FYI Miami: March 6, 2014
A HELPING HAND: Miami commissioners are asking the state to chip in and help build a new city park on the waterfront. At its meeting Feb. 27, the city commission approved a resolution urging Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature to support funding of the Museum Park Project during the 2014 legislative session. The resolution also directs the city manager to add funding for the park project to the city’s list of 2014 legislative priorities. The idea for Museum Park was the result of many public meetings more than a decade ago, to decide a new direction for what was known as Bicentennial Park. In July 2002 the commission approved a plan for a cultural park to be called Museum Park Miami. Once built, it is to be a 21-acre public park with unrivaled views of Biscayne Bay adjacent to the Perez Art Museum Miami and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.
END DISPATCH ‘MONOPOLY’: A Miami Beach resolution urging Miami-Dade County to open the doors to digital-dispatch providers of for-hire transportation services such as Uber was handed last month to county commissioners, who did not discuss the request. The resolution noted that the county had recently approved taxi upgrades but said opening the doors to digital dispatch “would not only elevate taxi and corporate car services in Miami-Dade County to world-class standards, but would also result in the creation of significant job opportunities…” The city resolution called for county action “that would not impose artificial vehicle caps or minimum prices for the dispatch of car services because such measures merely protect the status quo and effectively create a monopoly for a few companies.”
PARK PONDERING: Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo’s plan to build a public park in a residential neighborhood in his District Three has stirred passions among neighbors who are taking sides, many arguing for a new park and others strongly opposed, believing it would attract crime, traffic and other undesirable elements. Mr. Carollo said he’s worked a long time on this project, which includes the city purchasing side-by-side lots at 1320 and 1330 SW 12th Ave. The next step would be to rezone the lots, from single-family residential to Public Parks and Recreation. City commissioners approved a first reading of the rezoning Feb. 27, but only after an exhaustive session with more than a dozen people taking turns at the microphone. The land is west of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School, on Southwest 12th Avenue, between Southwest 13th and 14th streets. Before the final reading, at a subsequent meeting, the city attorney is to prepare a covenant that if the property ever ceased being used as a park it would revert to single-family residential zoning.