Written by Miami Today on April 25, 2013
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HIGH GATOR RATING: Fitch Ratings has affirmed the bond ratings for the Florida Everglades Parkway Ð better know as Alligator Alley Ð at A+ with a stable outlook as traffic on the cross-state parkway has stabilized after falling 13.1% during the recession. Toll rates on the link of I-75 are among the lowest per mile in the nation, Fitch says, but are set to rise annually under Florida Department of Transportation requirements that link Sunpass tolls to the cost of living. The last toll increase was last June. The $35.8 million in revenue bonds is being paid off at flat annual payments of $3.4 million until bonds are retired in 2027.
CHANGES IN MIAMI: Sufficient funding has been raised for a citywide initiative sponsored in 2012 by Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo to add baby-changing stations in men’s and women’s bathrooms of all city facilities. Commissioners passed the resolution unanimously last year stipulating that Mr. Carollo would team up with the private sector to raise enough money for costs related to the changing stations. "This citywide initiative is about serving parents by providing them clean, safe, sanitary, baby-changing stations and making the City of Miami more family friendly,Ó he said.
HEALTH HEROES: Fifteen finalists are vying for five Health Care Heroes awards in the annual Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce competition, with awards to be made at a May 21 luncheon at Jungle Island. Already decided is a lifetime achievement award being presented at the lunch to Dr. Michael S. Gordon, director emeritus of the Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education at UHealth/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Cesar Castillo, a Miami Springs Senior High student, will receive the youth volunteer award. Details: Tania Valenzuela, (305) 577-5491.
SOUTHERN TASTES: Southern Living magazine in its current issue lists Miami as one of the "10 Tastiest Towns in the SouthÓ for its restaurant cuisine. Cited are deviled eggs at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Kimchee fried rice with port belly and pineapple at Pubbelly gastropub, pork chops at The Dutch on Miami Beach, Michael Schwartz at Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink as a tastemaker and the tequila beet cocktail at Bloom. Consumers Ð that is, someone Ð could vote once a day for six weeks for favorites.