FYI Miami: September 4, 2014
MIAMI-DADE MARKETING: Miami-Dade is considering an alternative revenue source for the county’s coffers a marketing partnership. The program would raise non-tax revenue or in-kind fees, such as goods or services, for Miami-Dade. The county would partner with corporations, other governments or charities that would pay Miami-Dade for using the county’s facilities for marketing purposes. That might include naming rights or a company selling its product at a county facility. County commissioners would have the sole authority to allocate funds generated through a marketing partnership. The county may hire a consultant to help staff carry out the program. A county committee last week preliminarily approved an ordinance establishing the marketing program as well as an implementing order, or a guideline for carrying out the program. The legislation awaits approval by the full commission. Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo Jr. is the initiative’s prime sponsor.
AG INDUSTRY: Miami-Dade Commissioner Lynda Bell wants staff to study the county’s agricultural industry. The focus is to be the link between agricultural research centers, such as land grant universities or entrepreneurial farm incubators, and the agricultural industry. The report is to include the impact of agricultural research centers on Miami-Dade as well as on the nation. South Miami-Dade is home to a rich agricultural industry mainly comprised of nurseries and tropical fruits. The county’s agricultural industry pumps about $2.7 billion into the economy annually, according to county records. A committee last week gave preliminary approval for the study. If the full commission signs off on the legislation, staff has 90 business days to do the study and issue a report.
$3 MILLION TO WYNWOOD PROJECT: The Miami-Dade Economic Development and Port Committee is recommending that the county commission grant $3 million to a $40 million mixed-use Wynwood project to help construct 200 public parking spaces, add utilities and sidewalks and improve roadways. Wynwood Plaza, a project of Marc Kovens and Shawn Chemtov, plans 81 work/live units and 95,000 square feet of retail between Northwest 24th and 25th streets and Second and Third avenues, an area that county documents say “is in transition.” The area has 12% jobless, a median household income of $17,600 and a 31% poverty rate, the county says. A spokesman said the project is geared to create 187 jobs. The $3 million would be paid when developers finished work and met an agreed-upon job target.