FYI Miami: July 9, 2015
MARINE STADIUM LOOK-SEE: The City of Miami may use an $80,000 grant to study parts of long-idled Miami Marine Stadium on Virginia Key. The iconic concrete waterfront stadium hasn’t been used since Hurricane Andrew hit in 1992. City commissioners hope to restore the stadium. Commissioners today (7/9) are to consider acceptance of an American Express National Treasures Program grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to fund extended investigation of pilings, seawall and other underwater structures of the stadium. The program requires the city use the grant solely to investigate the structure in compliance with the US Secretary of the Interior’s standards for the treatment of historic properties. The city can’t use the funds for administrative costs or staff salaries.
MDX ELECTION RESULTS: Miami-Dade Expressway Authority’s board of directors elected attorney Louis Martinez its chair on Tuesday. He is the founder of Louis V. Martinez P.A. and formerly deputy chief assistant attorney general for the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Florida’s Attorney General. Mr. Martinez, who has been a MDX board member since February 2008, replaces Maritza Gutierrez, the only woman to serve as chair. Shelly Smith Fano, director of Miami Dade College’s hospitality management program and inner-city Hospitality Institute, was elected vice chair. Rick Rodriguez PinÞa, founder of Rodriguez PinÞa & Associates, was elected treasurer for a second term.
WORKFORCE HOUSING: A Miami-Dade County Commission committee is to vote today (7/9) on an order that would put into effect the county’s workforce housing program, which would set rules under which persons with incomes ranging from 65% to 140% of the county’s median income could acquire workforce housing through the county as their primary residences and sets parameters for the county to acquire the housing for the program. Barbara Jordan is sponsoring the measure, which would direct the mayor to report to the commission each time the county acquired any housing for the program.
UPPING THE ANTE: Persons who illegally park in spaces reserved for the disabled would pay a $250 fine if caught under a measure before the county’s Metropolitan Services Committee this week. Commissioners Jose “Pepe” Diaz and Sally Heyman are sponsoring the measure, saying it would free more parking space for the disabled and send added fine dollars to the county. The current fine is $150 for the first offense, $250 for later offenses.