Written by Miami Today on October 18, 2012
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TREASURE HUNT: The Miami-Dade Aviation Department will comb through lost-and-found items for cash, valuables and hazardous materials before turning them over to Goodwill Industries of South Florida Inc. The county Regional Transportation Committee agreed Monday to allow the 52-year-old non-profit to buy in bulk all Miami International Airport lost-and-found goods. The county says administrative costs of staff, overtime, security, hiring an auctioneer and equipment make the airport’s current lost-item auctions less cost effective. Goodwill, only bidder for the purchase, proposed to pay the county $10,101 monthly for all found items. "If there are substantial valuables, the airport retains for auction sales," said Regional Committee Chairman Bruno A. Barreiro. The two-year contract would have five one-year renewal options at the same terms. The contract heads to the county commission for approval.
AIR TRAFFIC: The number of arriving passengers at Miami International Airport rose 5% from January through August, according to statistics from the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. The airport had 13.59 million arriving in the first eight months of the year, compared with the same period last year. Foreign arrivals increased 6.2% to 6.65 million from January through August, while domestic arrivals increased 3.9% to 6.94 million, reported William Talbert III, bureau president and CEO.
BANCO BIGGER: Chile-based Banco de Credito e Inversiones (BCI) will double the size of its Miami office at a new location, moving from 701 Brickell Ave. to the Southeast Financial Center in downtown Miami, the companies announced. The bank has signed a long-term lease for 22,567 square feet, joining Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management and others at the tower. "As the domestic and Latin American economies experienced stabilization, cautious growth has drawn marquee companies in this sector" to Southeast Financial Center, said Donald Cartwright, senior vice president for leasing agent Jones Lang LaSalle. "Without question," said Grisel Vega, BCI’s general manager in Miami, "the roads of economic prosperity for the Americas run through Miami."
TICKETS AWAIT: Ethics concerns regarding policy on the use of free event tickets that the City of Miami receives have yet to be addressed. The administration at last week’s commission meeting deferred discussion until November so all commissioners can be present. The discussion regards acceptance and use of free event tickets that flow to City Hall from government-owned facilities or are tied to government contracts.