FYI Miami: August 13, 2015
WAGES UP: Total compensation costs for private industry workers rose 2.6% in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach area from June 2014 to June 2015, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported, compared to the 1% annual gain of a year ago. Wages and salaries, the largest component of compensation, rose 2.4% for the 12 months ended June 30, 2015 the largest increase among the South’s five metropolitan areas (Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Washington). Nationwide, total compensation costs rose 1.9% and wages and salaries rose 2.2% during the period.
CORAL WAY REZONING: City commissioners have approved land use and zoning changes designed to encourage development in Miami’s southwestern corner, while helping buffer a long-established Coral Way neighborhood. The changes were recently made to about 3.8 acres north of Bird Road between Southwest 37th and 39th avenues. The proposal targeted 17 parcels that are home to duplexes, a couple of single-family homes, multiple multi-family structures, the northwestern parcel of a Florida Power & Light substation and an empty lot consisting of three parcels. Commissioners OK’d changing the land use from duplex residential to low-density restricted commercial, and rezoning the land from suburban to urban. The changes will increase density from 18 dwelling units per acre to 36.
FILM FEST RETURNING: The American Black Film Festival is coming back to Miami next year for its 20th anniversary, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau announced this week. The bureau struck a three-year deal with the festival, which will be held June 15-19 next year. The event was last held in Miami in 2013. This year, the film festival is in New York City.
WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK: The City of Miami has approved agreements with neighboring municipalities to receive and extend mutual aid in police services and resources to ensure safety and adequately respond to intensive situations, including natural and manmade disasters or emergencies. The municipalities are the Town of Bay Harbor Islands, Village of El Portal, City of Hialeah Gardens, Indian Creek Village, The Town of Medley, City of Miami Springs, City of Sunny Isles Beach, Town of Surfside, Bal Harbour Village, Florida City, Village of Biscayne Park and Village of Virginia Gardens. Local governments are allowed to join forces under the state’s Mutual Aid Act.