Written by Miami Today on December 13, 2012
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ISSUE DRAGS ON: Legislation on annexations and incorporations proposed by Miami-Dade Commissioner Javier Souto again was deferred last week, but one proposed ordinance was withdrawn. The commission Nov. 8 had postponed debate on the ordinances, and they were deferred again when Mr. Souto was absent last week. One ordinance, which would give each commissioner veto power over annexations in his or her district, was withdrawn. Two other proposed ordinances are to be heard Dec. 18. One would bar cherry-picking in annexations and another would halt any proposed annexation that conflicted with an incorporation already in progress. The legislation has resulted, in part, from Mr. Souto’s feud with Sweetwater, which seeks to annex a piece of his district, including part of Florida International University.
ARTS CENTERS’ SALES RISE: The Adrienne Arsht Center held 480 performances in the year ended Oct. 31, officials told the county in a report last week, with attendance totaling over 396,000 persons, up nearly 10,000 from the prior year. The county’s smaller, 966-seat South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, which opened Oct. 1, 2011, hosted 139 events since opening with about 48,000 attendance. Ticket sales at the South Dade center rose sharply in October from last October, from 2,926 to 4,997.
COLOMBIA TRIP: More than 200 people joined the economic development mission last week to Bogotá, Colombia, led by Florida Gov. Rick Scott — making it the largest business delegation from any state or country to visit the South American nation, according to the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, the county’s economic development partnership. Beacon Council Senior Vice President Mario Sacasa, Carolina Rendeiro, CEO of Right Space Management and chair of the council’s International Advisory Committee, and Miami-Dade Commissioner Lynda Bell were among the delegation. Colombia is Florida’s second-largest international trading partner with total trade of more than $9 billion last year, the council said.
TAX GLUT: Miami-Dade County raked in nearly $50.07 million in convention development tax collections from January through October, a 10% increase over the same period last year, reports William Talbert III, president and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. In addition, the county took in $16.87 million in tourist development tax collections from January through October, a more than 11% increase over the same period last year, he said. He also reports the county’s hotel food and beverage tax collections rose to $5.41 million during the 10-month period, up nearly 11% from the same period last year.