FYI Miami: May 28, 2015
DOLPHIN STATION, 2017: A new park-and-ride facility will open to west Miami-Dade residents in 2017. The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) approved a planning and environmental study May 19 for the park and ride, using a $300,000 Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) grant. The proposed new transit hub, which will be known as Dolphin Station, is planned on land owned by MDX and FDOT at the interchange of the Dolphin Expressway and Florida’s Turnpike. It will serve the Dolphin Mall and the adjacent cities of Sweetwater and Doral. Once it’s is completed, Miami-Dade Transit will operate and maintain the facility. Almost a year ago, county commissioners Rebeca Sosa and Javier D. Souto sponsored legislation for the bus rapid transit system and made it a top priority at the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization.
KENDALL PARK-AND-RIDE: A 180-space park-and-ride lot for patrons of the Kendall Cruiser bus service could be open in January 2017 after Miami-Dade commissioners voted 11-0 to approve an agreement for the Florida Department of Transportation to pay half the cost of the $1.75 million project on Florida Power & Light-owned property on Southwest 127th Avenue near Kendall Drive. The county would pay its half of the cost with funds from the half percent sales surtax for transportation projects.
BRAZIL MISSION: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s AmericasLinkage program is to visit Brazil, the nation with Latin America’s largest economy, June 15-19. Participants on AmericasLinkage trade missions pay their own ways to meet with business and government executives. The flights booked through American Airlines are 30% off in business class, 35% off in coach, available from June 10-23. Registration fees of $600 for members and $750 for others do not include hotel bookings. Details: Liane Ventura, (305) 577-5445.
OPA-LOCKA EXPANDING: Turnberry Airport Holdings LLC is to construct at least 85,000 square feet of aircraft storage and service hangars at Opa-locka Executive Airport under a revised lease agreement with the county that Miami-Dade commissioners approved 11-0. The company is to build two 30,000-square-foot hangars and a 25,000-square-foot three-story building for general aviation operations and also eight acres of ramp space at the county-owned airport. The company has already invested $22 million at the site based on a loan from Florida Community Bank, and intends to invest another $17 million for the new facilities.