Written by Miami Today on December 20, 2012
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ZOO LANDS IN PLAY: Targeting a 2015 groundbreaking, Miami-Dade County and the Zoological Society of Florida on Tuesday announced an invitation to negotiate to public and private developers nationally to build a multi-attraction entertainment destination at Zoo Miami. Responses are due by April 19. The county says it’s seeking "reasonable reimbursement and payments" through lease and license agreements. In play are 118 acres within the zoo and 279 acres within the adjacent US Coast Guard base. Proposals to use Coast Guard lands would require a relocation plan. The county says developments "can be any combination of attractions, amusements, lodging/conference centers, food service/specialty themed retail and banquet halls…" The proposal, said Jack Kardys, county parks director, "is an aggressive effort to find the best developer able at create a phenomenal — not average — entertainment zone that will become a renowned landmark-attraction." Details: www.miamidade.gov/dpmww/SolicitationList.aspx
PICTURE PERFECT: With no discussion, a county committee last week approved a request for the administration to develop a master plan for 601 county-owned acres at the former Homestead Air Force Base. Donald Trump says he wants to use that acreage and more to create a movie studio complex — which was not noted in the resolution. The 5-0 vote moves the proposal forward to the full county commission. Commissioner Barbara Jordan noted at the Infrastructure and Land Use Committee meeting that sponsor Dennis Moss might want to include in the final resolution a due date for the master plan.
HIGH DEMAND: During the week of the Miami Beach-based Art Basel festival in early December, the area’s hotels ranked second in the nation in revenue per available room, the industry’s key measure. Greater Miami’s so-called "revpar" was $183.07 a night from Dec. 2 to 8, reports William Talbert III, president and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. He attributed much of the good showing to the throngs of visitors in town for the event. Miami was second only to New York City, where revpar during that period was $324.54 a night, according to Mr. Talbert. Revpar is calculated by multiplying a hotel’s average occupancy rate by its average daily room rate.
MARLINS METERS: The Miami Parking Authority will be upgrading the maintenance system for the parking equipment at Marlins Park. The maintenance agreement at the baseball stadium costs about $3,000 per month and was already budgeted for by the city.