Written by Miami Today on October 25, 2012
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CAMERAS GET RED LIGHT: Miami-Dade commissioners Tuesday preliminarily repealed a red light camera ordinance — in unincorporated areas — that the commission had passed Jan. 20, 2011. No cameras were ever installed at intersections in unincorporated areas. "Not a single notice of violation or traffic citation has been issued on behalf of Miami-Dade County based on red light cameras," the legislation says. "This board now desires to repeal all authority and direction to implement or maintain a red light camera program in the unincorporated area of Miami-Dade County by repealing [the] ordinance." Repeal wouldn’t affect traffic laws that have led to red light cameras in municipalities. A hearing must be held before the commission takes final action.
PRAY CONTINUE: While some US schools are being sued for allowing prayer before sporting events or functions, the Miami-Dade County Commission on Tuesday preliminarily approved an ordinance that would solidify an invocation before each meeting. "The board desires to adopt this formal, written policy to clarify and codify its invocation proctices," the resolution says, and "the board intends to adopt a policy that does not proselytize or advances any particular faith, or show purposeful preference of one regligious view to the exclusion of others." The resolution adds that the commission is within the law in holding an invocation before meetings. The resolution says "Such invocations before deliberative public bodies have been consistently upheld as constitutional by American courts, including the United States Supreme Court." A hearing must be held on the measure before the commission debates or decides the issue.
MARINE STADIUM: A steering committee is to ask Miami city commissioners today (10/25) for a three-month extension to present a viable operating plan for restoration of Miami Marine Stadium. The city is supposed to participate in a public-private partnership with the Miami Sports and Exhibition Authority and Friends of Miami Marine Stadium Inc. to plan and apply for grants and funding for the stadium’s restoration. The three-month extension, if approved, would end Feb. 14.
DOCK AWAY: The Miami City Commission voted unanimously to accept the bid from Kearns Construction Co. to build a floating dock at Kennedy Park, 2400 S Bayshore Drive. The project is to cost $155,604, which will come from the Department of Capital Improvements’ budget.