FYI Miami: January 21, 2016
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THE CITY’S BLUEPRINT: The City of Miami has released its updated Strategic Plan 2015. The updated plan outlines the city’s priorities and goals for the next three years and sets six key priority areas: public safety; clean and beautiful neighborhoods; growth and development; education and economic access; parks, culture and recreation; and efficient and effective government. Last summer the plan was updated to include residents’ feedback on multiple issues. Stakeholders representing various community sectors participated along with more than 40 organizations including Miami-Dade County, the Miami Downtown Development Authority, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the United Way of Miami-Dade. Stakeholders were engaged in the strategic plan update through meetings and discussions. Details: www.miamigov.com/strategicplanning
TOURIST TAXES SOAR: County tourism-related tax collections soared in the first 11 months of last year, according to the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. The 3% Convention Development Tax, collected throughout the county except in Bal Harbour and Surfside, rose 9.5% compared with the same 11 months of 2014, reaching nearly $71 million. The 2% Tourist Development Tax, collected everywhere except Miami Beach, Bal Harbour and Surfside, rose 8.4% to nearly $24 million, and the 2% Hotel Food & Beverage Tax, collected in county hotels outside of Miami Beach, Bal Harbour and Surfside, rose 8.1% to more than $7 million.
ROOM AT THE INN: Miami-Dade’s hotel space inventory grew to 51,583 rooms in November, 3.5% more than the 49,947 in November 2014, according to the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.
NOT ON BUSWAY: County staff has recommended against allowing county or private car services for the handicapped to use the 22-mile-long South Miami-Dade Busway, which now is reserved for seven county bus routes that carry 7.5% of total county bus traffic, an average of 17,600 passengers on weekdays. “The number of vehicles would increase exponentially” by adding vehicles carrying the handicapped, the report says, which might add safety concerns on the busway and would reduce bus performance. While most of the county’s bus system has been losing passengers, the report says that the busway has been gaining passengers.