FYI Miami: May 12, 2016
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MARINA REDEVELOPMENT: A marina on the Little River will be allowed to make improvements. Owner Marine Max East Inc. had requested a land use change and a rezoning on the property at 840 NE 78th St. Miami city commissioners approved the items April 28. The land use becomes Medium Density Restricted Commercial. Attorney Ines Marrero-Priegues, owner’s representative, said the approvals mean the marina becomes a conforming use, and improvements are planned there. The matter lingered for a couple of years, due in part to the issue of riparian rights being resolved, according to the planning department.
MEETINGS ON RECORDS RIGHTS: A series of six public meetings from May 24 to June 2 will be held around Miami-Dade County seeking community input on a proposed county charter amendment that would include the right to copy county and municipal public records within the Citizens’ Bill of Rights. The meetings are required by ordinance for any election that would amend the charter. The Strategic Planning and Government Operations Committee recommended the amendment April 12, and three days later Mayor Carlos Gimenez scheduled the meetings ahead of a potential June county commission vote to put the measure on the ballot.
AWARDS FOR NONPROFIT WORK: The Sundari Foundation, which created the Lotus House shelter in Overtown for homeless women, youth and children, received the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Nonprofit Novo Award last week for organizations with revenue above $2 million and The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade, which focuses on developing female leaders and ending violence against women, won the award for under $2 million in revenue. Each received a $1,000 award, the only cash awards the chamber makes each year. CPA Ed Deppman, a director at Gerson, Preston, Robinson, Klein, Lips & Eisenberg P.A., was named the outstanding nonprofit board leader for helping lead Branches Inc. through a period of growth.
MORE PUBLIC GREENSPACE: A new pocket park might pop up on a corner in the Shenandoah neighborhood after an April 28 vote of Miami city commissioners. They approved purchase of an 8,586.9-square-foot lot at 1301 SW 21st Ave. for $303,720 from Xanadu Properties 1301 LLC. The vacant lot is at Southwest 21st Avenue and 13th Street. The deal is contingent on a written appraisal. The $315,000 allocation includes money to cover the cost of a survey, environmental report, title insurance and related closing costs. The city plans to create a park there.