FYI Miami: January 12, 2017
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CONDO FRAUD ALLIANCE: Four municipal police departments have told Miami-Dade County Police that they want to join in a condominium association fraud network to eliminate and prevent condo association fraud. Those departments are from Miami Beach, Surfside, North Miami Beach and Aventura. County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro broached the concept of a condo fraud network last June. The aims include enhancing condominium law via state or county statute and creating an ordinance to empower county police to get records from condo associations and authorize fines on property managers or management companies if they won’t cooperate. Mayor Carlos Gimenez told commissioners the concept was to be placed on the commission agenda for action.
UM SEARCH TO BEGIN: University of Miami President Julio Frenk says he will work closely with the university’s board of trustees and the faculty senate as he appoints a search committee to replace the university’s top academic officer, Provost Tom LeBlanc, who last week was named the next president of the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. LeBlanc had been provost since 2005, overseeing the university’s 11 schools and colleges, research administration and funding, academic and student affairs, admissions and expenditures. He starts his new post Aug. 1.
WHAT GOES UP: The City of Miami has chosen Maverick United Elevator LLC for elevator maintenance. Commissioners accepted the company’s bid to provide elevator maintenance on an as-needed basis for three years, with the option to renew for one additional three-year period, allocating funds from various departments. The estimated annual amount is $79,500. A background memo says various departments need elevator maintenance services. The city received five bids and the Procurement Department recommended awarding the contract to Maverick, which was deemed the lowest responsive and responsible bidder.
NEW PLAT FOR MIXED PROJECT: Miami city commissioners have approved a final plat of Miami Douglas Station Amended from MCREF Bird Road Development LLC and MCREF Bird Road Development Phase II LLC, executed by Jeff Meran. On Jan. 28, 2016, the city commission approved closing and vacating part of Southwest 37th Court between Bird and Peacock avenues within the plat. The intent was to close the right of way of Southwest 37th Court that is within the plat and create three tracts of land for residential development. The platted area is 3.256 acres. The Plat and Street Committee determined its conformance to the subdivision regulations and Miami 21 zoning rules. Mill Creek Residential is building apartment buildings at the site.