FYI Miami: February 13, 2014
GAMBLING BILL DELAYED: Rollout of a comprehensive gambling bill that could permit a resort casinos in each of Miami-Dade and Broward counties will be delayed two weeks, with the Senate Gaming Committee now expected to take it up in the first week of the legislative session. Gaming Committee Chairman Garrett Richter of Naples sent a memo to committee members Friday that said a draft of the bill won’t be introduced Monday, as he had earlier indicated. A draft will be ready by Feb. 24, he wrote. The committee would first review the draft the week of March 3, he added. The 60-day legislative session starts March 4.
SLOT MACHINE TALLY: The mayor’s office is to report to Miami-Dade County commissioners within 60 days on how much slot machine revenue the county has gotten since the machines were legalized at horse and dog tracks and jai-alai frontons in the county. Commissioners voted 12-0 last week with no discussion to request the report sought by Commissioner Bruno Barreiro, which is also to list how the slot machine revenues were used and what resolutions the commission has passed regarding use of those funds. Commissioner Esteban Bovo Jr., who is employed by Hialeah Park horse race track, did not vote on the measure.
FILM STUDIOS ON HORIZON?: Miami-Dade commissioners are moving to find more places where film and television studios and operations would be permitted. They voted 13-0 last week to allow movie and TV studios in special business districts, light industrial and manufacturing districts, and industrial and heavy manufacturing districts. The measure was sponsored by Barbara Jordan, whose office said it was a routine zoning change. Commissioners did not discuss the measure, which is now headed for committee review.
COUNTY CAR-SHARING: Miami-Dade commissioners have asked the mayor’s office to solicit car-sharing proposals to cut the cost of maintaining and operating county cars. The measure by Bruno Barreiro passed last week 12-0 with no discussion. The measure says New York, Boston, Chicago, Austin and Washington, DC, “have partnered with car sharing companies such as Zipcar and car2go to create car sharing programs” that improve efficiency and cut costs of maintenance, fueling, billing and distribution of cars. The mayor’s office was asked to bring to the commission within 60 days a proposed car-sharing bid solicitation.