Written by Miami Today on March 14, 2013
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ON TARGET: After a county committee meeting five months ago whose frictions helped produce the ouster of Frank Nero as Beacon Council CEO last week, Commissioner Lynda Bell is today (3/14) to ask for support of a report that Mr. Nero requested at that meeting so that the Beacon Council could meet commission requests. She is asking a county committee to request that Mayor Carlos Gimenez produce a database of vacant industrial and commercial properties in areas targeted for economic development. The database would include acreage, planning and zoning designations, ownership, broker representation, assessed and appraised values, taxes, available infrastructure, road access, highest use of the property and other details to assist the Beacon Council, which now is seeking a replacement for Mr. Nero.
VISITOR TAXES SOAR: Big visitor growth equaled big tax growth in Miami-Dade County in January. Mainland food and beverage tax collections rose 44.9% over the prior January to $748,388 and convention development tax collections jumped 34% to $2.4 million-plus. Convention development tax income rose 24.2% to $7.1 million countywide. In Miami Beach, hotel food and beverage tax collections rose 19.2% to $2.6 million and resort tax collections climbed 18.2% to nearly $3.5 million, according to the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.
WHAT HAPPENED?: County commissioners are being asked to require the administration to create a web-based system that will track each order the commission formally gives the administration, county departments and agencies. The resolution by Dennis Moss says the aim is "greater transparency in the implementation of these directives." If the Economic Development & Port Miami Committee agrees today (3/14) and the full commission concurs, the mayor will be given 90 days to report on the development and implementation of the system. The public would be able to see the reports through the county’s web portal.
WHO IS THAT GUY?: After years of naming streets and buildings for living persons, Miami-Dade commissioners now want the commission auditor to research the people whose names will go on roads before the signs go up. A commission committee today (3/14) is being asked to approve a resolution that would have the auditor "complete background research, reviewing public records and other sources of information, in print, on the internet, or through other means of communication, that are publicly available, on any person, organization, place or thing that is the subject of a naming, renaming or co-designation" on roadways.