FYI Miami: August 22, 2013
CROSS-COUNTY PACT: Miami-Dade is moving to extend an agreement with Broward County that gives bidders on each county’s contracts for work and services a status of being local in the other county. That’s important because each county allows locally-headquartered companies who bid within a given percentage of a non-local bidder’s offering to go into a second round of bidding and potentially win the contract. That margin in Miami-Dade is 15%. Miami-Dade’s Finance Committee was considering the agreement extension this week. Since the cross-county agreement first took effect in 2002, Deputy Mayor Edward Marquez noted to commissioners, Broward has awarded six contracts to Miami-Dade vendors and Miami-Dade has awarded 10 contracts to Broward bidders.
ARTS CENTER GAINS: As the second year of productions wraps up, attendance is up 65% at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, according to a report from Lisa Martinez, senior advisor in the office of Mayor Carlos Gimenez. In the first year, the center had attendance of 38,272. With the second year ending Sept. 30, attendance this season is already at 58,419. Single tickets for next season’s performances go on sale Sept. 3. For a performance listing: www.smdcac.org
TROLLEYS TO THE WILDS: The City of Homestead plans to run free trolley service to Biscayne and Everglades national parks starting in the winter season. The city has four trolleys that run on city streets purchased with federal grants and funded by the county’s half percent sales tax for transportation. The city council voted to run trolley services weekends from about November to May to the parks, each about 10 miles from the city. The city is looking to lure international visitors without automobile transportation to stay in Homestead and take the trolleys from the city’s Downtown Historic District to the parks. The city says the service will be the first public transportation to either park.
CLEAN CAMPAIGN ROADMAP: Candidates for office this fall can benefit from a free seminar offering information on election law and procedures, fundraising and recordkeeping. The Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust says the seminar is geared for “politicians, campaign managers, treasurers, volunteers” and others interested in how to run a “clean campaign.” The event is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at the William F. Dickinson Community Center, 1601 N Krome Ave. in Homestead. Details: Robert Thompson, (305) 350-0630 or firstname.lastname@example.org.