FYI Miami: April 10, 2014
SLOT MACHINE TAKE: A report detailing how much revenue Miami-Dade County receives from slot machines at pari-mutuels and what the pari-mutuels obligations are to the county has been drafted and is due to be released April 14, county records show. Commissioner Bruno Barreiro asked for the information at a committee meeting Jan. 13, and the county commission approved the request Feb. 4. A 2005 agreement between the county and the three pari-mutuels included payments to the county “to mitigate impacts of slot machine gambling on county government” and in 2008, voters approved slot machines. Mr. Barreiro asked for the report to include information on how the county has used the revenues.
BALLPARK RETAIL: Almost all of the retail space in the city-owned Marlins Park garages remains barren and available. But one new tenant might step up to the plate. Art Noriega, the Miami Parking Authority’s CEO, told the Off-Street Parking Board recently that two leases could go to the board in May for review and possible action. One is a new lease, for about 9,000 square feet, for a diagnostic center, he said. The other may be changes to an existing lease for Café Rubio, which has yet to open. The entire retail garage space at the ballpark is 53,281 square feet on the ground floor of three of the four garages. The retail area consists of street-front spots along Northwest Seventh Street and plaza retail wrapping around the ballpark’s main entry plaza.
DREDGING DOLLARS: County commissioners Tuesday adopted a $3 million contract with Coastal Systems International Inc. to provide monitoring related to the PortMiami dredging in Biscayne Bay and waters around the port’s entrance. Services are to include monitoring corals after relocation and monitoring mitigation sites for seagrass and other marine life. The environmental mitigation measures were negotiated as part of the project to deepen the shipping channel, mainly to accommodate large cargo vessels.
CAUSEWAY TOLLING: County commissioners Tuesday adopted an agreement for Sunpass and Toll-by-Plate electronic tolls systems on the Rickenbacker Causeway to Key Biscayne and the Venetian Causeway to Miami Beach. The “interoperability” agreement calls for the county to provide “back office support” to process Sunpass and Toll-by-Plate transactions on both causeway plazas at a cost of 8 cents per transaction. It also calls for the county to pay at least $325,000 to the Florida Department of Transportation for related services. Funding will come from toll revenue.