FYI Miami: January 19, 2017
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RECONSIDERING WI-FI @ MIA: The county’s Trade and Tourism Committee is to weigh today (1/19) a deal it deferred in December with Electronic Media Systems Inc. (EMS) for Wi-Fi at Miami International Airport. EMS would pay the Aviation Department the greater of $550,000 a year or 50% of gross revenue from advertising, sponsorships, monthly subscription fees, agreements with other entities, roaming from other carriers, pay-for use transactions and internet access fees. Mayor Carlos Gimenez wrote that EMS has performed satisfactorily in its existing contract and has agreed to provide added services: in lieu of written reports, EMS is working on an online data base to supply reports with compliance breakdowns and resolutions to the Aviation Department; a twice yearly educational forum for aviation staff to review the Wi-Fi system; and up to 20 hours of free Wi-Fi network engineering consulting.
BRIDGING THE GAP: A $1.5 million annual grant from the US Department of Transportation for five years will advance Florida International University’s Bridge Engineering Program to make the nation’s bridges safer. FIU is one of 20 institutions picked for funding and designation as a Tier 1 University Transportation Center and will serve as the lead institution. Using this grant plus matching funds that make the total more than $10 million, FIU will support graduate students with salary and full tuition to find solutions for dilapidated bridges needing repair. “With accelerated bridge construction, we are able to replace or retrofit bridges without affecting traffic, while providing safety for motorists and workers who are on site,” said Atorod Azizinamini, chair of FIU’s Departmnent of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
NEW YOUTH CENTER: City officials were on-hand for a Jan. 13 ribbon cutting and tour at a new youth center at Hadley Park, 1300 NW 50th St. “The Samuel K. Johnson Youth Center is the newest beacon of light for our children. I am honored to have played a role in the construction of the facility and preservation of Samuel K. Johnson’s legacy,” said Miami Commission Chairman Keon Hardemon. The 22,000-square-foot center hosts an indoor basketball gym, exercise room with lockers and restrooms, classrooms, meeting rooms, a computer room, office space, storage and a concession area. The lobby and reception area interconnect with a newly covered drop-off area for the existing senior center building. A new shaded playground equipped with a rubberized play surface was installed. Cost for design and construction totaled $6.3 million with funding from Homeland Defense Bonds, impact fees and the Sunshine State Financing Commission. ABC Construction Inc. in conjunction with Rizo Carreno & Partners Inc. served as the design firm.