FYI Miami: July 2, 2015
STILL SETTLING STADIUM SCORE: No arbitration date has been set yet for a dispute between Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins and Miami-Dade County over what should be counted as the team’s share of the stadium’s construction cost. According to Assistant County Attorney Gerald K. Sanchez, it might be a month before arbitration will be scheduled. At issue is the Marlins’ claim that $110.9 million should be counted toward the owners’ share for building the team’s Little Havana home. However, county auditors say part of the $110.9 million doesn’t quality as stadium spending. They are disputing 3.8%, or $4.2 million, of that total including about $207,300 the Marlins paid to Levy Restaurants, a Chicago-based company that serves food at Marlins Park; about $221,400 in expenses the Marlins list for retail technology experts; about $92,500 the Marlins paid to The Parker Co., a Miami-based company for global hospitality procurement and consulting; about $386,700 the Marlins paid to Atlas Sign Industries, a West Palm Beach-based sign manufacturing, design and installment company; and about $36,380 in legal fees the Marlins paid to law firm Holland & Knight. The stadium opened in spring 2012.
AN ACCESS RUNS THROUGH IT: Miami commissioners have renewed a submerged lands lease with the state for continued use of state-owned submerged lands adjacent to city-owned property at 250 NW North River Drive, at Lummus Park on the Miami River. The state leases the submerged lands to the city at no fee for a 15-slip dock used exclusively for temporary day mooring of recreational vessels, with one slip for a law enforcement vessel and another exclusively for water taxis to drop off and pick up passengers. Overnight and permanent mooring are prohibited. The state continues to require that the city’s docks at that location be used solely for public recreational, non-commercial activities consistent with the grandfathered operation as a public docking facility, used in conjunction with the public uplands at Lummus Park. The lease extends to Jan. 1, 2018.
MISSION DELAYED: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Americas Linkage committee has postponed its mission to Brazil. The business mission was to depart June 15 to visit three Brazilian cities: Campinas, São Paulo and Porto Alegre. Hernando Gomez, committee chair, said the mission was postponed due to an increased interest from local businesses wanting to participate. Members and non-members are still able to sign up. The new mission departure date has not yet been determined.