FYI Miami: September 3, 2015
STADIUM ACCOUNTING CONTINUES: No arbitration has been set for a dispute between Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins and Miami-Dade County because the two parties are still in discussion regarding the amount that should be counted toward the team’s share of the stadium’s construction cost. The county attorney’s office says it cannot predict precisely when the date will be set as dialogue is ongoing. The stadium contract states that any dispute or controversy arising over $5 million or less must be resolved by final and binding arbitration. Currently, the Marlins claim $110.9 million should be counted toward the team owner’s share of spending for building the team’s Little Havana home but county auditors are disputing $4.2 million, or 3.8% of that total. When an arbitration date is set, the issue will go before a panel of three independent arbitrators acting under the auspices and rules of the American Arbitration Association. The hearing would be scheduled so that it’s completed within 60 days of the filing date.
TRANSPARENCY IN BOND VOTES: Miami-Dade commissioners were to vote Tuesday to require disclosure of estimated operating and maintenance costs for proposed bond-funded projects and the precise funding source. However, Dennis Moss expressed concerns and wanted to discuss them but sponsors Juan C. Zapata and Esteban L. Bovo were not present when the item came up at 6:44 p.m. Therefore, the commission is to bring it back in the future. The resolution states that general obligation bond proceeds can’t be used to operate and maintain projects funded by such bonds, and it’s not currently clear to voters that expenses will come from their real estate taxes. The commission adopted the ordinance on first reading 9-2 on June 2. The Strategic Planning and Government Operations Committee unanimously voted July 7 to recommend that the full commission pass the item.
NESTLED AWAY: Residential parking at Jackson Medical Towers, 1500 NW 12th Ave., is going to be relocated to an area of about 110 spaces in the parking garage in order to provide them with exclusive parking. This will require new parking access revenue control equipment at the facility, part of the Jackson Health System. The Miami Parking Authority operates the garage for the health system and will be reimbursed. The city’s Off-Street Parking Board has approved the purchase and installation of the new equipment from Scheidt & Bachmann. The cost is estimated at $21,174, and with an added 15% contingency fee, the project total is $24,351.