FYI Miami: November 19, 2015
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DISNEY EXTENDS STAY: A county committee approved a deal last week for London-based Disney Cruise line to extend its use at PortMiami for two more years. The port anticipates $7.8 million from the pact if the line remains two years after the current accord ends next October, plus an added $4.1 million if the cruise line picks up an option for fiscal 2019. In a memo to the full commission which will take up the legislation Dec. 1, Deputy Mayor Jack Osterholt advised approving the agreement. Since beginning operations at the port in November 2012, Disney has guaranteed no less than 100,000 annual passenger movements but ship calls and passenger volumes have always been higher. In fiscal 2013, there were 147,000 passenger departures and arrivals; 186,000 in fiscal 2014; and 222,300 in fiscal 2015. Under the new deal, Disney’s payment to the port for each passenger who leaves and returns will increase 3% annually: $11.68 during fiscal 2016-2017 plus 36 cents per gross registered ship’s ton. The cruise line operates a fleet of four ships, two with about 2,700 berths and two with about 4,000.
CONSTRUCTION COMPLAINTS: Miami commissioners have approved requirements for contractors to provide notice and contact information. The legislation mentions that the city occasionally receives complaints from neighbors about the practices of contractors building or rehabilitating buildings. The commission, the legislation says, “deems it advisable to protect the health, safety and welfare of those who live in close proximity to these construction sites by requiring contractors to post … contact information where aggrieved neighbors can contact contractors.” A posted notice is required at the site, “visible from the public right-of-way,” and must have the contractor’s name, phone number and e-mail address. The phone number must be answered by a live person from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, or any time during active construction.
TRANSIT USE FALLS: Daily Miami-Dade Transit use was 4.4% lower in July than July 2014, according to data Deputy Mayor Alina Hudak gave the county’s Transit & Mobility Services Committee recently. Metrorail and Metromover average weekday boardings rose 3% and 0.5%, respectively, but Metrobus and Special Transportation Services riders fell 7.3% and 3.7%. The largest increases in average weekday Metrorail use in the one-year span were at Brickell (597 passengers gained, or 10.6%), Earlington Heights (495 gained, or 37.3%), Northside (up 251, or 16.7%) and Government Center (226 gain or 2.1%). The largest average weekday gains in Metrobus use were Route 150, Miami Beach Airport Flyer from Miami Airport to South Drive in South Beach (319 more riders, up 20.5%) and Route 34, Busway Flyer from Dadeland South to Florida City, limited stop (up 197 persons, or 12.4%).