addition, 17 municipal contests are on various ballots. Polls at more than 800 county precincts will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. election day. "Due to the length of the ballot, I encourage registered voters to be election-ready," Supervisor of Elections Penelope Townsley said in a statement. "So whether they vote early, by absentee or on election day, it will be a faster and more efficient process if they take the opportunity to review their sample ballot ahead of time," she said. "I would even suggest printing the sample ballot and having it handy while they vote." The county’s ballot made national news because of the number of races and questions, with pundits suggesting voting will take an average of 22 minutes. Voters can view voter-specific customized sample ballot on the Election Department’s website, http://www.miamidade.gov/elections/