FYI Miami: April 14, 2016
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ROYAL INNOVATION LAB: County commissioners have given Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. the go-ahead to add 20,000 square feet to its PortMiami building for an innovation lab that company executives say will help its team continue building industry-leading, innovative vessels. The cruise line anticipates spending about $10 million for design, site work, construction, equipment, machinery, labor and related expenses for the two-story building that will be attached to its 150,000-square-foot site used for offices and parking as well as ancillary building facilities. The original so-called 1080 Building lease Royal Caribbean had with the county in 1994 was for 20 years with extension options. On July 19, 2011, the commission approved an amendment to the lease with an extension through March 31, 2021, with two additional five-year terms. Under the second amendment that commissioners unanimously passed April 5, Royal Caribbean will complete the project by Jan. 31, 2017, with new premises of equal or better quality than the existing building. Royal Caribbean is finishing designs for permitting the new premises and anticipates breaking ground in May.
COPY RIGHTS: Miami-Dade’s Strategic Planning and Government Operations Committee pushed forward legislation Tuesday that would call a countywide special election in conjunction with the general election on Nov. 8 to ask voters whether to amend the county charter to include the right to copy county and municipal public records within the Citizen’s Bill of Rights. Currently, Miami-Dade is only required to let the public view these records.
AWAITING COUNTY BAYLINK VOTE: County commissioners won’t vote before April 19 on whether to approve an agreement among Miami-Dade, the Florida Department of Transportation and the cities of Miami and Miami Beach for development of the Beach Corridor Direct Connection project. On Feb. 4, the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Policy Executive Committee – the mayors of Miami-Dade, Miami and Miami Beach and county commissioners Bruno Barreiro and Xavier Suarez – unanimously supported the agreement to build what’s termed Baylink, a fixed-guideway rail corridor linking downtown Miami near Government Center to the Miami Beach Convention Center via the MacArthur Causeway. At the county commission’s April 5 meeting, prime sponsor Mr. Barreiro moved that the resolution be deferred, which commissioners unanimously approved.