FYI Miami: June 11, 2015
HONG KONG BOUND: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Americas Linkage Committee, chaired by Hernando Gomez of Morrison Brown Argiz & Farra, is planning on representing Miami at the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong next Jan. 18 and 19. He said the forum is one of the world’s largest financial events. The Americas Linkage Committee this past year partnered with the Florida International Bankers Association for a trade mission to China in which the chamber’s Banking and Finance Committee was also involved. This trip would be the second step in promoting Miami to Chinese industries, particularly banking, to build relationships and bring foreign investors back to South Florida.
EXTENDED TAX ROLE: Miami-Dade County’s Strategic Planning and Government Operations Committee unanimously authorized the extension of the 2015 certified tax roll for real and personal property Tuesday. Due to the number of Value Adjustment Board appeals filed each year, the county doesn’t expect to complete the hearing process for the 2015 tax roll until sometime in 2016. Because tax bills are mailed on or before Nov. 1, the parcels whose owners request Value Adjustment Board hearings may require subsequent adjustments to their assessment. Therefore, final certification of the tax roll cannot be made until all the hearings are done.
KEEPING TRACK: The Miami-Dade Strategic Planning and Operations Committee unanimously adopted a resolution Tuesday asking the county attorney to demand that the mayor comply if a directive or request to him by the full commission, one of its committees or an individual commissioner is late. The county attorney would use the directives database set up in 2003, which includes the due date and status of directives or requests. It’s maintained by the clerk of the board. Previously, the county auditor was to track the database and report quarterly to the commission. However, the commission decided that wasn’t the best procedure because the quarterly reports are voluminous and frequently are too slow to report the status of directives and requests. The full commission is next to vote on the measure.
DRIVE IN: Auto dealership Warren Henry Auto Group says it plans to move its headquarters from 20860 NW Second Ave. to a master planned community off Biscayne Boulevard at Northeast 151st Street, where the company plans a 100,000-square-foot dealership. The company now has seven franchise locations. Its new home will be in the site formerly known as Biscayne Landing and now called SoLç Mia, owned by Turnberry Associates and LeFrak.