FYI Miami: September 19, 2013
NEW ST. THOMAS CHAIRMAN: Msgr. Franklyn M. Casale, president of St. Thomas University, on Tuesday announced the appointment of John J. Dooner as chairman of the university’s board of trustees. Mr. Dooner, a New York resident with a second home in Fort Lauderdale, is also chairman emeritus of McCann Worldgroup and immediate past chairman of United Way Worldwide. An alumnus of St. Thomas University’s Biscayne College, Mr. Dooner began his career with McCann Erickson almost 30 years ago and in 1997 launched the McCann Worldgroup as chairman and CEO. He also recently established the Dooner Group, a marketing communication consultancy.
BICYCLING VISION: A study creating a vision for the future of bicycling within Miami-Dade County will be finished within three months under a resolution that commissioners adopted Tuesday with amendments. Javier Souto asked fellow commissioners to order the study by the mayor’s office of what bicycle facilities exist in the county, under whose jurisdiction each falls, and how the county plans to develop and promote bicycling for recreation, exercise and transportation. The commission’s Economic Development and Port Miami Committee approved the measure last month.
WHO GETS THE CHECK?: The name that goes on checks sent to Miami-Dade County government for all manner of fees and fines will no longer be that of the Board of County Commissioners under a resolution that the county commission approved in amended form on Tuesday. The commission’s Finance Committee had voted 4-0 to recommend the change to the full commission with the thought that some residents might feel they are paying fines and fees to commissioners rather than county government.
STILL NO ACTION: Miami’s city commissioners voted last week to postpone action that would help affordable housing developer the Richman Group of Florida build three multi-level affordable housing projects in Brickell. Before building, however, the developer is asking the city to declare the lots at 1026 SW Second Ave., 144 and 152 SW Eighth St., and 850 SW Second Ave. brownfield areas. But the wait continues, as the commission continued the three items until its Oct. 10 meeting at 5 p.m. It has been on the agenda since July.