FYI Miami: April 23, 2015
SUCCESSION PLANNING: Miami-Dade County staff is to list senior employment positions within the county government that will be vacated over the next three years. The report is to include information on the county’s succession planning how the county plans to fill the vacated positions. The report’s scope will be on staff positions that will be vacated because of retirements and on positions that are under the mayor’s purview. The Strategic Planning & Government Operations Committee last week voted in favor of a resolution calling for the report. Approval doesn’t become final until the full county commission signs off on the item seeking the report. Commissioner Juan Zapata sponsored the resolution.
FLYING HIGH: Miami International Airport is posting its best quarterly passenger growth since 2012, up 4.62% in the first quarter of 2015 to 10.9 million travelers. This is equal to more than 5,000 added passengers daily when compared to the same period last year. Domestic travelers led the way with 5.04% year-over-year growth and a total of 5.6 million, while the number of international travelers grew 4.18% to 5.3 million. Total air freight at MIA increased 2.3% to more than 524,000 tons through the first quarter. The growth was spurred by gains in international freight, which increased 3.2% through March.
MOUNTED PATROL, TOURIST CRIME: The Miami-Dade County Metropolitan Services Committee postponed voting on two resolutions last week. One called for a study of whether the county could have a police patrol that’s mounted on horseback. Miami-Dade disbanded its horseback patrol in 2009. The other item called for a plan to develop a police unit charged with dealing with crimes against tourists. Commissioner Javier Souto sponsored both. He was absent from last week’s meeting.
A SIGN OF THE TIMES: Historic neighborhoods and other special districts will be allowed to display gateway signs under a proposed amendment OK’d on first reading April 9 by Miami commissioners. The legislation would clarify the definition of a gateway sign, and exempt gateway signs from certain requirements. A resolution says gateway signs marking the entrance to cultural specialty districts and historic districts identify the area, mark a historic destination for visitors and reinforce the neighborhood’s character as a destination for art, culture, dining and entertainment.