FYI Miami: April 3, 2014
JOB CREATORS: Five companies are planning to add 158 jobs and make capital investments totaling more than $65 million in Miami-Dade County over the next three years, according to the Beacon Council, a private-public economic development partnership that assisted the companies. The company creating the most jobs is Larkin Community Hospital, which plans to add 122 jobs in developing a post-graduate university campus called Larkin Health Sciences. Also adding jobs is Quicksilver Translate, a Spanish global multi-lingual translation and desktop publishing firm that has opened a Miami office; Ratiokontakt, an international premium internet-service provider from Germany that has opened in Miami; US Container Line, a Netherlands-based logistics provider that has opened a location in the Blue Lagoon area; and Multicare Pharmaceutical, a pharmaceutical wholesaler specializing in Brazilian and South American markets, which is opening in Doral.
BATTLING IDENTITY THEFT: A Florida Senate committee Monday approved a bill to toughen identity theft penalties and send money to Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties to beef up enforcement. The bill would create a second-degree felony for fraudulent use of identification of people 60 or older, disabled adults and veterans, and impose $151 surcharges on those guilty of identity theft, with $75 going to police in the three counties to investigate identity theft, $75 to state attorneys in the counties and $1 to clerks of court. Miami Rep. Frank Artiles, who presented the bill to the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, said it focuses on the three counties because they are the “epicenter” of identity theft in Florida. He said he’s still working on the bill and would like “to expand this throughout the state of Florida.”
BAYWALK: Miami officials are seeking grants to help launch phase one of Regatta Park. The city commission March 27 approved an application for up to $20,000 from the Florida Inland Navigation District, known as FIND. The money would be used to design and permit a baywalk, boat hoists and floating docks at Regatta Park. Total cost of that is estimated at $40,000, and the city promises to chip in half. The work is part of phase one of a project to transform a part of the Coconut Grove waterfront to a public park. FIND’s Waterways Assistance Program helps local governments pay for waterfront improvements through reimbursement grants. Regatta Park is planned west of City Hall, where the expo center used to stand.