FYI Miami: March 31, 2016
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GAS BUBBLING UP: Gas prices in Miami rose 6.4 cents a gallon last week to average $2.13 on Sunday, 42 cents a gallon lower than the same date last year but 30.8 cents a gallon higher than just a month ago, GasBuddy tracking service reported.
A NEW TUNE: The Miami City Commission has accepted the final plat of MELODY from Opera Plaza LLC and directed the city manager to file the documents with Miami-Dade County. The plat is a replat and a subdivision of the property on Northeast 14th Street between Northeast Second Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard. The 42,115-square-foot, or .966-acre, plat creates one tract of land for a multi-use development. The city’s Plat and Street Committee determined it conforms to the subdivision regulations of Miami 21 zoning. Melody Tower, a 36-story mixed-use residential project, was built at 245 NE 14th St., right across the street from the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Along with providing 497 rental apartments, Melody is to have 8,500 square feet of ground floor commercial area and at least one restaurant with some outdoor dining in a landscaped plaza.
CRIME FALLS: Violent crimes in Miami-Dade County fell nearly 13% and non-violent crimes fell nearly 6% in the first two months of this year compared with the first two months of 2015, the Miami-Dade County Police Department reported. The only category of significant increase was homicides, which increased from 14 in January and February of 2015 to 18 in the same two months this year. In all, the county reported 916 violent crimes in the first two months of this year compared with 1,050 in the same two months of 2015. Non-violent crimes fell from 5,984 last year to 5,651 this year. The statistics cover only the work of the county police department and do not include municipal police departments.
YOUNG EMPLOYEES: Miami commissioners have accepted a $418,375 grant from Cities for Financial Empowerment Inc. to fund a 2016 Summer Youth Employment and Financial Empowerment Program. It will result in the hiring of up to 150 youths, ages 16-19, residing in low- to moderate-income areas in the city. The CFE Fund works to promote economic progress in communities around the world and focuses on initiatives that expand financial inclusion. The grant is to replicate an existing pilot program, working to improve the self-sufficiency of low/moderate income youth and increase their access to the financial tools and education that are fundamental to economic prosperity and success. Since the inception of the program the city has employed 230 and has generated more than $595,600 in economic impact.