Written by Miami Today on April 18, 2013
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CITY ASSET SALES: Miami continues to look at selling its James L. Knight Center entertainment and meeting complex, the attached Hyatt Regency Hotel at 400 SE Second Ave. and the 1450-space Knight Center garage that is the base of the privately owned Miami Tower office building at 100 SE Second St., City Manager Johnny Martinez told commissioners last week. Staff, he said, is analyzing whether to sell to a private buyer or to a semi-autonomous city agency or keep the assets. The agency would most likely be the Miami Parking Authority, which has been looking at ownership of the Knight Center garage, now operated by privately owned Miami Parking Systems. Commissioner Francis Suarez cited the possibility of selling the garage or other Ônon-core assetsÓ of the city Ð "and we’ve got plenty of those by the way in the city of MiamiÓ Ð to fund future spending.
FORWARD PASS: Plans to extend the Brickell Loop of the Metromover rail system never left the station last week. A county committee meeting that was to consider the request by Commissioner Bruno Barreiro to study the extension was cancelled as the full commission met on an agreement to partially fund expansion of privately owned Sun Life Stadium for the Miami Dolphins. The commission approved both that plan and a public vote on the question.
MORE PARKS: Vacant or surplus county-owned land could be converted to community parks under a resolution by Miami-Dade commission Chair Rebeca Sosa unanimously passed by the Land Use & Development Committee last week. If the full commission approves, the mayor’s office will be asked to within three months list guidelines and criteria needed to make those vacant county sites into parks.
MAYOR’S SPAIN MISSION: Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is to lead business representatives to Madrid and Barcelona June 8-15 to meet with government officials, be briefed on Spain, network with Spanish businesses and "participate in targeted pre-arranged business-to-business matchmaking meetings with local companies,Ó the county says. Supporting the mission, the county says, are US and Spanish government agencies, the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce in Miami and a number of business organizations in Spain. Involvement is not listed for Enterprise Florida, the state’s trade development organization. The county says only businesses in Miami-Dade are eligible to go. Details: Maria Dreyfus Ulvert, (305) 375-3885.