Written by Miami Today on March 7, 2013
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CITY ATTORNEY: The City of Miami Commission is getting ahead of the game in selecting a new city attorney for when Julie Bru retires this year. At last week’s commission meeting, Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones announced that the recruiting for the position would open March 4 and that each commissioner should bring an appointee for the selection committee to the March 14 meeting. Ms. Bru will retire in September after about 25 years with the city.
MARINE STADIUM: Even though the Miami Marine Stadium Steering Committee had in October asked for only a three-month extension to Feb. 14 to continue developing a restoration plan for the stadium, the committee has yet to present its findings to Miami’s City Commission — and it won’t do so until the next meeting March 14.
STILL NO TICKETS: Miami commissioners still have not acted on a resolution to address possible ethics concerns regarding the city’s policy on who gets to use free event tickets that for years have poured into city hall. Under City Manager Johnny Martinez, the administration withdrew the item from last week’s commission agenda. Mr. Martinez said he has been in touch with the ethics commission and is going to bring back an entirely new resolution for a commission vote.
BRIDGING THE GAP: Spurred by both President Obama’s State of the Union address and the sudden discovery of a $31 million emergency in upgrading the Bear Cut Bridge connecting Key Biscayne with Virginia Key and the mainland, county commissioners have voted unanimously to urge the President and Congress to direct funding from the "Fix-It-First" program that the President proposed in his address to Miami-Dade County for needed repairs to the county’s bridges. The resolution made the funding for bridge repairs a key element of the county’s annual federal legislative agenda. The President in his address cited "the nearly 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country."
NO BOAT LAUNCH: Crandon Park Marina’s boat launch will be closing from March 18-31 for the maintenance of traffic concerns related to the Bear Cut Bridge on Key Biscayne. Alternate launch sites are available at other Miami-Dade County parks marinas such as Bill Bird Marina at Haulover Park, Herbert Hoover Marina at Homestead Bayfront Park, Pelican Harbor Marina, Black Point Marina and Matheson Hammock Marina.