Written by Miami Today on July 4, 2013
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PLAYHOUSE ON BILL: Miami-Dade County’s Finance Committee is to act Tuesday to approve a lease between the state as holder of the Coconut Grove Playhouse site and the county and Florida International University to jointly lease the playhouse from the state for 50 years with two 25-year renewal options. If the committee approves, the full county commission must approve the lease as well. The university’s board has already approved the lease agreement. The project to reopen the playhouse still faces many hurdles, including six City of Miami enforcement orders and a number of other judgments and encumbrances on the property. The county says the city has not totaled how much it claims to be owed in response to a state request. If the lease is signed, the county will have financial responsibility for capital expenses, theater operations and programming, and all other costs. Please see "Fate of historic playhouse rests on vote by Florida cabinet," page 13.
LESS ROOM IN THE INN: Hotel industry numbers jumped in the first five months of the year, a rise that the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau says were driven by such events as the Winter Music Conference, Sony Open and Ultra. The average daily room rate jumped 9.7% over the same time period in 2012 to hit $203.85, Smith Travel Research reported, a level second in the nation only to New York City. Average daily occupancy rose 2.4% to 82.5%, second only to Oahu Island. Revenue per available room soared 12.4% to $168.22, third in the nation behind New York and Oahu, Smith Travel said.
LURING NEW YORKERS: To draw future visitors from Miami’s number-one domestic feeder market, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau last week created an It’s So Miami taxi stand that provided New York City residents with free rides around Manhattan in super-luxury Miami-branded cars, While the crowd waited in a line that took up nearly an entire city block across from Bryant Park, the bureau says, the New Yorkers enjoyed Cuban coffee and snacks. The event, according to the bureau, got more than 4.6 million impressions during the day on social media.
PLAIN AND SIMPLE: The Miami-Dade County Commission plans to make things easier to understand in county hall. The commission voted unanimously Tuesday to create a glossary of legislative terms that parallels similar pages created by the Florida Legislature and place it on a single page directly accessible from the county’s home page.