FYI Miami: February 11, 2016
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ADDING TOURISTS: Demand for travel to Greater Miami and the Beaches during 2015 was ranked, for the top 25 US markets defined by Smith Travel Research (STR), fourth in both revenue per available room and average daily room rate and sixth in hotel room occupancy. From January to December, revenue per available room was $152.83 compared with $144.21 over 2014, up 6%; average daily room rate was $195.75 versus $184.79, up 5.9%; and average daily occupancy was 78.1% versus 78%, up 0.1%. Room supply for 2015 was 50,775 in comparison with 48,999 in 2014, up 3.6%; and monthly rooms sold in 2015 came to 14,470,258 versus 13,957,205, up 3.7%. Miami-Dade ranked third nationally in December for average daily room rate, revenue per available room and hotel occupancy, according to STR’s report on the top US markets. On Tuesday, Wendy Kallergis, president and CEO of the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association, said the numbers indicate our area is doing better compared with prior years. Even with new hotel inventory, she said, we continue to grow occupancy.
LONG WALK COMING: Construction is to begin this spring and end in summer 2018 on a 320-foot-long pedestrian bridge over Southwest Eighth Street connecting the City of Sweetwater with the main campus of Florida International University, the university announced last week. The $9.3 million bridge is to be funded with an $11.4 million US Department of Transportation grant that also will pay for improvements to the campus entrance and to the Southwest 109th Avenue area of Sweetwater and provide a smart parking software system that will alert users to available space in university garages. MCM construction and FIGG Bridge Engineers are to design the bridge.
ETHICS FOR OFFICIALS: The public can get a peek at ethics training that local elected officials are all required to take. Identical two-hour programs will cover the county’s conflict of interest and ethics ordinance, the citizen’s bill of rights, the state’s sunshine and records act and portions of the state ethics code for public officials and employees. The sessions are open to anyone, including candidates for office. One will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in the council chambers at North Miami City Hall, 776 NE 125th St., and one at 6:30 p.m. March 10 in the commission chambers at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive in Coconut Grove. Details: (305) 350-0630.