FYI Miami: April 30, 2015
CARGO SURGE: PortMiami container volume grew in double digits in March and 12% for the first six months of fiscal 2015. Port officials cited 84,000 units equivalent to a 20-foot container in March, compared to 73,000 in March 2014, and for the first six months 477,400 units compared to 426,000 a year earlier. In a written release, County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said industry leaders in November 2014 ranked PortMiami number 1 on the US East Coast for port productivity and performance for the first six calendar months of last year. Officials said more than $1 billion in capital infrastructure work is transforming the port. The release points to a July completion of dredging that is to deepen the main harbor channel from 42 feet to 50 to 52 feet, saying the port will be the only major logistics hub south of Virginia capable of handling fully laden post-Panamax vessels.
LAND GIVE: To aid the Florida Department of Transportation’s construction and improvements to I-395, the City of Miami is conveying land to the state. City commissioners declared surplus and authorized the city manager to convey to the state at no cost 139 square feet at 1338 NW Second Ave. The vacant property represents a maintenance cost and liability to the city. City charter allows disposal of city property for projects of any government agency without competitive bids or a fair market value return to the city. The $600 million project is to begin construction at the end of 2016 or early 2017 and include new elevated ramps, updating the alignment and road surface, and creating a new bridge with higher structures.
NEW NAME ON KEY: A portion of Virginia Key has been renamed. Miami city commissioners approved a resolution renaming the areas called “North Point Park” and “Shrimper’s Lagoon, Public Beach and Coastal Hardwood Hammock Restoration,” to “Virginia Key Beach North Point Park,” as documented in the Virginia Key Master Plan. The resolution notes the master plan was approved in July 2010 “as the guiding tool for the future development of Virginia Key, creating a viable waterfront with recreational and public spaces, and for the protection and enhancement of natural resources located on the island.” It goes on to say the city since the plan’s adoption “has taken concrete steps to fulfill this vision, including the environmental remediation of the North Point, construction of mountain bike trails, and the issuance of request for letters of interest… for a recreational support facility, for the rental of kayaks, canoes, bicycles, and other non-motorized recreational equipment.”