FYI Miami: June 9, 2016
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SPEEDING AIR TRAVEL: After a team of Miami International Airport officials visited in Washington with Transportation Security Administrator Peter Neffenger in May, the federal agency committed to adding more than 60 screening officers at the airport this summer. Starting May 31, the added staffing allowed the airport to open its Concourse D Checkpoint 4 during peak hours, providing added access to concourses D and E, primarily for passengers flying American Airlines. “We look forward to keeping wait times down as additional TSA officers continue being deployed to MIA this summer,” said Aviation Director Emilio González.
STOP SIGN FOR RED LIGHT CAMERAS: County commissioners adopted legislation Tuesday repealing 11-1 previous policy that would have allowed a red light camera program in the unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade. Sally Heyman cast the opposing vote. She said she objected because the cameras are a safety measure. Before the vote, Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said there’s plenty of court litigation that puts the future of red light camera programs at risk and, therefore, the agency’s recommendation is to not proceed. The initiative to carry out a red light camera program in unincorporated areas came via legislation passed in July 2010 and January 2011. The legislative action taken Tuesday does not affect red light cameras operated by municipalities.
NEW FIU CENTER IN DC: Florida International University is to hold opening ceremonies today (6/9) for FIU in Washington, DC, a new 3,500-square-foot facility at 440 First St. NW near Capitol Hill. The site includes a welcome center, multipurpose space, a board room, a classroom and four co-working spaces. It’s funded by grants, including one by Miamian Maria Elena Toraño, who was to lead a discussion there this week on “Lessons in Leadership: What Washington Taught Me.” An announcement said the space will soon host short courses and “be available for FIU partners from Miami to engage in Washington…” President Mark Rosenberg said that “it is critical that FIU deepen its presence in DC to advance FIU’s federal initiatives, create new win-win partnerships, connect students to great jobs, and expand research funding.”
BOOMING DOWNTOWN: Miami’s downtown area has grown in population by 99.6% since 2000, increasing from 40,466 residents to 80,750, according to Miami’s Downtown Development Authority. Brickell has seen the largest increase in the downtown area, growing from 12,904 residents in 2000 to 32,489.