Written by Miami Today on March 21, 2013
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TICKET SURCHARGE: The Miami City Commission last week approved on second reading adding a ticket surcharge on paid admission to events at city-owned marinas that include sightseeing boat tours. The item, which came as a recommendation from the Department of Public Facilities, has the potential to generate a minimum of $1 million in recurring revenue for the city, according to the legislation. Also approved as part of the legislation was the department’s recommendation for the creation of a fulltime assistant marinas manager position to oversee such revenue.
HOTELS BOOM: The American Academy of Dermatology convention this month changed the face of the hotel industry in Miami-Dade County for a five-day period, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau says. Revenue per available hotel room from March 1-5 was $212.75 during the period, a 38.3% increase over the comparable period in 2012, as 28,340 total room nights were booked in the 45 host hotels. The average daily room rate was $236.21 for the period, the bureau says, up from $191.60 in the prior year, a 23.3% gain. Occupancy for the period was 89.6%, up from 80% on comparable days of 2012.
BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS: A county committee last week approved a request by Commissioner Jean Monestime that the county compile a report on every property that the county has handed over to others in the past 20 years with voluminous detail on each, but that came with a suggestion that the time period might be cut to 10 years or even five. Noting that a recent study found that the county owned 4,500 separate properties, Commissioner Xavier Suarez said a report on 20 years of transactions "could be like the Old Testament and New TestamentÓ in volume. The full commission gets the final word.
ISLAND RETREAT: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce is moving its annual goals conference May 30 and 31 from its Omni Center home beside the chamber’s offices to Jungle Island, where the chamber holds its monthly trustees lunches.
RAIL RIDERS RISE: Miami-Dade County mass transit ridership is up 2.2% from last year, Transit Director Ysela Llort told the county’s transportation committee last week. "The numbers are being driven up by ridership in rail boardings,Ó both Metrorail and Metromover, she said. As for a tiny drop in bus passengers, she said the department believes the drop is due to riders on some routes switching to rail transit.